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Chart Abbreviations:

- shows where the mesh starts and where ends;

- dc;

- chain

  - sc

Checkmark.
(LESSON 3, part 1)

Please note: I've divided this lesson into two parts so the pages could load faster.

In this lesson I'll explain to you what is a checkmark. Some instructions call it fancy mesh, other call it lacet, but I call it checkmark, as it looks like a checkmark. This kind of meshes brings an unusual and airy look to the projects.

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On the schemes it looks like this:

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You may take a look at my centerpiece Massandra, for example, to see how the actual design with checkmark looks like.

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Checkmark consists of upper and lower part. One part is checkmark mesh, another - double open mesh.

or - checkmark mesh

or - double open mesh

Checkmark mesh is: double crochet, chain 3, single crochet, chain 3.
Double open mesh is: double crochet, chain 5.

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Two parts of a checkmark are usually located one above the other. Either part of a checkmark can also be located above or below two regular meshes: two open meshes, two filled meshes, open and filled, filled and open. Lets take a detailed look at all these combinations:

1. - double open mesh above checkmark mesh

Dc in dc , skip ch3, skip sc, skip another ch3, dc in next dc (which is already part of the next mesh)

2. - checkmark mesh above double open mesh

Dc in dc, ch3, sc in the space of ch5 bellow, ch3, dc in next dc (which is already part of the next mesh)

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3. - double open mesh above two filled meshes

Dc in dc, skip five dc, dc in sixth dc (which is already part of the next mesh)

4. - double open mesh above two open meshes

Dc in dc, skip ch2, skip dc, skip another ch2, dc in next dc (which is already part of the next mesh)

5. - two filled meshes above double open mesh

Dc in dc, 5dc in space of ch5, dc in next dc (which is already part of the next mesh)

6. - two open meshes above double open mesh

Dc in dc, ch2, dc in space of ch5, ch2, dc in next dc (which is already part of the next mesh)

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7. - checkmark mesh above two filled meshes

Dc in dc, ch3, skip two dc, sc in third dc, ch3, skip two dc, dc in third dc (which is already part of the next mesh)

8. - checkmark mesh above two open meshes

Dc in dc, ch3, skip ch2, sc in next dc, ch3, skip ch2, dc in next dc (which is already part of the next mesh)

9. - two filled meshes above checkmark mesh

Dc in dc, 2dc in space of ch3, dc in sc, 2dc in space of  next ch3, dc in next dc (which is already part of the next mesh)

10. - two open meshes above checkmark mesh

Dc in dc, ch2, skip ch3, dc in sc, ch2, skip next ch3, dc in next dc (which is already part of the next mesh)

Other possible combinations you'll see in part 2 of this lesson.

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Any part of a checkmark can also be at the beginning or at the end of the row.

11. - checkmark mesh at the beginning of the row

Ch6(counts as dc and ch3), skip ch2, sc in dc, ch3, skip ch2, dc in next dc (which is already part of the next mesh).
If row below consists of filled meshes, you work ch6 (counts as dc and ch3), skip three dc, including the first one (i.e. the one you've worked ch6 out of), sc in forth dc, ch3, skip two dc, dc in third dc (which is already part of the next mesh).

12. - checkmark mesh at the end of the row

Dc in dc, ch3, skip ch2, sc in dc, ch3, additional dc in third chain of ch5 (to find out more about this additional dc, refer to lesson 1, where I describe how to finish the row).
If row below consists of filled meshes, work dc in dc, ch3, skip two dc, sc in third dc, ch3, skip two dc, additional dc in third chain of ch3.

13. - double open mesh at the beginning of the row

Ch8 (counts as first double open mesh), skip ch2, skip dc, skip next ch2, dc in dc (which is already part of the next mesh).
If row below consists of filled meshes, you work ch8 (counts as first double open mesh), skip six dc, including the first one (i.e. the one you've worked ch8 out of), dc in seventh dc (which is already part of the next mesh).

14. - double open mesh at the end of the row

Dc, ch5, additional dc in third chain of ch5 (to find out more about this additional dc, refer to lesson 1, where I describe how to finish the row).
If the row below consists of filled meshes, work dc, skip five dc, additional dc in third chain of ch3.

In Part 2 I'll give you (as usual) some exercises, and you'll learn more  combinations with a checkmark.

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