Of course every month is Crochet Month here at Micawber Towers, but I couldn't let the occasion pass without making a little something special to celebrate and share:
|Always Teatime Mat|
Always Teatime is a versatile, join-as-you-go 2-round block which is great for using up stash. Worked in a combination of sport and dk yarns, my blocks are just under 1½" square, but you can use any combination of yarns that are close to each other in weight.
Simple joins give the Always Teatime blocks a lovely intertwined effect:
The blocks are so pretty on their own, I decided not to add a border to my square mat. Instead I kept it simple with a small tassel of fringe at each corner:
Note to crochet geeks: If you follow my pattern adventures, you'll know that I am Very Fussy about round joins, starts, and ends, striving ever to render them more subtly and undetectably. In pursuance of this noble quest, I've stumbled on yet another way to start a new round with a new yarn colour. It's secure, knotless, and - when combined with the invisible join - creates an almost perfect duplicate of a single crochet:
|Can you tell where the round starts and ends?|
If you're not a crochet geek, feel free use any other joining techniques you prefer. :)
Always Teatime Block Pattern With Phototutorial
Use any yarn you like, with the appropriate size hook.
Note: Click on the words "knotless chain" or "invisible join" to be taken to a tutorial for each technique.
With Color A, Knotless chain 4, OR make a magic ring and chain 3.
Dc 11 in ring.
Cut yarn and join to first dc with invisible join (12 sts total).
Round 2: Join Color B as follows:
Insert hook from front to back of any stitch, and pull up a loop (yarn tail should be on the right, and working yarn on the left). With yarn tail, cast on a backwards loop.
Pull on working yarn to tighten both loops,
move yarn tail behind working yarn and to the right,
then yarn over and pull working yarn through both loops on hook.
This stitch counts as a single crochet (and later on it will look like one).
Next: *chain 5, skip 2 stitches, sc in next stitch, chain 3, sc in same stitch.
Repeat from * two more times, working around the circle (you should have 3 ch-5 bumps and 3 ch-3 bumps).
Chain 5 more, skip the final 2 stitches, and sc in next stitch (you should now be back where you started).
Chain 3, cut yarn, and join with invisible join to the first chain AFTER the starting stitch:
After making the invisible join, turn the block over and take the yarn tail down and through the back loops of the starting stitch:
Et voilà! Ze stitch, she is now indistinguishable from any other single crochet:
|Invisible Start, Invisible Join!|
And your first block is finished. Now all you have to do is make a few more, joining as you go, and before you know it you'll have a pretty project on your hands. Nothing could be simpler.
Joining the Always Teatime Blocks
Blocks may be joined on any chain-5 section. To join:
drop working loop from hook, insert hook from RS to WS through ch-5 space of opposite block, pick up working loop (being careful to re-insert hook in the proper direction),
then gently pull the working loop up through the opposite block's ch-5:
Now, yarn UNDER and chain 1 (catching opposite ch-5),
chain 2 normally,
skip 2 stitches of circle, and sc in next stitch. Join complete!
If you're wondering why we yarn UNDER for that joining chain stitch: it makes a smoother, flatter join, and minimises the block twist that would otherwise occur with this type of join.
Assembling your Always Teatime Blocks
The easiest way is to work one row at a time, always working in one direction (from right to left or left to right). This way, you'll never have to make more than 2 joins on any block.
To Make a Mat like Mine:
Make 5 rows of 5 blocks in the colours of your choice. For a rectangular mat, make the rows longer. My mat is square because I ran out of turquoise yarn. :)
Weave in all yarn ends, and block project. To enhance the picot effect of the ch-3 bumps, use the blunt end of a crochet hook to pull each one open (this works best while project is damp).
Trim with a fringed tassel at each corner, or add a border of your choice.
Other Things to make from the Always Teatime blocks:
- A scarf
- A table runner
- A colourful cowl
- A simple tunic
- Use blocks as a border for another project
You may do whatever you like with the items you make from this pattern, but you may not sell the pattern or reproduce the text without permission. Links are always welcome.
Thanks for viewing, and happy National Crochet Month! (Happy National Craft Month too.)
What are you making this month?
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