Friday, March 8, 2013

Swirling Circular Motif 030813

by M. J. Joachim
You can make interesting patterns with your stitches by crocheting traditional stitches, followed by making a stitch directly around the stitch just made. Today, I made two patterns using this technique:  Small Crocheted Bowl Decoration and the circular motif pattern shown on this blog page.  
It’s important to note that when using this technique, you need to add stitches between, to keep your project flat. Otherwise, you will make a bowl or hat or some other project that develops in multiple dimensions. 
Both these patterns are my own design. Links to them are welcome; all copyright rules apply. 
I used 4-ply cotton yarn for the motif pictured and a size F crochet hook.

Step 1:  Chain 4, join with slip stitch to 1st chain to form a ring
Step 2:  Chain 3 (counts as 1st dc); double crochet around chain 3 just made

Step 3:  Chain 1, double crochet in center of ring, dc around dc just made (6 times), so you have seven spokes in a small circle. End with chain 1 and join to 2nd double crochet made at beginning of round.

Step 4:  Slip stitch into 1st chain 1 space; chain 4 (counts as 1st triple crochet); triple crochet around chain 4; triple crochet in same chain 1 space, followed by making a triple crochet around tc just made
Step 5:  Chain 1, {triple crochet in next chain 1 space +tc around triple just made (twice)} in next chain 1 space
[Repeat Step 5 around, ending with chain 1 and joining with slip stitch to 1st triple in round]
Thank you for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches.
Until next time, I wish you every good thing.
M. J.
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