Whether you’re working with single crochet, half double crochet, or double crochet stitches, working in joined rounds may leave a noticeable seam.

And, sometimes these joined seams will start to form a noticeable diagonal curve with every new round added.

If you’re wondering why this happens, and would like to create a straight seam for your next tote bag, hat, hot pad or other project worked in joined rounds, there is a very simple formula.

When working in joined rounds, to create flat and even circles, every round increases to expand the size and stitch count of the last round.

To create a straight seam, the round should not begin with a stitch increase. Instead, the round should end with the stitch increase!

To help you see each of these stitch increase formulas, we’ve made a Straight Seams Cheat Sheet for the Single, Half Double and Double crochet stitches.

We even have a video tutorial for the Double Crochet stitch!

After you give each stitch a try, be sure to work up this straight seam formula with one of our free patterns listed.

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Single Crochet: Straight Seam Formula

Form an adjustable loop.

Round 1 (Right Side): Ch 1 (first Sc, here and throughout), work 5 Sc into loop, Sl st to join – 6 Sc

Round 2: Ch 1, Sc into same St, work 2 Sc into each St around, Sl St to join – 12 Sc

Round 3: Ch 1, 2 Sc into next St, [Sc, work 2 Sc into next St] 5 times, Sl St to join – 18 Sc

Round 4: Ch 1, Sc into next St, 2 Sc into next St, [Sc into next 2 Sts, 2 Sc into next St] 5 times, Sl St to join – 24 Sc

Round 5: Ch 1, Sc into next 2 Sts, 2 Sc into next St, [Sc into next 3 Sts, 2 Sc into next St] 5 times, Sl St to join – 30 Sc

Continue pattern by evenly increasing each new round by 6 Sts.

Give this a try when you work up the Basketweave Tote!

Half Double Crochet: Straight Seam Formula

Form an adjustable loop.

Round 1 (Right Side): Ch 2 (first Hdc, here and throughout), work 9 Hdc into loop, Sl st to join – 10 Hdc

Round 2: Ch 2, Hdc into same St, work 2 Hdc into each St around, Sl St to join – 20 Hdc

Round 3: Ch 2, 2 Hdc into next St, [Hdc, work 2 Hdc into next St] 9 times, Sl St to join – 30 Hdc

Round 4: Ch 2, Hdc into next St, 2 Hdc into next St, [Hdc into next 2 Sts, 2 Hdc into next St] 9 times, Sl St to join – 40 Hdc

Round 5: Ch 2, Hdc into next 2 Sts, 2 Hdc into next St, [Hdc into next 3 Sts, 2 Hdc into next St] 9 times, Sl St to join – 50 Hdc

Continue pattern by evenly increasing each new round by 10 Sts.

Give this a try when you work up the Market Bag Trio Set!

Double Crochet: Straight Seam Formula

Form an adjustable loop.

Round 1 (Right Side): Ch 3 (first Dc, here and throughout), work 11 Hdc into loop, Sl st to join – 12 Dc

Round 2: Ch 3, Dc into same St, work 2 Dc into each St around, Sl St to join – 24 Dc

Round 3: Ch 3, 2 Dc into next St, [Dc, work 2 Dc into next St] 11 times, Sl St to join – 36 Dc

Round 4: Ch 3, Dc into next St, 2 Dc into next St, [Dc into next 2 Sts, 2 Dc into next St] 11 times, Sl St to join – 48 Dc

Round 5: Ch 3, Dc into next 2 Sts, 2 Dc into next St, [Dc into next 3 Sts, 2 Dc into next St] 11 times, Sl St to join – 60 Dc

Continue pattern by evenly increasing each new round by 12 Sts.

Give this a try when you work up the Ombre Beanie Hat!

Follow our video tutorial to work the Double Crochet Stitch in joined rounds, using this straight seam formula!

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