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Why Are My Rounds Shrinking?

Have you been losing stitches when crocheting in the round? Most likely, the cause is improper joining. It can  be confusing for new crocheters to determine where to insert the hook to join double crochets made in the round. It is helpful to remember that when you are looking at the front of the double crochet stitches, the loop is to the right of the post. Don’t make the mistake of joining the last stitch to the loop of the second stitch instead of into the beginning chain-3, which as you know is the first stitch of the round (unless otherwise specified.) Hopefully these photos will clarify it for you.

dcjoin 3rd chain
Look for the third chain of your beginning chain-3. Notice the difference between it and the loop for the next stitch.

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What is that hanging from your shawl?

© Anna Murphy, 2018

I am a fanatic about using stitch markers when I crochet. So it comes as no surprise to me when someone comments on all the stitch markers I have hanging on the shawl I’m working on. Often I’ll hear someone remark that they don’t know why they should use markers or even how to use them. I tell them I don’t know how they can crochet without them! I like them so much that I started making beaded ones to sell.

The Yarn Store stitch markers
I’ve sold hundreds of beaded stitch markers over the past few years.

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