Confusing Crochet Instructions.

July 4, 2008 at 11:22 am Leave a comment

Dear Sweaterbabe,

I am fairly new to crochet. I have done several afghans, and recently bought a book of smaller projects. Crochet and Knit Simply Plushious.

The smaller projects seem to hit more confusing instructions for me however. In working Cropped top from the link, I hit this line which is simply not making sense to me.

Shape Right Neck-

Next Row(WS) Ch 3, sk first sc, dc in next sc, {work cable} 8 times, place marker in next st turn leaving rem sts unworked – (34) sts

Neck Decrease Row: ch 1, sc3tog (neck edge), sc in each rem st across; turn – 32 sts.

Next Row: ch 1, sc in each st across; turn.

Next Row: Ch 3, dc in next sc, [work cable] 8 times, dc in each of last 2 dc; turn.

(Here is the part which is confusing me dreadfully) Work 3 rows even in established pat. Rep Neck Decrease row twice more – 28 sts
(Does this just mean repeat from the neck decrease row 2 more times? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

— Jessica

Dear Jessica,

Without seeing the stitch pattern… I am guessing thar you need to work 3 rows even (no decreasing) first.  I’m not clear whether these 3 rows are 2 sc rows, then a dc row?  I’d have to look at the photo or pattern to tell.  It should be clear from what you’ve been doing…

THEN, just the Neck Derease row 2 times.  Just that row, not the rows that are after it.  This is the interpretation if I take the instruction very straight-forwardly, which is what most well-written patterns expect you to do!

Hope that makes sense!  As usual, I always recommend interpreting instructions in the most direct way, not presuming any words were left out first.  Then, follow your gut as to what you see in the photo and what makes the most sense for what you are making.

Sigh!  I prefer patterns that are more explicit about what row you are on and what to do on each specific row number; however, because people have different row gauges (yarn substituting and natural variation in knitting and crochet tensions), and patterns are often written to save space, you can end up with instructions like these that are not so clear.

— SweaterBabe

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