Hello and welcome Part 2 of the Maslow’s Rainbow CAL
Before we get started on the next section, how did you get on with Part 1 last week? Did you master the gauge? I hope you learned some useful tips to help you adjust crochet patterns.
Here are my first pieces made in Drops Muscat Cotton DK, isn’t that blue lovely!
Ready to move on to the next section?
Good. Let’s go!
The second level of Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs is all about security. This is about having a roof over your head and feeling safe. If we’re constatly in fight of flight mode then we’re not really going to concentrate on much if we constantly think there is a lion chasing us!
So much of our behaviour is driven by ensuring our personal security and safety, whether that’s looking before you cross the road or locking your door at night, it’s a constant subconscious motivator.
When thinking about security and safety, there was one stitch pattern which jumped out at me, it had to be a step up from the very basics but still a solid foundational stitch. The block stitch pattern.
I chose this because of the likeness to building blocks, like the bricks we build our houses with. For me home is the place I feel most secure so this is a bit of a tribute to it!
This is a beautiful stitch pattern and looks stunning in two colours but for this section we are sticking to one! The pattern continues to use basic stitches in combination, working with double crochet, single crochet and chains.
No gauge work today (I hear a big sigh of relief!) so we can get straight into it!
This is what we’re aiming for
Pattern Notes (a reminder!)
- This pattern is written in US terms (you can see a UK stitch conversion chart here)
- Turning chains do not count as stitches unless otherwise specified
- Instructions between *asterisks* should be repeated as indicated
Stitches & Abbreviations (US Terms)
ch = chain
st = stitch(es)
ss = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
sp = space
sk = skip
rep = repeat
ws = wrong side facing you
No special stitches this week!
Crochet Block Stitch Written instructions
You will still have your loop from the end of section 1, so join your new colour Orange in the version pictured and you can get going
Work the same on each panel.
Row 1 (WS): Ch2, turn, dc in each st to end
Row 2: Ch1, turn, sc between first and second dc from previous row, *ch2, sk next 3 dc, sc between dc*. Rep * to end, ss in top of last dc
Row 3: Ch2, turn, dc in ss, *3dc in next ch2 sp*. Rep * to end, dc in ch1 (from start of previous row)
Row 4-7^: Rep rows 2 and 3 (finish on row 3 rep)
^If you are working in a different yarn, continue the row 2 and 3 repeats until your section reaches 3-3.5 inches
Fasten off leaving long tail (to use to sew panels together later) and loop to join next colour
Hopefully this week should be a really straightforward section and a real pleasure to work!
I look forward to seeing how you get on with this first week!
Next week we’ll start Part 3 which I’ve called the Granny Dot stitch!