Starting and ending each row with Straight Stitches

Let's start by understanding the starting stitches.

  • Every row has a standard count starting stitch(es) and ending stitch(es).
  • The pattern repeats within these stitches.
  • Always check your allocated start and end stitch(es) for each blanket size as indicated in print version of your pattern.
  • The actual type of straight stitch depends on what kind of stitch pattern is followed within the start and end straight stitches, it can vary between single stitch, half double crochet, or double crochet.
  • Some pattern sizes have more and others less, so always make sure you have the correct beginning and end stitch counts for your project rows.
  • The foundation chain count includes the start and end straight stitch count for each blanket size and is allocated in the downloadable pattern.

Below is an example of how this works.

Pattern layout croche

ssst :

  • Every row starts with an allocated ssst-
  • Starting straight stitches , this is either 2, 3, 4 or 5 stitches which forms a straight border on each side of the row. ssst count is allocated under counts for each size.
  • Each ssst counts include the first chain leg for each row.
  • If you wish to not use ssst, you can only work 1 stitch on each side of row to accomodate for the first chain row.
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starting set:

  • this is the first set for this pattern, ensure you stick to the starting set especially the first stitches of each row as shown in the diagram

repeat set :

  • this set repeats in over the total row, until the last ending set. ending set- this is the last set for this pattern, ensure you stick to the ending set especially the last stitches of each row as shown in the diagram

 esst :

  • Every row ends with an allocated esst-
  • Ending straight stitches , this is either 2, 3, 4 or 5 stitches which forms a straight border on each side of the row.
  • Esst count is allocated under stitch counts for each size.
  • Each esst counts include the first chain leg for each row. For turning your work.
  • If you wish to not use esst, you can only work 1 stitch on each side of row to accomodate for the first chain row.

 

How to join colors in this pattern

In this pattern we use a new color for each row.o

  1. Join each color with a slip stitch, 
  2. Work 1sc, over the slip stitch to secure the yarn, this completes the join.
  3. The join counts as the first chain ,
  4. then work the remainder of the required first chain as indicated in the pattern.

For example,  

  • add 2ch if you require a 2ch start for hdc
  • ch2 if you require a 3ch for a dc start.

Foundation Row

Foundation row

  1. Start with your foundation chain,
  2. foundation chain count is determined by stitch count per row, 
  3. stitch count per row is allocated for each blanket size in the printed pattern, available here,
  4. Chain foundation chain,
  5. Chain 2, then from 3rd chain from hook,
  6. work 1hdc - half double crochet stitch into chain, work 1 hdc into each chain stitch back on the foundation row.
  7. Count your stitches again, to ensure that your stitch row count matches the final row count allocated for your blanket size in the pattern.

Add some Flower Crochet Power Pattern Rows

Add some flower power to your pattern by using a row of V-Stitches followed by a row of 5dc-clusters.

Working with V- Stitches in rows for this pattern.

Join a new color with a slip stitch, work one sc over the slip stitch to secure the yarn, after the join, chain2 ,count a first 3ch, work starting straight stitch count(sssc) as allocated in the printable pattern, skip the first stitch after (sssc),, V-Stitch, (1dc, ch1, 1dc), into next stitch, * skip 2st(s), V-Stitch, (1dc, ch1, 1dc), into next stitch, repeat from * until just before the first stitch of the (essc) starts. Skip this stitch, work 1dc into each remaining stitches, until end and finish off.

Flower Power Crochet Pattern Rows

Working with 5dc-dc stitches in this pattern.

Join a new color with a slip stitch, work one sc over the slip stitch to secure the yarn, after the join, chain2 ,count a first 3ch, work starting straight stitch count(sssc) as allocated in the printable pattern,  *ch1, 5dc-cluster into 1ch-space , repeat from * until the first stitch of the (essc) starts. Chain1, work 1dc into each remaining stitch, until end and finish off.

How to 5DC-Cluster 

The 5dc-cluster crochet stitch is basically just working 5dc, stitches into the same stitch, in this pattern case it is worked into the one chain space from the row before the trick is to leave the last loop of every stitch on the hook, so when you have worked all 5 dc's you should have 5 loops left on our hook, you then just yarn over and pull the hook thru all five loops and tighten it all together with a slip stitch, this pattern calls for a chain one after ever 5 dc cluster.

Flower crochet power

6 Double Crochet Shell Flower Pattern

This pattern is worked in two rows, the first is a row of V-stitches , the second is a row of 6dc (double crochet) row.

The first row of V- Stitches.

  1. Join a new color with a slip stitch,
  2. work one sc over the slip stitch to secure the yarn,
  3. ch2 ,count a first 3ch,
  4. work starting straight stitch count(sssc) as allocated in the printable pattern,
  5. skip the first stitch after (sssc),
  6. V-Stitch, (1dc, ch1, 1dc), into next stitch,
  7. * skip 2st(s), V-Stitch, (1dc, ch1, 1dc), into next stitch,
  8. repeat from * until just before the first stitch of the (essc) starts.
  9. Skip this stitch, work 1dc into each remaining stitches, until end and finish off.

Second row of dc-shells

  1. Join a new color with a slip stitch,
  2. work one sc over the slip stitch to secure the yarn,
  3. ch2 ,count a first 3ch,
  4. work starting straight stitch count(sssc) as allocated in the printable pattern, 
  5. *1sc into first 1ch-sp of first V-stitch from row before,
  6. 6dc-shell into next 1ch-space ,
  7. repeat from * until the last 1chain-space of V-stitch of row before, ,
  8. work 1dc into each remaining stitch, until end, finish off.
6 Double Crochet Shell Flower Pattern

Making waves with standard crochet stitches

Join a new color with a slip stitch, work one sc over the slip stitch to secure the yarn, after the join, chain2 ,count a first 3ch, work starting straight stitch count(sssc) as allocated in the printable pattern,

Ch3, * work into 6dc shells from row before, dc into the first st of shell, hdc into next st of shell, sc into next st of shell , hdc into next st of shell, dc into next st, tr into last st of shell, skip sc ,repeat from * until first stitch of (essc) starts. Skip last sc, work 1dc into each remaining stitch, until end and finish off.

Crochet-waves-stitches

Working the next row of waves, join a new color with a slip stitch, work one sc over the slip stitch to secure the yarn, after the join, chain2 ,count a first 3ch, work starting straight stitch count(sssc) as allocated in the printable pattern,

Ch3, * work in sets of 6 sts per set, 1hdc into dc st, 1dc into next  hdc st, 1tr into next sc st, 1dc into next hdc st, 1hdc into next dc st, sc into next tr st ,repeat from * until the first stitch of (essc) starts, work 1dc into each remaining stitch, until end and finish off and so the wave alternates between the first set of wave rows and the second set of wave rows.

Crochet-wave-stitch-pattern-diagram

Crochet Flower Pebbels in a row

This is by far my most favorite combination for a pretty little addon for any pattern. For me it's quick work to get through rows and leaves a beautiful textures lacy crochet effect.

Please note that the rows numbered in the example stitch diagram image is to assist with the stitch thru.

Example row 1

Join a new color with a slip stitch, work one sc over the slip stitch to secure the yarn, after the join, chain1 ,counts as first 2ch, (sssc) as allocated in the printable pattern,

 * Ch2, skip 2 sts, 1hdc into next st ,repeat from * until the first stitch of (essc), work 1hdc into each remaining stitch, until end and finish off

Example row 2

Join as before, chain2 ,count a first 3ch, work (sssc), * 6dc-shell into 2ch-sp, 1hdc into next 2ch-sp, repeat from * until the first stitch of (essc), work 1dc into each remaining stitch, until end and finish off

Example row 3

Join as before, chain2 ,count a first 3ch, work (sssc), * chain2, 1sc into space between 3rd and 4th leg of 6d -shell, chain2, 1FPdc around next hdc post from row before, chain1, 1FPdc around same hdc as before (FPdc V-Stitch),  repeat from * until the first stitch of (essc), work 1dc into each remaining stitch, until end and finish off

Crochet-pebbels-odds-even

Best to always work these flower patterns in odd and even rows, the even rows in this case two rows per even set, will have full 6dc-shell flowers at start and end of each row, the odd rows also two rows in this set , will have 3dc-shell (half flowers) instead of 6dc shells at the end of each row.

Example row 4

Join as before, chain2 ,count a first 3ch, work (sssc), 3dc- shell into bottom of last stitch worked 1hdc into sc from row before, * 6dc-shell into 2ch-sp, 1hdc into next 2ch-sp, repeat from * until last FPdc V-Stitch from row before, 3dc-shell into 1ch-sp, 1dc into each remaining stitch, until end and finish off

Example row 5

Join as before, chain2, count a first 3ch, work (sssc), * 1FPdc around next hdc post from row before, chain1, 1FPdc around same hdc as before (FPdc V-Stitch), chain2, 1sc into space between 3rd and 4th leg of 6d-shell, chain2, repeat from * until last FPdc V-Stitch chain 2, sc into 3rd stitch od 3dc-shell, 1dc into each remaining stitch, until end and finish off

Example row 6

Join as before, chain2 ,count a first 3ch, work (sssc), * 6dc-shell into 2ch-sp, 1hdc into next 2ch-sp, repeat from * until the first stitch of (essc), work 1dc into each remaining stitch, until end and finish off

Example row 7

Join as before, chain2 ,count a first 3ch, work (sssc), * chain2, 1sc into space between 3rd and 4th leg of 6d -shell, chain2, 1FPdc around next hdc post from row before, chain1, 1FPdc around same hdc as before (FPdc V-Stitch),  repeat from * until the first stitch of (essc), work 1dc into each remaining stitch, until end and finish off

Example row 8

Join as before, chain2 ,count a first 3ch, work (sssc), * 3dc into 2ch-sp, skip sc, 3dc into 2ch-sp, 3dc into 1cp-sp, repeat from * until the first stitch of (essc), work 1dc into each remaining stitch, until end and finish off

 

Stouto crichet flower peddels stitch rows diagram