Other than the magic loop, there are two methods to begin crocheting in the round: beginning in a chain stitch, and beginning in a ring. The chain stitch method is used when the first round is less than 8 stitches. For more than 8 stitches in the first round, use the method for beginning in a ring. (The magic loop may be used for any number of stitches in the first round.)
Beginning in a Chain Stitch
1. Chain 2.
2. Work desired number of stitches in second chain from hook.
Shown: 6 single crochets in second chain from hook.
3. Join with slip stitch to first stitch made in chain.
*Note that some patterns are worked continuously and do not require joining between rounds.
4. Round 1 is complete.
Unless the rounds are worked continuously without joining, each subsequent round must begin with a starting chain (the equivalent of a turning chain) to match the height of the stitches in the round. Rounds are usually worked without turning between rounds.
Beginning in a Ring
1. Work desired number of beginning chains.
Shown: 5 chains.
2.Join with slip stitch to first chain made.
3.You now have a ring of chains in which to begin your first round.
4.Begin the first round with a starting chain (the equivalent of a turning chain) to match the height of the stitches in the round.
Shown: 3 chains.
5.Work the first stitch into the center of the ring created by the beginning chains.
6.Work each subsequent stitch in the first round as the first stitch, working into the center of the beginning chain ring.
Shown: 10 double crochets.
7.Join with slip stitch to top of starting chain.
8.Round 1 is complete.