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« on: March 07, 2007 05:17:26 PM »

Let me see if I can explain this clear enough for people to understand. I am wanting to crochet in the round to make a pair of fingerless gloves. However, all the tutorials that I have looked at for crocheting in the round is to make a filled-in circle. I hope you understand what I am saying. I just want to make a tube. How would I go about doing that?
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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2007 05:20:20 PM »

You make a chain as long as you need it to be to go around your arm, and then connect the two ends of the chain with a slip stitch.  Then, you chain 1 and sc in each chain around, connecting the round to the first sc in the round with a slip stitch.  That way, your starting opening is bigger--you can increase or decrease if you need to after that, but then, you're crocheting in the round without starting from a center point.  Make sense?
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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2007 05:59:46 PM »

Here is a good pattern for fingerless gloves that will help you with working in the round

http://www.crochetandknitting.com/mitglov2.htm

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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2007 06:21:37 PM »

Thank you for the website. However, I am still confused. Here's what I do:

I chain however many stitches I want.
Then I do a slip stitch.
Then I crochet all the way around until I meet with the slip stitch.

But then, I get stuck. It seems as if I've done the crocheting backwards. The slip stitch is at the bottom and the bottom isn't connected...

I'm so confused!  Undecided Sorry!
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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2007 07:51:47 PM »

It can be kind of tricky when working with a larger chain and working in the round.  You have to make sure that your sc stay straight so that when you get back around to your first sc, it's facing upwards and the ring doesn't twist.  It may take a couple tries--I know I've had to pull things out and redo many times when doing this.  Then, you would slip stitch in the first sc to connect the round and then, ch 1 and sc the next round.  Is that better?
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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2007 04:07:55 AM »

This may help.  I have used this for starting doilies etc, but have also used it for starting some gloves, make the ring to the size of your wrist and then follow the instructions.

http://www.crochetme.com/Dec_Jan_0405/reads_round.html

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« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2007 08:33:53 AM »

Generally, the problem with crocheting a longish chain in the round is that the chain tends to twist. The easiest way to avoid this is:
Make as many chain as you need,
Ch 1, sc into each ch,
Having returned to your starting point, join with a slip st,
You can easily close the beginning by drawing the tail of your starting thread through the last ch,
From this point you crochet in the round.
Hope this helps.
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« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2007 08:35:27 AM »

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Make as many chain as you need,
Ch 1, sc into each ch,
Having returned to your starting point, join with a slip st,
You can easily close the beginning by drawing the tail of your starting thread through the last ch,

This is a great tip!  Thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2007 08:54:13 AM »

Another thing you can do is make a foundation row like instead of starting with a foundation chain.

Look here for sc foundation row
and here for dc foundation row

Then make sure you have not twisted the foundation row and slip stitch into the first stitch made.
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« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2007 09:23:15 AM »

It may help if you crochet the wrist part first, flat.

I usually do a ribbed cuff in hdc, working into the back loops, to fit my wrist.  You should end on an even numbered row, so you can crochet the cuff up into a tube by joining the last row of ribbing and the first row of ribbing (the loose end and the working end will now both be at the top of your tube).  Flip the cuff so that the "seam" is on the inside.  Hdc around the top of the cuff (a good rule of thumb is 3 hdc per 2 rows of ribbing) From this point you can work in rounds or spirals to make the hand of the glove, and no joining is required.
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