Left Hand – Crochet Study of Planet Earth: Week 2


Welcome back to The Crochet Crowd as well as my friends over yarnspirations.com. Week number two with The Study of Planet Earth. Now in this particular study we’re going to continue to grow our circle a little bit more. You know the Earth’s core is round and we’re gonna get a little bit bigger. But of course, I realize that a lot of people do not like round afghans so in this particular clue we’re then going to transition from a circle and into a hexagon. I always wanna say a hexagonal. So I’m going to be transferring with this within this week and then we’re gonna start growing it out as a hexagon for the remaining of the week. So without further ado let’s go on into the studio and let’s see what you’re gonna get yourselves into today. So let’s move along in our stitch along and now we’re going to do these rounds here and the final clues are right here. So we, on page number two is the instructions for the diagram and you can read the written instructions if you wish but of course myself I’m gonna focus on the diagram. So we’re gonna go in this particular clue this week is from 9 all the way to 16. If you’re planning your colors this is where you’ll wanna use that 10th ball to keep the coloring the same as what you’ve already done. So you wanna keep all of this section the same color and then we’re gonna then let the ball then in week number three and beyond just come out as is and it will work out really quite awesome. So without further ado, let’s take a little closer look and let’s get ourselves started. So let’s begin round number nine. So round number nine we’re going to join from the back post only. Chain up three and that will count as a back post double crochet and then we’re gonna do one back post double crochet in each of these all the way around. So it’s a nice easy round. You’ll notice that The Study of Texture and The Study of Planet Earth has ridges that are consistent that make up each section. So it’s actually kind of a fun idea and it’s something that’s really quite awesome. I’ve also written a pattern in a way that each time you see a week if you are strategizing your color, so you wanna plan the color instead of it actually coming out as is from the ball then what you would like to do that each week then that is a separate layer of color and we have one of our testers do that as well. So let’s begin round number nine. When I last left you we just started this color and you can see it’s a solid all the way around and we strategize that in order to happen. For people that aren’t following the tutorial they might not realize that we’ve done that but that’s okay. We’re gonna move along do it our own way, right? So what we’d like to do is if you’re joining a new color Then what you can just do is just go around the first chain three that you started with in order to get that. But if you’re not and you’re just continue to go just sneak it to the backside and then just come out from the back side and back out the other way and just slip stitch and what that will do is it’ll pull the stitch backwards so that the first stitch looks like it’s a back post double crochet. And now I want you to chain three so 1, 2 and 3. So this round, round number nine is that one back post in each stitch. So just coming from the back and just pop it out between the posts and then pop it right back to the outside or to the back side and then pull through and then pull through two and two and you’re gonna do that all the way around. The thing you need to watch out for and that I warned you in week number one is that when you do these back posts make sure that you’re grabbing all of the entire post. It’s easy to somehow just accidentally just leave one particular strand in behind. So this one I just did on purpose. So you see it doesn’t look the same. So you wanna keep that an eye on that and if it’s a different color that you’re using it’ll be very obvious as well. So, please apply one back post double crochet in each stitch all the way around for round number nine. So when you get all the way back around all you just need to do is just slip stitch then to the beginning top of the chain three and then that will conclude that. So I’m keeping an eye on the color. So you’ll notice that when I push it down here this doesn’t really flare out much. It’ll flare it more as it gets bigger. So if you’re worried that it you don’t really see it popping out and it’s kinda folding down. That’s normal, that’s the way that the stitch works. So what I’m doing is I’m keeping an eye on the ball here. I wanna keep just this color going. So ball number ten is the ball that I’m gonna pull from. However, remember that we had all those little bits of yarn that we had leftover when we segregated the colors? If you have that color here this is when you’re going to use that as well. So don’t waste any yarn and we’re gonna keep on going and let’s now go to round number 10. So round number 10 we’re gonna grow out a little bit so we’re gonna chain up one and then we’re gonna put two single crochets in the same one as to join. So just 1 and 2 and then moving along. So here’s the growth. The next stitch here and so seven in a row, this one plus plus six more so 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 are all one single crochet by itself then two into the next one so 1 and 2. So then the next seven and then two, seven and then two. So what I want you to do is do that all the way around for round number 10 and I’ll meet you back here in just a moment. So once I get all the way back around I’ve got all the way in so there was seven in a row that finished that because and you think about it because there’s two and then seven and then we started off with two. So just keep that in mind. So everything is working out perfectly. So let’s move on now to the next round, round number 11. So you’ll notice that it’s not quitting, quite sitting flat. So this was during the design remember so what I decided to do in order to get the this to sit more flat is that the next round number 12 or sorry, next 11. Next one is round number 11. Is just chain of one and apply only one single crochet in each of the stitches and this is gonna help it calm down a little bit. So what this is doing is it’s gonna make a good balance. So for round number 11 just one single crochet in each stitch all the way around please. So when you get to the last one all the way around just slip stitch it to the beginning. Now off camera here my yarn is starting to run out of this particular color. I’m almost out. I wanna be completely transparent of that. So as soon as I get to the end so what I’m gonna just do it just pull the remaining of this one out and I’m gonna cut it as soon as I see it’s ready to transition to the orange. Okay, so as soon as I see that it looks like a color difference it’s gone. So this is where I’m gonna end it and I’m gonna take my 10th ball and pick up the color so that I can do the remaining of this particular week with using the same color. So round number 12, you’ll notice that it’s still not sitting quite flat. It’s pretty close, right? So round number 12 we’re gonna just do uh, there’s no increase round. We just want to do one double crochet in each. So we’re gonna just chain up three which counts as the first um, stitch, move to the next one here and I’m gonna show you how to cheat at the end of this to make that look all filled in once you get all the way around. So please do this and this is going to be round number 12 here and let’s set continue that process. So one double crochet in each stitch all the way around. So I’m gonna come all the way around and I wanna show you how to cheat a system here. So we actually have one stitch left. But do you see how this leans over there? That causes an extra space to appear even though it’s not a stitch. So if I go to fasten it off, you will see that there it is a bigger gap. So how you can avoid that as on the last stitch, this is a cheating technique, so it’s not written anywhere. So you’re just gonna yarn over and going into the last stitch pull through, pull through two and hold it and then see this right where it’s joining? So just wrap the hook going into the joining, pull through, pull through two and hold it and then pull through all three and what you’ve just done is now you’ve filled in that space that will occur with this one here, and it’s still only being one stitch which is what you need. Then attach to the top of the first chain three and you can see it fills it in. So what I want to do is go back to the diagram as we’re now going to start converting into a hexagon. So now we’re gonna begin to go into a hexagon. So we’re gonna chain up three which counts as the first double crochet and what we want to do is that when we go all the way around you’re going to notice that when we do the corners here that there’s not sharing the same stitch. So they’re just being spaced apart. So what’s gonna happen here is that this one plus the other two gives you three double crochets in a row. There will then be two half double crochets in a row, eight single crochets in a row and then it reverses into mirrors. So then it goes to half double crochets and the three double crochets and in order to turn a corner we’re gonna chain just one and then immediately start in the next stitch. So there’ll be three doubles, two halves, eight singles and let me move the paper two haves, three doubles, chain one and then start all over again. So this is what we’re gonna do. This is round number 13. Okay, so let’s take our time and get ready for round number 13. We’re gonna chain up three which counts as the first double crochet. So immediately starting in the next stitch there’s gonna be a double crochet in that one plus the next one. So that gives you your three double crochets in a row that you need. You then need to do two half double crochets in a row. So it’s 1 and 2. Then you need to do eight single crochets so 1, 2, 3 and 4 and this is the half way on a, on a flat side and so that’ll be 5, 6, 7 and 8 and then we’re gonna start then growing bigger. So two half double crochets in a row. So 1 and 2. So there’s one in each and then the next three are doubles and then we’re gonna do our first corner. To do the corner simply just chain one and start immediately in the next one. So it’s gonna be three halves in a row. Sorry three doubles in a row. So 1, 2 and 3 then two halves, 1 and 2 and then eight singles so 1 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 and then two halves, 1 and 2 and then three doubles. And there is another side done. Okay, so to turn just chain one and start immediately in the next one and then just do this and you’re gonna notice that the hexagon shape is gonna start to form right in front of your very eyes. So please do this all the way around, round number 13. So then coming up around on round number 13 all I have here is that I’m gonna show you something new. So this here is because I jumped from the uh, to the 10th ball to get the remaining of this color out. So what I want to do usually what you do is you chain one and then you attach to the top of the chain three. I don’t want you to do that. I want you to go to the top of the chain three and pull through and then pull through two. So what you’ve just done is you’ve used a single crochet to join it and this will keep you right in the center of the gap. So when you lay this down you’re going to notice and let me just zoom out a little bit is that you started transitioning to a hexagon shape, but we’re not quite there yet. We wanna get it to a nice perfect look. So we’re gonna then move up to round number fourteen and then begin to do that. But there’s something really special there so watch that. So you begin round number 14 I want you to notice something. We’re gonna chain up three to start and then you’re going to notice in the next stitch we’re gonna put two doubles into that same one, and then we’re gonna start then going down. So the next one is one sing, uh, double crochet by itself and then two halves and then we have singles again, so 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 and then two doubles and then one um, double and then one double and then in the corner it will be one double, chain one and one double. So you’ll notice here the ones that are here are only in one side of this and then what this is doing is changing the count for later so that we can get an odd number in here which we need for the next week of stitches. So just remember the first one out of the gate has two into the same one but it doesn’t mirror it on the other side of the same flat side. Let’s begin round number 14. So let’s begin round number 14. Just chain up three, 1, 2, 3 that counts as your first double in the corner and then your next one here is gonna be two doubles in a row or two double in the same one. So 1 and 2. So I had to do this to get myself to an odd count which is what, why we’re doing that. So the next one is one double by itself. So the next two in a row are each one half, so one half double crochet and now the next ten are singles. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Then two half’s in a row. So 1 and 2 and then what we have is we have two stitches left and that’s gonna be each one double crochet. So 1 and 2 and now we’re in a corner. So the corner then is gonna be one double, chain one, one double and let’s review one more side to make sure you’re kicking off properly. So you’ll notice that this made it nice and more flat. That’s why I did that. So let’s continue. The first one out of the gate, out of, out of the corner here is gonna be two doubles into the same one. So 1 and 2 a then there’s gonna be one right after that one double is sitting by itself. Then we then have two halves or one or two, the next two stitches are one half double crochet and then ten singles. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 and then two halves, 1 and 2 and then the remaining two stitches before the corner are each one double crochet. So I want you to do that all the way around please. This is round number 14 and you will see that it’s gonna take its shape beautifully and then we’ll continue from that point going all the way around. So I’ll see at the end of this round, round number 14. So as you come back around the last two stitches if you’re keeping count are one double crochet each and don’t forget that you still have to do the final corner. So you just gotta do only one double crochet and then join it with a single crochet to the top of the chain three. So let’s do that. So as we move on now to round number 15 what I want you to do is I want you to grab about 12″ long yarn strands or stitch markers depending on what you prefer using and we’re gonna be needing that because in the future you’ll notice that it’ll be easier to find your stitches if you mark stitches that have a single crochet round, which we’re about to do. And so what we’re doing now is we’re setting ourselves up then for round number or week number three. So we just still have two more rounds to do and we’re gonna do that within this particular section right now. So start up round number 15 you’re gonna chain up one and in the same space you’re gonna apply one single crochet and then it’s one single crochet in each of the stitches all the way to the next corner. So what I want you to do with that stitch marker all six of them is that I want you to place those in the corners so that you can see them. They’re hard to tell later on in the future where your corners are and I can tell you that from experience. And for myself, I even had to mark my corners with stitch markers so that I could physically see them later on. So if you think you’re confident and you don’t wanna do that by all means don’t but if your counts are going wrong chances are you’re miss identifying the corner. So that’s just a tip for you that is not part of the written words. So we’re just gonna go right to the corner which is next. So go right into a corner and it’s gonna be single crochet, chain one, one single crochet and then I just single crochet in the next one right after and then I hold it. So what I wanna do is I want to split the two single crochets that are in the center and I wanna grab a stitch marker and pull it from behind. You can pull it from the front I don’t care it doesn’t matter and I wanna let it rest so that I can physically see that corner next time. And then I’m just gonna carry on around. So just continue one single crochet in each and then in the corners again one single crochet, chain one, one single crochet and put in your stitch marker so you can see it. If you have plastic stitch markers and you prefer that that’s great. Um, I like to follow it up so I leave an extra long yarn tail in there so that I can physically see it in the future if I need to. So let’s continue then round number 15. So as you come back around you’re just doing one single crochet into each and do not forget that you still have to do that first corner that you started with so you just gotta do one single crochet and then just join it with the single crochet just at the top of the first single crochet like that. And when you go to join it like that what I’d recommend is pull that stitch marker through so that you can see that in the future. Again, that’s up to you. I’m not taking any chances. I’m experienced in crochet and I still miss it. [laughs] So at this time your particular blanket should be sitting flat. Let me just back you it a little bit here. So let’s step away from the desk and everything should be sitting quite nice and flat. This puckers up this gives the texture so if it’s not sitting completely flat in this spot that’s normal. It’s what we were okay for. So let’s go back to the diagram and let’s finish the final round for today. So as we do the last round here round number 16 we’re going to chain up one and put one single crochet in the first chain one space that we completed that we just did. Then we chain one, skip the first stitch and then go to the second chain one and we keep doing that all the way to the corner. So we we have to just be conscious of that move that stitch marker up in the corner. So it’ll be uh, one single crochet, chain one, one single crochet and what we’re doing is we’re making space for next time as we move into week number three as we’re gonna do the bean stitch at that particular point. So let’s move on to the final round number 16. So let’s begin the first one. So we’re gonna chain up one in right see where I’ve marked it with a stitch marker I can see it. It’s gonna be one single crochet. Then we’re gonna chain one and we’re gonna skip the first single crochet and what we have to just watch for see this is the single crochet here the top of it. So this is the first one that we need to go into. So you’re skipping the first one and then go into the next. We need to have 12 spaces going all the way across. So chain one, skip the next one, single crochet in the next. Chain one, skip the next one, single crochet in the next. You’re gonna do that all the way to the corner. You should have 12 uh, chain one spaces by the time you get there. If you are missing one I would honest to god just throw in something extra so that you can get it to go in there. Nobody likes taking apart their work. So if something’s gone wrong for you at this point this is a great opportunity for you to fake it. If your project’s sitting flat you can set it fake it pretty easily. So let’s just count the number of spaces. I’m not all the way there yet. So I count after the corner. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and watch this. This is my 12th and I’m skipping the next one and the next stitch is actually the corner that I can see with a stitch marker. See how handy that is? Uh hah, I know. So chain one, one single crochet in the same one. So there is your new corner. So move that stitch marker. So come from behind and pull that back. Don’t pull it out just pull it back so then you can see the line as it’s growing. So now you can continue again. So chain up one and this is your first single crochet that’s here. So this is the next one that you need to go to and chain one and skip one and do that. So this is how you’re gonna complete. Make sure that you do have your 12 chain once spaces all the way around in each side and therefore you’ll be ready for week number three. This will be the last round that I control the colors and then from here on in this project I let the colors then start. So at the end of this round I’m going to end this color and then grab that ball number one again and start it right where I stopped and then let the colors then go in sequence from that point on for the remaining of the project. Again, that is your call and that’s what I did and it looks pretty awesome. So as I finish this round I got my last chain one and I’m gonna come in to where I started. So single crochet and join it with the single crochet to the top of the first single crochet and this is where I’m gonna end this color. So just gonna join it and I’m gonna finish this color here and I’m gonna grab ball number one that we had been working with and I am going to start that one next time in week number three. So from this point on the colors then will come out of the ball as is and for myself the middle is then been done perfectly. So your eyes can just go to exactly what they need to go and I’ll see you next week as we continue our study of Planet Earth as we move along in this series. Leave in your stitch markers, oh yeah, and don’t forget to move that final one up too and you always keep an eye on those and honestly, it’s the best tip ever. So your particular project should be sitting flat. Just manipulate it a little bit, give it a little bit of a stretch and we’ll see you next time as we continue our study of planet earth. So that’s it for week number two. If you saw the instructions and what I said to you by the end of this particular clue you’re gonna want to let the colors fall where they were. So you’ve already done this strategizing for being able to put the colors where it’s gonna look the best in the very center but now you’re gonna let your balls just continually come out as is and this is gonna be part of the amazing adventure. So this is week number two. We’re gonna move on to week number three next week and I hope to see you then. Until next time it’s Mikey on behalf of The Crochet Crowd as well as my friends over at yarnspirations.com. We’ll see ya again real soon. Bye, bye 👋

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