Now the cradle pattern is already quite long, hence why this is in a new post. I've taken images for every small step of stitches so hopefully everyone can see easily now what goes where. A reminder too that it can be a little tricky working with doubled yarn and you may need to do some practice, just do some chains and go back and forth a few times. It doesn't take much to start to feel comfortable with the 2 strands. Its
something I do quite alot to compensate for Australia's lack of worsted weight yarns!
HDC = Half Double Crochet in American terms. This is a Half Treble (htr) for UK folk.
How to do it - Wrap yarn over hook and insert the hook into the work, yarn over the hook draw through work. Wrap yarn over hook and draw through all 3 loops in the hook.
You will also need to know how to do a hd2tg (half double crochet decrease) when you make it to the HOOD section, it is just going to be easier to link you to an excellent YouTube video for this stitch as writing all the steps may be a little confusing. View it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf7b9Nqbz4U
Ok lets get started on the base! Remember, we're making 2 of these.
Take your 2 strands of DK weight yarn and a 6.5mm hook.
1. Chain 10
2. Make THREE hdc stitches in the second chain from the hook.
3. Make 7 hdc stitches in the next 7 chains
4. In the last chain make THREE hdc stitches. We will not be turning our work, we will now be working on the opposite side to the stitches we have just completed.
5. hdc in the next 7 stitches
6. hdc in the last st (this gap is where our skipped ch1 from the beginning is)
Join with a slip stitch to the first hdc.
7. Chain 2, make TWO hdc in each of the next 2 stitches
8. hdc in the next 7 stitches
9. Make TWO hdc in each of the next THREE stitches (this will give you 6 in total on the end)
10. hdc in the next 8 stitches and join with a slip stitch to the top of the starting chain. Round complete!
11. chain 2, hdc in the next stitch, then make TWO hdc in the next stitch
12. hdc in the next stitch, then make TWO hdc in the next stitch. Repeat this step again. (When you count stitches from step 11 and 12 you will have a ch2 and 9 stitches in total. I have marked the 2hdc stitches in the above image)
13. hdc in the next 7 stitches
14. Place TWO hdc in the next stitch, hdc in the next stitch
Repeat this step TWICE more (you will have just made NINE stitches in total, I have marked the positions of the hdc2 stitches in the image above)
15. hdc in the next 8 stitches
and join to the top of the starting chain.
Last round. W00!
16. chain 2, hdc in the next 2 stitches, then hdc TWICE in the next stitch (you will have made 3 stitches in total)
17. Repeat step 16 twice more. (That is, hdc in the next 2 stitches, hdc TWICE in the next stitch, hdc in the next 2 stitches, hdc TWICE in the next stitch. The hdc2 have been marked in the above image)
18. hdc in the next 7 stitches
19. hdc TWICE in the next stitch, then hdc once in the next TWO stitches.
20. Repeat step 19 TWICE more.
21. hdc in the next 9 stitches
22. Slip stitch to join. Finish off and weave in ends, thats it, your done!
Don't forget to make a second one!
I hope this step by step guide has helped anyone thats having problems with the pattern. If you need further advice do not hesitate to contact me.