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Volume XIV, Issue No. 22
November 30, 2011

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RE: Newbe question on borders -- Thaumaoturgos

Hello, I'm new to crochet. Still trying to figure some of the terminology. Could someone explain or point me in a direction that explains this? This is for the border of an afghan, I'm assuming it's the base of the fringe. I have made the gauge square and the size is right. I wanted to add the border and fringe to the gauge square so I know what I am doing before it start the full project. I know that the sc count will be different since it is just a portion, but other than that, this makes no sense to me. If I ch 1 and do not turn, am I supposed to be going up the side of the square? I'm guessing that evenly spaced means that I will not be hooking every loop on the side. Next portion I have no clue. help please.

"Ch 1, do not turn; working in end of rows, work 155sc evenly spaced across; working in free loops of beginning ch 3 sc in first ch, work 99 sc evenly spaced across to last ch, 3 sc in last ch; working in end of rows, work 155 sc evenly spaced acrossed: 415 sc.




>If I ch 1 and do not turn, am I supposed to be going up the
>side of the square? I'm guessing that evenly spaced
>means that I will not be hooking every loop on the
>side. Next portion I have no clue. help please.

Yes, if you are instructed to chain 1 and do not turn... you will begin
by working into the row ends... around the stitch at the end of each row.

So for this instruction:

"Ch 1, do not turn; working in end of rows, work
155sc evenly spaced across; working in free loops of
beginning ch 3 sc in first ch, work 99 sc evenly
spaced across to last ch, 3 sc in last ch; working in
end of rows, work 155 sc evenly spaced acrossed: 415


Chain 1, do not turn
work around each stitch at the end of the row up that side, evenly
spacing 155 single crochet stitches.

So, if you have 155 rows you would place one stitch in each row end.

If you have a more than 155 rows you need to adjust by skipping a row
end randomly up that side in order to end up with 155 single crochet stitches.

If you have less than 155 rows you need to adjust by working two stitches
into one row end randomly up that side in order to end up with 155 single
crochet stitches.

Now working in the free loops (the unworked loops from your foundation chain)

-- work 3 single crochet stitches into the very first unworked loop.
-- Now work 99 single crochet stitches evenly across the remaining unworked
loops (not counting the very last one)
Do this the same way you adjusted for the number of stitches along the side.
-- work 3 single crochet stitches into the last unworked loop.

Now working into the row ends again... work the same as the opposite side.

You should have 415 single crochet stitches on those three sides when finished.
155 for the first side
3 for first corner
99 along foundation chain
3 for second corner
155 for the second side
415 total stitches

Hope this helps.

Lisa Hamblin















"God builds for every sinner, if he will but come back,
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depths of degradation and sin clear up to the Father's house."
~~ HENRY WARD BEECHER, Life Thought ~~


And this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

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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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Go back to the bottom of the base and join your yarn in the unworked loop of the first single crochet you made on R1. Now work 2 chains, skip the next unworked loop, slip stitch in the next unworked loop. Keep working (Ch2, sk next unworked lp, sl st in next unworked lp) until cone is covered. Now you work back from the top to the bottom with the next instruction.


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RE: I love your pattern

My spoiled baby has sooooooo many sweaters. I made a flag sweater, a jack o lantern sweater and about a dozen Christmas sweaters. This pattern is so easy to adjust for a custom fit. My girl is a maltipoo so she has the same problem with the knotting fur. My daughter has a minpIn who needs her chest covered. No problem, when the sweater is finished I just add a section where the hole is, fits perfect. Thank you so much for sharing.
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Subject: Hanging Finger Tip Towel

Yes I know Jesus, praise the Lord.
I looked on the web site for a dish towel to hang on the stove for
drying dishes. I want to crochet the top part of the dish towel and
hang it on my stove. I did one last night and the towel is to long,
almost touches the floor. That's not right ! What is your way of
crocheting at the top? Do you have a pattern for that?
Thanks and God bless you
Rose in Michigan

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I have a couple of patterns for towel toppers that are attached to
the dishtowel here:

You might enjoy my No Sew Towel Topper pattern:
It's made separately and then a towel is inserted through a loop.
When the towel gets dirty simply change the towel.

RE: reverse shaping

It is really wonderful to see everything is so practicably sorted for our crocheters!!! We cannot ask for more!!! You are the first on the web with this!!!
I would like to have a really good explanation so that i really can UNDERSTAND how to do it when you read a pattern and the patterns right side is full of instruction lice sc, 5 ext next row bla bla bla what so ever and then you came to your left side of the pattern and they say: reverse shaping
or sometimes do exactly the same but reverse shaping.
This is really a big issue to me.


<< reply >>

Thank you Tiekie... I’m glad you enjoyed your visit.

Crochet pattern language can be tricky at times.
If you have a particular pattern you’re having difficulty with you
can email me.

As for reverse shaping... pattern designers use that term to keep the
actual length of the pattern as short as possible. Reverse shaping means
you do the same instructions for one side of the project in reverse for the other side.

For example:
If you’re making a sweater and you’re instructed to work the left
front panel... then the right front panel says to work in reverse shaping. You work the
left front as the pattern states and anywhere in the pattern where stitches are
increased or decreased (hence, shaping) you work those on the opposite ends
of the right front panel.

So let’s say, you have a left front panel of a sweater that says for you to work even until the piece measures 12 inches and then the pattern instructs you to work the next 10 rows decreasing one stitch on each row on the “right” side edge of the work.

When you make the right front panel you would work evenly until the piece measured 12 inches and then you would decrease one stitch on each row on the “left” side of the work for the next 10 rows.

This is the “reverse shaping”... by making the decrease stitches on opposite sides of each panel your sweater shape is achieved.


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First of all, I’m so glad you enjoyed my testimony.
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Subject: ReadAPattern

I am attempting to crochet the Chenille Stole from the free patterns list because I had some chenille yarn left over from another project... I thought I was at least an advanced beginner... but maybe not....

I can get through row 2 with no problem and the counts are perfect. My problems start with Rows 3-54... The pattern says "Dc in the next sp, ch 1" and repeat to the end. I know how to Dc and chain, but... What is considered the "Next Space?" Is there a picture I can see somewhere on-line?

I would be so grateful for any assistance!

<< reply >>

Patterns sometimes refer to a “space” or a “chain space” which can refer to any number of chains.
Ch-1 sp is the same as chain one space.
Ch2-sp is the same as chain two space.

>>>The pattern says "Dc in the next sp, ch 1" and repeat to the end.
>>>I know how to Dc and chain, but... What is considered the "Next Space?"

This means you work one double crochet in the next space
(into the hole left beneath the chain/chains on the working row), then chain 1.
Keep doing that across the row.

>>>Is there a picture I can see somewhere on-line?
The photo on this page:
shows a chain space.

Subject: ReadAPattern

Pattern says: “Row 3: Ch 6 (counts as first dc plus ch 3), turn; dc in same st, ...”

Can you tell me what the heck she means by the part in red? I’m baffled by “in same st”.
I can’t figure out what the “same stitch” is.


Pam Brimhall

<< reply >>

For your Row 3 you chain 6.
3 of the 6 chains count as one double crochet stitch and the other
three count as a chain 3 space.
turn the work
now work one double crochet into same stitch the 6 chains come up from...
a/k/a “dc in same st”.

RE: ReadAPattern

My pattern says 10:2 dc in same stitch as join skip 2 3 dc in next stitch repeat I just want to know what does the 10 represent


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If this is from the pattern on this page:

The 10: is the row number.

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