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Reading a pattern

Hello everyone, I am trying to teach myself how to crochet. I just do not understand some of the directions, so if you could possibly help I would be so grateful. I am trying to crochet an afghan and I will give you the first 3 Rnd's. It is the 3rd. Rnd that I can not figure out. Square Ch 4 join with a sl st in first ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1,, 8 sc in ring, join with a sl st to first sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 1 sc in first sc, [ch 4, sc in in next sc] 7 times, ch 1,dc in first sc to join and form last sp.

Rnd 3: Ch 1 (sc,ch 3 sc) all over dc, ch 2 [sc, ch 3, sc) all in the next space, ch 2] 7 times join to first sc.

Rnd 3 is a total mystery to me I don't understand the symbols or the brackets the way this is done.
I especially do not get the wording ALL OVER DC. ??? I appreciate any help you can give me.

Thank you so much.


This is how I would try the pattern. If it doesn't work, we'll need to try something else.

(sc,ch 3 sc) all over dc -- The last instructions for the previous round had you create a dc in the first sc. I read this as you work an sc, ch-3, sc into this dc, treating it like a ch-4 space.

[sc, ch 3, sc) all in the next space, ch 2] 7 times -- when a pattern has instructions contained in brackets, it's usually followed by the number of times you repeat those bracketed instructions. In this case, you will do everything contained in the brackets seven times.

Again, in the previous round you made some ch-4 spaces. Into these ch-4 spaces you will work an sc, ch-3, sc. You will then make a ch-2 and move to the ch-4 space and work an sc, ch-3, sc.