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“Tutorials and tips for knitting and crochet, with more to come soon”
“…Crocheting in Rounds by Andrew Burton.
This is the method I use to crochet in rounds, used in most of my hats. The work is done in rounds, not in a spiral. The “seam” where the beginning/end of each round occurs is nearly invisible (note: I say “seam,” but there is no sewing involved).
The stitches done here are double crochet (dc) stitches. Sometimes I do dcs “through back two loops,” but you can follow these same instructions. Just do your stitches through the back two loops of each stitch below!
The key to this pattern is that each round begins with a chain 2 (ch-2). For symmetry, this ch-2 is counted as a dc (it is the same size, and looks almost exactly the same). without further adieu, here are the instructions: …”
Using some yarn to make a little ring for a better start…
“… maybe, just maybe, that unsightly center hole has even kept you from crocheting in the round at all. Well, no more. Now you will be armed with the trusty (some might even say magic) adjustable ring and you will be dancing circles around those circles.
Be forewarned”once you have made an adjustable ring, you will never be the same. You may never go back to other ways of making a ring. I know I havent. There are a lot of photos. But dont worry; youll be sailing through this in no time. For the sake of knowledge (we can never have too much of that, can we?) I will also show you the two more commonly known ways of starting a round, first, joining a chain to form a ring, and second, crocheting into the first chain. …”
This is a bit late (Christmas day 2012): it’s a free download on Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fun-fur-kitschmas-tree . Pattern and images © 2007 by maryse roudier; was also seen on Knitty Gritty Episode # DKNG #813. She does lovely photography: check out her Flickr images as this little tree can be shiny or matte, according to your yarn choices http://www.flickr.com/photos/monster-yarn/2100784642/in/set-72157594479351678/
The main advantage of the no-chain start for these three
stitches is the firm, flat foundation row rather than the unused
loop of the chain when the foundation chain is done first and
the stitches are worked into the top two strands.