29 April 2013

Snowflake Monday

Many Thunders Dish Cloths

Mother's Day is just a couple of weeks away now. I was trying to think of a project that could double as a Mother's Day gift, and the only thing I could think of this time around was a striped snowflake pattern I started last summer.

There are many thread snowflake variations I'm still working to finish, so late last night I decided to divide the 9-page (so far) pattern into two. That way, crocheters have enough time to finish this week's pattern in time for Mother's Day. My blue and white dish cloth snowflakes are going to my mom in the mail this week! (Blue is her favorite color and the main color in her kitchen.)

Today's pattern features the worsted weight cotton yarn version of this pattern, and in next week's thread version, I'll share why this pattern got the name Many Thunders instead of Buttonhole.

leftovers

Many Thunders Dish Cloth Instructions

Finished Size: 17 inches from point to point
Materials: 70-grams each cotton worsted yarn in 2 colors will supply just enough yarn for two dishcloths in opposite color schemes with a tiny bit of each left over; if working stripes of different colors, small amounts of more than two colors may be used; size I crochet hook; optional sewing needle and thread to match main color

TIP: There are a lot of ends to weave in on this project. To prevent having to go back and weave in ends at completion of project, weave in ends as you go. Contrast color ends are very easy to bury at start of each new main color round by working 5/dc groups over ends.

Round 1: With Color A (main color), ch 6, sl st in 5th ch from hook; repeat from * 4 times; ch 1, sl st in 1st ch of starting ch 6, ch 2, 1 tr in sl st to form 6th ch 5 loop.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in same loop, * 3 dc in next ch 5 loop, ch 3, 3 dc in same loop; repeat from * around 4 times; 3 dc in next ch loop, ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off.

Round 3: With Color B (contrast color), 1 sc in any ch 3 point, * ch 4, 1 sc between next 2 3/dc groups, ch 4, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 10, sl st in 10th ch from hook; 1 sc in same ch 3 point; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc; bind off.

Round 4: With Color A, 5 dc in any ch 4 sp just left of ch 10 loop, 5 dc in next ch 4 sp, ch 3, * sk over (and behind) next ch 10 loop, 5 dc in next ch 4 sp; 5 dc in next ch 4 sp, ch 3; repeat from * around 4 times; sl st in starting dc; bind off.
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Round 5: With Color B, 1 sc in any ch 3 point, ch 3, 1 sc in same point, * ch 4, 1 sc between next 2 5/dc groups, ch 4, 1 sc in next ch 3 point, ch 3, 1 sc in same point, ch 10 (you don't have to sl st to make ch 10 loops from this round on), 1 sc in same point, ch 3, 1 sc in same point; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 2 sc and ch 3 of final repeat; sl st in starting sc; bind off.
NOTE: If desired, you may pull ch 10 loops on this round from behind through ch 10 loops of Round 3 to see what the chained loops will look like. The chained chains may not stay put as you work the following rounds, but that's okay. It's not ruined if the chained chains come undone. All the chain loops may be chained (or rechained) after finishing Round 8.

chain the chains

chain the chains

Round 6: With Color A, 3 dc in any ch 3 sp just left of ch 10 loop, * 5 dc in each of next 2 ch 4 sp, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, sk over (and behind) next ch 10 loop, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 3 dc of final repeat; sl st in starting dc; bind off.

Round 7: With Color B, 1 sc in any ch 3 point, * ch 4, 1 sc between next 3/dc group and next 5/dc group, ch 4, 1 sc between next 2 5/dc groups, ch 4, 1 sc between next 5/dc group and next 3/dc group, ch 4, 1 dc in next ch 3 point, ch 10, 1 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc; bind off.

Round 8: With Color A, 5 dc in any ch 4 sp just left of ch 10 loop, 5 dc in each of next 3 ch 4 sp, [ch 6, 1 dc in 4th ch from hook, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch, ch 9, 1 dc in 4th ch from hook, 1 dc in next ch, 1 hdc in each of next 2 ch, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch, ch 6, 1 dc in 4th ch from hook, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch (3-pronged tip made)], * 5 dc in each of next 4 ch 4 loops, [ch 6, 1 dc in 4th ch from hook, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch, ch 9, 1 dc in 4th ch from hook, 1 dc in ch, 1 hdc in each of next 2 ch, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch, ch 6, 1 dc in 4th ch from hook, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch (3-pronged tip made)]; repeat from * around 4 times; sl st in starting dc; bind off. Weave in ends if not already done.
NOTE: Optionally, you may secure tri-pronged tips as you go by pre-chaining chain loops, pulling first prong of tri-prong through Round 7 ch 10 loop, working 2nd sc of middle prong by pulling yarn for bring up loop around back of Round 7 ch 10 loop and pull-through loop back through ch 10 loop as shown below, working third prong and then pulling loop on hook off hook and pulling loop back out of ch 10 loop to begin working next dc as shown below.

Work tip through Round 7 ch 10 loop.
Work tip through Round 7 ch 10 loop.

Work 2nd sc of 2nd prong around ch 10 loop to secure tip.
Work 2nd sc of 2nd prong around ch 10 loop to secure tip.

Work remainder of tip through Round 7 ch 10 loop.
Work remainder of tip through Round 7 ch 10 loop.

Pull yarn and loop on hook back through ch 10 loop to work next set of dc stitches.
Pull yarn and loop on hook back through ch 10 loop to work next set of dc stitches.

secured tip
secured tip

Finish: Pull Round 5 ch 10 loops through Round 3 ch 10 loops from behind. Pull Round 7 ch 10 loops through Round 5 ch 10 loops from behind. Pull Round 8 tri-pronged tips through Round 7 ch 10 loops from behind. If desired, secure tri-pronged tips in place by sewing a few stitches through layers of Round 7 loops and tips with thread to match main color.

Many Thunders Dish Cloth

10 comments:

  1. Looks great as always, would make a great gift too.

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    1. Thank you, Pat! I do hope my mom likes the dish cloths!

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  2. Very pretty. I would feel guilty using them as dishcloths. :))

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    1. Awwww, CameraGirl, that's SO sweet!!!

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  3. Ooh, this is a very cool pattern! I can picture a rainbow version too.... :)

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    1. You must be a mind-reader, Sue! Either that, or great minds think alike. Just wait 'til you see next week's pattern!

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    1. Thanks, Neferi. That was sort of an afterthought, after I had finished four of six points on the first one. I had to tack the other points together with needle and thread after I finished because I didn't want to rip out what I'd done!

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  5. I'm new to crochet and I'm a little confused. I made it through the first half of round 1 but I'm stuck at this part "ch 1, sl st in 1st ch of starting ch 6, ch 2, 1 tr in sl st to form 6th ch 5 loop." What I'm doing closes the circle and gives me a tail of a few ch which doesn't seem right. Could you break this part down for me? I've youtubed how to do the various stitches but I think I'm ordering everything wrong.

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    1. Hi, Ally, and welcome to crochet!

      I'm sorry this must seem horribly confusing for someone just starting. You are creating at ch 6 loop with that ch 2/1 tr sequence; you should be able to work the next round of stitches into that loop you just made without having to slip stitch to the top of the loop as you would have to do if you worked that ch 6 loop the same as the others. After the sl st, ch 2, 1 tr, just ch 2 and then work the next 2 dc right into that loop you just made. You should be at the top of the loop, as you will be for the rest of the stitches on the next Round. If you have any more trouble, please let me know, and I'll try to help you.

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