Many people seem to have a bit of a confusion in figuring out what is the difference between a row , a round, and a joined round? So I thought I’d explain it with this tutorial so that I can refer to it again whenever people send me an email asking for help in the future.

In my patterns, you’ll find instructions for working on “round” or “row”, or both.

But what does it mean?

The easiest way to understand whether you should crochet in rounds or rows is by looking at the final project you would like to make. Is it flat, with straight sides? In that case, you will work in row.

What is the difference between a row and a spiral?

Simply put, the difference between a row and a round is that, at the end of a row, you reverse your work and start again, so the end becomes the beginning. You build your rows as a wall, layer by layer. Unfortunately, if you miss a stitch at the end or the beginning, it will actually show up when you’re working the rows.

There are different ways to work in the round: spiral round and joined round. Sometimes you will count your stitches, perhaps even marking the start of a new round with a stitch marker, and you will count the number of stitches carefully. Many amigurumi patterns requer you continuing your spiral crochet.

With rounds, you don’t stop and turn, but keep going, giving a distinct curved effect to the final result. This crochet style is more forgiving of a beginner’s mistakes, but it can be a little confusing at first.

Row: you go and turn the work at the end of the row
Round: you not turn you work at the end
Joined round: you make one CH in the start and make one SS (slip stich) at the end of the round.

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That’s all there is to it! Hope this clears up any remaining confusion about row, round and joined round.


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