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Pineapple doiliesmeasures17"x28" -dont understand round21

Work beginning Shell, [ch2, sc in next ch-3 sp, (ch3, sc in next ch-3 sp) 5times, ch 2, skip next ch-2 sp, work shell in next ch-2 sp, ch2, work shell in next ch-2sp] 5 times** ch-1 , skip next ch-1 sp, sc in next ch-1sp, ( ch sc in next ch-1 sp) 6 times, ch1, [( dc,ch 2,dc) in next ch-2 sp, ch1, skip next ch-1 sp, sc in next ch-1 sp, ( ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp) 6 times, ch1] 7 times, ( work shell in next ch-2 sp, ch 2 ) twice, sc in next ch -3 sp, ( ch 3 , sc in next ch-3 sp) 5times, skip next ch-2 sp**, ( ch-2 work Shell in next ch-2 sp) twice, *ch 2, sc in next ch-3 sp,( ch3, sc in next ch -3 sp) 5 times, skip next ch-2 sp, ( ch2, work Shell in next ch-2 sp) twice; repeat from* 4 times more, the repeat** to ** once,ch 2, work shell in next ch-2 sp, ch2; join with slip st to first dc.
I can understand part of it but can,t fiqure out the rest. Thank you

 
alex wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

dense patterns

I do a lot of lace crochet and this particular round is a very dense one, so don't feel bad about being confused. Craftsman has done a wonderful job of laying it out for you, and it is one of those things that sometimes you just have to do.

It is also a good example of a pattern which, if graphed, would be so easy to follow, while it is so difficult to wrap one's brain around in its crochet-speak form.

You might want to develop your own pictoral shorthand for future use. Then if you run into something like this again you can draw, rather than write it out.

 
craftsman wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

RE: pineapple doilies - rnd 21

What don't you understand in the instructions?

The pattern uses the terms "beginning shell" and "shell" - I assume they have already defined that somewhere previously in the pattern.

The brackets [ ] and parentheses ( ) indicate repeats of groupings of stitches, and that can be confusing. Find everything within the parentheses and consider that a group of stitches that will be repeated a given number of times. Similar for brackets, but these may be larger sections to be repeated, and may include groups within parentheses. Often once you get started, you can see in your work how the groups and repeats are supposed to go.

Sometimes it helps to write out the instructions without all the extra repeats.

Work beginning Shell,
[
ch2, sc in next ch-3 sp,
(
ch3, sc in next ch-3 sp - 1st of 5 times for parenthesis ( ) group
ch3, sc in next ch-3 sp - 2nd of 5 times for parenthesis ( ) group
ch3, sc in next ch-3 sp - 3rd of 5 times for parenthesis ( ) group
ch3, sc in next ch-3 sp - 4th of 5 times for parenthesis ( ) group
ch3, sc in next ch-3 sp - 5th of 5 times for parenthesis ( ) group
)
ch 2, skip next ch-2 sp, work shell in next ch-2 sp, ch2, work shell in next ch-2sp
- 1st of 5 times for bracket [ ] group

ch2, sc in next ch-3 sp,
(
ch3, sc in next ch-3 sp - 1st of 5 times for parenthesis ( ) group
ch3, sc in next ch-3 sp - 2nd of 5 times for parenthesis ( ) group
ch3, sc in next ch-3 sp - 3rd of 5 times for parenthesis ( ) group
ch3, sc in next ch-3 sp - 4th of 5 times for parenthesis ( ) group
ch3, sc in next ch-3 sp - 5th of 5 times for parenthesis ( ) group
)
ch 2, skip next ch-2 sp, work shell in next ch-2 sp, ch2, work shell in next ch-2sp
- 2nd of 5 times for bracket [ ] group

ch2, sc in next ch-3 sp,
(
ch3, sc in next ch-3 sp - 1st of 5 times for parenthesis ( ) group
ch3, sc in next ch-3 sp - 2nd of 5 times for parenthesis ( ) group
ch3, sc in next ch-3 sp - 3rd of 5 times for parenthesis ( ) group
ch3, sc in next ch-3 sp - 4th of 5 times for parenthesis ( ) group
ch3, sc in next ch-3 sp - 5th of 5 times for parenthesis ( ) group
)
ch 2, skip next ch-2 sp, work shell in next ch-2 sp, ch2, work shell in next ch-2sp
- 3rd of 5 times for bracket [ ] group

ch2, sc in next ch-3 sp,
(
ch3, sc in next ch-3 sp - 1st of 5 times for parenthesis ( ) group
ch3, sc in next ch-3 sp - 2nd of 5 times for parenthesis ( ) group
ch3, sc in next ch-3 sp - 3rd of 5 times for parenthesis ( ) group
ch3, sc in next ch-3 sp - 4th of 5 times for parenthesis ( ) group
ch3, sc in next ch-3 sp - 5th of 5 times for parenthesis ( ) group
)
ch 2, skip next ch-2 sp, work shell in next ch-2 sp, ch2, work shell in next ch-2sp
- 4th of 5 times for bracket [ ] group

ch2, sc in next ch-3 sp,
(
ch3, sc in next ch-3 sp - 1st of 5 times for parenthesis ( ) group
ch3, sc in next ch-3 sp - 2nd of 5 times for parenthesis ( ) group
ch3, sc in next ch-3 sp - 3rd of 5 times for parenthesis ( ) group
ch3, sc in next ch-3 sp - 4th of 5 times for parenthesis ( ) group
ch3, sc in next ch-3 sp - 5th of 5 times for parenthesis ( ) group
)
ch 2, skip next ch-2 sp, work shell in next ch-2 sp, ch2, work shell in next ch-2sp
- 5th of 5 times for bracket [ ] group
]

... get the idea? Since you are dealing with groups marked by *, by **, by ( ), and by [ ], it could EASILY get confusing. But if you write out the instructions - at least so you can see the different groups of stitches - I think it will help you figure out what you need to do at any specific place in your work.

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