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SHELL STITCH (Abbreviations vary)
A Shell Stitch means that more than one stitch (such as a double crochet) is worked in the same space.
If a pattern calls for a 5 dc shell then you work 5 dc into the specified stitch.
If a pattern calls for a 9 tr shell then you work 9 tr into the specified stitch.
When chain stitches are incorporated with the double crochet stitches you get a lacy version of the shell.
DOUBLE SHELL STITCH
(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next st or ch sp.
OPEN SHELL STITCH
( dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in the same sp.
You can find shell
stitch afghans here:
These are easily adjusted by changing the beginning chain.
More shell patterns & information:
ILLUSTRATED BASIC CROCHET INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE BEGINNER:
HOW TO DO A STARTING CHAIN
SINGLE CROCHET (click here for instructions)
HALF DOUBLE CROCHET (click here for instructions)
DOUBLE CROCHET (click here for instructions)
TRIPLE CROCHET (click here for instructions)
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I love the pattern. I have a lab chow he's a medium dog with a 19 inch neck. how do i alter the pattern to fit him? It's really cute. Thanks. Mary Burns
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The ribbed pattern should be easily altered by working extra rows on the ribbed part of the sweater until it fits your dog. You may have to make the chest piece larger by repeating rows. I think it's easier if you have the dog with you when you make the sweater rather than try to measure everything all the time.
The dog in the pattern photo measured:
Approximately 15 1/2" tall;
22" from head to tail;
11 1/2" around his neck &
19 1/2" around his waist.
I hope these measurements help you in fitting your dog.
I have an adjustable dog sweater pattern on this page that you might also enjoy:
there are alteration instructions for it at the bottom of the page.
Re: dog sweater
hi my name is kim ! i just wanted to send you a picture of my baby girl "Luba"
* Luba *
she is always cold so i crochetted her a version of your sweater for your dog, obviously a little smaller than yours though ! thanks for putting out this pattern because i thought it was very easy to understand and to crochet! thanks again
RE: initial R coaster
Hello: thank you so much for the crochet patterns that you share! I am making initial coasters for my grown children and their families. While doing the R coaster I discovered that row 5 adds up to 14. I tried to figure it out but it doesn't look like your finished one. Please let me know the correct mc and cc for row 5. thanks so much, Linda
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You're very welcome Linda.
Thank you for pointing that out to me.
It was just a matter of time before one of my famous typos came to light :)
I have corrected the pattern:
Please let me know if you find other typos... thanks again!
HOW WONDERFUL THAT YOU PUT CROCHET BASICS FOR ALL OF US TO LEARN. THANKS SO VERY MUCH !!! JOANN
Just wanted to let you know how much fun this project is! I just finished my first Christmas Tree Air Freshener and it looks great! You are a very talented designer, the Renuzit fit perfectly inside and it's just SO cute! Thanks again Lisa! :~) Martha in Texas
Glad to see a Christian site. :) I am looking for patterns to crochet beads onto the tops of socks or anklets. I've searched online for a few days and I'm still looking for pictures and easy directions to do so. I had a client bring in some. They ranged from very fancy to just a few chain stitches and a bead and then a few chain stitches and hook to sock. I'm hoping you can help. God bless and be safe, Jill Ludwig
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Try this Beaded Sock Tutorial:
Here is a Beaded Sock Pattern:
and a Button Sock Pattern:
Hello, I have made a few cat sweaters for our newest cat. Murphy is about 6 months old and has FIV. I made the sweaters for him to keep him that little bit warmer so he wont catch a cold! He loves his sweaters and wears them all the time (except when playing) I thought you might like to see his Christmas attire!
Thanks for the pattern!
I didnt make it exact but had to adjust it to fit. Hope you have a great Christmas!
Subject: crochet stitch
Upon checking your site for a certain stitch, I was unable to find what I wanted to know,and wondered if you could please help me with it?.I am making a dog sweater with a berry pattern which calls for 5 dc in one stitch,then sc in the next three across. ending with 2 scs. sk tch. What do they mean by sk tch? Would appreciate any help you can give. Ruth Reber
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That means you end with two single crochet stitches and then skip the turning chain.
Hi there….I’m working a free pattern that I found online. I’ve managed to figure everything out but the last step. If you could help “translate” I would greatly appreciate it!! It says, “Make a shell border by chaining 4, Make 8 treble crochets in next st. *join w/ a sl st in 4th st. make 4 sl sts, chain 4 join to 4th st back, make 8 treble crochets in same st as chain 4* Repeat around(this is a bit confusing, but if you look up shell borders you should be able to find a picture tutorial that should help).” I’ve looked for the tutorial it suggests, but found nothing that makes sense to me. Thanks in advance! Traci
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Well... this was definitely a challenge... see if this works out like the photo:
To make the shell border
Work 8 Treble Crochets in the next stitch on the working round
Slip stitch in the 4th stitch over on the working round... this joins the side of the shell to the row
Slip stitch in each of the next 4 stitches
Back up and slip stitch in the first of the 4 stitches you just slip stitched into
(now that sounds confusing doesn't it?)
work 8 treble crochets in the same stitch the chain 4 was in
Now repeat around the hat.
To get the same look with an easier instruction you could do the following
slip stitch in the first
skip 4 stitches
work 9 trebles in the next stitch
skip 4 stitches
slip stitch in the next stitch
Repeat from * around.
You may have to adjust a bit to make sure the shells are evenly spaced but you can make a shell with any number of stitches as long as it looks like a fan and the number of stitches you skip on either side of it should be close to the number in the shell... unless you like your shells to ruffle... which is perfect for a hat for a girl.
RE: Puff Stitch Baby Hat
I just wanted to say “Thank
you!” I love this hat. In fact, I lost my printed copy and then couldn’t find
it online, again. I was in a panic. But persistence paid off and I finally located
it. Anyway, thank you!
Subject: HELP !!! I LOVE
YOUR WEB SITE AND SO APPRECIATE YOUR WORK FOR THE LORD!!! HE IS = GETTING READY
TO CLOSE THE BOOK (I DON'T KNOW WHEN) I DO KNOW THAT WHEN = HE DOES - NO MORE
NAMES WILL BE ADDED. NOW FOR CROCHET - IN YOUR "NO = 'SEW TOWEL TOPPER", I NEED
TO UNDERSTAND THE TERM -DcDec2tog. ALSO, WHAT = IS THE DIFFERENCE IN HANDLE
AND TOWEL LOOP? IS THE HANDLE/LOOP MADE = FIRST ? GUESS YOU CAN TELL - I'M PRETTY
NEW AT THIS AND ALL HELP IS = MUCHLY APPRECIATED! ONE OF MY DESIRES IS TO CROCHET
"THE LORDS PRAYER." = DO YOU HAVE THAT PATTERN? (OR THE 23RD PSALMS) P.S. I'M
72 - YOU MIGHT = WANT TO HURRY ON THIS ! HA WISHING YOU MORE OF ALL THE GOOD
THINGS GOD = HAS FOR HIS CHILDREN !!!
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Thank you very much.
The No Sew Towel Topper handle and loop are different.
The 34 rows are the handle... Row 1 of the Topper is only worked in the 7 stitches of Row 34. You don't have to turn after the chain 1... Work in the back loop only for 7 singles... then chain 3 and turn the piece so the remaining loops appear as back loops. Work 7 singles on that side... chain 3 more and join to the first single. Now the Towel Loop is made. Everything is attached but are separate parts of the pattern.
As for the patterns for the Lord's Supper and the 23rd Psalm, there used to be free patterns online but at the moment I can't seem to locate them. I will keep an eye out on future searches and let you know if I locate them.
RE: Baby Beanie - Rounds 1 and 2 explained
Hi I'm trying to crochet one of your patterns (baby beanie) and the instructions tell me to slip stitch between the next 2 stitches... I'm a beginner and I have no idea what that means. Where is between the next 2 stitches? thank you Stephanie Elsen
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For Row 1 of our Baby Beanie pattern you do the following:
Work 11 double crochets in the 4th chain from the hook.
Join with a slip stitch in the top of the beginning chain 4.
You should have 12 double crochets when you finish this round... Do not turn.
For Row 2:
Slip stitch between the next 2 stitches.
Chain 3, double crochet in the same space.
Work 2 double crochets between all other sts.
Visualize a double crochet stitch looking like a little fence post... instead of working into the top of the stitch like we normally do, you work in between two posts.
You should have 24 double
crochet stitches when Round 2 is finished.
Join with a slip stitch in the top of the beginning chain 3. Do not turn.
RE: Christmas Stocking
I have been searching for a ice skate christmas stocking (crochet/knit) for the longest time, on the internet, books, magazines and other women who crochet or knit, with no success. I made this stocking about 25 years ago, I believe that I got the pattern from a magazine. I also made a girls shoe with the leg from the same magazine patterns. Possibly you know someone who has made this stocking and may have the directions. I certainly would appreciate it. Thanks, Carol
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That's one pattern I haven't seen and I've been online for about 12 years now. I don't recall ever seeing that in a magazine either and I've crocheted for over 30 years. I found a sewing pattern for an Ice Skate Stocking
You could use a crocheted stocking pattern and add blades like they did in the version that was sewn.
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