Free Pattern Friday: Tablecloth Pt 6

I am learning some more new stitches. One of them, the star stitch, I’ve never even heard of! For those of you who are new here, I am adapting an afghan pattern called Rings of Change into a tablecloth using all the crochet thread in my stash I can. These threads are all sizes and colors, and I’m doing my best to arrange the colors as pleasing as possible.

This pattern is a paid pattern found on Ravelry and created by Frank O’Randle. He has the first 42 rounds of this 112 round pattern made into Mini Rings of Change, and it’s free.

Here is what the star stitch looks like on my piece:

In the above picture, you see Fan Stitch on the very top, next one down are ch2 and ch1 spaces and single crochets. The third line which you can barely see is made up of all double crochets. The next row down are the Star Stitches. Personally, I don’t think they look like stars…

Since Mr. O’Randle’s written instructions on how to make the star stitch left much to be desired, I went elsewhere to find out how to create this stitch, and I found it on my go to site: The Spruce Crafts

The above is the picture of her swatch of star stitches. I still don’t see any stars….

After the Fan Stitch which, I have made before, comes the Double Treble Stitch. I have never had cause to use this stitch, and it’s going to be a thread eater. Still, I have a full ball of green thread I can use for this row.

I’m up to row 62 now with another 50 to go, I think. Something like that. I may add some extra rows to give it more length. I’m going to start taking picture of it draped over the table I’m making it for so you can gauge my progress better that way. 🙂

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Free Pattern Friday: Tablecloth Pt. 4

I don’t understand why the Crocodile Stitch was such a big deal. Personally, I find it too much effort for very little result. If the pattern didn’t call for 3 rows of it, I wouldn’t bother with it. To make things even more annoying, the pattern is worked almost totally in reverse from the way other stitchers make it. I watched a video from the Crochet Crowd

It’s not like what’s in the pattern Rings of Change by Frank O’Randle. It has foundation rows made before the stitches are made.:

This row isn’t sitting down like in the video, it had to be curled down. I’m hoping the other three rows will pull it all down so they sit properly.

I know my stitches are small, but that’s not what’s causing me not to like the stitch. It’s just labor intensive and eats a lot of thread(yarn if you’re using it for the afghan in the original pattern).

Visually, I don’t see the appeal either. I think shells and clusters look nicer, but that’s just me.

That’s as far as I’ve gotten this week. I’ve spent more time cross stitching than crocheting because of this section, but I’ll try harder to spend more time on it. This section won’t last forever, and the journey once begun must come to an end.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!