How to Count the Number of Stitches in a Round (crochet)

How to Count the Number of Stitches in a Round of Crochet - a tutorial from FreshStitches and Shiny Happy World

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When you crochet in the round, it can be tricky to count your stitches. But counting is important to make sure that you’re on track for following your pattern.

Today, I’ll show you how to count your stitches!

The loop on the hook doesn’t count!

Here’s a photo of my work:

crocheted circle counting tutorial

Do you see the loop that’s on my hook? (I’ll be highlighting all the stitches I’m chatting about in dark blue):

does not count

This loop does not count as a stitch! This might come as a surprise, especially if you’re a knitter.

Look for the ‘V’s

So what does count? You want to look for the ‘V’s. I like to start at the hook and work my way around. Here, I’ve highlighted the first V:


Let’s do another:


Now it’s your turn. Have a look at this picture and count the Vs:

crocheted circle counting tutorial

Keep counting until you’ve finished the round. If a stitch has been ‘stitched into’, that means it’s part of the previous round, so don’t count it!

How many did you get?

Did you find 12?




  1. Laura SAYS...

    Clear, simple and very helpful! Thank you Stacey!

  2. Wendy W SAYS...

    Thanks for the great pictures! I always have trouble counting correctly. You made it very easy to understand and see all the stitches. Thank you

  3. KimmieZ SAYS...

    Your tips may seem elementary to a lot of crocheters out there. But while I’ve been crocheting for years, it’s great to see these things explained in simple ways. So helpful, even for me. I’ll use this example when I teach my next yarn addict. Thanks Stacy!

  4. CJ SAYS...

    Thank you for all your designs and your input.

  5. Tammy SAYS...

    Love this post! I wish I’d had this months ago but glad to have it as a reference now. Thank you! 🙂

  6. Elizabeth Wagner SAYS...

    Stacey, *sigh* thank-you!!!

  7. Jeane Laughlin SAYS...

    very clear and helpful.

  8. Arlene Webb SAYS...

    I have struggled and struggled …..I have went mad trying to count in the round…..A BIG THANKS

  9. Cassie SAYS...

    I’ve been counting wrong for years, haha! I knew something had to be wrong when I always had to alter patterns…

  10. Kay S Torrence SAYS...

    Thank you so much I been going nuts trying to hdc into a magic loop ( 8 stitches) but when I count was off by a stitch….

    You made this old lady’s day ( I just turn 59…. that was depressing then my counting lol )

  11. Nora Yvonne Forrest SAYS...

    Thank you for making this so easy!