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Where can I find out how to read a pattern

I know all the basic crochet stitches but when I try to read a pattern it throws me in to another world .......example: sc in next sc, ch skip next 3,+ skip next [sc,ch-2]; ??????? so lost the pattern keeps coming up with new words SKIP what? am I so dumb I will never understand what a pattern means.

thanks......seriously need help.


NO you aren't so dumb that you won't ever understand. It's learning a new language. even though these are english looking letters, they don't make much sense.

first start by knowing the abbreviations. that helps. it also helps to know what language the pattern was written in (I'm not being smart, Canadian English and British English are different from American English). i'm going to assume this is American English and work from there. i'll also include a link to understanding some more of this. http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/crochet.html gives you the abbreviations. http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/tip_crochet.html gives you how to read a pattern.

second work the stitches after translating into long form as they appear.

sc in next sc = single crochet in the next single crochet, next you are to chain some stitches and skip the next 3 single crochet from the previous row. you don't say how many to chain but your pattern should be telling how many. * is what you repeat from after beginning the round or row. this is a short cut so the publisher doesn't have pages and pages of instructions where the crocheter has to count how many times something is done. you should skip the next 3 stitches of the previous row meaning count 3 stitches and don't do anything with them. in the next stitch is where you single crochet, then chain 2, count 3 stitches and don't do anything, single crochet in the 4th stitch from where you just worked a stitch, chain 2 and so on and so on until you reach the end of the row or round or the pattern tells you how many times to do this particular thing.

happy crocheting. and congrats on getting halfway there. you know the stitches, now you have to learn the language.