Friday, 22 March 2013

I have been getting creative this month and trying to make my own patterns, now I am no pattern writer and I have used the skills of a few lovely ladies on Hook up with the Crafty Bums to test my pattern. Thank you so much ladies!

I have been asked by a lovely lady to make her a blanket and shawl for her impending grandchild, her only request was that its white. After trawling the internet I decided I would try and merge 2 patterns together. The 8 pointed star blanket and the basket weave stitch. 

Now I would advise to practise the basket weave effect first. This pattern from Craft Passion is perfect.

Here is my practise and it will eventually be yet another blanket for me 


Now once you have the idea of this you are ready to have a go at my pattern for the 

8 Pointed Star in Basket Weave Effect

Stitch Abbreviations:
ch: chain
st: stitch
sl st: slip stitch
tr: treble crochet
htr: half treble crochet
small shell: (tr, ch 2, tr) in same space
large shell: (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in same space
fptc: front post treble crochet
bptc: back post treble crochet

HOOK: 4mm   YARN: DK

Round 1: Magic circle htr 8, sl st join
Round 2: Ch 2, tr in same st, 2 tr in each dc around (16 tr). Join.
Round 3: Ch 2, *skip next tr, work (tr, ch 2, tr) in next tr. Repeat from * around, ending with tr in base of beginning stitch, ch 2, join with sl st in top of ch2 from beginning

Round 4: Sl st into ch 2 space, work (ch 2, tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in ch 2 space, * work large shell in next ch 2 space, repeat from * around. Join.

Round 5: Sl st into next st, ch 2, * work large shell in ch 2 space, fptr around next st, skip next 2 tr, fptr around next st. Repeat from * around. Join.

Round 6: Sl st into next st, Do not ch2 here it looks odd later on when there are rows of ch in rounds not going around a pole. Do the bptr as usual it will look wrong at first but when you get to the end of the round and sl st you don’t see it. bptr around next st, * work large shell in ch 2 space, bptr around each of next 2 tr, skip the next 2 sts, bptr around each of next 2 tr. Repeat from * around, ending with skip 2 sts.

Round 7: sl st into next st, fptr around next 2 sts, * work small shell in next ch 2
Space, bptr around next 3 tr, skip 2 sts, fptr around next 3 tr.* Repeat from * around, ending with skip 2 sts.

Round 8: sl st into next st, bptr around next 2 sts, * work large shell in ch 2 space, fptr around next 3 sts, skip next 2 sts, bptr around the next 3 sts. Repeat from * around, ending with skip 2 sts

Round 9: Sl st into next st, fptr around next sts, bptr around next 2 sts * work large shell in ch 2 space, fptr around next 2sts, bptr around next 2 sts, skip next 2 sts, fptr around next 2 sts, bptr around next 2 sts.* Repeat from * around, ending with skip 2 sts. Join.

Round 10: Sl st into next st, fptr around next 2 sts, bptr around next 2 sts * work small shell in ch 2 space, fptr around next 2 sts, bptr around next 2 sts, fptr around next st, skip next 2 sts, bptr around next sts, fptr around next 2 sts, bptr around next 2 sts*. Repeat from * around, ending with skip 2 sts. Join.


Round 11: Sl st into next st, bptr around next st, fptr around next 2 sts, bptr around next st * work large shell in ch 2 space, fptr around next st, bptr around next 2 sts, fptr around next 2 sts, skip next 2 sts, bptr around next 2 sts, fptr around next 2 sts, bptr around next st*. Repeat from * around, ending with skip 2 sts. Join.

Round 12: Sl st into next st, bptr around next 1 sts, fptr around next 2 sts, bptr around next 1 st, *work large shell in ch 2 space, fptr around next 1 sts, bptr around next 2 sts, fptr around next 2 sts, bptr around next 1 sts, skip next 2 sts, fptr around next 1 sts*. Repeat from * around, ending with skip 2 sts, bptr around 1 st. Join

Round 13: sl st into next st, fptr around next 1 st, bptr around next 2 sts, fptr around next 2 sts, bptr around next 1 st, *work small shell in ch 2 space, fptr around next 1 st, bptr around next 2 sts, fptr around next 2 sts, bptr around next 2 sts, skip next 2 sts, fptr around next 2 sts, bptr around next 2 sts, fptr around next 2 sts, bptr around next 1 st*. Repeat from * around, ending with skip 2 sts, fptr around next 1 st. Join

Continue working in rounds in pattern as established, always working 1 round with small shells followed by 2 rounds with large shells. Continue repeating rounds 8-13 with the number of tr increasing in each large shell round between the "ch 2 space" and the "skip 2 sts". Always check how the stitches are from the row before to determine if you use with fptr or bptr



Final round: Work a large shell round. This is to create sharp points around the edge of the blanket that will lay flat. Block gently.

Here its is what I have done so far.




Close up, because it is white yarn its a little difficult to see the effect. 



This one was done by Sarah


and this one by Amanda


I have had a lot of fun making this pattern and discussing with my willing testers how to make it clearer, thank you so much! 

Please do give my pattern a go, if you do use please could leave a donation via the button to the left. All proceeds are going to my Scout group who are longing for a Flag.
I am happy for blankets made from this pattern to be sold but do credit me.

Well I will be back in a few days. Keep warm out there.

No comments:

Post a Comment