This photo shows a portion of one of my original cloth patterns,
Pointed Edging Double Crochet Cloth Free Pattern.
Explantions for Stitches on Lower Photo:
- 1. ch 3 = chain 3. This is used at the beginning of a row of double crochet, as a way to start the row at the same height as the rest of the double crochet stitches in the row. The chain-3 counts as the first double crochet stitch of the row.
- 2. dc in ea of next 2 dc = double crochet in each of next two double crochet
- 3. ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp = chain 1, skip next chain-1 space.
- 4. dc in ea of next 2 dc = double crochet in each of next two double crochet
- 5. skip next dc = skip next double crochet
- 6. 2 dc in ea of next 2 dc = make 2 double crochet in each of next 2 double crochet. This instruction could also be written as "(2 dc in next dc) twice", which completely spelled out would read as: "2 dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc". The repeats in parenthesis are used to shorten the amount of words used in the pattern directions (some patterns would be extremely lengthy, otherwise).
- 7. skip next dc = skip next double crochet
The upper photo shows the entire row and the lower photo shows only a portion of that same row.
Written by Sandi Marshall, copyright 2008 by Sandi Marshall, licensed to About.com, Inc.