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Old 10-31-2013, 03:15 PM   #1
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Hi! I'm a pretty good knitter and thought I'd try my hand with crocheting...which isn't working out so well. I'm stuck on this pattern:

http://www.imtopsyturvy.com/crochet-...ultiple-sizes/

I'm doing size Medium, and am on row 2. Why do I chain 2 before starting the row? I do it anyway... So, then I crochet the first hdc. Then, I work the bobble stitch, which I'm not doing correctly because it's not "bubbling" up, the work is staying flat. So this is my second problem.

My third question, is after I crochet the first bobble, it's time to hdc again. Do I turn the work, hdc, then turn again; or just keep going in same direction and don't turn again? And before crocheting the "second" hdc in the row, should I chain two first?

The 4th question is does the row basically go "hdc, bobble, hdc, bobble, etc."?

Thank you so much for helping me! I'm trying to crochet this for the holidays

Jessica
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Old 10-31-2013, 05:34 PM   #2
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You probably know this, but...
The bobbles are essentially five dc worked into the same stitch, only they're all incomplete. You hold the last loops, then when you have all of them you yo and pull through just as you would to finish just one dc. When you hdc next to it, the bobble should stick up. Sometimes it sticks down instead, so you have to poke it through to the outside, but it should be either a bump or a dent.
The hdc between them help define the bobbles.

Sometimes the first row doesn't look right, but if you keep going the pattern shows up better.
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Old 10-31-2013, 05:40 PM   #3
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Why do I chain 2 before starting the row?

I've not crocheted much for quite a while but if I remember correctly this is pretty common in crochet patterns. You'll only ch2 once at the beginning of the row. I usually ignored that unless it varied from what I thought was the norm.

Then, I work the bobble stitch, which I'm not doing correctly because it's not "bubbling" up, the work is staying flat.

The bobbles might not show up well until you've worked more of the pattern. Have you looked for a video for crochet bobble stitch? Crochet the Bobble Stitch I always liked her videos. If you don't like hers, you can find another.

The 4th question is does the row basically go "hdc, bobble, hdc, bobble, etc."?

Row 2- ch2, turn, *hdc, bobble stitch repeat across, hdc 35 stitches

Yes.

That's such a cute pattern I've considered digging out a hook and making at least one of them. Be sure to let us know if you need more help. There are other crocheters here so if I'm not helpful someone else should be.

ETA Sometimes I don't see earlier responses until after I've posted. I don't know why but it works that way. Operator Error on my part no doubt.
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:12 PM   #4
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Thank you! I'm going to try this out and I'll let u know how it goes
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Old 11-05-2013, 10:23 PM   #5
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"Why do I chain 2 at the beginning of the row?"

==> Because you're working in hdc (half double crochet) (using American stitch terminology).

If you were working in single crochet (sc), the turning chain would be 1 ch st at the beginning of the row.

hdc = 2 ch sts at beginning of row

dc = 3 ch sts at beginning of row

tr = 4 ch sts at beginning of row

This way, the first complete stitch of the row isn't squashed or misshapen. There's room for it to be fully executed.

(Sorry, the last couple of weeks have been completely crazy....)
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