Tuesday, 20 September 2016

BUS AT CAL Square 7: raised waves

Bath University SAMPLER ARAN THROW Crochet Along- Square 7 is raised waves.

This one is so much fun, it really is quite different from the usual cable patterns and is worked in a most interesting way.
I came across something similar a few weeks ago in an American pattern ( I must credit the Divine Textured Throw and Pillows pattern from Red Heart for the technique idea) but I have adapted it to my own use here and adjusted it until it fits exactly into the square designs for the throw.

The final square is shown in dark grey above as the extra yarn ordered from Wool Warehouse came today but I developed the design and photographed the tutorial yesterday so the main section is in the silver grey yarn for sample and teaching purposed only.

For all abbreviations see post for square 1, the pattern uses UK terms for crochet and for this square there are photos showing the trickier parts of the technique.


Foundation row: with 6 mm hook chain 18 and change to a 5mm hook, chain 1= Tch.
Turn and start the rows:
Row 1: work 18 dc, 1 in each chain starting from the 2nd chain from hook, the Tch does not count as a stitch. Turn.

Row 2: start of the waves:
ch1= Tch then work a dc into the first dc below, * ch 3 , skip 2 dc and work a dc into the 3rd stitch.
TURN the work! Now work a dc into the top loop of each of the 3 chains just made, TURN.
This is shown in the photos below albeit a bit higher up the square, the principles stay the same.

the turning chain.
The first dc.
the 3 chain.
Skipping 2 sts and working a dc into the 3rd stitch.
the dc made in the above photo...then TURN!

3 dc into the top loops of those 3 chains., TURN!

Now working behind the loop with the 3dc, you work a dc into the 2 skipped stitches , 1 dc per stitch.
work is turned back .
pushing the loop forward and identifying the two stitches to each work a dc into next.
Here starts the first dc.
second dc.
second dc made.

Now chain 3 etc which means: repeat from * across the row.
the next 3 ch....

At the end of the row you only have 2 stitches left so you work the dc to anchor the final 3 ch into the nubby loop indicated above in the photo, it's at the far left.
THAT one...

and finish the stitch with those final 2 dc behind the ''raised wave''.

Row 2 completed, turn. You have 6 raised waves. TURN.

Row 3: this too is a little tricky but the key objective is to EVENLY distribute 18 Htr across the stitches.

The back of the work ready to work the equivalent of a row 3.

 One HTr before the first ''bump''.
Chain 2 as Tch, work 18 Htr across the top and I have suggested where these go by the pins in the photos. 
I generally have worked 1 HTR BEFORE the first BUMP of a wave, then 3 HTr between two BUMPS - so that's 5 times, then a final 2 HTr after the last BUMP at the far left in the photo.
Thus making it a neat 18 HTr ready for the next waves row...
The funny little loop up theside of the bump for each first HTr of the groups of 3.
Indicated by the pins...
The second stitch of the 5 groups of 3 HTr positions for the HTRs that lie BETWEEN the bumps...
And the 3rd HTr positions between the bumps after the first one- only 4 times indicated- then the final two orange pins at the far left show the final two HTr s of the row.
Work HTrs all the way across the row.
HTr being worked....
YO and through all 3 loops on hook, HTr completed.

Back view of all HTr s completed, then turn work and repeat row 3 and row 4.
The square is completed when 6 repeats of row 3 and row 4 have been worked in total: so 6 rows of raised waves on the front and the final row is a HTr row.
How it looks after an HTr row, ready to start a waves row again...

Working into the top V loops as usual. As shown below, do not be tempted to work into the V's that face you at the front.

The front side, such FUN is it not?

The square may have a tendency to skew diagonally, DO pull it to a proper square and damp block it at the end of the project before assembly please.

The loops are raised and jolly fun and could be used to thread velvet or satin ribbons through? 
I like them left plain and think they look like the waves of the sea on a calm day.

I hope you had as much fun as I had designing and making this square?

It can be used horizontally or vertically in the final throw or blanket.

DO let me know how you get on with this and how you will use it?

I can see myself wanting to use this stitch pattern in many more projects and patterns!

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