Woof and welcome,
Today we’re going to make a sample square. Now I know you’re probably thinking “enough of this already, let’s make the woofing scarf!” but this isn’t an unusual thing to be doing. Many patterns and just about all garments start with a tension square. We’re not going to do that entirely but starting with a sample square is a great habit to get into.
As I said yesterday, if you look through the pattern you will see that every odd row is double crochet, and every even row is single crochet, so that is what we are going to practice.
Start with 15 chain (ch) stitches.
Make sure you don’t include the loop on the hook as one of your ch stitches.
Next we’ll make our turning chain. Because this is a row of double crochet (dc) stitches coming up we need a turning chain of 3 ch stitches, this will create a ladder like stitch as tall as a dc.
So do another 3 ch as your turning ch for Row 1, which means you’ll have 18 ch in total, then do your first dc into the 5th ch from the hook.
Now you have 2 stitches in your first row.
Keep doing dcs and when you get to the end of the row you will have 15 stitches including the turning chain (first 3 ch) as 1 stitch. Make sure you count them! ALWAYS count your stitches at the end of the line – it will save you a lot of trouble!!
It is easy counting dcs, just count the columns (these are called posts).
Next we will do a row of single crochet (sc).
This is a short stitch so our turning ch only needs to be 1 ch. So do 1 ch then turn the work around so you are ready to crochet at the far right side.
Crochet a sc into the top of the last dc in the previous row.
Next, sc into each of the remaining dcs in the last row. When you get to the turning ch at the end of the dc row, sc into the 3rd of the 3 ch, in other words the very top chain. See my hook in the third ch??
Now that you have completed your row of sc COUNT them!
Having trouble? Look at the top loops and count each one. Are there 15? Or did you count 16?? If you counted 16 don’t panic, you have probably counted the turning ch as a sc. Look carefully and see if this is so. The turning ch will be a loop only, whereas a sc have have a chunky little stitch below the loop.
OK so now we’ve done 2 rows. That was woof… I mean fun, wasn’t it!
Next let’s do 6 more rows alternating between sc and dc and see how we go. Remember to count those stitches at the end of each row.
If you don’t remember which row you are up to – dc or sc – an easy way to remind yourself is to look at the tail and incoming yarn threads. If both yarn threads are on the one side you have completed a dc row, if they are on different sides you have completed a sc row.
And if you do make a mistake, pull the hook out and pull the yarn. Just unravel back to where you went wrong and try again! Don’t be frustrated, we all make mistakes, just think of the beautiful scarf you’ll soon own and keep on trying.
OK so this is what it should look like when you’re done.
Now if you have a problem and you don’t know why, jump ahead to lesson 7.Troubleshooting for some examples of the kind of things that go wrong and how to fix them. Or contact me at the end of this tutorial or through the contact us page. Don’t give up!
Once you’re happy with how your stitches are looking you are ready to move on to the actual scarf. Woof… I mean yah!
Until then … Woof!