I'm trying to make a blanket using the Chevron Granny Blanket pattern from theroyalsisters.blogspot.com I am having difficulty getting the end to come out correctly (i.e. - the number of crochet stitches). It says to "Chain 183-185. Take any un-crocheted chains off the end when you have finished first row." (not sure what that means or how to do unless I take out the whole first row). "You can make it much bigger by adding more chains, approx 15 ch each time. Finish with a downward slope to match the start of row."
The start of the first round the pattern said to miss the first chain. Is the first missed chain considered the chain on the hook or the chain beside the hook?
I've tried different combinations - I still can't get it to work out. The closest I've come is doing a set of 15 chains until the desired length but end of having one chain left for another stitch. (ex. - end says to 3 dc in next chain, 1 dc in next 7 chains, turn). I seem to have an extra chain (8) left over each time. I have gone back and counted. The "valleys" and "hills" on the ripples seem to be in line with each other - but the end gets me every time. Any suggestions???? I'm wondering if it is me or is it the pattern instructions that is a little off????
(A friend wants me to show her mother how to do this so I went back to make a sample and still not working).