Here’s how the completed Clue 5 square looks. Don’t worry if you didn’t finish all 16 squares before today – you’ll have time to catch up this week and next week. For any of you who had trouble keeping your mitered squares square, several great ideas were brought up in the comments of the blog - the most common fix was to loosen up your sc3tog stitches.
Now let’s get started on Clue #6.
You only need to make 4 of these and they use 2 different lacy stitch groups. Both groups are formed with dc and chains; the difference is in the number of each stitch used and the spacing between them.
When working your first row be sure to make all 6 dc for the shell in the same ch. Don’t worry – there’ll be enough space for them. In the photo below I’m about to make the 6th dc – you can see the other 5 already made in the same chain.
When you skip the next 3 chains, you’ll have to watch carefully because the chain next to the one holding the shell almost disappears under the last dc. In this photo you can see two chains next to my thumbnail; the third one is a little harder to find because it’s snuggled right in against the shell.
If you miss any of these chains, you’ll be short at the end of the row. It’s not too bad when you have only 31 ch to worry about but if it were 131 ch in the row and you missed a couple of these stitches – well, let’s just say it’s no fun to get to the end of a long row like that and be short a few stitches. That’s why when I do lengthy chains I mark every 25 stitches or so to make the counting easier and I often chain a few extra just in case. They’re easy to remove when you’re sure you don’t need them after all.
Remember your shells should stack alternately like bricks and always to work into the center ch-1 space, not the actual chain itself.
If you needed to work into the chain we’d specify that and the chart would show a little arrow pointing to the chain to indicate that you work into the actual stitch.
This is a pretty square that is fast to work and I think you’ll like making this clue. I’ll be back next week with a photo of it and with Clue #7.