R is for round, row, ring, reverse single crochet, right side, repeat and ripple.
You can work crochet in Rows or Rounds. If you are working in rows, you generally will make a foundation chain or use the chainless foundation technique and then go along the row, chain up, turn and work your way back. When you work in a round, you start with a circle or Ring then either join your last stitch of the round to the first stitch and chain up, or you continue without joining to create a spiral effect. That’s just a very basic description of the processes, of course.
I have more information on working in the round here. Here is a video demonstration showing how to work in the round.
Here is a video demo of how to work in the round using the spiral technique rather than joining and chaining up.
Reverse Single Crochet has been called many names through the years. Just a few of those are called crab st, pie stitch, shrimp stitch, Italian edge, and knurl. The reverse single crochet is exactly what it sounds like – you work the single crochet but you work it in the opposite direction going from left to right instead of right to left as you normally work.
Reverse single crochet and backwards single crochet are NOT the same stitch. They are worked very differently.
Sometimes it is important to know the Right Side (or front side) of your work. Sometimes it is not important at all. It just depends on the project.
Sometimes stitches that pop out pop out on the back side. In some pieces there is not really a right or wrong side as the work is turned every row. Granny squares would have a right side if they are worked without turning.
Although we are saying right side, what we really mean is front of the work. I don’t know where we got the idea the front is the right side. LOL
I personally like to put my edging on the right side of my work. I consider the right side, in a project where it is not specified, to be the side where I worked my first row.
I have a lot of information as well as pictures demonstrating the front and back of stitches here if you want to delve into the topic further.
Many patterns have specific instructions which need to be worked over in a particular sequence. In this instance, the instructions may say to Repeat the instructions that are in parentheses or brackets or asterisks. It is important to note how this is used. Sometimes it will say to repeat from a particular point. Other times, it will say to repeat xx number of times. Note if the first instruction is included or if it is additional.
What I mean is if it says “repeat (2 dc, ch 1) in next stitch four times” it is different from (2 dc, ch 1), repeat 4 times. In the first example you will have 8 dc. In the second you will have 10 as you’ve already worked the pattern repeat once. Similarly an instruction to repeat between * to * 4 times may be different than saying repeat from * four times, depending on the pattern and if there are additional instructions within the line that are not included in each repeat. I know that’s a little confusing but it’s really important to note the use of this little word most especially if it is a complicated pattern with a lot of repeats.
Repeat is also noted when a row or round is to be repeated a number of times. For example, it might say “repeat Row 2 until you reach 48 inches”.
You might see this written:
Row 3 – end: Repeat Row 2 until you reach 48 inches
The Ripple is a very popular pattern. You can find ripples worked in just about any stitch. Some have holes where the “valley” of the ripple is, some do not. Some incorporate a bit of openwork in the pattern. There are many different designs and books / leaflets with patterns. The basic idea of a ripple is that it has a point or hill and a dip or valley. It goes up and then it comes down.
If you’re not following a specific pattern the hardest part of the ripple might be figuring your foundation chain. Since the ripple goes up and down, your foundation chain will decrease in width as you work so you need a longer chain than you would at first think. One way to take care of this problem is to make extra chains and then just undo the ones you don’t need.
I have a video demonstration below and there is a text tutorial on the Ripple here.
That’s all for R!