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Terracruz
« on: February 25, 2009 09:23:12 PM »

I feel really stupid asking this but I figure who better than you guys.....
I want to make the Chevron throw at Lion.com
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/80787AD.html

The pattern reads:

AFGHAN
With A, ch 123.
Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook, *dc in next 3 ch, dc3tog, dc in next 3 ch, 3 dc in next ch; rep from * 10 more times, dc in next 3 ch, dc3tog, dc in next 3 ch, 2 dc in last ch 12 ripples.


In plain English?
Double crochet 3rd chain from the hook (got it)
Double crochet in the next 3 chains
(so I have _4_ double crochets before the 1st dc3tog. correct?)
I know ** means to repeat what's inside
Double crochet 3 chains together. (think I've got it!)
Double crochet in the next 3 chains
3 double crochet in next chain. <---- here's where I am confused. Do I put 3 double crochets in ONE chain?

The I repeat the repeated part EXCEPT I just put 2 double crochets in the last chain.

I understand the 2nd part -- all except the last bit.
Row 2: Ch 3, turn, dc in first dc, *dc in next 3 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 3 dc, 3 dc in next dc; rep from * 10 more times, dc in next 3 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in top of turning ch.

? put 2 double crochets in top of turning chain? What IN TOP OF & where did the turning chain come from? If I am visualizing this correct won't the end of row 2 be the very beginning of row one?

I'm so sorry I sound so stupid. I really want to make this... it's EXACTLY like my blankie my G.grandma made me before I was born 36 years ago. Thanks for your help!!!!!!!!!

Terra
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AbbiBaker
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2009 10:37:48 PM »

I can actually answer one of these questions (i'm a newbie too! but i recognized something), you do put 3 dc in one chain, this is a shell =]
They're quite popularly used(not always as 3, but you get the idea).
And I can't answer the second question with enough assurance of myself (I'm not quite sure of turning yet).  I don't wanna mess you up. 
Good luck, i'm horrible at reading patterns so far but I hear it gets easier!
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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2009 06:57:09 AM »

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Double crochet 3rd chain from the hook (got it)
Double crochet in the next 3 chains
(so I have _4_ double crochets before the 1st dc3tog. correct?)
I know ** means to repeat what's inside
Double crochet 3 chains together. (think I've got it!)
Double crochet in the next 3 chains
3 double crochet in next chain.

The part I put in bold is wrong. It's not double crochet 3 chains together but instead is the following which is at the top of the pattern, where they generally put special stitch directions:


dc3tog (dc decrease 2 sts) Yarn over, insert hook into st and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops. (Yarn over, insert hook into next st and draw up a loop. Yarn over, draw through 2 loops) twice, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook.

The turning chain is the chain from the last row, so this would the chain where you turned from your base chain to row 1, so you chained 123 then put a dc in the 3rd chain from the hook, those 3 chains would be considered the turning chain on that row.
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Terracruz
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2009 07:21:46 AM »

Ahhhhhh -- a shell. Smiley (duh!)
Thanks!!

And regarding the turning chain... there won't be one at the beginning of row one to work into, will there? I'll need it at row 4 (it will be at the at the beginning of row 2, right?).

Thanks Ladies.
I really appreciate it! I figured out the stitched pretty quick.... it's the whole new language that's confusing me. Glad you're here for me.
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« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2009 07:36:59 AM »

There will be a turning chain on each row, as you work back and forth.  The part at the end or begining of each row, depending on how the pattern is written, where it says, for example, chain 3, turn......then dc in next st.  that chain 3 at the begining is the turning chain, which each row will have, it will also serve to be a stitch, so in my example that would be a dc also, clear as mud right?
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Terracruz
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2009 04:32:33 PM »

I get it -- thanks so much!
Whew.
Thanks a million!
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