This is my first crocheting project. I’m trying to make a hat. I’m not really certain what to do, but what I was doing seemed to be working for a while. Basically, I chained six stitches, crocheted into the first stitch, and then pulled the yarn through that stitch (creating a new stitch; I figured this was how you increase for a new row). I did this for every stitch into the chain, and then round and round, increasing rapidly until I came to a point where there were so many stitches that I thought that I could skip a couple. The piece was starting to become uneven on the edges, kind of ruffled, so I thought it would be okay. But I’m not so sure.
So my questions are:
Is it right for me to crochet in the round this way? Making chain stitches, crocheting into the first stitch, but instead of moving on to the next one immediately, pulling the yarn through the stitch I just made? That was the only way I figured I could increase.
When you’re crocheting in the round, do you have to go through EVERY stitch?
How do you decrease when you reach the roundness you want?