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« on: December 06, 2005 07:29:21 AM »

I was looking at this pattern that somebody else posted on Craftster a while back for crochet birds, and I don't know what "don't join rounds" means. Pattern for birds: www.marloscrochetcorner.com/birds.html

Also, what is "dec sc"? And how does one do it?

Can you help? I wanted to make my mom some cardinals for Christmas.


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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2005 07:56:08 AM »

More experienced crocheters - correct me if I'm wrong. There are 2 ways to crochet in the round. You either crochet a (round) row, join the last stitch with a slip stitch, then make the appropriate no. of chains to start the next row. These are round rows sort of sitting on top of each other. Or you can just keep going instead of slip stitching the last stitch, in which case you end up crocheting in a spiral. Your directions are telling you to do the latter.
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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2005 07:57:42 AM »

I forgot the second part. Here are instructions for a single crochet decrease:
http://crochet.about.com/library/bl_decrease.htm
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2005 07:58:53 AM »

Usually when you crochet in the round, you crochet until you come around back to the first stitch, then join with a slip stitch in the top of the beginning stitch. This pattern wants you to forego the slip stitch and just keep crocheting in a spiral, using a stitch marker so you know when you've finished the round. I hope that makes sense.

"Dec sc" usually means "decrease single crochet" stitch. I've always done it by pulling up a loop in the next stitch, then pulling up another loop in the stitch after, then yarning over and drawing through all three loops on the hook. That makes  you end up with less stitches because you use two stitches to make one single crochet. Does that help?
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2005 08:02:10 AM »

Fluffy monkey -

yes, that definitely helps. the way i was reading it made it sound to me like i was going to end up with a slit where i'd not joined the rounds, which didn't seem quite right, but i understand now that it's a spiral. that makes sense.

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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2005 11:22:08 AM »

Hey Fluffy Monkey~
Good tip on decreasing the single crochet (or any for that matter) too many people just skip a stitch rather than grabbing it, and the next one to decrease! I hope all "green" crochet-ers can understand this little tip, it makes a much better end project (no weird holes)!!! Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2005 11:29:30 AM »

wow, thanks guys.

it's really not my tip, though. i saw it in a pattern under the "special stitches" area.
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« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2005 04:04:40 PM »

ha!  i'm using that pattern to make my mom cardinals for xmas too!  once i get the bodies done i'm going to try to figure out how to add a little crest.
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