Ho ho ho folks! It’s nearly Xmas time so we’ll be having a break next week. I know I will be busy with the family and I am sure a lot of you will be busy too. Besides, we might need a little extra time for the joining we are going to talk about this week, and I know there are some of you who have gotten a little behind. Its ok – you have 2 weeks to get up to date.
But first let’s see how you went with last week’s block – lovely!
Silja has very kindly given permission for me to translate her pattern into UK terms as well as a chart, both of which you’ll find below. Please read the notes before you begin.
Silja has written the pattern for 2 colours. You don’t have to of course
Dec = decrease
You start to work a dc (sc) but don’t pull through the loops. You start another dc (sc) and then pull through all loops.
As always, work the square until it is 15cm (6?) then work our normal round of dc (sc) as we have with our previous blocks.
Block 8 UK Terms
1 row: ch 2, 8 dc in second stitch from hook. Join with a sl st in first dc.
2 row: ch3, 1 tr in same stitch as ch 3, * 2 tr, ch 3* 7 times more (8 tr groups), Join with a sl st in top of ch-3.
3 row: sl st to the first ch, 5 dc in each ch-3 all around. Join with a sl st in first dc. Cut yarn.
4 row: New Colour – start in the second dc in a ”flowerleaf”. * 1dc, 3 dc in next (middle stitch of the flowerleaf), 1 dc, dec 2 dc into one.* Join with a sl st in first dc.
5 row: ch 3, 1tr, 7 dc, 2 tr, (1 dtr, ch 3, 1 dtr )in next stitch, * 2 tr, 7 dc, 2 tr, (1 dtr, ch 3, 1 dtr) in next stitch * Join with a sl st in top of ch-3.
6 row: 1 dc in same as sl st, 10 dc, skip 1 stitch, 5 dc in ch-3, *skip 1 stitch, 11 dc, skip 1 stitch,5 dc in ch-3 * Join with a sl st in first dc. Cut yarn.
7 row: New colour (same as you started with) – Start in second stitch of one of the corners, 1 dc, 3 dc in next stitch, *15 dc, 3 dc in next stitch * end the row with 14 dc, Join with a sl st in first dc.
8 row: 1 dc in same as sl st, 1 dc, 3dc in next stitch, *17 dc, 3 dc in next stitch* end the row with 15 dc, Join with a sl st in first dc. Cut yarn.
Fasten all ends.
Pattern and images © Silja-Devine
Block 8 US Terms
Block 8 Charted Version
Sharon of Knits N’ Everything Fibre has created the chart below if you’d rather hook it this way.
After the Kick off Notes
Notes : It appears that 3 ch was missed in the original pattern – row 2 should read like this :
2 row: ch3, 1 tr in same stitch as ch 3, ch 3 * 2 tr, ch 3* 7 times more (8 tr groups), Join with a sl st in top of ch-3.
The pattern does not show the usual * repeats. If you are having trouble with working it out, please just ask 🙂
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 week after next 🙂
If you are happy to go with my layout and joining plan, then read on. Of course you may wish to wait til the end and make up your own layout. That’s totally cool – go for it. You don’t have to read anymore
Now there are many different ways you can join your squares. As we will be making squares by many different designers, our blocks are not going to have the same stitch count along each side. (Well mine wont – you may be a crochet whiz and have it all figured out – go you!) So we need a method that allows for some differences.
Here are a few ways you might like to try
- dc (sc) through both loops with the wrong sides together which leaves a ridge on the right side of your throw
- dc (sc) through both loops with the right sides together which leaves a ridge on the wrong side of your throw and leaves a nice flat wide border around each square (this is how I am joining mine – example above)
- sl st through back loops only as shown here on one of my fave crochet blogs attic24
- granny treble them together as shown here by another fave blog of mine Carina’s Craft Blog
- whip stitch them together through both loops, or just back loops
- chain and sl st them together as shown on this page of various joining methods
This week’s joins
Once you’ve chosen your method, we need to join the squares we’ve made so far.
- Join Block 1 to Block 4 and then join Block 8 to Block 4 in a row
- Join Block 2 to Block 3 and then join Block 7 to Block 3 in a row
- Join Block 5 to Block 6
You should have 3 rows – one with 3 x 15 cm (6?) blocks, another with 3 x 30cm (12?) blocks, and the last with 2 x 20cm (8?) blocks. From now on we’ll be adding each week’s blocks to one of these rows.
Hope it feels like we are actually making something real now.
Have a very Merry Christmas if you celebrate it. Happy New Year too! Stay safe and I’ll see you in the new year with our next block.