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How Do I Read A Crocheting Pattern?

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In joining 2 panels, what is the back stitch
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To read a crochet pattern you first need to know the language. The most common terms are MC= main color; CC= contrasting color; YO= yarn over (hook); Ch= chain stitch; Sc= single crochet; Dc= double crochet; Hdc= half double crochet; Tr= triple crochet; and ss= slip stitch.

The pattern will begin with information on the type of material recommended, quantity needed for your size selection, and the number or letter of the size of hook(s) required. There will then be a section of creating a gauge. This is a little test piece that shows you if you are using the right tension on your stitches to produce the anticipated results. After that you will be given the instructions for the basic "pattern". As you begin by creating your initial chain and building on it, you will be instructed to do the pattern stitch for a certain number of rows. At the end you will be instructed in how to block and, if required, join parts to make your finished piece.

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