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« on: October 19, 2012 07:55:20 AM »

Hello! I'm new to amigurumi (well, pretty new to crochet in general!) and I've got myself stuck in a rut trying to work something out. Hoping someone can help!

Ok, my problem is in joining rounds - a) Is there a general rule as to whether you join with a slip-stitch and a chain or just keep spiralling around using markers to show each new round? I've seen patterns that say both Smiley But if a pattern doesn't mention it...which do I do?

b) If I join with a slipstitch and chain, do I work the first stitch of the round into the same stitch as the chain or the next one along? (This is really where I've got confused!)

c) I realised last night that the piece I'd been working on with the no-join spiral technique was turning into a hexagon instead of a circle! <Sigh> How did I manage this?!

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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2012 08:05:02 AM »

I don't do a lot of amigurumi, but I think I can help.

a) I don't think there's a general rule - the pattern should specify whether or not it's a spiral or distinct rounds.  If it doesn't, you could ask the designer... although, I think if it was distinct rounds, there should be a turning chain in the instructions for each round.

b) the standard for single crochet stitches is that the chain does not count as a stitch and so you work the first sc into the same stitch as the chain.  Opinions differ on whether or not a hdc turning chain counts as a stitch.  The standard is that, for all taller stitches, the turning chain counts as a stitch, and so the first actual stitch would be worked into the second stitch of the next round or row.

c) the way to get a circle rather than a hexagon when working sc in the round is to be sure not to stack the increases of each round on top of the ones of the previous rounds.  The increases need to still be evenly spaced, but after the third round or so, they needn't be right on top of where you did them before. 

« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2012 09:02:23 AM »

That was quick  Smiley thanks! You see all that makes sense now, it's amazing how confusing things can be when you just keep going over and over them! I'll get back to the pattern and try again...

« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2013 02:10:19 PM »

I always work in a spiral unless the pattern specifies otherwise. I find this a lot easier and neater looking (I crochet really tightly, so I always end up with holes in my pattern where I join rounds if I don't use the spiral method.). Really, though, it is whatever works best for you if there is no specification!
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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2013 02:16:53 PM »

I don't join either and your circle will look like a hexagon with the increases, just like fantasticmio said.  If you stagger the increases, so they're not on top of eachother it won't look like a hexagon, butttt, if you haven't done that, don't worry, it will still work out in the end.  Also, with amigurumi, you rarely ever turn.  In fact, I've never heard of a pattern having turn in it.

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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2014 02:47:58 PM »

Really, though, it is whatever works best for you if there is no specification!

That was one of the hardest lessons for me to learn. A lot of times, even if it specifies joining rounds, I'll work in a spiral pattern. Whenever I join rounds, the count is off or it doesn't look right.  Try both and see what works for you and your style!
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