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justusetape
« on: January 21, 2008 12:36:40 PM »

Hi I am just learning crochet. I have the basic stitches down but am having trouble with my "easy" pattern for an infant hat.
(it is lion brand pattern 60422: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/60422.html )

I would love any help with this :-) I am so excited with this new craft I have learned and don't want to get stuck on this aspect of it. Thanks!

Here is where I am at: (black is their pattern, red is my interpretation and questions)
HAT
Using 1 strand each of A, B, C, and D held together, ch 34 (38, 42).
Making smallest size. Chained 34. Check.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and every ch across 33 (37, 41) sts.
Single crocheted back across for a total of 33 single crochets. Check.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, (ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in next sc) across 16 (18, 20) ch-1 sp.
Chained 1, turned. Single crocheted. So.... stuff in parens means to repeat for the whole row, right. ok so I repeated the bit in parens 16 times to get to the end of my previous row. So what does the last bit mean, the "16 (18, 20) ch-1 sp." ? How many stitches will be on this row total when I am done? And what is the difference between "Ch 1" and "Ch-1" ?
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, (ch 1, sk ch-1 sp, sc in next sc) across.
ok, once my above question is answered, i think i would just want to know here: what is my final stitch count on this row when it is done?
Rows 4-8: Repeat Row 3.
and what would the final stitch count be for each of these 5 rows?
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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2008 01:19:17 PM »

The difference between 'ch 1' and 'ch-1' is just grammatical -- if I'm not mistaken, the difference between a verb (transitive) and an adjective phrase. (Grammar geeks, set me straight, I'm twenty years out of school!)

You should have 16 of the ch-1 spaces & 17 sc, for a total stitch count of 33. It should stay at 33 for all the rows, since you are not increasing or decreasing.
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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2008 04:12:15 PM »

The difference between 'ch 1' and 'ch-1' is just grammatical -- if I'm not mistaken, the difference between a verb (transitive) and an adjective phrase. (Grammar geeks, set me straight, I'm twenty years out of school!)

You should have 16 of the ch-1 spaces & 17 sc, for a total stitch count of 33. It should stay at 33 for all the rows, since you are not increasing or decreasing.

thanks for the help. i still am a bit stuck though. what does the "16 (18, 20) ch-1 sp." at the end of row 2 mean for me to do?
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Fruitloops
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2008 05:50:43 PM »

"16 (18, 20) ch-1 sp."  means your row 2 should have 16, 18, or 20 (depending on the size) chain 1 spaces when you finish the row.
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