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« on: June 28, 2011 02:34:50 PM »

Ok, my account is having issues so my sis let me use hers. I have never crocheted anything before except a scarf and I have no idea on how to read patterns. My son is allergic to disposable diapers so I'm trying to crochet my own soakers to start cloth nappying him. This is a link to the pattern http://withatangledskein.blogspot.com/2008/02/little-fire-crochet-soaker-pattern.html
I've only gotten to the 2nd row and the way the instructions are written I have no idea where to go. I'm hopeless I know, lol.
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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2011 08:49:37 PM »

Finally got signed in to my account. (I'm the original poster) Anyway, my main area of trouble is the row 2-3. I kinda understand the lingo but don't understand how to read the pattern. The wording and the * thing is throwin me off.
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2011 01:49:27 AM »

Stars in a pattern means instructions you should repeat. You do what it says from star to star, and then keep doing that for the entire round (or the number of times it says you should repeat it).
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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2011 06:51:12 AM »

Those rows have front post and back post double crochet stitches, when I did the pattern I had to look them up.  Do you have a reference handy for looking up abbreviations and pattern tips?
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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2011 03:19:28 PM »

Here is the pattern. I'm going to try and translate it and then maybe someone can help me with what I don't get. Thanks guys for answering so far but I still just don't get it. Also I'm doing the medium one.

Initial instructions are for size small, parenthesis are for medium, large, and extra-large
This pattern is worked with worsted weight wool yarn
Hook size G, Gauge 4 stitches per inch, 4 rows per inch in sc or whatever hook you need to maintain gauge.
All Sizing is Approximate:
SMALL= WEIGHT 11-17 lbs WAIST 12-20 in. RISE 16 in. THIGHS 7-12 in.
MEDIUM= WEIGHT 15-22 lbs WAIST 12.5-20 in. RISE 17in. THIGHS 8-13 in.
LARGE= WEIGHT 20-26 lbs WAIST 13-22 in. RISE 18 in. THIGHS 9-14 in.
X-LARGE= WEIGHT 24-30 lbs WAIST 14-24 in. RISE 19 in. THIGHS 9-15 in.

Chain 56 loosely (64, 72, 80) Join in a loop with a slip stitch, being sure not to twist the chain  I got this

Row 1 CH 2 (count as first DC) DC in each SC around , join with a SLST in the top of the CH 2  I thought dc you had to chain 3 but I did this and finished this part

Row 2-3 SLST around CH 2 of row 1, CH 2, *BPDC around next st, FPDC around next st* repeat around and join with a SLST in the top of the Ch 2. (Bind off if you plan on using a different color for the body of the soaker, otherwise continue on to Row 4.)
Here is where I am having problems. What does the slipstitch around chain 2 of row 1 mean? Is it just slipstitch all around? Then with the * do back loop dc once then a front loop dc on the next stitch, backloop then front loop etc til done with chain. Thanks for helping me with that rpt thingy Smiley And this would be the 3rd row

Row 4 (If starting a new color, join with a SLST in the first DC) CH 1, SC in same st, and in next 2 sts, 2 SC in next st, *SC in next 3 sts , 2 SC in next st*, repeat *-* around for a total of 70 SCs (80, 90, 100) I'm pretty sure I get this

Row 5 Ch1, turn, SC in each stitch around, join with slip stitch in first SC. 70 SCs (80, 90, 100) This is just how many sc after being done with this row if I'm building on from the last row, not adding another 80 right?

Row 6-8 Repeat previous row (for medium repeat row 5 times, for large repeat row 7 times, repeat 9 times for xl )

Row 10-13 Repeat Rows 6-9 once

Row 14 Repeat row 6 once more so I should have 80 sc stitches done in 5 different rows, then another 3 rows of 80 or 5 rows of 80? And then just one more row of 80

Row 15-17 CH1, turn, work 39 SCs (43, 47, 51)

Row 18 CH1, turn, SC in first 2(3, 4, 5) st, HDC in next 4(5, 6 7) sts, dc DEC next 2 sts together, *(DC in next 3 sts, dc DEC next 2 sts together) across to last 6(8, 10, 12) HDC in next 4(5, 6 7) sts, SC in last 2(3, 4, 5) st 33(37, 41, 45)sts  What?

Row 19-21 CH1, turn work 33 SCs (37, 41, 45)

Row 22 CH1, turn, SC in first 2(3, 4, 5) st, HDC in next 3(4, 5, 6) sts, dc DEC next 2 sts together, (DC in next 5 sts, dc DEC next 2 sts together) across to last 5(7, 9, 11) sts, HDC in next 3(4, 5, 6) sts, SC in last 2(3, 4, 5) st. 29(33, 37, 41)sts

Row 23-25 CH1, turn work 29 SCs (33, 37, 41)

Row 26 CH1, turn, SC in first 2(3, 4, 5) st, HDC in next 2(3, 4, 5) sts, dc DEC next 2 sts together, DC in next 2 sts, dc DEC next 2 sts together, DC in next 2 sts, dc DEC next 2 sts together, DC in next st, dc DEC next 2 sts together, DC in next 2 sts, dc DEC next 2 sts together, DC in next 2 sts, dc DEC next 2 sts together, HDC in next 2(3, 4, 5) sts, sc in next 2(3, 4, 5) st. 23(27, 31, 35)sts

Row 27-29 CH1, turn work 23 SCs (27, 31, 35)

Row 30 CH1, turn, SC in first 2(3, 4, 5) st, HDC in next 1(2, 3, 4) sts, dc DEC next 2 sts together, (DC in next 3 sts, dc DEC next 2 sts together) across to last3(5, 7, 9)sts, HDC in next 1(2, 3, 4) sts, SC in last 2(3, 4, 5) st 19(23, 27, 31)sts

Row 31-41 CH1 turn, SC in each st across 19(23, 27, 31)sts(for mediums add 4 more rows here, for larges add 8 more, for xl add 12)

Row 42-52 CH 1 turn, SC in next st, 2 SC in next st, SC across to last 2 sts, 2 SC in next st, SC in last st
(final row should have 39 (43, 47, 51)SCs
Whip stitch evenly to front side of soaker (bottom of row 14) I get all of this


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Join yarn with SLST

Row 1 join with sl st at top of leg opening,CH1, SC in same st, work an even # of scs around the opening, join with SLST to first SC

Row 2 CH2 (count as first DC) DC in each st around and join with a SLST to top CH of CH2

Row 3 SLST around CH 2 of row 1, CH 2, *BPDC around next st, FPDC around next st* repeat around and join with a SLST in the top of the Ch 2.
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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2011 04:35:37 PM »

Row 2-3 SLST around CH 2 of row 1, CH 2, *BPDC around next st, FPDC around next st* repeat around and join with a SLST in the top of the Ch 2.
Here is where I am having problems. What does the slipstitch around chain 2 of row 1 mean? Is it just slipstitch all around? Then with the * do back loop dc once then a front loop dc on the next stitch, backloop then front loop etc til done with chain. Thanks for helping me with that rpt thingy Smiley And this would be the 3rd row

You do 1 slip stitch around the second chain you made in the place of the first dc stitch in the previous row.  Then you do the dc sts around in every st.

Row 5 Ch1, turn, SC in each stitch around, join with slip stitch in first SC. 70 SCs (80, 90, 100) This is just how many sc after being done with this row if I'm building on from the last row, not adding another 80 right?


Yes, just 80 sts.

Row 6-8 Repeat previous row (for medium repeat row 5 times, for large repeat row 7 times, repeat 9 times for xl )

Row 10-13 Repeat Rows 6-9 once

Row 14 Repeat row 6 once more so I should have 80 sc stitches done in 5 different rows, then another 3 rows of 80 or 5 rows of 80? And then just one more row of 80

This part isn't a big deal, it just affects the height, but I think it is 5 rows then 4 rows then 1 row.

Row 18 CH1, turn, SC in first 2(3, 4, 5) st, HDC in next 4(5, 6 7) sts, dc DEC next 2 sts together, *(DC in next 3 sts, dc DEC next 2 sts together) across to last 6(8, 10, 12) HDC in next 4(5, 6 7) sts, SC in last 2(3, 4, 5) st 33(37, 41, 45)sts  What?

chain 1 st, turn your work (so you are working in the opposite direction). single crochet in the next 3 sts, half-double crochet in the next 5 sts, double crochet the next 2 sts together (so you have 1 st where there were 2), [double crochet in the next 3 sts, double crochet the next 2 sts together (so you have 1 st where there were 2)](repeat what's in the square brackets until there are 8 sts left in the row), half double crochet in the next 5 sts, single crochet in the last 3 sts.


I hope all that helps, I'm not sure I did a great job of explaining things (I always end up looking things up and making other things up when I follow crochet patterns).

Good luck, and I'm not sure if you knot as well, but I have found that I really like the knit soakers for diapering.
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