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Sunday, March 27, 2011

12 Block Series: Block 4 - Solid Bauble Block

Unlike the 'bumps' created by some of the other stitches in the other blocks in the series, these baubles are solid, as in ball-like.  That's what'll happen when you put four half-double crochet stitches together!  Increase the pattern width by multiples of four, and you will have a really cute baby afghan!  As is, and in cotton, the block makes for a great washcloth, whether for dishes or you skin!

Note:  Though this block can be a little more difficult to do than the three prior ones, it is still a very doable block for beginners.  If you are a beginner just learning, I would recommend doing a practice block by using a larger hook, such as a size H.  Your final block will be bigger, but trying to get four stitches into one hole can be tough, and a little bit of practice never hurt anyone.  The larger hook size is also recommended for anyone looking for a larger block.  My test runs block sized out as follows, F-hook, 8" x 8" (a very tight block), G-hook, 8-3/4" x 8-3/4", and an H-hook, 9-1/2" x 9-1/2", all using worsted weight cotton yarn (your sizes may vary).


Solid Bauble Block
Note: Better Photo Coming!

Note:  Hook Size: G (see notes)

Stitches used:
Chain (ch)
Single Crochet (sc)
Half Double Crochet (dc) Actually only used in the cluster (CL)


Special Stitch: Hdc4tog Cluster (half double crochet 4 together  (CL): *YO, insert hook in stitch indicated, YO, pull through*, repeat from * to * three more times.  You should have 9 loops on your hook! YO, pull through all nine loops.  TIP:  Keep your YO's loose!

Multiples:  Even number of chain stitches

Instructions:

Ch 32

Row 1: Sc in second chain from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn.  (31 st)

Row 2: Sc in of the first three sc, * CL, 3 sc in next four stitches*.  Repeat from * to * to end.  Ch 1, turn.

Row 3:  Sc in each st across to end. Ch 1, turn.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until desired length is reached, ending with a Row 3.  End off.

Solid Bauble Block
Close-Up
Shown with a Single Crochet Border


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