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PeepsKitty Posted - 11/16/2009 : 1:44:17 PM
I am trying to decipher a pattern from the "Crocheted Afghans" pattern book by Melody Griffiths. It is the "Sunshine & Shadow Throw", if anyone has the book and can reference it.

The throw consists of small squares that are connected. The very first part of the pattern is a mystery to me. Any help??

Here is what it says verbatum:

Center Square
Wind (color A) yarn around finger to form a ring.

1st Round
4ch, [3dc, 1ch] 3 times in ring, 2dc in ring, ss in 3rd ch.

Now I get the 1st round instruction. But the "Center Square" start is where I'm lost. What I'm reading is that I don't start with any chain stitches, instead wind the yarn around my finger???

Anyone ever done this before??

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PeepsKitty Posted - 11/18/2009 : 04:41:08 AM
Thanks for the help!!!
jaymeKnits Posted - 11/17/2009 : 12:15:54 PM
I do this with knitting too. Hats and shawls from the top down work really well this way. In Knitting it's called Emily Ocker's circular cast-on.

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Chayah Posted - 11/17/2009 : 05:42:50 AM
Thanks Peeps and Knitz, this is very helpful, chayah

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knitz2 Posted - 11/17/2009 : 05:35:24 AM
you don't need to make any chain stitches to start a circle or square. simply wind the yarn around your finger, use hook to pull a loop through that circle, then begin the first round instructions with a ch-4, working the first round through the circle of yarn that was around your finger. after you've done a few rounds, you can tug on the yarn tail to tighten up the beginning circle.

here are pictures of the basic "adjustable ring" method:

If you have access to the book Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs by Edie Eckman (maybe at the library?), she shows a slightly different sliding loop beginning on page 10.

I personally like this beginning much better than "chain x and slip stitch in first chain to form circle" or "chain 2 and work x number of stitches in second ch from hook".
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