Welcome to week 3 of the Maslow’s Rainbow CAL. This week is all about…
I could write a hundred posts about the importance of the feeling of belonging, of finding our tribe, of feeling valued and loved by others and having others we value and love in return. Humans are social animals and always find a way to gravitate into social groups, even if those groups can be dysfunctional!
Belonging to a group is a basic evolutionary requirement, best explained by the expression “There’s safety in numbers”. On top of that, membership of community groups is related directly to our happiness, with those who lack interactions and functional human relationships being more prone to depression.
So how did I translate that into crochet?
Well I came up with a stitch pattern which I have named the Granny Dot stitch, because what says love, family and comforting relationships than a granny?
Before we dig into that, how did you get on with week 2?
Here is what part 2 in my rainbow of blues looks like…
Coming along nicely I think!
So lets have a look at what you need to know to get to work on part 3!
- 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
dc = double crochet
sp = space
sk = skip
rep = repeat
ws = wrong side facing you
dot = dot stitch (see special stitches
Dot stitch, also known as puff stitch (dot)
Yarn over, insert hook, yo, pull up a long loop (about double the hook width, 3 loops on hook), yo, insert hook into same stitch, to, pull up long loop (5 loops on hook), yo, insert hook into same stitch, yo, pull up a long loop (7 loops on hook), yo, pull through all 7 loops, ch1 to close stitch.
This is a relatively simple section with alternating rows of granny stripe and dot stitch
Join your yellow yarn to the end of the last row.
Row 1: Ch3 (counts as dc, ch1), turn, sk 1 st, dot (in middle dc of 3dc group from previous row), *Ch1, sk 2 st, dot*. Rep * to end, ch1, sk 1 st, dc in top of last st
Row 2: Ch2, turn, 2dc in ch1 sp, *3dc in ch1 sp*. Rep * to end
Row 3: Ch4 (counts as dc, ch2), turn, dot between 3dc group, *ch1, dot between 3dc group*. Rep * to end, dc in last dc
Rows 4-6: Rep rows 20 and 21 (finish on row 2 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
I hope you have a great time trying out these new stitch patterns. Part of what I want to achieve with this CAL is to introduce new stitch combinations and get you thinking outside the box a little!
I look forward to seeing how you get on with this week!
I’ll keep next week’s pattern a surprise but I’ll see you then!!