Rozeta CAL: Week 9



Hello and welcome to week 9 of the Rozeta CAL. If you read this it means you survived the corners, and we can move forward to the bottom panel with arches. I am often asked why I decided to add this panel only on one side of the blanket to make it asymmetrical. As you probably remember, Rozeta was inspired by the gothic church windows. And bottom panel seemed ideal to recreate the same effect. It took me at least two months to figure out the stitch pattern for this part. I had many sleepless nights and made countless swatches. Until finally was decided to come back to tapestry technique again.

The bottom panel consists of two parts and we will be making it during two weeks. I hope it will take you less time than the corners and long rounds on the mandala’s edge. And I also hope it will give you extra time to catch up with the CAL if you are a bit behind. Though, it’s not a race of course, and you should not keep up with the same pace at any point.

As already mentioned, today we will be doing tapestry crochet again. But we will work in rows and not in rounds. At the end of every row you will turn your work – so we will be alternating right and wrong side all the time.

!!!IMPORTANT!!!


There is one very important moment I would like to draw your attention to. We will carry two yarns across the rows, in the same way as we did for the central mandala. BUT. The very beginning and the end of each row will be made in Yarn A (main color) only. It means that you will begin every row with just yarn A and will change to a contrast color as indicated in the pattern. You will grab contrast yarn up from previous row. And you will make sure the floats always stay on the wrong side. After the last repeat with contrast yarn is completed, you will drop it (ALWAYS leaving on the wrong side), and you’ll finish the row with Yarn A only.

Why do we need this trick? Tapestry crochet tends to shrink your piece. Especially if you are trying to pull inner yarn (please, DON’T PULL it while working on the bottom panel). And because Rozeta blanket consists of several different shapes (tapestry circle, overlay circle, corners) we need the bottom panel to be the same width as your current square. So it must not shrink. And if we make the edges with just Yarn A, we’ll have a narrow section on each side of the panel without inner yarn. And it will allow us to stretch the bottom panel a little bit, if needed for blocking.

Another important thing I would like to tell you is that the inner yarn WILL be SEEN through the stitches throughout. Mainly because we work in back and forth. So please don’t try to do anything extra to hide it. Scroll down the photo-tutorial below and you will see, that my inner yarn is not hidden.

This is all for now :) Let’s come back to Rozeta. Written instructions for Week 8 are available on Scheepjes website HERE. If this is the first time you hear about Rozeta, please check General Information HERE and a photo-tutorial for Special Stitches and Techniques HERE.

And don’t forget to check videos by Esther of It’s All in A Nutshell: UK right-handed, UK left-handed, NL right-handed, NL left-handed.


PHOTO-TUTORIAL


Row 1. We begin on the wrong side. The yarn is attached in any ch2-sp in the corner. No matter which corner you choose. Begin with just yarn A, change to contrast yarn as indicated in the pattern, continue with both yarns across. After last repeat drop the contrast yarn in front of work (on the wrong side), and finish the row with just Yarn A.

Row 2. This and next even rows don’t give you exact instructions. You will be working with just sc stitches (US terms here and throughout) changing the yarn as per previous row. Again, begin this row with Yarn A, change to contrast yarn on the last yarn over before the next stitch of same color (grab contrast yarn up behind your work), continue with both yarns across until you finish last repeat with contrast yarn, then drop it behind work (on the wrong side) and finish the row with just Yarn A.

Row 3. Nothing unusual happens here. Just follow written instructions grabbing up and dropping contrast yarn as needed.

Row 5. New color change appears on this row.

Row 7. On this row you will get waves on the edge because of increases and decreases.

Row 9. On previous rows you were making dc3tog’s, and now we change to dc2tog’s. Just something to remember :) I made a mistake on this row myself and had to frog.

Next rows are just the same as the previous ones. Nothing special or difficult.

 Row 15.

Row 17.

Row 20. This row is very special as we will be adding overlay popcorns. They will be made in a modified way – same as you made bobbles on the overlay round border. Please, note that all modified popcorns are made with tr stitches, so they are longer than the ones we made in the corners. After completing the popcorn change back to Yarn A on next ch1, skip one stitch behind the popcorn and continue to carry both yarns across the row.

Row 21. Same as Row 19. Please, refer to the picture of how I insert the hook into the popcorns. All ch1 on the top of popcorns should be skipped.


Congratulations! We are done through the half of the bottom tapestry panel. One more week to go and we can jump to the final border. Can’t wait!!

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3 comments

  1. Hello Tatsiana, will these weekly tips and tricks stay on your web site? I haven't started yet because I am in the middle of construction, but will when that is done and would like to access those tips when needed.

    Thanks,
    Desiree

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    1. Hello Desiree, yes, these blog posts will stay here :)

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  2. I just wanted to say hello. I "accidentaley" stumbled over your blog and am smitten by all the beautiful work you do. You use beautiful colours and the patterns you design are amazing. I will be reading your blog regularly. Best wishes from Germany!

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