Friday, October 30, 2015

Yarn Fanatic Party #52 cont'd - Happy Friday!

Welcome to the 52nd Yarn Fanatic Link Party, and my 35th as co-host, alongside Rachel from The Philosopher's Wife.

Happy Friday! We're reaching the end of our month long Yarn Fanatic Party #52. Please share what you've been working on, and get in your last minute entries for the Caribbean Waves Yarn Giveaway, sponsored by Chaleur Hand Dyed Yarns!

Monday at 12:00pm (EST), our new Yarn Fanatic Party #53 will go live and I have some things to share with you :) Enjoy your weekend!

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This Months's Giveaway is sponsored by Jessica of Chaleur Hand Dyed Yarn, and will last the whole month of October. 
This gorgeous skein of yarn is in a colorway called, Caribbean Waves. Can't you see the beautiful blue/green oceany color within it? It's so serene. 

This skein is a sports weight yarn compromised of 75% superwash wool and 25% nylon with 274 yards/100 grams. This gorgeous, serene prize has a $22 value.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

UPDATED! Granny Square Beanie in 3 Baby Sizes - Free Crochet Pattern

Last September (2014) I created a crochet pattern for a Newborn Granny Square Beanie with other sizes on my list to create. It was thanks to the request from a reader named Judy that I decided I would sit down this past weekend to revisit my Newborn Granny Square Beanie pattern and update it to include three baby sizes - newborn, 3-6 months and 6-12 months. Thanks Judy!

These are great hats to work up for donation to your local baby hospital :) Remember to use soft acrylic or cotton yarn that machine washes and dries well and weave your ends in really, really well!


Materials:
     - Less than 125 yards of Worsted Weight Yarn (per Hat) - I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Soft Pink, Purple and Spun Sugar Stripes
     - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook 
     - Tapestry Needle - an 18" or 20" will work well for this!

Material Notes:
     Yarn Alternatives: Red Heart's With Love. Due to allergies, I do not suggest wools for baby - soft acrylics and cotton only.

Time Spent:
     I worked up the newborn size in just under 30 minutes, the 3-6 month size in just about 30 minutes and the 6-12 month size in just over 30 minutes.

Measurements:
The Newborn Size has a crown of 4.25" in diameter, a circumference of nearly 13.5" to fit a head size of 13" - 14", and is 5" in length.

The 3-6 Month Size has a crown of 4.75" in diameter, a circumference of nearly 15" to fit a head size of 15" - 16", and is also 5" in length.

The 6-12 Month Size has a crown of 5.5" in diameter, a circumference of nearly 17.5" to fit a head size of 17" - 19", and is 5.5" in length.

*Stretch depends on your yarn brand selected. The I Love This Yarn and Red Heart's With Love have about two inches worth, while a yarn such as Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft yarn has about an inch to an inch and a half.

Gauge:
With I Love This Yarn and an I9/5.5mm Hook = 4" x 4"
     Chain 16, DC in the 4th stitch, and in each stitch across. (14 DC)
     R2 - R8: Chain 2, turn. DC in the 2nd stitch, and each stitch across.
     Fasten Off.

Abbreviations:
     SC - Single Crochet
     DC - Double Crochet

Pattern Notes:
     Join to the first stitch, not the beginning chain (unless otherwise directed).

Beginning chain 2 does not count as stitch unless otherwise stated.

Working the crown as follows will help keep the hat seam straight. Feel free to work as you are comfortable.

If you choose to work color changes (I didn't) - work them in last part of stitch. For assistance, see my How to Change Colors in Crochet the EyeLoveKnots Way post.

I finished my hat with an invisible join. To see a photo tutorial of this technique, see the Pattern Notes section of my Newborn Twin Chunky Hat post.

If you are interested in making this a cloche like fit, subtract about 0.5" from length.

Pattern:
     
Newborn:
     Chain 4 (counts as 1 DC), work 9 DC into the 1st chain. Join to the top of the beginning chain 4. (10 DC)

R2: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, 2 DC in each of the next 9 DCs, and 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (20 DC)

R3: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first two stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into the next stitch) 9x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (30 DC)

R4: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first three stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into each of the next 2 stitches) 9x, skip last DC. Join. (39 DC)

R5: Chain 2 (counts as a DC). Work 2 DC into the same DC, skip 2 DCs, (3 DCs into the next DC, skip 2 DCs) around. Join. (13 clusters)

R6: Slip stitch over 1 DC, slip stitch underneath the next DC into the space created by skipped stitches. Chain 2 (counts as a DC). Work 2 DC into the same space, skip 3 DCs of previous cluster, (3 DCs into the next "space", skip 3 DCs of previous cluster) around. Join.

R7 - 10: Slip stitch over to "space". Chain 2 (Counts as a DC). Work 2 DC into the same space. 3 DCs into each "space" around. Join.

R11 - 12: Chain 1, SC in the 1st DC, and in each DC around. Join - I worked an invisible join in the final round. (39 SC)

Weave in Ends.
3-6 Months:
     Chain 4 (counts as 1 DC), work 11 DC into the 1st chain. Join to the top chain of the beginning chain 4. (12 DC)

R2: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, 2 DC in each of the next 11 DCs, and 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (24 DC)

R3: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first two stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into the next stitch) 11x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (36 DC)


R4: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first three stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into each of the next 2 stitches) 11x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (48 DC)

R5: Chain 2 (counts as a DC). Work 2 DC into the same DC, skip 2 DCs, (3 DCs into the next DC, skip 2 DCs) around. Join. (16 clusters)

R6: Slip stitch over 1 DC, slip stitch underneath the next DC into the space created by skipped stitches. Chain 2 (counts as a DC). Work 2 DC into the same space, skip 3 DCs of previous cluster, (3 DCs into the next "space", skip 3 DCs of previous cluster) around. Join.

R7 - 10: Slip stitch over to "space". Chain 2 (Counts as a DC). Work 2 DC into the same space. 3 DCs into each "space" around. Join.

R11: Chain 1, SC in the 1st DC, and in each DC around. [Invisible] Join. (48 SC)

Weave in Ends.

6-12 Months:
     Chain 4 (counts as 1 DC), work 9 DC into the 1st chain. Join to the top of the beginning chain 4. (10 DC)

R2: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, 2 DC in each of the next 9 DCs, and 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (20 DC)

R3: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first two stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into the next stitch) 9x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (30 DC)

R4: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first three stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into each of the next 2 stitches) 9x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (40 DC)

R5: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first four stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into each of the next 3 stitches) 9x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (50 DC)

R6: Chain 2 (counts as a DC). Work 2 DC into the same DC, skip 2 DCs, (3 DCs into the next DC, skip 2 DCs) around, ending with a skip 1 DC as the final skip for the round. Join. (17 clusters)

R7: Slip stitch over 1 DC, slip stitch underneath the next DC into the space created by skipped stitches. Chain 2 (counts as a DC). Work 2 DC into the same space, skip 3 DCs of previous cluster, (3 DCs into the next "space", skip 3 DCs of previous cluster) around. Join.

R8 - 12: Slip stitch over to "space". Chain 2 (Counts as a DC). Work 2 DC into the same space. 3 DCs into each "space" around. Join.

R13: Chain 1, SC in the 1st DC, and in each DC around. [Invisible] Join. (48 SC)

Weave in Ends.
Get Creative with Color Choices!

Please feel free to make and sell your own Granny Square Beanies using this pattern, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, link to it instead.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

DIY Decoupaged Jewelry Boxes - Halloween Themed

I had a couple last minute Halloween Candy Stud Earring orders from my EyeLoveKnots Etsy shop recently, and decided to send them inside of jewelry boxes - usually I charge extra for the boxes. I got this really fun idea to decoupage the jewelry boxes with fun Halloween scrapbook paper, so I set out to my local Hobby Lobby (and Walmart) and picked up some supplies.

Materials:
     - Jewelry Box/es - I used small 3 x 2-1/8 x 1 in, and medium 3.5 x 3.5 x 7/8 in white boxes from Darice (found at my local Walmart)
     - Small Amounts of Scrapbook Paper - I used #185421 Spooky Spiders, #288969 Textured Halloween Polka and #286757 Halloween Chevrons from the Paper Studio, and #ENC002 Spellbound-Spiderweb from Authentique Paper (all found at Hobby Lobby)
     - Mod Podge - I use Mod Podge Matte Finish (found at lots of places, but I buy mine at Hobby Lobby because I can use my 40% off coupon)
     - Foam Brush - I use a 1" Foam Brush
     - Old Gift Card or similar to smooth out surface
     - Scissors
     - Opt. Hard Cardstock to create template with
     - Opt. Pencil to trace template onto scrapbook paper
     - Opt. An Acrylic Sealer - I like to use UV-Resistant Clear Acrylic Coating in Gloss

Material Notes:
     Paper: The easiest paper to work with is printed paper. This is available at your local arts and craft stores in the scrapbooking aisle. They sell for about $0.49 to $0.69 an individual sheet or $5.00 to $20.00 per book. Check in the ads for sales! Joann's frequently puts the scrapbook items on sale 30% off or 3-5 sheets for $1, and Hobby Lobby often puts their scrapbook items on sale 50% off. You can also use card stock or vellum, however, the thinner paper works better. The thicker papers will require 1-2 more coats of Mod Podge. Another great and fun option is to print anything onto regular computer paper and use that. This is a great option with the growing supply of digital papers and clip art available online. Check out my Easter Bunny Ceramic Tile Coasters for an example of this.
     Foam Brushes: To make your brushes last longer, I recommend immediately cleaning them off after applying the Mod Podge to your last item. I find that the hose on my kitchen sink and warm water work the best - make sure there aren't any dishes sitting around because even though the Mod Podge is non-toxic, you really don't want all that on your dishes.

Time Spent: 
      All steps included, but not including drying time, I was able to finish the boxes in less than 15 minutes.

Measurements:
     Size varies depending on your boxes. 

DIY Notes:
     Though I created scrapbook strips for the sides of my lid top, you could very easily paint the lid box or leave the sides as they are. I found my boxes to be a little dirty looking though, and wanted to use the paper to hide the spots.

One thing I didn't even think about while creating my boxes is the direction of the paper. If you want the direction of the sides to match the top, make sure you rotate your template pieces.

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DIY Tutorial:
      First thing I did was create a template using some very stiff scrapbook paper. I did it the hard way by tracing the top of the box, and cutting it down to size. Do yourself a favor and start by tracing the bottom of the box! Remember to create a template not only for the top side of the lid, but also for the lid top sides.
Cut inside of your tracing lines, and test out the template on your box before cutting out of your nice scrapbook paper.
I then traced my templates onto my scrapbook paper, and cut all of the pieces out. Remember to cut inside your tracing lines, or the pieces will be too big. Another thing not to forget - trace and cut out as many pieces needed for the box, not just the template pieces you cut. For example, the medium sized box I used had four equal sides so I only created one strip for template but cut out four stripes for the box.
Grab your foam brush, dip it into the Mod Podge getting a good amount on there and then paint it across the top of your box. 
Lay down the scrapbook paper (quickly!), adjust if needed (quickly!) and then smooth out the paper using an old gift card. Smoothing out the paper is a necessary step in this process or you can/will get bubbles in your paper and/or parts of the paper that don't sit.
Repeat process for box lid sides.

Allow box to dry for about 15 minutes, and then reapply a coating of Mod Podge to the top and lid sides.

Allow box lid to dry for about 30 minutes, and the reapply one more coating of Mod Podge to the lid - sides should be okay.

After 30 minutes of drying, you can add one light coating of acrylic coating to help preserve and protect the scrapbook paper and jewelry box, or you can just leave it as is - I left it as is because I think the Mod Podge worked just fine!

Wash your brush out.

If you are using the acrylic coating, allow the box to sit for at least two hours before handling (though I suggest overnight); If you aren't using the acrylic coating, allow the box to sit for at least 30 minutes before handling.
Once dry, fill your box with goodies and enjoy :)

Please feel free to make and sell your own Decoupaged Jewelry Boxes using this tutorial, but please DO NOT claim this tutorial as your own nor should you sell my tutorial, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my tutorial anywhere, link to it instead.

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Sunflower Afghan Square - Free Crochet Pattern

This Sunflower Afghan Square was designed for the 2015 Mystery Lapghan CAL.

I was inspired by a flower clip I made back in July (pattern not available yet), but I wanted to do a 6 petal version. As you can see, that didn't work out as well as I hoped, but will be revisited in the coming weeks. For now, I have a smaller sunflower in this afghan square.

I also didn't intend on tacking down the petals, but they were curling so I got creative with the round. It led to the forming of the front post stitches that create a fun texture and visual.

Materials:
     - Same amount of three colors of worsted weight yarn - I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Brown, Yellow and White
     - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook
     - Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends

Material Notes:
     Yarn Alternatives: Red Heart's With Love. If using Vanna's Choice, you may need to go down a hook size to meet my gauge; If using Red Heart's Super Saver, Bernat's Super Value, Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft, or Caron's Simply Soft, you may need to go down two hook sizes to meet my gauge.

     You could easily work this up in one, two, three or four colors! All up to you. 

Time Spent:
     I apologize for not getting this information, and definitely plan on working up other color schemed versions of this square and will update once I do.

Measurements:
     Completed square measures 6" across.

Gauge:
With I Love This Yarn and an I9/5.5mm Hook = 4" x 4"
     Chain 16, DC in the 4th stitch, and in each stitch across. (14 DC)
     R2 - R8: Chain 2, turn. DC in the 2nd stitch, and each stitch across.
     Fasten Off.

Abbreviations:
     SC - Single Crochet
     HDC - Half Double Crochet
     DC - Double Crochet
     FPDC - Front Post Double Crochet

Pattern Notes:
     Joining will be done to the first stitch, unless otherwise noted.

     I have a photo tutorial for the Invisible Join available in my Newborn Twin Chunky Hats post. I used the invisible join in the joining of Round 3, Round 4 and the final round - as marked. The other color change from Round 7 to 8, I changed colors in the last yarn over of the final stitch.

     In Round 7, the { ... } indicate the repeat, and the ( ... ) / [ ... ] indicate individual steps of the repeat.
The arrow is pointing to the back loop. You will insert your hook into the center of the stitch, working the stitch around this loop.
To work into the front loop, you will insert hook from the front using an upward motion and work stitch around the front loop. 
The black lines indicate where the stitch loops are,
and the white lines indicate where the posts are.
In this pattern, we are working front post double crochets.
In this case, you will yarn over, insert your hook underneath the post,
and complete the double crochet stitch as your normally would. 

Pattern:
    Beginning with Brown, Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 1, work 8 HDC in the ring. Join. (8 HDC)

R2: Chain 1. HDC in the first HDC, 2 HDC in each of the next 7 HDCs, HDC in the next/first HDC. Join. (16 HDC)

R3: Chain 1. HDC in the first 2 HDCs, (2 HDC in the next HDC, HDC in the next HDC) 7x, HDC in the next/first HDC. [Invisible] Join. (24)

R4: Join Yellow yarn in the front loop of any stitch. Chain 1, SC in the 1st HDC, skip 2 HDCs, (3 DC in the next HDC, chain 3, 3 DC in the same HDC), skip 2 HDCs, [SC in the next HDC, skip 2 HDCs, (3 DC in the next HDC, chain 3, 3 DC in the same HDC), skip 2 HDCs] 3x. [Invisible] Join. (24 DCs, 4 SCs)

R5: Join White yarn in the back loop of the same HDC as one of the petals from Round 4 (on the brown part). Chain 5 (Counts as a DC and Chain 3), [2 DC in the same stitch, HDC in the next 2 HDCs, SC in the next HDC, HDC in the next 2 HDCs, 2 DC in the next HDC, chain 3] 3x, 2 DC in the same stitch, HDC in the next 2 HDCs, SC in the next HDC, HDC in the next 2 HDCs, DC in the next/first chain space. Join to the 3rd chain of the beginning chain. (36 stitches)

R6: Chain 5 (counts as a DC and Chain 3), [2 DC in the same chain space, chain 1, skip 1 stitch, (DC in the next stitch, chain 1, skip 1 stitch) 4x, 2 DC in the next chain space, chain 3] 3x, 2 DC in the same chain space, chain 1, skip 1 stitch, (DC in the next stitch, chain 1, skip 1 stitch) 4x, DC in the next/first chain space. Join to the 3rd chain of the beginning chain). (32 DC, 20 chain 1 spaces)
R7 (Corner process shown above, and read left to right, top to bottom): Chain 4 (counts as a DC and Chain 2), {[yo 3x (4 loops on hook), in one motion, insert hook from behind through the chain space and then insert hook from the front through the corner chain space of Round 4 and reinsert hook into the chain space of the current round, yarn over, pull through, (yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) 4x - corner created], chain 2, (FPDC around the next post, DC in the next chain space) 7x, FPDC around the next post), chain 2} 3x, create final corner, chain 2, (FPDC around the next post, DC in the next chain space) 7x, FPDC around the next post). Join to the 2nd chain of the beginning chain. (64 stitches)

R8: With Yellow, Chain 1. [2 HDC in the next chain space, chain 1, DC in the stitch formed in the corner, chain 1, 2 HDC in the next chain 2 space, (FPDC around the next post, DC in the next DC) 7x, FPDC around the next post] 4x. [Invisible] Join to the first HDC. (76 stitches, 8 chain 1 spaces)

Weave in Ends.

Final Notes:
     The final stitch count including chain spaces is 84. There isn't any room to add a final round of single crochet if your final square does not equal 6" if you're following along with the Mystery Lapghan Crochet-a-Long because the final stitch counts for each square need to be between 80 and 88 stitches. Instead, I suggest trying the final round replacing half double crochets with double crochets, and double crochets with half triple crochets. 
If your final square is larger than 6", you could reverse this by working final round replacing half double crochets with single crochets, and double crochets with half double crochets.

Keep in mind going up or down a hook size (or two) is also a good alternative.

Please feel free to make and sell your own Sunflower Afghan Squares using this pattern, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, link to it instead.

*If you would like a PDF version of this post, you may get one through my EyeLoveKnots Etsy Shop or EyeLoveKnots Craftsy Shop for a small fee. This fee is to compensate for the view/s lost once you no longer need to return to the blog for the information, as you will have your own copy. Plus! It helps fund supplies for new projects to share with you!
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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Women's Sweet Delight Fingerless Gloves - Free Crochet Pattern

     I was inspired by a current WIP of mine to create this pair of Sweet Delight Fingerless Gloves. I am very pleased with how they turned out, and how my other WIPs are also! I will be sharing them with you as I get them completed. Enjoy!

Materials:
     - 130 yards (ish) of Light Weight (3) yarn - I used Baby Bee's Sweet Delight in Teal and Anne Geddes Baby in Teddy
     - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook with Sweet Delight
     - H8/5mm Crochet Hook with Anne Geddes
     - Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends

Baby Bee's Sweet Delight Yarn Review:
     My only two other experiences with the Baby Bee's Sweet Delight Yarn weren't very good. I loved the yarn for it's softness and the amount of yarn per skein, but with so much extra stretch to it, I was having trouble getting my projects to turn out as they should. The two I attempted (two different types of baby rompers) actually never were completed, and mainly because I really wanted this beautiful yarn to work for them. It's so soft, and comes in so many beautiful colors! I've been holding onto this color for about a year and a half now, and when I ran out of the Anne Geddes Baby yarn to finish up a pair of these fingerless gloves, I pulled out this skein of Teal to work up a pair with my fingers crossed that the sizing would be right. I was so happy when I put on the first completed glove and found out it fit perfectly!
     How does it hold up? I don't usually wash my finished projects because I don't wear them too often, but I wanted to get these fingerless gloves up in my EyeLoveKnots Etsy shop so I was curious to know how they would hold up with wear and wash. I am happy to say that I wore them all day - doing my hair, making coffee, driving, cooking, typing... - and I washed and dried them, and they held up just fine! I do suggest washing in cold water on the delicate cycle, and drying on low heat for about 20 minutes or so.

Time Spent:
     I was able to work up a pair of these in about an hour and a half.

Measurements:
     Finished glove measures about 6" around (3" across) and 7.25" in length.

Gauge:
With Sweet Delight and an I9/5.5mm Hook = 4" x 4"
     Chain 18, HDC in the 4th stitch, and in each stitch across. (16 HDC)
     R2 - R12: Chain 1, turn. HDC in the 2nd stitch, and each stitch across.
     Fasten Off.

With Anne Geddes Baby and an H8/5mm Hook = 4" x 4"
     Chain 18, HDC in the 4th stitch, and in each stitch across. (16 HDC)
     R2 - R12: Chain 1, turn. HDC in the 2nd stitch, and each stitch across.
     Fasten Off.

Abbreviations:
     SC - Single Crochet
     HDC - Half Double Crochet
     DC - Double Crochet
     FDC - Foundation Double Crochet - Moogly Blog has a great video tutorial!
     BPDC - Back Post Double Crochet
     FPDC - Front Post Double Crochet

Pattern Notes:
     Joining will be done to the beginning stitch, not beginning chain, unless otherwise noted.

     I made these gloves to custom fit my hands. First off, I measured my knuckles around and found they measured about 7.5" around. I worked my beginning chain as a foundation double crochet up to 5.5" (figuring in stretch) because I really wasn't too sure how many chains to do, but the foundation double crochet is also a good beginning technique for fingerless gloves worked in the round because it gives flexibility.

     Watch for joining and turning directions - joining and turning is not throughout.

     Normally I would add a round of slip stitches to the end of my finished piece, but I didn't want the final opening to be too tight since slip stitching helps eliminate stretching. If yours is too loose, feel free to add a round of single crochet or slip stitches.

Pattern:
     Chain 3, work a FDC 23. Join to the 3rd chain of the beginning chain 3. (24 DC)

R2 - 3: Chain 2 (will become a BPDC). FPDC around the next post, (BPDC around the next post, FPDC around the next post) around. Join. 

R4: Chain 1. (SC, DC) in 1st stitch, [skip next stitch, (SC, DC) in the next stitch] around. Join. (12 clusters)

R5 - 6: Chain 1, turn. (SC, DC) in 1st stitch, [skip next stitch, (SC, DC) in the next stitch] around. Join. 

R7 - 10 (Thumb Hole): Chain 1, turn. (SC, DC) in 1st stitch, [skip next stitch, (SC, DC) in the next stitch] around.

R11: Chain 1, turn. (SC, DC) in 1st stitch, [skip next stitch, (SC, DC) in the next stitch] around. Join.

R12 - 21: Chain 1, turn. (SC, DC) in 1st stitch (same as slip stitch join), [skip next stitch, (SC, DC) in the next stitch] around. Join.

R22: Chain 2 (counts as 1st DC), turn. DC in the 2nd stitch, and in each stitch around. Join. (24 DC)

R22 - 23: Chain 2 (will become a BPDC). FPDC around the next post, (BPDC around the next post, FPDC around the next post) around. Join.

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