Happy September and a warm welcome to this first post! For the next 12 months I will share a free crochet motif pattern each month, starting with this Space Rocket. These small motifs are an easy way to practice crochet colorwork and are quick and fun to make. Along the way I will be sharing my top tips to help you with this intarsia technique and I'll be adding some patterns incorporating the motifs. To make sure you never miss a free motif and to receive a free copy of my Space Rocket Pouch inspired by women working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) sign up to my newsletter.
Over the summer I have been inspired by the stories of women working in STEM. With the kids we read a fascinating book about women in science, watched the movie Hidden Figures and visited the Lego Store in Leicester Square, London where I bought myself the Women of Nasa Lego set. The Lego set sits on my desk to remind me that what seems impossible can become possible with some problem solving. Sometimes crochet feels like that but if women can help put rockets in space I too can do the maths and solve some crochet problems! This little Space Rocket Motif is a nod of thanks to the women who do amazing work in STEM and a reminder to all of us that with some hard work and determination we too can achieve some amazing things!
How to crochet a Space Rocket Motif.
You will need:
A small amount of light dk weight yarn in 3 different colours.
I Used DMC Natura Just Cotton 100% cotton (50g/155m/170yd) Yarn A - Bougainvillea (93), Yarn B - Noir (11), Yarn C - Ivory (02)
Finished size 2.75in (7cm) square.
Abbreviations: ch(s) = chain(s); rep = repeat; rs = right side; sc = single crochet; st(s) = stitch(es); ws = wrongside.
A3sc means 3sc in yarn A.
When referring to the chart read all odd (rs) rows from right to left and all even (ws) rows from left to right.
Chs at beginning of the row do not count as a st.
To start a new color, work the last yarn round hook of the st before the color change in the new color.
Using intarsia method, start a new length of yarn for each change of color and keep all strands on the ws of work.
If you are a left handed maker you will need to add an extra row at the beginning and reverse the rs and ws so read all odd (ws) left to right and all even rows (rs) right to left.
Using A ch 18.
Row 1: A1sc in second ch from hook, 16sc, turn - 17sc,
Row 2: 1ch, A5sc, B2sc, A3sc, B2sc, A5sc, turn.
Row 3: 1ch, A2sc, B4sc, C4sc, B4sc, A3sc, turn.
Row 4: 1ch, A2sc, B4sc, C5sc, B4sc, A2sc, turn.
Row 5: 1ch, A2sc, B3sc, C6sc, B3sc, A3sc, turn.
Row 6: 1ch, A3sc, B2sc, C7sc, B2sc, A3sc, turn.
Row 7: 1ch, A3sc, B1sc, C8sc, B1sc, A4sc, turn.
Row 8: 1ch, A4sc, C9sc, A4sc, turn.
Row 9: 1ch, A3sc, C10sc, A4sc, turn.
Row 10: 1ch, A4sc, C9sc, A4sc, turn.
Row 11: 1ch, A4sc, C8sc, A5sc, turn.
Row 12: 1ch, A5sc, C7sc, A5sc, turn.
Row 13: 1ch, A5sc, C6sc, A6sc, turn.
Row 14: 1ch, A6sc, C5sc, A6sc, turn.
Row 15: 1ch, A6sc, C4sc, A7sc, turn.
Row 16: 1ch, A7sc, B3sc, A7sc, turn.
Row 17: 1ch, A7sc, B2sc, A8sc, turn.
Rows 18 - 19: 1ch, A17sc.
Fasten off, weave in all ends and wet block.
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