Round 3

To make Round 3, we're going to use both of the stitches you've already learned – the single crochet and increase stitch. Here's what Round 3 looks like written out:

Round 3: [sc, inc] x 6   (18)

Don't worry, it's not as scary as it looks. You actually already know all of the things you need to know to make Round 3. If you want to see where we're going with Round 3, watch this video:

Then follow this video to make sure you're crocheting Round 3 the right way:

How to read a pattern

For round 3, you repeated the sequence of [1 sc followed by 1 inc] a total of 6 times. In pattern lingo, that's written as:

[sc, inc] x 6

Which also could've been written as:

[sc, inc]    [sc, inc]    [sc, inc]    [sc, inc]    [sc, inc]    [sc, inc]

Or with a lot more words:

[single crochet stitch in the first stitch, then 2 single crochet stitches in the next stitch] for a total of 6 times

(Are you starting to dig abbreviations yet? 😉)

Since 1 increase stitch = 2 single crochet stitches, 1 increase stitch counts as 2 stitches. 1 single crochet stitch counts as 1 stitch.

Therefore, that's [3 stitches] repeated 6 times, for a final count of 18 stitches.

how to read crochet pattern

Why all this fuss about counting?

If you come out with a plushie or a potholder, all depends on the number and type of stitches you do each round. So keep count while you crochet, or count your stitches every time you finish a round.