Understanding Crochet Instructions

August 28, 2007 at 8:37 am 1 comment

Dear SweaterBabe,

I am a beginner and I need help with something that appears to be quite simple but I do not get it.

sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 1, 5 dc in next ch-3 sp, ch1, sc in next ch 3-sp, *(ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp) 3 times, ch 1, 5 dc in next ch-3 sp, ch 1, sc in next ch 3-sp: repeat from *

I know sc – single crochet and the shell pattern with the 5 double crochet.  I am not getting the “next ch-3 sp”. 

I worked on this for hours last evening and I just don’t know what  to do.  This is only row 2 I am working on.  Just never learned this terminology. Could you put this instruction in plain English?

Here is the beginning of the pattern:

Chain 146 loosely.

Row 1:  Sc in second ch from hook. *ch 3, skip next 2 chs, sc in next ch; repeat from * across:  49 sc and 48 ch-3 sps. Row 2:  (Right Side): Ch 4 (counts as first dc plus ch 1, now and throughout), Turn; sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 1, 5 dc in next ch-3 sp, ch1, sc in next ch 3-sp, *(ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp) 3 times, ch 1, 5 dc in next ch-3 sp, ch 1, sc in next ch 3-sp: repeat from * across to last sc, ch1, dc in last sc: 90 sts and 49 sps.

Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!– Janet

Dear Janet,

Here is the same set of instructions long-hand to try and explain each bit of Row 2:

Row 2:  (Right Side): Ch 4 (counts as first dc plus ch 1, now and throughout), Turn

Row 2 is the “Right Side” of your work, meaning that it will be the side that faces out or is the “prettier” side of the item/garment.

Counting the Ch 4 at the beginning as the first dc, plus ch 1 is just for 1) counting stitches if you need to (especially if there is a stitch count mentioned at the end of the row) and 2) may be how the “ch 4” will be referred to at the end of Row 3 if you need to work a stitch into it.

“Turn” just means to turn your work to begin the next row.  You will turn your work like you do the page of a book and begin working your second row from right to left. 

; sc in next ch-3 sp,

As you are looking down the row (right to left), you will see the next chain-3 space, which is one of the 48 ch-3 spaces that you created on Row 1.  Work a sc in that ch-3 sp by inserting your hook in the space and working the sc. 

ch 1, 5 dc in next ch-3 sp,

Chain 1 ch, then work 5 dc into the next chain-3 space you see to the left.  Work the first dc into the space by inserting your hook into the space and working the dc.  Then, work 4 more dc into the exact same space, so you create a 5-dc group that fans out like a shell.

ch1, sc in next ch 3-sp,

Chain 1 ch, then work 1 sc in the next chain-3 space you see to the left.

*(ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp) 3 times,

Work the instructions you see in the parentheses 3 times in a row, which means to: ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp.  You will have just created 3 new ch-3 spaces.

ch 1, 5 dc in next ch-3 sp, ch 1, sc in next ch 3-sp: repeat from * across to last sc,

Chain 1, work 5 dc in the next ch-3 space you see to the left. Chain 1, work 1 sc in the next ch-3 space you see to the left.  Go back to the asterisk and work all the instructions from the asterisk to the colon until you only see 1 sc left (from Row 1). 

ch1, dc in last sc: 90 sts and 49 sps.

Chain 1, work a dc in the last sc (which is the 1st sc that you worked in Row 1).  You should now have 90 sts and 49 spaces that you can count to double check that Row 2 was worked correctly.

Here is a Crochet Diagram that further explains the instructions.  I LOVE these sort of diagrams because you can see visually what the pattern is asking you to do.  I only diagrammed the first part of Row 2, as you will just repeat the part where the big blue arrow arches.  I’ve shown 1 repeat of the * to : section.

Crochet Diagram of Pattern Stitch

Hope this all helps!!  Please feel free to comment on this post.

 

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  • 1. Traci  |  October 9, 2007 at 11:56 am

    Hi. I have been crocheting for year but I have come across a pattern that I can not figure out. It is to crochet a Mare & Foal in the Jan/Feb 1985 Crafts n’ things magazine. The instructions say – Work 3 sc in 1 (cb), 6 sc, dec 3 sc as 1 (cf), 7 sc. The “cb” stands for “center back” and “cf” stands for “center front.” I do not understand what the instructions mean by center front or center back? Please help! Thank you, Traci

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