Last week, I went out Christmas shopping with my boyfriend, Chad, and his brother, Lucas. After lots of wandering around and brainstorming, we decided that something handmade would be the best gift for their mom.
I would recommend using a crochet hook with a more shallow mouth – I used Susan Bates brand – otherwise, you will experience splitting issues.
I also experienced lots of pilling within the skein.
I worked up the 4.5″ square in 9.5 minutes, and with the additional row in roughly 13.5 minutes plus weaving time.
01.31.15 UPDATE: I changed the way Rounds 4 and 5 were written. When I originally worked up this pattern, I had only had the individual squares done. Once I added the border, I discovered this change was necessary.
R1 (Shown Above): Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 5, 2 DC into the ring, chain 3, (3 DC into the ring, chain 3) three times. Join. (12 DC)
Here I changed colors to Bitter Sweet.
|To attach, Pull yarn through using your yarn hook and work the first half of a knot.|
|Insert your hook, and pull up a loop.
Work your first chain 1 to secure the color change.
|Continue on with the pattern.
In this case, you will begin with a
*01.31.15 UPDATE: Chain 2,
not the 5 as seen in the above photo.
R5: [Slip stitch over one, into the chain space – if no color change]. Chain 2, DC into the same chain space, chain 3, 2 DC into the same chain space, DC into each of the next 15 DC’s, (2 DC into the next chain space, chain 3, 2 DC into the same chain space, DC into each of the next 15 DC’s) three times. Invisible Join to 1st DC. (76 DC)
|After fastening off your yarn,
Pull up on your last loop so the yarn comes out completely.
|Thread your yarn needle.
Here I am using a #18 Tapesty Needle by DMC.
01.31.15 UPDATE: Insert your needle under both loops of the first DC, not into the beginning chain as shown in the above photo.
|When you pull your needle and yarn through,
this is what the first half will look like –
just like the first half of any of the other stitches.
|Take your needle and insert into the center of the previous stitch.
You will notice that the beginning of the join is also coming out of this stitch.
|When I insert my needle the second time,
I also like to slide it underneath stitches on the backside –
it’s a nice smooth transition into the weaving process.
Now, Weave in Your Ends.
|Turn your work over so that wrong side/back side is facing you.
Thread your needle with your tail piece.
|Slide your needle underneath some stitches.
Pull your needle out and the yarn through.
Going backwards, slide your needle underneath some more stitches.
Pull your needle out and the yarn through, and repeat one more time.
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