Wednesday, 20 September 2017

BLOCK STITCH, INTERLOCKING BLOCK STITCH, ROWS SQUARE AND CIRCLE...All in one post

Block stitch is one of my favourite simple stitches easy to do with some fabulous effects just using colour. It can be dome in the round in a square, straight rows...in lots of colours or just a few. It can also be done as an interlocking stitch and stripes and squares can be created 


BLOCK STITCH AND INTERLOCKING BLOCK STITCH

This pattern is still as popular as the day i did the original way back in 2012, on this post i've pulled all the variations together in one post and its still a favourite stitch and some of the projects I have used the stitch...



BLOCK STITCH SQUARE:

worked like a granny square in the round with the sc/ch2 loops between each round 
Using a Rainbow yarn for the chain loops adds just the spot of lots of colours

Finger wrap of 5 wraps, 
ROW 1: ch2 counts as first dc, 2dc, into circle, ch3, 3dc, into circle repeat, 4 sides, sl st to complete [3dc each side]
ROW 2: Att rainbow yarn with a sc in corner sp, ch3, sc, in same corner, ch3 repeat in all 4 corners, sl st to complete [8 xch3 loops]

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you square is as big as you require.
 A great stitch for making a granny square big enough for a cushion too..

NOTE: Can be joined on either the ch loop rows or the granny shell rows

Block Stitch Baby Blanket 
 Interlocking Block stitch
for a Noro Cowl
for the block stitch section not the edging stitch 

Block Stitch in a Rainbow of Merino Colours for a throw from 2012
Block Stitch in the round circle stool covers



Block Stitch Square and Circular cushions for Stylecraft



WRAP CUSHION made form a large Block stitch square.
as a wrap cushion, just make a large square in block stitch and wrap around a cushion to join in the centre nachos  fabulous cushion

Interlocking Block Stitch Purse
interlocking Block stitch bag


in a limited colour palette 

Block Stitch wrap

Block Stitch throw in Merino 

when done as an interlocking stitch it can create checks and stripes




BLOCK STITCH BLANKET
  in colourful rows or you can do colour on just the sc rows and use a plain cream, grey or black as the body of the blanket giving just a hint of colour.



BASIC BLOCK STITCH BLANKET PATTERN
It can have lots of ends!..... so i use my favourite circle/ flower/square to start and finish each row, so no awkward ends to deal with with in the blanket itself.

CIRCLE DANGLE: avoiding ends
finger wrap of 10 wraps 


14sc, into the circle, sl st into first st, (14sts)
2sc, into each st (28sts)
ch10, 


Then start the pattern proper of.....
I have done a dangle on each end of the random dyed yarn and not on the black, but you can do a dangle on each end of each colour

Block stitch and Interlocking block stitch

UPDATED: US AND UK terms
it's an easy and quick stitch to do,
simply alternate rows of 3dc [3tr], into the chain stitch loops making the blocks and 
chain stitch loops to take the next row of 'dc [tr], blocks'
I like the effect and the speed of this stitch

UPDATED AND MORE DETAIL BLOCK STITCH HOW TOO 
for this block stitch pattern

 ch the length you require 
multiples of 3sts plus 2sts for a scarf or multiples of 3 and work the stitch in the round

For a scarf approximately 10 blocks wide 32ch sts

For a blanket you would need 200/300 hundred sts plus 2sts depending on the size you require

ROW 1: ch2 counts as first dc [tr], 1dc [1tr], in first st, 1dc [1tr], all ch sts.


NOTE 1: this row should have 4dc to start and finish and multiples of 3 dc as a stitch count
NOTE 2: Do a colour change before completing the last st. 



ROW 2:new colour attached, ch1, turn, sc [dc], in first st, ch2, count 3dc sts,  sc [dc], in next space between not st, ch2, count 3dc [3tr], sc [dc], in next space, repeat to end, finish with sc [dc]
in the top of the last dc [tr].


NOTE 3: By making 2ch loops and not using 3ch sts, the blocks will be nicely compact and less open,  but if you want a more open and lacy effect then use ch3 loops


ROW 3: att, next colour, ch2 counts as first dc [tr], 3dc [3tr], into first ch loop, 3dc [3tr], in every ch loop to end, finish with 4dc [4tr], in last loop.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 for as many times as you require.

NOTE: EACH BLOCK ROW MUST START AND FINISH WITH 4 DC [4TR] for this pattern


TIP: 
COLOUR CHANGES ON A STRAIGHT PIECE
If you are changing colour every row then cut off and weave in ends on each row, but if you are working with just 2 colours one for the sc/ch sts and one for the blocks then do a colour change before completing the last st on each row when possible....it will help with the number of ends

INTERLOCKING BLOCK STITCH.....
I first saw this stitch as a clutch bag design in the 
Lets Get Crafting magazine.

I've since seen it in a Victorian print too...

instead of doing separate rows as in ordinary block stitch you just do the dc [tr], over the chain stitches of the row below and into the top of the dc [tr], of the previous row.
Encasing them in the dc [tr], it looks a little wavy when you first start out, but evens out as it grows and the checks aren't quite side by side but over all look like checks.

INTERLOCKING BLOCK ST PATTERN
US TERMS UK TERMS IN RED 
DK 4mm hook
Aran 5mm hook

Ch multiples of 6ch plus 3ch extra or work in the round and do multiples of 6ch sts. only
Change colour every row for this checked pattern after the base chain and first row,
worked on one side, not back and forth...so there will be a right and a wrong side
BASIC PATTERN
base chain in first colour 
ROW 1: cont. in same col. sc [dc], in every st, cut and weave in end

ROW 2: Att, new col. ch2 counts as first dc [tr], 1dc [tr], in next 2 sts, ch3 miss 3 sts, 1dc [1tr], in next 3sts, repeat to end, cut and weave in end.
ROW 3: att. new col. ch3, miss the first 3sts (top of the dc [tr]), 1dc [1tr], in next 3sts, of the base ch, (the 3 sts that are free), ch3 miss next 3 sts, 1dc [1tr], into the next 3 base ch sts...repeat to end of row.

ROW 4: Repeat row 3.


continue to repeat row 3 in a different colour to give a checked look, but if you work with two colours and change alternately you will get vertical stripes as picture below


two of my favourite stitches and a great way to use up all those small balls of left over yarns


My Block Stitch cushions and blanket Stylecraft pattern no. 8851 
Block Stitch in the round
Large square as lap blanket or wrap around a cushion 








Monday, 18 September 2017

SECRET GARDEN BLANKET PATTERN.... in one post

Pattern all pulled together in one post for the Secret Garden Blanket pattern......



CENTRE MOTIF PATTERN: 
Change colour each round using chart. It always helps to see what it should look like before you start I think.





NOTES: Make a finger wrap of 10 wraps, simply wrap the yarn around your finger 10 times and slide off holding firmly this is an old Irish technique to add padding to Irish crochet....and one of my favourite centre starts

US Terms [UK Terms in red brackets]


ROUND 1: 16sc [16dc], into the circle, then repeat a second row of 16sc [16dc], over the top of the first, sl st, to complete, cut and weave in ends. [32sc (32dc)



NOTES: If you are struggling to make this centre neat and cover the first row of stitches it might help to do 14sc [14dc], on the first round and then cover them with 16sc [16dc], and don't pull the stitches too tight, a bit like doing a spike or long stitch, a little practise should give you a satisfying result 





ROUND 2: ch2, counts as first dc [tr], 2dc [2tr], into each st, sl st to complete, cut and weave in ends [32dc (32tr)]



NOTES: This round is pretty straightforward, a mention here about THE DREADED ENDS...Please learn to weave them in using your hook or sew them in as you go, it really will make you feel so much better when you complete the blanket and there are NO ENDS TO SEW OFF!



ROUND 3: 
NOTES: 5tr [5dtr], Popcorn st.  This is my method of doing a Popcorn stitch, I have seen it written up as a LAZY METHOD...the cheek! I never could see the point in removing your hook from the stitches and reinserting them to do this stitch in the traditional method, when turning the work was easier.



Att yarn in any sp between a pair of dc [tr], of round 2. Ch3 [counts as first tr (dtr)], 5tr [5dtr], into first sp, 

turn motif over and sl st into the back of the first tr [dtr], ch3, 


return to front of motif, 5tr [5dtr], into next sp, turn to back and sl st into the ch3, turn back to front and repeat in each sp, to end, sl st into first st, cut and weave in ends.




A Round 3 Popcorn Flower finished...great for decorative pins or broaches 

ROUND 4: Att. yarn in any ch3 sp, sc [dc], ch3, sc [dc], into same sp, 3dc [3tr], ch3, 3dc [3tr], into next sp, sc [dc], ch3, sc [dc], into next sp, repeat alternate sts into point, loop, combination to end, sl st to complete, cut and weave in ends. [8small loops, 8 points]

NOTE: Attaching the yarn will create the fist dc, always a hard one this when writing patterns, the chain stitches that are needed to start a round. Do you assume people will understand this or write it into the pattern on every round? 



I always use the attachment as a sc [dc], ch2 at a dc [tr], and ch3 as a tr [dtr], and so on....




NOTE: At round 5 you could join together to make another option for another blanket!
And use a solid square infill...lots of options 


ROUND 5: Att. yarn in ch3 point, sc [dc], ch3, sc [dc], in same point, 3tr [3dtr], ch3, 3tr [3dtr], in next ch3 loop, repeat to end, sl st to complete, cut and weave in ends. [8small loops, 8 points]







PASTELS TO ROUND 5


ROUND 6: Att. yarn in any POINT, ch5, sc [dc], in next LOOP, ch5, sc [dc], in next POINT, repeat to end, sl st into first ch5 loop, continue in same col. [16 loops]


CLOSE UP OF ROUND 6


NOTE: At this point it might be a little tight, it will flatten as you add the next couple of rounds, so don't worry, always a tricky one when designing a motif, chain stitches can be a little tighter than needed, but adding the cover stitches always seems to stretch them out and make the round grow. 

ROUND 7: ch2, [counts as first dc (tr)], 5dc [5tr], in first ch5 loop, 5dc [5tr], in next ch5 loop, ch3, 5dc [5tr] in next ch5 sp, 5dc [5tr], in next ch sp, ch3, repeat to end ch2, sl st to complete, cut and weave in ends. [10dc [10tr], each side]
NOTE:basically here you are tuning the decorative centre into a traditional Octagon. 


CLOSE UP OF ROUND 7


ROUND 8: Att. yarn in a ch2 sp, ch2 counts as first dc [tr], dc [tr], ch2, dc [tr], in first ch3 sp, 1dc [1tr], in next 10sts, dc [tr], ch2, dc [tr], in next ch2 sp, repeat to end, sl st to complete,  cut and weave in ends. [12dc [12tr], each side]




CLOSE UP OF ROUND 8

ROUND 9: Att. yarn in a ch2 sp, ch2 counts as first dc [tr], dc [tr], ch2 dc [tr], in first ch2 sp, 1dc [1tr], in next 12sts, dc [tr], ch2, dc [tr], in next ch2 sp, repeat to end sl st to complete, cut and weave in ends. (14dc [14tr] each side]




CLOSE UP OF ROUND 9

ROUND 10: Att. yarn in any ch2 sp, ch2 counts as first dc [tr], dc [tr], ch2, dc [tr], in first, ch2 sp, 1dc [1tr], in next 14sts, dc [tr], ch2, dc [tr], in next ch2 sp, repeat to end, sl st to complete, cut and weave in ends. [16dc [16tr] each side]






Please feel free to create you own colour ways, i've seen some beautiful and stunning colour combinations for this Secret Garden pattern..have fun 

SHADES OF BLUE SECRET GARDEN

JOIN AS YOU GO
Use a sl st at the end of each st to join to the motif before

INFILLS




Make 12 part 1 patterns to round 10.
JOIN AS YOU GO ON ROUND 10 side by side in 4 rows of 3 motifs




BORDER PATTERN
NOTE: Add the border before you add the edging infills

Round 1: sc [dc], in every st, sc [dc], ch2, sc [dc], in each corner sp, and ch 24 between octagons, sl st to complete round.

Round 2: dc, [tr], in every st, dc [tr], ch2, dc [tr], in every corner, sl st to complete round. 

Round 3: Moss stitch rounds from round 3. Start in any corner, sc [dc], ch2, sc [dc], in corner sp, ch1, miss a st, sc [dc] in next st, ch1, miss a st, repeat to next corner, sc [dc], ch2, sc [dc] in every corner sp....repeat to end sl st to complete.



Round 4: start in a corner sc [dc], ch2 sc [dc], ch1, sc [dc], in next ch1 sp, repeat corners and moss st to end, sl st to complete round.

Round 5+: Repeat round 4, add as many rows of moss stitch as you like.

NOTE: Moss stitch can pull up slightly tighter so if your tension is tight then use a bigger hook.

This is a very versatile stitch and by just changing the colour you can create some interesting patterns


TRIANGLULAR 'HOLES' AT THE EDGES
THE SECOND FILL IN WILL BE RELEASED IN NOVEMBER AFTER THE SECOND WORKSHOP
and will be free for all to use on the Secret blanket x


THE ORIGINAL AMELIA FLOWER PATTERN has been adapted 
  These Amelia Flower or Amelia Box motif can be joined together to create another design...maybe a scarf or wrap...
as was the original design


Add the fill in to the 6 'holes' left by joining the 12 centres.


THE IN FILL PATTERNS X 2


UK Terms in red
YARN: Special DK/Batik dk 
4mm hook
CHANGE COLOUR FOR EACH ROUND
light colour first, darker shade second, finish with a green shade to join to the 'hole' 




INTERNAL IN FILL MOTIF PATTERN
First colour, 1finger wrap of 4 or 5 wraps or ch4, sl st, into a circle.
Round 1: Basically a first round granny square but with 4dc [4tr], on each side cont. in first colour, ch2 counts as first dc [tr], 3dc [3tr], ch 3 4dc [4tr], repeat 2 more times, sl st, to complete round. (16dc [16tr]



Round 2: Att. new colour, in the first sp between any first 2, dc [tr], with a sc [dc], sc [dc], in the next 2 sp, sc [dc], into the ch3 sp, ch5, 2tr, [2dtr], into same sp, ch5 sc [dc], into same sp, repeat for all 4 sides.


Round 3: attach new colour in the 3rd sc  [dc], of the 5sc [5dc],


ch3, 5dc [5tr] into the first ch5 loop, ch3
sc [dc] between the 2tr [2dtr] ch3, 5dc [5tr] into the second ch5 loop, ch3,
 sc [dc] into the 3rd sc, [dc] of the row below, repeat 3 more times, sl st, to complete round.

ROUND 3 WILL BE THE JOIN AS YOU GO ROUND
Joining the motif to the holes created when you join the centre PART 1 of the carousel 
together 

Join to the 'hole' in the 3st, down from the corner 
Use a sl st into the 3rd st down, after the 5dc [5tr], before you do the ch3 at the top of the petal, and again after the ch3 and before the 5dc [5tr] of the second side of the petal in the 3rd ch st, down from the corner for each petal.




SECOND EDGE INFILL TRIANGLE PATTERN



A Simple chai st infil for the outer triangles.....I tried lots of variations, but wasn't happy with any of them until this one, hope you love it as much as me.

THIS IS NOT A CHART

 Just a diagram to help work the stitch count out. There are more sts at the bottom to the top so some become spaces and some are worked one after the other
The 'X' are the missed stitches and the numbers are the chain stitches up and then down again.

PATTERN
25sts across the bottom of the triangle...mark the centre st. helps here.
16 sts each side at the top

Att. yarn to the 3rd st from the corner, ch3, sl st, into the second st from the corner at the top, ch3 return, sc [dc], into the same st, 

sc [dc], into the next st, a space, sc [dc], in the next st, 

ch4 miss a st at the top sl st into the next st, ch4 return, sl st into the same st, 

sc [dc]into the next st, sc [dc], into the next st, 

ch5, miss a st, at the top sl st into the next st, ch5 return sl st into the same st, 

sc [dc] into he next st, sc [dc] into the next st, ch6, miss a st, at the top, sl st into the next st, ch6 return sl st, into the same st

from now on work into every st at the bottom and keep missing a st between ch loops at the top, until you get to ch6 return, 

then its a gap st between loops at the top and the bottom again.

Follow the diagram the 'x' are the missed stitches the ch10 sl st, must go between the join of the original Octagons.

 COLOUR: I used one of the colours of the Octagons but you could use a different colour if you wished