Ferris by Polly Plum

We’re back in the US of A…in the Land of Enchantment – a.k.a. New Mexico – with Polly Plum.  What a treat to have Polly design a square for our Friends CAL!   Polly lives with her significant other, Mr. Plum, a brand new baby girl, their two dogs, and one fussy cat. Together they enjoy exploring the outdoors, the stunning scenery that surrounds them, and the quiet of a small high-desert town.

At about 12 years of age Polly Plum was taught to crochet and read crochet patterns by her mother. Polly made a few things but didn’t pick up her hook too much over her teenage years. Over a decade later, she found herself living in a new place and quite bored, so she purchased a couple hooks, some yarn, and a book of patterns. For the next couple years she would dabble, but never complete a single project.

At about the same time a social media revolution was in full swing and Polly joined some online crochet groups. The inspiration and support she found there motivated her to finally complete the projects she loved to start, but would usually abandon. It wasn’t long until she discovered afghan blocks and their unending variations.

Meanwhile, Polly’s life was filled with a tedious day job and the pursuit of a degree in Fine Art in the evening. Things were piling up on her plate and she continually found herself neglecting them and choosing instead to crochet and forget her troubles. After a few years of guiltily staring at her never progressing art, Polly looked down at her hands full of yarn and realized she’d not been neglecting her art by crocheting at every available moment, she’d been perfecting it.

Polly now spends most of her time crocheting and making her art into patterns to share with the world. She thrives off of the challenge of finding new ways to combine and place stitches and, even more challenging, how to write them into a usable pattern. She established her blog, Every Trick on the Hook, to complement her patterns with tutorials, tips, and tricks.

Polly’s square, Ferris, will have you spinning…but in a good way!  Who doesn’t remember riding high on a ferris wheel as a child?  You’ll be bringing back those fond memories as you create this square!

You can find the video tutorial here: Ferris YouTube by Polly Plum

You can find the written pattern here: Ferris by Polly Plum

Extra Stuff

Check out our post on yarn requirements here.  Here’s what the testers used for this square:

Lynette:  Worsted/Aran, 123 grams

Marjolein:  Stylecraft Special DK, 37 grams

Silvana:  Herrschners Worsted 8, 90 grams

Aprille:  Stylecraft Aran, 85 grams

Micki: Worsted, 103 grams

Important Additional Pattern Info

Don’t forget you will need to add an extra three rounds to your square to achieve the final 48 st/side count which is necessary for joining. You can find the instructions for all squares here. Translations for these additional rounds can be found here.    The extra rounds will vary slightly from week to week because the squares vary in ending stitch counts so be sure to follow the directions for each square.

Ferris ends with a 39 stitch count on each side.  You will need to add an additional 9 stitches per side for a total of 48 stitches per side.

Rnd 1:Begin with a standing sc (stsc) in any corner chsp.  Work sc, ch2, 2sc in same corner chsp, sc to end of side.  *(2sc, ch2, 2sc) in corner chsp. Sc to end of side * repeat from * to * 2 more times. Join with slst to beginning stsc. (43sts, ch2) per side)

Rnd 2: Begin with a standing sc (stsc) in any corner chsp, ch1, (ch2, sc) in same corner chsp, sc to end of side. *(sc, ch2, sc) in corner chsp. Sc to end of side * repeat from * to * 2 more times. Join with slst to beginning stsc.  (45sts, ch2 per side)

Rnd 3: Begin with a standing sc (stsc) in any corner chsp, (sc, ch2, 2sc) in same corner chsp, skip the first, slightly hidden stitch, sc to end of side. *(2sc, ch2, 2sc) in corner chsp. skip the next, slightly hidden stitch, sc to end of side * repeat from * to * 2 more times. Join with slst to beginning stsc.  (48sts, ch2 per side)

Can you believe we only have 3 more squares left!  What a journey!  But we’ve still got a little bit of the world left to see.  You’ll have to wait till next week to see where we go next!

Have a great week crocheting!

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