Winter Sunshine, from Words to Crochet Stitches

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On a cold nordic, no snow though, December day I find my entertainment in playing a game of words and crochet stitches. 

I pick 5 things that I like: 

+ winter, sunshine, cornflower, blue color, mandala

and 1 thing that isn‘t quite my favorite:

– wind 

and turn them into an idea for a happy, easy, simple, meditative crochet project.

The words merge into an image of a circular single and double crochet module I am calling Winter Sunshine. 

My goal with this WIP is to keep it easy and simple, to effortlessly follow my own intuitive pattern while watching my fav show/listening to an audiobook. So here goes:

Part 1

Pattern Rounds 1-4

Abbreviations and Notes:

Color A – CA

Color B – CB

Magic circle/adjustable sliding loop – MC

Chain stitch – ch

Single crochet – sc

Double crochet – dc

Double crochet increase – dc inc

Front post double crochet – FPDC

Slip stitch – sl st

Round – rnd

(Sorry, the text formatting is wonky. How do I reduce the giant space between paragraph blocks??)

To change color, use a new color to pull a loop through at the last ‘drop two’ when completing a stitch. Begin each single crochet round by placing the 1st single crochet stitch in the same stitch as the slip stitch just made on the previous round. The pattern suggests using two colors, but you can certainly use as many colors as you wish. The nature of the pattern allows for a multitude of color rich variations.

Pattern instructions: 


0. MC

1. ch3 for buildup, 19dc in MC, sl st in top of ch3 buildup changing to CB, ch1, pull tight; = 20 sts;


2. 20sc, sl st in 1st sc changing to CA; = 20 sts;


3. ch3 for buildup, (dc inc, dc in next 2 sts) x9 around, dc inc in last st; sl st in top of ch3buildup changing to CB, ch 1, pull tight; = 30 sts;


4. sc in each of first 2 sts of previous rnd; FPDC in 1st sc of rnd2<right under ch3 buildup of rnd3>, (sc in next 3 sts of rnd3; skip 1 sc of rnd2, FPDC in next sc of rnd2) around; sc in next st of rnd3; sl st changing to CA; = 40 sts;

End of Part 1 of Textured and Colorwork Crochet Pattern 🙃

The little motif you get can function on its own 🙂 as a face scrubby, a tree ornament, an element for a bunting, a 3D ornament if you crochet two of them together and stuff the bauble with some fiber…But, there are more rounds to come. My meditative crochet mandala is around 18cm/7in now, worked with a 4mm crochet hook and 75%wool sock yarn @260m/284yds per 100g.

If you like visual guidance, feel free to scan through my video, showing the process step by step, rounds 1-4:

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