Help a new crocheter

Hello. I'm new here. I taught myself how to knit fairly easily and have been knitting for 3 years now. I figure it's time for me to learn crochet since some knitted patterns I'd like to do have some crochet in them.

I've been mulling over the link for reading a crochet pattern and I am still confused on some things. So that you know what I'm talking about, I will provide a link to the pattern I'm working on. http://goodknits.com/blog/mary-jane-slippers/

At the beginning of this pattern, we start with 8 DC in a circle. Then Ch2. Now, if I'm reading this correctly, I end with 8 on row 2 and start with 1 DC on row 3. I'm supposed to "2 DC into each st to end of row" to end with 16, but doesn't the Ch 2 at the beginning of the row count as one? So on the last one do I just do 1 DC? Otherwise I end with 17 DC, correct?

After round 4, I work even for 2 rows. That just means I repeat row 4 two more times. So with that in mind, how am I supposed to DC the first 23 sts and leave 9 open when there will be more than 32 sts by the time this will happen? Or am I counting things wrong?

The link for reading a crochet pattern says that the loop hole directly underneath the starting chain is incorrect, but if I don't do one right there then I will end up missing 2 sts/ch every row.

I don't know how many times I've froged this pattern, only to start completely over with youtube tutorials on how to sc, dc, chain in a circle... It's supposed to be a cup and I end up with a flat work. Can you help me out?

Thank you,
Brianna

Forums: 

This is a pattern posted by a crocheter who acknowledges she's not that great at writing up patterns. With this being said, I would work whatever/however is necessary to maintain correct stitch count.

You are correct that the chains used to raise your work to a new row usually count as the equivalent of the dc or whatever stitch you are working. For round 2, using this convention you should have 15 dc's and one ch-2 that is the equivalent of a dc. For round 3, you should end up with 23 dc and one ch-2 equivalent of a dc.

I see that this pattern posted used the "magic circle" to start her center out pattern. If you pull in this center piece, does it help your work to start cupping? Even if it lays somewhat flat, can you see it starting to pucker up into a cup? You may have to go all the way through Round 6 to see the cupping because increase rounds sometimes appear somewhat flat and it is only have you've worked a couple of plain rounds that you see the work cupping up.

I hope this helps. This is a cute pattern.

Thanks for the Site > ♥ Gonna Make a Pair or 2 !

Mother Hen 1 ♥