I am trying to crochet a pair of baby booties. I've tried crocheting in the round before, joining every round, but have been able to fudge the joins and get the finished product to still turn out okay. My normal "fudge it" method is not working with the booties though, I keep getting messed up with where to join the rounds and where to start the next round, etc.
Here's the instructions for the first two rounds of the pattern I'm following:
1. 2 Hdc in 3rd ch from hook, DC in next 4 chs, 6dc in last ch. Working on other side of chain, in free loops, HDC in next 4 chs. (3 HDC) in last ch. Join w/ sl st to beg ch. (20 sts)
2. CH 1, 2 sc in same st. sc in next 8 sts, (2sc in next st)3 times. Sc in next 6 sts. (2 sc in next st)2 times. Join with sl st to first sc. (26 sts)"
Here's where I'm at with the first round:
The yellow arrows are the two spots I see into which I could feasibly slip stitch to join the round. So, do I join into the first HDC, where my stitch marker is? Or do I join into the teeny tiny stitch that is apparently between that and my last stitch (lower yellow arrow)?
Then, once I've joined, I chain one, no problems with that, but then, where do I start the "2 sc in same st." ? Do those go into the same stitch I joined into and chained from? Do they go into the next stitch over?
And finally, when I join the second round, do I join it into the CH1 from the beginning of the round, or into the first sc after that? Do I just totally ignore the slip stitch that I made joining the last round together and pretend it doesn't exist as I continue crocheting and joining?
Any help would be greatly appreciated, as I keep trying it (and have tried joining rounds with a couple other bootie patterns with the same problem of where to join and where to proceed) and ending up with my increases not seeming to line up where they ought to in later rounds, or the wrong number of stitches in the round, etc. It is driving me batty. All the instructions I can find online for joining in the round seem to be for double crochet and circles, whereas I'm dealing with single crochet (mostly) and ovals currently and my brain is not managing to transfer the instructions I've read online elsewhere to what I'm seeing in front of me as I'm working.