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May 15, 2012

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Sometimes a pattern has you work rows of stitches and then to form a border or edging
you are instructed to "work in the row ends". The row ends are the first & last stitches you did on each row. If the rows are single crochet stitches then the "end of the row" refers to
making the required stitches around the first & last single crochet stitches on each row.
If the first & last stitches on the row are double crochet stitches you work around the post of the double crochet stitches. No matter what kind of stitch you are using you work around the actual stitch on the end of the row... not into the top of it.

The first photo in the following picture shows a swatch turned on its side
with the ends of the rows on the top. I used a white cotton thread to work into the
row ends so you could see where the stitches go. The second photo shows the entire
piece with a border added. I worked one single crochet into each row end, one single
into each unworked loop of the foundation chain, one single in each row end up the opposite
side, and one single in each stitch on the last row I had made. For each corner I worked
3 singles so the motif wouldn't curl up.

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Subject: Crocheting Question

Hi. I really enjoy your newsletter & decided today to take advantage of asking you a question or two.

1. I crochet tightly and to compensate I increase my hook size by sometimes 2 sizes. I have consciously tried to loosen my stitch but when working on something larger than a washcloth, I general go back to my tight ways. Any suggestions?

2. I have worked on several projects that require a SC be made all the way around the item. My last one said to place 115 evenly spaced SC on the edges. This always throws me because I don't exactly know how to "evenly space" SC when there aren't other SC to put these in to. The rows are not repetitive so the ends are not consistent. Is there magic to making this work or to counting????

Chris Garrett

<< reply >>

Answer to Question 1:

Since changing your hook size hasn’t helped with your tension problem... try holding your hook differently. If you normally hold your hook like a knife, change to a pencil hold.
If you normally hold your hook like a pencil, change to the knife hold.
Let me know if this helps.

Answer to Question 2:
I’ve seen instructions like this a lot myself and it used to be so confusing to me also.
Think of it this way... The area of the project that requires the stitches must first be divided into sections. Then it’s time for a little math. You need to know how many stitches you need to add per section. Lets say the length of the project is 23 inches and you need to place those 115 stitches evenly across that area.

115 stitches divided by 23” = 5 stitches per inch

Use stitch markers to mark your project in one inch increments and place 5 stitches within each one inch section.


RE: UK Crochet Square

Good Morning
Thanks for all the work you do on your website, and the free patterns. I really like this pattern, but how do you handle switching between colors and weaving in the ends. Your finished product looks so neat and clean.

<< reply >>

You're very welcome.

The following page tells about changing colors when working with charts or graphs:

The Row Count patterns on my site eliminate the need for a graph but are worked similarly in regard to changing colors. The videos on the above page show a demonstration of the Purple Heart Coaster pattern. You can watch how I changed colors as I make the coaster.
The coaster patterns are great first “row count” patterns.


Hi, I am fairly new to crochet and am attempting a tea cosy pattern from a blog that uses the abbreviation hdc. I can't find what this is - am guessing half double crochet, but how do you do that? Hope you can help. Thanks, Jackie

<< reply >>

You are correct!
Hdc is a half double crochet.

Here’s how:
Yarn over and insert your hook into the stitch or space indicated,
yarn over and pull up a loop. (You should have 3 loops on your hook.)
Yarn over again and draw through all three of the loops on the hook.

and here’s a video demonstrating the stitch:


You can find many other stitch abbreviations/instructions on our Crochet Basics Page:

Subject: Pattern


I am looking for a pattern from about 30 years ago! It was a mouse bookmark and as I remember it was a chain with several dc in each chain so it curled around and then had a chain long tail and little eyes.

Any help would be appreciated. I want to make 125 of these for first graders I have been working with on their reading. I know they were very easy to make, but can't find my pattern.

Thank you!


<< reply >>

LionBrand has a Pocket Pet Mouse pattern:
that says it can be used as a bookmark.

I found a couple of other cute mouse patterns also:

Would you happen to have a picture of one of the bookmarks you had?

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Crochet Tip: Most of the time graphs for Crochet and Cross Stitch patterns can be used interchangeably.


Suzi Bridwell Bryant
hmmm never thought of that
Michele Choate
Graphs for crochet and cross stitch are normally charted on true square grid paper. Knit graphs are not... since knit stitches are shorter than they are wide the knit graphs are charted on "knitter's graph paper". With each square on knitter's graph paper not being a perfect square the image will be distorted if used with crochet or cross stitch.
I didn't know knitters graph paper was different! Thanks for the heads up!
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Re: Shoe Fly Glass Topper


What a lovely idea!
Linda Eisensmith Lewis
It can be used as a coaster also.


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Wanted to say thank you for your preemie hat pattern that I've used. This is the link to my Mama Jo's Inspired by Love page of preemie hats (so far) and the credit I've given to your wonderful work. Thank you!

I'm glad you enjoyed the pattern... the hats are adorable!

RE: Message on the Crochetnmore Fan Page

I'm working on the white toilet tissue cover pattern...and just don't think I'm reading the pattern correctly... I come out with a flower but it doesn't quite look like the picture shown. I get up to rnd 5 but don't understand where the 9sc are suppose to go. did yellow w/E and green w/I hook.

On same pattern what does the [6 ch 3 spaces] mean on rnd 2? I thought it just meant how many spaces I would have etc....but that is not what I winded up with...

Blue Jay

<< replies >>

I'm in the process of making a video tutorial for this pattern. The 9sc go into the chain 6 loops on Rnd 3. You should have 6 ch3 spaces when you finish Rnd 2 and 6 ch6 spaces when you finish Rnd 3.
thanks for the quick response, I was trying to get them done for mother's day. I look forward to the video tutorial, because even though my flowers look good, I don't know if I was doing it right, and it would be nice to see how it is done. thanks again.
Blue Jay
You're welcome.
Here's the first video:



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RE: How to Crochet - Single Crochet 3 Together (sc3tog)



Very clear, thanks!


Subject: preemie gown pattern

Thanks so much for your preemie gown pattern--I'm hoping to
make these for my perinatal hospice. Can I make them bigger and smaller?

<< reply >>

You’re very welcome... this pattern should be easy to adjust.
The number of foundation chains can be increased to make a larger
version or decreased to make a smaller version.... you will need to
adjust the number of stitches that are joined to form the shoulders also.


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Re: Mom Bookmark



I can I have this crochet bookmark pattern please I want to do it to okay that look great okay . Thanks You?

<< reply >>

The link to the pattern is below the video.


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Re: Mom Bookmark Tutorial - Part 3 (Rows 17-24)



What yarn are you using?
For the video I used a worsted weight yarn and larger hook so you could see how I made the bookmark. The pattern uses bedspread weight cotton thread with a #7 steel hook. This is listed in the materials section on the pattern page.

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Looking for the neatest way to stitch squares together. Am halfway through a 3-year project and want to take first quarter apart again, I'm not happy with the stitches/technique that I used to piece them together :/
Gene Putter Claassen

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Re: Row_Count_Breast_Cancer_Ribbon_Afghan_Square

I was wondering if you cut and tie each time you change colors?
Could you let me know please?

thank you

Ann Brown

<< reply >>

No, I carry the unused color along as I crochet.


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Crochet Tip:
Crocheting multiple colors?
Put the yarn (in a basket) on a turn table to easily untwist it.


That's a really good idea. I like to use my yarn in the order it is in, so if blue is first I place it in front of the white, then when I use white I place it behind the blue. Always in the same order, and I turn so the yarn doesn't wrap up. I figured this out the last few times I had to untangle everything.
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Scrap Yarn Idea: Scrap cotton yarn = randomly striped dishcloths. Crochet until you use one color then switch.


Great idea!
Keith-Sara Sach
I've never thought of that till now.
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RE: Double Ruffle Granny Baby Afghan


i love this
Tricia Crow
this is beautiful but i cannot get it to lay flat with the chain one in the corner space any hints
Katherine Harris
‎Katherine Harris: 2 chains in the corners will work fine also.... see if that helps.
thanks it has helped I was using pound of love I hook going to use different yarn like this pattern.
Katherine Harris
Feel free to post a picture when you finish :)


RE: Table Runner

On your crochet table you talk about crocheting into the hump do you mean crochet in the back loop of the chain ?

<< reply >>

Yes, into the back loop ridge of each chain.
I have a video tutorial for this pattern here:

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I am a novice and currently working on a starling handbag. My question is how do I do lining. Obviously, fabric and facing but do I hand sew or machine sew? Thank you

<< reply >>

I recommend hand sewing a lining because you can stitch only on the inside of the work. If you sew in a lining using a machine the thread will distort your stitches and be visible on the outside of your bag.



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What kinds of patterns do you suggest to someone just learning to read them? (I'm self taught and can't understand them.


Patterns marked “easy” that use only a few stitches.
Believe it or not… a full size afghan using one stitch is a great way to practice.
Do you have a certain pattern you want to make?

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Scrap Yarn Idea:
Use yarn bobbins to store small scraps of yarn.


Or empty toilet paper rolls. Those work too. :D
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