From Crochet at About.com: Written Instructions For The First Charted Airplane Square
I have written out the row by row instructions, to accompany the airplane chart, for anyone who is not used to crocheting from a chart or who prefers to crochet from row by row pattern directions. This will also help anyone who is just learning to crochet with the color changes of multiple colors in a same row (the basic version of this design has no more than two colors per row).
Pattern Directions -
Abbreviations For Stitches:
ch = chain
ea = each
sc = single crochet
st = stitch
sts = stitches
Abbreviations For Colors:
MC = main color
CC = contrast color
Worsted weight yarn with a size G hook
Starting Chain: With MC, Chain 36.
Row 1: With MC, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea sc across. (35 sc)
Rows 2 - 10: With MC, ch 1 to turn. Sc in ea sc across. (35 sc)
Row 11: With MC, ch 1 to turn. Sc in ea of next 4 sc, attach CC, then, on next sc (to change colors): insert hook in next sc, pull MC loop through, drop MC yarn to wrong side of piece, wrap CC yarn around hook, pull loop of CC yarn through the two loops on the hook. Hold unused MC yarn along the top of the row and crochet over it for the next 3 sts, as you also follow these directions: With CC, sc in ea of next 3 sc, then, on next sc (to change colors): insert hook in next sc, pull CC loop through, drop CC yarn to wrong side of piece, wrap MC yarn around hook, pull loop of MC yarn through the two loops on the hook. With MC, sc in next sc, Hold unused CC yarn along the top of the row, so that you can crochet over it for the next 2 sts only (so that it will be at the correct place to pick it up for the color change on the next row). It's not absolutely necessary to do this but it is helpful. If you refer to the chart for row 12, you will see why this is. Crocheting over unused strand of CC yarn, sc in next 2 sc. Let CC yarn drop to the wrong side and don't do anything more with that color for the rest of this row. With MC, sc in ea of next 24 sc, to complete this row.
Note About Remainder of Instructions: Now that you have crocheted a row with complete instructions, you know how to change colors in the last stitch of one color, before crocheting with a different color for the next stitch. So I'm shortening the rest of the directions, to simply give you the number of sc crocheted with ea color across the row. Remember to crochet over the unused color strand regularly (carry it across the back of no more than the length of 3 stitches, before crocheting over it again), so that you are not carrying long strands of unused colors across the back.
Note: As in previous rows, continue to single crochet in each single crochet across each row.
Row 12: With MC, ch 1 to turn. 24 MC, 5 CC, 6 MC
Row 13: With MC, ch 1 to turn. 7 MC, 6 CC, 22 MC
Row 14: With MC, ch 1 to turn. 20 MC, 7 CC, 8 MC
Row 15: With MC, ch 1 to turn. 9 MC, 17 CC, 9 MC
Row 16: With MC, ch 1 to turn. 7 MC, 18 CC, 10 MC
Row 17: With MC, ch 1 to turn. 13 MC, 15 CC, 7 MC
Row 18: With MC, ch 1 to turn. 11 MC, 10 CC, 14 MC
Row 19: With MC, ch 1 to turn. 14 MC, 9 CC, 12 MC
Row 20: With MC, ch 1 to turn. 11 MC, 9 CC, 15 MC
Row 21: With MC, ch 1 to turn. 15 MC, 4 CC, 1 MC, 5 CC, 10 MC
Row 22: With MC, ch 1 to turn. 5 MC, 8 CC, 3 MC, 3 CC, 16 MC
Row 23: With MC, ch 1 to turn. 17 MC, 2 CC, 4 MC, 6 CC, 6 MC
Row 24: With MC, ch 1 to turn. 8 MC, 5 CC, 22 MC
Row 25: With MC, ch 1 to turn. 22 MC, 4 CC, 9 MC
Row 26: With MC, ch 1 to turn. 9 MC, 1 CC, 1 MC, 2 CC, 22 MC
Row 27: With MC, ch 1 to turn. 22 MC, 1 CC, 12 MC
Row 28 - 35: With MC, ch 1 to turn. With MC, sc in ea sc across.
To finish: End off. Weave in ends.
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