Yes call me lame. I can not figure this out because I do not understand patterns at all. I've never used them. I am trying so hard to make something so dumb and simple.
I am following this
pattern. I can't even get past the first round section. I get up to this point:
"working along opposite side of starting chain single crochet in next chain and in each of remaining 36 chain
stitches; do not join round. Place a contrasting color thread between last single crochet and next single crochet and carry thread up
on each round to indicate beginning of each round. There are 39 single crochet between marked stitches."
I do not end up with 36 stiches on the second row. how is this possible when I added 6 stiches to the already 40? It doesn't make sense to my non-pattern reading brain? Please help or offer an easier pattern for me to follow. I promise I've crocheted for 12+ plus years but I've never read patterns. This will be my first time trying and it's not going so well. I thought I would start with some "easy" and this is where I end up.
Laugh away at this silly question, but please help! The lives of pot holders depend on YOU!