Crochet

This page is where all Crochet work will be posted and updated, mostly without personal interpretation.
Covers numbered in succession, based on when they are begun
Yarns identified by manufacturer’s codes or names given on yarn labels.

The covers are not in numerical order on this page, but from the top down:
n.8, n.4, n.5, n.6, n7, n.3, n.2, Softyak, Alpaca soft, n.1
n.1 is not cotton or made in squares as n.2-8
Softyak and Alpace are wool and would be different if made
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GENERAL INFORMATION OM MAKING THE COVERS IN SQUARES:
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These guidelines are for Rowan Summerlite 4ply cotton yarn and 3mm crochet hook eg Prym or similar substitutes – they are guidelines only and personal preferences are updated here

12 balls of yarn for the squares (minimum 12 x 50g = 600g of yarn)
plus about 2 balls of yarn for joining and edging the squares (2 x 50g = 100g of yarn)
180 squares
each square about 9 x 9 cm

SQUARES: can be any number of shades eg 4 different shades, 3 balls each
BACKGROUND: usually a different shade from the above

Start with chain of 5 joined into circle by slipstitch
Round 1: 4 groups of 3 trebles joined by chain of 3
Round 2 onwards: a treble in each treble below and ‘2 trebles 3 chain 2 trebles’ in each 3 chain below
Each square has 4 rounds in all.
– at the beginning of each round the treble is replaced by a chain of 3
– each round is closed by a slipstitch to the top of that chain.
i.e.:
4 groups of 3 trebles for round 1
4 groups of 7 trebles for round 2
4 groups of 11 trebles for round 3
4 groups of 15 trebles for round 4
– each group separated by a chain of 3
– working in rounds on the right side only.

LOOSE ENDS of squares darned back into central circle on wrong side. The first cut off but the last kept until after completion to allow for corrections.
Loose ends of joins and edging darned into thick seams of joins on the wrong side and kept until after completion.

JOINING THE SQUARES (in background shade) in double crochet Hook 3. Right sides together and inserting hook under strands of first front edge and corresponding back edge only. Seams on all squares facing the same direction.
Starting with the same square in both directions, working from that across, upwards or downwards, here the first square given.

JOINING CONTINUED:
Can be joined in many ways, this is one: Joining two single rows, two squares at a time. Then joining the double rows together. Then joining the groups of four rows.
Less fiddly is joining two squares at a time for the first two rows, top and bottom, then attaching one square at a time from right to left all along the row and upwards.I find it helpful to stretch the middle chain in the four corners before attaching the square

Then joining the rows across, pulling the loop under the crossing join with the hook and closing with a stitch or single chain to continue. Otherwise all in double crochet, attaching the central 17 stitches only. Aligning the corners. The seams need more care to take the strands well back in order to make the square lift above the background.

EDGING (in background shade) in double crochet Hook 3. Facing right side, double crochet in outside (back) strands only, preferring that both in joining and edging the squares are slightly proud of the background
One double crochet in each double crochet of the squares, one double crochet in the joins (taking the top strand at the front, not where it is closed off at the back) and three double crochets in the four corners of the cover. Starting from the first square, like in joining, but before the corner, at the previous join, to avoid darning on the one corner.

Note on presenting the yarn: at the moment I prefer to hold the yarn just behind the work in the left hand and slip the index finger under it, to lift it a little for the hook to be able to gather it, sometimes also wrapping the yarn around the little finger to help with tension

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COVER n.8 (current)
(in 419,424,439,440 and 441)

Crochet Hook 3mm eg Prym

Yarn Rowan Summerlite 4ply cotton

Shade numbers and quantities
3 – n.419 – 45 squares
3 – n.424 – 45 squares
3 – n.439 – 45 squares
3 – n.440 – 45 squares

2 – n.441 – yarn for background

180 squares 12 x 15 rows
instructions in general instructions for making and assembling

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COVER n.4
(in 424, 441, 428, 429, 436, 440 and 419)
prev shelta

Crochet Hook 3mm eg Prym

Yarn Rowan Summerlite 4ply cotton
Shade numbers – quantities – paint used for pattern image:
1 – n.424 – 15 squares – Indanthrene Blue
1 – n.441 – 15 squares – Winsor Red Deep
2 – n.428 – 29 squares – Phthalo Turquoise
2 – n.436 – 30 squares – Permanent White Ganache
3 – n.429 – 34 squares – Indigo
4 – n.440 – 57 squares – Venetian Red

2 – n.419 – yarn for background

Made similarly to Cover n.2
to be assembled in individual rows

PATTERN

436 440 440 428 428 429 428 429 440 424 440 440 441 428 424
436 440 440 428 441 429 428 429 424 428 441 441 440 424 436
436 440 440 436 429 429 440 441 429 436 441 440 436 440 424
436 440 440 429 429 441 429 428 440 429 441 441 440 436 424
436 440 440 429 436 428 428 440 429 440 436 428 441 440 436
436 440 440 429 428 429 424 436 436 428 441 436 428 424 436
436 436 440 429 440 436 429 440 424 429 441 441 436 440 424
436 440 440 429 440 428 440 428 436 424 440 440 440 429 440
440 440 440 428 429 428 424 440 429 428 429 428 436 424 436
440 440 440 428 428 428 429 428 440 428 441 428 424 429 440
440 440 440 429 440 429 440 429 428 441 436 440 440 429 424
440 440 440 428 429 428 429 436 429 440 428 440 429 436 436

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COVER n.5 
(in 420, 426, 433, 440 and 439)
previously ‘incognito’
see post by that name


(in 420, 426, 433, 440 and 439)
Crochet Hook 3mm eg Prym

Yarn Rowan Summerlite 4ply cotton
Shade numbers and quantities (not sure about quantities but will be 180 squares)
3 – n.420 -45 -squares
3 – n.426 -45 -squares
3 – n.433 -45 -squares
3 – n.436 -45 -squares

2 – n.439 yarn for background

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COVER n.6
(in 424, 433, 439, 441 and 440)
prev G.B.


Crochet Hook 3mm eg Prym
Yarn Rowan Summerlite 4ply cotton
Shade numbers – quantities
3 – n.441 – 45 squares
3 – n.439 – 45 squares
3 or 4* – n.433 – 46 squares
3 – n.424 – 44 squares

2 – n.440 – background

*n.b: n.433 and N.439 have been altered from 45 squares each to 46 and 44 squares respectively and therefore n.433 may need an extra ball of yarn or some left over in the same batch colour if possible.

180 squares, 12 rows of 15 squares
15 squares approximately per ball of yarn

For updated and general instructions on making the squares and cover see general instructions above.

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COVER n.7
(in 419, 426, 436, 438 and 433)
prev beatles cover


Crochet Hook 3mm eg Prym

Yarn Rowan Summerlite 4ply cotton
Quantities, shade numbers
3 – n.419 – 45 squares –
3 – n.426 – 45 squares –
3 – n.436 – 45 squares –
3 – n.438 – 45 squares –

2 – n.433 yarn for background

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COVER n.3
(in 420, 421, 426, 424, 433, 429, 439 and 440)
previously Itbewilo Wayoha


Crochet Hook 3mm eg Prym

Yarn Rowan Summerlite 4ply cotton
Shade numbers and quantities:
1 n. 421 – 10 sq.
1 n. 426 – 11 sq.
1 n. 420 – 14 sq.
2 n. 433 – 26 sq.
2 n. 424 – 30 sq.
3 n. 429 – 44 sq.
3 n. 439 – 45 sq.
3 n. 440 – yarn for background

SQUARES in all shades except n.440
(see COVER n.2 below)

JOINING EDGING in n.440
(see COVER n.2 below)

Size 180 squares in 12 x 15 rows

PATTERN

424 429 429 439 439 429 429 433 424 439 420 424 421 424 424
424 429 429 439 439 439 439 433 420 420 420 439 439 420 429
424 429 424 439 439 429 439 433 429 429 429 433 420 429 439
424 424 429 439 439 429 439 424 420 429 424 421 421 426 424
424 429 429 439 439 429 433 424 429 439 439 421 429 421 439
424 429 429 439 439 433 433 433 420 429 433 429 421 429 426
424 429 439 439 439 439 424 433 429 424 420 420 429 426 426
424 429 439 439 439 433 433 424 420 424 433 429 426 433 426
424 429 429 439 439 433 433 433 429 429 420 421 421 426 429
424 429 429 439 439 439 424 439 433 439 433 429 433 426 421
424 429 429 439 439 439 433 433 429 439 439 429 426 426 426
424 429 439 424 424 439 433 439 424 433 433 420 421 420 433

Pattern was given bottom right upwards then left in the same way

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COVER n.2
(in 418, 419, 428, 424, 422 and 438)
previously Summer Cover

Crochet Hook 3mm
Rowan Summerlite 4ply cotton
Shade numbers and quantities:
1 – n.418 – 15 sq.
1.5 – 419 – 22 sq.
2 – 428 – 30 sq.
3 – 424 – 45 sq.
5 – 422 – 68 sq.

2 – n.438 joining and edging

(aprox. 120 x 150 cm) 180 squares about 9 x 9 cm each

SQUARES: in all shades – except n.438
Start with chain of 5 joined into circle by slipstitch
Round 1: 4 groups of 3 trebles joined by chain of 3
Round 2 onwards: a treble in each treble below and ‘2 trebles 3 chain 2 trebles’ in each 3 chain below
Each square has 4 rounds in all.
– at the beginning of each round the treble is replaced by a chain of 3
– each round is closed by a slipstitch to the top of that chain.
i.e.:
4 groups of 3 trebles for round 1
4 groups of 7 trebles for round 2
4 groups of 11 trebles for round 3
4 groups of 15 trebles for round 4
– each group separated by a chain of 3
– working in rounds on the right side only.

LOOSE ENDS of squares darned back into central circle on wrong side. Loose ends of joins and edging darned into thick seams of joins on the wrong side.

JOINING in n.438 in double crochet Hook 3. Right sides together and inserting hook under strands of first front edge and corresponding back edge only. Seams on all squares facing the same direction preferred.

EDGING in n.438 in double crochet Hook 3. Facing right side, double crochet in outside (back) strands only, preferring that both in joining and edging the squares are slightly proud of the background in n.438.
One double crochet in each double crochet of the squares, one double crochet in the joins and three double crochets in the four corners of the cover.

PATTERN:

424 424 418 428 424 422 418 424 422 428 422 422 422 422 419
424 428 419 428 424 422 428 422 422 424 422 428 422 422 422
424 428 428 428 419 422 418 424 422 422 428 422 422 422 422
424 428 419 428 424 419 424 424 422 424 422 422 422 422 422
424 424 419 428 424 419 424 424 418 424 428 422 422 428 422
424 428 428 428 424 422 419 422 424 424 422 418 422 422 422
424 428 428 419 428 428 424 422 419 428 422 422 422 422 424
424 424 419 419 424 428 418 422 422 424 422 422 422 418 428
424 424 419 428 422 428 422 424 418 418 424 419 422 428 424
424 424 428 419 422 422 424 418 428 424 424 422 422 422 422
424 419 419 419 424 418 422 424 422 422 418 422 422 422 422
424 418 419 419 419 422 418 418 422 422 422 419 422 422 422

Pattern given bottom right upwards then left in the same direction

JOINING continued:
Can be joined in many ways, this is one: Joining two single rows, two squares at a time. Then joining the double rows together. Then joining the groups of four rows.
Then joining the rows across, pulling the loop under the crossing join with the hook to continue. All in double crochet, attaching the central 17 or so stitches. Aligning the corners. The seams need more care to take the strands well back in order to make the square lift above the background.
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future crochet in SOFTYAK
(in 231, 237, 244, 246 and 245)
Crochet Hook 4mm eg Prym

Yarn Rowan softyak dk
76% cotton 15% yak 9% nylon
Shades and quantities:
3 – n.231
3 – n.237
3 – n.244
3 – n.246

2 – n.245 yarn for background

worked in squares, joined and edged
however this is completely different size yarn and hook

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future crochet in ALPACA SOFT
(in 202, 203, 204, 223 and 221)
Crochet Hook 4mm eg Prym

Yarn Rowan Alpaca soft DK
70% virgin wool 30% alpaca
Shades and quantities:
3 – n.202
3 – n.203
3 – n.204
3 – n.223

2 – n.221 yarn for background

this will be worked in squares
however the yarn and hook are completely different size
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COVER n.1
(in 262, 278)
previously called Ivory Taupe…

Crochet Hooks 3 and 4mm

Rowan Superfine Merino 4ply:
Shade numbers and quantities:
5 – n. 262
11 – n. 278

Started with Hook 4, approximately 293 stitches in n.278
Then Hook 3, all double crochet, working in the random stripes indicated below, joining the next ball to where the previous one ends

PATTERN of Shade changes:

2 – n.278
1 – n.262
2 – n.278
3 – n.262
5 – n.278 (different batch)
1 – n.262
2 – n.278

Note on presenting the yarn: at the moment I prefer to simply hold the yarn just behind the work in my left hand and slip my index finger under it, to lift it a little for the hook to be able to gather it