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lgpars 03-01-2014 08:55 PM

Need help with a pattern
I am working on a pattern called Hoo's There baby hat (you can find it on Etsy). Anyway you work in round from the crown down and it started out with doing it by joining each round with a sl st and chaining one but now it wants me to start the body of the hat by not joining but marking each last st which I assume is spiral; however, the directions of round one start with a Ch 1 and I'm just supposed to keep doing the same directions each round. I don't get why they have that chain one or where to do it. My working yarn is at the last st of the last row of the crown part. If I am not joining, what am I supposed to do? It is saying ch 1, sc around but yet they say before that do not join, move marker up each round. Now I know how to spiral crochet but have never seen a chain one involved. Help!!! Do you think it's a mistake in the pattern?

GrumpyGramma 03-01-2014 08:59 PM

Could you link to a picture of the pattern? That might help. I can't say why you'd be instructed to switch to spiraling rather than joining, seeing what the hat looks like might help me or someone else see why or decide if it really seems to matter which way you do it.

ETA Is this it?

lgpars 03-01-2014 09:42 PM

Yes that is the pattern. I couldn't figure out why they changed to spiral either.

GrumpyGramma 03-01-2014 10:02 PM

That's really cute. Even looking at the picture, I can't guess why go spiral and ch1. Maybe someone else will. I'd probably continue joining the sts and doing the ch1 but that's just me. It might mess up the pattern. I saw no comments on ravelry. Maybe you can contact the designer.

fatoldladyinpjs 03-01-2014 10:55 PM

Joining and chaining one at the beginning of each round leaves you with a wonky line that goes diagonally. It's very unsightly and noticeable. I prefer to crochet hats in a spiral. You will chain the number of stitches required into the ring, join, but do not chain. Crochet your hat all the way around on each round after that. I place a marker at the last stitch of each round so I know where I'm at. Slip the marker at each round. I use commercial markers but you could use a safety pin or my favorite, a bobby pin. It holds tightly and releases quickly when you reposition it. I don't see any reason for the chain either. The main body is a simple hat pattern. The only reason I could see for the join and chain up is if you're doing stripes and want them to match up. Personally, I'd do it as a spiral. When you end the piece in a spiral, I like (if I'm doing double crochet) to stop four stitches from the end of the round. Do a half double stitch, then a single crochet stitch, then two slip stitches in a row. This transitions the edge so it looks even when you end it.

lgpars 03-02-2014 01:27 PM

Thanks so much. Since I did all the crown in the sl st, chain 1 technique, I don't want to rip it all out but I see no logical explanation for changing to a spiral technique when I get to the body of the hat. But I guess I will and just leave out the ch 1 direction as this would just leave holes in the hat in my opinion.

GrumpyGramma 03-02-2014 01:57 PM

I thought it would leave holes. You still might contact the designer and ask for clarification. If a pattern is offered for sale, it should be correct and this would give her the opportunity to make any needed changes. If there's a reason for doing it as the pattern states that would be good to know also.

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