Need help with crochet pattern

lovetogardenMarch 31, 2014

I'm making a hat from the booklet Celebrity Slouchy Beanies for the Family and am at a loss of how to do the next part. Can anyone help? Here are the instructions for the part I can't understand -
Ch 1, sc in same st and in next 4 dc, decrease, (sc in next 5 dc decrease) around; join with slip st to first sc: 72sc.

I understand this to mean chain 1, single crochet in same stitch and in next 4 double crochet, - but here's where I'm lost - decrease, (single crochet in next 5 double crochet decrease) around;

Can someone please explain how and what to do here? Thanks for any help.

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donna_loomis

I would take that to mean to draw up one loop in each of the next 5 double crochets, then yarn over and pull through all loops on the hook. Repeat all the way around.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2014 at 1:15AM
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lovetogarden

I thought it would mean that too except that I'm starting with 84 stitches and when I finish this round I'm supposed to have 72 stiches left. If I decrease 5 stitches at once all the way around I'll only have 20 stitches left after I finish this round.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2014 at 1:37AM
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donna_loomis

Hmmmm, after looking at the instructions again, I'n not sure, but maybe it means to just repeat the instructions in parentheses. Maybe you missed putting a comma before the word "decrease", or they did. So you would "sc in the next 5 stitches and make a regular decrease over the next 2 stitches", then repeat that until you get to the end.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2014 at 9:17AM
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donna_loomis

I read it again and I'm sure that's right. Your first chain equals 1 stitch and you sc 4 times, making it 5 stitches, then you do a decrease. That equals exactly what is in the parentheses.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2014 at 9:20AM
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lovetogarden

I think you are right Donna. They must have forgot to put the comma because when I did as you suggested I got the right amount of stitches I'm supposed to have after this round. Thanks so much for the help. For a while there I thought of throwing in the towel on this pattern.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2014 at 1:28PM
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donna_loomis

Glad I could help.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2014 at 4:18PM
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