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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / too ambitious? on: January 06, 2008 05:53:47 PM
I just decided to pick up crocheting and have the basics down. For my first "real" project I really want to make this pretty puffs slouchy hat (http://jessicasuzanne.com/craftypants/2007/09/13/pretty-puffs-slouchy-hat-with-pattern/) but am having a lot of trouble. I don't understand the pattern directions at all. I'm stuck on the first row which says:

1: ch 4, 12 dc in first st, join in ch. (Just grab one loop from top of the chain. This makes the seam less visible, and this will make a circle.) [12]

So..... I chain 4 and then in the first of those four do i make 12 dc? when I try this it just turns into a nest of yarn.

And reading ahead in line two it says:

2: ch 3, work 1 dc where chain is (in same st as join - ch3 counts as first dc), 2 dc in each stitch, join with sl st (remember, the ch counts as a st!). [24]

for there do I make a new chain from the ball and then go back to the beginning of the chain? :[

Should I move to a simpler project until the rosetta stone of crochet patterns is revealed to me or something?

tia
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