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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.

Well I am finding it hard to believe I have made it to finally posting about this.  Way back in February, I started learning crochet again via the Spotlight Facebook Page as I posted about here.   They posted a new block every week for 25 weeks.  Well, that’s how it started out.  I soon moved over to the Krista Crochet Group on Facebook where a lovely lady re-wrote the instructions so they were suitable for absolute beginners with step by step photos.  Honestly, I could not have one it without her help.  Thank you Kim!

My original plan was to do 3 throws, once for each of my girls.  One was using up my very colourful stash, to other 2 in a lovely blue.  About halfway through, I discovered that my multicoloured one was going to look pretty hideous. There was simply too much variation in colour and texture, so I stated another blue one.  I keep using my coloured stash to do each square as well, and I will be using them to make cushions – eventually  (once I finish a few other projects lol)  Some of the pics here will be of the colourful variety.  You all know of my instagram love, so if you follow me there, you’ve most likely seen all this before.

Here is my very first square – back then, I wasn’t aware that there was US terminology and international terminology. This is done in US terms

Block 1

Block 2 was where the challenge began for me – not just granny trebles! (Don’t worry,  I won’t post a pic of every week) I used a differnt sized hook  for each throw as you can see.

Blocks 1 & 2

I learned so many tricks and tips along the way.  This was my first go at block 3.  I love the block,  but I did not like the way each round started in the middle of a side.  I did the following ones from the corners 🙂

Block 3 attempt 1

Block 3 worked from corner – much better!

I decided each of my three throws was going to be slightly different, not just in size.  I decided to join each row of five for each of the 2 smaller throws as I went using a different method each time.  Might as well extend the learning opportunities right?

2 different joining methods (I realised I was making a mistake joining one at a time after this & joined in rows of 5 from here on)

I was soon looking forward to every Friday and my new crochet adventure. I had worked out the US/International thing by now, so I had to increase my colourful blocks by a few rows to compensate.  All part of the learning.

Block 9 – time is flying by!

Block 11 – another I did subsequent blocks from the corner

About here is when I realised my multi-coloured throw was not going to be pretty.

Hmmmm Yuck!

Then, before I knew it, I was starting to think – oh my!  I have almost done it!

Block 23 – only 2 more to go!

And then, somehow, I had done all 25 blocks and it was border time.

Border time

So  by now, six months has passed and I can share with you my very first ever completed crochet throw!  Here is the first of my 3 Krista sampler throws. This one was made using a 6.5mm hook, joined by double crocheting from the back with right sides together.  Love this way to join the best.

Ta da!

Now, you may well be thinking, great job Shelley!  and I thank you for that.But here is what it really should look like.  This was made by the amazing Kim who re-wrote the Spotlight patterns for us.  She added some extra squares, a fancy joining method and an impressive border.

Kim’s Krista Throw

Now that is amazing!

Now on to the next project – or maybe finish some others first 😉

My blog is turning into a crochet blog!  Sorry folks who don’t like crochet, but today’s post is all about hooks and yarns and really cool stuff I have found about the internets.  I promise next week will be a crochet free zone.  I wont even mention the word.

As you may be aware from previous crochet blog posts, I have picked up the hooks this year in a determined effort to learn to crochet beyond the granny square.  I must say I am quite proud of the progress I’ve made.  I am finding more and more, I am reaching for the crochet hooks over my felt and embroidery thread.  (Although I do have plans to add a bit of crochet to my pincushions – I dream of it at night, so I must find time to bring the ideas into reality so my dreams can move on)

I can’t show you my Krista throw progress, because I am only a week or 2 off finishing them.  I want to wait and show you the finished products.  But here’s an update on how I’m going with my basket weave throw

Half way now 🙂

Now to cool stuff I’ve found

I made my own hook case not too long ago, but I am thinking of making another one – I love this pattern!

Gorgeous crochet hook case pattern from LivingAmethest on etsy

I think I might have to start wearing crochet – I wont do the ol’ crochet bikini, but this is pretty cool

Crochet bracelet in sea tones by Nadene on etsy

I found this and thought awesome!  Then I saw it was by one of my Instagram friends, so its a double yay!  I love seeing what Crafty Mummy is up to – follow her if you’re on Instagram and you wont be disappointed 🙂

Rainbow Crochet Blanket by Crafty Mummy + pattern!

Now these look so pretty!  Clicking the pic will take you to a blog post about the creator and has links to her shop.

Crochet covered Mason jars by SpindleShuttleNeedle via SweatPeach blog

You may already know I have a thing about bright, colourful bunting.  I love this crocheted version.

Crochet Buntng by My Poppet

I love love love the colours in this fun tutorial

Crochet chain by Cornflower Blue Studio

I don’t know why it was done, but I like it!

Crochet covered spoon by Lock and Spook

What’s your current obsession?

I love good old fashioned crochet.  I do.  When I was 10, I crocheted a granny square rug for my new baby sister.  Clever huh?

But then, I did not pick up a crochet hook again until last year. That’s a LOT of years in between! I became enamoured of arimigumi and thought, hey I could do that!  I got all enthusiastic and bought heaps of wool and hooks & pretty quickly found out that I could not crochet.  Sure I could crochet a granny using 3 treble clusters, but there is SO much more to crochet than I ever knew.   It was all so confusing to my tiny mind – another language really  😦  So I gave it up in disgust.

Then, not so long ago, I saw on Facebook that Spotlightwas going to release a block a week pattern for a throw rug that uses all different crochet stitches for each block.  It called the Krista Throw.  Hooray!  A way to play & learn.  I can do that I thought!

And I have been doing it.  Each week, I have been looking forward to Friday when I can come home, print the new pattern & sit down after dinner to crochet my lil heart out 🙂

I’m up to block 8 now & while some have been a little challenging, I am pretty pleased with my efforts so far. I know they are far from perfect, but hey I’m still happy 🙂

I have decided to make 3 throws – one for each girlchild. One I am doing multicoloured using up all that wool I bought last year, using US terminology and the recommended hook size.  It will be , um, eye catching to say the least LOL.   The other 2 I am doing in a lovely blue using International terminology, but each using a different sized hook.  I figure doing each block 3 times helps me to learn and remember what I am doing. I feel like I am beginning to understand this other language 🙂

I would not have made the progress I have without the help of a lovely group of ladies in a Facebook Group set up for the Krista throw.  Each week, the experienced crocheters help out us beginners with the pattern wordings and tips on stuff you don’t know about just reading the pattern – like the fact that there is US & International terminology that mean different things and what blocking is.  They also tempt us with lots of fabulous crochet projects.

I have a few things on my wish list of things I want to make next – including this one which is a free pattern available through Redheart.com.

Then I had to go to my local library & just happened to borrow some crochet books.

So many options!

I was very happy to find Renate’s book at my tiny little local library.  Ren is a member of the DUST team on etsy like me and is so creative with her crochet.  Check out her blog to see just how amazing she is. 🙂 I think I might need to devote a whole blog post to Renate.  So much to share!

I’ll show you the finished throws later in the year when I am done.  I love a new challenge!

Have you started a new creatively challenging thing lately? I’d love to hear about it 🙂


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