Well here we are at the last of the little ladies!
If you’re new to the CAL, links to all the info you need to know and links to all patterns are here.
Let’s get on to the next pattern – Fay.
Last of the small squares is FAY. Fay is Formidable, Ambitious and Youthful. The stitches and techniques we’ll use to make FAY are (US/UK terms):
We’ll need 9 FAYs to make our FRAN.
Click on your preferred terms below to download the pattern.
Fay UK Terms Fay US Terms
Can’t read English patterns? Well never fear as the Patterns are being translated into other languages thanks to a very dedicated bunch of volunteer translators. The Hints and Tips are also being translated and will be added as soon as they’re ready.
Dutch Fay Pattern
(Danish, Finnish, German, Hebrew, and Swedish translations coming soon! and possibly another couple of languages!)
HINTS AND TIPS FOR FAY
As with the previous patterns, If you’re new to my patterns, or you’re a beginner, I recommend using a stitch marker (just a scrap of yarn will do) to mark where to place the firsts and last st/s of the rounds as it can be a bit tricky to spot if you’ve never done things this way before.
Front Post Stitches
You know how to do this now as we made them with Ann. The only difference with Fay is the number of them – Fay has a lot more. Here’s a reminder of my tips
- pull up a longer loop than your normally would so your stitch is the same height as your other stitches.
- folding your work will help until you get the hang of it
Just like last time, keep an eye on the skipping stitches of Round 4. The main thing to watch out for is to only skip 1 stitch at the beginning of each side and not 2. You’ll know if you’ve made a mistake because you’ll run out of room at the end of the side to finish it correctly.
Read about my seamless crochet tips or watched my video about it if the beginning and end of rounds is confusing you.
In rounds that begin with a sc/dc (US/UK), if you have trouble joining up to that first stitch, begin instead with a ch 1, then do your first stitch. I don’t as I feel it adds a little bulk and detracts from the seamless look I go for, but I am a pedantic perfectionist and it may not be noticeable for you at all if you do the extra ch 1. Do whatever is easiest for you.
Check your stitch counts regularly to make sure you’re on track.
If you’re changing colours, end you colour with ch 2 and ss join (or ch 3 if it’s at the end of Round 4) and attach your new colour to a different corner. It all helps the seamless look.
My Fay turned out at 6″ (15 cm) in 8 ply yarn and 7″ (a smidge less than 18 cm) in 10 ply. Your Fay may be bigger or smaller depending on things like your hook and yarn combo and your crochet style. In theory, your Fay should be the same size as your Pam, Ann & Sue as mine were.
If they are a bit different, don’t worry about it – it’s all good. There are heaps of reasons why yours might be different. Let’s just fix it and move on. Here’s what you can do :
- if Fay is too big, leave off the last round of stitches
- if Fay is too small by a teeny bit, don’t worry – just block her to size
- If Fay is more than a little bit too small, add another round of dc (UK)/sc (US) and/or block her to size.
Once you’ve made your Fays, give them a block. It really makes a difference. Here is an unblocked Fay and a blocked Fay.
Hopefully, all will be just right with the patterns, but if its not, I will note here any changes and update the files for downloading.
I am here to help you if you get stuck. Please check out the FAQ post as the answer you need may be there, but if it’s not, feel free to head over to the Ravelry group or Facebook group, contact me via the link up on the right near the top or just add a comment on this post. I’ll update the FAQ post with anything new that pops up as we go.
If you want video help, I made a Fay on Periscope here on Katch.me or YouTube . I how you all the bits that might trip you up and give you tips along the way.
To be in with a chance to win one of the prizes on offer, simply sign up to get FRAN emails, if you haven’t already for the chance to win a Bendigo Woollen Mills $50 voucher or share your work in Instagram with the #FranMysteryCAL tag to have a chance to win a gorgeous skein of hand dyed yarn from Thimble and Purl.
So there you go! I hope you enjoy making Fay. Just pop her aside once you’re done as we won’t need her for a while. We’ll get to joining soon I promise. I’ll post the next pattern – the BIG sister – in 2 weeks time.