Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Water Wheel Crochet Motif


There are many different pattern suggestions for the water wheel crochet motif. The pattern consists of solid double crochet stitches, which widen out and alternate between chain stitch loops that successively lengthen as the circle gets bigger. My personal preference for the water wheel motif has the double crochet stitches gently curving, symbolic of moving water (imo). I also enjoy this pattern, because once you get the hang of it, you can grow your circle as big as the ocean, if you want.  In fact, I think it would be a great way to use up all sorts of yarn scraps and left-over yarn, consistently adding to it until you have one great big circular blanket or shawlJ Hey, come to think of it, this is also a fantastic pattern for a circular tablecloth!

Water Wheel Crochet Motif Tutorial
*Special Note:  Chain 3 at beginning of each round counts as 1st double crochet. Each round ends with a chain loop and by slip stitching into the top chain of the 1st double crochet.
Foundation:  Chain 4, slip stitch to 1st chain to make a ring
Round 1
Step 1:  Chain 3 (counts as 1st dc in this and future rounds), dc in center of ring
Step 2:  Chain 2, make 2 dc in center of ring (5 times)
Step 3:  Chain 2, join with slip stitch to top chain of 1st dc

Round 2
Step 1:  Chain 3, make 2 dc in same space as slip stitch that joined round
Step 2:  Double crochet in next dc
Step 3:  Chain 3, make 3 dc in next dc and 1 dc in following dc
[Repeat Step 3 around, ending with chain 3 and joining with slip stitch to top chain of 1st dc]

Round 3
Step 1:  Chain 3, make 2 dc in same space as slip stitch that joined round
Step 2:  Double crochet in next dc
Step 3:  Double crochet decrease over next 2 double crochet stitches >>>
a.  Yarn over, insert hook in 1st dc
b.  Yarn over, draw up a loop
c.  Yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook
d.  Yarn over, insert hook in 2nd dc
e.  Yarn over, draw up a loop
f.  Yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook
g.  Yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook



 Step 4:  Chain 4, make 3 dc in next dc

[Repeat Steps 2 – 4 around, ending with chain 4 and joining with a slip stitch to top chain of 1st dc]

Round 4
Step 1:  Chain 3, make 2 dc in same space as slip stitch that joined round
Step 2:  Make 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc
Step 3:  Double crochet decrease over next 2 dc stitches
Step 4:  Chain 5, make 3 dc in next dc
Step 5:  Repeat Steps 2 and 3 over next 3 double crochet stitches
[Repeat Steps 4 and 5 around, ending with chain 5 and joining with a slip stitch to top chain of 1st dc]

Round 5
Step 1:  Chain 3, make 2 dc in same space as slip stitch that joined round
Step 2:  Make 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc
Step 3:  Double crochet decrease over next 2 dc stitches
Step 4:  Chain 6, make 3 dc in next dc
Step 5:  Repeat Steps 2 and 3 over next 3 double crochet stitches
[Repeat Steps 4 and 5 around, ending with chain 6 and joining with a slip stitch to top chain of 1st dc]
Continue to make motif larger by adding 1 more double crochet stitch in each section of singular dc stitches, and 1 more chain in each chain loop for each new round.
That’s all there is to it, good people. Until next time, happy crochetingJ
M. J.

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