Sunday, 30 October 2016

DAY 7 BLOG TOUR: SPINNING TOP PATTERN

I had a wonderful time last year with the Limited Edition Yarn Pack and blog Tour and I was Very happy to be invited to do 2016 blog tour too. 


A choice of 2 packs this year one called Parchment (the one i am using) and one called Silver with 10 x 100g balls of Aran or Chunky
picked from the new colours voted for by the public



Competition
LINK TO WIN THE YARN PACK I AM USING 
OPEN from10am until midnight Sunday 30th OCTOBER 2016
now closed...
The winner of your Blog Tour is Kelly Rosloniec.


I picked the 1000g autumnal feel pack in Aran weight, called Parchment...

spice and gold, 
sage and pistachio, 
empire and storm blue, 
pale rose and pomegranate 
with a pinch of saffron 
with one of my favourite neutrals Parchment.


POPCORN FLOWER CENTRE HEX BLANKET
for this blanket i used
gold
spice
pomegranate
pistachio
sage
empire
storm blue
and Parchement
and will be making another project with what's left and the other colours..so more to come 


12 petal popcorn flower centre


Followed by circle hex's all in the same colour combination

Followed by 12 more Circle Hex's but you could so flower hex's on this round too if you wanted too




POSSIBLE COLOUR COMBO'S FROM THE PARCHMENT PACK
This Parchment pack will make some fabulous colour combos and possibly two x 500g lap/baby blankets or one huge large or a blanket and a scarf......
so many options as always 
 Pomegranate, Spice, Gold, Empire, Saffron 

The pattern is based on the original Spinning Top Design I created to use up left over dk .



This pack could be split into a Hot Spicy little number or a Country Casual pack






Parchment, Storm Blue, Sage, Pistachio, Pale Rose


Such wonderful names Stylecraft call their yarns, a feast of yarn. 



Mix them all together or find a smaller colour combination you like, so many to choose from with this pack and i'm sure you can think of many more.......  










  1000g of yarn, just perfect for an large Autumn blanket.........and one or two small creations too



For this Aran weight Spinning Top blanket there's an option to add a Popcorn flower in some of the hex's.....or all if you want too

I picked 8 of the colours to try 

 Using the Spinning Top hex dk blanket as inspiration...such a satisfying pattern to work on 
The Aran pack version looks just as fabulous and grows even quicker than the 
Dk Spinning Top.

SIZE/QUANTITY OF YARN?
How many hex's could i get out of the yarn?....I made 19 and the last round took 5g of yarn, so that would work up into a fabulous blanket and i would still have plenty left to make something else...something to wear may be?

The Aran hex measured 9" across, so 19 x 9" hex's would make a reasonably generous throw/blanket




A Blanket pattern with or with out the flower 

a flower centre...with a second round of hex's all in the same colour way but no flower just the circle hex,  then a third round of 12 hex's in random colours making 19 hex's in all. 
Then finished off with a deep Parchment border...



PARCHMENT BORDER
 You would need an extra ball to do the deep border in one colour











BASIC SPINNING TOP HEXAGON PATTERN
5mm Hook
US Terms
UK  Terms in brackets

Make a finger wrap of 4/5 wraps, or chain 5 sl st into a circle




Round 1: cont. in same col, ch2 counts as first dc [tr], in all rounds.
24dc [24tr], into circle sl st to complete round.


Round 2: att, next col. in any st,  dc [tr], into next 3sts, ch2, miss a st, dc [tr], into next 3 sts, ch2, miss a st, repeat to end, ch2 sl st to complete. (3sts each side)


Round 3: att next col. in the top of any first dc on any side,  2dc [2tr] in first st, 1dc [1tr] in next st, 2dc [2tr] in next st, ch3, move to the next group of 3sts and repeat.
Repeat for all sides.  Sl st to complete. (5sts each side)


Round 4: att. next col. in the fist st of any group, 2dc [2tr] in first st, 1dc [1tr], in next 3 sts, 2dc [2tr], in last st of group, ch3 move to the next side, repeat.
Repeat for all sides, sl st to complete.(7sts each side)



Round 5: att. next col. in any first st of group, 2dc [2tr], in fisrt st, 1dc [1tr], in next 5sts, 2dc [2tr] in last st of group, ch2 move to next side, repeat.
Repeat for all sides, sl st to complete. (9sts each side)
Stop here for smaller hex....and use this round as the join as you go for a smaller hex version.

Round 6: att. next col. in any first st, 2dc [2tr], in first st, 1dc [1tr], in next 7sts, 2dc [2tr], in last st, of group, ch2, move to next side, repeat.
Repeat for all sides, sl st to complete. (11sts each side)


Round 7: att. new col. in any first st, 2dc [2tr], in any first st, 1dc [1tr], in next 9sts, 2dc [2tr], in last st, of group, ch2, move to next side, repeat.
Repeat for all sides, sl st to complete.(13sts each side)

ROUND 8 IS THE JOIN AS YOU GO ROUND
Round 8: att. last joining col. in any first st, 2dc [2tr], in any first st, 1dc [1tr], in next 11sts, 2dc [2tr], in last st, of group, ch2, move to next side, repeat.
Repeat for all sides, sl st to complete.(15sts each side)

THE BORDER PATTERN WILL BE ADDED ON A SECOND POST 
along with the second project....watch this space 

JOIN AS YOU GO
Use a sl st at the end of each st, to join to the previous hex, for this design do no join the ch 3 sts only the dc sts should be joined together, this leave a tiny triangle in the centre of each join
 held up to the light you can see the secondary 'hole' or lace pattern that appears after joining...love these secondary patterns in designs 

BIGGER HEX?
if you want a bigger hex then continue the pattern adding the 2sts each side on each round.

join as you go with 9sts, on the smaller hex on round 5 below
using the simple dc [tr], sl st join mini film on how to do this stitch 
PICTURE TUTORIAL HERE on doing my favourite joins you go sl st join
 delicate colouring called for amore delicate flower
DELICATE FLOWER CENTRE OPTION
Finger Wrap, 
Round 1: ch2 2dc[2tr], ch2, 3dc[3tr], ch2, repeat 4 more times, (6 X Granny Shells of 3dc [3tr]).
Round 2: granny shell in each ch2 sp, with ch2 between
Round 3: back to main pattern above.
 This colouring would certainly fit very nicely into my dining room.


Can I get two blankets out of the pack...one Hot and Spicy and one Soft and Country Style?

Possibly not, without adding another ball of Pistachio and one of the Parchment too as i've used them both in the 2 colour ways...worth buying another ball of each may be?












 4 or 5 round option another possibility...so many possible colour ways to play with



Popcorn flower Hex Pattern

ROUND 1: ch2 counts as first dc [tr], 12sc [12dc], into the circle, sl st, to complete, cut and weave in ends. [12sc (12dc)

ROUND 2: ch2, counts as first dc [tr], 2dc [2tr], into each st, sl st to complete, cut and weave in ends [24dc (24tr)]

ROUND 3: Att yarn in any sp between a pair of dc [tr], of round 2. Ch3 [counts as first tr (dtr)], 5tr [5dtr], into first sp, turn motif over and sl st into the back of the first tr [dtr], ch3, 
return to front of motif, 5tr [5dtr], into next sp, turn to back and sl st into the ch3, turn back to front and repeat in each sp, to end, sl st into first st, cut and weave in ends.

ROUND 4: CONTINUE WITH THE BASIC PATTERN ABOVE
 Difference in size between the DK and Aran...so much quicker to make the Aran blanket though about half an hour per motif for me 






 adding a flower to 2 to the centre of a few hex's works very well too



 LEFTOVERS: All my dk left overs version, same pattern just makes up into a slightly smaller hexagon





 this blanket is made from all of the Stylecraft Special and Life colours I had

Tomorrows blog star will be....with another chance to win the yarn pack Phil has used so don't miss out 

Phil at thetwistedyarn.com
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9 comments:

  1. Lots of awesomeness......thank you Sue, these are lovely and full of fun!

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    1. Wonderful pattern and written by a pro. thank you!

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    2. Thanks Piets....try t make the patterns as easy to read as possible xx

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  2. Fabulous blankets and such a wonderful array of colour options, lucky black cat too! Thanks for sharing the pattern.

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    1. Thanks Aquarius you're very welcome, Thats Mr T getting in on the act in the Summer sunshine xx

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  3. Wonderful post filled with colour and inspiration. When you mentioned Phil at the end, I thought you meant your Phil!!!thought you'd given him the crochet bug!!lol

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