Monday, October 24, 2011

Soft Stitch Cowl Pattern


I am finally writing this pattern down and have decided to offer it for free. Last winter...I think it was January or February... I made this cowl and put it on Etsy. I sold four to one buyer. She was so nice and requested the pattern so she could learn to make a few for gifts. Well... I never wrote the pattern out...I know that's bad... I really intended to offer it for free but got really busy.

Well here it is now...better late than never i guess. The great thing about this cowl is the stitch. It is pretty and also allows for the perfect drape. Once you get used to the stitch pattern, it is quick to make. (I think I made about six last winter... all in a week or two)
If you are familiar with a double crochet decrease (dc2tog) you will be just fine with this pattern. If not... I would recommend practicing the stitch a little first.




Materials

3 skeins worsted weight yarn
I used Vanna's Choice in Taupe
Size J crochet hook
Yarn needle

Measurements
10in (25cm) wide
56 in (142cm) in circumference

Stitches Used (US terms)

Ch Chain
Dc Double Crochet
Dc2tog Double crochet 2 together or a double crochet decrease
Sl St Slip Stitch

Dc2tog: [Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops] 2 times, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook

Note: Crochet the beginning chain really loosely. When working into the chain I always work into the back ridge loop (not the same as the back loop). It is a little more time consuming, but it is worth it, because this will give your bottom edge a finished look.

Pattern

Ch 120

Edit ch 119 or 121...you will need an odd number of stitches if not...you will end up with an extra chain

Note: I like working into the chain before joining. It prevents you from twisting the chain. Later you can take the starting tail and join with bottom edge.

Round 1: Dc2tog into the 4th and 5th ch from the hook, dc in last ch worked which is the 5th ch)... this is the pattern stitch. The first 3 chains count as a dc.
(Dc2tog into the next 2 chains, Dc in last ch worked) Repeat this across the beginning ch. Join the round with a sl st into the top of the first dc.

If you feel more comfortable with joining the chain from the get go then use this method.
Traditional Rnd 1: Join ch with sl st (careful not to twist ch). Ch 3 (counts as first dc). Dc2tog in next 2 chs, dc in last ch worked, repeat the pattern stitch around. Join with sl st to first st.

Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), (dc2tog next 2 sts, dc in last st worked) repeat around. Join with sl st to first dc.

Rnd 3-14: Repeat Rnd 2. Finish off.

Don't worry... once you get used to the pattern stitch... you'll be fine.

If I have totally confused you, please leave a comment and I'll try to explain myself a little better.

76 comments:

  1. OMG!!!!!!!! I love it, this is going to be perfect for my friend Kerry! Thank you so much!

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  2. You are welcome... I hope Kerry loves it!!!

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  3. Thank you for sharing this wonderful pattern Liz! I'm going to make some for Christmas gifts. :)

    Anne

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  4. You're welcome Anne...enjoy!!!

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  5. Hi Liz. This is gorgeous! Along with all of your other designs. You are a new favorite find. I hope you won't mind if I link to a few of your photos and share your amazing designs at Tangled Happy next week. Thanks so much for sharing these!

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  6. Of course I wouldn't mind. You're welcome and thank you so much. I love and follow Tangled Happy.

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  7. Hi!
    This cowl is amazing!There are a lot of good ideas in you blog, compliments!I'll follow you ;)
    Have a nice day!
    Mopo

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  8. I know what I'm doing this afternoon! :-) Thanks for the pattern!

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  9. Thanks so much for your compliments...I hope you enjoy the patterns.

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  10. I found this through Tangled Happy, but I was hoping that I could feature your pattern and blog on Gnomes Ate My Homework? And I am going to make a few for gifts, this is wonderful, thanks so much!

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  11. Second question, can I make a few of these to sell for a fundraiser for a charity that helps teem parents? It would mean so much to the girls. Thanks!

    Echo (shadedfears@gmail.com) (gnomesatemyhomework.blogspot.com)

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  12. Echo,

    You're welcome and sure, you can sell whatever you make. I would love you to feature this pattern on your blog, thanks so much
    Liz

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  13. Hi Liz,
    I came across yur blog and fell completely in love with this pattern. It's just what I have been looking for. As you said, it looks like it allows for the perfect drape. In all my years of crocheting, I have never done a DC2tog stitch, but I'm going to give it a whirl! Thank you so much for offering this beautiful pattern free to all of us--so generous of you!

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  14. Estella,
    You are welcome...I am happy to offer it for free. The dc2tog is easy...no worries. Thanks for your nice comment

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  15. Liz,
    I just must be dense! When I complete the chain I am assuming I don't join it because I need to work in chain 4 to begin the pattern for rnd 1. When I finish rnd 1 I have a chain left. I have redone this twice now and I have 120 chains to start out. The pattern stitch is just a dc decrease and then a dc worked in the same space as the second stitch of the decrease. Is that correct? I can't seem to see the pattern I see in your picture.

    Maybe it is just too late at night and I should look at this again tomorrow. Sorry to sound like such a moron. I have been crocheting for close to 40 years. I must be doing something wrong.

    Carol

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  16. Hi Carol,

    You are not dense. No worries, you will get it figured out. You do join...with a sl st into the beginning stitch (which is top of the beginning ch 4) You have the pattern stitch right. The only thing I can think of concerning that leftover stitch. When you started, did you start the first dc2tog in the 4th ch from hook? You skip the first 3 chains... not 4. I hope this helps. Please let me know if I've just confused you even more.

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  17. Now I'm confusing myself. I meant that you join in the top of the beginning chain 3.

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  18. Liz,

    All is well. Never quite figured out the extra stitch, but it really makes no difference. I think the pattern isn't showing well because I am using variegated yarn. But it is still quite pretty.

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    1. She did edit and say use 119 or 121 chain right at the beginjing. Maybe you missed that.

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  19. Hello Liz,
    thank you for putting this pattern online for free. I have started to make it (in 100% wool) but am encountering problems lining up my rows at the end of every round. Your instruction say "Join with sl st to first dc." but I'm obviously not finding the "first dc" correctly. Where exactly is it to be found? Which part of the stitch is it? Generally I'm doing well on the stitch but when I get to the end of each round I'm finding it doesn't quite line up and before I get too far into it (I've done about 5 rounds) I thought I should get some advice. Any help appreciated for this beginner crocheter, help! Thanks,
    Linda

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  20. Hello Linda,
    So sorry to hear you are having trouble with the pattern. You will join each round with a sl st into the top of the ch 3 at the beginning of the round. (this ch 3 is considered the first dc of the round) Hope this helps. Let me know if you need me to explain more.
    THanks,
    Liz

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  21. I feel like my 3 row is making it look so small now.... I chained the correct amount and have all the stitches correctvi just feel its short.....I crochet. Very ticket I like the look of it..... and I doing something wrong?

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  22. I can't say for sure if you are doing anything wrong. Are you tightening up your stitches? That could draw the cowl in and make it smaller. When you say it is short... it makes me wonder...are you joining each round or working in rows back and forth. You should be joining and working in rounds. Also the pattern stitch is basically a decrease so make sure you are adding that dc to compensate for the decrease. If you miss any dc the size will decrease. Let me know if I have helped or if I need to explain more.
    Liz

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  23. Thanks Liz, I'll let you know how it proceeds. It's not the pattern that is troublesome it's me! But I hope to work it out. This is only my 3rd project so I can't expect to be an expert yet. Thanks again and I have to say what lovely patterns you have on your site. Linda

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  24. Thanks Linda. Let me know if you need any more help.
    Liz

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  25. Hi Liz. Thanks for sharing your pattern. Would it be possible to post some pictures along with your instructions? I'm a very visual learner and a beginner!!

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  26. Hi Kelly,
    I will try to post some photos in a couple of days. I have an order for one of these cowls and I'll take some pics as I work on it. Let me know if there is something specific that I could explain for you in the meantime

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  27. Hi Liz, I've had to start again as it's not working out. I am having the same trouble as Carol: after doing the chain 120, do you join the chain to itself before beginning the first round of Dc2tog? If you don't I noticed that when I finish the first round and try to join it together then there is a big gap where the chain is not joined at the bottom.

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  28. Hi Linda,
    You are right about the bottom. There will be a gap. I just take the starting tail and pull it over to the other side and weave it in. I hate having to worry about twisting the chain, so I usually just work right back into the chain from the start and join the round at the top of the first stitch. This first stitch will be the top of the beginning chains that you skipped. To me this is easier than joining the chain. Hope this helps, if not please let me know.

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  29. ok...I know my method of Rnd 1 is a bit confusing for some, so I have included an edit for round 1 that may help with the confusion.

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  30. Hi Liz,

    I am noticing that the length of my cowl (for the first row I have finished) only reaches to the middle of my ribcage. I notice that yours reaches down to your belt buckle. Is there a reason for this? I chained 120 and then joined it together as you said. Thanks!

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  31. I used a J hook and worsted weight yarn. If you are using a smaller and or yarn then the size will be drastically different. I am making one right now and I noticed that I need an odd number of stitches...so use 119 or 121 stitches so you don't end up with an extra ch. Hope this helps

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  32. a smaller hook will really throw off the gauge...make sure you start with a really loose chain.

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  33. I made one using Bernat worsted weight (the same as vannas choice and red heart). I was able to use about half the size of their jumbo things of yarns. Very easy pattern. I plan on trying it with some thicker yarn and a bigger hook. Thanks so much for the pattern!

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  34. You're welcome...let me know how the bigger one turns out...i bet it'll be beautiful
    Thanks so much.
    Liz

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  35. Thank you for this pattern. I have made a v-stitch infinity scarf that was inspired by your pattern. I would like to write the pattern and make it available for free on Ravelry. I would like to paraphrase your explanation of the back ridge loop as it is a concise way of explaining how my mama taught me. I would also like to use your technique for slip stitching the the first row and going back and slip stitching the chain with the tail. I love this technique. It makes the first row SO much easier. I am so thankful for this pattern and with your blessing hope to share mine.

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  36. You are welcome. You can include the explanations for the techniques. It really does make it easier to work the chain. Thanks so much and I'm glad I could help out.
    Liz

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  37. I figured out the pattern! I've made 4 so far for me and Christmas presents. Thanks! :)

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  38. You're welcome...I hope they loved their gifts. Thanks so much for the feedback,
    Liz

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  39. Hi Liz I am fairly new to crocheting and reading patterns, I am having an issue with the first row.. I read it that in the (4th chain you double crochet 2 together = 2 double crochets) in the (5th chain do the same as the fourth but add another double crochet = 3 double crochets in one chain) and do that so forth and so forth till finished the chain. so it would be 2,3,2,3 etc. is this correct? Any help would be great... Loved this and really want to try to make it, no one in my circle crochets..

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  40. Hi,
    I will try to help. I hope I can be clear for you. The dc2tog means that you are doing a decrease, not 2 individual dc. So you will use the 4th and 5th chain to do the dc2tog (which is one stitch). Then you will place a regular dc into the 5th ch. So you end up with 2 stitches. Then repeat: do another dc2tog combining the 6th and 7th ch and add a regular dc into the 7th ch. I know this sounds weird, but just practice it first before you begin the cowl.
    Hope this helps,
    Liz

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  41. I am confused about how to join the ends to form the circle, are there pictures or a video you can recommend that will show me how to do this? My work has two big gaps on either side where I joined it which doesn't look nice or feel very sturdy. Any idea what I'm doing wrong? Also, I chained an odd number of stitches, when I complete the pattern stitch there is one chain left, what do I stitch in this? Thanks!

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    1. Hi,

      First of all, you need an odd number of chains. If you start with an even number, you'll end up with one extra. If you start off with a dc2tog then your stitch count should come out right. Then after you finish the first row or round, you should join to the top of the first st. (Later you can take that beginning tail and pull the fist round closed)

      When I joined each round, I just slip stitch kind of tightly into the top of the beginning st which is the chain 3 that you did at the beginning of the row. Are you joining each round? I hope this helps. I'm not sure if I understand exactly what is going on.

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  42. Hi! I made one of your soft stitch cowls. I love it but the edges roll. Do you have any suggestions before I start another one?

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    1. Hi,
      The only thing I can think of is your tension. I made a new cowl the other day (not this one) and I had edges that rolled. I figured out that my stitches on the last row were looser. Try to be consistent with your tension on the first round and last round. I hope this helps.
      Liz

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  43. i love this pattern, i dont have vannas choice. I want to use some Jiffy which isn't worsted, its bulky CAT 5. How would i adjust your pattern using this yarn? what hook size would u use?

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    1. So sorry...I just saw your comment. I would use one size larger hook and chain less stitches to start with. Basically you can chain however many you would like. Just put the chain around your neck and see where it falls. I wanted mine to fall at my waist. Gauge hook size and individual tension makes it hard to guess how many stitches.

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  44. I'm about halfway through this cowl, and while I really like it, mine has more pronounced "holes" than yours. I'm doing the dc2tog, but I think I'm missing something. I'm a total crochet beginner, so maybe I'm reading the instructions incorrectly. What does it mean when you say "dc in last ch worked which is the 5th ch"?

    Any help will be great! I love this cowl!

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    1. So sorry about not responding back to you. I just saw your comment now. About the 5th stitch... This applies to working the first round. You'll start by working a dc2tog into the 4th and 5th ch from the hook. Then you'll work a dc into that same 5th ch. Again, I'm sorry about not getting back to you earlier.

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  45. If I wanted to extend the circumference, I should add more chains? Say, ch 157 instead of ch 121 at the start?

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    1. Yes, that should work out fine... and you can always put it around your neck and see
      Liz

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    2. Thank you both for coming up with such a simple and elegant design as well as sharing it for free. Now I shall see whether my brain remembers this whole crochet business as I have not touched a hook since before you were born.

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  46. Liz,

    So here's what I forgot to consider---yarn has mass! lol Since it will gain more mass and stretch under the weight of the yarn, by the time I reach the width I intended, my cowl will be longer than me! I've used up two skeins so I am now deciding whether to do it over again or hope that I can deliberately shrink it.

    On the other hand, my cats like to sleep on my winter things so I probably wont be able to use it anyway.

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  48. Hi Liz,
    I'm a little confused because English is my second language. In my country we get only diagrams not abbreviations in crochet patterns, so reading this is a bit like learning a whole new language :) Anyway, my question is: once I've joined the whole thing after the first round through the "double stitch", do I continue the 2nd round with the pattern from the stitch I just made the sl st in or do I start from the fourth stitch again?
    Thanks!

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  49. Hi Liz,

    I am new to crocheting and found your blog a while ago! First, I love your blog! Thank you for sharing your work. I tried this pattern and I love it. After reading your blog a bit, I learning a little more about "blocking." Do you do that for all of your projects? I'm asking because I'm almost finished this cowl and it is very wavy (if that makes sense) and I feel like it's not a straight as yours. Did you block this cowl to remove the waves of the yarn? Any help on that would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!

    Meredith

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  50. I would like to make this cowl with a skein of Alpaca yarn that I bought at a festival (so I only have one skein to work with.) it is 3.5 oz. And is 218 yards. Do you think that is enough yarn to make this pattern? I thought I would use a J or K hook. Thanks

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    1. Hi,

      Unfortunately, that will not be enough. I used more than (2) 3.5 ounce skeins. I think I used about 400 yards. You would probably need to use a really large hook and have the stitches really loose to make that amount stretch to finish with the same measurements...and then it will not look like the original. Sorry;(

      Liz

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  51. Hi Liz, Thanks so much for posting your pattern! I have read all the comments posted and was hoping to find the answer to my question, but I don't so sorry to bug you. I am reading the pattern as a 2 stitch repeat plus 1. I am assuming the plus 1 is for the single DC (chain 3) at the beginning of each round. If I am interpreting this correctly does the joining of the rounds stand out? If I'm wrong, what have I missed? I just want to clarify before I start.
    Thanks so much for your time!

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    1. Don't know why it didn't fill in my name.
      Thanks from Christine!

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  52. interesting! although I have no expert, but I want have to know more and more, on your blog just interesting and useful information. Keep it up!teddy bears for babies

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  53. Must thank you for this pattern....although i must admit that i am an amateur....(ripple afghan is my speed) and all of 73 yrs old ! At first, it was very alarming....I had to restart my first row till I got down the D2tog ( I was making one in both the 4th and the 5th and the work was beginning to curve on me ! BUT, once I realized what you were saying, it became sooooo easy ! Then I had trouble on the chain 3 as I wanted to turn my work, which one does so frequently, but I knew this was not gonna work ! FINALLY, I got it right...the only thing I have changed was the chain 3 to a chain 2....now, I may get in trouble down the road but the 'gap' seems a little better ! It is a very easy pattern and I applaud you for it...my 40 yr old daughter is gonna love it ! Thanks !

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  54. I made this in Lion Tweed Stripes and it is awesome. Gave it away but I will make one for me before winter ends.

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  56. I belong to a group that knits and crochets for charity. We are having a fund raiser and selling things we have made. Could I use this pattern if I give credit to you for the pattern please? Thanks, Julie
    PS my group does their charity anonymously, so I cannot give you the name.

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    1. Julie,

      Sure you could use the pattern.

      Thanks,
      Liz

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  57. Hi Liz,

    Love your blog and I have made many of your designs. Although, I wish you would show more "in progress" pictures. Particularly when you are connecting rows, or doing other tricky stitches.

    Otherwise I love the blog!!! Thanks for all the patterns!

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    1. You're welcome and thank you for the feedback. My problem is that I am impatient. When I am working on a project I get going and forget to grab the camera...or tell myself that it'll be ok to just take photos at the end. I'll try to work on that...I know more photos are more helpful.

      Thanks again,
      Liz

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  58. Love the pattern! Thanks for posting it for free!! One question - do you crochet it around in a circle or back and forth and then join it all at the end?
    Thanks

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    1. Sorry for the late response. You will crochet it in rounds and join each round. Do not turn.

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  59. Ohh love this pattern - just trying to get my head around it - sorry if this has been covered before - I could not find it. The ch 3 we start the round with which counts as the first dc ..... on the very last stitch of the round do we use the ch 3 we started with as the dc of the end stitch and slip stitch it into finish the last stitch or is the ch3 an extra dc? Hope this makes sense

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  61. What I want to know is : About the 1st 3 chains ( which count as the first dc) Is this supposed to be included in the first dc2tog ?

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    1. my gosh I'm sorry about not responding sooner. the first dc is not included. You will work the dc2tog in the next 2 sts and then put a dc in the last st of the decrease. I hope this helps.

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  62. Liz... thanks for this awesome pattern! I used Lion Brands new Heartland yarn with a J hook... 151 chains and it turned out great. Only took me 2 skeins. My daughter loved it! Will be on the lookout for more of you stuff!

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  63. Wow. This was so easy and it turned out so pretty. I used one Hobby Lobby 7 oz skein of I Love This Yarn. Starting chain was 121 loose stitches. My item measures 9 X 52 inches. I can comfortably wrap twice around my neck. But will probably use 151 stitches next time! And oh yes, I AM making another one immediately! This was my first time using this yarn but it's so soft (and affordable) that I can't wait to get my fingers into it again!

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