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Volume XIII, Issue No. 4
February 28, 2010

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(2Dtr Cl)

Omitting the last step of each dtr, dtr in the first stitch, dtr in the second stitch,
YO, draw through all 3 lps on hook.


Begin your first Double Treble:

Yarn over three times,
insert your hook into the stitch or space indicated.
Yarn over and pull up a loop. (You should have five loops on your hook.)
Yarn over and draw through two loops. (You should have four loops on your hook.)
Yarn over and draw through two loops. (You should have three loops on your hook.)
Yarn over and draw through two loops. (You should have two loops on your hook.)
Do not finish this stitch... you should leave the two loops on your hook

Begin your next Double Treble:
Yarn over three times,
insert your hook into the stitch or space indicated.
Yarn over and pull up a loop. (You should have 6 loops on your hook.)
Yarn over and draw through two loops. (You should have 5 loops on your hook.)
Yarn over and draw through two loops. (You should have 4 loops on your hook.)
Yarn over and draw through two loops. (You should have 3 loops on your hook.)
Yarn over and draw through all 3 loops.


NOTE: You can cluster more than two stitches... simply complete each additional stitch without completing the last step, then yarn over and draw through all loops remaining on the hook to cluster them all.













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RE: Your crochet!

Hi, I was reading about the abbreviations and help with reading patterns on your site..its very helpful, Thanks! BUT I'm still stuck in my pattern. I'm a super beginner and don't understand the * and ** repeat patterns...

This is where I'm stuck:
Ch 5, sc in ch-5 lp, *3 dc in next sc, sc in next lp**, ch 5, sc in next lp; rep from * to last sc, end at **; ch 2, dc in last sc; turn

I'm so I supposed to repeat the whole thing or do I repeat the first set * and end with **...Oh, I just don't get it and I've tried a million different ways. I won't give up and I you said email you if there were troubles...well I'm in trouble...thanks for your help!

<< reply >>

Don't be afraid of the asterisks...
they are only a way for the designer to shorten the pattern.

>> This is where I'm stuck: Ch 5, sc in ch-5 lp, *3 dc in next sc, sc in next lp**,
>> ch 5, sc in next lp; rep from * to last sc, end at **; ch 2, dc in last sc; turn

This means you do the following:

Chain 5
Single crochet in the chain 5 loop (work the single crochet into the hole beneath the five chains)
Work 3 double crochets in the next single crochet
Single crochet in the next loop
Chain 5
Single crochet in the next loop.
Repeat from the single asterisk * across to the last single crochet stitch
End your last repeat at the double asterisk **
Chain 2
Double crochet in the last single crochet.

So as far as the asterisks go... you will be repeating the instructions from the single asterisk over and over until you only have one single crochet left and the last repeat will end at the double asterisks, then you make two chains and work a double crochet in the last single crochet stitch.
Does that make sense?

Re: Baby headbands - Wide/Lacy

Hi! I was looking through you hat web site for a pattern of a headband that looks like this Do you have the pattern for this headband? Ive been looking for it on the internet all day and cant find it. I would use the pattern only for my personal use. If you could help me out that would be great! Thanks so much ~ Shelly Snapp

<< reply >>

I found where you can purchase the plain headbands here:

I haven't been able to locate a pattern for this type of headband but I will keep this in mind for future designs. I have a headband pattern on this page:

Here are a couple of other headband patterns:

Just joined your newsletter. I discovered the joy of using circular crochet hooks, and your wonderful, instructional, pattern for the reversible double-ended crochet hook afghan. Thanks for the clear and easy reading of the pattern, and yet challenging for the advanced crocheter. I'm part of the Prayer Shawl Ministry at Taftville Congregational Church in Taftville, CT and we knit and crochet chemo caps for adults, preemie caps for neonatal children, and prayer shawls for those who are experiencing challenges in their lives, whether bereavement or illness. Thank you to your blessed website. Phyllis

Thanks for the information. I'm glad to join you! I'm going to visit you regularly as you have a lot to offer!
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Re: Pinwheel_Dishcloth

I am a little new to crocheting and would like to make your pinwheel dishcloth. I just have a few questions. I understand the beginning ch 4 than dc in 4th chain from hook but I am confused on my next step. Can u help please? Also do I do the instructions that are in ( )? These must sound like stupid questions but I am just learning crocheting.
Thank you

<< reply >>

First of all... there are no stupid questions.

Try this...
For Round 1 do the following:
Chain 4
Work one double crochet in the 4th chain from the hook.
Chain 2,
Work 2 double crochets in the same chain (that's one time)
Chain 2, Work 2 double crochets in the same chain (that's two times)
Chain 2, Work 2 double crochets in the same chain (that's three times)
Chain 2
Join with a slip stitch in the top of the beginning chain 4.

For Round 2 do this:
Do not turn.
Slip stitch in the next double crochet.
Slip stitch in the next chain 2 space (work the slip stitch in the hole beneath the two chains)
Chain 3
Work 4 double crochets in the same space.
Chain 2,
Work 5 double crochet stitches in the next chain 2 space. (that's one time)
Chain 2, Work 5 double crochet stitches in the next chain 2 space. (that's two times)
Chain 2, Work 5 double crochet stitches in the next chain 2 space. (that's three times)
Chain 2
Join with a slip stitch in the top of the beginning chain 3.

Hope this helps you get started.
Remember, you can find stitch abbreviations and instructions on our Crochet Basics page:
Good luck!

RE: ReadAPattern

What does dc2tog mean?

<< reply >>

Dc2tog is a double crochet decrease over two stitches.

Here's how:
Work a double crochet in the next stitch without completing the very last step
    (leave the last two loops on the hook)
Double crochet in the next stitch without completing the last step.
You should have three loops on the hook Yarn over and draw through all the loops.
Decrease made.

You can find this and many other stitch abbreviations and instructions on our
Crochet Basics page:

Re: Row_Count_Shamrock_Coaster

I just loved this when I saw it and started to make one for an elderly friend but I got stuck!
I did the first row w/ the white and green but after I turned I couldn't understand it because I had the long/unworked parts of the yarn showing and I don't know how to hide them?
and the working yarn ends were now in the front??
I hope you understand what I mean and can help.
Thanks anyway, if you can't.

<< reply >>

The Row Count patterns are designed to carry the unused colors along.
When you change to a new color you lay the unused color along the top of
the stitches and keep working over it to the point where you will need it
again on the next row.

Take a look at this page for more information on carrying colors:

RE: Even Row Ends

Hi Lisa, how are you today? How do I end off each row evenly without dropping a stitch. I am doing well with sc,dc,tc, but when I get to the end of each row is when is when my problems begin. I will like to end each row nice and even. Thanks

<< reply >>

This is one of the most trickiest parts of crocheting.
If you go in the wrong stitch your stitch count can suffer which can make your edges uneven.
This can be tricky but here's my best explanation ...
If the stitch is a single and you chain 1 to turn then place the first single in the same stitch as the chain 1.
If the stitch is a double crochet, think of each double as a little fence post.
I never place the first double crochet stitch in the same stitch as the chain 3.
As long as I have one fence post on top of each fence post on the previous row I'm ok with my stitch count
and my row ends stay even.

Re: Pattern help page suggestion: working back?

I am working on a pattern that says: "working back along other side of ch" any idea what that means? I can send a pic of the pattern and the work I've got already if that will help you visualize it. I am so stumped! -- -Talina

<< reply >>

>> "working back along other side of ch"

This means you work on the opposite side of the foundation chain.
This is normally done when crocheting an oval shape.
The first row is done and then in the last chain you work more stitches
to make the piece begin an oval shape and continue working back down
the chain opposite the stitches you already made.

Subject: HELP!

I used to watch Mother crochet and she would tell me to do this and do that. But I never learned the names of the stitches or terms used in crocheting, much less how to read a pattern. My doctor told me to find something I enjoy doing and do it to relax. I am trying to crochet a lacy crochet kerchief from a free pattern I found at Freecrochetmepatterns. IT is the 7th picture on page 5. Anyway, I got the band done and now I am told to and I quote "Place markers into the first and last st of the center 41(57) sts, or approx, 4/7 of the total length, being sure the center sts are a multiple of 8 sts + 1 (for example: 33, 41, 49. 57 and 65 are all a multiple of 8 sts + 1) {I think I got that but now comes what I do not get.}---15 (20) sc each side; or desired number of sts ---center sts divided by 2. Pull the other end of your enter-pull ball, or use your second ball of yarn and join it with a sl st into both, front and back, strands of the first marked st. The yarn rem at beg-of-row will be worked later, do not cut." end quote. I realize you are busy but there is no one around here that crochets to help me. I want to let you know how much I have used and appreciate your web site. It has been a tremendous help to me. I have a friend who wants me to teach her and I plan on referring to your site quite often. Thank you so much!!!!! Myra Butler

<< reply >>

I'm glad my site has been useful to you.

For your pattern... you mark off the main center 41 (57) stitches by placing a marker on each side of that number of stitches. Make sure the marked stitches are a multiple of 8 stitches plus 1.
All that means is that you can make the Triangle part of the pattern work as long as the number of stitches you mark off is divisible by 8 plus 1... it doesn't have to be 41 or 57... it can be any number as long as you can subtract one and then evenly divide by 8.

Now you should have 15 (20) stitches on the left side and 15 (20) stitches on the right side of the marked stitches. Again... this number doesn't matter as long as you have the same number of stitches on either side of the marked off stitches.

Now you join your yarn with a slip stitch into the first marked stitch through both loops. Now you begin the Triangle part of the pattern... ignoring the stitches to the left and to the right of the marked stitches for now.

The yarn that you left at the beginning of the row... ignore it for now.

Re: Can you pls interpret these instructions for me?

I am new at this and need help. Here are the instructions. ROW 1 (right side): Single crochet in 2nd chain from hook, *chain 1, skip next chain; sc in next chain, repeat from * 24 times, turn - 25 single crochet, 24 chain-1 spaces. Thanks, Lillian Scheele

<< reply >>

>> ROW 1 (right side): Single crochet in 2nd chain from hook, *chain 1, skip next chain; sc in next chain, repeat from * 24 times, turn – 25 single crochet, 24 chain-1 spaces.

This means for Row 1, which will be considered the right side of your project you do the following:

Single crochet in the 2nd chain from the hook
chain 1
skip the next chain
single crochet in the next chain

Now repeat the instructions from the asterisk 24 more times.

When that row is finished you should have 25 single crochet stitches
and 24 spaces where you made one chain.

I love the Lid Grabber Hat but I do not know how to do FPDC.
Can you please explain to me what it is.
thanks Charlene

<< reply >>

This is a front post double crochet.



Front Raised
Double Crochet)

Yarn over, insert hook from the front side of the work right to left around the post of the indicated stitch on a previous row;
yo and pull up a loop (3 lps on hk)
yo and draw through two lps (2 lps on hk)
yo and draw through two lps (1 lp on hk)


in other words... each double crochet looks like a little fence post.
You put the hook through the work on the right side of the post and bring it around behind and back through the work toward the front, on the left side of the post. Then yarn over and pull up a loop and finish the double crochet stitch. Hope you enjoy the pattern!

Subject: Baby_Sandals

Can these be made and sold or are they personal use only?
Karrah Elizabeth Silvas

<< reply >>

You can make these for personal use or to sell.
All I ask is the pattern itself not be sold or posted elsewhere.
Thank you so much for asking!

Re: Suggestion/Question

Lisa I am new at crocheting and I am doing an lap warmer and on the second row it reads that after I (dc chain 3 double crochet,) in the next chain-3 space, I don't know what chain 3 space means. Can you help me PLEASE. I have started this warmer 3 times thinking I knew what it meant but every time it just does not look right. Thanks for your help. Marge

<< reply >>

>> (dc chain 3 double crochet) in the next chain-3 space

that means you work
one double crochet,
3 chains, and
another double crochet

all in the hole beneath the next 3 chains you made on the previous row.

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