Off Center Lines Square pattern, to refer to if any questions come up while crocheting the square. The photo above shows the pattern crocheted through Row 12, with Row 12 just completed and four more rows to go, to finish the square.
Below I have explained in detail any parts that I thought beginning crocheters might have questions about as they crochet the pattern.
The photo on the left shows the chain-3 made, that is used to turn the piece around and begin the new row. This chain-3 also counts as the first double crochet of the row.
The direction to (ch 1, skip next dc, dc in next dc) twice, if shown without the parenthesis (but just repeated in words) would read as:
ch 1, skip next dc, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next dc, dc in next dc. The parenthesis help to shorten the amount of text in the pattern and what is inside the parenthesis is repeated the number of times that the pattern tells you to repeat it.
You can see on the photo above how this repeat looks when crocheted (the part with the holes in the design). Where you see the group of three double crochet made after the last hole, the first double crochet of that group of three was made as part of the repeat that you just did, so the directions now tell you to make a double crochet in each of the next two double crochet.
If you were not familiar before with the meaning of directions in parenthesis, to show repeats in a pattern, hopefully my photo and explanation above has cleared that up for you so that you can go ahead with the rest of the Row 3 directions to finish the row and to be able to confidentally crochet other patterns you come across that have repeats indicated by the use of parenthesis in the directions.
This photo shows the last part of the piece after Row 4 has been completed. Once you have successfully made it across Row 3, then each stitch made in Row 4 is like the stitch directly below it (but I have written these directions out completely for you in the pattern, for you to follow). You can see in the photo how this looks.
This last photo shows all of Row 4, after Row 4 has been completed, so you can see the look of the whole row.
In the pattern, rows 3 and 4 are repeated a number of times so, once you've got those rows figured out, repeating those rows is no problem.
At the very top of this page, I've shown a photo of Row 12 just completed, so you can see the look of making a double crochet in a chain-1 space, to make that row to be in solid double crochet all the way across.
After Row 12, there are 4 more rows to do but those are just repeats of things you have already done in the previous rows, so there's nothing that needs to be explained further for those rows.
The chart and full written pattern directions for my Off Center Lines Square are on another web page on my blog, at: Click Here
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