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Freeform Crochet Fun & Frivolity Crochet-a-long: Week 4

May 19, 2010

Knitting Week 3 Instruction – May 13th

Yesterday was Limerick Day so I thought we’d celebrate it and because limericks are often…erm, shall we say… colourful (!) I decided it would be a good time to work with simple colour changes…

Interesting info…

Limerick Day celebrates the birthday of writer Edward Lear (1812-1888). It also celebrates Limerick poems. Limericks were popularized by Lear in 1846 in his Book of Nonsense”.

Amount of stitches

Small
Write a limerick about yourself:

All week I’ve had a terrible cold
and quite frankly it’s gotten quite old

I’m coughing & wheezing
and constantly sneezing

and taking every cold product sold.

Count the letters in the first line and this will be your number of stitches  26 stitches

Number of rows

This is your personal choice this week. I did random numbers of rows in 5 colors (for the 5 lines in a limerick.)

Needle size

This will be the number of letters in the last word of the last line of your limerick. I used an 8 needle, which is double the 4 letters in the last word.

Stitch

Work in any stitch you like, or want to try.

There are three choices of colour-change work this week, yell out in the chat thread if you have any problems with them. Pick one, any, or all, of these

Stripes
Change colour at the beginning of the row. I did alternate stripes of stockinette & reverse stockinette in 5 colors.

Week 4 Instruction – May 17th

Being the mine of useless information that I am, I thought I’d let you know that today is Pack Rat Day. So we are going to rejoice in our ‘collections’ for once, instead of feeling slightly shady and very guilt-ridden about them :)))

Amount of stitches – no stitches this week, we’re doing motifs

Small amount of motifs

Count the amount of rooms that your yarn-related collections have spread into and times it by the amount of yarn-related activities you do (e.g. crochet would be one, knitting another, making pompoms another, and so on) … this is your amount of motifs.

4 rooms x 3 techniques (knit, crochet, embroidery)= 12 paisleys

Number of rows

No rows this week.

Hook size

Amount of years you’ve been accumulating your stash (if this runs into double figures then just use the last digit)  “G”

Colour

Used all the colors I’ve used so far & will attach with brown from ribbon section.

Stitch

There are three choices of motif for this week you only need to pick one of these, although you’re welcome to do the others too 🙂

Feeling adventurous? How about a paisley? (instructions by Bonnie Prokopowicz)

Inner Part:
Do a magic circle, 12 dc in magic circle. ch8, sc in 2nd ch from hook, 2sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, 2hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, 2dc in next ch join with sl st to circle 2 dc away from where ch 8 began. tie off with longish tail and use tail to sew edge of last-completed dc to the 2dcs on the circle next to that edge.

Outer Part:
Join another colour and sc around, using 1 or 2 sc in each st as needed to keep the piece flat.

However, when you get to the last dc on the circle before the pointy offshoot begins, sc 2 together (so you are bringing that last dc on the circle and the piece of the first ch of the ch 7 together into one st, like a decrease).

Variations on Outer Part:

  • Use hdc or dc adjusting number of sts to keep piece flat (you’ll still need to dec at that offshoot point).
  • Alternate tc and sc for a bumpy outer part

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