STITCHES IN THE ROUND
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Alternate Single Crochet/Double Crochet
Alternate Single Crochet/Double Crochet in the Round
Alternate Front Loop/Back Loop Ssingle Crochet
Alternate Front Loop/Back Loop single Crochet in the Round
Abbreviations:
SC -single crochet
DC -double crochet
SSJ -slipstitch join
SC2tog -work the next 2 single crochet together
as one stitch.
DC2tog -work the next 2 double crochet together
as one stitch

Alternating Single and Double Crochet as Flat Fabric:
Chain an odd number of chains.
Row 1: SC in second chain from hook, *DC in next chain,SC in next chain.*
Repeat from * to * across. Chain 1, Turn.
Row 2: SC in top of DC, *DC in top of SC, SC in top of DC*
Repeat from * to * across. Chain 1, Turn.
Repeat Row 2 for length of fabric.
Increasing:
In each of the first 2 stitches, work (1 SC and 1 DC),
work pattern across to last 2 stitches.
In each of the last 2 stitches, work (1 SC and 1 DC).
Chain 1, Turn.
Decreasing:
SC2tog, DC2tog, work pattern to last 4 stitches.
SC2tog, DC2tog.

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Alternating Single and Double Crochet in the Round:
Chain an odd number of chains (at least 31 to allow room
for your fingers to hold the stitches).
Slip Stitch Join to form a ring, Chain 1, Do not turn.
Row 1: SC in same chain as slipstitch,
*DC in next chain, SC in next chain*.
Repeat from * to * across, end with SC in last chain
(not the turning chain).
Skip Turning Chain. Slip Stitch Join to first SC. Chain 1, Turn.
Row 2: SC in first stitch, *DC in top of SC. SC in top of DC.
Continue alternating SC and DC across.
End with SC, skip turning chain. Chain 1, Turn.
Repeat Row 2 for length of fabric.
Increasing:
In each of the first 2 stitches, work (1 SC and 1 DC),
pattern to last three stitches.
In each of the next 2 stitches, work (1 SC and 1 DC),
SC in next stitch. Skip turning chain. Slip Stitch Join to first SC.
Chain 1, Turn.
Decreasing:
SC2tog, DC2tog, work in pattern to last 5 stitches.
SC2tog, DC2tog, SC in next stitch.
Skip turning chain. Slip Stitch Join to first SC. Chain 1, Turn.

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Front Loop/Back Loop Single Crochet as Flat Fabric:
Chain an even number of chains.
Row 1: Sc in the 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across,
Chain 1, Turn.
Row 2: Sc in both loops of first stitch, Sc in back loop only of next stitch,
*sc in front loop of next stitch, sc
in back loop of next stitch. Repeat from * to last stitch.
Sc in both loops of last stitch. (The both loop
Sc makes a nicer edge than back loop sc).
(All rows will start and end with back loop sc -not
counting the edge both loop sc)
Repeat row 2 for length of fabric.
Increasing (usual method) -fabric will jog a bit at the increase:
Beginning of row: Both loop sc, work a back loop sc and a front loop sc
in each of the next 2 stitches, work even to the
last 3 stitches. Work a front loop sc and a back loop sc
in each of the next 2 stitches, work a both loop sc in the last stitch.
Chain 1, turn.
Decreasing (usual method) -fabric will jog a bit at the decrease:
Beginning of row: Both loop sc, work back loop sc2tog over the next 2 stitches,
and front loop sc2tog over the next 2 stitches.
Work even to the last 5 stitches.
Work front loop sc2tog
over the next 2 stitches, and back loop sc2tog
over the next 2 stitches,
both loop sc in last stitch.
Increasing (smooth method):
In first stitch, work a both loop sc, in next stitch work a front loop sc
and a back loop sc.
Work even to the last 2 stitches in row.
Work a back loop sc and a front loop sc.
Work a both loop sc in last stitch of row.
All rows will now start and end with front loop sc
-not counting the both loop sc edge stitch.
Decreasing (smooth method):
Work a both loop sc in the first stitch, skip the next stitch,
work a front loop sc next and continue with
normal pattern to last 3 stitches.
In the third stitch from end work front loop sc, skip next stitch,
work both loop sc in the last stitch.
All rows will now begin and end with front loop sc
-not including the both loop edge stitch.

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Front Loop/Back Loop Single Crochet in the Round:
Work and odd number of chain -at least 31 to allow space
for your fingers to hold the stitches- SSJ and chain 1, Turn.
Row 1: Sc in same chain as the chain 1, and in each chain around.
No stitch in the slipstitch join (it looks like the last stitch but it isn't)
Chain 1, Turn.
Row 2: Back loop sc in first stitch, front loop sc in next,
*back loop sc in next stitch, front loop sc in next.
Repeat from * to end of round. SSJ, chain 1, Turn.
Repeat row 2 for length of fabric.
Increasing (usual method) -fabric will jog a bit at the increase:
Work a back loop sc and a front loop sc in each of the first 2 stitches,
work even to the last 2 stitches.
Work a back loop sc and a front loop sc in each of the last 2 stitches.
Decreasing (usual method) -fabric will jog a bit at the decrease:
Back loop sc 2tog the first 2 stitches, front loop sc2tog the next 2 stitches.
Work even to the last 4 stitches.
Back loop sc2tog the next 2 stitches, front loop sc2tog the last 2 stitches.
Slipstitch join, chain 1, turn.
Increasing (smooth method):
Work a front loop sc and a back loop sc in the first stitch,
work in pattern to the last stitch of the round.
Work a front loop sc and a back loop sc
in the last stitch of the round.
Rows now start with front loop sc and end with back loop sc.
Slipstitch join, chain 1, turn.
Decreasing (smooth method):
Skip first stitch, start pattern in second stitch
with a front loop sc.
Work in pattern to last 2 stitches.
Skip last stitch, slipstitch join, chain 1, turn.
Rows now start with front loop sc.

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