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Got this afghan because it said easy on website but is considered intermediate so I want to challenge myself but confused. Part of the pattern is in parentheses not sure how to do it (dc in next ch, ch 1) twice is that in same stitch or the next two.

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Welcome to Crochetville!

 

Here is a copy of the Yarn Council's crochet pattern abbreviations and symbols ...

 

http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/crochet.html

 

Parenthesis are commonly used to specify a short list of instructions that need to be repeated X times.  It means to do the instructions and then do them again.  So, in your example, you're going to do a DC in the chain space, chain 1, do a DC in the next chain space, chain 1.

 

Brackets and sometimes parenthesis are sometimes used to indicate multiple instructions to all be done in one stitch, like the instructions for a fan or shell.  If the designer wants you to do multiple instructions all in one stitch, it'll say "all in the next stitch", "all in the next ch-X" or something similar.

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Chains aren't done in a stitch.  They are done to create a a space.  So, I'm a bit confused about your question.  I don't know what you're asking.

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Ok after I wrote I realized that chains are not done stitches. Fairly new to crocheting so this whole pattern is a bit of a challenge hope I can figure it all out

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It's OK.  We were all new once.  You'll be able to figure it out!  You're well on your way!  :)

 

If you get stuck, just come back here and ask.

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I was able to do the first row and was going to start next was wonder it says

(Dc in next ch 1 sp and in next dc) 6 times. I know I do dc 6 times but in chain space or dc.

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You're going to do 12 dc.

 

DC in chain space.

DC in DC.

Repeat both steps a total of 6 times.

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In one chain space and one dc or down the row.

Dc in chain space, dc in dc, dc in chain space, dc in dc so on.

All in first space and first dc.

Hope makes sense

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It says "next". That means you'll move down the row from one stitch to the next one.

 

Patterns always mean next, unless they specifically instruct you to do something different. Going down a row is the norm. You don't have to guess when to do something all in one stitch. The pattern will say "all in one" when you should do multiple things in one stitch.

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You are doing a FABULOUS job!  Way to GO!!

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