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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Learn to Crochet -- Double Crochet Decrease from 3 stitches down to 1 stitch

Not too long ago I came upon a wonderful knitting forum that I started to read and eventually participate in. It's called KnittingHelp.com Forum and I've found some really nice people there. Some of them, like me, enjoy crocheting as well. I recently found one thread where Merryknitter, a new crocheter, was having difficulty understanding part of an instruction in a pattern she was trying out. So here is a video demonstrating the Double Crochet Decrease from 3 stitches to 1 stitch. The written directions are included after the video, just as Merryknitter provided them in her forum thread.


video

Here are the directions:
Row 1 ch 115, 2 dc in 4th ch from hook(first 3 chs count as first dc), *dc in each of next 3 chs, I understand up to this point.
[dc dec in next 3 chs] twice, dc in each of next 3 chs**, 3dc in each of next 2 chs, rep from * across, ending last rep at **, 3 dc in last ch, turn.

And this is the explanation of the "dc dec" which Merryknitter provided:
(YO, insert hook, yo, draw loop through, draw through 2 lps on hook) in each of the sts indicated, yo, draw through all lps on hook.

I think there is a missing YO between "draw loop through" and "draw through 2 lps on hook" which could make this explanation confusing for a beginner.

Wavy stitch with Double Crochet DecreaseThis is how the first row on my sample turned out. I really like it and I'm anxious to see how it comes out in the project that Merryknitter is doing called Noah's Ark Blanket. She says it's the water and the ark sits on it. It sounds so cute.

Merryknitter also provided the instructions for the next row which I found after I had finished the video, so I will include it here in case anyone else is interested in it. I certainly plan to play with this pattern and perhaps put it on my List of Stitches To Use In The Future.
Row 2 : Ch 3, 2 dc in same st, *dc in each of next 3 sts, [dc dec in next 3 sts] twice, dc in each of next 3 sts**, 3 dc in each of next 2 sts, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, 3 dc in last st, turn.

I hope this is helpful to Merryknitter and anyone else who might be having trouble with this instruction. I would love to see how your project turns out.

Happy Stitching!


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6 Comments:

  • Hi Mary Grace!
    You are amazing! Thank you so much for the awesome video...you are the greatest teacher! That's exactly what I did last night...I'm on row 4 now! I'm so excited to have learned something new! Thanks a million! Keep those videos coming! I appreciate you going beyond the call of duty to help me...and you don't even know me! Thanks, my new crochet friend!
    Merryknitter, from Ohio

    By Anonymous Merryknitter, At October 22, 2008 at 1:24 PM  

  • You are most welcome, Merry! Keep at it and you'll be an old pro in no time! Let me know if there are any other stitches or patterns you need help with. I'm always looking for ideas of things to do that would be helpful to crocheters and knitters.

    MGM

    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At October 22, 2008 at 3:35 PM  

  • I just picked up my project again after about a year of not touching it. I have had the same problem. After watching your video, I think I can, I think I can . . . Thank you for your video!

    By Anonymous Jane, At November 3, 2008 at 8:07 PM  

  • Yeah Jane! Glad I could help! Keep at it and you'll be finished in no time :)

    MGM

    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At November 3, 2008 at 10:41 PM  

  • Hi,

    I was wondering if you could tell me about the length of the initial chain versus the length of the final wavy line. For example, if you start with a 12 inch chain, what is the length of the resulting wavy line? How much does it shrink with the reductions? I'd appreciate the ratio information b/c I'm going to make a full sized quilt with wavy lines going width-wise.

    Many thanks, and I really enjoy the clarity of your video.

    --Laura (lauraamcg@hotmail.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At February 10, 2012 at 11:53 AM  

  • Many thanks Mary Grace ...as I have kept. Noah's ark pattern for a year or two now as I could not work the ripple water pattern out. I am making this crochet pattern for a dear Niece who is now having her second baby. Attempted ithe pattern for her first baby with no success but you have explained it much more fully. Thank you ...

    Yvonne.

    By Anonymous Yvonne, At July 13, 2014 at 11:53 PM  

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