They proceed thusly:
Calculate the scs for the first three rounds. From the picture we see the fourth round has 12 spaces with a dc in
every other sc. So the third round should have 24 sc.
To keep it simple, put 24 sc in all three rounds. For round 5, and all similar rounds, place one sc in each stitch
of the previous round. So round 5 has 48 sc.
Round 6 presents a real challenge! "3 chain crochet" Where? How many? How do we attach the chains?
Chicken out and copy round 4, ending up with 24 sps, separated by dc.
Round 7 has unclear picture and directions both. The picture shows 6 solid white groups. 24 divided by 6 is 4,
so the clusters belong in every 4th sp. The 2 dcs between the clusters go into the middle two dcs between
the clusters. Perhaps the cluster should be in the center stitch but that will not affect the following rounds.
Round 8 calls for 7ch over the 7 dc, but the picture seems to show 7 dc, so make a dc in each dc of the cluster, with a dc in
each space and ch3 between.
Round 10 says dc in every alternate stitch, but then the cushion gets very curly, so frog and try dc in every third stitch,
which gives us 44 sps. Careful counting of the spaces in round 10 of the picture gives between 43 and 45.
There are 11 points in the second and third rings of the cushion. 11 divides 44 evenly.
This gives confidence in the work so far.
Round 12 calls for 2 chain loops between clusters, but the picture shows 5 or 6. Rounds 13 through 16 decrease
the spaces from 4 to 1, so assume 5 spaces for round 12, requiring 4 dcs. Since we have 44 spaces in round 10 and need
11 clusters in round 12, we need a cluster for every fourth space. To simplify, put each cluster in the sc in every
4th dc and space the 4 dcs evenly between.
Rounds 13 through 16 decrease the number of spaces by 1 and add 2 dcs to each cluster. Accomplish the latter by
putting 2 dc in the first and last dcs of the cluster. The cushion begins to cup severely at round 16, so sigh deeply
and frog; make 5ch between the clusters instead of the 3 in the pattern.
Round 17 specifies 4 ch3 over 12 dc, so we need 5 dcs. This cannot be done evenly; there must be 13 dc so the attachments
can be in dcs 1, 4, 7, 10, and 13. If you have been crocheting along, like our petite needlelady, frog back to round 12
and make your clusters with 7 dc instead of 6. Wait another minute - 4 spaces over the dcs plus the 2 spaces on
the sides of the adjoining clusters give us 6 spaces. The picture shows 8 spaces! We need 7 dcs, not 5.
Fortunately, they can attach to dcs 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13.
The careful reader has noticed that round 17 is followed by round 13, etc. The 5 rounds between first 17 and second 16
do not correspond exactly to the 8 rounds in the picture. These rounds have the same formula as rounds 12 through
first 16, except they start with 8 spaces instead of 5. So, for each row, reduce the ch3 spaces by 1 and add
a dc in the dc at each end of the cluster, until a row with one ch3 space is made. To reduce cupping in the last round,
make the ch3 space a ch5 space.
By now, we "easily" follow rounds second 17 through 19.
The directions continue:
20th round. 7 chain, 7 long in centre of 7th stitch.-
21st round. 7 chain, 7 long over the 7 long.-
22d round. 7 chain, 7 long.-
23d round. 9 chain, 5 long.-
24th round. 11 chain, 3 long.-
25th round. Double crochet.
1st round, 8 chain, 6 long, missing 6 stitches.-
2d round. 5 chain, 1 long incentre of 8 chain, 5 chain, 4 long over the 6 long.-
3d round. 5 chain crochet to the centre of 5 chain, 5 chain
to the centre of 5 chain, 5 chain, 3 long.-
4th round. 5 chain.
Work this lace round the top of the row of leaves which is to
form the side of the cushion, commencing at the 17th round.
Examination of the picture seems to indicate that the "Lace" is made between rows 19 and 20, and again after row 25.
This Lace is an exercise for the reader, including fixing the error.