Understanding Crochet Terms

I am crocheting an infant's Christmas elf hat and the instructions read:
Rd 2: Ch2 1 hdc. in same space as ch2.
(hdc. on next stitch, 2 hdc. in next st) x3, hdc in last stitch = 12

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What does x3 after the parentheses mean?

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November 4, 20180 found this helpful

You do everything in the parentheses 3 times

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November 4, 20180 found this helpful

Sorry your pattern is so confusing. If you see you do it 3 times and with the last stitch doesn't give you 12 count, you may want to check out an easier pattern, like the one in this video:

youtu.be/fXMuYYJUzwo

Be sure to check that you like the gauge from the needle you are using. I offend go up or down depending on how things look after one or two rounds.

Happy stitching!

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November 5, 20180 found this helpful

I believe Judy has the right answer but it is possible you may usually see it written as "3 times".

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Here is a quote from a crochet web site:

"For example:
Row 7: Dc in next 4 dc, ch 1, (sk next dc, shell in next d)] 4 times, ch 1, dc in next 4 dc.
That means you will work the (sk next dc, shell in next dc) 4 times before going on to work the ch 1, dc in next 4 dc."

www.craftyarncouncil.com/.../how-to-read-crochet-pattern

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November 8, 20180 found this helpful

x3 to me means 3 times

on the other hand here's an alternate pattern with very copious instructions. It seems that you can either have patterns that abreviate or that spell evrything out

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