Discovering Stitch Markers (Square 8 Redo)

Monday, May 18

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Who knew these cute little pastel colored circles could help me become a better crocheter. I bought them but rarely used them preferring safety pins instead. Needing more pins than sticking from my pin cushion and too lazy to get up to find more, I reached for my stitch markers.

I needed them to mark all of the single crochet stitches on Round 6. Yep, I was going to tackle Square 8 again. Not going to let it beat me down. That’s the square I blogged about having to “wing it” since I couldn’t figure out the instructions.

But you know what? A strange thing has happened. The more squares I do (BTW, 3 more done, but will tell you about them later), the more I understand crochet speak. Starting to know what to do when I see “sc group” or “dc corner”. These are short cuts found in the pattern to save the author from having to repeat the complete instructions over and over.

Back to Square 8…. I reacquainted myself with the pattern and got started. When I got to Round 6, I put stitch markers on all of the SC (single crochet) stitches. No more hide and seek. Front and center. All brightly identified in pink, white and blue. Ready for me to find later in Round 8.

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This is about where I was stumped on my first try. Didn’t know how to locate the single crochets from Round 6. Where I had to say my good-byes to the instructions and wing it.

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And here is my second try. Yay!! I made it to the other side. The stitch markers worked.

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There is not much difference in the 2nd one (hot pink) compared to my winged version (sage green), except it is smaller, rounder. I just hated having to admit defeat.

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Go here for pattern instructions.

101 Crochet Squares is by Jean Leinhauser, American School of Needlework, published 1996, ISBN 978-0-88195-715-0.

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