Hi, I'm to the site and doing crochets. Need advise Please!

Hi All,

I just bought a pattern and looked at the instructions and was pretty confused off the bat. Can somebody please help explain what I need to be doing. I am familiar with the terms sc and ch, so I don't need any tutoring there. The pattern tells me to start with a Base: 14 ch + 1 ch (what does that mean they say + 1 ch after you have made a 14 ch). Next for the first round they tell me to make 1 sc in the next 13 ch, 3 sc in the next 1 ch, 1sc in each of the net 12 ch, 2 sc in the next ch (is this all done on the first row?).

Thank you in advance,

Winston

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The instruction to work 14 ch + 1 ch is equivocal and, therefore, poorly written. It should have said to work a MULTIPLE of 14 ch + 1. A multiple is the number which is repeated over and over until the end of the row. Then the "plus" number is added at the very end. So, in this case, you will work 14 chains, then another 14 chains, then another until you reach the length you want. When you have the desired length, add that one extra chain. A really good way to indicate this is to put the multiple number in parentheses - "a multiple of (14) + 1."

You used the word "round." Did you mean "row?" This appears to be a flat piece (unless you are working an oval around the chain).

And yes, the first row instructions are to be followed across the row. Working those extra stitches in some of the chains will cause the straight line of the foundation chain to bend.

Thank you for the advice. I'm working on a panda crochet that will be stuff. The pattern i listed above was just the beginning for the head of the panda. So, in this case if I choose to have a length of 14 chains, I would just need to simply add another chain at the end and make it 15 loops long? I can upload the crotchet pattern later when I get the chance.

Yes, I see now that you'll be working those extra stitches for increases to form the ball of the head.

And, yes, your assumption that if you do only one multiple of 14 and add 1 stitch for a total of 15 is correct. I'm kind of surprised that the instructions were not explicit for the opening. Are there multiple sizes of the panda?

I guess it would be good if we could see the instructions as they are printed.

Here is part of the pattern intructions:
Head

Base: 14 ch + 1 ch
Round 1: 1 sc in each of the next 13 ch, 3sc in next 1 ch, 1 sc in each of the next 12 ch. (30)
Round 2: * 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 12 sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc* repeat, join (36)
Round 3: * 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 13 sc, 2 sc in next 1 sc, 2 sc in next 1 sc* repeat, join (42)
Round 4: * 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 14 sc, 2 sc in next 1 sc, 1 sc, 2sc in next 1 sc, 1sc, 1sc* repeat, join (48)
Round 5: * 1 sc in each sc (48)
Round 6: * 2 sc in next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 15 sc, 2 sc in next 1 sc, 1 sc, 1sc, 1 sc, 2 sc in next 1 sc, 1 sc, 1sc, 1sc* repeat, join (54)
Round 7-8: * 1 sc in each sc (54)
Round 9: * 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 16 sc, 2 sc in next 1 sc, 1 sc in each of next 4 sc, 2 sc in next 1 sc, 1sc in each of next 4 sc* repeat, join. (60)
Round 10 – 14: * 1 sc in each sc (60)
Round 15: * 1 sc in each of next 4 sc, decrease over next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 16 sc, decrease over nex 2 sc, 1sc in each of next 4 sc, decrease over next 2 sc* repeat, join. (54)
Round 16: * 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, decrease 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 15 sc, decrease over next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, decrease over next 2 sc* repeat, join (48)

What does it mean when there's an asterisk next to the number of sc and what does the number in the parenthesis indicate?

Thanks for all the help so far.

Winston