10-27-2011, 08:10 AM #1 lizardbug2 Casting On   Join Date: Oct 2011 Posts: 2 Thanks: 0 Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts Crochet Lace Hi, I have a book called Crochet Lace with complete diagrams. I really love this book but I'm not understanding the patterns very well. In a lot of the ones I want to make there is (N) a certain number of times. How do I know what (N) is? I must have read this book cover to cover a few times now and am still really lost lol. Thank you to anybody who can help

 10-27-2011, 05:21 PM #2 DogCatMom 1st Leg of the Journey   Join Date: May 2011 Location: S.F. Bay Area Posts: 243 Thanks: 26 Thanked 62 Times in 52 Posts Can you provide 2 or 3 lines of a sample pattern with this in it? Perhaps (N) is a number to be chosen by the maker (the crocheter), depending on how large/long she wants the project to be. But seeing the lines of a sample pattern may help make it clear. DCM
 10-27-2011, 05:26 PM #3 Antares Working the Gusset   Join Date: Nov 2010 Posts: 1,774 Thanks: 228 Thanked 626 Times in 590 Posts Can you quote the directions around the part you don't understand? That might help us figure out what this means.
 10-29-2011, 04:17 AM #4 lizardbug2 Casting On   Join Date: Oct 2011 Posts: 2 Thanks: 0 Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts I think I may have figured it out. *(ch 5, dc1) 2 times, (N) 17 times, dc 7, ch 1, dc 1, (N) 1 time. I think it means do the instructions in the parenthesis that many times? Liz
 10-29-2011, 03:59 PM #5 DogCatMom 1st Leg of the Journey   Join Date: May 2011 Location: S.F. Bay Area Posts: 243 Thanks: 26 Thanked 62 Times in 52 Posts Yes, if "N" is given elsewhere, or if you've used it to stand in for something else. In crochet *and* knitting, instructions inside pairs of * * or ( ) or [ ] are meant to be repeated however many times the instructions say: 1) *ch4 sc* 6 times.... 2) (ch4 sc) 6 times.... 3) [ch4 sc] 6 times... all mean the same thing. Sometimes, more complex patterns will use sets of these punctuation marks inside other sets. If so, each punctuated set has its own number of repetitions. DCM

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