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rearicd
06-24-2008, 08:53 PM
I am a knitter and want to learn how to crochet...I am getting the basic stitches but reading the patterns are tricky. Can anybody tell me what 11 dc in ring means? Does it mean to do a double crochet stitch 11 times? I don't have enough stitches to do so...Any suggestions on good online videos or explanations for crochet?

Becky Morgan
06-25-2008, 12:08 AM
Yes, it means to do 11 double crochet stitches in the ring you just formed from your first chain stitches, or sometimes around a plastic ring (not many patterns do that, but it's handy to know.) The directions usually say something like "ch 4, join to form ring, ch 3, 11 dc in ring." In that case, you chain four, slide your hook through the very first chain stitch up by your beginning yarn "tail", chain three (those stand in for a double crochet) and make 11 double crochet stitches around the four first chains, rather than trying to put double crochets in each stitch. Now, if you really wanted to do that, you could, by putting more than one dc in each chain, but 99% of the time you just crochet over the whole chain. When you look at the work, you'll see a smooth curve around those first chain stitches.
There are some good videos over on Crochetville.org if you can get there.