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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!

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Hello my friends.  I’ve been teasing you with a vague page about a crochet-along for a while now, but the teasing is almost over.  It’s nearly time to begin!

But first a little background for those of you new to my blog.  At the start of this year, I decided it was time to try (again) to teach myself to crochet. And I did it. I learned by making a new block a week – well in the end I made 4 of every block, just to make sure I knew what I was doing. Now these blocks weren’t your average granny squares, oh no.  Some had flowers, some were very textured, some lacey.  By the end, I found I could actually read crochet patterns – they are not a foreign language anymore.  So I made 3 throws and 3 giant cushions using all the squares I made. Great. Then I made, just for me, a huge, heavy, thick basket-weave throw.  Yippee.

But then I was stuck.  I missed sitting down once a week with a brand new stitch and pattern to try.  I felt lost without it after 25 weeks of it.  What to do?  Well do another, obviously!  But which one?  There are so many out there.

About half way through my “block a week”  thing, I really discovered Ravelry.  I’d known about it and joined ages ago, but never really got into it.  Now I am into it.  Its so wonderful if you like to be organised.  You can catalogue your stash, keep libraries of patterns, keep project diaries with pics and so much more. The  best bits though are the patterns! Oh so many.

And so we come to the “In a Spin Sampler Throw”.  Starting on Friday 16th November 2012, I will be posting a new pattern every week for I don’t now how many weeks.  We could go for years just using Ravelry patterns, and there are many, many other sources of patterns out there too.  I’ve contacted a few designers out there already and they are all keen 🙂

It will be “random” – to coin a teenage phrase.  There will be challenges, but I think we can help each other out and iron out any problems we find out by working on it  together.  To help with this I’ve set up a group on Ravelry where we can talk and help each other.  You’re welcome to go join it now.  It can be found here. There is also the Krista Crochet Group on Facebook where a lot of the members will be joining in too and helping each other.  I would not have completed my last bock a week project without the help of the awesome ladies there.

I wanted to let you know about it now so you can get some wip’s finished and go shopping for some shiny new yarn before we start.  That’s always fun right?  I can’t tell you how much you’ll need, but I have 7 x 200g balls of 8ply cotton on the way to me for mine.  That will be way too much I think. Better to go over though eh?

So off you go – go get some yarn!  I’m so excitied!

The cushions I made with my practice squares


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