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29 September 2015

Spice of Life CAL - Part 3


So are you ready for the new part?  I hope so!

I've been seeing some absolutely amazing blankets so far and we've only just started out.  I can't wait to see how they grow, it's been so inspirational already, so well done.

And a very special well done if you are a beginner who has managed to complete the dreaded first row and got the hang of working back and forth.  This part is always a challenge so give yourself a well deserved pat on the back for that!

Spice of Life CAL

PART THREE -  LEARNING NEW STITCH COMBINATIONS

The sections we work this week only make use of the two basic crochet stitches, double crochet and treble crochet but combines them to make some new stitch patterns.

Before downloading and starting work on the pattern, please do take a moment to read through all of this post.  It is a little wordy I'm afraid but I wanted to help you make your blanket a success so it'll be worth reading it before you put hook to yarn.

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TIPS FOR WORKING PART THREE

As with any pattern, make sure you read all the information carefully and remember to refer to the photos included to help you.

Section 2: Stacked Grannies
Although this section also uses granny stitches, note that the rows are worked in a different way and that the groups of treble stitches (US - dc) are separated by a chain this time.

This section also has rows of double crochets (US - sc's)
Remember that it is very easy to work double crochets at a tighter tension than rows of just treble stitches, so you may need to work these double crochet rows a little looser.

Section 3: Big Dipper
This pattern section includes rows of double crochets (US - sc's)  so you'll need to watch your tension in this section too.

Section 4: Stacked Shells
Rows 2, 4 and 6 of this section are made using stitches separated by chain stitches.  It is also very easy to make these chains a lot tighter than you would normally crochet.  So you will need to also watch your tension and if necessary work the chains in these rows looser.

For those used to working with US terms, you'll need to make sure you use the correct stitches for this section to work out.  Check the 'Tutorial Links' below if you are not sure.

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PROBLEM SOLVING

As this is a mixed stitch pattern blanket, it is very easy for your tension to vary over the different sections.  If you are having problems with the blanket coming in at the sides after working any of these three sections, here's some things you can do:

Loosen your tension
We tend to naturally work chains and double crochets tighter than we work rows of treble stitches, so you could try consciously working rows of dc's or rows with chains a little looser

Use a larger hook
If you are finding it hard to adjust your tension for these rows, try using a larger hook instead.
Just remember to change back to your regular size hook for the other rows

Blocking
In the last section I'll also be explaining how you can block you blanket.
This is a great way to even out the blanket overall at the end.

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TUTORIAL LINKS

Double Crochet Stitch (US - Single Crochet)
Treble Crochet Stitch (US - Double Crochet)

For beginners looking for more help getting started, you can find out more about working in rows and changing colours in this post:

Spice of Life - Beginners Special

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PART THREE  - PATTERN DOWNLOAD

This part contains 3 new sections to add to your blanket
We'll be working a total of 21 rows this week



Includes
Written Instructions with Rico Colours
Photo Tutorials for new stitch sections
Guide to colours for those using the Stylecraft Colour Pack

Remember that this pattern is written in UK terms
If you are in the US, you'll need to refer to the 'Stitch Terms' in Part 2 to see which US stitches to use.
(Also see the 'Tutorial Links' above)


Download Spice of Life Part Three Now


All pattern parts can also be found on the Black Sheep Wools Spice of Life CAL page

For yarn pack links and more information on the CAL please see my Spice of Life CAL Launch post

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JOIN THE FUN

If you want to get social with other CAL members, here's how:

Spice of Life CAL Facebook Group

#spiceoflifeCAL Instagram tag

Spice of Life CAL Thread on Ravelry


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