Week 9 Of The Ray Of Hope Crochet Along

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Week 9 of the Ray Of Hope crochet along features the Basket stitch. This striking stitch is made with spike stitches to give a woven look that is warm and cosy.

The free pattern is below, but if you’d like the ad free printable version, it is available either as part of my Lifetime Pattern Pass, or you can purchase it on its own for £5 from Ravelry

If you would like to follow my colour scheme, you can find the list of colours in both Scheepjes Softfun and Stylecraft Special DK in this document here

The pattern is written in US terms, but the UK translation is below in brackets along with the abbreviations we will be using

  • Chain = ch
  • Double crochet (treble crochet) = dc

The Pattern

You will need a 3.5mm hook for this piece. The Basket stitch is made in multiples of 3 plus 2

With Colour B make a chain of 22

Row 1, in 4th chain from hook make a dc (your turning chain counts as the first dc) dc in each chain across – 20 stitches

Row 2. Turn, chain 1, make the alternate turning chain2tog over the first 2 stitches. Dc in each stitch across until you have 2 stitches left. Make a dc2tog over the last 2 stitches – 18 stitches

Row 3. Turn, chain 1, make the alternate turning chain in the 1st stitch. Dc in the next 3 stitches. Chain 1 and dc in the same stitch. * skip 2 chains and in the next stitch make (dc, chain 1, dc)* repeat between*and* dc in the last 2 stitches – 5 sets of V stitches/20 stitches

Row 4. Turn, chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in the next stitch. *In the 1st skipped stitch directly below in row 3 make a dc spike stitch (insert your hook into the stitch, and pull up a long loop to the height of the dc you just made. Finish the stitch as a normal dc)

then chain 1 and make a dc spike in the 2nd skipped stitch* repeat between *and* dc in the last 4 stitches – 4 sets of spike stitches/ 18 stitches

Row 5.  turn, chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in the next 2 stitches. *In the chain space 2 rows below make (dc spike, chain 1, dc spike)* repeat between *and* dc in the last 2 stitches – 5 sets of spike stitches / 20 stitches

Row 6. Turn, chain 1, make the alternate turning chain2tog over the first 2 stitches. *In the chain space 2 rows below make (dc spike, chain 1, dc spike)* repeat between *and* dc in the 3rd to last stitch then make a dc2tog over the last 2 stitches – 4 sets of spike stitches / 15 stitches

Row 7. Turn, chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in the next stitch. *In the chain space 2 rows below make (spikedc, chain 1, spikedc)* repeat between *and* dc in the last stitch – 5 sets of spike stitches / 18 stitches

Row 8. Turn, chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. *In the chain space 2 rows below make (spikedc, chain 1, spikedc)* repeat between *and* dc in the last 2 stitches – 4 sets of spike stitches / 15 stitches

Row 9. Turn, chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in the next stitch. *In the chain space 2 rows below make (spikedc, chain 1, spikedc)* repeat between *and* dc in the last stitch – 5 sets of spike stitches / 18 stitches

Row 10. Turn, chain 1, make the alternate turning chain2tog over the first 2 stitches which will include the top of the spike stitch. Dc into in the chain space. *In the chain space 2 rows below make (spikedc, chain 1, spikedc)* repeat between *and*. Dc into the top of the dcspike Make a dc2tog over the last 2 stitches – 4 sets of V stitches / 16 stitches

Rows 11-13. turn, chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in the next stitch. *In the chain space 2 rows below make (spikedc, chain 1, spikedc)* repeat between *and* dc in the last 2 stitches – 4 sets of spike stitches / 16 stitches

Row 14. Turn, chain 1, make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in the next stitch, and in the top of each spike stitch (skip the chain spaces) and dc in the last 2 stitches – 12 stitches

Rows 15 – 17. turn, chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in each stitch across – 12 stitches

Row 18. Turn, chain 1, make the alternate turning chain2tog over the first 2 stitches. Dc in the next 8 stitches. Make a dc2tog over the last 2 stitches – 10 stitches

Rows 19-21. turn, chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in each stitch across – 10 stitches

Row 22. Turn, chain 1, make the alternate turning chain2tog over the first 2 stitches. Dc in the next 6 stitches. Make a dc2tog over the last 2 stitches – 8 stitches

Rows 23-25. turn, chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in each stitch across – 8 stitches

Row 26. Turn, chain 1, make the alternate turning chain2tog over the first 2 stitches. Dc in the next 4 stitches. Make a dc2tog over the last 2 stitches – 6 stitches

Rows 27-29. turn, chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in each stitch across – 6 stitches

Row 30. Turn, chain 1, make the alternate turning chain2tog over the first 2 stitches. Dc in the next 2 stitches. Make a dc2tog over the last 2 stitches – 4 stitches

Rows 31-33. turn, chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in each stitch across – 4 stitches

Row 34. Turn, chain 1, make the alternate turning chain2tog over the first 2 stitches. Make a dc2tog over the last 2 stitches – 2 stitches

Rows 35-37. turn, chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in the last stitch – 2 stitches

Row 38. Turn, chain 1, make the alternate turning chain2tog over both stitches- 1 stitch

Row 39. Turn, chain 1, make the alternate turning chain. Cut off and weave in your ends.

The Border

Change to a 4mm hook for the border. Join Colour E (your joining colour) into the side of any stitch. Make 2 slst into the side of every dc.

When you get to the tip of the ray, make 2 slst into 1 side, but when you turn only make 1 slst into the other side of the stitch. Continue to make 2 slst into the side of all other stitches.

You don’t need to add any extra stitches for the corners.

You should have 78 slst down one long side and 77 down the other, and 20 slst across the bottom.

Weave in your ends, and you can join the bottom of the week 6 piece to the mandala, and join this weeks piece to week 6 exactly the same way as we joined in week 5.

To see how to join the pieces together click here

If you have any questions, or just want to join in the chatter, come on over to our super friendly and helpful Facebook group – The Ray Of Hope CAL group

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