I have been crocheting a long time; however, my Grandma taught me (RIP) and I never learned how to read a pattern. I am expecting my first granddaughter in September and have tackled a pattern that is probably too hard for me. Is anyone familiar with the pattern Savannah Belle? I have worked the same three rows for three days and I am about to SCREAM! :-) Any help is so appreciated.
Can you type out the instructions for the starting chain -and- row 1 -and- row 2 -and- row 3.
I or someone else can then help you.
p.s. no more screaming until I get back to you, okay??? ;)
You are a doll!!! I notice you are a Gramma and us Grannys have to stick together! :-)
This pattern is really long..I am new here and not sure if there is a way to send an attachment?? If so I will send the whole thing.
I believe what i am trying to do is make fans and the following row offsets the previous row...but without MY GRANDMA here...who knows! :-)
This is the code for the stitches I am trying to do:
Sgl-ch2 (single ch-2 sp): (sc, ch2, sc) all in sp indicated
Beg fan: (ch 5, dc, [ch2, dc] 2 times) all in sp indicated
Fan: (Dc, [ch1, dc] 3 times) all in sp indicated
The last row that I finished and after 12,000 times I think it is correct is this: :-)
Rnd1: Ch1, sgl-ch2 (see stitches) in same sc, skip next 2 sc, fan (see stitches) in next sc, skip next 2 sc, *sgl-ch2 in next sc, skip next 2 sc, fan in next sc, sk next 2 sc, rep from * around join with sl st to first sc 13 (13 is for my size)
Here is where the problems begin!
Rnd 2: Sl st in first ch- 2 sp, beg fan (see stitches) in same sp, sgl-ch2 in center ch 2 sp of next fan (leave first and last ch 2 sp of each fan unworked now and throughout), *fan in ch 2 sp of next sgl-ch2, sgl-ch2 in center ch2 sp of next fan, rep from * around, join with sl st to 3rd chain of beg ch 5
I think I am supposed slip stitch to the first hole in the first fan, then do a sgl ch2 in the next hole over (that would be center...right?) the item in bold I have NO idea..
Rnd 3 Ch 3 (does not count as a st, now and throughout) sl st in center ch 2 sp of first fan, ch 1, sgl ch2 in same sp, fan in ch2 sp of next sgl ch2, *sgl ch 2 in center ch 2 sp of next fan, fan in ch2 sp of next sgl ch2, rep from * around join with sl st to first sc
I hope you can understand this! I know how to do the stitches, but I cannot get my brain around this! At the rate I am going I should be finished by the time she graduates from college!
It is called the Savannah Belle and if you search on that you can see a picture. I would attach one, but I haven't figured that out yet!
THANK YOU SOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!
How many chains did you start out with.?
Did you have to close the chain with a slip stitch in the first chain, therefore making a circle?
When you came to the end of Rnd 1, did you end up with a fan or with a Sc, ch2, sc?
Yes, I slipped stitched to form a circle.
This starts out by making 2 bodice panels and I chained 22 for each panel and single crocheted until I got to 74 stitches.
Rnd 1 of body you single crochet around both bodice pieces and join them.
Rnd 2 you do an eyelet by chaining 1 and doing half dc in same sc, ch 1, sk next sc. *hdc in next sc, ch 1, sk next sc, rep from * around and join with sl st to first hdc...ending with 37 (holes I think)
Rnd 3 Ch 1, *2sc in each next 8 ch-1 sps, 3 sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from *3 more times, 2 sc in each of last 1 ch-1 sps, join with sl st to front loop of first sc.
Rnd 4 Ch 1 and single crochet in the front loop only around and join with sl st to both lps of first sc. (this will will leave the back loop to attach the underlay
I have all of this done and I think I did it right, but I am so confused by the part that I sent first.
Thank you again for responding so quick! If I ever learn how to do this I will pay it forward!
Okay. I made a chain of 25 and slip stitched to beginning of chain to make a circle. Apparently you are making a dress.
At the end of Rnd. 1 you should have ended up with a fan.
You will now slip stitch into the center of the sc,ch2,sc and then you will ch 5, dc, [ch2, dc] 2 times in that same space..
The next space will be the center ch2 of the fan. You will skip the first "hole" and in the next hole you will sc, ch2, sc . You will skip the next hole which is part of the fan and go to the next ch2 space and make a fan there.
This will be a pretty "fan skirt". Good Luck
That makes PERFECT sense to me now! I wish you had written this pattern! Thank you so much! I have been on this same row since Friday and I will be soooo glad to move to the next row!
One more quick question. The pattern says Beg fan: (ch 5, dc, [ch2, dc] 2 times) all in sp indicated
does that mean I chain 5 for each fan or is that just for the first fan?
Every fan will begin with a ch 5, then a dc, then a [ch2, dc] twice all in the same 2chain space.
It's going to be an heirloom when you get done!!
You have been a HUGE help! I cannot wait to get off work and start on it again!
I am going to really, really work on my pattern reading. Is this something that is developed over time, or what would you suggest?
I am so happy I found this site! What an amazing wealth of information!
Thank you again!
The instructions for the pattern you are using are unlike any instructions I have ever seen.
Most patterns will tell you exactly what you should be doing. Most patterns will tell you to crochet a chain or a magic ring to begin with. Then the pattern will tell you to single crochet, or double crochet, to make a few chains. The pattern will tell exactly where to put your next stitch. All you need to know is how to make all of the different stitches, such as sc, dc, trc, etc.
You know how to crochet already. Just pick an easier pattern for your next project, such as a placemat, shawl, baby blanket, baby bootees. Clothing patterns are nice, but you need to follow the pattern of something easy before you tackle a clothing pattern. You will probably have some questions when you get to the bodice of this dress, but someone here will be able to help you. Maybe even me.
I taught myself how to crochet about 50 years ago. At that time Woman's Day and Family Circle were always putting crochet and knitting instruction "booklets" in their magazines. I saved every November issue and still have them as there are hundreds of very nice projects in them. An instruction book from Walmart's or Michaels might just be the thing you need to help you understand how to read a pattern.
Glad to be of help, Beverly
Thank you sooo much! I am finding answers to so many things just by researching and utube! I have completed the bodice of the dress and it was pretty easy. Now that I understand the fan concept I am moving right along. Again, thank you so much! I will be back! This is a great site!
I just wanted to let you know that I DID IT!!!! I am getting ready to move on to the next part of the pattern! I don't think the next part will be too difficult and then after that I think I repeat the part I just finished. I am sooooo excited and I couldn't have done it without you!!!! THANK YOU!!! Ruth
I am so glad that I could be of help to you. And I appreciate your Thank You note. There are not very many people who do that on this site.