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Topic: Joining in the round, please help!  (Read 826 times)
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« on: January 01, 2011 01:00:53 PM »

I have been crocheting on and off for years, and I can never, ever, EVER get this right. I can't join my rows when working in the round in a nice way. There is always a big gap at the start of every row, or a very obvious seam where I am joining the rows. I can't make hats or amigurimi or anything of that nature, because I have never figured out how to do this simple step. I am sure that I am doing it the way it is in the how-to books, which for the most part are my only resource.

Please help!
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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2011 01:26:59 PM »

For dc stitches, you might try doing ch2 instead of ch3 for the turning chain.  Or, even better, see if you can do this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LxYpo-tyi8

I wonder, though, if you're joining in the right stitch.  You might want to experiment with doing your join one stitch to the left of where you are now... just keep an eye on your stitch counts for the next round.

For motifs that have open areas, it's sometimes possible to alter how you make them so that the join is right next to a hole in the pattern.  That hole will be a bit bigger than it should be, but likely won't be noticeable.

When it comes to amigurumi, normally you don't do the joins, you work in a spiral, so you should be able to do these, even if you can't sort out this issue you're having. 

In the end, though, you're not alone!  Seams are almost always a problem when working in the round, and people have been trying to come up with creative ways around the issue whenever possible (which is the reason why amigurumi are worked in a spiral... even properly-joined rounds of sc leave a weird and noticeable seam up the side!)

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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2011 07:00:28 AM »

I find that it works best not to join and turn but to just carry on going around in a spiral and using a stitch marker to keep track or where that is. Of course this doesn't work for every pattern but it's what I do where possible.

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