Hello, I am brand new to crochet and after some stitch practice I am on my very first project, a baby beanie. I have completed 5 rounds and by counting stitches obsessively have made no mistakes that I can tell!
I put aside my project for a day and when I started my round 6 suddenly I am confused.
At the end of round 5 I had 48 stitches. I put a stitch marker (paperclip!) in stitch 48 then did a slip stitch into stitch #1 of that round to connect (ie not a spiral pattern). that gave me a stitch past the paperclip. To start a round the pattern tells me to chain 1. That's now 2 stitches past my paperclip. Then I am to "single crochet in same stitch - this counts as 2 single crochet in the 1st stitch" then sc in following 5 stitches before doubling again to grow.
But when I sc I now have 3 stitches past my paperclip, not 2, so if I sc 1 in stitch 2 of round 5 and continue the pattern won't I have an extra stitch at the end (57 instead of 56)???
Please help! I have no idea how I was doing it in the first five rounds without a problem. Am I inserting the hook in the wrong place for the first sc? I notice that the slip stitch covers the first stitch of round 5 (ie if I count it as #1 I still get to 48 at my paperclip) so should I be backtracking into that stitch rather than the space next to it and the chain?
I hope this is clear enough and that someone has advice... Thanks!!