Tuesday, October 17, 2017

My "Arlene" Crochet Block

This design is one that I came up with as I was crocheting the Vibrant Vintage CAL designed by Rachele Carmona. The pattern is available on Ravelry and there is a group devoted to the project.  As Rachele Carmona named each of her designed squares after friends, I did the same with this one.

By: Anne Goodwin

SC – Single Crochet
HDC – Half Double Crochet
DC – Double Crochet

Special Stitches: 

Beg DC: = (SC + SC through back of second loop of just-made SC)

Beg TC: = (SC + SC through back of second loop of just-made SC + another SC through back of second loop of second SC

Beg 2 DC Cluster - Beg DC and DC in same stitch.

Beg 2TC Cluster – Beg TC and TC in same stitch.

Note: Beg DC and Beg TC does not count as stitch. When joining, join with slip stitch in TC, skipping over Beg TC.

2TC Cluster – (YO twice, insert hook in magic circle, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO, pull through 2 loops; then repeat all of that and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

2DC Cluster – (YO, insert hook in stitch, YO, pull up loop, YO, drawn yarn through 2 loops on hook) twice, YO and draw yarn through all 3 loops on hook.

Popcorn – 4 DC in indicated spot, release loop from hook in first DC, pull loop to front, closing popcorn.

Foundation: Ch-5 and join in first Ch to make ring OR, use magic loop.

Round 1: All in ring, Beg 2TC Cluster, ch 2; **( 2 2TC Clusters, ch 2) 3 times, 1 2TC Cluster, join at top of first 2TC Cluster with slip stitch. _8_2TC Clusters, 4 ch-2 space total_ [8 stitches + 4 spaces]

Round 2: Slip stitch into first stitch and into chain 2 space, chain 6, DC into next stitch, ch 1, DC, ch 1; **slip stitch into next ch 2 space, chain 6, DC, ch 1, DC, ch 1** 3 times, join by slip stitching into the first 3 loops of the chain 6 loop. _4_ch-6 spaces, 8 DC, 8 ch-1 spaces_ [8] [2 stitches + 3 spaces per side]

Round 3: Beg 2DC Cluster, chain 2, 3 2DC Clusters all into Chain 6 space (start of first corner); **SC into 1st DC stitch, chain 2, 4 DC in chain 1 space, chain 2, SC in DC stitch, slip stitch into the next chain 1 space, make corner (3 2DC Cluster, chain 2, 3 2DC Cluster)** 3 times, 2 2DC Clusters to complete first corner, join with a slip stitch to top of Beg 2DC Cluster. _24 2DC Clusters, 16 DC, 8 SC, 8 ch-2 spaces, 4 ch-1 space_ [48] [12 stitches + 3 spaces per side]

Round 4: Slip stitch into the next DC stitch (first stitch before corner space). Then, into the chain 2 (corner) space, Beg DC, chain 2, 3 DC into chain 1 space (start of first corner); **3 HDC in next 3 stitches, SC into SC stitch, slip stitch into chain 2 space, chain 6, skip the next 4 DC, SC into the chain 2 space, SC into the next SC stitch, 3 HDC in next 3 stitches, make corner (3 DC, chain 2, 3 DC)** three times, 2 DC to complete first corner, join with a slip stitch to top of Beg DC. _24 DC, 28 HDC, 12 SC, 4 ch-6 spaces_ [64] [16 stitches + 1 space per side]

Round 5: Popcorn, chain 1, Popcorn (corner made); **3 SC in next 3 sts, 3 DC in next 3 sts, slip stitch into next stitch, 6 SC in chain 6 loop, slip stitch into next stitch, 3 DC in following 3 sts, HDC in next st, 3 SC in next 3 sts, make corner (Popcorn, chain 1, Popcorn)** three times, join with a slip stitch to first chain (corner). _24 DC, 4 HDC, 24 SC, 8 Popcorn, 4 ch-1 spaces _ [80] [20 stitches + 1 space per side]

Round 6: 3 SC in chain 1 space (but NOT in tops of popcorns); then, ignoring any slip stitch spaces (after stitches #9 and #15 on each side), SC in all stitches around, placing 3 SC in corners. After final SC, join with a slip stitch in the first SC. Cut yarn and finish off ends. _88 SC total _ [88] [22 stitches per side)]

Note: Avoid picking up the first DC stitch that is INSIDE (and to the left) of the corner loops when doing Round 5.

Suggestion: When using this square for making a blanket, it is recommended that it gets trimmed with a double crochet round, probably in a different color, and putting either 5 DC in each corner, or, 2 DC, chain 1, 2 DC in each corner.

Final Note: This square has not been test-crocheted except by the designer. The designer welcomes anyone who wishes to test-crochet it and to provide feedback. To do this, email at: ea_goodwin@hotmail.com. The square shown in the photo was crocheted with Knit Picks Mighty Stitch yarn (worsted weight) and using a 5.5 mm crochet hook. However, the square can be crocheted with any yarn and appropriate crochet hook to yarn being used.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Personal Pattern / Other Pattern

It has been a long time since I have posted.  It is not that I have been absent from knitting. In fact, it is the opposite.  I have been SO busy knitting (and crocheting) that I really have not had time to blog, other than my page reports on Ravelry.

However, I have two pieces of news today.  The first is that my pattern "Raifwear Chapter Eight Cowl" placed second in the Ottawa Knitting Guild's Knitting Challenge for 2017.  This pattern is NOT and will not ever be available to the public.  It is solely for myself.  However, what I can share with you is a photo of the project.

So, there it is, a photo of me wearing the cowl I designed.  For those who do not know, Raif Badawi is a prisoner of conscience in Saudi Arabia.  He wrote blogs and was imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for doing that.  I am one of his supporters. #FreeRaif

My second piece of news is that I have available to those who are on Ravelry a written copy of Ursula Graf's Double Density Oven Mittens.  Ursula Graf produced a YouTube video illustrating how to make her oven mittens; however, apparently a written pattern has not been available.  I decided to rectify that and so, ONLY to those of you who are on Ravelry, you can obtain a copy of the pattern if you send me your email address. If you need me to give you my Ravelry name, then leave a note below and I will try to contact you somehow ... again, ONLY if you are on Ravelry.

Below is a photo of one set of Double Density Oven Mittens from the YouTube video of Ursula Graf's that I made.

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