Friday, April 6, 2018

Dyers in Their Studios - Stacey of Fierce Fibers

Meet Stacey Serafin of Fierce Fibers (formerly known as Thoroughly Thwacked). Her gradient yarns will be featured in our upcoming Summer 2018 Ficstitches Yarns Crochet Kit Club. Preorders are open this month only.

But here is the profile I wrote about her when I did my first collaboration with her in December 2016. Things have changed a bit now that she primarily focuses on Gradient Cakes with some coordinating solids, but this interview was particularly interesting to learn more about how the gradients are made...

I first met Stacey last year at CGFF, although I had heard about her yarns. As I was walking around crocheting a shawl with a project bag hanging from my wrist (as you do), I was excited to find her booth and discover that she was a crocheter! She was crocheting a shawl at the time, though she knits as well, of course.

We ran into her again during the Rose City Yarn Crawl last March, and chose some yarn to play with for a future Ficstitches Yarns Crochet Kit Club. But that Kit won't be coming until early 2018, so I was really excited when we came up with the a Shawl Kit to do together this year.

Now learn more about Stacey...


Decadent Bliss Shawl in Stacey's Gradient Lace
BACKGROUND
·    How long have you been dyeing yarn? Since 2013, after learning how to knit in 2011 & learning how to spin fiber into yarn in 2012.

·      How did you get started dyeing? I got started when a friend of mine who owned a yarn shop was looking for something specific and couldn't find it.  We ended up developing a gradient kit for customers and the reception was quite good.  I enjoyed collaborating and working with people who were creative and it was great to see people make the kit we made and make it their own.

·     What is your background?  Received a B.S. in Physics and B.S. in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Then received a Masters in Nanotechnology in 2005 from the University of Delft in The Netherlands.

·     Do you have any special experience with art or science that influences your dyeing? There is a certain aspect that appeals to someone with a scientific background such as repeatability, planning and experimentation, not to mention all the chemistry behind it.  I've always been a big planner and with my scientific background experimentation and chemistry are big with me.  

     There are parts of dyeing though that I would say are attractive to me for the very reason, that they are the opposite of what I know and am comfortable with.  For example, there is also a big part of dyeing that is creativity.  Not that I'm not creative but the study and appeal of color and certain color combinations is something that fascinates me.  What makes us creative?  What makes us like one color combination and hate another?  Dyeing is a combination of all these factors.  I guess one of my best experiences is keeping my own curiosity from when I was a child!
Fierce Fibers yarns at OFFF. That cake in the middle was destined
to become Laurinda's newest shawl pattern, Decadent Bliss.
YOUR YARN
·       What makes your yarn special or unique?  I would like to think what makes my yarn special is me!  When I started dyeing my brain was riddled with ways to modify the process and try and squeeze more and more color into things. Yarn is my medium of expressing myself and always trying to push the boundaries and give people something different to work with.  For example, early on I learned about pooling and how the dye process can influence it.  So I made up a way to make skeins that didn't pool.  I also exploit pooling in a few of my colorways.  I've tried to come up with ways to use the “difficult” colors to the best of my ability.  

    I've talked to my distributors and tried to understand more about my supply chain.  I'm always talking to customers and finding out what they like as well.  What makes my yarns special is me.  My selection of the best bases I can find, combined with the best techniques, while being sensitive to the supply chain and aware of what my customers want.  Obviously this makes for a high quality product that is packed with color.

    ·     What is something interesting about your dyeing process that non-dyers might not know? I don't just use any single dye technique out there.  In many of my yarns I use multiple techniques because each technique has both good and bad things about it.  I have spent a lot of time working with different fibers to try and understand how each of them behave in the dye pot...because no one likes felted yarn or fiber!  

   Another thing that people may not know is that my cake gradients are all made by me.  Cake gradients first need to be knitted up into what they call a blank which is basically a piece of fabric.  They then need to be dyed, frogged (ripped out) and balled up.  As you can imagine, this is all labor intensive.  Unlike other dyers I do not buy my blanks, I make them myself because I want to be able to give my customers gradients in yarns they don't see anywhere else.   

·      How do you choose your colors and name your yarns? Experimentation is probably the biggest way I choose my colors at the moment, although I'm currently trying to expand my knowledge on color and doing more and more exercises on color planning and color studies.  My yarn names mostly come from how I feel when I hold the yarn.  My colorway names come from every day conversations that I have with people and I hear catch phrases that I think, “that would be a great colorway name” so I write it down and really think about what that would look like.  Also, sometimes a color comes out of the pot and it just looks like something so I go with that.

·       Where do you find inspiration?  Everywhere!  Pinterest, facebook, pictures in my head...
Here is that "Oregon" gradient cake just dyed up. Stacey is one
of the few gradient dyers I've found who takes the extra steps to
get the kinks out of a dyed blank. A must for crocheting with it!
JUST THE FACTS
·    How many colorways do you have? In the 3 years I've been dyeing I've probably made over 200 colorways.  Currently I have about 20 solid colorways I regularly sell.

·     Do you create seasonal or special order colors? Yes, but usually in a strange and quarky way.  For example for Valentine's Day this year I made Dragon's Breath.  It's a deep red tone for all those people who like to enjoy garlic ladened meals on Valentine's.

·    How many and what types of bases do you use? At the moment I have 18 bases but I am reducing that number drastically.  I will be sticking to bases that are more luxurious since that is what I prefer to work with.  I prefer to work with cashmere and silk blends along with a baby alpaca laceweight.

·        Where do your yarn bases come from? All over the world.

·       Where can we find your yarn? LYSs and online? My yarns and fiber can be found currently at Pearl Fiber Arts in Portland, OR as well as online at www.fiercefibers.com.  A small selection is also available at Embraceable Ewe in Hamburg, NY as well as Quilt n' Things Fiber Arts in Montrose, CA.  Also, please check out my events section on my webpage to see me in person at future festivals.
Much of Stacey's yarns come in cones like this so she has more options,
whether she knits it into blanks on a knitting machine or puts it into hanks.
PERSONAL

·     What are your favorite colors?  I love all my children...err...colors equally. Especially red, I love red just as equally as all the rest ;)

·       Favorite fibers? Animal fibers are definitely my loves. 

·      Do you crochet, knit, or spin? What came first? I learned to crochet when I was very young.  My mom had a crochet blanket that we would work on when we would sit on the couch and watch Dynasty together.  I did all sorts of crafty things when I was younger, macrame, boondoggle, beading, friendship bracelets, cross stitch.  It all fell away as I became a teenager and went to college.  After my second son was born I really wanted to learn how to knit so I could make something with my hands.  I took one class and I was off.  I made some fibery friends and learned how to spin a few years after that.  I will also confess to having rescued an antique rug loom that my step-father is currently refurbishing for me.

·       Anything else you would like to share? Pie.  Do you have any pie?  I like pie!

LINK UP
·       Website: Fiercefibers.com
·       Facebook: Facebook.com/fiercefibers
·       Instagram: fiercefibers

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Dyers in Their Studios - Teresa of Teresa Ruch Designs


Our first Ficstitches Yarns Kit Club of 2018 features DK weight 100% Tencel Yarn dyed by Teresa Ruch of Teresa Ruch Designs. Teresa's tencel yarns caught my eye long before I met her, and I wanted to create a design using her yarns then. I finally got to meet her in person at a trunk show during the Rose City Yarn Crawl a couple of years ago. When I told her about our Ficstitches Yarns Kit Club she was interested enough to offer me a skein of yarn right then. But we knew we wanted to save her yarn for 2018 as the glossy sheen of the tencel fiber is a perfect fit for the Gothic Romance story that my author partner C. Jane Reid has cooked up for us. This is our first kit featuring a non-wool yarn, so I was especially interested to learn how making and dyeing tencel yarn is different from the wool most hand dyers work with. Here is more from Teresa:

Choose Marina or Goldenrod for the
Spring 2018 Ficstitches Yarns Kit Club
PreOrders Open this Month Only!

BACKGROUND
How long have you been dyeing yarn? I started playing with dyes in the mid 70’s but started dyeing professionally in 1990 then full time in 2001.
How did you get started dyeing? I could not find the colors I wanted to weave with, then I fell in love with color and what you could get when you dyed your own yarns. I started with wool and silk in acid dyed, moved to natural dyes, then back to fiber reactive dyes for cellulose mainly tencel.
What is your background? I learned to weave and dye in college when I was a Home Ec major, my degree is in Anthropology. I took a job as a sample weaver for a NW mill and was later promoted to a textile designer, mainly computer jacquard designed fabrics for blankets, menswear, womenswear and contract furniture upholstery. Then I went independent and now dye yarns for yarn stores, knitters, weavers, crochet, and my own weaving work.
Do you have any special experience with art or science that influences your dyeing? I worked in the textile industry for 18 years, taught textiles and color at a local art college. 

YOUR YARN
What makes your yarn special or unique? My primary yarn fiber is Tencel which is a new age rayon. It uses hardwood junk trees that are pulped, run through a chemical solution, collected and spun. The chemical solution must be filtered and reused or is labeled as rayon. It uses very little or no water in growing, no pesticides, no water in processing and is from a renewable plant that was considered a junk tree.
What is something interesting about your dyeing process that non-dyers might not know? I tried to do this painted warp/yarn techniques in the 80’s but cold batching in an Oregon winter takes about 7 days. I was told (and observed at the mill) that you could exchange temperature for time meaning if I raised the temperature fast enough in a controlled environment I could shorten the batching time to hours or minutes. I chose minutes meaning that I use a dedicated microwave to set the dyes. Unfortunately that does not shorten the prep time or the rinse time. I purchase my yarns from a mill in Canada on mill cones of 6+ lbs. These are wound into 4 oz. skeins and then dyed.
How do you choose your colors and name your yarns? Naming colors is my most difficult task. When I was working at the mill our colors were based on the first ingredient in the dye blend and it may or may not have any relationship to the visual image of the yarn. I like to tie in the color name to the visual of the yarn. Blue Jazz is a deep rich cobalt blue to black which to me is the blue smokey tones of jazz. The curry color is named after the golden yellow color of the curry spice. 
Where do you find inspiration? Everywhere. Colors in nature or in pictures of nature, dreams, words, descriptions. I also pick up colors when I travel by looking at the colors along the roads. I take a lot of pictures of scenery when I travel.


JUST THE FACTS
How many colorways do you have? I have 16 colors that I sell to yarn stores, 6 colors on the website and then when I do yarn fairs, shows, yarn crawls I take all my “rogues” that are dyed colors that did not make the cut for the stores, special orders or experiments.
Do you create seasonal or special order colors? Yes to both of these. I will do a special color way of 4 colors for a special event, store anniversary, knit along with a single event or a year long theme or a conference theme.
How many and what types of bases do you use? I mainly dye Tencel as that is what I am know for. I use 20/2 (sewing thread weight), 10/2 cobweb lace weight, 5/2 lace weight, 3/2 sport/dk weight.
Where do your yarn bases come from? My yarn bases comes from a mill in Canada (Quebec) so they are a North American product.
Where can we find your yarn? LYSs and online? You can find my local yarns stores, yarn stores that sell on line, through my web site (www.teresaruchdesigns.com). I also sell at large yarn markets which are listed on my website.


PERSONAL
What are your favorite colors? Black because it punches the value of all the other colors used with it. I also like the adjacent colors from green blue through red violet and then is a new favorite every few months. Right now it is the russets probably because of the fall colors.
Favorite fibers? Tencel but also silk.
Do you crochet, knit, or spin? What came first? First I am a weaver. I have been weaving for 47 years. Second was spinning, then dyeing and a little bit of knitting, crochet and lace. Dyeing is now my first love with weaving next.
Anything else you would like to share? I enjoying seeing my dyed tencel made up in different items.

LINK UP
·       Website?  www.teresaruchdesigns.com
·       Facebook?  Teresa Ruch Designs

Thanks so much to Teresa for sharing her thoughts and photos with us this month. We think our Kit Club buyers are going to LOVE working with a new fiber and the fun project I have developed with it. The Spring 2018 Ficstitches Yarns Kit Club is available for PreOrders until January 31st only. Order yours today!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Dyers In Their Studios - Veronika and Danny of YOTH Yarns


For our Winter Ficstitches Yarns Kit Club we have the pleasure of working with YOTH Yarns. YOTH stands for Yarn On The House, and this is truly a family business with even their yarns named for family members. We are using Father, a worsted weight domestically grown Rambouillet wool. Some of their other yarns are called Mother, Big Sister, and Little Brother.

I first spotted this yarn company back in February of 2015 at Stitches West. Every time I passed their extra large booth I saw people with armloads of yarn ready to check out. By the last day they were nearly sold out of yarn and I got a chance to meet "Big Sister" Veronika. I learned that this was their first big show and they were from Washington state like I am. We were just getting ready to launch our first Kit Club then, and I kept them in mind for a future kit.


The following year I got to meet "Little Brother" Danny and their "Mother" during the Rose City Yarn Crawl at their trunk show at The Knitting Bee. We thought their colorways would be perfect for the Western Story our author C. Jane Reid was cooking up for the Fall and Winter Kits this year. We needed 2 colors of worsted weight yarn for the design I had come up with for this project, and their Father was perfect.

Cool and Warm color choices for Winter Kit Club
Wild Rice/Blue Raspberry OR Mango/Dates
Now here's more from Big Sister Veronika:

BACKGROUND
  • How long have you been in business?
YOTH was started in 2013. It took us a good year to establish our brand and what we wanted to do with our company. We opened our online store October 16th of 2014 and have been busy creating yarns since!

  • How did you get started dying?
We started out hand dyeing our yarns on our kitchen stovetop like most hand dyers, but we quickly learned that we needed a dye studio in order to not only keep my kitchen from being ruined, but to produce better products and have the space to grow. After converting my garage and basement into a small factory and a soft open into the knitting marketplace locally at the beginning of our business, we made the choice to actually source a dyehouse that we wanted to work with. It was either that or keep growing our own dyehouse and we truly believed that working with Saco River Dyehouse would be a good fit and allow us to grow more quickly. We are happy that we took that route and our yarns are now dyed by Saco River using a cool technique that mimics the look of hand dyed that we love!

  • Does your whole family work for the company?
All of the family is some way connected to the business and works for YOTH. My hubby is our graphics and web guy, also all around tech help when needed, mom is our warehouse manager and wonderful helper/fixer of all things, dad builds our beautiful display pieces and drives the truck and trailer all around the US for shows and conventions, my daughter models for us and when she can helps in our booth during shows, and we have a lot of wonderful friends who work with us when we need the extra hand. We definitely could not do this without the support of our loving friends and family!


YOUR YARN
  • What makes your yarn special or unique?
There a lot of really wonderful and lovely yarn companies out there doing great things. We are definitely not reinventing any wheels here!! But, we do believe that we bring a unique take on color to the knitting world. Most of our colors are more muted and sophisticated. It's what we really love!

  • Who develops your colors and names your yarns?
Our colors are usually developed by me, Big Sister, and then really hammered down with the mom and Little Brother when the final calls are needing to be made. I really appreciate the perspective that comes from both of them, because I feel that color can be so relative. What you like might not be what I like, and finding a happy middle that still sticks to our brand is what is important. Names are a whole different story!! Those involve Google, Pinterest, the whole Team and a bottle of wine.


JUST THE FACTS
  • How many colorways do you have?
We currently have 36 colorways. We are in the process of developing our final color Palette: Roots. It will be the reds, pinks and purples... YOTH style.

  • Where do your yarn bases come from?
We try and keep as much as we can in the US when it comes to fiber sourcing, milling, dyeing and selling. It's not always possible, but if you see an American Made stamp on your yarn tag, it's all from here!

  • Where can we find your yarn? LYSs and online?
Definitely online, but we also now have 25 beautiful Stockists all over the world. We love when folks can support their local economy and see our complex colors in person. Win, win!


YOUR TEAM
  • What is it like working with your family?
It has its rewards, but it also can spur some arguments. At the end of the day, we are blessed to be a part of such an awesome knitting community and be able to make a living working alongside the people we love most in this world.

  • How has your business grown in recent years?
We are expanding into many more shops and really try to hone our products and bases. It's ever changing and we always try to keep up with the latest, but we also feel that staying true to what we love is really important. The family, Mother, Father and Little Brother recently purchased a large property in Carnation, WA, and we plan to build a larger facility on the land to house our warehouse and hopefully keep growing.


PERSONAL
  • What are your favorite colors?
The joke around the house is... just don't use Oyster again. It's a well known "secret" that Oyster is one of my favs, but I really love all the neutrals, scummy yellows and blues. Little Bro's favorite has always been Cracked Pepper. No surprise!

  • Do you crochet, knit, or spin? What came first?
I mainly knit, crochet a little, and I just never caught the spinning bug. That's not to say that I didn't try! All the lovely men of our Team have all gone to a knitting class to at least learn the basics. It's good to know what it takes to knit a hat, scarf, etc.


LINK UP
  • Ravelry Group? yarnonthehouse
  • Twitter Twitter.com/yarnonthehouse


You can PreOrder the Winter Ficstitches Yarns Kit Club featuring YOTH Yarn through October Only. Because they have already dyed all of the yarn, the yarn for this Kit is Limited, so don't wait to order. Don't miss your chance!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Sunflower Harvest Square - Moogly CAL


I'm thrilled to be a part of Moogly's 2017 Blanket CAL. When Tamara first asked me, she thought squares weren't really my thing. But I reminded her that I actually wrote 2 whole books of squares and blankets! But I haven't designed squares in the round much, so it was a fun challenge.

When my kids were finishing Kindergarten, they were sent home with Sunflower Seeds with a little poem, telling them to plant them and when they bloomed in the fall it would be time for school. With kids heading back to school this design seemed appropriate. Enjoy!


Sunflower Square Pattern
Designed by Laurinda Reddig of ReCrochetions.com

Downloadable version now available on Ravelry includes Stitch Diagrams for both Right and Left-Handed Crocheters. Download HERE.

Difficulty Level – Intermediate
Finished Size – 12” by 12”

MATERIALS
Vanna’s Choice Worsted Weight yarn in:
Taupe (A), Terracotta (B), Mustard (C), 
Kelly Green (D), and Sky Blue (E)
Size J (6.0mm) hook, or hook to get gauge
Yarn Needle, Scissors, and Stitch Markers

GAUGE - 12 sts by 7 rows in double crochet = 4”x4”

ABBREVIATIONS USED
   (also see special stitches)
Beginning (beg)
Chain (ch)
Double Crochet (dc)
Repeat (Rep)
Right Side (RS)
Single Crochet (sc)
Slip Stitch (sl st)
Stitch (st)
Treble Crochet (tr)
Wrong Side (WS)
Yarn Over (yo)
SPECIAL STITCHES
Puff: [Yo, insert hook in st, yo, pull up loop] 3 times in same st, yo, pull through all 7 loops on hook.
Front Post Treble (fptr): Yo 2 times, insert hook around post from front of next st, yo, pull up a loop, [yo, pull through 2 lps on hook] 3 times.
Front Post Treble 2 Together (fptr2tog): *Yo 2 times, insert hook around post from front of next st, yo, pull up a loop, [yo, pull through 2 loops] 2 times; Repeat from * once, yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook.
Double Crochet 2 Together (dc2tog): *Yo, insert hook into next st, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops; Repeat from * once, yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook.
Half Double Crochet 2 Together (hdc2tog): *Yo, insert hook into next st, yo, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook); Repeat from * once, yo, pull through all 5 loops on hook.
Single crochet 2 together (sc2tog): [Insert hook into next st, yo, pull up a loop] 2 times, yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook.
Treble Crochet 2 Together (tr2tog): *Yo 2 times, insert hook into next st, yo, pull up a loop, [yo, pull through 2 loops] 2 times; Repeat from * once, yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook.

PATTERN: FLOWER
Worked in the round with RS facing. With Color A, make a reverse slip knot (see tutorial), ch 2 (or magic loop, ch 1).
Rnd 1: (RS) Working in second ch from hook (or magic loop), [Puff, ch 1] 4 times, join with sl st in first puff, pull adjustable knot (magic loop) tight – 4 Puff sts.
Rnd 2: Sl st in first ch-sp, ch 1, (Puff, ch 1, Puff, ch 1) in same ch-sp as sl st and each ch-sp around, join with sl st in first puff – 8 Puff sts.
Rnd 3: Sl st in first ch-sp, ch 1, (Puff, ch 1, Puff, ch 1) in same ch-sp as sl st and each ch-sp around, join with sl st in first puff – 16 Puff sts. Finish off Color A.
Rnd 4: Join Color B with sl st in last ch-sp of Rnd 4. Ch 1, (Puff, ch 1, Puff, ch 1) in same ch-sp as join, *Puff in next ch-sp, ch 1, (Puff, ch 1, Puff, ch 1) in next ch-sp; Rep from * around to last ch-sp, Puff in last ch-sp, ch 1, join with sl st in first puff – 24 Puff sts.
Rnd 5: Sl st in first ch-sp, ch 1, (Puff, ch 1) in each ch-sp around, join with sl st in first puff. Finish off Color B.
Rnd 6: Join Color C with sl st in last ch-sp of Rnd 5. Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), 2 dc in same ch-sp, 2 dc in next ch-sp, *3 dc in next ch-sp, 2 dc in next ch-sp; Rep from * around, join with sl st in top of beg ch – 60 dc.
Rnd 7: Ch 3, *fptr around next dc, dc in top of same st as prev fptr, fptr around same st as prev st, dc2tog**, dc in next 2 dc; Rep from * 10 more times; Rep * to ** once, dc in next dc, join with sl st in top of beg ch – 72 sts.
Rnd 8: Ch 3, fptr around next fptr, *2 dc in each of next 2 sts, fptr around same fptr as prev 2 dc**, 2 dc2tog, fptr around same fptr as prev st; Rep from * 10 more times; Rep * to ** once, dc2tog, join with sl st in top of beg ch – 96 sts.
Rnd 9: Ch 3, fptr around first fptr, dc in top of same st as prev fptr, dc in next 2 dc, *fptr2tog around prev fptr and next fptr, dc2tog in 2 dc behind frtr2tog, dc in top of next fptr, dc in next dc2tog**, fptr2tog around prev fptr and next fptr, dc2tog in dc2tog behind frtr2tog and in top of next fptr, dc in next 2 sts; Rep from * 10 more times; Rep * to ** once, fptr around prev fptr, sk next fptr, join with sl st in next dc – 96 sts. Finish off Color C.

LEAVES
With RS facing, mark Leaf placement with stitch markers in top of 6th, 12th, and 18th fptr2tog stitches, and last fptr of Rnd 9.

Leaf 1
With Color D and WS facing, ch 5, join with sl st in first fptr2tog with stitch marker, ch 2, sk next dc, sl st around post of next dc inserting hook from back, turn.
Row 1: (RS) Working into back bumps of ch 5, dc in first 3 chs, hdc in next ch, 3 sc in last ch; Turn to work down other side of ch in unused loops of chs, hdc in second ch, dc in next 3 chs, dc in side of joining sl st at base of beg ch, sk next unused dc on Rnd 9, join with sl st around post of next dc inserting hook from back, ch 2, sl st in top of next fptr2tog, turn – 12 sts.
Row 2: Dc in next 5 sts, 2 hdc in next sc, 3 sc in next sc, 2 hdc in next sc, dc in next 4 sts, dc in side of joining sl st at beg of Row 1, join with sl st in top of next fptr2tog, ch 2, sl st around post of next dc inserting hook from front, turn – 17 sts.
Row 3: Dc in next 4 dc, hdc in same dc as prev dc, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts, (sc, ch 1, sc) in next sc, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, dc in same dc as prev hdc, dc in next 3 dc, dc in side of joining sl st at beg of Row 2, join with sl st around post of next dc inserting hook from back. Finish off Color D – 22 sts.

Leaf 2-4
Repeat Leaf 1 for each remaining stitch with stitch marker.

EDGING
With Color E and RS facing, join with sl st in back loop of ch at point of any Leaf. Work in back loops only (blo) of Leaf sts and both loops of Flower sts.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, working in blo, (sc, ch 1, sc) in same ch as join, *sc in next sc, sc2tog, sc in next hdc, hdc2tog, hdc in next dc, dc2tog, dc in next dc, tr2tog in blo of last dc of Leaf and both loops of same dc as last sl st of Leaf; Working in both loops, tr in next 3 sts, fptr around next dc, dc in next 3 sts, fptr around next dc, tr in next 3 sts, tr2tog in top of same dc as Leaf sl st and side of first Leaf sl st; Working in blo, dc in next dc, dc2tog, hdc in next dc, hdc2tog, sc in next hdc, sc2tog, sc in next sc**, (sc, ch 1, sc) in corner ch; Rep from * 2 more times; Rep from * to ** once, join with sl st in first sc – 120 sts.
Note: Check measurement. Skip Rnd 2 if already measures 12”, or use hdc instead of sc for Rnd 2 if you need a little more to make 12”.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc, (sc, ch 1, sc) in ch-sp at corner, sc in each sc across to next corner; Rep from * around, join with sl st in first sc – 128 sts.

Finish off Color E and weave in all ends.



© 2017, Designed by Laurinda Reddig aka ReCrochetions. All Rights Reserved. This design, the pattern, and the images are property of ReCrochetions. The buyer may use this pattern for personal use and charity. No part of this document may be reproduced, altered, or distributed in any form, or by any means, without express written permission from Laurinda Reddig.