The Enchanted Wood: Part 8 – Leafy Border

Welcome to the last part of our Crochet Along! I’ve so enjoyed watching your Enchanted Wood projects come together.

Below you can see some of the wonderful photos of the CAL that have been shared so far up to Part 7, aren’t they fabulous! If you want to link your photos the hashtag for this years CAL is #KCACOUKCAL23 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can also join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: Ravelry, my Facebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Selection of photos, made by the crochet community, of Part 7 of the KCACOUKCAL23

So are you are ready to crack on with the very LAST part of the CAL! This week we are going to be surrounding our Enchanted Wood with a border of three dimensional beech leaves.

Leaves are key to life on earth, they need carbon dioxide that humans and animals breathe out, and they return oxygen, which we need to breathe in! What a great way to finish off our blankets.

Inspirational photo for KCACOUKCAL23 - Leafy Border

As before, as well as the written pattern I have included a crochet chart as an extra visual tool – and I’ve also broken the chart down into sections so you can see how the tree grows line by line. If you are not familiar with reading charts, you you might find my blog post about ‘How to read a crochet chart’ a useful starting point.

If you are brand new to the CAL you can find all the information you need on the CAL landing page, where I’ll link all the CAL posts in one place as I add them here to the blog. Yarn packs are available from the lovely folks at Black Sheep Wools and there are a number of CAL accessories that are also available from some fabulous small businesses (that I talked a little more about here).

The pattern for this crochet along will be available for free here on the blog but sometimes it’s easier to have a printable PDF to refer to. The whole pattern therefore will also be available in a printer friendly PDF version in my Ravelry store (for a one off payment). Each weekly instalment will become ready for immediate download in either UK or US terms. As with any purchase you make of my patterns your support of me and my crochet endeavours is very much appreciated – thank you for supporting my work!

A Dutch version of the pattern will be put together by the very lovely Iris from Eenmooigebaar via the link below. Iris has brilliantly translated a range of my patterns before (these are also available on the website) so I’m delighted she’s joining us again this time.

The completed KCACOUKCAL23 blanket hanging over a large tree stump in a woodland setting

The Enchanted Wood: Part 8 – Leafy Border

Yarn: 500g / 1475m / 1365yds or 5 x 100g ball of Stylecraft Naturals Cotton and Bamboo in Spring Green (7126) – YARN J or alternatively 5 x 100g of Stylecraft Special DK in Sage (1725) – YARN H

Hook: 3.5 mm (US size E/4)

You will also need: Scissors, A yarn needle, stitch markers

Gauge: 5 htr sts = 2.5cm (1”). Gauge is not critical for this design, with each part I will provide the size of my work. If your gauge does not meet mine it will just mean you will end up with a bigger or smaller blanket. If you wish to match my gauge you might try going up a hook size if your tension is quite tight, or going down a hook size if your tension is looser.

Finished Size (Unblocked):  Part 8 Approximate measurements:

  • In Naturals 122cm (48”) wide x 127cm (50”) long
  • In Special DK: 122cm (48”) wide x 130cm (51”) long

The pattern below is in UK Terms, scroll down for US Terms:

STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Chain (ch): Bring yarn over hook from back to front and grab it with hook. Draw hooked yarn through slip knot and onto hook. 
  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • Treble (tr): Yarn over, insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Front Post Treble (FPtr): Yarn over 2 times, insert your hook from front to back to front around the post of the stitch indicated, yarn over, pull up a loop, (yarn over, pull through 2 loops on your hook) 3 times.
  • Front Post two together (FP2tog): Yarn over and insert your hook from front to back around the post of the next st.  Yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on  hook).  Yarn over and pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook). Yarn over and insert your hook from front to back around the post of the next st. Yarn over and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook).  Yarn over and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.
  • Back Post Treble (BPtr): Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of st indicated below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally behind of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • V Stitch (V-St): tr, ch1, tr in the same st
  • Reverse double crochet (rev.dc): A reverse double crochet stitch is worked the same as a regular double crochet — except in reverse. Instead of working from right to left, you work from left to right. Insert hook, from front to back, in the next st to the right and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook
  • Right side (RS): This indicates the right side of your work
  • [ … ] Repeat section in square brackets until  specified
  • [[ … ]] Repeat section in square brackets until  specified
  • ( … ) Repeat section in curved brackets into one stitch or space
Schematic for Part 8 of the KCACOUKCAL23

PATTERN – PART 8

  • Part 8 creates the border around the whole of your blanket to bring it together.
  • The ch3 counts as the first tr st, if this produces too much of a gap at the start of a row it can be substituted for a ch2.

Rnd 1 (RS): Sl st to join YARN J to the post of the last dc st of Part 7 (top right hand corner), ch6 (counts as tr + ch3 here and throughout), 1tr in each st across (185sts), [ turn your work, ch3, place 18sts evenly on the row ends of Part 7, then evenly work 26sts on the row ends of Part 6, then working across Part 5 work 1tr in each st or ch (123sts), then evenly work 26sts on the row ends of Part 6, then place 18sts evenly on the row ends of Part 7 (211sts) ], ch3, then working along the top of Part 7, work 1tr in each st (185sts), repeat [ … ] once more, working only 17sts evenly on the row ends of Part 7, sl st to the top of the 3rd st of beginning ch6 to join. 792sts (Side 1 / 3 = 185sts, Side 2 / 4 = 211sts)

Rnd 2:  Sl st to ch3-sp, ch6, tr in the same sp, [[ BPtr in 12sts, FPtr in next st, [ BPtr in 15sts, FPtr ] repeat nine times, BPtr in 12sts, (tr, ch3, tr) in ch3-sp, BPtr in 9sts, FPtr in next st, [ BPtr in 15sts, FPtr ] repeat eleven times, BPtr in 9sts ]], (tr, ch3, tr) in ch3-sp, repeat from [[ … ]] once more, sl st to the top of the 3rd st of beginning ch6 to join.  800sts / 48 FPtr / 744 BPtr / 8 tr / 4 x ch3-sps

Example below shows the first stitches of rnds 1– 2:

Rnds 1 - 2 of Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 8

Rnd 3:  Sl st to ch3-sp, ch6, tr in the same sp, [[ BPtr in 13sts, [ (FPtr, ch1, FPtr) on the post of the previous rnd, FPtr, BPtr in 15sts ] repeat nine times, FPtr, ch1, FPtr, BPtr  in 13sts, (tr, ch3, tr) in ch3-sp, BPtr in 10sts, [ (FPtr, ch1, FPtr) on the post of the previous rnd FPtr, BPtr  in 15sts, FPtr, ch1, FPtr ] repeat eleven times, FPtr, ch1, FPtr, BPtr in 10sts ]], (tr, ch3, tr) in ch3-sp, repeat from [[ … ]] once more, sl st to the top of the 3rd st of beginning ch6 to join.  856sts / 96 FPtr / 752 BPtr / 8 tr / 4 x ch3-sps / 48 x ch1-sps

Example below shows the first stitches of rnds 1– 3:

Rnds 1 - 3 of Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 8

Rnd 4:  Sl st to ch3-sp, ch6, tr in the same sp, [[ BPtr in 14sts, FPtr on the next FPtr of the previous rnd (here and throughout), V-St in the ch1-sp, FPtr on the next FPtr, [ BPtr in 15sts, FPtr on the next FPtr, V-St in the ch1-sp, FPtr on the next FPtr, ] repeat nine times, BPtr in 14sts, (tr, ch3, tr) in ch3-sp, BPtr in 11sts, FPtr on the next FPtr, V-St in the ch1-sp, FPtr on the next FPtr, [ BPtr  in 15sts, FPtr on the next FPtr, V-St in the ch1-sp, FPtr on the next FPtr ] repeat eleven times, BPtr in 11sts ]], (tr, ch3, tr) in ch3-sp, repeat from [[ … ]] once more, sl st to the top of the 3rd st of beginning ch6 to join.  960sts / 96 FPtr / 760 BPtr / 104 tr / 4 x ch3-sps / 48 x ch1-sps

Example below shows the first stitches of rnds 1– 4:

Rnds 1 - 4 of Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 8

Rnd 5:  Sl st to ch3-sp, ch6, tr in the same sp, [[ BPtr in 15sts, FPtr on the next  FPtr on the next tr (of the V-St), V-St in the ch1-sp, FPtr on the next tr (of the V-St), FPtr on the next FPtr, [ BPtr in 15sts, FPtr on the next FPtr, FPtr on the next tr (of the V-St), V-St in the ch1-sp, FPtr on the next tr (of the V-St), FPtr on the next FPtr ] repeat nine times, BPtr  in 15sts, (tr, ch3, tr) in ch3-sp, BPtr in 12sts [ FPtr on the next FPtr, FPtr on the next tr (of the V-St), V-St in the ch1-sp, FPtr on the next tr (of the V-St), FPtr on the next FPtr, [ BPtr  in 15sts, FPtr on the next FPtr, FPtr on the next tr (of the V-St), V-St in the ch1-sp, FPtr on the next tr (of the V-St), FPtr on the next FPtr] repeat eleven times, BPtr in 12sts ]], (tr, ch3, tr) in ch3-sp,repeat from [[ … ]] once more, sl st to the top of the 3rd st of beginning ch6 to join.  1,064sts / 192 FPtr / 768 BPtr / 104 tr / 4 x ch3-sps / 48 x ch1-sps

Example below shows the first stitches of rnds 1– 5:

Rnds 1 - 5 of Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 8

Rnd 6:  Sl st to ch3-sp, ch6, tr in the same sp, [[ BPtr in 16sts, [ FPtr on the next FPtr] twice, FPtr on the V-St, V-St in the ch1-sp, FPtr on the V-St,  [FPtr on the next FPtr] twice, [ BPtr in 15sts, [FPtr on the next FPtr ] twice, FPtr on the next tr, V-St in the ch1-sp, FPtr on the next tr, [[FPtr on the next FPtr] twice ] repeat nine times, BPtr in 16sts, (tr, ch3, tr) in ch3-sp, BPtr in 13sts, [[FPtr on the next FPtr] twice, V-St in the ch1-sp, [FPtr on the next FPtr] twice, [ BPtr  in 15sts, [FPtr on the next FPtr ] three times, V-St in the ch1-sp, [FPtr on the next FPtr] twice ] repeat eleven times, BPtr in 13sts ]], (tr, ch3, tr) in ch3-sp, repeat from [[ … ]] once more, sl st to the top of the 3rd st of beginning ch6 to join.  1,168sts / 288 FPtr / 776 BPtr / 104 tr / 4 x ch3-sps / 48 x ch1-sps

Example below shows the first stitches of rnds 1– 6:

Rnds 1 - 6 of Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 8

On this next round you will miss the ch1-sp in the centre of each leaf;

Rnd 7:  Sl st to ch3-sp, ch6, tr in the same sp, [[ BPtr in 17sts, [FPtr2tog (on the first two FPtr of the previous rnd), FPtr in the next 4sts, FPtr2tog on the next two FPtr of the previous rnd, [ BPtr in 15sts, FPtr2tog, FPtr in the next 4sts, FPtr2tog ] repeat nine times, BPtr in 17sts, tr, ch3, tr, in the ch ch3-sp, [ BPtr in 14sts, FPtr2tog, in the next 4sts, , FPtr2tog, BPtr  in 15sts, FPtr2tog, FPtr, FPtr2tog, ]  repeat eleven times, BPtr in 14sts ]], (tr, ch3, tr) in ch3-sp, repeat from [[ … ]] once more, sl st to the top of the 3rd st of beginning ch6 to join.  1,080sts / 288 FPtr / 784 BPtr / 8 tr / 4 x ch3-sps

Example below shows the first stitches of rnds 1– 7:

Rnds 1 - 7 of Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 8

Rnd 8:  Sl st to ch3-sp, ch6, tr in the same sp, [[ BPtr in 18sts, [FPtr2tog, FPtr on the previous rnd twice, FPtr2tog, [ BPtr in 15sts, FPtr2tog, FPtr on the previous rnd twice, FPtr2tog ] repeat nine times, FPtr2tog, [ BPtr  in 15sts, FPtr2tog, FPtr on the previous rnd twice, FPtr2tog ] repeat twelve times, BPtr in 15sts ]], (tr, ch3, tr) in ch3-sp, repeat from [[ … ]] once more, sl st to the top of the 3rd st of beginning ch6 to join.  992sts / 192 FPtr / 792 BPtr / 8 tr / 4 x ch3-sps

Example below shows the first stitches of rnds 1– 8:

Rnds 1 - 8 of Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 8

Rnd 9:  Sl st to ch3-sp, ch6, tr in the same sp, [[ BPtr in 19sts, FPtr2tog twice [ BPtr in 15sts, FPtr2tog twice  ] repeat nine times, BPtr  in 19sts, tr, ch3, tr) in ch3-sp, [[FPtr2tog twice, BPtr  in 15sts, FPtr2tog twice ] repeat eleven times, BPtr in 16sts ]], (tr, ch3, tr) in ch3-sp, repeat from [[ … ]] once more, sl st to the top of the 3rd st of beginning ch6 to join.  904sts / 96 FPtr / 800 BPtr / 8 tr / 4 x ch3-sps

Example below shows the first stitches of rnds 1– 9:

Rnds 1 - 9 of Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 8

Rnd 10:  Sl st to ch3-sp, ch6, tr in the same sp, [[ BPtr in 20sts, FPtr2tog [ BPtr in 15sts, FPtr2tog ] repeat nine times, BPtr in 20sts, tr, ch3, tr in the ch3-sp, BPtr in 17sts, [[FPtr2tog, BPtr  in 15sts, FPtr2tog ] repeat eleven times, BPtr in 17sts ]], (tr, ch3, tr) in ch3-sp, repeat from [[ … ]] once more, sl st to the top of the 3rd st of beginning ch6 to join.  864sts / 48 FPtr / 808 BPtr / 8 tr / 4 x ch3-sps

Example below shows the first stitches of rnds 1– 10:

Rnds 1 - 10 of Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 8

Rnd 11:  Sl st to ch3-sp, ch6, tr in the same sp, [[ BPtr in 21sts, FPtr in next st, [ BPtr in 15sts, FPtr ] repeat nine times, BPtr in 21sts, (tr, ch3, tr) in ch3-sp, BPtr in 18sts, FPtr in next st, [ BPtr in 15sts, FPtr ] repeat eleven times, BPtr in 18sts ]], (tr, ch3, tr) in ch3-sp, repeat from [[ … ]] once more, sl st to the top of the 3rd st of beginning ch6 to join. 872sts / 48 FPtr / 816 BPtr / 8 tr / 4 x ch3-sps

Rnd 12:  Sl st to ch3-sp, ch3 2tr in the same sp, BPtr in each st around, working (3tr) in each           corner, sl st to the top of the 3rd st of beginning ch6 to join. 888sts / 876 BPtr  / 12 tr / 4 x ch3-sps

Rnd 13: Ch1, reverse double crochet around whole outer edge of the blanket. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 8 in UK Terms

Pattern in US Terms:

The completed KCACOUKCAL23 Enchanted Wood blanket draped on a comfy chair inside a living room setting

STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Chain (ch): Bring yarn over hook from back to front and grab it with hook. Draw hooked yarn through slip knot and onto hook. 
  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • Double Crochet (dc): Yarn over, insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Front Post Double Crochet  (FPdc): Yarn over 2 times, insert your hook from front to back to front around the post of the st indicated, yarn over, pull up a loop, (yarn over, pull through 2 loops on your hook) 3 times.
  • Front Post Double Crochet two together (FPdc2tog): Yarn over and insert your hook from front to back around the post of the next st.  Yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on  hook).  Yarn over and pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook). Yarn over and insert your hook from front to back around the post of the next st. Yarn over and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook).  Yarn over and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.
  • Back Post Double Crochet  (BPdc): Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of st indicated below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally behind of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • Reverse single crochet (rev.sc): A reverse single crochet stitch is worked the same as a regular single crochet — except in reverse. Instead of working from right to left, you work from left to right. Insert hook, from front to back, in the next st to the right and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook
  • V Stitch (V-St): dc ch1, dc in the same st
  • Right side (RS): This indicates the right side of your work
  • [ … ] Repeat section in square brackets until  specified
  • [[ … ]] Repeat section in square brackets until  specified
  • ( … ) Repeat section in curved brackets into one stitch or space
Schematic for Part 8 of the KCACOUKCAL23

PATTERN – PART 8

Part 8 creates the border around the whole of your blanket to bring it together.

  • The ch3 counts as the first dc st, if this produces too much of a gap at the start of a row it can be substituted for a ch2.

Rnd 1 (RS): Sl st to join YARN J to the post of the last sc st of Part 7 (top right hand corner), ch6 (counts as dc + ch3 here and throughout), 1dc in each st across (185sts), [ turn your work, ch3, place 18sts evenly on the row ends of Part 7, then evenly work 26sts on the row ends of Part 6, then working across Part 5 work 1dc in each st or ch (123sts), then evenly work 26sts on the row ends of Part 6, then place 18sts evenly on the row ends of Part 7 (211sts) ], ch3, then working along the top of Part 7, work 1dc in each st (185sts), repeat [ … ] once more, working only 17sts evenly on the row ends of Part 7, sl st to the top of the 3rd st of beginning ch6 to join. 792sts (Side 1 / 3 = 185sts, Side 2 / 4 = 211sts)

Rnd 2:  Sl st to ch3-sp, ch6, dc in the same sp, [[ BPdc in 12sts, FPdc in next st, [ BPdc in 15sts, FPdc ] repeat nine times, BPdc in 12sts, (dc, ch3, dc) in ch3-sp, BPdc in 9sts, FPdc in next st, [ BPdc in 15sts, FPdc ] repeat eleven times, BPdc in 9sts ]], (dc, ch3, dc) in ch3-sp, repeat from [[ … ]] once more, sl st to the top of the 3rd st of beginning ch6 to join.  800sts / 48 FPdc / 744 BPdc / 8 dc / 4 x ch3-sps

Example below shows the first stitches of rnds 1– 2:

Rnds 1 - 2 of Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 8

Rnd 3:  Sl st to ch3-sp, ch6, dc in the same sp, [[ BPdc in 13sts, [ (FPdc, ch1, FPdc) on the post of the previous rnd, FPdc, BPdc in 15sts ] repeat nine times, FPdc, ch1, FPdc, BPdc  in 13sts, (dc, ch3, dc) in ch3-sp, BPdc in 10sts, [ (FPdc, ch1, FPdc) on the post of the previous rnd FPdc, BPdc  in 15sts, FPdc, ch1, FPdc ] repeat eleven times, FPdc, ch1, FPdc, BPdc in 10sts ]], (dc, ch3, dc) in ch3-sp, repeat from [[ … ]] once more, sl st to the top of the 3rd st of beginning ch6 to join.  856sts / 96 FPdc / 752 BPdc / 8 dc / 4 x ch3-sps / 48 x ch1-sps

Example below shows the first stitches of rnds 1– 3:

Rnds 1 - 3 of Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 8

Rnd 4:  Sl st to ch3-sp, ch6, dc in the same sp, [[ BPdc in 14sts, FPdc on the next FPdc of the             previous rnd (here and throughout), V-St in the ch1-sp, FPdc on the next FPdc, [ BPdc in 15sts, FPdc on the next FPdc, V-St in the ch1-sp, FPdc on the next FPdc, ] repeat nine times, BPdc in 14sts, (dc, ch3, dc) in ch3-sp, BPdc in 11sts, FPdc on the next FPdc, V-St in the ch1-sp, FPdc on the next FPdc, [ BPdc  in 15sts, FPdc on the next FPdc, V-St in the ch1-sp, FPdc on the next FPdc ] repeat eleven times, BPdc in 11sts ]], (dc, ch3, dc) in ch3-sp, repeat from [[ … ]] once more, sl st to the top of the 3rd st of beginning ch6 to join.  960sts / 96 FPdc / 760 BPdc / 104 dc / 4 x ch3-sps / 48 x ch1-sps

Example below shows the first stitches of rnds 1– 4:

Rnds 1 - 4 of Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 8

Rnd 5:  Sl st to ch3-sp, ch6, dc in the same sp, [[ BPdc in 15sts, FPdc on the next  FPdc on the next dc (of the V-St), V-St in the ch1-sp, FPdc on the next dc (of the V-St), FPdc on the next FPdc, [ BPdc in 15sts, FPdc on the next FPdc, FPdc on the next dc (of the V-St), V-St in the ch1-sp, FPdc on the next dc (of the V-St), FPdc on the next FPdc ] repeat nine times, BPdc  in 15sts, (dc, ch3, dc) in ch3-sp, BPdc in 12sts [ FPdc on the next FPdc, FPdc on the next dc (of the V-St), V-St in the ch1-sp, FPdc on the next dc (of the V-St), FPdc on the next FPdc, [ BPdc  in 15sts, FPdc on the next FPdc, FPdc on the next dc (of the V-St), V-St in the ch1-sp, FPdc on the next dc (of the V-St), FPdc on the next FPdc] repeat eleven times, BPdc in 12sts ]], (dc, ch3, dc) in ch3-sp,repeat from [[ … ]] once more, sl st to the top of the 3rd st of beginning ch6 to join.  1,064sts / 192 FPdc / 768 BPdc / 104 dc / 4 x ch3-sps / 48 x ch1-sps

Example below shows the first stitches of rnds 1– 5:

Rnds 1 - 5 of Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 8

Rnd 6:  Sl st to ch3-sp, ch6, dc in the same sp, [[ BPdc in 16sts, [ FPdc on the next FPdc] twice, FPdc on the V-St, V-St in the ch1-sp, FPdc on the V-St,  [FPdc on the next FPdc] twice, [ BPdc in 15sts, [FPdc on the next FPdc ] twice, FPdc on the next dc, V-St in the ch1-sp, FPdc on the next dc, [[FPdc on the next FPdc] twice ] repeat nine times, BPdc in 16sts, (dc, ch3, dc) in ch3-sp, BPdc in 13sts, [[FPdc on the next FPdc] twice, V-St in the ch1-sp, [FPdc on the next FPdc] twice, [ BPdc  in 15sts, [FPdc on the next FPdc ] three times, V-St in the ch1-sp, [FPdc on the next FPdc] twice ] repeat eleven times, BPdc in 13sts ]], (dc, ch3, dc) in ch3-sp, repeat from [[ … ]] once more, sl st to the top of the 3rd st of beginning ch6 to join.  1,168sts / 288 FPdc / 776 BPdc / 104 dc / 4 x ch3-sps / 48 x ch1-sps

Example below shows the first stitches of rnds 1– 6:

Rnds 1 - 6 of Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 8

On this next round you will miss the ch1-sp in the centre of each leaf;

Rnd 7:  Sl st to ch3-sp, ch6, dc in the same sp, [[ BPdc in 17sts, [FPdc2tog (on the first two FPdc of the previous rnd), FPdc in the next 4sts, FPdc2tog on the next two FPdc of the previous rnd, [ BPdc in 15sts, FPdc2tog, FPdc in the next 4sts, FPdc2tog ] repeat nine times, BPdc in 17sts, dc, ch3, dc, in the ch ch3-sp, [ BPdc in 14sts, FPdc2tog, in the next 4sts, , FPdc2tog, BPdc  in 15sts, FPdc2tog, FPdc, FPdc2tog, ]  repeat eleven times, BPdc in 14sts ]], (dc, ch3, dc) in ch3-sp, repeat from [[ … ]] once more, sl st to the top of the 3rd st of beginning ch6 to join.  1,080sts / 288 FPdc / 784 BPdc / 8 dc / 4 x ch3-sps

Example below shows the first stitches of rows 1– 7:

Rnds 1 - 7 of Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 8

Rnd 8:  Sl st to ch3-sp, ch6, dc in the same sp, [[ BPdc in 18sts, [FPdc2tog, FPdc on the previous rnd twice, FPdc2tog, [ BPdc in 15sts, FPdc2tog, FPdc on the previous rnd twice, FPdc2tog ] repeat nine times, FPdc2tog, [ BPdc  in 15sts, FPdc2tog, FPdc on the previous rnd twice, FPdc2tog ] repeat twelve times, BPdc in 15sts ]], (dc, ch3, dc) in ch3-sp, repeat from [[ … ]] once more, sl st to the top of the 3rd st of beginning ch6 to join.  992sts / 192 FPdc / 792 BPdc / 8 dc / 4 x ch3-sps

Example below shows the first stitches of rnds 1– 8:

Rnds 1 - 8 of Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 8

Rnd 9:  Sl st to ch3-sp, ch6, dc in the same sp, [[ BPdc in 19sts, FPdc2tog twice [ BPdc in 15sts, FPdc2tog twice  ] repeat nine times, BPdc  in 19sts, dc, ch3, dc) in ch3-sp, [[FPdc2tog twice, BPdc  in 15sts, FPdc2tog twice ] repeat eleven times, BPdc in 16sts ]], (dc, ch3, dc) in ch3-sp, repeat from [[ … ]] once more, sl st to the top of the 3rd st of beginning ch6 to join.  904sts / 96 FPdc / 800 BPdc / 8 dc / 4 x ch3-sps

Example below shows the first stitches of rnds 1– 9:

Rnds 1 - 9 of Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 8

Rnd 10:  Sl st to ch3-sp, ch6, dc in the same sp, [[ BPdc in 20sts, FPdc2tog [ BPdc in 15sts, FPdc2tog ] repeat nine times, BPdc in 20sts, dc, ch3, dc in the ch3-sp, BPdc in 17sts, [[FPdc2tog, BPdc  in 15sts, FPdc2tog ] repeat eleven times, BPdc in 17sts ]], (dc, ch3, dc) in ch3-sp, repeat from [[ … ]] once more, sl st to the top of the 3rd st of beginning ch6 to join.  864sts / 48 FPdc / 808 BPdc / 8 dc / 4 x ch3-sps

Example below shows the first stitches of rnds 1– 10:

Rnds 1 - 10 of Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 8

Rnd 11:  Sl st to ch3-sp, ch6, dc in the same sp, [[ BPdc in 21sts, FPdc in next st, [ BPdc in 15sts, FPdc ] repeat nine times, BPdc in 21sts, (dc, ch3, dc) in ch3-sp, BPdc in 18sts, FPdc in next st, [ BPdc in 15sts, FPdc ] repeat eleven times, BPdc in 18sts ]], (dc, ch3, dc) in ch3-sp, repeat from [[ … ]] once more, sl st to the top of the 3rd st of beginning ch6 to join. 872sts / 48 FPdc / 816 BPdc / 8 dc / 4 x ch3-sps

Rnd 12:  Sl st to ch3-sp, ch3 2dc in the same sp, BPdc in each st around, working (3dc) in each           corner, sl st to the top of the 3rd st of beginning ch6 to join. 888sts / 876 BPdc  / 12 dc / 4 x ch3-sps

Rnd 13: Ch1, reverse single crochet around whole outer edge of the blanket. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 8 in US Terms
The completed KCACOUKCAL23 blanket hanging on a branch in a woodland setting

And that’s it! We are all finished, I hope you have enjoyed the last 8 weeks of the CAL, I know I’ve thoroughly enjoyed seeing your projects go. I’m aiming to do a round up post of finished blankets that you’ve made, in about a month, to give people time to finish their blankets so please do keep posting those photos!

The Schedule, Updates & Support:

As always if you need a reminder of the schedule then you can find the details on the CAL landing page (here) and you can keep up to date with the CAL details and get support if needed via the following links:

As I may have mentioned before the Facebook group is a lovely place of support, there are crocheters in there of all experiences, with new crocheters joining all the time! It’s likely that someone will be able to help you with any questions you might have though of course you can always contact me too here on the blog if you need any help.

The hashtag for this years CAL is #KCACOUKCAL23 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Thank you for crocheting along with me – the next eleven weeks are going to be so much fun!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Free Crochet Pattern | Dýnami Cable Earwarmer

Hi folks, I’ve got a brand new FREE pattern to share with you today, the Dýnami Cable Earwarmer. A great first crochet cable project to create a quick cosy headband.

A young women models the crocheted Dýnami Cable Earwarmer in an outside setting

The idea for this headband came about all because of my friend Sharon who is currently raising money for MIND as she prepares to run the London Marathon (you can watch some of her prep YouTube videos here). As part of her fundraising she was doing a few coffee morning sales, where cake and crochet were combined, and a few of her crochet friends were going to donate some crochet items to help her raise some funds.

As we chatted about what we could provide I got to thinking about headbands / ear warmers, something that runners could potentially use, and plus it’s a cute and cosy accessory for us non-runners out there! So I put my name down for some ear warmers and decided to come up with a brand new design in honour of Sharon’s venture.

The name of the headband ‘dýnami’ comes from the word ‘strength’ in Greek as I was thinking about marathons and having that stamina to run 26.2 miles (42km) – I couldn’t do it so thank goodness for people like Sharon who have the focus and dedication! Plus MIND is a great charity to raise money for, I’m sure everyone knows someone who’s life has been touched by mental health challenges – I know mine has.

Image of the crocheted Dýnami Cable Earwarmer in an outside setting

So as I’m on a bit of a yarn ban this year (because I seriously have enough yarn to fill a shop) instead of buying I went stash diving for these headbands. I knew I wanted something wool, as wool has the ability to manage moisture and regulate temperature, which I thought would be useful if you did want to use the headband whilst out for a run.

In my ample stash I found a load of different colours of Drops LIMA Mix. I actually have no idea what my original plan was for the yarn, as they were a few random different colours, but it was pretty much exactly what I was looking for to create the ear warmers. I would suggest that a solid shade yarn, rather than a variegated yarn, would work best for this patterns so you can see the textured cables.

Image of some Drops Lima Mix yarn and a work in progress crocheted Dýnami Cable Earwarmer in an outside setting

I actually don’t know why I haven’t used the Drops LIMA Mix before now because it’s LOVELY! I thoroughly enjoyed crocheting with it. The DK (8ply / Light Worsted) yarn comes in 50g (100m / 109yds) balls and is a squishy mix of 65% Wool and 35% Alpaca which is beautifully soft and pleasant to work with.

Scroll down for the free version of this pattern but I’d recommend the purchase of the ad-free PDF Pattern if you’d like all the instructions and pictures in a nice document which you can print and take notes on without relying on your phone or an internet connection.

Before we get to the pattern if you would like to contribute to Sharon’s fundraising for MIND, before 23 April 2023, then you can on her specific charity page although this pattern is free, if you purchase the PDF pattern before this date any income generated I will pass over for MIND too.

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Dýnami Cable Earwarmer

The pattern below is written just in UK terms but you can view a handy conversion chart here on the blog.

Materials

Skill Level: 3 – Intermediate

Yarn: Double Knit, 8ply / yarn weight #3 (Light),

  • 50g (100m) Drops LIMA mix

Drops LIMA mix used in photographs in shades Beige Mix 0619, Off White 0100, Dark Grey Mix 0519, Jeans Blue 6235, Deep Taupe 5610

A single 50g ball will make 1 adult ladies sized headband to fit an approximate 22 inch / 58cm circumference sized head if you match gauge. You can continue the pattern to make a bigger size but you will then need an additional ball of yarn.

Pattern will work in other hooks and yarns though finished size will be different.

Hook: 4mm (US size G/6)

You will also need:

Gauge: 5htr = 2.5cm (1”)

Obtaining the correct gauge is critical to this project for two reasons; if you do not match gauge then either your item will be bigger or smaller than the specified finished size, and as cables are a bit of a yarn eater then you may run out of yarn. Try going up or down a hook size to meet gauge and/or if you know you crochet loosely maybe make sure you have extra yarn before you start.

Finished Sizes:

  • Pre-schooler/Toddler Size: follow pattern, stop after row 65, follow directions for seaming and wrapping. (approx. 43cm / 17 in long)
  • Child Size: follow pattern, stop repeats after row 69, follow directions for seaming and wrapping. (approx. 46cm / 18 in long)
  • Adult Ladies Size: follow pattern, stop repeats after row 77, follow directions for seaming and wrapping. (approx. 58cm / 22  in long)

Stitch Guidance

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and draw through all loops.
  • Double Crochet (dc):  Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Half Treble Crochet (htr): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • Front post double treble (FPdtr):
  • [ … ]     Repeat section in square brackets until  specified
  • ( … ) Repeat section in curved brackets into one stitch or space

Pattern Notes

  • The ch1 at the start of a rnd does not count as  a st

Pattern

MATERIALS

Yarn Required: 50g / 100m / 109yds of Double Knit, 8ply / yarn weight #3 (Light)

Yarn Used in photos:

Drops LIMA mix used in photographs in shades:

Beige Mix 0619, Off White 0100, Dark Grey Mix 0519, Jeans Blue 6235, Deep Taupe 5610

About the yarn:

Drops Lima Mix; DK;  50g / 100m / 109yds 65% Wool, 35% Alpaca

A single 50g ball will make one headband to fit an approximate 22 inch / 58cm circumference sized head if you match gauge. You can continue the pattern to make a bigger size but you will then need an additional ball of yarn.

Hook Size(s): 4mm (US size G/6).

Pattern will work in other hooks and yarns though finished size may be different.

You will also need:

· A yarn needle

· Stitch Markers

Gauge: 5htr = 2.5cm (1”)

Obtaining the correct gauge is not critical to this  project but if your gauge does not match the gauge stated then your finished item will be a  different size.

Finished size: Guidance provided for adjusting the headband for different sizes given in the pattern.

STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Chain (ch): Bring yarn over hook from back to front and grab it with hook. Draw hooked yarn through slip knot and onto hook. 
  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and draw through all loops.
  • Double Crochet (dc): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Half Treble (htr): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • Treble (tr): Yarn over, insert hook in  indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Front Post Double Treble (FPdtr): Yarn over hook (twice), insert your hook from front to back to front around the post of the stitch  indicated, yarn over, pull up a loop, (yarn over, pull through 2 loops on your hook) 3 times.

PATTERN NOTES

  • Right side (RS): This indicates the right side of your work
  • [ … ] Repeat section in square brackets  until  specified

PATTERN

  • The ch1 at the start of a row does not count as a st.
  • You may find it useful to add a stitch marker to the first / and last st of a row.

Row 1 (RS):  Ch17, 1htr in the 4th ch from hook, 1htr in each st across until the end, turn. 15sts

Row 2:  Ch1, 1dc in each st across until the end, turn. 15sts

Row 3 (RS):  Ch1, 1htr in the next 2sts, miss 2sts from the last st worked on current row and 4 sts two rows below [FPdtr around the post of the next 2sts, then working back over the FPdtr you’ve just made, FPdtr in the two missed sts], 1htr in the next st, FPdtr in the next st, 1htr in the next st, repeat [ … ] once more, 1htr in the last 2sts. 15sts

Row 4:  Ch1, 1dc in each st across until the end, turn. 15sts

Row 5 (RS):  Ch1, 1htr in the next 2sts, [FPdtr around the post of the 4sts (the FPdtr) two rows below, 1htr in the next st, FPdtr in the next st, repeat [ … ] once more, 1htr in the last 2sts. 15sts

Repeat rows 2 – 5 for the pattern;

Approximate measurements given below for different sizes, however for best fit measure the head in question and work until the band  measures 1cm / 0.4 inches smaller than                   required as the headband will stretch.

For sizes greater than the largest size please note you will need more than one ball of yarn.

  • Pre-schooler/Toddler Size: follow pattern, stop after row 65, follow directions for seaming and wrapping. (approx. 43cm / 17 in long)
  • Child Size: follow pattern, stop repeats after row 69, follow directions for seaming and wrapping. (approx. 46cm / 18 in long)
  • Adult Ladies Size: follow pattern, stop  repeats after row 77, follow directions for seaming and wrapping. (approx. 58cm / 22  in long)

Fasten off the yarn on your last row but leave a long yarn tail attached.

FINISHING

  • Join the two ends of the headband together with the right sides facing each other.
  • Loosely slip stitch along the row, pushing your hook through both layers of the headband for each stitch, so that you create a seam. 
  • Thread the tail of the yarn through a darning needle and sew a couple of stitches before trimming off the excess. Turn the headband right side out.

And that’s it, enjoy your new headband!

Partial chart for the Dynami Cable Earwarmer in UK Terms

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Until next time folks! Happy hooking and keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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The Enchanted Wood: Part 7 – Bark & Branches

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How are you all doing? Are you ready for Part 7 of the CAL? That means after this part there is only one last section to go! We all of a sudden seemed to have gotten here quickly don’t you think?

I’ve so enjoyed watching the mushrooms develop from last week in the Facebook group and Instagram! It’s so lovely to see the crochet community come together around the project, from all parts of the world, I can’t tell you how lovely it is to see your work progressing week by week!

Below you can see some of the wonderful photos of the CAL that have been shared of the last part, aren’t they wonderful! If you want to link your photos the hashtag for this years CAL is #KCACOUKCAL23 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can also join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: Ravelry, my Facebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Collage of works in progress of Part 6 of the KCACOUKCAL23

So are you are ready to crack on with part 7! For the next part of the CAL we are going to be using textured stitches to create the effect of tree bark and some branches.

Did you know that each tree species has its own unique bark pattern. Did you know that aspirin was originally developed from willow bark. Tree bark is clever stuff that protects the living tree from the environment, disease and insect attacks – so it, along with some branches, deserves a place in the CAL.

Inspirational shot of bark and branches for the KCACOUKCAL23

As before, as well as the written pattern I have included a crochet chart as an extra visual tool – and I’ve also broken the chart down into sections so you can see how the tree grows line by line. If you are not familiar with reading charts, you you might find my blog post about ‘How to read a crochet chart’ a useful starting point.

If you are brand new to the CAL you can find all the information you need on the CAL landing page, where I’ll link all the CAL posts in one place as I add them here to the blog. Yarn packs are available from the lovely folks at Black Sheep Wools and there are a number of CAL accessories that are also available from some fabulous small businesses (that I talked a little more about here).

The pattern for this crochet along will be available for free here on the blog but sometimes it’s easier to have a printable PDF to refer to. The whole pattern therefore will also be available in a printer friendly PDF version in my Ravelry store (for a one off payment). Each weekly instalment will become ready for immediate download in either UK or US terms. As with any purchase you make of my patterns your support of me and my crochet endeavours is very much appreciated – thank you for supporting my work!

A Dutch version of the pattern will be put together by the very lovely Iris from Eenmooigebaar via the link below. Iris has brilliantly translated a range of my patterns before (these are also available on the website) so I’m delighted she’s joining us again this time.

Part 7 of the KCACOUKCAL23 displayed in a woodland scene

The Enchanted Wood: Part 7 – Bark & Branches

Yarn: 160g / 400m / 437yds or 2 x 100g ball of Stylecraft Naturals Cotton and Bamboo in Thyme (7156) – YARN I or alternatively 2 x 100g of Stylecraft Special DK in Meadow (1065) – YARN G

Hook: 3.5 mm (US size E/4)

You will also need: Scissors, A yarn needle, stitch markers

Gauge: 5 htr sts = 2.5cm (1”). Gauge is not critical for this design, with each part I will provide the size of my work. If your gauge does not meet mine it will just mean you will end up with a bigger or smaller blanket. If you wish to match my gauge you might try going up a hook size if your tension is quite tight, or going down a hook size if your tension is looser.

Finished Size (Unblocked):  Part 7 Approximate measurements:

  • In Naturals 109cm (43”) wide x 109cm (43”) long
  • In Special DK: 112.5cm (44”) wide x 112.5cm (44”) long

The pattern below is in UK Terms, scroll down for US Terms:

STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Chain (ch): Bring yarn over hook from back to front and grab it with hook. Draw hooked yarn through slip knot and onto hook. 
  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • Double Crochet (dc): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Treble (tr): Yarn over, insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Back Post Treble (BPtr): Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of st indicated below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally behind of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through 2 loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • Front Post Treble (FPtr): Yarn over, insert hook from front to back to front around post of st indicated  below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally behind of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through 2 loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • Front Post Triple Treble (FPttr): Yarn over 3 times, insert your hook from front to back to front around the post of the stitch indicated, yarn over, pull up a loop, (yarn over, pull through 2 loops on your hook) 4 times.
  • Right side (RS): This indicates the right side of your work
  • [ … ] Repeat section in square brackets until  specified
  • [[ … ]] Repeat section in square brackets until  specified
  • ( … ) Repeat section in curved brackets into one stitch or space

SPECIAL STITCH

  • Alpine stitch: 4-row pattern repeat where tr / FPtr are alternated with rows of dc. When working an Alpine Stitch FPtr you will work two rows below directly onto the post of the indicated tr st; you will never work in a double crochet row when working an FPtr st. When you work a tr following a FPtr st you will work on the dc in the row below as normal.
  • When you complete your FPtr make sure you pull up long loops on your hook when completing to adjust the row height accordingly.
  • Due to the way the pattern is made, in the ‘alpine section’ one row of tr / FPtr will start with (tr, FPtr) and end with (FPtr / tr), and the following row of tr / FPtr will start and end with 2tr  
  • When you make a FPtr two rows below there will be an unused st left behind the FPtr. You will not work in this st; it should be skipped when you are making the next st.
Schematic of Part 7 of the KCACOUKCAL23

PATTERN – PART 7

  • You will build part 7 onto the right side of the CAL; with the right side facing you will work directly on part 6.
  • You will be making FPtr / FPttr branches interspersed with blocks of Alpine St (see special stitch guidance for more details on Alpine St).
  • A FPttr will be worked on the indicated post st, 4 rows below.
  • A FPtr will always be worked 2 rows below (see special stitch guidance for more details on Alpine St.)
  • A tr will always be worked on the current row
  • The ch3 counts as the first tr st, if this produces too much of a gap at the start of a row it can be substituted for a ch2.
  • The ch1 at the start of a row doesn’t count as a stitch.
  • If you find that your rows are pulling into the centre you may wish to use a larger hook for this section e.g. 4mm (US size G/6).

Row 1 (RS): Sl st to join YARN I to the top of the last st worked. Ch3, BPtr in the next 183sts across the row until the last st, 1tr in the remaining st, turn, 2 tr / 183 BPtr / 185 sts

Row 2: Ch1, 1dc in the next 7sts, [ ch1, miss st, 1dc in next 9sts, ch1, miss st, 1dc in 5sts ], repeat until the last 2sts, 1dc in each remaining st, turn. 22 x ch1-sps / 163 dc / 185 sts

See example below which shows the first 23 sts (here and through out) of rows 1 – 2:

Rows 1 - 2 of Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 7

The first 7sts are the ‘branches’ thereafter worked over 5sts (until the last 7sts). The ‘Bark’ is the Alpine St section which are repeated over 9sts.

Row 3: Ch3, 1tr in 6sts, [[ ch1, miss st, 1tr in the next st, [FPtr in the next st, 1 tr in the next st]            repeat four more times, ch1, miss st, 1tr in the next 5 sts ]] repeat across until the last 2sts, 1tr in each remaining st, turn. 22 x ch1-sps / 44 FPtr / 119 tr. / 185 sts

See example below of rows 1 – 3:

Rows 1 - 3 of Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 7

Row 4: Repeat row 2, turn

Row 5: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, miss 4sts four rows below, FPttr on the next st, 1tr on the next st on current row, 1 FPtr on the next st, 1tr on the next st, working backwards over the stitches just made, 1FPttr around the same post as the previous FPttr, [[ ch1, miss ch-sp, 1tr in the next 2sts, [ FPtr in the next st, 1 tr in the next ] repeat twice, 1 tr in the next st, ch1, miss ch1-sp, miss 2sts four rows below, FPttr in the next st, 1 tr in the next st, FPtr in the next st, 1tr in the next st, working backwards over the stitches just made, 1FPttr around the same post as the previous FPttr ]] repeat ten times, 1tr in each remaining 2sts, turn. 22 x ch1-sps / 94 tr / 45 FPtr / 24 FPttr / 185 sts

See example below of rows 1 – 5:

Rows 1 - 5 of Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 7

Row 6: Repeat row 2, turn

Row 7: Ch3, 1tr in 3sts, FPtr in next st, 1tr in next 2sts [[ ch1, miss ch1-sp, [ 1tr in next st, FPtr in next st ] repeat 3 times more, 1tr in next st, ch1, miss ch1-sp, 1tr in next 2sts, 1FPtr in next st, 1tr in the next 2sts ]] repeat across until the last 2sts, 1tr in each remaining st, turn. 22 x ch1-sps / 107 tr / 56 FPtr / 185 sts

Row 8: Repeat row 2, turn

See example below of rows 1 – 8:

Rows 1 - 8 of Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 7

Row 9: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, miss 4sts four rows below [[ FPttr around the next st , 1tr in the next st, FPtr in the next st, 1tr in the next st, working backwards over the stitches just made, 1FPttr around the same post as the previous FPttr, ch1, miss ch1-sp, 1tr in the next 2sts, [ 1FPtr in the next st, 1tr in the next st ]. repeat twice more, 1 tr in the next st, ch1, miss ch1-sp ]] repeat ten times more, miss 2sts four rows below, FPttr around the next st, 1tr in the next st, FPtr in the next st , 1tr in the next st, working backwards over the stitches just made, 1FPttr around the same post as the previous FPttr, 1tr in the next st, FPtr in the next st, FPttr in the next st four rows below, 1 tr in the last 2sts. 22 x ch1-sps / 94 tr / 45 FPtr / 24 FPttr / 185sts.

See example below of rows 1 – 9:

Rows 1 - 9 of Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 7

Rows 10 – 17: Repeat rows 6—9 twice

Row 18: Repeat row 2, turn

Row 19: Repeat row 7, turn

Row 20: Ch1, 1dc in each st, including each ch-sp, until end. Fasten off and weave in ends. 185s ts

Reattach YARN I (or G) to the opposite side of your work and repeat rows 1—20. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Rows 1 - 20 Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 7 in UK Terms

Pattern in US Terms:

STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Chain (ch): Bring yarn over hook from back to front and grab it with hook. Draw hooked yarn through slip knot and onto hook. 
  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • Single Crochet (sc): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Double Crochet (dc): Yarn over, insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Back Post Double Crochet  (BPdc): Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of st indicated below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally behind of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through 2 loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • Front Post Double Crochet (FPdc): Yarn over, insert hook from front to back to front around post of st indicated  below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally behind of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through 2 loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • Front Post Double Treble (FPdtr): Yarn over 3 times, insert your hook from front to back to front around the post of the stitch indicated, yarn over, pull up a loop, (yarn over, pull through 2 loops on your hook) 4 times.
  • Right side (RS): This indicates the right side of your work
  • [ … ] Repeat section in square brackets until  specified
  • [[ … ]] Repeat section in square brackets until  specified
  • ( … ) Repeat section in curved brackets into one stitch or space

SPECIAL STITCH

Alpine stitch: 4-row pattern repeat where dc / FPdc are alternated with rows of sc. When working an Alpine Stitch FPdc you will work two rows below directly onto the post of the indicated dc st; you will never work in a double crochet row when working an FPdc st. When you work a dc following a FPdc st you will work on the sc in the row below as normal.

  • When you complete your FPdc make sure you pull up long loops on your hook when                         completing to adjust the row height accordingly.
  • Due to the way the pattern is made, in the ‘alpine section’ one row of dc / FPdc will start with (dc, FPdc) and end with (FPdc / dc), and the following row of dc / FPdc will start and end with 2dc
  • When you make a FPdc two rows below there will be an unused st left behind the FPdc. You will not work in this st; it should be skipped when you are making the next st.

SCHEMATIC – PART 7

Schematic of Part 7 of the KCACOUKCAL23

PATTERN – PART 7

  • You will build part 7 onto the right side of the CAL with the right side facing you will work directly on part 6.
  • You will be making FPdc / FPdtr branches interspersed with blocks of Alpine St (see special stitch guidance for more details on Alpine St).
  • A FPdtr will be worked on the indicated post st, 4 rows below.
  • A FPdc will always be worked 2 rows below (see special stitch guidance for more details on Alpine St.)
  • A dc will always be worked on the current row
  • The ch3 counts as the first dc st, if this produces too much of a gap at the start of a row it can be substituted for a ch2.
  • The ch1 at the start of a row doesn’t count as a stitch.
  • If you find that your rows are pulling into the centre you may wish to use a larger hook for this section e.g. 4mm (US size G/6).

Row 1 (RS): Sl st to join YARN I to the top of the last st worked. Ch3, BPdc in the next 183sts across the row until the last st, 1dc in the remaining st, turn, 2 dc / 183 BPdc / 185 sts

Row 2: Ch1, 1sc in the next 7sts, [ ch1, miss st, 1sc in next 9sts, ch1, miss st, 1sc in 5sts ], repeat until the last 2sts, 1sc in each remaining st, turn. 22 x ch1-sps / 163 sc / 185 sts

See example below which shows the first 23 sts (here and through out) of rows 1 – 2:

Rows 1 - 2 of Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 7

The first 7sts are the ‘branches’ thereafter worked over 5sts (until the last 7sts). The ‘Bark’ is the Alpine St section which are repeated over 9sts.

Row 3: Ch3, 1dc in 6sts, [[ ch1, miss st, 1dc in the next st, [FPdc in the next st, 1 dc in the next st]            repeat four more times, ch1, miss st, 1dc in the next 5 sts ]] repeat across until the last 2sts, 1dc in each remaining st, turn. 22 x ch1-sps / 44 FPdc / 119 dc. / 185 sts

See example below of rows 1 – 3:

Rows 1 - 3 of Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 7

Row 4: Repeat row 2, turn

Row 5: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, miss 4sts four rows below, FPdtr on the next st, 1dc on the next st on current row, 1 FPdc on the next st, 1dc on the next st, working backwards over the stitches just made, 1FPdtr around the same post as the previous FPdtr, [[ ch1, miss ch-sp, 1dc in the next 2sts, [ FPdc in the next st, 1 dc in the next ] repeat twice, 1 dc in the next st, ch1, miss ch1-sp, miss 2sts four rows below, FPdtr in the next st, 1 dc in the next st, FPdc in the next st, 1dc in the next st, working backwards over the stitches just made, 1FPdtr around the same post as the previous FPdtr ]] repeat ten times, 1dc in each remaining 2sts, turn. 22 x ch1-sps / 94 dc / 45 FPdc / 24 FPdtr / 185 sts

See example below of rows 1 – 5:

Rows 1 - 5 of Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 7

Row 6: Repeat row 2, turn

Row 7: Ch3, 1dc in 3sts, FPdc in next st, 1dc in next 2sts [[ ch1, miss ch1-sp, [ 1dc in next st, FPdc in next st ] repeat 3 times more, 1dc in next st, ch1, miss ch1-sp, 1dc in next 2sts, 1FPdc in next st, 1dc in the next 2sts ]] repeat across until the last 2sts, 1dc in each remaining st, turn. 22 x ch1-sps / 107 dc / 56 FPdc / 185 sts

Row 8: Repeat row 2, turn

See example below of rows 1 – 8:

Rows 1 - 8 of Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 7

Row 9: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, miss 4sts four rows below [[ FPdtr around the next st , 1dc in the next st, FPdc in the next st, 1dc in the next st, working backwards over the stitches just made, 1FPdtr around the same post as the previous FPdtr, ch1, miss ch1-sp, 1dc in the next 2sts, [ 1FPdc in the next st, 1dc in the next st ]. repeat twice more, 1 dc in the next st, ch1, miss ch1-sp ]] repeat ten times more, miss 2sts four rows below, FPdtr around the next st, 1dc in the next st, FPdc in the next st , 1dc in the next st, working backwards over the stitches just made, 1FPdtr around the same post as the previous FPdtr, 1dc in the next st, FPdc in the next st, FPdtr in the next st four rows below, 1 dc in the last 2sts. 22 x ch1-sps / 94 dc / 45 FPdc / 24 FPdtr / 185sts.

See example below of rows 1 – 9:

Rows 10 – 17: Repeat rows 6—9 twice

Row 18: Repeat row 2, turn

Row 19: Repeat row 7, turn

Row 20: Ch1, 1sc in each st, including each ch-

sp, until end. Fasten off and weave in ends. 185s ts

Reattach YARN I to the opposite side of your work and repeat rows 1—20. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Rows 1 - 20 Partial chart for KCACOUKCAL23 - Part 7 in US Terms

And that’s it! Part 7 completed! We’ve now just got the border left to complete and we are all finished!

The Schedule, Updates & Support:

As always if you need a reminder of the schedule then you can find the details on the CAL landing page (here) and you can keep up to date with the CAL details and get support if needed via the following links:

As I may have mentioned before the Facebook group is a lovely place of support, there are crocheters in there of all experiences, with new crocheters joining all the time! It’s likely that someone will be able to help you with any questions you might have though of course you can always contact me too here on the blog if you need any help.

The hashtag for this years CAL is #KCACOUKCAL23 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Thank you for crocheting along with me – the next eleven weeks are going to be so much fun!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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The Enchanted Wood: Part 6 – Mushrooms

How are you all doing? Are you ready for Part 6 of the CAL?

I’ve so enjoyed watching the pinecones develop from last week in the Facebook group and Instagram! It’s so lovely to see the crochet community come together around the project, from all parts of the world, I can’t tell you how lovely it is to see your work progressing week by week!

Below you can see some of the wonderful photos of the CAL that have been shared of the last part, aren’t they wonderful! If you want to link your photos the hashtag for this years CAL is #KCACOUKCAL23 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can also join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: Ravelry, my Facebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Collage of KCACOUKCAL Part 5 works in progress made by others

So let’s get down to Part 6 then shall we, this week we are going to be adding some mushrooms to our Enchanted Wood.

I always thing that mushrooms are a fascinating and diverse feature of woodlands, many species can be spotted all year round and there are hundreds of different types. Fungi are the main decomposers the woods breaking down dead plants,  basically it feeds itself by digesting organic matter which it then returns as nutrients to the soil. Clever little things, so I thought they needed a place in our blanket.

Inspirational shot of woodland mushrooms for Part 6 of the KCACOUKCAL23

As before, as well as the written pattern I have included a crochet chart as an extra visual tool. If you are not familiar with reading charts, you you might find my blog post about ‘How to read a crochet chart’ a useful starting point.

If you are brand new to the CAL you can find all the information you need on the CAL landing page, where I’ll link all the CAL posts in one place as I add them here to the blog. Yarn packs are available from the lovely folks at Black Sheep Wools and there are a number of CAL accessories that are also available from some fabulous small businesses (that I talked a little more about here).

The pattern for this crochet along will be available for free here on the blog but sometimes it’s easier to have a printable PDF to refer to. The whole pattern therefore will also be available in a printer friendly PDF version in my Ravelry store (for a one off payment). Each weekly instalment will become ready for immediate download in either UK or US terms. As with any purchase you make of my patterns your support of me and my crochet endeavours is very much appreciated – thank you for supporting my work!

A Dutch version of the pattern will be put together by the very lovely Iris from Eenmooigebaar via the link below. Iris has brilliantly translated a range of my patterns before (these are also available on the website) so I’m delighted she’s joining us again this time.

Image of Part 6 of the KCACOUKCAL23 hanging between two trees in a woodland scene

The Enchanted Wood: Part 6 – Mushrooms

Yarn: 160g / 400m / 437yds or 2 x 100g ball of Stylecraft Naturals Cotton and Bamboo in Celery (7155) – YARN H or alternatively 2 x 100g of Stylecraft Special DK in Pistachio (1822) – YARN F

Hook: 3.5 mm (US size E/4)

You will also need: Scissors, A yarn needle, stitch markers

Gauge: 5 htr sts = 2.5cm (1”). Gauge is not critical for this design, with each part I will provide the size of my work. If your gauge does not meet mine it will just mean you will end up with a bigger or smaller blanket. If you wish to match my gauge you might try going up a hook size if your tension is quite tight, or going down a hook size if your tension is looser.

Finished Size (Unblocked):  Part 6 Approximate measurements:

  • In Naturals 84cm (33”) wide x 104cm (40.9”) long
  • In Special DK: 85.5cm (33.5”) wide x 103.5cm (40.5”) long.

The pattern below is in UK Terms, scroll down for US Terms:

STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Chain (ch): Bring yarn over hook from back to front and grab it with hook. Draw hooked yarn through slip knot and onto hook. 
  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • Double Crochet (dc): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Half Treble (htr): Yarn over, insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • Treble (tr): Yarn over, insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Seven Treble Cluster (7trCl): Work 7 trebles into one stitch.
  • Back Post Treble (BPtr): Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of indicated stitch below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally behind of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • Puff Stitch (PF): Work puff stitches in this  pattern as follows; Yarn over and insert your hook into the specified stitch/space, yarn over again and pull up a long loop.  (Yarn over and insert your hook into the same stitch / space, yarn over again and pull up a long loop) repeat from ( …) three more times (5 times total – 11 loops on hook).  Yarn over and pull through 10 loops on your hook (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through  last 2 loops on hook to close.   Puff stitches will show on the other side of your work when made.
  • Right side (RS): This indicates the right side of your work
  • [ … ] Repeat section in square brackets  until  specified
  • ( … ) Repeat section in curved brackets into one stitch or space

SCHEMATIC – PART 6

Schematic of Part 6 of the KCACOUKCAL23

PATTERN – PART 6

You will build part 6 onto the right side of the CAL;

  • With the right side facing you will work on the row ends of part 5, then across part 4, then on the row ends of part 5 again.
  • We will be adding rows, working from the bottom upwards, where there isn’t a st you will use post of sts of the row ends of Part 5.
  • The ch3 counts as the first st, if this produces too much of a gap at the start of a row it can be substituted for a ch2.
  • The ch1 at the start of a row doesn’t count as a stitch.
  • You will not count the sl st’s of row 5 in your stitch count when instructed to miss sts.
  • If you find that your rows are pulling into the centre you may wish to use a larger hook for this section e.g. 4mm (US size G/6).

Row 1 (RS): Sl st to join YARN H around the post of the last st of Part 5; ch3, 1tr in the same st,[ miss st at end of the next row, 2tr around the post of the next st ] repeat from [ … ] evenly fourteen times on Part 3, 1tr in the corner of Part 4, BPtr in the next 123sts of Part 4, 1tr in the      corner of Part 4, 2tr around the post of the next 2sts [miss st at the end of the next row, 2tr around the post of the next st], repeat { … ] evenly twelve times more on the row ends of Part 5, turn. 62 tr / 123 BPtr / 185 sts

Row 2: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, [ch1, miss st, 1tr in the next 3sts] repeat { … ] across until the last 3sts, ch1, miss st, 1tr in the last 2sts, turn. 139 tr / 46 x ch1-sps

Row 3: Ch3, 1tr in each st across, turn. 185 tr

Row 4 (WS) : Ch3, 1tr in the next st, [ch2, miss 2sts, PF in the next st, ch2, miss 2sts, 1tr in the

next 3sts ] repeat { … ] across another twenty-one times, ch2, miss 2sts, PF in the next st, ch2, miss 2sts, 1tr in the last 2sts. 70 tr / 46 x ch2-sps / 23 PF

Row 5: Ch1, 1dc in the next st, sl st in the next st, [miss 2 ch, 7trCl in the top of the next PF st, miss 2 ch, sl st in the top of the next tr, ch4, miss next st, sl st in the top of the next tr] repeat { … ] across another twenty-one times, miss 2 ch, 7trCl in the top of the next PF st, miss 2 ch, sl st in the top of the next tr, 1dc in the last st, turn. 23 x 7trCl / 22 x ch4-sps / 2 dc

Row 6: Ch6 (counts as tr + ch3), [ miss 3sts, 1 dc in the top centre tr of the 7trCl, ch3, miss 3sts, 1htr in the ch4-sp, ch3 ] repeat from { … ] across another twenty-one times, miss 3sts, 1 dc in the top centre of the 7trCl, miss 3sts, 1tr in the last st, turn. 2tr / 22 htr / 23 dc / 46 x ch3-sps

Row 7: Ch3, [ 3tr in the next ch3-sp, 1tr in the next dc, 3tr in the next ch3-sp, 1tr in the next htr ] repeat { … ] across another twenty-one times, 3tr in the next ch3-sp, 1tr in the next dc, 3tr in the next ch3-sp, 1tr in the last st, turn. 185 tr

Rows 8 – 13: Repeat rows 2 – 7

Rows 14—15: Repeat rows 2 – 3. 185 sts

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Reattach YARN H to the opposite side of your work and repeat rows 1 – 15. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Partial chart of Part 6 of the KCACOUKCAL23 in UK Terms

Pattern in US Terms:

Image of Part 6 of the KCACOUKCAL23 draped over a branch in a woodland scene.

STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Chain (ch): Bring yarn over hook from back to front and grab it with hook. Draw hooked yarn through slip knot and onto hook. 
  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • Single Crochet (sc): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Half Double Crochet (hdc): Yarn over, insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • Double Crochet (dc): Yarn over, insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Seven Double Crochet Cluster (7dcCl): Work 7 double crochet into one stitch.
  • Back Post Double Crochet (BPdc): Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of indicated stitch below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally behind of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • Right side (RS): This indicates the right side of your work
  • Puff Stitch (PF): Work puff stitches in this  pattern as follows; Yarn over and insert your hook into the specified stitch/space, yarn over again and pull up a long loop.  (Yarn over and insert your hook into the same stitch / space, yarn over again and pull up a long loop) repeat from ( …) three more times (5 times total – 11 loops on hook).  Yarn over and pull through 10 loops on your hook (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through  last 2 loops on hook to close.   Puff stitches will show on the other side of your work when made.
  • [ … ] Repeat section in square brackets  until  specified
  • ( … ) Repeat section in curved brackets into one stitch or space

SCHEMATIC – PART 6

Schematic of Part 6 of the KCACOUKCAL23

PATTERN – PART 6

You will build part 6 onto the right side of the CAL;

  • · With the right side facing you will work on the row ends of part 5, then across part 4, then on the row ends of part 5 again.
  • · We will be adding rows, working from the bottom upwards, where there isn’t a st you will use post of sts of the row ends of Part 5.
  • · The ch3 counts as the first st, if this produces too much of a gap at the start of a row it can be substituted for a ch2.
  • · The ch1 at the start of a row doesn’t count as a stitch.
  • · You will not count the sl st’s of row 5 in your stitch count when instructed to miss sts.
  • · If you find that your rows are pulling into the centre you may wish to use a larger hook for this section e.g. 4mm (US size G/6).

Row 1 (RS): Sl st to join YARN H around the post of the last st of Part 5; ch3, 1dc in the same st,[ miss st at end of the next row, 2dc around the post of the next st ] repeat from [ … ] evenly fourteen times on Part 3, 1dc in the corner of Part 4, BPdc in the next 123sts of Part 4, 1dc in the      corner of Part 4, 2dc around the post of the next 2sts [miss st at the end of the next row, 2dc around the post of the next st], repeat { … ] evenly twelve times more on the row ends of Part 5, turn. 62 dc / 123 BPdc / 185 sts

Close up of Parts 5 and Part 6 of the KCACOUKCAL23

Row 2: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, [ch1, miss st, 1dc in the next 3sts] repeat { … ] across until the last 3sts, ch1, miss st, 1dc in the last 2sts, turn. 139 dc / 46 x ch1-sps

Row 3: Ch3, 1dc in each st across, turn. 185 dc

Row 4 (WS) : Ch3, 1dc in the next st, [ch2, miss 2sts, PF in the next st, ch2, miss 2sts, 1dc in the next 3sts ] repeat { … ] across another twenty-one times, ch2, miss 2sts, PF in the next st, ch2, miss 2sts, 1dc in the last 2sts. 70 dc / 46 x ch2-sps / 23 PF

Row 5: Ch1, 1sc in the next st, sl st in the next st, [miss 2 ch, 7dcCl in the top of the next PF st, miss 2 ch, sl st in the top of the next dc, ch4, miss next st, sl st in the top of the next dc] repeat { … ] across another twenty-one times, miss 2 ch, 7dcCl in the top of the next PF st, miss 2 ch, sl st in the top of the next dc, 1sc in the last st, turn. 23 x 7dcCl / 22 x ch4-sps / 2 sc

Row 6: Ch6 (counts as dc + ch3), [ miss 3sts, 1 sc in the top centre dc of the 7dcCl, ch3, miss 3sts, 1hdc in the ch4-sp, ch3 ] repeat from { … ] across another twenty-one times, miss 3sts, 1 sc in the top centre of the 7dcCl, miss 3sts, 1dc in the last st, turn. 2dc / 22 hdc / 23 sc / 46 x ch3-sps

Row 7: Ch3, [ 3dc in the next ch3-sp, 1dc in the next sc, 3dc in the next ch3-sp, 1dc in the next hdc ] repeat { … ] across another twenty-one times, 3dc in the next ch3-sp, 1dc in the next sc, 3dc in the next ch3-sp, 1dc in the last st, turn. 185 dc

Rows 8 – 13: Repeat rows 2 – 7

Rows 14—15: Repeat rows 2 – 3. 185 sts

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Reattach YARN H to the opposite side of your work and repeat rows 1 – 15. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Partial chart of Part 6 of the KCACOUKCAL23 in US Terms

And that’s it! Part 6 completed! I hope you’ve enjoyed the start and I can’t wait to se your mushrooms sprout from Parts 4 and 5!

The Schedule, Updates & Support:

As always if you need a reminder of the schedule then you can find the details on the CAL landing page (here) and you can keep up to date with the CAL details and get support if needed via the following links:

As I may have mentioned before the Facebook group is a lovely place of support, there are crocheters in there of all experiences, with new crocheters joining all the time! It’s likely that someone will be able to help you with any questions you might have though of course you can always contact me too here on the blog if you need any help.

The hashtag for this years CAL is #KCACOUKCAL23 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Thank you for crocheting along with me – the next eleven weeks are going to be so much fun!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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The Enchanted Wood: Part 5 – Acorns

Well we’ve now passed that half way point in the CAL! It’s part of 5 this week, then there are only 3 parts of The Enchanted Wood Crochet Along left!

I’ve so enjoyed watching the pinecones develop from last week in the Facebook group and Instagram! It’s so lovely to see the crochet community come together around the project, from all parts of the world, I can’t tell you how lovely it is to see your work progressing week by week!

Below you can see some of the wonderful photos of the CAL that have been shared of the last part, aren’t they wonderful! If you want to link your photos the hashtag for this years CAL is #KCACOUKCAL23 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can also join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: Ravelry, my Facebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

So are you are ready to get started on Part 5! For the next part of the CAL we are going to be adding some acorns onto the other sections we’ve already created.

Acorns or oaknuts are a big part of the woods we go for walks in. I love how these seeds come with their own little caps which I used to believe were worn by fairies. They are another thing that are fun to collect on woodland walks which meant that it was another element that I had to include in our CAL.

As before, as well as the written pattern I have included a crochet chart as an extra visual tool. If you are not familiar with reading charts, you you might find my blog post about ‘How to read a crochet chart’ a useful starting point.

If you are brand new to the CAL you can find all the information you need on the CAL landing page, where I’ll link all the CAL posts in one place as I add them here to the blog. Yarn packs are available from the lovely folks at Black Sheep Wools and there are a number of CAL accessories that are also available from some fabulous small businesses (that I talked a little more about here).

The pattern for this crochet along will be available for free here on the blog but sometimes it’s easier to have a printable PDF to refer to. The whole pattern therefore will also be available in a printer friendly PDF version in my Ravelry store (for a one off payment). Each weekly instalment will become ready for immediate download in either UK or US terms. As with any purchase you make of my patterns your support of me and my crochet endeavours is very much appreciated – thank you for supporting my work!

A Dutch version of the pattern will be put together by the very lovely Iris from Eenmooigebaar via the link below. Iris has brilliantly translated a range of my patterns before (these are also available on the website) so I’m delighted she’s joining us again this time.

Image of Part 5 of the KCACOUKCAL23 pinned to a tree in a woodland scene

The Enchanted Wood: Part 5 – Acorns

Yarn: 2 x 70g / 175m / 191yds or 1 x 100g ball of Stylecraft Naturals Cotton and Bamboo in Cameo (Shade 4287) -YARN F and 1 x 100g ball of Stylecraft Naturals Cotton and Bamboo in Nutmeg (Shade 7147) -YARN G or alternatively 1 x 100g of Stylecraft Special DK in Saffron (Shade 1081) – use as YARN F and G

Hook: 3.5 mm (US size E/4)

You will also need: Scissors, A yarn needle, stitch markers

Gauge: 5 htr sts = 2.5cm (1”). Gauge is not critical for this design, with each part I will provide the size of my work. If your gauge does not meet mine it will just mean you will end up with a bigger or smaller blanket. If you wish to match my gauge you might try going up a hook size if your tension is quite tight, or going down a hook size if your tension is looser.

Finished Size (Unblocked):  Part 4 Approximate measurements:

  • In Naturals 66.5cm (26”) wide x 104cm (40.9”) long.
  • In Special DK: 66.5cm (26”) wide x 107cm (42.5”) long.

The pattern below is in UK Terms, scroll down for US Terms:

STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Chain (ch): Bring yarn over hook from back to front and grab it with hook. Draw hooked yarn through slip knot and onto hook. 
  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • Double Crochet (dc): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Half Treble (htr): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • Treble (tr): Yarn over, insert hook in  indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • 5 Treble Bobble (5Bob): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st, [ yarn over and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, insert hook in same st ], and repeat […} four times (six loops on hook), yarn over and pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • Back Post Treble (BPtr): Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of indicated stitch below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally behind of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • Right side (RS): This indicates the right side of your work
  • [ … ] Repeat section in square brackets  until  specified
  • ( … ) Repeat section in curved brackets into one stitch or space
  • Leaf Stitch (LSt): The leaf hopper stitch is worked around the post of a stitch as you would a front post treble. Working around the post of the next double crochet stitch indicated; [yarn over, insert hook from front to back to front, yarn over and pull up a loop], repeat twice more (seven loops on hook), yarn over and pull through six loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.

SCHEMATIC – PART 5

Schematic of Part 5 of the KCACOUKCAL23

PATTERN – PART 5

You will build part 5 onto the right side of the CAL;

  • With the right side facing you will work on the row ends of part 4, then across part 3, then on the row ends of part 4 again.
  • We will be adding rows, working from the bottom upwards, where there isn’t a st you will use post of sts of the row ends of Part 4.
  • The ch3 does count as the first st, if this produces too much of a gap at the start of a row it can be substituted for a ch2.
  • The ch1 at the start of a row doesn’t count as a stitch.
  • The chain stitches in rows 4—5 do count as a stitch.

Row 1: Sl st to join YARN F around the post of the last st of Part 4; ch3, 1tr in the same st,[2tr around the post of the next st ] repeat from [ … ] eleven times more, 1tr in the end post-sp of Part 3, BPtr in the next 69sts, 1tr in the end post-sp of Part 3, [2tr around the post of the next st] repeat { … ] twelves times more, turn. 54 tr / 69 BPtr / 123 sts

Row 2: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, ch2, miss 2sts, 5Bob in the next st, ch3, miss 2sts, 1dc in the next st, [ ch3, miss 2sts, 5Bob in the next st, ch3, miss 2sts, 1dc in the next st ] repeat seventeen times more, ch3, miss 2sts, 5Bob in the next st, ch2, miss 2sts, 1tr in the last 2sts, turn. 19 dc /4 tr / 20 x 5Bob / 2 x ch2-sps / 38 x ch3-sps     

Row 3: Ch1, 1dc in 2sts, 2dc in the ch2-sp, [ 1dc in the next st (should be on top of the 5Bob of previous row), 1dc and 1 htr in the next ch3-sp,

Lst around the dc of the previous row, 1htr and 1dc in the next ch2-sp ] repeat [ … ] eighteen times, 1dc on top of the next 5bob , 2dc in the ch2-sp, 1dc in the last 2sts, turn. 66 dc / 38 htr / 19 Lst / 123 sts

Note: Check your tension on rows 4—5, if you crochet tightly it may pull your row in slightly, if you know you have a tight tension you may wish to change to a bigger hook when working these rows.

Row 4: Ch1, 1dc in the next st [ ch1, miss st, 1dc in the next st ] repeat across, turn. 62 dc / 61 x ch1-sps / 123 sts

Row 5: Ch1, 1dc in the next 2sts [ ch1, miss st, 1dc in the next st ] repeat across until the last st, 1dc in the remaining st, turn. 63  dc / 60 x ch1-sps / 123 sts

Row 6: Ch1, 1dc in the next 2sts, [ ch3, miss 2sts, 1dc in the next st, ch3, miss 2sts, 5Bob in the next st ] repeat eighteen times more, ch3, miss 2sts, 1dc in the next st, ch3, miss 2sts, 1dc in the last 2sts, turn.  24 dc / 19 x 5Bob / 40 x ch3-sps / 123 sts     

Row 7: Ch3, 1tr in the next st [ 1dc and 1htr and in the next ch3-sp, 1tr in the next st (on the dc of the previous row), 1htr and 1dc in the next ch3-sp, 1dc in the next st ( on the 5Bob of the previous row) ] repeat from [ … ] eighteen more times, 1dc and 1htr  in the next ch3-sp, 1tr in the next st, 1htr and 1dc  in the next ch3-sp, 1tr in the last two sts, turn. 59 dc / 40 htr / 24 tr / 123 sts

Rows 8 – 9: Repeat rows 4– 5, turn

Row 10: Repeat row 2, turn

Row 11: Ch1, 1dc in 2sts, 2dc in the ch2-sp, [ 1dc in the next st (should be on top of the 5Bob of previous row), 1dc and 1 htr in the next ch3-sp, 1tr on the dc of the previous row, 1htr and 1dc in the next ch3-sp ] repeat [ … ] eighteen more times, 1dc in the next st, 2dc in the ch2-sp, 1dc in the last 2sts, turn. 66 dc / 38 htr / 19 tr

Rows 12 – 19: Repeat rows 4 – 11

Rows 20 – 26: Repeat rows 4 – 10, turn

Row 27: Repeat row 3, turn

Rows 28 – 29: Repeat rows 4– 5. Fasten off YARN F and weave in ends. 123sts

With YARN G repeat rows 1 – 29 on the opposite short side of your work (see schematic for guidance). Fasten off and weave in ends.

Partial chart of Part 5 of the KCACOUKCAL23 in UK Terms

Pattern in US Terms:

Image of Part 5 of the KCACOUKCAL23 draped on a picnic bench in a woodland scene

STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Chain (ch): Bring yarn over hook from back to front and grab it with hook. Draw hooked yarn through slip knot and onto hook. 
  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • Single crochet (sc): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Half double crochet (hdc): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • Double crochet (dc): Yarn over, insert hook in  indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • 5 double crochet bobble (5Bob): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st, [ yarn over and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, insert hook in same st ], and repeat […} four times (six loops on hook), yarn over and pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • Back Post double crochet  (BPtr): Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of indicated stitch below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally behind of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • Right side (RS): This indicates the right side of your work
  • [ … ] Repeat section in square brackets  until  specified
  • ( … ) Repeat section in curved brackets into one stitch or space
  • Leaf Stitch (LSt): The leaf hopper stitch is worked around the post of a stitch as you would a front post double crochet. Working around the post of the next single crochet stitch indicated; [yarn over, insert hook from front to back to front, yarn over and pull up a loop], repeat twice more (seven loops on hook), yarn over and pull through six loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.

SCHEMATIC – PART 5

Schematic of Part 5 of the KCACOUKCAL23

PATTERN – PART 5

PATTERN – PART 5

You will build part 5 onto the right side of the CAL;

  • With the right side facing you will work on the row ends of part 4, then across part 3, then on the row ends of part 4 again.
  • We will be adding rows, working from the bottom upwards, where there isn’t a st you will use post of sts of the row ends of Part 4.
  • The ch3 does count as the first st, if this produces too much of a gap at the start of a row it can be substituted for a ch2.
  • The ch1 at the start of a row doesn’t count as a stitch.
  • The chain stitches in rows 4—5 do count as a stitch.

Row 1: Sl st to join YARN F around the post of the last st of Part 4; ch3, 1dc in the same st,[2dc around the post of the next st ] repeat from [ … ] eleven times more, 1dc in the end post-sp of Part 3, BPdc in the next 69sts, 1dc in the end post-sp of Part 3, [2dc around the post of the next st] repeat { … ] twelves times more, turn. 54 dc / 69 BPdc / 123 sts

Close up of Parts 3 and Part 5 of the KCACOUKCAL23

Row 2: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, ch2, miss 2sts, 5Bob in the next st, ch3, miss 2sts, 1sc in the next st, [ ch3, miss 2sts, 5Bob in the next st, ch3, miss 2sts, 1sc in the next st ] repeat seventeen times more, ch3, miss 2sts, 5Bob in the next st, ch2, miss 2sts, 1dc in the last 2sts, turn. 19 sc /4 dc / 20 x 5Bob / 2 x ch2-sps / 38 x ch3-sps     

Row 3: Ch1, 1sc in 2sts, 2sc in the ch2-sp, [ 1sc in the next st (should be on top of the 5Bob of previous row), 1sc and 1 hdc in the next ch3-sp, Lst around the sc of the previous row, 1hdc and 1sc in the next ch2-sp ] repeat [ … ] eighteen times, 1sc on top of the next 5bob , 2sc in the ch2-sp, 1sc in the last 2sts, turn. 66 sc / 38 hdc / 19 Lst / 123 sts

Note: Check your tension on rows 4—5, if you crochet tightly it may pull your row in slightly, if you know you have a tight tension you may wish to change to a bigger hook when working these rows.

Row 4: Ch1, 1sc in the next st [ ch1, miss st, 1sc in the next st ] repeat across, turn. 62 sc / 61 x ch1-sps / 123 sts

Row 5: Ch1, 1sc in the next 2sts [ ch1, miss st, 1sc in the next st ] repeat across until the last st, 1sc in the remaining st, turn. 63  sc / 60 x ch1-sps / 123 sts

Row 6: Ch1, 1sc in the next 2sts, [ ch3, miss 2sts, 1sc in the next st, ch3, miss 2sts, 5Bob in the next st ] repeat eighteen times more, ch3, miss 2sts, 1sc in the next st, ch3, miss 2sts, 1sc in the last 2sts, turn.  24 sc / 19 x 5Bob / 40 x ch3-sps / 123 sts     

Row 7: Ch3, 1dc in the next st [ 1sc and 1hdc and in the next ch3-sp, 1dc in the next st (on the sc of the previous row), 1hdc and 1sc in the next ch3-sp, 1sc in the next st ( on the 5Bob of the previous row) ] repeat from [ … ] eighteen more times, 1sc and 1hdc  in the next ch3-sp, 1dc in the next st, 1hdc and 1sc  in the next ch3-sp, 1dc in the last two sts, turn. 59 sc / 40 hdc / 24 dc / 123 sts

Rows 8 – 9: Repeat rows 4– 5, turn

Row 10: Repeat row 2, turn

Row 11: Ch1, 1sc in 2sts, 2sc in the ch2-sp, [ 1sc in the next st (should be on top of the 5Bob of previous row), 1sc and 1 hdc in the next ch3-sp, 1dc on the sc of the previous row, 1hdc and 1sc in the next ch3-sp ] repeat [ … ] eighteen more times, 1sc in the next st, 2sc in the ch2-sp, 1sc in the last 2sts, turn. 66 sc / 38 hdc / 19 dc

Rows 12 – 19: Repeat rows 4 – 11

Rows 20 – 26: Repeat rows 4 – 10, turn

Row 27: Repeat row 3, turn

Rows 28 – 29: Repeat rows 4– 5. Fasten off YARN F and weave in ends. 123sts

With YARN G repeat rows 1 – 29 on the opposite short side of your work (see schematic for guidance). Fasten off and weave in ends.

Partial chart of Part 5 of the KCACOUKCAL23 in US Terms

And that’s it! Part 5 completed! I hope you’ve enjoyed the start and I can’t wait to se your acorns develop!

The Schedule, Updates & Support:

As always if you need a reminder of the schedule then you can find the details on the CAL landing page (here) and you can keep up to date with the CAL details and get support if needed via the following links:

As I may have mentioned before the Facebook group is a lovely place of support, there are crocheters in there of all experiences, with new crocheters joining all the time! It’s likely that someone will be able to help you with any questions you might have though of course you can always contact me too here on the blog if you need any help.

The hashtag for this years CAL is #KCACOUKCAL23 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Thank you for crocheting along with me – the next eleven weeks are going to be so much fun!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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The Enchanted Wood: Part 4 – Pinecones

Apologies for the delay with sending this out! Dodgy internet has had me trying for the last 6 hours but I’m not happy to say that this finally seems to be working!

Welcome to part 4 of The Enchanted Wood Crochet Along! I’ve so enjoyed watching the ferns develop from last week in the Facebook group and Instagram! It’s so lovely to see the crochet community come together around the project, from all parts of the world, and to help each other out with queries and tips – as the designer of the project I can’t tell you how lovely it is to see your work progressing!

Below you can see some of the wonderful photos of the CAL that have been shared of the last part, aren’t they wonderful! If you want to link your photos the hashtag for this years CAL is #KCACOUKCAL23 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can also join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: Ravelry, my Facebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Collection of images of the KCACOUKCAL Part 3 made by others

So are you are ready to get started on Part 4! For the next part of the CAL we are going to be collection some pinecones to add onto part 2 and part 3.

Did you know that pine cones are actually the woody fruiting body and reproductive part of pine trees, the seeds are hidden by the textured scales on the cones. They are the texture of any woodland scene; many a time we’ve been on pine cone hunts with the kids and I often use them as natural decoration in my home – so I had to include them in our CAL.

As before, as well as the written pattern I have included a crochet chart as an extra visual tool – and I’ve also broken the chart down into sections so you can see how the tree grows line by line. If you are not familiar with reading charts, you you might find my blog post about ‘How to read a crochet chart’ a useful starting point.

If you are brand new to the CAL you can find all the information you need on the CAL landing page, where I’ll link all the CAL posts in one place as I add them here to the blog. Yarn packs are available from the lovely folks at Black Sheep Wools and there are a number of CAL accessories that are also available from some fabulous small businesses (that I talked a little more about here).

The pattern for this crochet along will be available for free here on the blog but sometimes it’s easier to have a printable PDF to refer to. The whole pattern therefore will also be available in a printer friendly PDF version in my Ravelry store (for a one off payment). Each weekly instalment will become ready for immediate download in either UK or US terms. As with any purchase you make of my patterns your support of me and my crochet endeavours is very much appreciated – thank you for supporting my work!

A Dutch version of the pattern will be put together by the very lovely Iris from Eenmooigebaar via the link below. Iris has brilliantly translated a range of my patterns before (these are also available on the website) so I’m delighted she’s joining us again this time.

Image of KCACOUKCAL23 Part 4 - Pinecones hanging on a tree in the woods

The Enchanted Wood: Part 4 – Pinecones

Yarn: 2 x 65g / 162m / 178yds or 1 x 100g ball of Stylecraft Naturals Cotton and Bamboo in Natural (4443) – YARN D and 1 x 100g ball of Stylecraft Naturals Cotton and Bamboo in Pumice (7154) – YARN E or alternatively 1 x 100g of Stylecraft Special DK in Camel (1420) – use as YARN D and E

Hook: 3.5 mm (US size E/4)

You will also need: Scissors, A yarn needle, stitch markers

Gauge: 5 htr sts = 2.5cm (1”). Gauge is not critical for this design, with each part I will provide the size of my work. If your gauge does not meet mine it will just mean you will end up with a bigger or smaller blanket. If you wish to match my gauge you might try going up a hook size if your tension is quite tight, or going down a hook size if your tension is looser.

Finished Size (Unblocked):  Part 4 Approximate measurements:

  • In Naturals 64cm (24”) wide x 72cm (28”) long
  • In Special DK: 64cm (25”) wide x 67.5cm (26.5”) long.

The pattern below is in UK Terms, scroll down for US Terms:

STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Chain (ch): Bring yarn over hook from back to front and grab it with hook. Draw hooked yarn through slip knot and onto hook. 
  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • Half Treble (htr): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • Treble (tr): Yarn over, insert hook in  indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Back Post Treble (BPtr): Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of indicated stitch below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally behind of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • Front Post Treble (FPtr): Yarn over, insert hook from front to back to front around post of indicated stitch below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally in front of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • Puff Stitch (PF): Work puff stitches in this pattern as follows; Yarn over and insert your hook into the specified stitch/space, yarn over again and pull up a long loop.  (Yarn over and insert your hook into the same stitch / space, yarn over again and pull up a long loop) repeat from ( …) once more (7 loops on hook).  Yarn over and pull through 6 loops on your hook (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through last 2 loops on hook to close. 
  • Right side (RS): This indicates the right side of your work
  • [ … ] Repeat section in square brackets  until  specified
  • ( … ) Repeat section in curved brackets into one stitch or space

SCHEMATIC – PART 4

Schematic of Part 4 of the KCACOUKCAL23

PATTERN – PART 4

You will build part 4 onto the right side of the CAL;

  • To set up making Part 4 you will be working on the opposites sides of Part 3 directly onto Part 2.. With the right side facing you will work on the row ends of part 3, then across part 2, then on the row ends of part 3 again to build part 4.
  • We will be adding rows, working from the bottom upwards, where there isn’t a st you will use post of sts of the row ends of Part 3.
  • The ch3 does counts as the first st, if this produces too much of a gap at the start of a row it can be substituted for a ch2.
  • Due to the nature of the puff stitches you might find that it makes Part 4 wider and slightly rippled, if you know that you crochet at a looser tension you may wish to use a smaller hook for this section e.g. 3mm (US size D/3).

Row 1: Sl st to join YARN D around the post of the last st of Part 3; ch3, 1tr in the same st, 2tr around each post until you reach the corner of Part 2, work 2tr in that space (24sts), then work BPtr in each st across until you reach the next corner of Part 2 (77sts), work 2tr in that space, then work 2tr around each post until the end, turn. 48 tr / 77 BPtr / 125sts

Close up of how Part 4 joins on to Part 3 of the KCACOUKCAL23

Row 2: Ch3, 1tr in each st across, turn. 125sts

Row 3: Ch3, 1tr in the next 12sts, FPtr in the next st, [1tr in 13sts, FPtr in the next st] repeat [ … ] across six more times, 1tr in the last 13 sts, turn. 117 tr / 8 FPtr / 125 sts

Row 4: Ch3, 1tr in 3sts, ch1, miss st, 1 PF in the next 3sts, ch1, miss st, 1tr in the next 4sts, BPtr in the next st [1tr in the next 4sts, ch1, miss st, 1 PF in the next 3sts, ch1, miss st, 1tr in the next 4sts, BPtr in the next st] repeat [ … ] across six more times, 1tr in the next 4sts, ch1, miss st, 1 PF in the next 3sts, ch1, miss st, 1tr in the last 4sts, turn. 72 tr / 8 BPtr / 27 PF / 18 x ch1-sps / 125 sts

Row 5: Ch3, 1tr in 2sts, ch1, miss st, 1 PF in the ch-sp, 1PF in the next 3sts, 1PF in the ch-sp, ch1 miss st, 1tr in the next 3sts,  FPtr in the next st [1tr in the next 3sts, ch1, miss st, 1 PF in the ch-sp, 1 PF in the next 3sts, 1 PF in the ch-sp, ch1, miss st, 1tr in the next 3sts, FPtr in the next st] repeat [ … ] across six more times, 1tr in the next 3sts, ch1, miss st, 1 PF in the ch-sp, 1 PF in the next 3sts, 1 PF in the ch-sp, ch1, miss st, 1tr in the last 3sts, turn. 54tr / 8 FPtr / 45 PF / 18 x ch1-sps / 125 sts

Row 6: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, ch1, miss st, 1 PF in the ch-sp, 1PF in the next 5sts, 1PF in the ch-sp, ch1, miss st, 1tr in the next 2sts, BPtr in the next st [1tr in the next 2sts, ch1, miss st, 1 PF in the ch-sp, 1 PF in the next 5sts, 1 PF in the ch-sp, ch1, miss st, 1tr in the next 2sts, BPtr in the next st] repeat [ … ] across six more times, 1tr in the next 2sts, ch1, miss st, 1 PF in the ch-sp, 1 PF in the next 5sts, 1 PF in the ch-sp, ch1, miss st, 1tr in the last 2sts, turn. 36 tr / 8 BPtr / 63 PF / 18 x ch1-sps / 125 sts

Row 7: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, ch1, miss st, 1PF in the next 7sts, ch1 miss st, 1tr in the next 2sts, FPtr in the next st [1tr in the next 2sts, ch1, miss st, 1 PF in the next 7sts, ch1, miss st, 1tr in the next 2sts, FPtr in the next st] repeat [ … ] across six more times, 1tr in the next 2sts, ch1, miss st, 1 1 PF in the next 7sts, ch1, miss st, 1tr in the last 2sts, turn. 36 tr / 8 FPtr / 63 PF / 18 x ch1-sps / 125 sts

Row 8: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, ch1, miss st, 1PF in the next 7sts, ch1 miss st, 1tr in the next 2sts, BPtr in the next st [1tr in the next 2sts, ch1, miss st, 1 PF in the next 7sts, ch1, miss st, 1tr in the next 2sts, BPtr in the next st] repeat [ … ] across six more times, 1tr in the next 2sts, ch1, miss st, 1 1 PF in the next 7sts, ch1, miss st, 1tr in the last 2sts, turn. 36 tr / 8 BPtr / 63 PF / 18 x ch1-sps / 125 sts

Row 9: Repeat row 7,turn.  36 tr / 8 FPtr / 63 PF / 18 x ch1-sps / 125 sts

Row 10: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, 1 tr in the ch-sp, ch1 miss st, 1PF in the next 5sts, ch1, miss st, 1tr in the ch-sp, 1tr in the next 2sts, BPtr in the next st [1tr in the next 2sts, 1tr in the ch-sp, ch1, miss st, 1 PF in the next 5 sts, ch1, miss st, 1tr in the ch-sp, 1tr in the next 2sts, BPtr in the next st] repeat [ … ] across six more times, 1tr in the next 2sts, 1tr in the ch-sp,  ch1, miss st, 1PF in the next 5sts, ch1, miss st, 1 tr in the ch-sp, 1tr in the last 2sts, turn. 54tr / 8 BPtr / 45 PF / 18 x ch1-sps / 125 sts

Row 11: Ch3, 1tr in next 12sts, 1FPtr in the next st, [1tr in 13sts, 1FPtr in the next st] repeat [ … ] six more times, 1tr in the last 13sts, turn. 117 tr / 8 FPtr / 125sts

Row 12: Ch3, 1tr in next 12sts, 1BPtr in the next st, [1tr in 13sts, 1BPtr in the next st] repeat [ … ] seven mores times, 1tr in the last 13sts, turn. 117 tr / 8 BPtr / 125sts

Row 13: Ch3, 1tr in each st across. 125sts

Fasten off YARN D and weave in ends.

With YARN E repeat rows 1 – 13 on the opposite side of your work (see schematic for  guidance). Fasten off and weave in ends.

Partial chart of Part 4 of the KCACOUKCAL23 in UK Terms

Pattern in US Terms:

Close up of the Pinecones section (Part 4) of KCACOUKCAL23; held up in the woods

STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Chain (ch): Bring yarn over hook from back to front and grab it with hook. Draw hooked yarn through slip knot and onto hook. 
  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • Double Crochet (dc): Yarn over, insert hook in  indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Back Post Double Crochet (BPdc): Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of indicated stitch below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally behind of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • Front Post Double Crochet (FPdc): Yarn over, insert hook from front to back to front around post of indicated stitch below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally in front of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • Puff Stitch (PF): Work puff stitches in this pattern as follows; Yarn over and insert your hook into the specified stitch/space, yarn over again and pull up a long loop.  (Yarn over and insert your hook into the same stitch / space, yarn over again and pull up a long loop) repeat from ( …) once more (7 loops on hook).  Yarn over and pull through 6 loops on your hook (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through last 2 loops on hook to close. 
  • Right side (RS): This indicates the right side of your work
  • [ … ] Repeat section in square brackets  until  specified
  • ( … ) Repeat section in curved brackets into one stitch or space

SCHEMATIC – PART 4

Schematic of Part 4 of the KCACOUKCAL23

PATTERN – PART 4

You will build part 4 onto the right side of the CAL;

  • To set up making Part 4 you will be working on the opposites sides of Part 3 directly onto Part 2.. With the right side facing you will work on the row ends of part 3, then across part 2, then on the row ends of part 3 again to build part 4.
  • We will be adding rows, working from the bottom upwards, where there isn’t a st you will use post of sts of the row ends of Part 3.
  • The ch3 does counts as the first st, if this  produces too much of a gap at the start of a row it can be substituted for a ch2.
  • Due to the nature of the puff stitches you might find that it makes Part 4 wider and slightly rippled, if you know that you      crochet at a looser tension you may wish to use a smaller hook for this section e.g. 3mm (US size D/3).

Row 1: Sl st to join YARN D around the post of the last st of Part 3; ch3, 1dc in the same st, 2dc around each post until you reach the corner of Part 2, work 2dc in that space (24sts), then work BPdc in each st across until you reach the next corner of Part 2 (77sts), work 2dc in that space, then work 2dc around each post until the end, turn. 48 dc / 77 BPdc / 125sts

Close up of how Part 4 joins on to Part 3 of the KCACOUKCAL23

Row 2: Ch3, 1dc in each st across, turn. 125sts

Row 3: Ch3, 1dc in the next 12sts, FPdc in the next st, [1dc in 13sts, FPdc in the next st] repeat [ … ] across six more times, 1dc in the last 13 sts, turn. 117 dc / 8 FPdc / 125 sts

Row 4: Ch3, 1dc in 3sts, ch1, miss st, 1 PF in the

next 3sts, ch1, miss st, 1dc in the next 4sts, BPdc in the next st [1dc in the next 4sts, ch1, miss st, 1 PF in the next 3sts, ch1, miss st, 1dc in the next 4sts, BPdc in the next st] repeat [ … ] across six more times, 1dc in the next 4sts, ch1, miss st, 1 PF in the next 3sts, ch1, miss st, 1dc in the last 4sts, turn. 72 dc / 8 BPdc / 27 PF / 18 x ch1-sps / 125 sts

Row 5: Ch3, 1dc in 2sts, ch1, miss st, 1 PF in the ch-sp, 1PF in the next 3sts, 1PF in the ch-sp, ch1 miss st, 1dc in the next 3sts,  FPdc in the next st [1dc in the next 3sts, ch1, miss st, 1 PF in the ch-sp, 1 PF in the next 3sts, 1 PF in the ch-sp, ch1, miss st, 1dc in the next 3sts, FPdc in the next st] repeat [ … ] across six more times, 1dc in the next 3sts, ch1, miss st, 1 PF in the ch-sp, 1 PF in the next 3sts, 1 PF in the ch-sp, ch1, miss st, 1dc in the last 3sts, turn. 54dc / 8 FPdc / 45 PF / 18 x ch1-sps / 125 sts

Row 6: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, ch1, miss st, 1 PF in the ch-sp, 1PF in the next 5sts, 1PF in the ch-sp, ch1, miss st, 1dc in the next 2sts, BPdc in the next st [1dc in the next 2sts, ch1, miss st, 1 PF in the ch-sp, 1 PF in the next 5sts, 1 PF in the ch-sp, ch1, miss st, 1dc in the next 2sts, BPdc in the next st] repeat [ … ] across six more times, 1dc in the next 2sts, ch1, miss st, 1 PF in the ch-sp, 1 PF in the next 5sts, 1 PF in the ch-sp, ch1, miss st, 1dc in the last 2sts, turn. 36 dc / 8 BPdc / 63 PF / 18 x ch1-sps / 125 sts

Row 7: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, ch1, miss st, 1PF in the next 7sts, ch1 miss st, 1dc in the next 2sts, FPdc in the next st [1dc in the next 2sts, ch1, miss st, 1 PF in the next 7sts, ch1, miss st, 1dc in the next 2sts, FPdc in the next st] repeat [ … ] across six more times, 1dc in the next 2sts, ch1, miss st, 1 1 PF in the next 7sts, ch1, miss st, 1dc in the last 2sts, turn. 36 dc / 8 FPdc / 63 PF / 18 x ch1-sps / 125 sts

Row 8: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, ch1, miss st, 1PF in the next 7sts, ch1 miss st, 1dc in the next 2sts, BPdc in the next st [1dc in the next 2sts, ch1, miss st, 1 PF in the next 7sts, ch1, miss st, 1dc in the next 2sts, BPdc in the next st] repeat [ … ] across six more times, 1dc in the next 2sts, ch1, miss st, 1 1 PF in the next 7sts, ch1, miss st, 1dc in the last 2sts, turn. 36 dc / 8 BPdc / 63 PF / 18 x ch1-sps / 125 sts

Row 9: Repeat row 7,turn.  36 dc / 8 FPdc / 63 PF / 18 x ch1-sps / 125 sts

Row 10: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, 1 dc in the ch-sp, ch1 miss st, 1PF in the next 5sts, ch1, miss st, 1dc in the ch-sp, 1dc in the next 2sts, BPdc in the next st [1dc in the next 2sts, 1dc in the ch-sp, ch1, miss st, 1 PF in the next 5 sts, ch1, miss st, 1dc in the ch-sp, 1dc in the next 2sts, BPdc in the next st] repeat [ … ] across six more times, 1dc in the next 2sts, 1dc in the ch-sp,  ch1, miss st, 1PF in the next 5sts, ch1, miss st, 1 dc in the ch-sp, 1dc in the last 2sts, turn. 54dc / 8 BPdc / 45 PF / 18 x ch1-sps / 125 sts

Row 11: Ch3, 1dc in next 12sts, 1FPdc in the next st, [1dc in 13sts, 1FPdc in the next st] repeat [ … ] six more times, 1dc in the last 13sts, turn. 117 dc / 8 FPdc / 125sts

Row 12: Ch3, 1dc in next 12sts, 1BPdc in the next st, [1dc in 13sts, 1BPdc in the next st] repeat [ … ] seven mores times, 1dc in the last 13sts, turn. 117 dc / 8 BPdc / 125sts

Row 13: Ch3, 1dc in each st across. 125sts

Fasten off YARN D and weave in ends.

With YARN E repeat rows 1 – 13 on the opposite side of your work (see schematic for guidance). Fasten off and weave in ends.

Partial chart of Part 4 of the KCACOUKCAL23 - US terms

And that’s it! Part 4 completed! I hope you’ve enjoyed the start and I can’t wait to se your stars begin to emerge!

The Schedule, Updates & Support:

As always if you need a reminder of the schedule then you can find the details on the CAL landing page (here) and you can keep up to date with the CAL details and get support if needed via the following links:

As I may have mentioned before the Facebook group is a lovely place of support, there are crocheters in there of all experiences, with new crocheters joining all the time! It’s likely that someone will be able to help you with any questions you might have though of course you can always contact me too here on the blog if you need any help.

The hashtag for this years CAL is #KCACOUKCAL21 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Thank you for crocheting along with me – the next eleven weeks are going to be so much fun!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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The Enchanted Wood: Part 3 – Ferns

Welcome to part 3 of The Enchanted Wood Crochet Along! I’ve so enjoyed watching the trees grow last week in the Facebook group and Instagram! It’s so lovely to see the crochet community come together around the project, from all parts of the world, and to help each other out with queries and tips – as the designer of the project I can’t tell you how lovely it is to see your work progressing!

Below you can see some of the wonderful photos of the CAL that have been shared of the last part, aren’t they wonderful! If you want to link your photos the hashtag for this years CAL is #KCACOUKCAL23 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can also join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: Ravelry, my Facebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Collage of Part 3 of the Enchanted Wood CAL made by others

So are you are ready to get started on Part 3! For the next part of the CAL we are going to be creating some ferns at the top and the bottom of our beginning tree and buds motif.

With their interesting foliage and textures ferns are a big feature of the woods near us. They get so big in summer that the block off some of the pathways and I love that they curl up as a means of self-protection from the cold (I do the same).

Inspirational photo of ferns in a wood for Part 3 of the Enchanted Wood CAL

As before, as well as the written pattern I have included a crochet chart as an extra visual tool – and I’ve also broken the chart down into sections so you can see how the tree grows line by line. If you are not familiar with reading charts, you you might find my blog post about ‘How to read a crochet chart’ a useful starting point.

If you are brand new to the CAL you can find all the information you need on the CAL landing page, where I’ll link all the CAL posts in one place as I add them here to the blog. Yarn packs are available from the lovely folks at Black Sheep Wools and there are a number of CAL accessories that are also available from some fabulous small businesses (that I talked a little more about here).

The pattern for this crochet along will be available for free here on the blog but sometimes it’s easier to have a printable PDF to refer to. The whole pattern therefore will also be available in a printer friendly PDF version in my Ravelry store (for a one off payment). Each weekly instalment will become ready for immediate download in either UK or US terms. As with any purchase you make of my patterns your support of me and my crochet endeavours is very much appreciated – thank you for supporting my work!

A Dutch version of the pattern will be put together by the very lovely Iris from Eenmooigebaar via the link below. Iris has brilliantly translated a range of my patterns before (these are also available on the website) so I’m delighted she’s joining us again this time.

Image of Part 3 of the Enchanted Wood CAL; textured crocheted panel on display in front of lots of ferns

The Enchanted Wood: Part 3 – Ferns

Yarn: 65g / 162m / 178yds or 1 x 100g ball of Stylecraft Naturals Cotton and Bamboo in Bluestone (4764) or alternatively 1 x 100g of Stylecraft Special DK in Mocha (1064) – YARN C

Hook: 3.5 mm (US size E/4)

You will also need: Scissors, A yarn needle, stitch markers

Gauge: 5 htr sts = 2.5cm (1”). Gauge is not critical for this design, with each part I will provide the size of my work. If your gauge does not meet mine it will just mean you will end up with a bigger or smaller blanket. If you wish to match my gauge you might try going up a hook size if your tension is quite tight, or going down a hook size if your tension is looser.

Finished Size (Unblocked):  Part 3 Approximate measurements:

  • In Naturals 37cm (14.5”) wide x 72cm (28”) long
  • In Special DK: 38.5cm (15”) wide x 75.5cm (26.5”) long.

The pattern below is in UK Terms, scroll down for US Terms:

STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Chain (ch): Bring yarn over hook from back to front and grab it with hook. Draw hooked yarn through slip knot and onto hook. 
  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • Double Crochet (dc): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Treble (tr): Yarn over, insert hook in  indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Double Treble (dtr): Yarn over hook (twice), insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop (four loops on hook), Yarn over, pull yarn through two loops on hook (three loops remain on hook). Yarn over, pull yarn through two loops on hook (two loops remain on hook). Yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Back Post Treble (BPtr): Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of indicated stitch below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally behind of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • Front Post Treble (FPtr): Yarn over, insert hook from front to back to front around post of indicated stitch below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally in front of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • Front Post Double Treble (FPdtr): Yarn over hook (twice), insert your hook from front to back to front around the post of the stitch indicated, yarn over, pull up a loop, (yarn over, pull through 2 loops on your hook) 3 times.
  • Right side (RS): This indicates the right side of your work
  • [ … ] Repeat section in square brackets  until  specified
  • ( … ) Repeat section in curved brackets into one stitch or space

SCHEMATIC – PART 3

Schematic of Part 3 of the Enchanted Wood CAL

PATTERN – PART 3

  • Part 2 ended with; 69sts on each short side / 77 sts on each long side / 292sts + 4 x 3ch-sps in  total
  • The ch1 at the start of a row does not count as a st;
  • The ch3 does count as the first st, if this produces too much of a gap at the start of a row it can be substituted for a ch2.
  • Each FPdtr will be worked 2 rows below from the row you are currently working on,
  • When you work a FPdtr it will look as if you have missed a st when you look at it on the wrong side – you will not ever work in this st.

Row 1: Sl st to join YARN C in the top corner of a short side (at the top of the tree). Ch3 (counts as first tr here and throughout), 1BPtr around the next st and in each st across until the next ch3-sp, 1tr in this sp, turn. 2 tr / 69 BPtr / 71 sts

Row 2: Ch1, 1dc in 8sts, ch1, miss the next st, [1dc in the next 5sts, ch1, miss the next st] repeat eight times, 1dc in 8sts, turn. 61dc + 10 x ch1-sps / 71sts

Row 3: Ch3, 1tr in 7sts, ch1, miss the next st [ 1tr in 5sts, ch1, miss the next st] repeat eight times, 1tr in 8sts, turn. 61tr + 10 x ch1-sps / 71sts

Row 4: Repeat row 2, turn. 71 sts

Apart from the start and finish of the row the ferns are worked over 5sts;

Row 5: Ch3, 1tr in 3sts, [ miss the next st two rows below, FPdtr around the post of the next st two rows below, 1FPtr around the post of the next st (the dc of the row below), then working backwards, FPdtr around the post of the same st just worked two rows below, then working on the current row, 1tr in the next st, ch1, miss the next st, 1tr in the next st ] repeat ten times, 1tr in the last 3sts, turn. 22 FPdtr / 11 FPtr / 28 tr / 10 x ch1-sps / 71 sts

See diagram help below for row 5:                          

Charts of rows 1-5 of Part 3 of the Enchanted Wood CAL

Row 6: Repeat row 2, turn. 71 sts

Row 7: Ch3, 1tr in 2sts, miss the next st two rows below, [ FPdtr around the next FPdtr two rows below, FPdtr around the post of the next st two rows below, 1FPtr in the next st on the current row, FPdtr around the post of the same st just worked two rows below, FPdtr around the FPdtr two rows below, ch1 ] repeat ten times, 1tr in the last 3sts, turn. 44 FPdtr / 7 tr / 10 FPtr /10 x ch1-sps / 71 sts

See diagram help below for row 7:                

Charts of rows 1-7 of Part 3 of the Enchanted Wood CAL

Row 8: Repeat row 2, turn. 71 sts

Row 9: Repeat row 5, turn. 71 sts

See diagram help below for row 9:            

Charts of rows 1-9 of Part 3 of the Enchanted Wood CAL

Row 10: Repeat row 2, turn. 71 sts

Row 11: Repeat row 7, turn. 71 sts

Row 12: Repeat row 2, turn. 71 sts

Row 13: Repeat row 5, turn. 71 sts

Row 14: Repeat row 2, turn. 71 sts

Row 15: Repeat row 7, turn. 71 sts

Row 16: Repeat row 2, turn. 71 sts

Row 17: Repeat row 5, turn. 71 sts

Row 18: Repeat row 2, turn. 71 sts

Row 19: Ch3, 1tr in the next 4sts, 1FPdtr around the next st two rows below, 1tr in the next 2sts, {ch1, miss the next st, 1tr in the next 2sts, 1FPdtr in the next st two rows below, 1tr in the next 2sts] repeat 9 times, 1tr in the last 3sts, turn  11 FPdtr / 50 tr / 10 x ch1-sps / 71sts

Row 20: Repeat row 2, turn. 71 sts

Row 21: Ch3, 1tr in each st and ch-sp across.. Fasten off and weave in ends. 71 sts

With YARN C repeat rows 1 – 21 on the opposite short side of your work (at the bottom of the tree). Fasten off and weave in ends.

Partial Chart of Part 3 of the Enchanted Wood CAL

Pattern in US Terms:

Image of Part 3 of the Enchanted Wood CAL; textured crocheted panel on display on top of a cut tree stump

Stitch Guidance:

  • Chain (ch): Bring yarn over hook from back to front and grab it with hook. Draw hooked yarn through slip knot and onto hook. 
  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • Single Crochet (sc): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Double Crochet (dc): Yarn over, insert hook in  indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Treble (tr): Yarn over hook (twice), insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop (four loops on hook), Yarn over, pull yarn through two loops on hook (three loops remain on hook). Yarn over, pull yarn through two loops on hook (two loops remain on hook). Yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Back Post Double Crochet (BPdc): Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of indicated stitch below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally behind of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • Front Post Double Crochet (FPdc): Yarn over, insert hook from front to back to front around post of indicated stitch below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally in front of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • Front Post Double Treble (FPtr): Yarn over hook (twice), insert your hook from front to back to front around the post of the stitch indicated, yarn over, pull up a loop, (yarn over, pull through 2 loops on your hook) 3 times.
  • Right side (RS): This indicates the right side of your work
  • [ … ] Repeat section in square brackets  until  specified
  • ( … ) Repeat section in curved brackets into one stitch or space

SCHEMATIC – PART 3

Schematic of Part 3 of the Enchanted Wood CAL

PATTERN – PART 3

Part 2 ended with; 69sts on each short side / 77 sts on each long side / 292sts + 4 x 3ch-sps in  total

The ch1 at the start of a row does not count as a st;

  • The ch3 does count as the first st, if this produces too much of a gap at the start of a row it can be substituted for a ch2.
  • Each FPtr will be worked 2 rows below from the row you are currently working on,
  • When you work a FPtr it will look as if you have missed a st when you look at it on the wrong side – you will not ever work in this st.

Row 1: Sl st to join YARN C in the top corner of a short side (at the top of the tree). Ch3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), 1BPdc around the next st and in each st across until the next ch3-sp, 1dc in this sp, turn. 2 dc / 69 BPdc / 71 sts

Row 2: Ch1, 1sc in 8sts, ch1, miss the next st, [1sc in the next 5sts, ch1, miss the next st] repeat eight times, 1sc in 8sts, turn. 61sc + 10 x ch1-sps / 71sts

Row 3: Ch3, 1dc in 7sts, ch1, miss the next st [ 1dc in 5sts, ch1, miss the next st] repeat eight times, 1dc in 8sts, turn. 61dc + 10 x ch1-sps / 71sts

Row 4: Repeat row 2, turn. 71 sts

Apart from the start and finish of the row the ferns are worked over 5sts;

Row 5: Ch3, 1dc in 3sts, [ miss the next st two rows below, FPtr around the post of the next st two rows below, 1FPdc around the post of the next st (the sc of the row below), then working backwards, FPtr around the post of the same st just worked two rows below, then working on the current row, 1dc in the next st, ch1, miss the next st, 1dc in the next st ] repeat ten times, 1dc in the last 3sts, turn. 22 FPtr / 11 FPdc / 28 dc / 10 x ch1-sps / 71 sts

See diagram help below for row 5: 

Charts of rows 1-5 of Part 3 of the Enchanted Wood CAL

Row 6: Repeat row 2, turn. 71 sts

Row 7: Ch3, 1dc in 2sts, miss the next st two rows below, [ FPtr around the next FPtr two rows below, FPtr around the post of the next st two rows below, 1FPdc in the next st on the current row, FPtr around the post of the same st just worked two rows below, FPtr around the FPtr two rows below, ch1 ] repeat ten times, 1dc in the last 3sts, turn. 44 FPtr /11 FPdc/  6 dc / 10 x ch1-sps / 71 sts

See diagram help below for row 7: 

Charts of rows 1-7 of Part 3 of the Enchanted Wood CAL

Row 8: Repeat row 2, turn. 71 sts

Row 9: Repeat row 5, turn. 71 sts

See diagram help below for row 9:      

Charts of rows 1-9 of Part 3 of the Enchanted Wood CAL

Row 10: Repeat row 2, turn. 71 sts

Row 11: Repeat row 7, turn. 71 sts

Row 12: Repeat row 2, turn. 71 sts

Row 13: Repeat row 5, turn. 71 sts

Row 14: Repeat row 2, turn. 71 sts

Row 15: Repeat row 7, turn. 71 sts

Row 16: Repeat row 2, turn. 71 sts

Row 17: Repeat row 5, turn. 71 sts

Row 18: Repeat row 2, turn. 71 sts

Row 19: Ch3, 1dc in the next 4sts, 1FPtr around the next st two rows below, 1dc in the next 2sts, {ch1, miss the next st, 1dc in the next 2sts, 1FPtr in the next st two rows below, 1dc in the next 2sts] repeat 9 times, 1dc in the last 3sts, turn  11 FPtr / 50 dc / 10 x ch1-sps / 71sts

Row 20: Repeat row 2, turn. 71 sts

Row 21: Ch3, 1dc in each st and ch-sp across.. Fasten off and weave in ends. 71 sts

With YARN C repeat rows 1 – 21 on the opposite short side of your work (at the bottom of the tree). Fasten off and weave in ends.

Partial Chart of Part 3 of the Enchanted Wood CAL

And that’s it! Part 1 completed! I hope you’ve enjoyed the start and I can’t wait to se your stars begin to emerge!

The Schedule, Updates & Support:

As always if you need a reminder of the schedule then you can find the details on the CAL landing page (here) and you can keep up to date with the CAL details and get support if needed via the following links:

As I may have mentioned before the Facebook group is a lovely place of support, there are crocheters in there of all experiences, with new crocheters joining all the time! It’s likely that someone will be able to help you with any questions you might have though of course you can always contact me too here on the blog if you need any help.

The hashtag for this years CAL is #KCACOUKCAL21 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Thank you for crocheting along with me – the next eleven weeks are going to be so much fun!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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The Enchanted Wood: Part 2 – Little Buds

Welcome to part 2 of The Enchanted Wood Crochet Along! I’ve so enjoyed watching the trees grow last week in the Facebook group and Instagram! It’s so lovely to see the crochet community come together around the project, from all parts of the world, and to help each other out with queries and tips – as the designer of the project I can’t tell you how lovely it is to see your work progressing!

Below you can see some of the wonderful photos of the CAL that have been shared so far, aren’t they fabulous! If you want to link your photos the hashtag for this years CAL is #KCACOUKCAL23 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can also join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: Ravelry, my Facebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Selection of photos, made by the crochet community, of Part 2 of the KCACOUKCAL23

So are you are ready to crack on with part 2! For the second part of the CAL we are going to be working little buds around our tree using a special stitch to create some fabulous texture.

A bud is a small pointed lump that appears on a tree or plant and develops into a leaf or flower – that’s why I’ve chosen it for the next part of our crochet-along, the wood is growing around our tree!

Inspirational photo for KCACOUKCAL23 - Little Buds

As before, as well as the written pattern I have included a crochet chart as an extra visual tool – and I’ve also broken the chart down into sections so you can see how the tree grows line by line. If you are not familiar with reading charts, you you might find my blog post about ‘How to read a crochet chart’ a useful starting point.

If you are brand new to the CAL you can find all the information you need on the CAL landing page, where I’ll link all the CAL posts in one place as I add them here to the blog. Yarn packs are available from the lovely folks at Black Sheep Wools and there are a number of CAL accessories that are also available from some fabulous small businesses (that I talked a little more about here).

The pattern for this crochet along will be available for free here on the blog but sometimes it’s easier to have a printable PDF to refer to. The whole pattern therefore will also be available in a printer friendly PDF version in my Ravelry store (for a one off payment). Each weekly instalment will become ready for immediate download in either UK or US terms. As with any purchase you make of my patterns your support of me and my crochet endeavours is very much appreciated – thank you for supporting my work!

A Dutch version of the pattern will be put together by the very lovely Iris from Eenmooigebaar via the link below. Iris has brilliantly translated a range of my patterns before (these are also available on the website) so I’m delighted she’s joining us again this time.

Part 2 of the KCACOUKCAL23 pinned onto a tree trunk

The Enchanted Wood: Part 2 – Little Buds

Yarn: 80g / 200m / 219yds or 1 x 100g ball of Stylecraft Naturals Cotton and Bamboo in Seafoam (7143) or alternatively 1 x 100g of Stylecraft Special DK in Parchment (1218) – YARN B

Hook: 3.5 mm (US size E/4)

You will also need: Scissors, A yarn needle, stitch markers

Gauge: 5 htr sts = 2.5cm (1”). Gauge is not critical for this design, with each part I will provide the size of my work. If your gauge does not meet mine it will just mean you will end up with a bigger or smaller blanket. If you wish to match my gauge you might try going up a hook size if your tension is quite tight, or going down a hook size if your tension is looser.

Finished Size (Unblocked):  Part 2 Approximate measurements:

  • In Naturals 37cm (14.5”) wide x 40cm (15.7”) long
  • In Special DK: 38.5cm (15”) wide x 43.5cm (17”) long.

The pattern below is in UK Terms, scroll down for US Terms:

STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Chain (ch): Bring yarn over hook from back to front and grab it with hook. Draw hooked yarn through slip knot and onto hook. 
  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • Double Crochet (dc): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Half Treble (htr): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • Treble (tr): Yarn over, insert hook in  indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Front Post Double Crochet (FPdc): Insert hook from front to back to front around post of indicated stitch below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally in front of the st that you’re working around), pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Back Post Treble (BPtr): Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of indicated stitch below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally behind of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • Right side (RS): This indicates the right side of your work
  • Right hand side (RHS): This indicates the right side of your work
  • [ … ] Repeat section in square brackets  until  specified
  • [[ .. ]] Repeat section in double square brackets until specified
  • ( … ) Repeat section in curved brackets into one stitch or space

SPECIAL STITCH

  • Leaf Stitch (LSt): The leaf hopper stitch is worked around the post of a stitch as you would a front post treble. Working around the post of the next double crochet stitch indicated; [yarn over, insert hook from front to back to front, yarn over and pull up a loop], repeat twice more (seven loops on hook), yarn over and pull through six loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.  

PATTERN – PART 2

  • Part 1 ended with; 45sts on each short side / 53 sts on each long side / 196sts + 4 x 3ch-sps in  total

Rnd 1: Sl st to join YARN B to the RHS 3ch-sp on the short side; ch6 (counts as first tr + ch-3 here and throughout), 1tr in same corner sp, then work 1BPtr around the next st and in each st around working (1tr, ch3, 1tr) in each corner, sl st to the 3rd ch of the beginning 6ch to join. 55sts each long side / 47sts each short side / 204sts + 4 x 3ch-sps in  total

Rnds 2 – 3: Sl st to the next corner sp, ch1 (doesn’t count as a st here and throughout), (dc, ch3, dc) in the same sp, then work dc in the next st and in each st around working (1dc, ch3, 1dc) in each corner, sl st to the top of the beginning dc to join. 57sts each long side / 49sts each short side / 212sts in total + 4 x 3ch-sps in. 59sts each long side / 51sts each short side / 220sts + 4 x 3ch-sps in  total

Note: On the next rnd you will work the Leaf Stitch (SEE SPECIAL STITCH GUIDANCE), Please note that the next st directly after the leaf st will be partially obscured. Don’t forget to work in this st to finish with the right stitch count, you may wish to check your stitch count as you go.

Rnd 4: Sl st to the next corner sp, (ch6, 1tr) in same corner-sp, {[1tr in the next 3sts, LSt around the next ] repeat […] eleven times, 1tr in the last 3sts, (1tr, ch3, 1tr) in the next corner sp, [1tr in the next 3sts, LSt around the next ]] repeat […] thirteen times, 1tr in the last 3sts, (1tr, ch3, 1tr), repeat from [[…]] once more, sl st in the 3rd ch of the beginning ch6 to join. 61sts each long side / 53sts each short side / 228sts + 4 x 3ch-sps in total

Rnd 5: Sl st to the next corner sp, ch1, (dc, ch3, dc) in the same sp, then work [[ 1dc in the next 4sts, FPdc around the top of the LSt below, [1dc in the next 3sts, FPdc around the top of the   LSt below] repeat ten times, 1dc in the last 4sts, (dc, ch3, dc) in the corner sp, 1dc in the next 4sts, FPdc around the top of the LSt below, [1dc in the next 3sts, FPdc around the top of the LSt below] repeat twelve times, 1dc in the next 4sts ]] repeat from [[…]] once more, sl st in beginning dc to join. 63sts each long side / 55sts each short side / 236sts + 4 x 3ch-sps in total

Rnds 6 – 7: Repeat rnds 2-3; 65sts each long side / 57sts each short side / 244sts + 4 x 3ch-sps in total; 67sts each long side / 59sts each short side / 252sts + 4 x 3ch-sps in total

Rnd 8: Sl st to the next corner sp, (ch6, 1tr) in same corner-sp, 1tr in the next st, LSt around the next, [[1tr in the next 3sts, LSt around the next ] repeat […] thirteen times, 1tr in the next st, (1tr, ch3, 1tr) in the next corner sp, 1tr in the next st, LSt around the next, [1tr in the next 3sts, LSt around the next ]] repeat […]  fifteen times, 1tr in the last st, (1tr, ch3, 1tr), repeat from [[…]] once more, sl st in the 3rd ch of the beginning ch6 to join. 69sts each long side / 61sts each short side / 260sts + 4 x 3ch-sps in total

Rnd 9: Sl st to the next corner sp, ch1, (dc, ch3, dc) in the same sp, then work [[ 1dc in the next 2sts, FPdc around the top of the LSt below, [1dc in the next 3sts, FPdc around the top of the  LSt below] repeat thirteen times, 1dc in the last 2sts, (dc, ch3, dc) in the corner sp, 1dc in the next 2sts, FPdc around the top of the LSt below, [1dc in the next 3sts, FPdc around the top of the LSt below] repeat fifteen times, 1dc in the next 2sts ]] repeat from [[…]] once more, sl st in beginning dc to join. 71sts each long side / 63sts each short side / 268sts + 4 x 3ch-sps in total

Rnds 10 – 11: Repeat rnds 2-3; 73sts each long side / 65sts each short side / 276sts + 4 x 3ch-sps in total; 75sts each long side / 67sts each short side / 284sts + 4 x 3ch-sps in total

Rnd 12: Sl st to next corner sp, (ch6, 1tr in same corner sp), then work 1tr in each st around working (1tr, ch3, 1tr) in each corner, sl st to the 3rd ch of the beginning 6ch to join. 77sts each long side / 69sts each short side / 292sts + 4 x 3ch-sps in total

Fasten off and weave in ends.

EDITED: Chart corrected on 28/01/2022 as incorrectly showing FPtr when it should have been BPtr, written instructions were correct.

Pattern in US Terms:

Part 2 of the KCACOUKCAL23 lying on a tree trunk

STITCH GUIDANCE

Chain (ch): Bring yarn over hook from back to front and grab it with hook. Draw hooked yarn through slip knot and onto hook. 

Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.

Single Crochet (sc): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.

Half double crochet (hdc): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.

Double crochet (dc): Yarn over, insert hook in  indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.

Front Post Single Crochet (FPsc): Insert hook from front to back to front around post of indicated stitch below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally in front of the st that you’re working around), pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.

Back Post double crochet (BPdc): Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of indicated stitch below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally behind of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.

Right side (RS): This indicates the right side of your work

Right hand side (RHS): This indicates the right side of your work

[ … ] Repeat section in square brackets  until  specified

[[ .. ]] Repeat section in double square brackets until specified

( … ) Repeat section in curved brackets into one stitch or space

SPECIAL STITCH

Leaf Stitch (LSt): The leaf hopper stitch is worked around the post of a                     

stitch as you would a front post double crochet. Working around the post of the next single crochet stitch indicated; [yarn over, insert hook from front to back to front, yarn over and pull up a loop], repeat twice more (seven loops on hook), yarn over and pull through six loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.

PATTERN – PART 2

Part 1 ended with; 45sts on each short side / 53 sts on each long side / 196sts + 4 x 3ch-sps in  total

Rnd 1: Sl st to join YARN B to the RHS 3ch-sp on the short side; ch6 (counts as first dc + ch-3 here and throughout), 1dc in same corner sp, then work 1BPdc around the next st and in each st around working (1dc, ch3, 1dc) in each corner, sl st to the 3rd ch of the beginning 6ch to join. 55sts each long side / 47sts each short side / 204sts + 4 x 3ch-sps in  total

Rnds 2 – 3: Sl st to the next corner sp, ch1 (doesn’t count as a st here and throughout), (sc, ch3, sc) in the same sp, then work sc in the next st and in each st around working (1sc, ch3, 1sc) in each corner, sl st to the top of the beginning sc to join. 57sts each long side / 49sts each short side / 212sts in total + 4 x 3ch-sps in.

59sts each long side / 51sts each short side / 220sts + 4 x 3ch-sps in  total

Note: On the next rnd you will work the Leaf Stitch (SEE SPECIAL STITCH GUIDANCE), Please note that the next st directly after the leaf st will be partially obscured. Don’t forget to work in this st to finish with the right stitch count, you may wish to check your stitch count as you go.

Rnd 4: Sl st to the next corner sp, (ch6, 1dc) in same corner-sp, {[1dc in the next 3sts, LSt around the next ] repeat […] eleven times, 1dc in the last 3sts, (1dc, ch3, 1dc) in the next corner sp, [1dc in the next 3sts, LSt around the next ]] repeat […] thirteen times, 1dc in the last 3sts, (1dc, ch3, 1dc), repeat from [[…]] once more, sl st in the 3rd ch of the beginning ch6 to join. 61sts each long side / 53sts each short side / 228sts + 4 x 3ch-sps in total

Rnd 5: Sl st to the next corner sp, ch1, (sc, ch3, sc) in the same sp, then work [[ 1sc in the next 4sts, FPsc around the top of the LSt below, [1sc in the next 3sts, FPsc around the top of the   LSt below] repeat ten times, 1sc in the last 4sts, (sc, ch3, sc) in the corner sp, 1sc in the next 4sts, FPsc around the top of the LSt below, [1sc in the next 3sts, FPsc around the top of the LSt below] repeat twelve times, 1sc in the next 4sts ]] repeat from [[…]] once more, sl st in beginning sc to join. 63sts each long side / 55sts each short side / 236sts + 4 x 3ch-sps in total

Rnds 6 – 7: Repeat rnds 2-3; 65sts each long side / 57sts each short side / 244sts + 4 x 3ch-sps in total; 67sts each long side / 59sts each short side / 252sts + 4 x 3ch-sps in total

Rnd 8: Sl st to the next corner sp, (ch6, 1dc) in same corner-sp, 1dc in the next st, LSt around the next, [[1dc in the next 3sts, LSt around the next ] repeat […] thirteen times, 1dc in the next st, (1dc, ch3, 1dc) in the next corner sp, 1dc in the next st, LSt around the next, [1dc in the next 3sts, LSt around the next ]] repeat […]  fifteen times, 1dc in the last st, (1dc, ch3, 1dc), repeat from [[…]] once more, sl st in the 3rd ch of the beginning ch6 to join. 69sts each long side / 61sts each short side / 260sts + 4 x 3ch-sps in total

Rnd 9: Sl st to the next corner sp, ch1, (sc, ch3, sc) in the same sp, then work [[ 1sc in the next 2sts, FPsc around the top of the LSt below,

[1sc in the next 3sts, FPsc around the top of the LSt below] repeat thirteen times, 1sc in the last 2sts, (sc, ch3, sc) in the corner sp, 1sc in the next 2sts, FPsc around the top of the LSt below, [1sc in the next 3sts, FPsc around the top of the LSt below] repeat fifteen times, 1sc in the next 2sts ]] repeat from [[…]] once more, sl st in beginning sc to join. 71sts each long side / 63sts each short side / 268sts + 4 x 3ch-sps in total

Rnds 10 – 11: Repeat rnds 2-3; 73sts each long side / 65sts each short side / 276sts + 4 x 3ch-sps in total; 75sts each long side / 67sts each short side / 284sts + 4 x 3ch-sps in total

Rnd 12: Sl st to next corner sp, (ch6, 1dc in same corner sp), then work 1dc in each st around working (1dc, ch3, 1dc) in each corner, sl st to the 3rd ch of the beginning 6ch to join. 77sts each long side / 69sts each short side / 292sts + 4 x 3ch-sps in total

Fasten off and weave in ends.

EDITED: Chart corrected on 28/01/2022 as incorrectly showing FPdc when it should have been BPdc, written instructions were correct.

Part 2 of the KCACOUKCAL23 held up in front of a woodland scene

And that’s it! Part 2 completed! I look forward to seeing your progress later this week.

The Schedule, Updates & Support:

As always if you need a reminder of the schedule then you can find the details on the CAL landing page (here) and you can keep up to date with the CAL details and get support if needed via the following links:

As I may have mentioned before the Facebook group is a lovely place of support, there are crocheters in there of all experiences, with new crocheters joining all the time! It’s likely that someone will be able to help you with any questions you might have though of course you can always contact me too here on the blog if you need any help.

The hashtag for this years CAL is #KCACOUKCAL23 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Thank you for crocheting along with me – the next eleven weeks are going to be so much fun!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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The Enchanted Wood: Part 1 – The Tree

Hooray! It’s here! Week 1 of our Enchanted Wood Crochet Along and I’m super excited to start this journey of 8 weeks to create a new unique blanket and hopefully some wonderful crochet memories too!

The first part of our CAL is the building block of the whole blanket (quite literally) so I thought it was appropriate to make it the centre of our Enchanted Wood, this is my Wishing Tree. Trees are a universal symbol of hope, life and resilience, so how better to start a CAL!

Inspirational shot of a large tree in the middle of a woodland

This week we are going to be working in rows and rounds to create a central tree motif, with lots of textured stitches created with front post and popcorn stitches.

As well as the written pattern I have included a crochet chart for each section as an extra visual tool – and I’ve also broken the chart down into sections so you can see how the tree grows line by line. If you are not familiar with reading charts, you you might find my blog post about ‘How to read a crochet chart’ a useful starting point.

Photo of part 1 of the KCACOUKCAL23 - The Enchanted Wood; The Tree

If you are brand new to the CAL you can find all the information you need on the CAL landing page, where I’ll link all the CAL posts in one place as I add them here to the blog. Yarn packs are available from the lovely folks at Black Sheep Wools and there are a number of CAL accessories that are also available from some fabulous small businesses (that I talked a little more about here).

The pattern for this crochet along will be available for free here on the blog but sometimes it’s easier to have a printable PDF to refer to. The whole pattern therefore will also be available in a printer friendly PDF version in my Ravelry store (for a one off payment). Each weekly instalment will become ready for immediate download in either UK or US terms. As with any purchase you make of my patterns your support of me and my crochet endeavours is very much appreciated – thank you for supporting my work!

A Dutch version of the pattern will be put together by the very lovely Iris from Eenmooigebaar via the link below. Iris has brilliantly translated a range of my patterns before (these are also available on the website) so I’m delighted she’s joining us again this time.

Photo of part 1 of the KCACOUKCAL23 - The Enchanted Wood; The Tree. The central motif is shown pinned to a tree trunk in a wood.

The Enchanted Wood: Part 1 – The Tree

Yarn: 62g / 155m / 164yds or 1 x 100g ball of Stylecraft Naturals Cotton and Bamboo in Ecru (7128) or alternatively 1 x 100g of Stylecraft Special DK in Cream (1005) – YARN A

Hook: 3.5 mm (US size E/4)

You will also need: Scissors, A yarn needle, stitch markers

Gauge: 5 htr sts = 2.5cm (1”). Gauge is not critical for this design, with each part I will provide the size of my work. If your gauge does not meet mine it will just mean you will end up with a bigger or smaller blanket. If you wish to match my gauge you might try going up a hook size if your tension is quite tight, or going down a hook size if your tension is looser.

Finished Size (Unblocked):  Part 1 Approximate measurements:

  • In Naturals 24.5cm (9.6”) wide x 27.5cm (10.8”) long.
  • In Special DK: 26.5cm (10.25”) wide x 30.5cm (11.75”) long.

The pattern below is in UK Terms, scroll down for US Terms:

STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Chain (ch): Bring yarn over hook from back to front and grab it with hook. Draw hooked yarn through slip knot and onto hook. 
  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • Half Treble (htr): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • Treble (tr): Yarn over, insert hook in  indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Double Treble (dtr): Yarn over hook (twice), insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop (four loops on hook), Yarn over, pull yarn through two loops on hook (three loops remain on hook). Yarn over, pull yarn through two loops on hook (two loops remain on hook). Yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Front Post Double Treble (FPdtr): Yarn over hook (twice), insert your hook from front to back to front around the post of the stitch indicated, yarn over, pull up a loop, (yarn over, pull through 2 loops on your hook) 3 times.
  • Front Post Double Treble two together (FPdtr2tog): Yarn over hook (twice), insert your hook from front to back to front around the post of the stitch indicated, yarn over, pull up a loop, (yarn over, pull through 2 loops on your hook) 2 times, Yarn over 2 times, insert your hook from front to back to front around the post of the next stitch indicated, (yarn over, pull through 2 loops on your hook) 2 times. Yarn over, pull through all loops on your hook
  • Popcorn (PC): Work 5 tr in indicated st, remove hook completely, insert hook from front to back in 1st tr (1st tr of the 5), insert hook in loop that you just removed your hook from (5th tr of the 5), yarn over and pull through both loops on hook together.
  • Right side (RS): This indicates the right side of your work
  • [ … ] Repeat section in square brackets  until  specified
  • ( … ) Repeat section in curved brackets into one stitch or space

SPECIAL STITCH

  • Backwards Popcorn (BWPC): Work as a normal popcorn to begin (e.g. work 5 tr in indicated st) remove hook completely, insert hook from back to front in 1st tr (1st tr of the 5), insert hook in loop that you just removed your hook from (5th tr of the 5), pull loop through first loop on hook to sl st             

PATTERN – PART 1

  • The ch1 at the start of a row does not count as a st;
  • From row 5 each FPdtr will be worked 2 rows below from the row you are currently working on,
  • When you work a FPdtr or FPdtr2tog it will look as if you have missed a st when you look at it on the wrong side – you will not ever work in this st.

Row 1 (RS):  Ch42, 1htr in the 2nd ch from hook, 1htr in each st across until the end, turn. 41sts


Rows 2 – 4: Ch1, 1htr in each st across, turn. 41sts


Row 5 (RS): Ch1, 1htr in 14sts, miss 12sts (from the beginning of the row) two rows below, 1 FPdtr around the post of the next st, 1htr in the next 3sts on current row, miss 3 sts two rows below, 1 FPdtr around the post of the next st , 1htr in the next 3sts on current row, miss 7 sts two rows below, 1 FPdtr around the post of the next st, 1htr in the next 3sts on current row, miss 3 sts two rows below, 1 FPdtr around the post of the next st, 1htr in the remaining 14sts, turn.  41sts / 37htrs / 4 FPdtr

See diagram help below for row 5:                          

Row 5 of the KCACOUKCAL23 chart

Row 6: Ch1, 1htr in each st across, turn

Row 7: Ch1, 1htr in 12sts,  miss 10sts (from the  beginning of the row) two rows below [1 FPdtr around the post of the next st (on the next repeat work around the post of the next FPdtr), 1htr in the next 3sts on current row, miss 3 sts two rows below ] repeat once more, FPdtr2tog over the next two FPdtr two rows below, 1htr in the next 3sts on current row, miss 3 sts two rows below, 1 FPdtr around the post of the next st, 1htr in the next 3sts on current row, miss 3 sts two rows below,  1 FPdtr around the post of the next st, 1htr in the remaining 12sts, turn.  41sts / 36htrs / 4 FPdtr / FPdtr2tog

See diagram help below for row 7:

Row 7 of the KCACOUKCAL23 Chart

Row 8: Ch1, 1htr in each st across, turn

Row 9: Ch1, 1htr in 12sts,  miss 12sts two rows  below [1 FPdtr around the post of the next FPdtr,  1htr in the next 3sts on current row, miss 3sts two rows below ] repeat once more,  FPdtr around the top of the FPdtr2tog two rows below, [1htr in the next 3sts on current row, miss 3sts two rows below, FPdtr around the post of the next FPdtr two rows below] repeat once more, 1htr in the remaining 12sts, turn.  41sts / 36htrs / 5 FPdtr

See diagram help below for row 9:

Row 9 of the KCACOUKCAL23 chart

Row 10: Ch1, 1htr in each st across, turn


Row 11: Ch1, 1htr in 13sts, miss 12sts two rows  below, 1 FPdtr around the post of the next FPdtr,  1htr in the next 3sts on current row, miss 3sts two rows below . [1 FPdtr around the post of the next FPdtr,  1htr in the next 2sts on current row, miss 3sts two rows below ] repeat once more, 1 FPdtr around the post of the next FPdtr,  1htr in the next 3sts on current row, miss 3sts two rows below, 1 FPdtr around the post of the next FPdtr,  1htr in remaining 13sts, turn.  41sts / 36htrs / 5 FPdtr

See diagram help below for row 11:

Row 11 of the KCACOUKCAL23 chart

Row 12: Ch1, 1htr in each st across, turn

Row 13: Ch1, 1htr in 14sts, miss 13sts two rows  below, 1 FPdtr around the post of the next FPdtr,  1htr in the next 2sts on current row, miss 3sts two rows below . [1 FPdtr around the post of the next FPdtr,  1htr in the next 2sts on current row, miss 2sts two rows below ] repeat once more, 1 FPdtr around the post of the next FPdtr,  1htr in the next 2sts on current row, miss 3sts two rows below, 1 FPdtr around the post of the next FPdtr,  1htr in remaining 14sts, turn.  41sts / 36htrs / 5 FPdtr

See diagram help below for row 13:

Row 13 of the KCACOUKCAL chart

Row 14: Ch1, 1htr in each st across, turn. 41sts

Row 15: Ch1, 1htr in 16sts, miss 14sts (from the  beginning of the row) two rows  below, [1 FPdtr around the post of the next FPdtr,  1htr in the next st on current row, miss 2sts two rows below] repeat three more times, 1 FPdtr around the post of the next FPdtr, 1htr in the remaining 16sts, turn. 41sts /36htrs / 5 FPdtr

See diagram help below for row 15:

Row 15 of the KCACOUKCAL chart

Row 16: Ch1, 1htr in each st across, turn. 41sts

Row 17: Ch1, 1htr in 16sts, miss 16sts (from the  beginning of the row) two rows below, [1 FPdtr around the post of the next FPdtr,  1htr in the next st on current row, miss 1st two rows below] repeat three more times, 1 FPdtr around the post of the next FPdtr, 1htr in the remaining 16sts, turn. 41sts / 36htrs / 5 FPdtr.

See diagram help below for row 17:

Row 17 of the KCACOUKCAL23 chart

Row 18: Ch1, 1htr in each st across, turn. 41sts

Row 19: Repeat row 17, turn. 41sts

Row 20: Ch1, 1htr in each st across, turn. 41sts

Row 21: Repeat row 17, turn. 41sts

Row 22: Ch1, 1htr in each st across, turn. 41sts

Row 23: Repeat row 17, turn. 41sts

See diagram help below for rows 18 – 23.      

Rows 18-23 of the KCACOUKCAL chart

Row 24: Ch1, 1htr in each st across, turn. 41sts

Row 25: Ch1, 1htr in 7sts, [PC in the next st, 1htr in the next 2sts] repeat twice more [1 FPdtr around the post of the next FPdtr,  1htr in the next st on current row, miss 1st two rows below] repeat three more times, 1 FPdtr around the post of the next FPdtr, 1htr in the next 2sts, [PC in the next st, 1htr in the next 2sts] repeat twice more ,1htr in the remaining 5sts, turn. 41sts / 30htrs / 5 FPdtr / 6PCs

See diagram help below for rows 25.         

Row 25 of the KCACOUKCAL23 chart

Row 26: Ch1, 1htr in next 8sts [BWPC in the next st, 1htr in the next 2sts] repeat seven times more, BWPC in the next st, 1htr in the remaining 8sts, turn. 41sts / 32htrs / 9 BWPCs

Row 27: Ch1, 1htr in next 6sts [PC in the next st, 1htr in the next 2sts] repeat eight times more, PC in the next st, 1htr in the remaining 7sts, turn. 41sts / 31htrs / 10 PCs

Row 28: Ch1, 1htr in next 5sts [BWPC in the next st, 1htr in the next 2sts] repeat nine times more, BWPC in the next st, 1htr in the remaining 5sts, turn. 41sts / 30htrs / 11 BWPCs

Row 29: Repeat row 27, turn. 41sts

Row 30: Repeat row 28, turn. 41sts

Row 31: Repeat row 27, turn. 41sts

Row 32: Ch1, 1htr in next 8sts [BWPC in the next st, 1htr in the next 2sts] repeat seven times more, BWPC in the next st, 1htr in the remaining 8sts, turn. 41sts / 32htrs / 9 BWPCs

Row 33: Ch1, 1htr in next 9sts [PC in the next st, 1htr in the next 2sts] repeat six times more, PC in the next st, 1htr in the remaining 10sts, turn. 41sts / 33htrs / 8 PCs

Row 34: Ch1, 1htr in next 11sts [BWPC in the next st, 1htr in the next 2sts] repeat five times more, BWPC in the next st, 1htr in the remaining 11sts, turn. 41sts / 34htrs / 7 BWPCs

Row 35: Ch1, 1htr in next 12sts [PC in the next st, 1htr in the next 2sts] repeat four times more, PC in the next st, 1htr in the remaining 13sts, turn. 41sts / 35htrs / 6 PCs

Rows 36 – 38: Ch1, 1htr in each st across, turn. . 41sts

On the last row do not fasten off but continue onto the block border – you will end on the WS of your block, turn your block so you continue the border on the right side.

Full crochet chart for 'The Tree' part 1 of the KCACOUKCAL23

BORDER:

Rnd 1 (RS): Ch1, then work 1htr in 41sts. turn your block and [work 3htr in the first row end, then [1htr in the first two row ends, 2htrs in the next row end] in the next 36 rows ends (48sts), work 3htr in the last row end] , turn your block and work 1htr in the next 41sts of your beginning foundation chain, turn your block again and working on the row ends repeat [ … ]  once more, sl st to the top of the beginning htr to join. 41sts on each short side / 54 sts on each long side / 190sts in total

Rnd 2: Ch1, then work  1htr in 42sts, (1htr, ch3, 2htr) in the next st, 1htr in the next 50sts  (1htr, ch3, 1htr)  in the next st, 1htr in the next 43sts,  (1htr, ch3, 2htr) in the next st, 1htr in the next 50sts,  (1htr, ch3, 1htr) in the next st, 1htr in the last st, sl st to the top of the beginning htr to join. 45sts on each short side / 53 sts on each long side / 196sts + 4 x 3ch-sps in total

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Pattern in US Terms:

Part 1 of the KCACOUKCAL23; the central crochet motif of a tree is pictured lying on a tree trunk

STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Chain (ch): Bring yarn over hook from back to front and grab it with hook. Draw hooked yarn through slip knot and onto hook. 
  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • Half Double Crochet (hdc): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • Double Crochet (dc): Yarn over, insert hook in  indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Treble (tr): Yarn over hook (twice), insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop (four loops on hook), Yarn over, pull yarn through two loops on hook (three loops remain on hook). Yarn over, pull yarn through two loops on hook (two loops remain on hook). Yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Front Post Treble (FPtr): Yarn over hook (twice), insert your hook from front to back to front around the post of the stitch indicated, yarn over, pull up a loop, (yarn over, pull through 2 loops on your hook) 3 times.
  • Front Post Treble two together (FPtr2tog): Yarn over hook (twice), insert your hook from front to back to front around the post of the stitch indicated, yarn over, pull up a loop, (yarn over, pull through 2 loops on your hook) 2 times, Yarn over 2 times, insert your hook from front to back to front around the post of the next stitch indicated, (yarn over, pull through 2 loops on your hook) 2 times. Yarn over, pull through all loops on your hook
  • Popcorn (PC): Work 5 dc in indicated st, remove hook completely, insert hook from front to back in 1st dc (1st dc of the 5), insert hook in loop that you just removed your hook from (5th dc of the 5), yarn over and pull through both loops on hook together.
  • Right side (RS): This indicates the right side of your work
  • [ … ] Repeat section in square brackets  until  specified
  • ( … ) Repeat section in curved brackets into one stitch or space

SPECIAL STITCH

  • Backwards Popcorn (BWPC): Work as a normal popcorn to begin (e.g. work 5 dc in indicated st) remove hook completely, insert hook from back to front in 1st dc (1st dc of the 5), insert hook in loop that you just removed your hook from (5th dc of the 5), pull loop through first loop on hook to sl st             

PATTERN – PART 1

· The ch1 at the start of a row does not count as a st;

· From row 5 each FPtr will be worked 2 rows below from the row you are currently working on,

· When you work a FPtr or FPtr2tog it will look as if you have missed a st when you look at it on the wrong side – you will not ever work in this st.

Row 1 (RS):  Ch42, 1hdc in the 2nd ch from hook, 1hdc in each st across until the end, turn. 41sts


Rows 2 – 4: Ch1, 1hdc in each st across, turn. 41sts


Row 5 (RS): Ch1, 1hdc in 14sts, miss 12sts (from the beginning of the row) two rows below, 1 FPtr around the post of the next st , 1hdc in the next 3sts on current row, miss 3 sts two rows below, 1 FPtr around the post of the next st , 1hdc in the next 3sts on current row, miss 7 sts two rows    below, 1 FPtr around the post of the next st, 1hdc in the next 3sts on current row, miss 3 sts two rows below, 1 FPtr around the post of the next st, 1hdc in the remaining 14sts, turn.  41sts / 37hdcs / 4 FPtr

See diagram help below for row 5:            

Row 6: Ch1, 1hdc in each st across, turn. 41sts

Row 7: Ch1, 1hdc in 12sts,  miss 10sts (from the  beginning of the row) two rows below [1 FPtr around the post of the next st (on the next repeat work around the post of the next FPtr), 1hdc in the next 3sts on current row, miss 3 sts two rows below ] repeat once more, FPtr2tog over the next two FPtr two rows below, 1hdc in the next 3sts on current row, miss 3 sts two rows below, 1 FPtr around the post of the next st, 1hdc in the next 3sts on current row, miss 3 sts two rows below,  1 FPtr around the post of the next st, 1hdc in the remaining 12sts, turn.  41sts / 36hdcs / 4 FPtr / FPtr2tog

See diagram help below for row 7:

Row 8: Ch1, 1hdc in each st across, turn. 41sts

Row 9: Ch1, 1hdc in 12sts,  miss 12sts two rows  below [1 FPtr around the post of the next FPtr,  1hdc in the next 3sts on current row, miss 3sts two rows below ] repeat once more,  FPtr around the top of the FPtr2tog two rows             below, [1hdc in the next 3sts on current row, miss 3sts two rows below, FPtr around the post of the next FPtr two rows below] repeat once more, 1hdc in the remaining 12sts, turn.  41sts / 36hdcs / 5 FPtr

See diagram help below for row 9:

Row 10: Ch1, 1hdc in each st across, turn. 41sts


Row 11: Ch1, 1hdc in 13sts, miss 12sts two rows  below, 1 FPtr around the post of the next FPtr,  1hdc in the next 3sts on current row, miss 3sts two rows below . [1 FPtr around the post of the next FPtr,  1hdc in the next 2sts on current row, miss 3sts two rows below ] repeat once more, 1 FPtr around the post of the next FPtr,  1hdc in the next 3sts on current row, miss 3sts two rows below, 1 FPtr around the post of the next FPtr,  1hdc in remaining 13sts, turn.  41sts / 36hdcs / 5 FPtr

See diagram help below for row 11:

Row 12: Ch1, 1hdc in each st across, turn. 41sts

Row 13: Ch1, 1hdc in 14sts, miss 13sts two rows  below, 1 FPtr around the post of the next FPtr,  1hdc in the next 2sts on current row, miss 3sts two rows below . [1 FPtr around the post of the next FPtr,  1hdc in the next 2sts on current row, miss 2sts two rows below ] repeat once more, 1 FPtr around the post of the next FPtr,  1hdc in the next 2sts on current row, miss 3sts two rows below, 1 FPtr around the post of the next FPtr,  1hdc in remaining 14sts, turn.  41sts / 36hdcs / 5 FPtr

See diagram help below for row 13:

Row 14: Ch1, 1hdc in each st across, turn. 41sts

Row 15: Ch1, 1hdc in 16sts, miss 14sts (from the  beginning of the row) two rows  below, [1 FPtr around the post of the next FPtr,  1hdc in the next st on current row, miss 2sts two rows below] repeat three more times, 1 FPtr around the post of the next FPtr, 1hdc in the remaining 16sts, turn. 41sts /36hdcs / 5 FPtr

See diagram help below for row 15:

Row 16: Ch1, 1hdc in each st across, turn. 41sts

Row 17: Ch1, 1hdc in 16sts, miss 16sts (from the  beginning of the row) two rows below, [1 FPtr around the post of the next FPtr,  1hdc in the next st on current row, miss 1st two rows below] repeat three more times, 1 FPtr around the post of the next FPtr, 1hdc in the remaining 16sts, turn. 41sts / 36hdcs / 5 FPtr.

See diagram help below for row 17:

Row 18: Ch1, 1hdc in each st across, turn. 41sts

Row 19: Repeat row 17, turn. 41sts

Row 20: Ch1, 1hdc in each st across, turn. 41sts

Row 21: Repeat row 17, turn. 41sts

Row 22: Ch1, 1hdc in each st across, turn. 41sts

Row 23: Repeat row 17, turn. 41sts

See diagram help below for rows 18 – 23.         

Row 24: Ch1, 1hdc in each st across, turn. 41sts

Row 25: Ch1, 1hdc in 7sts, [PC in the next st, 1hdc in the next 2sts] repeat twice more [1 FPtr around the post of the next FPtr,  1hdc in the next st on current row, miss 1st two rows below] repeat three more times, 1 FPtr around the post of the next FPtr, 1hdc in the next 2sts, [PC in the next st, 1hdc in the next 2sts] repeat twice more ,1hdc in the remaining 5sts, turn. 41sts / 30hdcs / 5 FPtr / 6PCs

See diagram help below for rows 25.         

See diagram help for row 25 on previous page.

Row 26: Ch1, 1hdc in next 8sts [BWPC in the next st, 1hdc in the next 2sts] repeat seven times more, BWPC in the next st, 1hdc in the remaining 8sts, turn. 41sts / 32hdcs / 9 BWPCs

Row 27: Ch1, 1hdc in next 6sts [PC in the next st, 1hdc in the next 2sts] repeat eight times more, PC in the next st, 1hdc in the remaining 7sts, turn. 41sts / 31hdcs / 10 PCs

Row 28: Ch1, 1hdc in next 5sts [BWPC in the next st, 1hdc in the next 2sts] repeat nine times more, BWPC in the next st, 1hdc in the remaining 5sts, turn. 41sts / 30hdcs / 11 BWPCs

Row 29: Repeat row 27, turn. 41sts

Row 30: Repeat row 28, turn. 41sts

Row 31: Repeat row 27, turn. 41sts

Row 32: Ch1, 1hdc in next 8sts [BWPC in the next st, 1hdc in the next 2sts] repeat seven times more, BWPC in the next st, 1hdc in the remaining 8sts, turn. 41sts / 32hdcs / 9 BWPCs

Row 33: Ch1, 1hdc in next 9sts [PC in the next st, 1hdc in the next 2sts] repeat six times more, PC in the next st, 1hdc in the remaining 10sts, turn. 41sts / 33hdcs / 8 PCs

Row 34: Ch1, 1hdc in next 11sts [BWPC in the next st, 1hdc in the next 2sts] repeat five times more, BWPC in the next st, 1hdc in the remaining 11sts, turn. 41sts / 34hdcs / 7 BWPCs

Row 35: Ch1, 1hdc in next 12sts [PC in the next st, 1hdc in the next 2sts] repeat four times more, PC in the next st, 1hdc in the remaining 13sts, turn. 41sts / 35hdcs / 6 PCs

Rows 36 – 38: Ch1, 1hdc in each st across, turn. . 41sts

On the last row do not fasten off but continue onto the block border – you will end on the WS of your block, turn your block so you continue the border on the right side.

BORDER:

Rnd 1 (RS): Ch1, then work 1hdc in 41sts. turn your block and [work 3hdc in the first row end, then [1hdc in the first two rows ends, 2hdcs in the next row end] in the next 36 rows ends (48sts), work 3hdc in the last row end] , turn your block and work 1hdc in the next 41sts of your beginning foundation chain, turn your block again and working on the row ends repeat [ … ]  once more, sl st to the top of the beginning hdc to join. 41sts on each short side / 54 sts on each long side / 190sts in total

Rnd 2: Ch1, then work  1hdc in 42sts, (1hdc, ch3, 2hdc) in the next st, 1hdc in the next 50sts  (1hdc, ch3, 1hdc)  in the next st, 1hdc in the next 43sts,  (1hdc, ch3, 2hdc) in the next st, 1hdc in the next 50sts,  (1hdc, ch3, 1hdc) in the next st, 1hdc in the last st, sl st to the top of the beginning hdc to join. 45sts on each short side / 53 sts on each long side / 196sts + 4 x 3ch-sps in total

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

And that’s it! Part 1 completed! I hope you’ve enjoyed the start and I can’t wait to see your trees begin to grow!

The Schedule, Updates & Support:

As always if you need a reminder of the schedule then you can find the details on the CAL landing page (here) and you can keep up to date with the CAL details and get support if needed via the following links:

As I may have mentioned before the Facebook group is a lovely place of support, there are crocheters in there of all experiences, with new crocheters joining all the time! It’s likely that someone will be able to help you with any questions you might have though of course you can always contact me too here on the blog if you need any help.

The hashtag for this years CAL is #KCACOUKCAL23 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Thank you for crocheting along with me – the next eleven weeks are going to be so much fun!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Free Crochet Pattern | Isaz Afghan Block

I’m excited to share a brand new free crochet block pattern with you today called the Isaz Afghan Block. Named after the Viking word for ‘Ice’ this 8 inch (20cm2) crochet block is filled with wintery themed textures crochet stitches that would make a lovely textured addition to your crochet blanket.

Crochet squares I think are such fun things to play with because you can come up with unlimited ideas and colour combinations – I had real fun with the texture on this block.

I’ve used some Scheepjes Stone Washed XL for my square but you could easily use up scrap yarn to make several of the these blocks and join them into an afghan/ blanket, or a scarf maybe, or even a table runner.

This block pattern is part of the Charity Cozy Fall make along (MAL) where 60 unique blanket squares are released for the month of October to form a cozy blanket. You can find all the MAL info in this post here, along with a link to a PDF bundle for either crochet, knit or Tunisian crochet squares (or to all three in a Trifecta saver bundle). 30% of all proceeds go towards supporting children in need as a donation to Cure Childhood Cancer. The PDF bundle is only available for the duration of the MAL – so grab your bundle now!

Scroll down for the free version of this pattern but I’d recommend the purchase of the ad-free PDF Pattern if you’d like all the instructions and pictures in a nice document which you can print and take notes on without relying on your phone or an internet connection.

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Isaz Afghan Block

The pattern below is written just in UK terms but you can view a handy conversion chart here on the blog.

Materials

Yarn: 10ply / yarn weight #4 (Worsted), Scheepjes Stone Washed XL used in photographs.

  • Crystal Quartz   (854)  YARN A
  • Green Agate      (855)  YARN B
  • Blue Apatite       (845)  YARN C

Pattern will work in other hooks and yarns though finished size will be different.

Hook: US size H/8 (5 mm )

You will also need:

Gauge: 4dc = 3inch / 7.6cm

Obtaining the correct gauge is not critical to this  project but if your gauge does not match then your finished item will be a different size.

Finished Size:      8 x 8 inches (20.3 x 20.3cm)

Stitch Guidance

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and draw through all loops.
  • Double Crochet (dc):  Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Half Treble Crochet (htr): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • Treble (tr): Yarn over, insert hook in  indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Back Post Treble (BPtr): Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of                indicated stitch below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally behind of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through 2 loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • [ … ]     Repeat section in square brackets until  specified
  • ( … ) Repeat section in curved brackets into one stitch or space

Pattern Notes

  • The ch1 at the start of a rnd does not count as  a st
  • The ch2 at the start of a rnd counts as a half treble st.
  • The ch3 at the start of a rnd counts as a treble st.

Pattern

Rnd 1: With Yarn A; ch4 and sl st to form a ring, Ch3, work 2 tr into the ring, ch3, [ 3tr, ch3 ] repeat from [ … ]  twice more, sl st to the top of the              beginning ch3 to join. Fasten off A and weave in ends. 12sts / 4 x ch3-sps

Rnd 2: Join Yarn B with a sl st to any ch3-sp; ch1, [ (1dc, ch3, 1dc) in the same sp, ch3, miss 3 sts ]  repeat from [ … ] three times, sl st to the top of the beginning ch to join.. 8sts / 8 x ch3-sps

Rnd 3: Sl st to the next ch3-sp; ch6 (counts at first tr + ch3, here and throughout), 3tr in the same sp, [ ch2, 1dc in the next ch3-sp, ch2, (3tr, ch3, 3tr) in the next ch3-sp ] repeat twice more, ch2, 1dc in the next ch3-sp, ch2, 2tr in the ch3-sp, sl st to the 3rd ch of the beginning ch6 to join. Fasten off B and weave in ends, 28sts / 8 x ch2-sps, 4 x ch3-sps.

Rnd 4: Join Yarn C with a sl st to any ch3-sp; ch6, 1tr in the same sp, [ BPtr in the next 3sts, miss 2ch, 3tr in the dc of rnd 3, miss 2ch, BPtr in the next 3sts, (1tr, ch3, 1tr) in the next ch3-sp,  repeat [ … ] twice, BPtr in the next 3sts, miss 2ch, 3tr in the dc of rnd 3, miss 2ch, BPtr in the next 3sts, sl st to the 3rd ch of the beginning ch6 to join. Fasten off C and weave in ends, 44sts / 4 x ch3-sps.

Rnd 5: Join Yarn A with a sl st to any ch3-sp; ch5 (counts at first htr + ch3, here and throughout) 1htr in the same sp, 1htr in 4sts, BPtr in 3sts, 1htr in 4sts, (1htr, ch3, 1htr) ] repeat [ … ] twice, 1htr in 4sts, BPtr in 3sts, 1htr in 4sts, sl st to the top of the 2nd ch of the beginning 5ch. Fasten off C and weave in ends, 52sts / 4 x ch3-sps.

Rnd 6: Join Yarn B with a sl st to any ch3-sp; ch6, 3tr in the same sp, [ ch2, miss 2sts, 1dc in the next st, miss 2sts, ch2, 1tr in the next 3sts, ch2, miss 2sts, 1dc in the next st, miss 2sts, ch2, (3tr, ch3, 3tr) ] repeat [ … ] twice, ch2, miss 2sts, 1dc in the next st, miss 2sts, ch2, 1tr in the next

3sts, ch2, miss 2sts, 1dc in the next st, miss 2sts, ch2, 2tr in the ch3-sp, sl st to the 3rd ch of the beginning ch6 to join. Fasten off B and weave in ends, 44sts / 16 x ch2-sps, 4 x ch3-sps.

Rnd 7: Join Yarn C with a sl st to any ch3-sp; ch6, 1tr in the same sp, [ BPtr in the next 3sts, 3tr in the dc of the previous rnd, BPtr in the next 3sts, 3tr in the dc of the previous rnd, BPtr in the next 3sts, (1tr, ch3, 1tr) in the next ch-sp ] repeat [ … ] twice, BPtr in the next 3sts, BPtr in the next 3sts, 3tr in the dc of the previous rnd, BPtr in the next 3sts, 3tr in the dc of the previous rnd, BPtr in the next 3sts. Fasten off C and weave in ends, 68sts / 4 x ch3-sps

Rnd 8: With Yarn A; ch5, 1htr in the same ch-sp, 1htr in 4sts, BPtr in 3sts, 1htr in 3sts, BPtr in 3sts, 1htr in 4sts, (1htr, ch3, 1htr) repeat [ … ] twice, 1htr in 4sts, BPtr in 3sts, 1htr in 3sts, BPtr in 3sts, 1htr in 4sts. Sl st to the 2nd ch of the beginning 5ch to join. to Fasten off A and weave in ends, 76sts / 4 x ch3- sps

Rnd 9: Yarn C with a sl st to any ch3-sp; ch6, 2tr in the same sp, [ 1tr in 8sts, BPtr in 3sts, 1tr in 8sts (2tr, ch3, 2tr) ] repeat [ … ] three times, 1tr in 8sts, BPtr in 3sts, 1tr in 8sts. 1tr in the ch3-sp, sl st to the 3rd ch of the beginning ch6 to join.  Fasten off C and weave in ends, 92sts / 4 x ch3-sps

And that’s it!

BLOCKING

Your square may benefit from being blocked;

1. Completely soak your item in cold water then gently squeeze (without wringing it) out some of the excess water.

2. Using your tape measure and pins, carefully pin your item on your blocking board

3. Double check your measurements if necessary (i.e. check the height and width are correct)

4. Leave to dry completely over 24 hours and then unpin.

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Until next time folks! Happy hooking and keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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