The double crochet stitch is one of the first handful of stitches most crocheters learn. In fact, I dare say the simple double crochet stitch scarf is one of the very first projects most new crocheters make – and for good reason! It’s simple, fast, and a great way to learn all about tension and the importance of counting stitches.
Working in the round is a great next step, opening up the world of hats and bags! There’s a simple mathematical formula to working double crochet in the round, and understanding it will help you make sense of patterns and design your own. Here’s my explanation:
As I say in the video, it’s also important to know when a stitch is really a stitch. If you’re counting a ch 3 at the start of the round as a double crochet, then when you join with a slip stitch at the end you’ll need to work into that top chain. And that slip stitch from closing up the last round isn’t a stitch for working into at all!
Counting the double crochet stitches in each round can be tedious, I know, but there’s really no better way to check your work. If you are having trouble identifying the first stitch of the round or the slip stitch from the previous round, then the best solution is to place a stitch marker in the first stitch of each round and count the stitches before you slip stitch to finish the round. With practice and experience it will get easier, so don’t give up. I believe in you!
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