FATW5 EXTRA ROUNDS – Week 1 #Thistle

First….. a HUGE shout out to Margaret Killinger Krueger for sorting out the 3 extra rounds for the squares for FATW5!!!! These rounds are not written by the designer of the square, but are a part of the CAL – Crochet A Long CAL blanket and Margaret has done an amazing job of getting these rounds ready for all of us and making sure that they all work as they should. THANK YOU SO MUCH MARGARET!!!!!

So now…… Let’s have a chat…. shall we? Tension….. and size of squares….. the tension that you use when crocheting can vary immensely.

•If you are in a hurry…. your tension will usually be looser than if you are not in a hurry.

•If you are watching television and you are watching a comedy – your tension will be looser than if you are watching a thriller/horror show.

•If you are crocheting when tired – your tension will usually be tighter than when you are not as you will “pull” your yarn.

•If you put your square down and pick it back up again – your tension can vary WITHIN your square.

•If you are crocheting in your favorite chair or you are crocheting in the car or you are crocheting while cooking dinner – your tension will vary!

Tension is something that changes with every mood, illness, time of day and the choice of crochet spot you are crocheting in. These extra rounds can be used to compensate for that and to bring you to the proper stitch count on every side to make the joining an easy task.


The extra rounds that are provided each week on Monday following the release of the FATW5 square on Thursday are important for several reasons and you need to make sure that you are aware of what these reasons are before you decide “I’m not going to do those. I don’t need to.”

The 3 extra rounds bring the stitch count of each side of the square to 48 stitches. This makes it super easy and convenient for joining your squares as every side will match stitch for stitch! (so much easier than working with squares that have different stitch counts and require extra planning on your part!)

The other reason that these rounds are important is because you can use these rounds to adjust the size of your finished square. If your square does not measure exactly the same as the square sitting next to it….. you can adjust the length of the stitches to bring the squares to the exact same measurement. You may find that you have many squares with 3 rounds of single crochet. Or perhaps some squares with 2 rounds of single crochet and one round of half double crochet. Or perhaps you had an off day when making a square and you “pulled” while crocheting and your square is much smaller than the others (it’s happened to us all! Our tension is very dependent on our personal mood and if we are feeling unwell), and you may need 2 rounds of half double crochet and a single round of double crochet! That’s what makes these 3 extra rounds amazing. You can use them to adjust the size of each square and come up with matching size on all of your squares without having to frog your square!!!!

Here are the answers to the questions that I am sure will be asked:

  1. Do I do the extra rounds on each square as they are released each week? You can do them each week, yes.
  2. Should I wait and do the extra rounds at the end of the CAL? You can. If you choose to wait until the end of the CAL to do the rounds you will be able to use them to adjust the size of your squares by adjusting the length of the stitches used in the 3 rounds.
  3. Do I have to work the 3 extra rounds on every square? That answer depends on what you intend to make with these squares. If you are making the FATW5 CAL blanket with the Border that we will provide at the end…. YES, you need to use the 3 extra rounds to make sure that the stitch count is correct for the remaining instructions that will be given.
  4. Color/Colour: you may use any combination of colors for the extra rounds that you would like. You can use ALL one color. You can use 3 colors from your square and make each round a different color. You can use a completely new set of colors. Color is completely up to you and how you would like to create your square. ****if you use the same color of yarn for the 3rd extra round on all squares and use the same color for your join it will all blend together nicely and frame your work.

And now the important part:

The 3 Extra Rounds for Thistle:

*Downloadable Document: 41 w/ch-sp

US Stitch Abbreviations

  • sc – single crochet
  • ch-sp – chain space
  • ch – chain
  • slst – slip stitch
  • st/sts – stitch/stitches

NOTE:

•if you will be using the same color for all 3 rounds you may slip stitch into the ch-sp and follow the instructions for the remainder of the round starting with “ch1”.

•you may also use a Standing Single Crochet (hdc, dc) to start your round instead of the “ch1, sc”.

•you may adjust the length of your stitches to half double crochet (hdc) or double crochet (dc) instead of the single crochet (sc) as stated in the instructions to achieve the same size in all squares.

Round 1: Join in any corner ch-sp, ch1, *(sc, ch2, sc) in corner ch-sp, sc in next 41 sts* 4 times, slst to 1st sc, fasten off and weave in ends. (43 sts, ch2) per side

Round 2: Join in any corner ch-sp, ch1, *(sc, ch2, sc) in corner ch-sp, sc in next 43 sts* 4 times, slst to 1st sc, fasten off and weave in ends. (45 sts, ch2) per side

Round 3: Join in any corner ch-sp, ch1, *(2sc, ch2, 2sc) in corner ch-sp, skip hidden st, sc in next 44 sts* 4 times, slst to 1st sc, fasten off and weave in ends. (48 sts, ch2) per side


UK Stitch Abbreviations

  • dc – double crochet
  • ch-sp – chain space
  • ch – chain
  • slst – slip stitch
  • st/sts – stitch/stitches

NOTE:

if you will be using the same colour for all 3 rounds you may slip stitch into the ch-sp and follow the instructions for the remainder of the round starting with “ch1”.

•you may also use a Standing Double Crochet (htr, tr) to start your round instead of the “ch1, dc”.

•you may adjust the length of your stitches to half treble crochet (htr) or treble crochet (tr) instead of the double crochet (dc) as stated in the instructions to achieve the same size in all squares.

Round 1: Join in any corner ch-sp, ch1, *(dc, ch2, dc) in corner ch-sp, dc in next 41 sts* 4 times, slst to 1st dc, fasten off and weave in ends. (43 sts, ch2) per side

Round 2: Join in any corner ch-sp, ch1, *(dc, ch2, dc) in corner ch-sp, dc in next 43 sts* 4 times, slst to 1st dc, fasten off and weave in ends. (45 sts, ch2) per side

Round 3: Join in any corner ch-sp, ch1, *(2dc, ch2, 2dc) in corner ch-sp, skip hidden st, dc in next 44 sts* 4 times, slst to 1st dc, fasten off and weave in ends. (48 sts, ch2) per side

*Downloadable Document: 41 w/ch-sp

And now I’m off to work on another file…. and to peek in on Facebook and see your beautiful creations!!!

Until next time…..

Happy Crocheting,

Jo💗

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