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How do you follow a necklace crochet pattern?

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Follow a necklace crochet pattern by learning the abbreviations or symbols used in crochet patterns in general and adapting typical row patterns to the spiral, rounded pattern for a necklace. These notations are shown on websites dedicated to crochet or in the dedicated section of each pattern. For easy use, write the abbreviations or symbols on cards and keep them close while working, advises the Craft Yarn Council.

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Necklace patterns are distinctive in that they are worked "in the round," not in rows but in a spiral pattern.

Pattern abbreviations refer to types of stitches, such as "Ch" for chain or "Sl" for slip stitch, and actions to be performed, such as "Inc" for increase and "Rep" for repeat. When working on a round piece like a necklace, actions to be performed on each of the spiral's swirls begin with the notation "Rnd" for round, for example "Rnd 1" and "Rnd 2."

Parentheses, brackets or even asterisks mark repetitive sets of actions to be done for a particular round. A typical notation for a round looks like this: "Rnd 4: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 st) 10 times (60 st)." This means: "In round 4, make two single crochet stitches in the next stitch hole and one single crochet stitch in each of the next four stitch holes." Because it is placed in parentheses, this set of actions is the one to repeat 10 times in order to complete this round. The process should have a total of 60 stitches, if performed correctly.

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