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11-23-2011, 11:01 AM
Hi everyone. Need some quick help with this pattern (http://crochet.about.com/od/Shawls/a/easy-trellis-lace-crocheted-stole.htm) that my boss is working on. We're both brand new crocheters so we're having some trouble understanding what this part means.

Trellis Lace: Ch 5, sk first ch-3 sp, sc in next ch-5 sp, *ch 5, sc in next sp; repeat from * across row to last sp, ch 3, sc in last sp, ch 2, tr in last st, turn.

sp=space, but what does that mean??

11-23-2011, 12:01 PM
Generally, when a crochet pattern says to crochet into a "space" (or "sp"), it means to crochet on the chains that create a space. According to the pattern you've quoted here, one "space" is the "ch-3 sp" (a chain of three stitches that spans a space) and another space is the "ch-5 sp" (a chain of 5 stitches that spans a space).

So you would crochet a single crochet on the chain 5 stitches that span the space. This single crochet will wrap around the chain itself.

However, since I don't have the previous row instructions, I'm not sure exactly what the next "space" is--a ch-5 space or a ch-3 space (or something else, maybe?).

At any rate, patterns are written like this to distinguish between crocheting into a chain (for example, into the third chain of a chain 5) vs. around the entire chain itself.

If this is still unclear, let us know and we'll try to unconfuse you some more!!