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Archive for December 2012

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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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.


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