Saturday, 19 March 2011
Nuthatch [Free Pattern]
So, as promised in my previous post, here is the pattern for my new granny square, named "Nuthatch" in honour of this month's British Birds calender page (an awesome calendar).
Nuthatch [Free Pattern]
I used a 4mm hook and DK weight yarn. The pattern is written using US terms (however if you prefer UK-speak, there is a handy conversion chart here).
Sp = Space
Sl St = Slip stitch
Ch = Chain
Sc = Single crochet
Hdc = Half double crochet
Dc = Double crochet
Create a magic loop (I really like this tutorial for the magic loop). Into this, work 4sc loosely Join with a sl st
Ch1, 2sc into all sts, join with a sl st (8)
Ch2 (counts as first dc), dc into same sp, 2dc into each sp around, join with sl st (16)
Join a new colour into the same space:
...Ch2 (counts as first dc), 3dc into the same sp, Ch1. *Skip 1 st, 4dc into next st, Ch1* Repeat between * 7 times. Join with sl st into top of initial Ch2
Change colour - join new colour into any Ch1 sp. Ch2 (counts as first dc), 2dc into same sp:
...Ch1, skip next sp, sc, skip next st, 3dc into next Ch1 sp, Ch1:
...Continue working (1sc, ch1, 3dc, ch1) around. Join with sl st into top of initial ch2:
Change colour. Join new colour into any Ch1 sp which comes immediately after a 3dc cluster:
Do not chain. Work 2sc into this sp, and 2sc into the next Ch1 sp:
...work 1sc into each of the next two sts:
...3dc into the next Ch1 sp, ch1, then work 3dc into the next Ch1 sp:
...*work 1sc into each of the next two sps, 2sc into each of the next two Ch1 sps, 1sc into each of the next 2 sps, 3dc into next Ch1 sp, Ch1, 3dc into next Ch1 sp*. Repeat between * until you have 4 corners, 1sc into next 2 sps. Join with a sl st.
Ch1, sc into the next 7 sts, 1hdc into the next st. *Into the corner Ch1 sp, work (1dc, Ch1, 1dc):
...Into the next sp, work 1hdc, and then 11sc along the row, and 1hdc into the 12th st.* Repeat between * until all 4 corners are completed, then work 1sc into each of the next 2 sts. Join with a sl st.
You may like to work in your ends as you go (this is defs much easier and simpler), however I prefer to wait and then sew them all in with a tapestry needle, mainly because I worry about the ends working loose over time. It is of course entirely up to you which method you choose - I'm probably being over cautious.
And there you have it! One Nuthatch square finished! :D I have a few blocking at the moment - hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to show you how I'm going to use them :)
Hope you enjoy the pattern! If you want to add to your Ravelry queue, you can do so here.