Good morning, folks! I don't know about where you are, but it's absolutely tipping it down in Central Portugal. Not that I'm complaining - I've always said that rain makes the best soundtrack for creativity! ;)
Do you remember the handspun I got from Scott and Lynn at willowvalept? It was by pottering around with this yarn that I came up with this potholder/coaster pattern. For a first attempt at working with handspun, I'm pretty pleased with the results :)
For this pattern I used a 5.5mm hook. The yarn was comparable to a chunky weight, and the finished project measured approx 13.5cm across.
The pattern is written using American notations throughout.
Before I start with the pattern proper, I'd just like to take you through the cluster stitches used in round 6. To be honest, I'm not even sure if they are cluster stitches (beyond SCs and DCs, terminology really isn’t something I’ve grasped), but to make things easier I’m going to keep calling them that, rather than cluttering up the pattern instructions with too much jargon…
Start by making a dc (in the first cluster stitch of round 6, the first ch2 counts as the dc) [see pic 1]
Next, YO and insert hook into stitch. YO again and bring to the front. YO and pull through 2 loops. You have 2 loops on the hook [see pic 2]
Now YO and insert hook into next stitch. YO and bring to the front. YO and pull through 2 loops. You have 3 loops on the hook [see pic 3]
Finally, YO and insert hook into same stitch. YO and bring to the front. YO and pull through 2 loops. You have 4 loops on the hook [see pic 4]
To finish the stitch, YO and pull through all 4 loops [pic 5], then ch1 and sl st into the base of the cluster.
(This is all a lot simpler than it sounds, promise!)
For the pattern proper:
Round 1: Ch4, join to make a circle
Round 2: 8sc into the centre of the circle. Join with sl st (8) [see pic 1]
Round 3: 2sc in each st. Join with sl st (16) [see pic 2]
Round 4: Ch2 (counts as first dc), 1dc in same sp [see pic 3], *ch1, skip a stitch, 2dc in next st*. Repeat between * 6 more times. Join with a sl st to top of initial ch2. (8 petals) [see pic 4]
Round 5: Ch2, 1dc in the space to the right of this ch [see pic 5]. *Sc in the second dc sp from the previous round, 2dc in the gap*. Repeat between * 6 more times. Join with a sl st to the top of the initial ch2 (8 petals) [see pic 6]
Round 6: Ch2 (counts as the first dc) and complete the cluster [see above], ch2. *In the next dc space from the previous round, Cluster as directed above, then ch2* [see pic 7]. Repeat between * 6 more times. Join with a sl st to the top of the cluster.Round 7: *5dc into the next gap [see pic 8], and sl st into the top of the clusters*. Repeat between * 8 times total. Join with a sl st into the top of the first dc of the round.
And there you have it!
To finish, darn in your ends, block and enjoy!