Whispers from the Past Part 1

Whispers from the Past Part 1

 

Welcome to part 1 of Whispers from the Past.

Hi, do you have your hook and yarn at the ready?

The first part of this cal is named in honour of my Nana, Winifred. She taught me how to crochet when I was a little girl.

When I was little, I used to spend a lot of time with my Grandparents, it was a way for me to escape from the noise and chaos of busy family life.

I have always been a soul that needs peace and tranquillity.

 

My Nana used to have crocheted throws over the back of the sofa, and often if I was in need of a hug, that is where we would sit, snuggled up in one of her amazing blankets.

She used to use a very simple four petal flower, made with double and treble crochet stitches, which is what the centre of this week’s square is based on.

Winnie’s square is named after this amazing lady, who was incredibly talented and creative. She loved looking after her family, baking, crafting and gardening, she was a sweet, reserved soul, who I know still watches over me.

Here is a little photo of her.

NanaSo I would like to share with you, my memories of fun, love, and lots of hugs, all wrapped up in Winnie's Square.

You will need to make 4 squares.

My personal preference, is to make all 4 of each round, before moving on to the next round. The reason for this is to ensure that your tension and gauge is consistent throughout your work. Also it is easier to remember the repeat for each round as you go, rather than having to constantly refer back to the pattern.

This week includes some very basic stitches, and chain mesh. With the addition of some front post and back loop stitches. These stitches are a starting point for many of us as we begin our crochet journey. I have made a couple of short video tutorials to help you, with some extra handy hints, you can find the links below. I also decided to make a full video tutorial for this weeks square, and you can find the link under useful stuff. 🙂

 

♥ Useful Stuff

♥  Front post stitches video tutorial. Back loop stitches video tutorial. Just click on either of the links and it will take you to a short video tutorial, with some handy hints.

Winnie's Square Video Tutorial. Including instructions on blocking, so this is a long one!

There is lots of help available, on the CAL Crochet A-Long group on Facebook, in my Ravelry Group, or on the Crystals and Crochet Facebook page.

Please remember this is my design and is covered by copyright law. You may share a link to this page with anyone, you may print off the photo or written tutorials for your own use, but please do not alter or change in any way.
Please love and respect me, as I love and respect you.

If you haven't read the introduction post, then please find it here. You will find all the information on Yarn Packs, how much yarn you will need, hook sizes, the finished size of your blanket and all the resources available.

It is worth book marking the main Whispers from the Past page as it will contain all the posts about the project and each weekly part.

 

♥ PDF downloads

US terms

Written Pattern with small photo
Photo Tutorial

♥ UK terms

UK-Terms -photo tutorial

♥ Chart

♥ Winnie's Square chart

♥ Translations

For the translated versions of the CAL, please click on the links here and it will take you straight to your preferred language. With no need to scroll down further on this page.
And another HUGE thank you to the awesome team of translators, from the CAL - Crochet A Long Facebook group, for the fantastic job they have done with all the translations.

Afrikaans
Danish - Dansk
 Dutch - Nederlands
Finnish - Suomi
French - Français
German - Deutsche
Greek - Ελληνικα
Hebrew - עברית
Korean - 한국어.
Norwegian-Norsk
Persian - فارسی
Spanish - Español
Swedish -Svenska

 

 

Part 1.Winnie’s Flower

Winnie's flower 1

Make 4

Colours per round for yarn packs

wftp part 1 colours a

US terms used throughout

 Abbreviations

Whispers abreviations[] Hints: Are typed in italics and coloured purple, they are to help and guide you and hopefully make life a little easier, especially for beginners.

Reference to photos is [P] with the relevant photo number

* * Repeat instructions between asterisks the amount of times specified.
This is normally a repeat for a complete side and will consist of multiple instructions.

() Repeat instructions between parentheses the amount of times specified.
This is a lower level repeat.

 Hint: corner chain spaces are not included in any stitch count.

1. Starting with a magic ring or ch 4 and make a loop, ch 4 [counts as dc plus ch-1], dc,
(ch 2 [corner space], dc, ch 1, dc) 3 times, ch 2. [P1]

Join to 3rd ch, fasten off, and secure ends.
Stitch count: 8 dc, 4 ch 1 spaces.

round 1

2. Join with a standing sc in any ch-1 space, [P1]

*skip next st, in next ch-2 space ((tr, ch 1) 4 times, tr), skip next st, sc in next ch-1 space. * [P2]

Repeat from *to * 4 times, omit last sc.
Join to standing sc, fasten off, and secure ends.
Stitch count: 4 sc, 4 shells of 5 tr plus 4 ch-1 spaces.

round 2

Hint: In this round you will work only in the 3rd tr of each shell and the sc between shells.
3. Join with a standing blsc in 3rd tr of any shell, [P1]

*in next sc ((tr, ch 1) 6 times, tr), blsc in 3rd tr of next shell. * [P2]

Repeat from * to* 4 times, omit last blsc.
Join to standing blsc with a sl-st.
Stitch count: 4 blsc, 4 shells of 7 tr plus 6 ch-1 spaces.

round 3

4. Ch 1 and fpdc around same st [blsc], [P1]

*(fpdc around next st, ch 1, skip next ch-1 space) 6 times, fpdc around next 2 sts. * [P2]

Repeat from * to * 4 times, omit last fpdc.
Join to 1st fpdc, fasten off, and secure ends.
Stitch count: 32 fpdc, 24 ch-1 spaces.

round 4

 Hint: this round is worked behind R4 into sts from R3 and in R4.
5.
Join with a standing dc in 4th tr R3 of any shell, (ch 2, dc) in same st, [P1]

*(hdc in next ch-1 space R4, dc in next st R3) 3 times, [P2,3] fphdc around next st R4 [fpdc made around sc], (dc in next st R3, hdc in next ch-1 space R4) 3 times, in next st R3 [4th tr] (dc, ch 2, dc). * [P4]

Repeat from * to * 4 times, omit last corner group.
Join to standing dc with a sl-st.
Stitch count: per side: 6 hdc, 1 fphdc, 8 dc.

round 5

6. Ch 3 [counts as dc], [P1]

*in ch-2 corner space (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) [P2], dc in next 15 sts [not forgetting the 1st hidden st]. * [P3]

Repeat from * to * 4 times, omit last dc.
Join to top of ch-3, fasten off and secure ends.
Stitch count: per side: 19 dc.

round 6

7. Join with a standing sc in any ch-2 corner space [P1], (ch 2, sc) in same space, [P2]

*sc in next 19 sts, in ch-2 corner space (sc, ch 2, sc). * [P3]

Repeat from * to * 4 times, omit last corner group.
Join to standing sc with a sl-st.
Stitch count: per side: 21 sc.

round 7

Hint: sides are not symmetrical, there is no ch-3 at the end of each side.

8. Sl-st into ch-2 corner space, ch 1 and sc, (ch 4, sc) in same space, [P1]

*(ch 3, skip next 2 sts, sc in next st) 7 times [P2], in ch-2 corner space (sc, ch 4, sc). * [P3]

Repeat from * to * 4 times, omit last corner group.
Join to 1st sc with a sl-st.
Stitch count: per side: 9 sc, 7 ch-3 spaces.

round 8

Hint: the next 3 rounds are worked into the chain spaces only.

9. Sl-st into ch-4 corner space, ch 1 and (sc, ch 4, sc) in same ch-4 corner space, [P1]

*(ch-3, sc in next ch-3 space) 7 times [P2], ch 3, in ch-4 corner space (sc, ch 4, sc). * [P3]

Repeat from * to * 4 times, omit last corner group.
Join to 1st sc with a sl-st.
Stitch count: 9 sc, 8 ch-3 spaces.

round 9

10. Sl-st into ch-4 corner space, ch 1 and (sc, ch 4, sc) in ch-4 corner space, [P1]

*(ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space) 8 times, ch 3, in ch-4 corner space (sc, ch 4, sc). * [P2]

Repeat from * to * 4 times, omit last corner group.
Join to 1st sc with a sl-st.
Stitch count: per side: 10 sc, 9 ch-3 spaces.

round 10

11. Sl-st into ch-4 corner space, ch 1 and (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-4 corner space, [P1]

*(ch 2, sc in next ch-3 space) 9 times [P2], ch 2, in ch-4 corner space (sc, ch 2, sc). *

Repeat from * to * 4 times, omit last corner group.
Join to 1st sc with a sl-st.
Stitch count: per side: 11 sc, 10 ch-2 spaces.

round 11

Hint: the corners in this round are not symmetrical.

12. Ch 1 and sc in same st, [P1]

*in ch-2 corner space (sc, ch 2, 2 sc), (sc in next st, 2 sc in next ch-2 space[P2]) 10 times, sc in next st. * [P3]

Repeat from * to * 4 times, omit last sc.
Join to 1st sc, fasten off and secure ends.
Stitch count: per side: 34 sc.

round 12

13. Join with a standing dc in 2nd to last sc before any ch-2 corner space, dc in next st, [P1]

*in ch-2 corner space (dc, ch 3, dc) [P2], dc in next 34 sts. * [P3]

Repeat from * to * 4 times, omit last 2 dc.
Join to standing dc with a sl-st.
Stitch count: per side: 36 dc.

round 13

14. Ch 3 [counts as dc], dc in next 2 sts, [P1,2]

*in ch-2 corner space (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) [P3], dc in next 36 sts. * [P4]

Repeat from * to * 4 times, omit last 3 dc.
Join to top of ch-3, fasten off, and secure ends.
Stitch count: per side: 40 dc.

round 14

Work away all ends.

Your squares will need blocking at this point, to open up the mesh, and to make joining easier. DO NOT JOIN!

Depending on the yarn you are using, you may prefer to either wet block or steam block.

Important: do not over stretch the solid parts of your square, they should remain neat and compact.

1. Start by pinning the centre/solid part of your square, making sure each side measures the same. [P1]

Approx. 4 ½ inches Dk with 4mm hook, or 5 ½ inches with Aran and 5.5mm hook.

 2. Gently stretch the corners to open up the mesh area, but not stretching the last 2 solid rounds, again work around your square ensuring even measurement on each side. [P2,3]

3. Finally pin outer edges, ensuring even measurement on each side and not stretching the stitches out. [P2,3]

block 1

Approx. 10 inches Double Knitting with 4mm hook,

or 12 inches with Aran/Worsted and 5.5mm hook.

Spray with water, or blast with steam (ensuring you do not touch the yarn), leave to thoroughly dry.

block 2

Part 1 is now complete.

See you next week.

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14 Responses

  1. waiting for my wool to arrive to start part one

  2. I love this CAL, I chose the brown sugar color pack from Deramores. The dark brown matches my sofa perfectly and I am so looking forward to seeing this Afghan on my sofa. Your imagination and skill in making patterns so easy to understand is awesome. Thank you.

    • Helen Helen

      You’re welcome 🙂

  3. Thank you, Helen

  4. Hello Helen Thanks for beautiful crocheted things you give us here. But I wonder… Can it be on Norwegian to how to do the crochet? Thanks.

    • Helen Helen

      I don’t think the translation team have any one from Norway, but I know they would love it if you wanted to join them 🙂

  5. Another beautiful project 🙂 Thank you Helen.

  6. I had a ball making this cal today. Thank you

  7. i’m so happy that we’re starting, thank you sooo much for making this possible! shoshana

    • Helen Helen

      you’re welcome 🙂

  8. Again you have made a beautiful creation! Thank you for all you do and for sharing it with us. <3

  9. Just beautiful! I read the pattern through and, as usual, your pattern is easy to understand. Thank you for this CAL.

    • Helen Helen

      so pleased it is clear 🙂

  10. Beautiful

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