You might be thinking that it is crazy that we only finished Row 3 and we are already moving onto Rows 4 through 23! The fact is that I have taught all of the stitches in this piece, now it is just a matter of trucking along and completing the rows.
I have been given some feedback on my instructions, which I greatly appreciate. This is my first time doing a stitch-a-long, so I am more than open to hearing a bit of feedback on how I can improve on instruction. PLEASE let me know any questions you might have and anyway that I might help.
Okay, on to Row 4:
Row 4: Ch 2, (counts as first Dc), skip st and Dc in each Hdc around. Join with sl st to top of Ch 2. (55 Dc)
Some of the feedback I received was that it would be helpful to rewrite the row without abbreviations, but with the full stitch name. So, this row revised would be:
Row 4: Chain 2 (counts as first double crochet), skip stitch and double crochet in each half double crochet around. Join with slip stitch to top of chain 2.
So, this row is the exact same as Row 2. You have already done this row before, so this should be familiar.
Row 5 and 6 is just repeating this same row.
Row 7 is repeating Row 3. If you remember this is Row 3:
Chain 1, (counts as first Half double crochet), skip stitch and Half double crochet in each
around. Join with slip stitch to top of Chain 1. (55 Half double crochets)
Row 8 is repeating Row 4.
Row 9 is using a Single Crochet. We did this for Row 1:
Chain 1, Single crochet in each Double crochet around. Join with slip stitch to Chain 1
Rows 10-17 is repeating Rows 2-9
Rows 18-23 is repeating Rows 2-7
At the end you fasten off. I admit that I do not fasten off the way you are technically supposed to. I cut the yarn and leave a decent amount of length. I pull the long yarn tail all the way through the last loop on my hook. Once I pull it through I pull the yarn through a yarn needle, loop it back to the opposite side and knot it. It's not the "technical" manner to finish, but I feel that it keeps the piece secure and tight. Be sure to do this with the tail at the beginning of your piece.
The GREAT thing about this cowl is that it is a lot of repetition, so you get a great opportunity to practice the main stitches of crochet.
Below are some refresher videos to remind you of how to do each of the basic stitches. I have already completed my cowl and I plan to take a picture and post it. My husband isn't here right now to take the pic for me :-)
I have heard very little feedback on how things are going. If anyone has questions will answer them in the next post. Let me hear them
HALF DOUBLE CROCHET