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.

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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.