The first step to working in the round is creating a loop, or center ring, into which our first round of stitches will be made. There are a few different ways of making this loop, but for now we will discuss the most common.
Begin by chaining four stitches. Work a slip stitch into your first chain (see photos 1 and 2). This joins your stitches and creates the needed foundation loop. From now on we will refer to this loop as our center ring.
Chain 1 stitch. This gives you some distance between the hook and the center ring and is equivalent to chaining up one (or more depending on the stitch pattern) before beginning a row when you’re working flat.
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