THERE ARE THREE WAYS TO START A "ROUND" PROJECT.
2. Work into Ch1
Cons: may be slightly less strong than the others, just a guess though. Works best with double or treble. Larger-ish center.
Any pattern will tell you how to being your project. You can always adapt said pattern. It's YOUR project after all. It's ultimately up to you how you want to begin your round.
If your pattern says;
Row 1 - Ch4, join with slip stitch
Row 2 - 12 dc in center
That is exactly what we did here.
In this example it can be translated as;
Row 1 - chain 3. Work 11 dc into first ch (or second ch from hook)
Note; The first ch acts as the center of the work, the second and third chain act as the first dc.
This is really the exact same thing.
So. Here we go....
11 double crochet into the first chain you make. My thumb nail is holding the knot at the beginning and the tail.
Yarn over, pull through.
Complete your dc.
Now you have your original chain 2 that is being counted as a dc and your first of 11 dc.
Here is 5 more dc.
Join with the first st. Slip stitch.
And tie off. WHA-LA!