Spinatomy

Hello folks.

This is the last time you’ll see me post over here in this space.

I have set up my very own website and I have moved all my stuff over to the new place. I think it is just what I needed.  If you want to know who really did all the work – check out this post in the new place.  She’s awesome!

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Well I guess that’s it.  One last look around to check if I have forgotten anything?  No.  Ok then.  See you in the new digs!

Hi folks!

As usual, we’ll start by looking at last week’s blocks.  I love the different colours – well done!

By Kim Sc of the Krista group

By Kim Sc of the Krista group

2012-12-10 10.38.50

By Judso of the Flickr group

By lolaandemilin on Instagram

By lolaandemilin on Instagram

 

I am very excited about this week’s block.  I can’t wait to hook it up.  This week we are making a 30cm (12″) block called “Autumn Clusters”by Aurora Suominen whose blog One Crochet Day at a Time is a wealth of patterns, tips and general crochety goodness!

Autumn Clusters by Aurora Suominen

Autumn Clusters by Aurora Suominen

Aurora has very kindly given her permission for me to translate her pattern into UK terms, which you’ll find below.

Please read all the “Notes” before you start.

Notes

As always, we’ll want to finish with a round of dc (sc) – but you’ll note that this pattern ends that way anyway. Still, we may need to add another round to make the size match our previous ones, as we are adding our border to blocks that are 30cm (12″) already.  You know what I’m on about by now I hope – just ask if not though!

Block 7 UK Terms

~Autumn Clusters~

Designed by: Aurora Suominen Copyright © 2011
12” Square with 6mm hook and WW yarn. I used Red heart.

My Abbreviations:  CL=Cluster,  BPTR=Back Post Treble Crochet, FPTR=Front Post Treble Crochet
SPECIAL STITCHES:
~BEG CORNER:  Work ch-3, tr, ch-2, 2tr in st or sp indicated. Corner made.
~CORNER: Work 2 tr, Ch-2, 2 tr in next Ch2 space.
~BEG CL: Ch2 and keeping last loop of each tr on hook, 2 tr in st or sp indicated; YO and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
~CLUSTER St (CL): Keeping last loop of each tr on hook, 3 tr in st or  sp indicated; YO and draw through all 4 loops on hook.
NOTES: Anytime you see, “Stitches” this means any tr, dc, fptr, ch1 space.
~++: When you see “Repeat ++ once” this means to repeat the pattern instructions in between the +

Round 1: Ch4 and work tr in 4th ch from hook.  Join with a sl st  in 3rd ch of beg ch 4. (12 tr)

Round 2: BEG CL. (see special sts)  *Ch 1, cl in next st.* Repeat around or (11Xs).  Ch 1 and join in top of first cl.  (12 cl & 12 ch 1 sp)

Round 3: Sl st in next ch1 sp and BEG CL.  (Ch 2, sk next cl and work a cl in next ch1 sp)11times.  Ch2, sk next cl and join in top of first cl.  (12 cl & 12 ch2 sp)

Round 4: (Work 3tr in next ch2 sp, sl st in top of next cl) 11 times. 3tr in last ch2 sp and join in 1st sl st.  (36 tr & 12 ss)

Round 5: Ch5 (counts as tr & ch2) (+Skip 1tr, bptr around next tr, ch2, skip 1 tr,+ tr in next sl st, ch 2) 11 times. Repeat  ++ once and  join in 3rd st of beg ch3. (24 tr & 24 Ch 2 sp)

Round 6: Sl st into ch2 sp, and BEG CL.  (Ch2, sk next tr, work a 3tr cl in next ch2 sp) 23 times.  Ch 2, sk next st and join in top of beg cl.  (24 cl & 24 ch2)

Round 7: Ch4, 3dtr, Ch3, 4dtr in same st.  [+Ch1, tr in 3sts, dc in  5sts, tr in 3sts.  Ch1+  In next cl work 4dtr, Ch3, 4dtr.] 3 times. Repeat ++ once and join in 3rd ch of beg ch4.  sl st in next 3 dtr and into ch3 sp.  (24tr, 32dtr, 20dc)

Round 8: Ch1, 3dc in same sp.  [dc in 21 sts. 3dc in next ch3 sp.]3Xs. dc in last 21sts. Join in 1st dc. (96 dc)

Round 9: Sl st into next dc and BEG Corner  [+htr in 7sts, tr in 9sts, htr in 7sts.+  IN next dc ,  work a corner.]3Xs. Repeat ++ once and join in 3rd ch of beg ch3. (56htr, 52tr)

Round 10: Sl st into ch2 sp and Beg Corner [+tr in 2sts. (Ch1, Skip 1 st,  cl in next st)11xs.  Ch1, Skip 1st, tr in 2sts+. In next ch2 sp, work corner.]3Xs. Repeat ++ once and join in 3rd ch of beg ch3.  (44cl, 48ch1 sp, 32tr)

Round 11: Sl st into ch2 sp and Beg Corner  [+tr in 4sts, (Ch1, cl in sp, skip next cl)12Xs.  Ch1, tr in 4sts+.  In next Ch2 sp work corner.]3xs. Repeat ++ once and join in 3rd ch of beg ch3. (48tr, 52ch1, 48cl)

Round 12: Sl st into ch2 sp, Ch1, 3 dc.  dc in each tr, ch1 sp, and l across to next Ch2 sp, work 3 dc in sp. Join to 1st dc.   Fasten Off.

© Copyright Aurora Suominen 2011 All Rights Reserved.

For more info on abbreviations and links to sites and videos that will help with certain stitches, please see my blog, One Crochet Day at a Time

Autumn Clusters by Aurora Suominen

Autumn Clusters by Aurora Suominen

Block 7 US Terms

Click here for the US terms pattern.  The link will take you to Auroa’s website🙂  If you’d rather go via Ravelry to add the pattern to your projects, it can be found here.

If you have any trouble with the  block, visit the Krista Crochet Group on Facebook or the Ravelry In a Spin Group and I am sure we can help each other out.

Once you’re done, don’t forget to share your blocks on instagram tagging  #inaspincal, the In a Spin CAL flickr group or the Krista Crochet Group on Facebook because as usual, I’ll be sharing some of your work here next week🙂

Next week, as well as having a new block, we are going to start joining our squares.  I have a layout planned, but you may wish to go your own way with the layout of the blocks.  Totally up to you.  See you then!

Hi folks!

Well, here we are at week 4 already!  Hope its all going well for you.  We’ll start to talk about joining some things soon.

Here’s how a few of you went with last week’s block. Excellent!

by Audrey VW of the Krista Group

by Audrey VW of the Krista Group

by notjanedoe on Instagram

by notjanedoe on Instagram

By mnhince on Instagram By mnhince on Instagram

This week we are making a new size!  Yes we are – surprise!  It will be a 20 cm (8″) block – well actually it will be 2 blocks.  Just like the first week, before you start the new pattern below, I need you to make up a square following the pattern from Week 1, but make it to 20cm (8″) before you do your border round.  Just like last time, count up the number of stitches you end up with along the edge and keep a note.   This block shall be known as “Block 5”.  This is the last time I will ask you to do this.  No more surprises🙂

And so on to this week’s new block.  The designer is Beverly Button. Beverley’s website, Beverly Button Crochet Designs is worth a visit for some crochety browsing🙂

Diamonds in the Round by Beverly Button

Diamonds in the Round by Beverly Button

I have translated her pattern into UK terms below with permission.  Sharon of Knits N’ Everything Fibre has converted the pattern into the chart below also with Beverley’s permission. Please read the “Notes” before you start

Notes

PC

I had to look up “PC” – I now know it means PopCorn stitch.   I thought it was the same as a bobble, but no!  This explanation of it comes from here.

“Work one chain and 5 treble/double crochet in the same stitch. Take the final loop of the last stitch worked from the hook and insert the hook into the one chain before the group of stitches, then into the dropped loop and draw the yarn through.”

This video shows you how its done

Worsted Weight Yarn & Border

As some of us have found in previous blocks, because this pattern was made using worsted weight yarn, you may have to add a row or two to get it to size before you do the border round of dc (sc) as usual.

Block 6 UK Version

Worsted weight yarn

Crochet hook size 6 mm

Gauge: 4 tr = 5/8”; 1 row = 5/8”

Ch 5, join with sl st to form ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3, 15 tr in ring. Join with sl st to top of beg ch-3.

Rnd 2: Ch 3, * (tr, ch2, tr) in next st, tr in next st, 5-tr PC in next st, tr in next st; repeat from * around. End with sl st in top of beg ch-3.

Rnd 3: Ch 3, 4 tr in same sp for PC, tr in next st, * (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in next space, tr in next st, PC in next st, tr in top of last row PC, PC, repeat from * around. End last repeat with sl st in top of beg ch-3.

Rnd 4: Ch 3, tr in next 3 sts, (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in next sp, * tr in next 3 sts, tr in top of PC, PC in next st, tr in top of next PC, tr in next 3 sts. Rep from * around, end with sl st in top of PC.

Rnd 5: Ch 3, tr in next 5 sts, * (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in next sp, tr in next 6 sts, tr in top of PC, tr in next 6 sts. Rep from * around, end with sl st in top of beg ch-3.

Rnd 6: Ch 3, tr in next 7 sts, * (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in next sp, tr in next 17 sts. Rep from * around, end with sl st in top of beg ch-3.

Rnd 7: Ch 2, htr in next 9 sts, * 4 htr in next sp, htr in next 21 sts. Rep from * around. Fasten yarn and weave in ends.

AMENDMENTS :

Round 1: as per instructions

Round 2: Ch 3, *(tr, ch2, tr) in next st, tr in next st, 5tr PC in next st, tr in next st, repeat
from * around. After you have completed the 4th PC sl st to top of beg ch 3

Round 3: ch 3, 4tr in same sp for PC – the ch 3 forms the first tr for the PC so slip into
3rd ch in place of inserting into the ch1 – , tr in next st, *(2tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in next space, tr
in next st, PC in next st, tr in top of last row PC, PC, tr in next st, repeat from * around,
ending with tr into top of last row PC, sl st to top of PC from start of this round

Round 4: as per instructions until last PC – for the last PC do 4tr, slip into top of ch3 then
complete the PC

Round 5: onwards as per instructions

Block 6 US Version

The US version of the pattern is available via this free Ravelry download.

AMENDMENTS :

Round 1: as per instructions

Round 2: Ch 3, *(dc, ch2, dc) in next st, dc in next st, 5dc PC in next st, dc in next st,
repeat from * around. After you have completed the 4th PC sl st to top of beg ch 3

Round 3: ch 3, 4dc in same sp for PC – the ch 3 forms the first dc for the PC so slip into
3rd ch in place of inserting into the ch1 – , dc in next st, *(2dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next space,
dc in next st, PC in next st, dc in top of last row PC, PC, dc in next st, repeat from *
around, ending with dc into top of last row PC, sl st to top of PC from start of this round

Round 4: as per instructions until last PC – for the last PC do 4dc, slip into top of ch3
then complete the PC

Round 5: onwards as per instructions

Block 6 – Charted Version

Diamonds in the Round chart

Diamonds in the Round chart

If you have any trouble with the  block, visit the Krista Crochet Group on Facebook or the Ravelry In a Spin Group and I am sure we can help each other out.

After the kick off Notes

The amended pattern notes included above were written by Nikki of the Krista Facebook Group.

This is the way the designer of this week’s block does PC stitch – slight variation to the above instructions :

Popcorn stitch (PC): 5 dc in same sp or st, remove hook from loop; from front, insert hook through both loops of first dc, pull dropped loop through. 1 PC completed.

Once you’re done, don’t forget to share your blocks on instagram tagging  #inaspincal, the In a Spin CAL flickr group or the Krista Crochet Group on Facebook because I’ll be sharing some of your work here next week🙂

No surprises next week.  Just another new block pattern to play with.

Hi folks

Just a quick post to let you know I’ll be at the Port Fairy MADE Artist Market this Saturday 8th December 2012.

It should be a lot of fun if last year’s Christmas market is anything to go by. It’s a wonderful opportunity to gift homemade this Christmas. So many unique and delightful things to be found!

Port Fairy MADE Artist Market

This year, stall holders have been asked to make a Christmas decoration to add to a Christmas tree.  The tree will be raffled and the money raised will go to Friends Of Griffiths Island to assist with conservation efforts currently happening on the Island.  Griffiths Island is a small island off the coast of Port Fairy that is home to a lighthouse and Short Tailed Shearwaters.

Griffiths Island Port Fairy

Griffiths Island Port Fairy

Here is my decoration – it also doubles as a pincushion surprisingly😉

Pincushion? Yes - but also a Christmas decoration

Pincushion? Yes – but also a Christmas decoration

I can’t wait!  Make sure you come and say hello if you drop by.

Hi folks!

I am loving your work from last week!  Look how clever you are!

By Nicole K of the Krista Group

By Nicole K of the Krista Group

By baamekniits on Instagram

By baamekniits on Instagram

By BethCollins on Ravelry

By BethCollins on Ravelry

This week we are on to our first decorative 15cm (6″) block.  The designer is Chris Simon and its called “Gem Star”.  Chris has lots of great patterns on her website.

Gem Star designed by Chris Simon, stitched by WHLord

Gem Star designed by Chris Simon, stitched by WHLord

Chris has very kindly given her permission for me to translate her pattern into UK terms, which you’ll find below. Please read the “Notes” below before you start.

Notes

Check the size of your square and finish with a round of dc UK (sc US) with approximately the same number of stitches as our week 1 15cm (6″) block.

You may need to add a row or two of dc (sc) to make it up to size due to yarn, tension & hook size differences.

Block 4 UK Terms

Stitch Guide :

Small cluster – holding last loop of each st on hook, tr in next 3 sts, yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook.

Beg large cluster – ch 2, holding last loop of each st on hook, tr in next 4 sts, yo, pull through all 6 loops on hook.

Large Cluster – holding last loop of each st on hook, tr in next 5 sts, yo, pull through all 6 loops on hook.

V-st –  (tr, ch2, tr) in indicated sp

Rnd 1 : Ch 4: join with slip st to form ring.  Ch 3, 15 tr in ring.  Join with sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3.

Rnd 2 : Ch 3, 4 tr in same st, *# ch 2, small cluster, ch 2, * 5 tr in next st. Repeat from # twice, then from * to * once.  Join with sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3.

Rnd 3 : Beg large cluster, ch 3, V-st in nect ch 2 sp, *# ch 2, V-st in next ch 2 sp, ch3, * large cluster, ch 3, V-st in next  ch 2 sp.  Repeat from # twice, then from * to * once.  Join with sl st in top of beg large cluster.

Rnd 4 : Ch 2, 3 htr in next ch 3 sp, 3 tr in next ch 2 sp, *#(2 dtr, ch 2, 2 dtr) in next ch 2 sp, 3 tr in next ch 2 sp, 3 htr in next ch 3 sp, * htr in large cluster, 3 htr in next ch 3 sp, 3 tr in next ch 2 sp.  Repeat from # twice, then from * to * once.  Finish off.

Gem Star by Chris Simon

Gem Star by Chris Simon

Block 4 US Terms

Please read the notes above before starting to work the square.  The US terms pattern can be found here.  If you’d rather go via Ravelry, the pattern can be found here.

After the kick off notes

Most folks who have had a go this week have added either a row of tr (dc) or a couple of rounds of dc (sc) to get the square to 15cm (6″).

Once you’re done, don’t forget to share your blocks on instagram tagging  #inaspincal, the In a Spin CAL flickr group or the Krista Crochet Group on Facebook because once again, I’ll be sharing some of your work here next week🙂

I hope you enjoy making the block.  We will be seeing more of Chris in the future.  See you next week!

Hi folks!

Well, how did you go last week?  Here are some pics of a few of your efforts.  Nice work folks!

by fiodoir on Instagram

by fiodoir on Instagram

In a Spin week 1

by A World of Imagination on Flickr

Blocks 1 & 2 by Jane C in the Krista Group

by Jane C in the Krista Group

Now things get more interesting.  I have to say my hat goes off to you wonderful pattern designers after last week.  I wrote that very basic one and I found it soo hard!

This week we will be working up this 30 cm (12″) beauty by Dayna’s Crochet.

Wheel Lattice 12 inch square by Danya

Wheel Lattice 12 inch square by Dayna

I have translated Dayna’s pattern into UK terms, with permission.   Please read the “Notes” below before you start.

Notes

Beginners

Don’t be scared!  If you managed last week, you CAN do this.  It’s all the same stitches, just in a different combination.  Take it slow, doing each small set of stitches one at a time.    Have a highlighter handy and mark each stitch section off as you go. The only thing that is slightly different is the htr (hdc) – its just like a tr (dc), but you skip pulling the yarn through 2 loops – you pull through all three loops and its done. And the dtr (tr) – you wrap the yarn around twice before poking it through.  Look up this website for instructions or search you tube.  You CAN do it.  Honest.🙂

Border

Once your square is 3o cm (12″) add the border of dc (sc) as we did last week, trying for the same number of stitches.

Block 3 UK Version

Materials:
I (5.5mm) hook

Worsted weight yarn (8- 10 ply)

Ch 4, join to form a loop

Round 1: Ch 1 (dc, ch 5) 8 times in loop, join to 1st dc.

Round 2: Sl st in next loop, ch 3, 2tr in same loop, 3 tr in each loop around, join to 3rd ch of beg ch 3.

Round 3: Ch 1, dc in same st as joining, ch 5, skip next tr, (dc in next tr, ch 5, skip next tr) around, join to 1st dc. (12 loops)

Round 4: Sl st in next loop, ch 3, 2tr in same loop, ch 1, (3tr, ch 1) in each loop around, join to 3rd ch of beg ch 3.

Round 5: Sl st in next tr, (ch 4, 2 dtr, ch 3, 3 dtr) in same tr, [*ch 1, skip next 2 tr, 3tr in next tr, ch 1, skip next 2 tr, 3 tr in next tr, ch 1, skip next 2 tr *, (3dtr, ch 3, 3dtr) in next tr] 3 times and * to * once more, join to 4th ch of beg ch 4.

Round 6: Sl st to corner, ch 1 [(dc, ch 5, dc) in corner, ch 5, dc in next ch 1 sp across] 4 times, join to 1st dc.

Round 7: Sl st in corner loop, (ch 3, 2 tr, ch 3, 3 tr) in corner, [*ch 1, (3 tr in next loop, ch 1) in each loop across,* (3tr, ch 3, 3tr) in corner] 3 times and * to * once more, join to 3rd ch of beg ch 3.

Round 8: Sl st to corner, (ch 3, 2 tr, ch 2, 3 tr) in corner, [*tr in each tr and ch 1 across*, (3tr, ch 2, 3tr) in corner] 3 times and * to * once more, join to 3rd ch of beg ch 3.

Round 9: Sl st to corner, ch 1 [(dc, ch 5, dc) in corner, ch 3, (skip next tr, dc in next tr, ch 3) across] 4 times, join to 1st dc.

Round 10: Sl st to corner, ch 1 [(dc, ch 5, dc) in corner loop, ch 3, (dc in next loop, ch 3) across] 4 times, join to 1st dc.

Round 11: Repeat round 10.

Round 12: Sl st in corner loop, ch 2, 4 htr in corner, [*2 htr in each loop across*, 5 htr in corner] 3 times and * to * once more, join to 2nd ch of beg ch 2. Finish off and weave away!
Round 12 can be done with dc or tr depending on the size of your square.

Wheel Lattice by Danya hooked into a throw by Chris5

Wheel Lattice by Dayna hooked into a throw by Chris5

Block 3 US Version

Please read the Notes above before you begin.  The US terms pattern can be found here on Dayna’s blog, or if you’d rather go via Ravelry so you can add it to your projects, go here.

If you have any trouble with the  block, visit the Krista Crochet Group on Facebook or the Ravelry In a Spin Group and I am sure we can help each other out.

Block 3 Charted Version

Some weeks, Sharon of Knits N’ Everything Fibre will be converting the weekly pattern into a chart when the designers give their permission.  Dayna has done that and so here is the chart for the pattern.

Wheel Lattice By Dayna's Crochet charted by Sharon Knits

Wheel Lattice By Dayna’s Crochet charted by Sharon Knits

After the Kick off Notes

A couple of folks are already right into this one. Here are a couple of tips that may help :

A larger hook may be required.  If it’s only a little bit smaller then just do an extra row or two of round 10.  Think it’s due to original being in worsted which is heavier than most of us are using.

Also for the beginners –  For those of you who aren’t sure – in round 6, 8 and 9 where it says slip stitch to corner, you will need to put a slip stitch into the two stitches before the corner first and then into the corner space

Thanks Nikki and Eva!

Once you’re done, don’t forget to share your blocks on instagram tagging  #inaspincal, the In a Spin CAL flickr group or the Krista Crochet Group on Facebook because I’ll be sharing some of your work here next week🙂

I hope you enjoy making up this one.  Don’t be surprised if we visit Dayna again on our crochet adventure.  She has some lovely patterns.  See you next week!

The time has finally come to start the In A Spin Sampler Throw Crochet Along!

I’m so excited!  I hope you’ve got your yarn and fave crochet hook ready to go.

I have a few housekeeping things to say that you probably should read but its too much to add here when we want to just get on with it already.  So I’ve put all that wordy stuff over on the In a Spin Crochet Page.  It’d be great if you could have a read, cos there’s some important stuff there. Thanks!

Enough faffing about – Let’s begin!

Now I know I said this project is a block a week,  but for starters, I need you to do 2.  Sorry!  The reason is we need a standard to start with.  The blocks we make today will be our measuring blocks for the rest.  They’ll be our guide for the number of stitches on each edge as well. I am doing it this way because I am still a learner and this made sense to me.  You experienced folk may well laugh – go on – its ok hehe.

We are starting with some basic squares made purely of simple stitches.   This is the only week where I pre-make the squares. I wrote the pattern so please forgive me if its hard to follow.  I am in awe of pattern writers now – you’d laugh if I told you how long writing this took me.  I’ve put the notes first, cos they relate to both versions.  I’ll post each week in this format.

Notes :

Hook size

I used a 5 mm (H)  hook to make the blocks using 8ply acrylic yarn.

Starting chain

While the pattern says 5 ch to start each round (to take the place of 1 tr 2 ch), I actually only did 4 on the 30 cm one below, as 5 ch was leaving too big a hole as you may be able to see on the 15 cm pic below.  A 5 ch start is the accepted way so I left it at that – the number you go with will depend on your tension. See how you go.

Stitching into the previous round

This is working stitches into the previous round’s stitches. The first one is easy to miss – I know, I’ve done it!

Stitches worked into previous round of stitches

Stitches worked into previous round of stitches

Border Notes

The blocks need to be 15cm (6″) or 30cm (12″) before you stitch the border round.  This is because we will be adding the border round to each pattern we stitch and as the patterns are already 15cm or 30 cm, we have to do the same with these.  Hope that makes sense!

In a Spin Block 1

In a Spin Block 1 15cm (6″)

Blocks 1 & 2 UK Version

Please read Notes before starting.  Make 2 of these – Block 1 to approx 15 cm (6″) and the Block 2 to appox 30 cm (12″) before the border round.

Round 1 : Into a magic circle or 3 ch loop, 5 ch (this is the 1st tr & cnr), *2 tr,2 ch*. Repeat from * to * 2 more times, 1 tr, join with sl st into 3rd ch of starting ch

Round 2 : sl st into cnr sp, 5 ch (this is the first tr & cnr), 2 tr *1 tr into each tr of previous round (see notes), 2 tr, 2 ch, 2 tr into 2 ch sp*. Repeat from * to * twice, 1 tr into each tr of previous round, 1 tr into cnr sp, join with sl st into 3rd ch of starting ch.  You should have 6 tr along each side

Rounds 3 – ? : Continue as for Round 2 until the required size is reached.  The  number of tr on each side will increase by 4 each round. ( I ended up with 6 rounds for block 1 and 13 for block 2  – you may have a different number due to tension, yarn & hook combo)

Border round : sl st into corner, ch 1, dc into corner sp, *dc into each tr of previous round, 3 dc into corner sp* Repeat from * to * twice, dc into each tr of previous round, 2 dc into corner, sl st into first dc & finish off.  Weave in your ends.  Important bit! Count your dc along each side and corner and make a note of that number.  You are going to have to try to get as close to that number with your next squares of the same sizes to make joining a little bit less fiddly.

In a Spin Block 2 30 cm (12")

In a Spin Block 2 30 cm (12″)

Blocks 1 & 2 US Version

Please read notes before starting.  Make 2 of these – Block 1 to approx 15cm (6″) and the Block 2 to appox 30cm (12″) before the border round.

Round 1 : Into a magic circle or 3 ch loop, 5 ch (this is the 1st dc & cnr), *2 dc, 2 ch*. Repeat from * to * 2 more times, 1 dc, join with sl st into 3rd ch of starting ch

Round 2 : sl st into cnr sp, 5 ch (this is the first dc & cnr), 2 dc *1 dc into each dc of previous round (see notes), 2 dc, 2 ch, 2 dc into 2 ch sp*. Repeat from * to * twice, 1 dc into each dc of previous round, 1 dc into cnr sp, join with sl st into 3rd ch of starting ch.  You should have 6 dc along each side

Rounds 3 – ? : Continue as for Round 2 until the required size is reached.  The  number of dc on each side will increase by 4 each round. (I ended up with 6 rounds for block 1 and 13 for block 2  – you may have a different number due to tension, yarn & hook combo)

Border round : sl st into corner, ch 1, sc into corner sp, *sc into each dc of previous round, 3 sc into corner sp* Repeat from * to * twice, sc into each dc of previous round, 2 sc into corner, sl st into first sc & finish off.  Weave in your ends.  Important bit! Count your sc along each side and corner and make a note of that number.  You are going to have to try to get as close to that number with your next squares of the same sizes to make joining a little bit less fiddly.

Once you’re done,  share your blocks on instagram tagging  #inaspincal, in the In a Spin CAL flickr group or on the Krista Crochet Group on Facebook because every week from now on I’ll be sharing some of your blocks here🙂

I hope you’ve enjoyed the first week – next week things get interesting!

After the kick off Notes

There may be things I can add each week after some folks have had a go at hooking up the patterns, so I will update each week’s post with any thing that may help you benefit from other folks experiences.

This week, the lovely Kim S of the Krista Crochet Group on Facebook very kindly made a you tube video to help the beginners understand how to do this week’s pattern – its just fantastic!

In a Spin Block 1 & 2 by Kim S

Another member of the Krista group made a chart of the pattern using a new program she has – thanks Sharon B!  I’m just waiting to permission to include it here. Wont be long I am sure🙂

My instagram buddy baamekniits who is using the same cotton as me, was having all sorts of warping issues of the larger block.  Here are a couple of her attempts and details of how she overcame it

Warping issues by Baamekniits for Block 2

Warping issues by Baamekniits for Block 2

Baamkniits success Block 2
Baamkniits success Block 2

 

Baamekniits is using an 8ply cotton yarn.  At first, she was doing a centre pull and her normal hook size.  She tried going down a hook size and working from the outside of the ball of yarn, but still had the same warping problems.  To solve it, she went down another hook size, added a ch to each corner and turned the square after each row.  Well done on your persistence baamekniits!

 

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