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« on: July 18, 2009 03:21:52 PM »

For the Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap (gallery), one of the themes was a heritage motif. One of my partners is part Sicilian, so I found out the colors of the Sicilian flag, and learned that the triskelion (or triskele) is the symbol of Sicily (the one on the flag is made with the head of Medusa, three legs, and wheat stalks, I think). I couldn't find a pattern for a crocheted triskele, so I made my own. I was inspired by the interlocking rings in the Waldo's Puzzle block.



And another one with rings of 3 colors:




And... in case you'd like to make one, here's the pattern. The pattern hasn't been tested by anyone but me, so any feedback would be appreciated. It ripples quite a bit in the beginning, but flattens out as more rounds are added.

Crochet Triskele

Materials:
  • -I used a size 7/4.5 mm hook for the rings and a size G/ 6/4.25 mm hook for the rest. I didnt intend to, but I grabbed the wrong hook by mistake. They are pretty close in size, so it probably doesnt matter either way.
  • At least 2 colors of worsted weight acrylic
  • Stitch markers
  • 3 small safety pins (optional)

Special Stitch:
SC Spike Stitch (sp st): Instead of inserting the hook in the top of the stitch in the previous row, you will skip that row, and insert the hook into the top of the stitch directly below. Yarn over and pull up the yarn to the height of the working row, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook.


Directions:
Make 3 interlocking rings using color A:

Ring #1: Start with a magic ring (or chain 10, sl st to join) and sc 15  into the ring. Sl st to first sc to join. Fasten off.

Ring #2: I started my magic ring by looping it through the first ring. If you start with a chain 10, loop it around the first ring before you sl st to join. Sc 15 into the ring and sl st to first sc to join. Fasten off.

Ring #3: Lay the first 2 rings out flat, side by side, front sides facing up. You will loop the 3rd ring (red) around the first 2 (blue and black) like this:



I started my magic ring by looping it through the first 2 rings as in the diagram. If you start with a chain 10, loop it around the first 2 rings before you sl st to join. Sc 15 into the ring and sl st to first sc to join. Fasten off.

If you used magic rings, tighten each ring evenly so that the rings are the same size, are not bunched, and sit fairly flat.



Weave in all ends before continuing.

Arrange the rings in a triangular shape, keeping all of the front sides facing up. It may help to pin them together with safety pins to keep them from flipping as you work.

Round 1:
Change to color B and join with sl st one sc to the right of center of top ring. Use a stitch marker to mark the sc 5 stitches before the point at which you joined the yarn.
Chain 5 (counts as hdc and ch 3),** skip next sc, hdc in next 4 sc.
Ch 1, sk next sc.
Dc in next sc of ring and ring behind it, ch 1.
Working in next ring, Sk next sc, # hdc in next 4 sc, ch 3. **
Repeat from ** to ** once.
Skip next sc, hdc in next 4 sc.
Ch 1, sk next sc.
Dc in marked sc of first ring and the sc in the ring behind it, ch 1.
Working in first ring, Sk next sc.
Hdc in next 3 sc, sl st to 2nd ch of starting ch 5.

Round 2
Sl st to ch 3 sp.
(Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in ch 3 space.
**Dc across in each hdc, sp and dc. (11 dc)#
In corner sp, dc 2, ch 3, dc 2.**
Repeat from ** to ** once.
Repeat from ** to # once.
Sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch 3.
Fasten off.

Round 3
Join color A to any ch 3 corner sp, (ch 1, sc 1, ch 3, 2 sc) in corner sp.
**Sc in next 4 dc.
Sc spike stitch into hdc of Round 1.
Sc in next 2 dc, sc spike stitch into dc of Round 1.
Sc in next 2 dc, sc spike stitch into hdc of Round 1.
Sc in next 4 dc. #
(sc 2, ch 3, sc 2) in corner sp.**
Repeat from ** to ** once.
Repeat from ** to # once.
Sl st to starting chain.
Fasten off.

Round 4
Join Color B to any ch 3 corner sp. (Ch 3, dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in corner sp.
**Dc in next 19 st. #
(2dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in corner sp.**
Repeat from ** to ** once.
Repeat from ** to # once.
Sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch 3.
Fasten off.

Weave in ends. Note:I found it easier to weave in the ends at the end of each color.


« Last Edit: July 19, 2009 12:24:27 PM by craftADDchick - Reason: Corrections to Round 3 (Thanks, Slingmomma!) » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2009 03:30:27 PM »

That's fantastic!!!!  Grin  I love both of them and I look forward to attempting these with some yarn I bought just the other day!!   Cheesy yay!
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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2009 03:40:06 PM »

Let me know if you have any troubles- I'm not sure about my pattern writing skills...

And, I'd love to see them when you're done Grin
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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2009 03:49:38 PM »

Yay! I am so excited to try this.. I have been patiently waiting for this pattern! Roll Eyes
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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2009 07:11:16 PM »

Yay! I am so excited to try this.. I have been patiently waiting for this pattern! Roll Eyes

LOL! Good thing I finally had the brain energy to do this today Wink

But, seriously, it doesn't take long to make, so if you make one soon, I'd love to see it! No pressure, though... Wink
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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2009 07:06:43 AM »

I love this - I really like interlocking patterns and this is a nice new variant
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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2009 07:28:45 AM »

Thanks! I may try it with slightly larger rings to see if it still works. They pull quite a bit, and while I do like how the rings get elongated by the pulling, I was thinking that if I started with 18 sc in the ring it might ease it just a tiny bit.
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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2009 07:34:12 AM »

I am going to try this today! I have the yarn picked out and can't wait to start it!
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« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2009 09:43:45 AM »

I tried it! It worked out quick and was fun to make!



I used Vannas Choice Eggplant, Red Heart black and Bernat Satin Tapestry. I think the Eggplant was a little too think compared to the other colours so I think thats why my rings came out a little too big for my liking!
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« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2009 12:26:35 PM »

Oooh! It came out so pretty! I like the way the variegated looks surrounded by the black!

And, thanks for catching the typo in round 3- I fixed it Wink
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