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« on: March 16, 2011 11:35:59 AM »

Hello Craftsters! I've been lurking on this site for a few weeks and I can't get over how wonderful and talented you all are. I just started crocheting a few weeks ago and I want to make the Spiderman Round Ripple Afghan (pattern: http://www.angelfire.com/tx5/angelcrafts/patterns/spidermanroundrippleafghan.html) but I'm having oodles of problems.

First of all, once I get to Round 3 my circle starts to become more of a basket. It curls up horrendously and the stitches look all uneven and funky. I've gone through round 4 and have ripped it out about 3 times. Any suggestions?

Secondly, I'm having a lot of problems understanding the pattern. For example, when it says:
"Rnd 4: sl st into ch 2 space, ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in ch 2 space, * 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch 2 space, repeat * around. Join"
Do the bolded dc's go into the chain two space as well? Or do they go into the stitches?


Thanks for all your help, I'm still new to patterns and this one isn't very clear to me.  Huh


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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2011 01:05:35 PM »

If your project is turning into a basket shape, it's usually because there aren't enough stitches to go around (if it's ruffling, you have too many stitches).  Does the pattern have stitch counts at the end of each round?  If so, you'll want to double check your work.

As for the specific question:

"Rnd 4: sl st into ch 2 space, ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in ch 2 space, * 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch 2 space, repeat * around. Join"

The underlined instructions all go in the ch 2 space.  Also, in the first part, the "ch 3" counts as a dc stitch.

Without seeing the rest of the pattern, it's likely that every corner will work like this, where you'll always be working 2dc-ch2-2dc into the ch2 spaces of the previous round.
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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2011 07:09:39 PM »

Thank you so much! I'm still new to both crocheting AND reading patterns so I've still got a lot to learn but I figured out what I was doing wrong and my rounds lay much flatter now!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2011 08:13:13 PM »

Hey there Smiley I'm currently working on this pattern myself... almost done- it's quite big!!! Anyway, yes- the bolded dcs' go into the space... the ch 3 acts as the first dc. See, you're making a little point with the 2dc, ch2, 2dc. You're going to do that whole bit into the space. I had the basket problem myself... it is possibly your stitches are too tight, or you need to go up a hook size. Once you get going on this, you'll be cruising along. Good luck and hope that helps!
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