Week 19 Of The Ray Of Hope Crochet Along

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Week 19 of the Ray Of Hope crochet a long is the Applique Ray. A technique rather than a stitch, but a brilliant way of making any simple project look stunning by sewing on a few motifs.

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

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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

  • Single crochet (double crochet) = sc
  • Half double crochet (half treble crochet) = hdc
  • Double crochet (treble crochet) = dc
  • Half treble crochet (half double treble crochet) = htr

The Pattern

You will need a 3.5mm hook for this piece

This piece is made in 2 parts. We’ll start with the ray, then make the star that we will sew onto the ray.

With Colour D make a chain of 22

Row 1. In the 4th chain from your 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

Rows 3-5. Turn, chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in each stitch across – 18 stitches

Row 6. 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 – 16 stitches

Rows 7-9. Turn, chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in each stitch across – 16 stitches

Row 10. 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 – 14 stitches

Rows 11-13. turn, chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in each stitch across – 14 stitches

Row 14. 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 – 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 Star

Stick with your 3.5mm hook.

Round 1. Make a magic circle, then chain 2 (this doesn’t count as a stitch) *make 3 hdc in the loop then chain 1* repeat between *and* until you have 5 sets of repeats. Slst into the first hdc

Round 2. Turn your work over and slst into the chain 1 space immediately to the left.

*Chain 5, then in the 2nd chain from your hook make a sc. Hdc in the next chain, then dc, then htr. Slst into the next chain 1 space.*

Repeat between *and* until you have 5 points and have slst into the beginning ch1 space.

Round 3. *In the chain that you worked the htr, make a sc. 

Sc into the bottom of each stitch. Into the top of the sc, make 3sc in the same stitch.

Sc in each of the next 3 stitches. Slst into the slst* 

repeat between *and* until all 5 points have been worked around and slst into the beginning slst.

Tie off, weave in the rail from your magic circle, but the finishing tail should be left long (around 10 inches) so you can use it to sew your star onto your ray. 

Position your star at the wide end of your ray, and sew a long the edges, making sure you split the stitches in your ray to properly secure it. Make sure you place a stitch at the end of the points to secure the tips in place.

Nice secure, tie off and weave in your tail.

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 join the piece to week 18

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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