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Project Frankenyarn has been my own personal experiment from the curiosity of “what would happen if…?” Although there was lots of ripping out and redoing things that didn’t work out the first [or second or third] time, this project was very relaxing for me because it doesn’t take much focus. It’s very casually written (not like my fancy, official patterns), so let’s kick off our shoes and enjoy a some laid-back crochet therapy!
In Part One, I decided to join up all the little pieces of yarn collected in my stash over the years since I started crocheting, to make one megaball, Frankenyarn.
Here in Part 2, I’m using that Frankenstein’s monsterball to make some ratty looking little hobo blocks, with the very high hopes that they’ll eventually make for a beautiful little blanket (they will, I promise!).
These little blocks are made using the moss stitch, which is very simple and easy. I tried a few different things but the moss stitch worked best for the colours in my Frankenyarn to give it texture without being too fussy.
SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED
Crochet Hook: 5mm (Size 8/H)
Yarn sewing needle
COLOURWAY & YARDAGE
yardage is approximate
Yarn Needed for Part 2 (Blocks)
Blocks: Frankenyarn – Mixed brands, mixed weights, mixed colours (278g)
Yarn Needed for Part 3 & 4 (Edge & Joining)
Edging & Joining: Elle Pure Gold, Double Knit, Titanium (150g)
Border: Elle Pure Gold, Double Knit, Honey (20g)
Border: Elle Family Knit, Margarita (50g)
Border: Kismet Yarns, Funky Stripes, Tiny Tots (50g)
My ball of Frankenyarn just happened to be 278g, which made 36 tidy little blocks. You can substitute this with any double knit yarn, which is the same as Light Worsted / 8ply/ 11wpi.
- R = Row
- CH = Chain
- ST = Stitch
- SS = Slip stitch
- SC = Single crochet
- *…* = Section to be repeated
- DC = Double crochet
- Hk = hook
- Sp = space
Each block is 14×14 cm
Pattern: 22 rows x 22 stitches using the moss stitch
I waited til I got to the pink part of my ball before taking photos for the tutorial because I like girly photos…
Let’s get started!
R1: Chain 24.
SC into 4th ch from hk.
*Ch1, skip next ch sp. SC in next ch sp.* Repeat across until all ch sps are used up, finishing with a SC in the last ch. You should have 22 sts (11 SC and 11ch). This number should remain constant throughout the entire block.
R2: Ch2, turn.
Skip 1st st. SC in ch sp.
*Ch1, sk next st, SC in ch sp* Repeat across, finishing with a SC into the last ch sp.
R3-22: Repeat R2. I had to adjust my tension as I went, to try get all the blocks a similar size. I also found it surprizingly difficult to count my rows and ended up with 21 rows on some blocks that I had to fix! The solution is to zigzag your finger down the block as you count the SC stitches and make sure there are 22.
If you’re using mixed yarns, you’ll eventually end up with a scruffy little rag like this. But don’t worry, my duck. Everything will be alright in the end!
Keep going until you have 36 gorgeous little scruffy rubbishes.
I had loads of fun making my raglets and the best part is always when the colours change! I had loads of grey, so after 6 blocks I was dying for a colour change! When it finally changed to lavender it was like the sun came out and my heart did a little flip flop.
The dark purple/maroon/red phase was my least favorite and I seriously considered leaving these blocks out and making some pretty pinks to replace them. But that felt like cheating because these are my genuine stash blocks with each their own memory of a project from I was a wee lass, pawing my way around the world of crochet.
In the end I was glad I kept them.
That’s it from me for now. Enjoy making your baby yarn monsters and I’ll see you in Part 3 to join the blocks!
BE A PART OF THE TRIBE
If you’re making something from one of my Projects, why don’t you share it with your tribe of fellow Projectarians? We have a Facebook group that is currently dominated by Winchesterton the Third and we need to see some variety, so please share your Frankenyarn – or any other Projectarian Projects with us!