Some of my favorite crochet projects to make is beanies and coasters. I work on many projects that require working in the round. It’s a constant challenge as I tend to place stitches incorrectly at the start or end of the row. Upon reaching the end of the row, I’ve usually crocheted into the stitch that belongs to the slip stitch in the top of the beginning chain three. After a lot of frustration and time, I researched this and discovered two methods that help prevent an extra stitch at the end of the round.

The first method is to simply pull the base of the slip stitch at the bottom tightly. It should not look like a stitch at the end of the round. This method has been working well for me when I use other stitch markers to count how many stitches I have made. This method helps a lot to ensure I have the right amount of stitches at the end.

There’s another way you can make sure that you do not crochet into the base of the slip stitch. You can place a stitch marker at the base of the slip stitch. Then skip the stitch when you reach the end of the row. This method works well and may cause a more even flow in how the “seam” looks. Despite the improvements made by utilizing one of these methods, I still find myself pulling apart my work back to the beginning. This error occurs when I have crocheted my beginning stitch into the chain-three instead of the first stitch of the row. For the most part, this only means I need to go slower and focus on that first stitch. This intense “in the now” focus may be slowing me down but is paying off in the long run.