CAL – Part THREE

Oh my goodness!! Can you believe you’re now about to crochet the last part of our crochet-along? I know it’s only a short cal but I have loved watching all of your creations grow.

So we are in the third and final week of Connie’s Ray of Hope. You checked yourself in Part One, and were hopefully successful in getting a family member or friend checked last week in Part Two. So what does that entail for Part Three?

I think a great way to finish this crochet-along off would be to pay tribute to those that fought their battle and are either still here with us today or are sadly, not here. Spread the word, do whatever you can to try and kick cancer’s butt.

Samuel Johnson (butt-kicker of cancer), Connie’s brother just won Victorian Australian for 2018 for his work raising funds for cancer research on Thursday 26th October 2017. How amazing is that!! $7 million raised for cancer research so far and even a word record under his belt. He got that record by riding an astonishing 15 465 kilometres on a unicycle around Australia in 2013-2014 whilst raising funds for the Garvan Research Institute.

Maybe you could simply share a photo of your Connie’s Ray of Hope and use the hashtags #cancersucks #kickcancersbutt #fcancer #loveyoursister  or even your own personal one on your social media platforms. You could auction off your mandala, donate your mandala to a raffle etc. The mandalas may be something pretty to look at, but it has a deep underlying message either personal to you or in general.

My goal during this cal was to raise awareness and money for cancer research. I hope that most of you were able to donate a little bit. But more importantly, I hope you checked yourself and brought it to the attention of others.

Thank you for being apart of this crochet-along and I hope to see you make more and more Connies.

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Please read the entire pattern through completely before starting. Some things will make more sense once your read on. 

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English – The Loopy Stitch Crochet Along – Connie’s Ray of Hope PART THREE

Spanish – Connie’s Ray of Hope – Part 3 (SPANISH)

For this part you will need: 
– Your yarn
– Corresponding hook
– Scissors
– Yarn needle
– Your ring

Finished size of Part Three:
8 ply/dk version (Pastel and Regal): approximately 17.5 inches / 44.5 cm
Worsted Weight (Original): approximately 23 inches / 58.5 cm

Stitches Used in Part Three: US TERMS

Chain (ch)

Slip Stitch (sl st): Starting with a loop on your hook, insert hook in stitch or space indicated and pull up a loop, pull through loop on hook as well.

Single Crochet (sc): Starting with a loop on your hook, insert hook in stitch or space indicated and draw up a loop (two loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through both loops on your hook.

Standing Single Crochet: Starting with a sl st on your hook, insert hook in stitch or space indicated and draw up a loop (two loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through both loops on your hook.

Single crochet two together (sc2tog): Starting with a loop on your hook, insert hook in stitch or space indicated and draw up a loop (two loops on hook). Insert hook in next st and draw up a loop (three loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through all three loops on your hook.

Half Double Crochet (hdc): Starting with a loop on your hook, yarn over, insert hook in stitch or space indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop (three loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through all loops.

Double Crochet (dc): Starting with a loop on your hook, yarn over, insert hook in stitch or space indication, yarn over and draw up and loop (three loops on hook). (Yarn over and pull through two loops) x 2 times.

Standing Double Crochet: Starting with a sl st on your hook, yarn over, insert hook in stitch or space indication, yarn over and draw up and loop (three loops on hook). (Yarn over and pull through two loops) x 2 times.

Treble Crochet (tr): Starting with a loop on your hook, yarn over twice, insert hook in stitch or space indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop (5 loops on hook).  (Yarn over and pull through two loops) x 3 times

Back Post Half Double Crochet (bphdc): Starting with a loop on your hook, yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around around post of indicated stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through 3 loops

V Stitch (v-2 st): Make (dc, ch 2, dc) in stitch or space indicated

Beginning Popcorn (beg pc): Ch 3 (counts as dc), 4 dc in same sp as, drop loop from hook, insert hook from front to back in top of ch 3, pick up dropped loop, pull dropped loop through, ch 1 (to lock)

Popcorn (pc): Work 5 dc in same stitch or space indicated, drop loop from hook, insert hook from front to back in first dc made, pick up dropped loop, pull dropped loop through, ch 1 (to lock)

Notes:
Inspired by the Mandala Madness by Helen Shrimpton
Hints will be in italics and bold and coloured green.
Stitch counts will be in bold and orange.
New rounds for continual (same coloured) yarn will be in italics and blue.
Wanting to start a new colour (or follow ones already made) for each round – look for pink.  New rounds for joining new yarn will be in italics and pink.

Please note for round 19, if using the same coloured yarn, you will need to cut yarn after round 18 and attach it back on round 19

* * Please repeat the instructions between asterisks the number of times stated.
( ) Repeat the instructions between parentheses the number of times stated.

Colours and Rounds:
Below is a table with the colours used (Please refer to here to see what brands of yarn they are)

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Pattern:

Attaching to ring

Round 19:

Using same colour and joining new colour: Holding the mandala inside the ring, make a sc over the ring and into the ch-2 sp, 40 sc around ring, *sc into next ch-2 sp on mandala and around ring, 40 sc around ring*, repeat from * around, join with sl st to 1st sc made.

(328 sc)

Please note that having a good even tension for this round is quite critical. It will determine how even your mandala will sit on the ring. Please change your hook size accordingly if needed; if it’s too tight, go up a size or two; if it’s too loose, go down a size or two.  It is quite fiddly but once you get the hang of it, I’m sure you’ll love the look of it.

(Please hover mouse over photos for step-by-step instructions) 

 

Round 20: 

Using same colour: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 7 sts, ch 7, skip 5 sts, sc in next 7 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 7 sts, ch 7, skip 5 sts, *sc, in next 15 sts, ch 7, skip 5 sts, sc in next 7 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 7 sts, ch 7, skip 5 sts*, repeat from * around, sc in last 6 sts, join with sl st to 1st sc made.

Joining new colour: In 1st sc made in round 19, make a standing sc, sc in next 7 sts, ch 7, skip 5 sts, sc in next 7 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 7 sts, ch 7, skip 5 sts, *sc, in next 15 sts, ch 7, skip 5 sts, sc in next 7 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 7 sts, ch 7, skip 5 sts*, repeat from * around, sc in last 6 sts, join with sl st to 1st sc made.

(232 sc, 8 sc2tog, 112 ch)

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Round 21: 

Using same colour: Ch 1, sc in same sp, (sc2tog) 2 times, sc in next st, sc2tog, 9 sc in ch-7 loop, *sc2tog, sc in next st, (sc2tog) 2 times, sc in next st, (sc2tog) 2 times, sc in next st, sc2tog, 9 sc in ch-7 loop*, repeat from * around, finishing with sc2tog, sc in next st, (sc2tog) 2 times, join with sl st to 1st sc made.

Joining new colour: In 1st sc made in round 20 make a standing sc, (sc2tog) 2 times, sc in next st, sc2tog, 9 sc in ch-7 loop, *sc2tog, sc in next st, (sc2tog) 2 times, sc in next st, (sc2tog) 2 times, sc in next st, sc2tog, 9 sc in ch-7 loop*, repeat from * around, finishing with sc2tog, sc in next st, (sc2tog) 2 times, join with sl st to 1st sc made.

(192 sc, 96sc2tog) 

 

Round 22: 

Using same colour: Ch 1, sc in same sp, *sc in next st, skip 3 sts, 2 tr in next st, (tr, dc) in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, v-2 st in next st, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, (tr, dc) in next st, 2 tr in next st, skip 3 sts, sc in next 2 sts*, repeat from * around, omit (remove/do not do) last sc on final repeat, join with sl st to 1st sc made.

Joining new colour: In 1st sc made in round 21, make a standing sc, *sc in next st, skip 3 sts, 2 tr in next st, (tr, dc) in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, v-2 st in next st, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, (tr, dc) in next st, 2 tr in next st, skip 3 sts, sc in next 2 sts*, repeat from * around, omit (remove/do not do) last sc on final repeat, join with sl st to 1st sc made.

Please note, that this round may feel a bit tricky or awkward due to the ring. I promise your hard work and dedication will pay off in the end. Please stick with it. One more round to go 😀

(48 sc, 96 tr, 160 dc, 32 ch) 

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Round 23: 

Using same colour: Beg pc in same st, *ch 1, skip next st, bphdc around next 8 sts, (hdc, ch 2, hdc) in ch-2 sp, bphdc around next 8 sts, ch 1, skip st, pc in next*, repeat from * around, omit last pc in final repeat, join with sl st to 1st pc made. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Joining new colour: In any middle sc from round 22, make a beg pc, *ch 1, skip next st, bphdc around next 8 sts, (hdc, ch 2, hdc) in ch-2 sp, bphdc around next 8 sts, ch 1, skip st, pc in next*, repeat from * around, omit last pc in final repeat, join with sl st to 1st pc made. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

(256 bphdc, 16 pop, 32 hdc, 64 ch)

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This is the backside of the mandala

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I want to say a big thank you for participating in Connie’s Ray of Hope. I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing your wips and I look forward to seeing your HOTH’s soon too.

Kick cancers butt. F cancer. Peace out 😉

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