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Freeform Crochet Fun & Frivolity Crochet-a-long: Week 3

May 11, 2010

Week 3 Instruction – May 10th

Here in Pontypridd (pronounced pont-ee-preathe – like breathe) today the sun is shining and there’s a pleasant breeze… so I thought we’d do something light and airy…

Amount of stitches

Small
Believe it or not, May is “Date Your Mate Month”! What’s the name of a mate you have dated, would have dated, OR would still date?

Add up all of the letters of his name… this is your amount of stitches. 15 stitches

Number of rows

The score you’d give him out of 10 for his sense of humour. 3 rows

Hook size

Take the amount of years you’ve known him and make this the mm for your hook (if its a silly number like 27 then turn it into a 2.75 and so on) “G”

Colour

For those of you working in colour, choose a red… for love, naughty, danger…
For those of you working in shades, pick one that you think suits this weeks theme. Light green.

Stitch

There are three choices of stitch for this week and I’ve linked the first one to a good video tutorial which gives you the basic filet stitch, the others are just variations. Pick one of these (if you find yourself suffering withdrawal pangs throughout the week then you’re welcome to do the others)

Filet Crochet – Also known as Open Squares or Open Mesh.
Count each DC you do in this pattern as 1 stitch from the number you have generated from your mate’s name.

Week 2 Instruction – May 6th

Today I thought we’d work with shapes…

Amount of stitches

Small
write out your date of birth i.e. 30.06.1965 and add up the numbers 3+0+0+6+1+9+6+5 = 30     35
That’s your number of stitches that you start with. If the number is too huge then divide it by 5 (for the month of May)
Large
Follow the instructions for small and then times it by 5 (for the month of May).

Number of rows

Now think about your favourite vegetable, how many letters has it got in it’s name? This is your number of rows. Asparagus: 9 rows

Needle size

US 6

Colour

One that is very fitting for YOU! tell us why it’s just a you colour in the chat thread.  asparagus green with a darker green stripe

Stitch

There are three choices of stitch for this week, yell out in the chat thread if you have any problems with them. Pick one of these (if you find yourself suffering withdrawal pangs throughout the week then you’re welcome to do the others)

*Mitred squares**
If your number of stitches is an even number then add one to make it odd. This is your Stitch Number or SN.

Take your SN and subtract three then halve the remaining number. i.e. 30+1 to make it odd =31(my SN)…..31-3=28…..28 halved is 14. Therefore 14 would be my halve number or HN.

Cast on your number of stitches for your SN
Row 1: Knit your HN, Sl1, K2tog., psso, Knit your HN
Row 2: Knit the whole row
Row 3: Knit your HN minus 1 (i.e. HN=14 then this row do 13), Sl1, K2tog., psso, Knit your HN minus one
Row 4: Knit the whole row
Continue subtracting 1 from your HN on each side and then doing a knit row until you only have 3 stitches left on your needle
Last row: Sl1, K2tog., psso
Bind off 🙂

I have a feeling the filet piece will move and I’ll have to figure out a way to fill in the holes. Maybe more “ribbon”.

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