• Wednesday , 29 March 2017

Moon Crater

Moon Crater

Project Details

Project Description

You will need…

Noro Silk Garden Aran for the craters and oddments of dk yarn for the surrounding motif.

4.5 mm hook

(feel free to use other yarns – just adjust the size hook to suit. Experiment!)

The pattern is written using US crochet terminology and standard abbreviations.

Instructions are given to make both a hexagon motif and a square motif, and there is also an option to make the craters bigger and smaller, so let’s get going…

1

With your crater colour, ch 4 & join into a circle.

  1. Ch 3 (counts as1st dc), 11 more dc into circle. Join with sl st into top of ch3(12sts)

  2. Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 2 dc in each st around, 1dc in same st as 1st ch3. Join with sl st into top of ch3. (24sts). Fasten off.

  3. Join new colour and ch 1 (counts as 1st sc). *2 sc in next st, 1 sc; rep from * 11 times. 2 sc in next st, join with a sl st into 1st chain. (36 sts).

At this point you can either make the motif into a square or a hexagon.

For a square –

  1. *(Ch. 3 (counts as 1st dc) ch 2, 1dc in 1st stitch), 1dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc, 2 hdc, 1 dc; rep from * 3 times more substituting a dc for first ch 3. Sl st into top of ch 3. Fasten off.

For a hexagon –

    1. *(Ch. 3 (counts as 1st dc) ch 2, 1dc in 1st stitch), 1 dc, 3 hdc, 1 dc; rep from * 5 times more substituting a dc for first ch 3. Sl st into top of ch 3. Fasten off.

 

2

Now for the fun part! To add the crater…

You need to work the stitches around the posts of the previous dc sts, so –

  1. Insert hook under post of a dc from round 2.

  2. Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc).

  3. Work dc around post of next st.

  4. Carry on working dc around all 24 sts from round 2.

  5. Join with a sl st into top of ch 3.

  6. Your stitches should be standing up to attention from the square below.

3

To complete the crater –

  1. Ch 1, hdc in next st (counts as 1st decrease)

  2. Decrease around by working 2 hdc tog around. (To work 2 hdc tog – yarn round hook, insert hook into next st and pull up a loop, yarn round hook, insert hook into next st and pull up a loop, yarn round hook and pull through all 5 loops on hook)

  3. Carry on around until you have 12 decreases. Cut yarn and pull the free end out through the loop. Thread it on to a needle.

  4. Push the needle under the top 2 loops of the 1st decrease.

  5. Bring the needle back through the last stitch.

  6. Tighten the loop to make a neat finish and fasten off.

These instructions make a large crater – to make the crater a bit more compact substitute hdc stitches for dc stitches when working the 1st row of the crater.

Optional tip for finishing the centre…

4

I like the closed look that a magic circle/loop brings, however I find them tedious to make, so sometimes I cheat.

To close up the centre hole that is left from working a ch 4 loop then –

  1. Work over the waste end when working the 12 dc of row 1. When finished pull the waste end tightly to close up the centre hole.

  2. Thread a needle with the waste end and push the needle back under multiple stitches – it is important that you do this in the opposite direction to which the end has been tightened (so if, as in my example, the waste end is under the stitches in a clockwise direction, then sew back in a anti-clockwise direction). Also miss the 1st stitch, otherwise you’ll just undo it!

  3. Then bring the end back clockwise again just to make sure everything’s nice and tight. Easy!

For a downloadable PDF of the pattern click here. Moon Crater Crochet Pattern

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