Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sampler Crochet-A-Long Square #6

I'm so glad the sun is shining today!  We received some very sad news yesterday.  I'm reminded to count my blessings every single day.  The sun shining is definitely one of those blessings.  Life is fragile - be kind to those you come in contact with.  Pass less judgement and love and enjoy life more!

If you're just joining in, WELCOME!  Click on the following links to get caught up: Introduction, Square #1, Square #2, Square #3, Square #4, Square #5.

Block #6 is our colorwork square for March.  While the stitches used in the block are very basic, it is the placement that creates the fun alternating blocks of color. This stitch pattern creates a fairly thick fabric, excellent for any project where you want something that holds it's shape well.  I used it in this convertible hat/cowl.
You might be seeing this guy a lot here, he's a handy model :-)
One thing to note on this one - it uses 3 colors so you change colors at the end/beginning of each row.  Just drop the previous color and leave it there, you will pick it up again when you get back to that side. Once you've started all the colors, you simply pick up the color that is there waiting for you.  Working with 3 colors changing on each row is easy.


Block #3
Foundation chain/Row 1:  With A, chain 32.  Dc in 4th chain from hook.  Dc in next ch.  *Ch 3, skip next 3 ch.  Dc in next 3 ch.  Repeat from * across until 3 ch remain.  Ch 3, skip next 2 ch, sl st to last ch. Drop A, pick up B.  Turn.
Row 2:  Ch 3.  Working over ch-3 sp, dc in each of next 2 unworked ch stitches from the foundation ch.  Ch 3.  *Skip next 3 dc.  Working over next ch-3 sp, dc in each of next 3 skipped ch in foundation ch.  Ch 3.  Repeat from * across to last 3 stitches.  Skip next 2 dc.  Sl st to top of turning chain.  Drop B, pick up C.  Turn.
Row 3:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc).  Skip first stitch.  Working over ch-3 sp, dc in next 2 skipped dc 2 rows below.  *Ch 3.  Skip 3 stitches, working over next ch-3 sp, 1 dc in each of next 3 skipped dc 2 rows below.  Repeat from * across until 3 dc from previous row remain.  Ch 3.  Sl st to top of turning ch. Drop C, pick up A.  Turn.
Row 4:  Work as for row 3.  Drop A, pick up B.
Rows 5-24:  Repeat row 3 for pattern, alternating colors A, B, and C throughout.
Row 25:  Working with A, ch 3.  Skip first stitch.  *Working over ch-3 sp, dc in next 2 skipped dc 2 rows below.  Sc in next 3 dc from row 24.  Repeat from * for remainder of row.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

close-up of stitch pattern
So what small blessings do you have to enjoy today?