I'm a born and raised Yank living in Oz so my terms are all US style. I know, I get confused too!
You sl st in the 1st st to connect the rows (as opposed to turning you are working in the round which also gives the glove a really nice looking seam - i find turning can make it ugly)
When you ch1 and sc in the same st, you are creating the height for that row and giving yourself something to easily latch onto when you get to the end of that row and have to find the 1st st again to sl st into (allowing you to more easily work the round).
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Hi! I have a question. On the pattern where it says ...
*Sl st in 1st st of previous row, ch 1, sc in same st, sc around*
... I do not know what happens. I know the pattern is being worked in the round and this sounds like when rounds are joined. Is it an increase? I am new to working straight from a pattern so I am bungling this up.
And 2) OK, I just realized you are in Australia. I am in the US. Am I confusing my crochet terms? Is Australian crochet terminoligy just like UK terminology?