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darkladymajesta
« on: December 02, 2008 01:54:43 PM »

I have been crocheting squares and rectangles for a long time. But every time I try to make anything in the round (arugumi, animals and hats in particular) I just get lost. I have the book by Debbie Stroller and still can not get crocheting in circles. It just confuses my poor eyes and brain. So my real question:
Does anyone have patterns for hats that do not require you to work in the round?
I would greatly appreciate it  Grin
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DragonessD
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2008 07:56:11 PM »

I just did an adaptation of a knit pixie hat not too long ag0 here - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=274204.0

There's a chart and directions on page 3 (sadly not in the same post), and pictures on page 2 and 4, but it's a rectangle that you sew up one side. Dunno if this is quite what you're looking for.



*EDIT* Also found this - it works as a rectangle, too, then sew up the back and gather up the top ... if you're looking for something more traditional - http://www.christinascrochethaven.com/forest_glen_friendship_hat.htm
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darkladymajesta
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2008 07:33:37 PM »

That pixie hat is really cute! I might have to try it.. Ill have to break out my book to learn front post crochet and back post single crochet. I know I will have to learn soon how to crochet in the round... just not right now  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2008 01:33:31 AM »

For crocheting in the round, I rewrite the patterns out in left to right format.  (line format)
I can't stare at it in it's circular form.
My brain dies a little inside.
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2008 10:00:39 AM »

I might try that. Its just that I lose track of the stitches and have to start all over.  Embarrassed
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« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2008 10:37:38 AM »

When you're ready to try crocheting in the round again, getting locking stitch markers will be really helpful.  (They're basically just plastic safety pins, and sometimes I just use regular safety pins if I can't find mine).  I use them to mark the beginning of each round so I don't get lost.  And for bigger projects, you can put a stitch marker at every 10 or 20 stitches so that if you get lost in a round, you don't have to frog the whole round.  Trust me, stitch markers are a LIFE SAVER!   Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2008 01:35:16 PM »

I had thought of stitch markers. But I tend to have trouble actually counting the stitches themselves. But I guess if I put a stitch marker at the beginning of each round (instead of just the beginning) they may work better  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2008 04:24:52 AM »

If you use a stitch marker you should have no problems at all following an in the round pattern.  It really is no different than doing it in rows - you just aren't turning at the end of each row, that's all Wink  At the end of each round, move a stitch marker.  I also leave a stitch marker at an important spot so that I can keep track of things - like if there is a long stretch where you are doing many rows just working even, I will put a marker at the beginning of that set just for counting reasons (sometimes I forget to click my row counter) and that helps to not have to count the rounds from the very beginning each time.....
Once you make friends with working in the round you will really enjoy it.  I could not do it without stitch markers.  It is really important - even if you use just a length of yarn(knot one end to help it stay in place a little bit better) at first so that you don't have to buy markers - try it out.  Then you will be off making stuffies and hats and bags and all sorts of great goodies Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2008 04:10:54 PM »

Maybe Ill make a hat in time for my trip to South Carolina  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2008 01:55:26 AM »

When I started, I put stitch markers in every row.

Then I learned not to. It can be easy if you count in your head or write down what you just did. It may seem hard, it just takes time I guess. Most of the time I have to count over and over cause I'm unsure ahhahahaha..
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