A few people have commented on the blog asking for help with Round 1 of the skirt for the Spring Creek Jumper found in Interweave Crochet, Winter 2010. This round is where you set up the pleats that you see in both the front and back of the Spring Creek Jumper. It was a little tricky to figure out a good way to write the instructions for this round, so I'm sure that it could be a little tricky reading it. The important thing to remember is that when you turn your work mid-round, what was the front becomes the back, and what was the back becomes the front.
So, at this point we're ready to start the "hdc flo in next 5 sts". As you can see, each stitch has two loops that make a sideways "V". I've turned the swatch on its side here so that you can see them, but when the swatch is upright one of the loops is the front loop and the other is the back loop. "flo" means "front loop only" so...
...you are going to work the next 5 hdc in only the front loop of the stitch below them.
So, the instructions say to "hdc flo in 5 sts just worked". The above picture is showing the hook inserted into the first front loop to work the hdc.
It looks like this from the right side of the fabric.
And like this from the working edge of the fabric. In the next few rounds of the jumper you will have to turn your work a bit as you work across the tops of the stitches in order, but after a few rounds the pleated part of the fabric will relax out and you'll just be working round after round of the same thing for the specified number of rounds -- smooth sailing!
As you can see, I couldn't have put that lengthy of an explanation into typical abbreviated pattern language. I hope that this helps everyone through that round smoothly. I'm always happy to help, so leave a comment if you still have an unanswered question. By the way, how do you like my new therapeutic gloves? I just got this pair a few days ago because I lost track of the pair I already have. Also, notice that band-aid on my left index finger? I tried to cut off the end of my finger a few days ago <wink>. The cut happens to be right where my yarn goes over my index finger, so I have to where a band-aid to crochet anything. This cut was fairly deep and really hurts! Thank goodness I didn't manage to cut it off. It would have been very difficult to crochet without that portion of finger. As always, I would love to hear from you!