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Yarn over twice, then insert your hook into the stitch or space indicated.

Yarn over and pull up a loop. (4 loops on hook.)
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Subject: Walker tote

Do you know where I can find a knit or crochet pattern for walker totes?

<< reply >>

Here are links to a few walker tote patterns:

Lisa I'm so happy to be able to look at the video, I do much better by seeing the stitches to learn a new pattern. I'm 70 now and I use to be so good at reading patterns but now I do better by watching them. thank you again for doing this.

Joyce Harris

Thank you Lisa.
Those are very nice. Have a great 2012!!
God bless Emmy

RE: Dog_Sweater_Pattern

Stuck on row 21 of easy dog sweater crochet pattern
After I chain 16 do I bend chain around to where the chain started--or
do I go to beginning chain of the last row made?


<< reply >>

Yes... just connect that chain to the first stitch you made
on that round... chain 2 and continue with Rnd 22.

Re: ReadAPattern

I am starting to crochet a baby cocoon & hat. In the instructions it uses the letters "PM". Can you explain what these letters mean? Example: "PM in center sc of the last 3 sc, working on opposite side of chain."

Thank you very much

<< reply >>

I use that abbreviation for “place marker”.

How do you do a free loop in crochet ?


<< reply >>

To crochet into a free loop... you work into the unworked loop of a previous stitch. Is this what you’re referring to?

RE: Stitch_Question

I am looking for a plain knit or crochet pattern for a thick 7 or 8 inch hot pad.
Do you have a pattern that fits that description?
Thanks so much for your help!
Joan Elmore

<< reply >>

Here are a few hot pad patterns you might like:

These aren’t exactly “plain”.
You can make a hot pad using two strands of cotton
along with your favorite stitch.

Subject: need help with crochet abbreviation

Hi, Can you tell me what it means in crochet instructions when they put the '@' sign ? I cannot find this in the abbreviations page anywhere.

Thank you very much


<< reply >>

Designers use symbols to set off instructions to be referred to again later on in a pattern. Does your pattern refer to the @ sign later on in that row/round?

Thanks again for these great videos Lisa! WOW! 45 videos now... fantastic! I just stopped by to view the row count videos again so I can give it try later. I need a wee-little break from my Scarves for Special Olympics that I am making. I think I got it... Being able to watch you crochet the square from beginning to end really helped me remember everything that needs to be done. I got to run over to your website now and print the heart coaster pattern now. Thanks again my friend. T =)

How to Crochet - Ruffled Edge

Comment :

and what do you do when you get to the end?

You can work the ruffle along one or all sides of a project.
For one side you simply finish off at the end of the row.
If you work all the way around an afghan you would join with a slip stitch to
join the round.


How to Crochet - Ruffled Edge

Just what i was looking for! so how can i add another color to the edge of the ruffles? thanks!

@kitkatNEF I will be posting another video soon demonstrating how to add a "double ruffle". A double ruffle can be made using one color or two contrasting colors. The video will show how to make it using two contrasting colors.

You can add an additional(s) to the single ruffle also if you want to make it wider.

How to Crochet - Double Ruffled Edge

How to Crochet - Linked Treble Crochet Stitch


What a great video! I get your newsletter in my email and learned about this stitch through that. I had never heard of this stitch before, i'm a fairly new crocheter, but i'm always glad to learn a new stitch. :-) Thank you Lisa for your great website, newsletter and now your videos, you've been a great help to me.


How to Crochet - Linked Treble Crochet Stitch


What a great video! I get your newsletter in my email and learned about this stitch through that. I had never heard of this stitch before, i'm a fairly new crocheter, but i'm always glad to learn a new stitch. :-) Thank you Lisa for your great website, newsletter and now your videos, you've been a great help to me.


RE: Round Crochet

Have you ever done any videos for beginners to do round crochet? I haven't been able to find any as good as the one you did for chain stitch crochet for beginners. Yours was the easiest one to both see and hear.

If you have done one for beginners in round crochet, very beginners, could you tell me where to find them?

Thank you once again for the first chain stitch video, which I found immensely helpful and easy to understand.

Helen Bookman

<< reply >>

Actually I’m going to make more videos tonight.
Is there a certain type of round crocheted item you would like
to see? Or just a video that shows “in general” how to crochet
a round piece?

I plan on doing a video on how to work in a “continuous round”.

<< Helen's Reply >>

I would love a basic round crochet, but I am hoping, eventually in my fondest dreams, to learn also how to crochet lacy types of round crochet. Not lace, but say the type you would use to make a lacy pattern in a hat or an embelishment for hats or other clothing.

But the basic round crochet is most important (walk first, run later). If there were instructions on how to increase or decrease, those would be fascinating. Not necessarily doable, but fascinating anyway.

Thank you so much for your response. I never thought it would be so fast!

God bless,


RE: ABC Baby Blanket

I have never done a chart always written instruction I really want do this pattern for my first G grandson due in April My granddaughter in law is fix the nursery in the ABC and I just can not get the chart in my head count the stitches just not come out right I count 23 stitch then a bubble and on 9th stitch another bubble for the starting Z Is this correct? Thank you so much for any help or advice BJ

<< reply >>

See if this larger copy of the graph helps:
Inside each square (between the puff stitch dividers) is 27 stitches tall x 27 stitches wide.
Each letter is 13 stitches tall x 7 stitches wide.

I’ve made this pattern many times.
I like working the border as I go instead of adding it later... therefore I add
4 more stitches to my foundation chain in order to incorporate two extra stitches on each side of the afghan... placing puff stitches to form the edges.

I add two additional rows to the beginning and two additional rows to the end.
To begin I work Row 1 all single crochet... then Row 2 I work the same as Row 28.
For Row 168 I work the same as Row 28 and then finish working Row 169 in all single crochet.

To read the graph you begin where it says “start” (unless you work the border like I suggest).
Read Row 1 from Right to Left.
Read Row 2 from Left to Right.
Continue reading all ODD rows from Right to Left and all EVEN rows from Left to Right.

Please let me know if you have further questions.

RE: Adult_Bib

Your pattern for the adult bib does not specify how much 4 ply cotton yarn is needed.

Wanda Dixon

<< reply >>

I made the Bib from a 14 ounce cone of cotton yarn and
failed to weigh it before giving it to a friend. I would estimate
the yarn amount to be around 6 ounces.

RE: ReadAPattern

my pattern reads: (ch 3,sk next 3chs,sc in next ch) twice;
Please explain.

<< reply >>

This means you do the following:

chain 3
skip the next 3 chains
single crochet in the next chain (that’s one time)

chain 3
skip the next 3 chains
single crochet in the next chain (this makes twice)

RE: Ribbed Dog Sweater

Where does the legs go?

<< reply >>

The openings for the dog’s front legs are formed as you join the chest piece of this pattern.
Look at this photo:
you can see one of the leg openings on the lower left part of the sweater.

RE: Dog_Sweater_Pattern

How do not turn at the end of the row

<< reply >>

If a pattern instructs you not to turn... just keep working in the same direction instead of turning the work over and working back across the stitches you just did.

RE: PomPomPreemieHat

I’m about half way through with making this and on RNDS 2-28 it reads that I just keep crocheting around and that I’m not adding any extra stitches. As a result this is looking like an oval, elongated thing with kind of two points at each end. I’ve looked at your picture and I’m having trouble visualizing how this is going to turn into a hat. The instructions say you create the pompom and pull both ends of the foundation row. Then I pull the pointed ends together and attach the pompom. This will pull the ends and make the round opening for the baby’s head.

Do I have this right or am I missing something.

<< reply >>

Yes, the pattern works up as an oval shape.
When you add the pom pom you join the first and last stitches
of the foundation chain (round 1) together using the yarn you tie the pom pom with.

Please help me,

I want to know how you crochet the following;

ch-5 lp

[ Ch 5, sk 4 chs, sl st in next ch]

Thanks for the help,

<< reply >>

>> ch-5 lp
this is referring to a chain 5 loop... or the next section on the working row where you made 5 chains. When you see instructions referring to working into the ch-5 lp you work the stitches into the hole beneath the 5 chains.

>> [ Ch 5, sk 4 chs, sl st in next ch]

This means you make 5 chains, skip 4 chains and then slip stitch in the next chain.
Since this is inside brackets [ ] you will do this the number of times indicated after the closing bracket.

Re: Help with crochet pattern instructions

I am just starting to crochet and follow a pattern. I read your pattern reading explanations on the internet, but am still confused. Please help explain what these instructions are saying:

Ch 1, sc in first sc, [ch 1 sc in next ch-1 sp] twice, ch1, sc in last sc; turn - 4 sc and 3 ch-1 sps.

Thank you for your help. Hope to hear from you soon so I can get started. I may need more help later.

Beverly Antilley

<< reply >>

For your instructions you do the following:
chain 1
work one single crochet in the first single crochet
chain 1
single crochet in the next chain 1 space (work the stitch into the hole
beneath that chain) -- that's one time -

chain 1
single crochet in the next chain 1 space (work the stitch into the hole
beneath that chain) -- this makes twice -
chain 1
work a single crochet in the last single crochet
when you finish you should have 4 single crochet stitches and three chain 1

I’m pretty new at this, and I did see a BEAUTIFUL pattern (Kelly’s Sweater)
which I have just begun to make.. At the armhole, though , I’m having a REAL
problem. To have the armhole opening, it only has 5 ch’s --- and this is
WAY TOO SMALL for the top of an armhole, I think. Am I missing something,
or should it be more like 15 ch’s for that opening? I am making it with a
size K hook in order to fit a child who wears 18mo – 24mo size clothes.

THEN, the instructions aren’t clear to me on skipping a number of st’s for the
opening. It doesn’t say that anywhere, yet it appears in the photos that st’s
have been skipped. I’m just not clear on how many to skip. Should I eyeball this?

Can you clarify for me? I’m just starting the armholes now.



<< reply >>

I looked at the “Kelly’s Sweater” pattern
and agree that the armhole looks a bit on the small side... especially for a larger baby.
You could add extra chains to make a larger armhole.
I don’t think extra stitches for the armhole would alter the pattern very much.

As far as how many stitches to skip... this pattern refers to working the next
stitch in a certain “corner” which would skip all stitches between where you are
and that corner stitch.

I do hope you managed to get this pattern to work out for you.

RE: Help with crochet pattern

My name is Amber and I just learned or am beginning to learn how to crochet.
This is my first project and it is a doily. I am on round 6 and it says:

Sl st in next 2dc and in next ch-3 sp; beg shell in same sp; * + ch 5, working over next ch-5 sp, sc in corresponding ch-5 sp on 2nd rnd below; ch 5 +; shell in ch-3 sp of next shell -- shell in shell made; rep from * 6 times more, then rep from + to + once; join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3.

I'm not sure about the "beg shell made". does that mean to do something from the previous round?

I love your website, it is very helpful.

Thanks so much already,

<< reply >>

>>Sl st in next 2dc and in next ch-3 sp; beg shell in same sp; * + ch 5, working
>> over next ch-5 sp, sc in corresponding ch-5 sp on 2nd rnd below; ch 5 +;
>> shell in ch-3 sp of next shell -- shell in shell made; rep from * 6 times more,
>> then rep from + to + once; join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3.

This means you work a slip stitch in the next 2 double crochet stitches.
Slip stitch in the next chain 3 space (into the hole beneath the 3 chains)
work a beginning shell (instructions for this should be in the pattern) in the
same space.
chain 5
working over the next chain 5 space... single crochet in the corresponding
chain 5 of the second round below (this means to reach down to that round
to work the single crochet)
chain 5
work a shell (instructions should be in the pattern) in the chain 3 space of
the next shell. (that places this shell in the shell on the previous round)
now repeat from the asterisk * 6 more times.
now repeat from + to + once and join with a slip stitch in the 3rd chain
of the beginning chain 3.

>> I'm not sure about the "beg shell made". does that mean to do something
>> from the previous round?

“beg shell made” just means that the instructions you just followed formed
a beginning shell.

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About what size does this afghan come out? thanks!

<< reply >>

This afghan measures approximately 25"x27".

RE: Read A Pattern

pattern says : Body: ch46. Sc in second chain from hook -so far so it says *ch-1,skip one ch, sc in next ch*
my query is what does ch-1 mean?
jo hardy

<< reply >>

>> it says *ch-1,skip one ch, sc in next ch*
>>my query is what does ch-1 mean?

The asterisk is there as a reference for later.
You will chain 1, then skip one chain, then work a single crochet in the next chain.
Then your pattern should say something about repeating from the asterisk to finish
that row.

<< Jo's Reply >>

Its ok lisa, it is not ch1 though, it is ch-1 which is to work in the space below [from the previous row] and the numbers are not stitches they are the total rows to do
[I figured it out in the end] thanks anyway

<< Lisa's Reply >>

Ch1 and ch-1 stand for the same thing... and in your instruction that means you need
to make one chain. So on subsequent rows your instructions had you work into those chain spaces?

Glad you figured your pattern out.

<< Jo's Reply >>

gosh lisa you're brilliant!, I had it completely wrong - your tip that ch1 IS the same as ch-1 is correct.[in this pattern at least.] all I could find on the internet was to work in the space on the previous row so consequently the work was all bunched up and obviously wrong. thank you but why couldn't the designer have said what ch-1 is? I am not the only one confused judging by the comments! so thanks a million, now I AM doing it correctly. jo

<< Lisa's Reply >>

I’m glad I could clear that up for you.
The designer has probably crocheted for many years, like myself, and
we tend to forget how confusing the language can be to beginners.
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mother said as she walked into the pharmacy.

"Vitamins A, B, or C?" asks the pharmacist.

"It doesn't matter, he can't read yet."

My husband wore his Army uniform with pride. One day, coming home
from the base and dressed in olive drab fatigues, he stopped off
at the grocery store to pick up a few things.

While in line at the check out counter, he noticed a little boy
standing with his Mother. The boy took one look at my husband in
his uniform, and his eyes grew wide. My husband in turn gave the
young man a crisp salute. The boy was so excited.

He pointed at my husband and announced,

An elderly gentleman wasn't feeling well, and became irritated with his doctor because he wasn't getting better after five visits.

"Look!" said the doctor. "I'm doing all I can to help you. I can't make you younger!"

"I wasn't interested in getting any younger," said the man. "I just want to continue getting older."


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