You know I love to play with shapes and I have a new one for you.
For something a little different, this time I’ll show you how to do this with a photo tutorial. (If you want the written pattern, you’ll find that at the end of this post.)
So let’s go!
Things you need to have & know :
I used a 5mm hook and cotton yarn. You can use whatever you have on hand.
You can begin each round with 3 ch in place of a tr (dc US folks) or you can use a false tr or standing stitch if you like.
I like to end in the middle of corners, so instead of the standard ch 2 & ss at end of rounds, I ch 1 & join with dc (sc US). This just makes things a little neater, but either way will work fine. I only do this though if I am not changing colours.
Begin with 4 ch made into a loop or a magic circle.
UK : 8 tr, ss to first st
US : 8 dc, ss to first st
UK : (tr, ch 1, tr) in each stitch
US : (dc, ch 1, dc) in each stitch
UK : (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in each 1 ch space
US : (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in each 1 ch space
When you work the 3 stitches along the sides, I want you to work into the spaces between the stitches instead of into the tops of stitches as shown here :
If you’re not sure what a “hdtr” (htr US) is – check out my video showing how here.
UK : (tr, ch 2, tr) in each 2 ch space, tr, hdtr, tr along sides in between stitches of round 3
US : (dc, ch 2, dc )in each 2 ch space, dc, htr, dc along sides in between stitches of round 3
UK : 3 dc in each 2 ch space, dc in each stitch along the sides
US : 3 sc in each 2 ch space, sc in each stitch along the sides.
Fasten off yarn & weave in ends.
Now to join them as blocks, you’ll need a small square to fill the gaps.
All I’ve done is make a solid granny using htr (hdc US).
UK : 4 x 3 htr groups separated by 4 x 2 ch corners
US 4 x 3 hdc groups separated by 4 x 2 ch corners
UK : (htr, ch 1, htr) in each 2 ch space, 1 htr in each stitch along sides
US : (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in each 2 ch space,1 hdc in each stitch along sides
UK : 3 dc in each 2 ch space, 1 dc in each stitch along sides
US : 3 sc in each 2 ch space, 1 sc in each stitch along sides
This will give you the same stitch counts along each octagon and square side. I like to join them by placing them right sides together and whip stitching them through the back loops only.
I have not come up with anything special for the border. I intend to simply dc (sc US) around the edges, keeping the indents to really show the shape of the motifs. I’ll add some pics when I finish my piece – I’ve run out of cotton!
So there you have it. A new shape to play with.
Oh the written pattern nearly forgot – here you go :