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Insert hook through loop created by folded end; then pull strand ends through loop*. Repeat fringe instructions from * to * making a fringe in each stitch along the short edge of belt—10 fringes total. Work the same number of fringes across the other short edge of the belt. When fringes are finished, trim fringe ends to even them, if necessary. Add beads *Thread yarn needle with last strand in the end fringe and insert needle through 3 beads, remove yarn needle, slide the beads up to the belt edge, then tie an overhand knot at the fringe edge to secure beads; separate the beads by tying an overhand knot between each bead*.
The headband, both wraps, and the blanket also mix things up. They introduce the idea of creating a pattern through stitch placement (skipping stitches and working more than one stitch in a given place) and replacement (using chains instead of stitches). But just because the stitches are more complex doesn’t mean they are more difficult! There are two keys to crocheting patterns: You’ll find that counting stitches is more important than ever as you move into these types of projects because the stitch numbers need to remain constant.
Turn work. Work the pattern stitch into the extra chain stitches and complete the row as usual (Figure 1). Internal: The simplest way to increase is to work two stitches into one stitch (Figure 2). Figure 2 Decreasing To decrease is to eliminate one or more stitches. Internal decreases are worked within a row. External decreases are worked at the beginning or end of a row. Instructions are given in the patterns for each particular stitch being worked. Method I, Figure 1 Method I: Simply skip a stitch, working into the second stitch, rather than the next one (Figure 1).