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Chart Abbreviations:

- shows where the mesh starts and where ends;

- dc;

- chain

  - shows the group of meshes I'm talking about

Checkmark.
(LESSON 3, part 2)

In this part I'll give you some exercises with a checkmark and you'll see how it works. Don't forget to read the schemes from the right to the left.

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1. - 6 meshes x 4 meshes

Row 1: Ch24, dc in eighth chain from hook, *ch2, skip two, dc in third chain, repeat from * 4 times, ch2, dc in last chain of ch24 (totally 6 open meshes).
Row 2: Ch5, turn your work, dc in second dc, ch3, sc in next dc, ch3, dc in next dc, ch3, sc in next dc, ch3, dc in next dc, ch2, dc in fifth chain of ch7 (i.e the one you've started your work with by working dc in eight chain from hook).
Row 3: Ch5, turn your work, dc in second dc, ch5, skip ch3, skip sc, skip next ch3, dc in next dc, ch5, skip ch3, skip sc, skip next ch3, dc in next dc, ch2, dc in third chain of ch5.
Row 4: Ch5, turn your work, dc in second dc, ch2, dc in middle of space of ch5, ch2, dc in next dc, ch2, dc in middle of space of ch5, ch2, dc in next dc, ch2, dc in third chain of ch5.

You've learnt how to work checkmark meshes above open meshes and open meshes above double open meshes.

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2. - 6 meshes x 4 meshes

Row 1: Ch24, dc in eighth chain from hook, *ch2, skip two, dc in third chain, repeat from * 4 times, ch2, dc in last chain of ch24 (totally 6 open meshes).
Row 2: Ch5, turn your work, dc in second dc, ch3, sc in next dc, ch3, dc in next dc, ch5, skip ch2, skip dc, skip next ch2, dc in next dc, ch2, dc in fifth chain of ch7 (i.e. the one you've started your work with by working dc in eight chain from hook).
Row 3: Ch5, turn your work, dc in second dc, ch3, sc in middle of space of ch5, ch3, dc in next dc, ch5, skip ch3, skip sc, skip next ch3, dc in next dc, ch2, dc in third chain of ch5.
Row 4: Ch5, turn your work, dc in second dc, ch2, dc in middle of space of ch5, ch2, dc in next dc, ch2, dc in sc, ch2, dc in next dc, ch2, dc in third chain of ch5.

You've learnt how to work open meshes above checkmark mesh and double open mesh above open meshes.

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3. - 6 meshes x 4 meshes

Row 1: Ch22, dc in fourth chain from hook, dc in each chain of ch22 (totally 18dc).
Row 2: Ch3, turn your work, dc in second dc (skip first one, i.e. the one you've worked ch3 out of), two dc in next two dc, ch3, skip two dc, sc in third dc, ch3, skip two dc, dc in third dc, ch5, skip five dc, dc in sixth dc, two dc in next two dc, dc in third chain of ch3 (i.e. the one you've started your work with by working dc in fourth chain from hook).
Row 3: Ch3, turn your work, dc in second dc, two dc in next two dc, ch3, sc in middle of space of ch5, ch3, dc in next dc, ch5, skip ch3, skip sc, skip next ch3, dc in next dc, two dc in next two dc, dc in third chain of ch3.
Row 4: Ch3, turn your work, dc in second dc, two dc in next two dc, 5dc in space of ch5, dc in next dc, 2dc in space of ch3, dc in sc, 2dc in space of next ch3, dc in next dc, two dc in next two dc, dc in third chain of ch3.

You've learnt how to work checkmark mesh and double open mesh above and below filled meshes.

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4. - 6 meshes x 4 meshes

Row 1: Ch27, dc in fourteenth chain from hook, ch3, skip two, sc in third chain, ch3, skip two, dc in third chain, ch5, skip five, dc in sixth (and last) chain of ch27.
Row 2: Ch6, turn your work, sc in middle of space of ch5, ch3, dc in next dc, ch5, skip ch3, skip sc, skip next ch3, dc in next dc, ch3, sc in space of ch13, ch3, dc in eighth chain of ch13 (i.e. the one you've started your work with by working dc in fourteenth chain from hook).
Row 3: Ch8, turn your work, skip ch3, skip sc, skip next ch3, dc in next dc, ch3, sc in middle of space of ch5, ch3, dc in next dc, ch5, skip ch3, skip sc, dc in third chain of ch6.
Row 4: Ch6, turn your work, sc in middle of space of ch5, ch3, dc in next dc, ch5, skip ch3, skip sc, skip next ch3, dc in next dc, ch3, sc in space of ch8, ch3, dc in third chain of ch8.

You've learnt how to start your work with checkmark. Also you've learnt how to work checkmark mesh and double open mesh at the beginning and at the end of row.

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5. - 6 meshes x 4 meshes

Row 1: Ch24, dc in eighth chain from hook, 3dc in next three stitches, ch2, skip two,  4dc in next four stitches, ch2, skip two, 4dc in last four stitches.
Row 2: Ch3, turn your work, dc in second dc, two dc in next two dc, ch3, skip ch2, sc in next dc, ch3, skip two dc, dc in next dc, ch5, skip ch2, skip three dc, dc in fourth dc, two dc in next two dc, dc in fifth chain of ch7 (i.e the one you've started your work with by working dc in eight chain from hook).
Row 3: Ch3, turn your work, dc in second dc, two dc in next two dc, ch3, sc in middle of space of ch5, ch3, dc in next dc, ch5, skip ch3, skip sc, skip next ch3, dc in next dc, two dc in next two dc, dc in third chain of ch3.
Row 4: Ch5, turn your work, skip three dc (including first one, i.e. the one you've worked ch5 out of), dc in fourth dc, 3dc in space of ch5, ch2, dc in next dc, 2dc in space of ch3, dc in sc, ch2, skip ch3, dc in next dc, two dc in next two dc, dc in third chain of ch3.

You've learnt how to work open AND filled meshes above and below checkmark mesh and double open mesh.

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That's it, now you know how to work a checkmark. If you are able to do this little exercise yourself, without my instructions, then you can work any project with a checkmark. Here it is:


I use a checkmark in many of my designs: edgings Lisa and Winter, tablecloth decoration Poinsettia, placemats Arkadia  and Langeron, centerpieces California, Massandra, Snowflake and Ernesta, table runners Silva and Odessa. And my curtain, of course!
I'll share a secret with you: when you work on something large, like curtain, using a checkmark speeds up your work and significantly reduces the amount of thread you use for your project.

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...And some more stuff for those, who are interested.

Usually the checkmark meshes and double open meshes are used together, but sometimes the pattern calls for only double open meshes.
They can be located straight one above the other or one above the middle of two others.

- one above the other

Dc in dc, ch5, skip ch5, dc in next dc (which is the part of the next mesh).

- one above the middle of two others

Dc in middle of space of ch5, ch5, skip dc, dc in middle of next ch5 (which is the part of the next mesh).

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The first method I use in such models as  centerpieces Holiday, Anka and Palmdale, valance Collage or table runner Lancaster.
The second method I use,  for example, in centerpiece Little Bee.

Try this little exercise to see how it works:

- 6 meshes x 5 meshes

Row 1: Ch22, dc in fourth chain from hook, dc in each chain of ch22 (totally 18dc).
Row 2: Ch5, turn your work, skip three dc (including first one, i.e. the one you've worked ch5 out of), dc in fourth dc, ch5, skip five dc, dc in sixth dc, ch5, skip five dc, dc in sixth dc, ch2, skip two dc, dc in third chain of ch3 (i.e the one you've started your work with by working dc in fourth chain from hook).
Row 3: Ch5, turn your work, dc in second dc, ch2, dc in middle of space of ch5, ch5, dc in middle of space of next ch5, ch2, dc in next dc, dc in third chain of ch5.
Row 4: Ch5, turn your work, dc in second dc, ch5, skip dc, dc in middle of space of ch5, ch5, skip dc, dc in next dc, ch2, dc in third chain of ch5.
Row 5: Ch3, turn your work, 2dc in space of ch2, dc in next dc, 3dc in space of ch5, ch5, skip dc, 3dc in space of next ch5, dc in next dc, 2dc in space of ch2, dc in third chain of ch5.

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In our next lesson I'll show you how to increase and decrease your patterns right way! This is the most popular part!

Happy crocheting!

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