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In a Spin Week 1

Posted on: November 16, 2012

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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23 Responses to "In a Spin Week 1"

Yay Shelley! So excited to start this. Thanks for doing all the hard yards and organising it all. 🙂 Hope everyone else is as excited as I am!

Oh its my pleasure D! Its fun hehe – hope you enjoy the block 🙂

So sorry to the US terms folks – there was a small error in round one – an extra 2ch – I’ve now removed it. Told you I was no pattern writer!

I hod no problem getting here via the link on Facebook Shelly. 🙂 Have completed both blocks and look forward to next week

Thanks for checking that for me Pyretta 🙂 Glad you’v done yours already! I still need to do mine cotton versions 🙂

Stunning mooi. Ek is op die pad, maar gaan by die volgende dorp wolwinkel soek.

Hi Elana – I have tried translating and thank you! Hope you can get into it while on the road 🙂

What a great first pattern, I’m following U.K. terms and I found it really easy to follow, thank you for doing this, it’s going to be fun. Deb x

Thank you Deb – glad it worked out well for you 🙂 Now we have to wait til next week hehe

Wee – another throw to start hehe. Does this mean I finally have an excuse to buy more yarn? 😉

Mel – honestly – do you ever need an excuse? I don’t 😉

HI, I popped over from Deb’s blog. I plan on joining in and getting started tomorrow. 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity.

Hi karisma 🙂 Nice to have you hooking along with us – hope you enjoy it 🙂

I clicked to join your face book group! SassySean on Ravelry

I see you there Thomasean 🙂 Welcome to the group 🙂

Hi Shelley, that block of mine is block one, I still have to try for block two without the warping. As I am only using a 3.5mm hook I have been avoiding starting because I know its going to take me a while. I am going to try to just do one chain in the corners as some folks have suggested that there is less tendency to warp that way? I’ll keep you posted 🙂

Thanks baamekniits – you could skip the big one and just re-make a future 30cm block instread. I would be hesitant to start too after the warping you had.

That is actually a very good idea, why didn’t I think of that? 🙂

Excellent Shelley – I just stumbled on this as I haven’t been looking at the Krista group for a while. Will have oodles of fun playing along AND I’m going to resist the temptation to ask for a sneaky peek!

Hooray Cath! Welcome aboard! Bravo on resisting 😉

I too had warping issues with the larger block, I went down to a G/4.0mm hook and added a ch in the corner, 13 rows later I have a 12′ block waiting for the common border all the blocks will have.
I found it funny that my small block had no issues with the suggested hook.

Interesting how the same block can be so different in a larger size. Glad you got yours sorted Lori 🙂

I have a feeling it has to do with the yarn I chose for block #2

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