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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!

 

Hi folks.

I know its not Friday, my usual bloggy day!  There are changes afoot and I thought I’d better explain what is going to be happening.

Life changes print by Makino Studios

Life changes print by Makino Studios

As the In a Spin Crochet Along starts this Friday, each and every Friday’s blog post for the foreseeable future will be devoted to a new crochet pattern.

Its going to take up a fair bit of my time, but I will still be having a non-crochet blog post every now and then.  It wont be weekly, but it will be on a Wednesday from now on when it happens.

Wednesday Addams Quote print by TheGeekerie

Wednesday Addams Quote print by TheGeekerie

As well as all that, the big news is that a new Spincushions website is in the works.  I am very excited about it – its going to be so lovely!  I just wanted you to be aware that sometime in the future, you will visit and it will all look very different – it will still be me, just a more attractive version of me and my ramblings.

Crafting makes me happy print by Tea and Ceremony

Crafting makes me happy print by Tea and Ceremony

That’s it 🙂  Hope you can join me Friday for the crochet fun!

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Hi folks

Before we get into the crochet fun, I need to announce that the winner of last week’s giveaway is :  Alice! Congrats!  I’ll email you with details on how to get your lovely pattern from TheMinersWife.  Hope you enjoy stitching up something gorgeous!

Willow Tree Journal Cover PDF Sewing Pattern by The Miners Wife

Willow Tree Journal Cover PDF Sewing Pattern by The Miners Wife

Now on to the crochet!  It’s just one more week until we begin the In a Spin Sampler Throw CAL.  I am so excited about it and to be honest a little overwhelmed with just how many folks are interested.  Hope its all you want it to be.

As I have only recently become a crochety type, I know I went looking for a lot of help when I first started.  So I thought before we start our crochet journey together, I’d put together a quick list of tips and tricks to help you out if you are just starting to crochet. Thanks to the Krista Crochet Group on Facebook ladies, this list is pretty long! This is by no means the definitive list of the info out there, it’s just a taster really. Much more is out there – google is your friend.

 Tips and Tricks for Terrific Crochet

  • My hot tip – weave in your ends as you finish each week’s block.  Its not much fun when you finish making something and you still have the job of dealing with a bazillion ends.  Do it as you go and you’ll thank me 🙂 This link has a mountain on info on ways to do it.
Ends! Weave them as you go

Ends! Weave them as you go

  • Are you a leftie?  Search YouTube for “tjw1963” – she has lots of videos that will help all you left-handed folk.
  • A very extensive US/UK terms and symbol conversion chart to be found here
  • Need to hook UK/US conversion info? Look here
  • Changing colours in a block can add a lot of interest and variety to your blocks.  A tute on how to is here
A change of colour

A change of colour

  • Holding your hook and yarn can be tricky – this article has the basics
  • Some patterns will include such words as “gauge” and “tension” “test swatch” – if it’s all gobbledygook to you, this article may help
  • If you want to get all technical about yarn weight and comparisons, good old Wikipedia can help here
  • The term “blocking” will probably come up at some stage in our throw. Now I confess here and now that I have never done it. Basically, it is a way of straightening and making your crochet look that little bit more finished.  There are lots of methods out there. This article has a couple of them.  I know, I know I should do it!
  • These tips come straight from the Krista Crochet Group on Facebook ladies
    • Jen says “I usually go up 2 hook sizes when I make foundation chains for bigger things like blankets to avoid that tight puckered look. it helps to keep your work flat”
    • Also from Jen ” when you’re experimenting or making something & don’t know how big you want it or how many stitches you need for your foundation chain, use 2 balls of wool, one for the foundation chains & one to work with, that way you can unravel if you have too many or extend the chains if you’re too short. learned that from an older lady at my craft group.”
    • From our Krista guru Kim ” Using a smaller hook for that final round of dc, it really does make a big difference.”
  • I like to start my blocks with a magic circle as an alternative to a chain loop.  This video shows you how if you want to learn
  • Hate weaving in ends? The Russian Join may be for you
  • This great if you dislike how a starting chain stands out – you don’t have to do it that way!
  • This tip is probably for your more advanced crocheter – starting without a foundation chain – must learn this one myself!

Well I think I have rabbited on enough!  But if you still have questions – please ask away and I’ll do my best to help you out.

See you next week for our first block!  Don’t worry, the first one is easy 🙂 Its going to be such fun!

Today I am introducing my friend Mandie who goes by the name of TheMinersWife in the crafty world.

TheMinersWife

Mandie is a wonderful friend of mine who is very crafty. We like to get together to craft & chat when we have the chance.  If we’re not crafting, then we’ll be out to lunch,shopping  or  walking together.  We also love to do the odd market stall about the place together. My market buddy!

I thought it was about time I introduced her to the rest of you and so I asked Mandie a few questions.  She has also very kindly offered to giveaway one of her PDF patterns!  Details below on how to enter.

Embroidery PDF Pattern - Dance

Embroidery PDF Pattern – Dance

Tell me about TheMinersWife.

TheMinersWife shop is where you will find all of my PDF patterns to recreate many of my original projects – journal covers, dolls, softies and stitcheries.  I love to turn my original creations into patterns so that other crafters can personalise them by recreating them in fabrics and colour-ways that they prefer.  My patterns are easy to follow and have lots of photos, diagrams and hints throughout so that even if you have no sewing experience, you will still be able to confidently work your way through the project, and the end result will look just like it is supposed to.    Sometimes you will also find a few completed goodies available in my shop such as hair accessories, home decorating items and stationary items; I also like to play around with different ideas and create little bits and pieces that I don’t always turn into patterns.

Emmalani Seahorse Softie Pattern

Tell us what you do & what inspires you to create?

I sew!  I love to sew anything really, and then turn my creations into patterns.  Sometimes I am inspired by an occasion, such as birthdays, Christmas, Easter, births etc where I need to give a gift so I’ll come up with something suited to the particular recipient.  Other times I am inspired by my girls, who are also very crafty, and I often enlist them to draw certain objects for me as I love their interpretations – sometimes stripped back to bare basics, at other times taken to a new level with an added flourish, swirl or heart. I am lucky to live out of town and surrounded by bushland and forest, with the ocean only 10 minutes drive away, so there is always lots of inspiration from the natural environment too.

Fergus the Frog PDF Sewing Pattern

Fergus the Frog PDF Sewing Pattern

Have you always been a crafter?

Oh yes…for as long as I can remember.  I think it’s in my blood! I come from a long line of very talented and creative people!  Actually, I like to think that everyone has a creative bone in their body…it’s just a matter of finding it.

Maggie Doll PDF Pattern

Were you taught crafting skills by a close family member, or are you self taught?

My favourite aunt taught me to knit and crochet when I was 8.  She created beautiful pieces and was the most patient teacher.  She lost her battle with breast cancer when I was 20, and I still regret to this day not paying more attention when she was teaching me…I can not remember a thing that she taught me!  As for everything else, I am pretty much self-taught.  If I want to know how to do something, I usually Google it or hunt down a book at my local library or just play around experimenting.

Little Bird Journal Cover PDF Pattern

What other craft would you like to try?

Ooooh, it would have to be crochet.  I haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet…although it is taking all of my inner strength to stop myself.  I have so many unfinished projects as it is and I fear that they will remain unfinished if I start to play around with crochet.  Hmm, we’ll see.  I’d also love to be able to paint…but unfortunately I wasn’t blessed with those skills.

Herb and Harriet Hedeghog PDF Sewing pattern

Do you have plans for any new designs?

I have lots of ideas floating around all the time!  My brain is buzzing with designs and I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. I wish I had more time to bring them all to life.  I have soooo many half- finished projects, and many more just waiting patiently for their turn at having my undivided attention!  I’ve had a couple of new additions join the extended family in the last couple of months, so there a few ‘baby’ inspired designs planned. I am also planning on adding a few stitchery designs into the mix.

Dear Friends Journal Cover PDF Sewing Pattern

What was the first thing you ever made?

Actually it was an ashtray for my dad!  I was nearly 5 years old and my kindergarten teacher (who was a pottery fanatic) decided to bring her pottery wheel in one day so all of us kids could have a go and make something for our dad’s for father’s day.  Mine was surprisingly perfect and I remember the teacher making quite a fuss over it at the time.  My dad gave up smoking not long after that, but I still have the bowl to this day…and even looking at it now with adult eyes, I must say I was a clever little 4 year old! The first thing I ever made out of textile though was a cute bookmark!  It was a hairclip (used by hairdressers I think) covered in felt and lace to resemble a mitten…I made quite a few before moving on to something else.  I went through an obsessive stage of making funky clothes for my sister’s cabbage patch doll too…Miss Raelyn was the best dressed girl in town!

Stella, Steve and Stanley Starfish PDF Sewing Pattern

Thanks so much Mandie for letting us into your crafty world.  I can recommend any of Mandie’s patterns.  They are so well written and have every detail you need to have a go – even if you are not all that confident a sewer.

Kids Room Name Sign PDF Sewing Pattern

Kids Room Name Sign PDF Sewing Pattern

Would you like to win one of Mandie’s PDF Sewing patterns?  Well its easy to enter, just visit The Miners Wife etsy shop and have a poke around, then come back here and leave a comment with your favourite item.  Pure chance will decide the winner in a weeks time. I’ll announce the winner in next week’s post. Good luck!

And so on to next week. It will be my last post before the In a Spin Sampler Throw Crochet Along begins.  It will be full of crochety goodness to whet your appetite for the kick off on the 16th!  I’m so excited!


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