19 May 2013

Triskele - The Triple Spiral

This triple spiral pattern makes a great trivet or potholder when worked in cotton and a lovely decoration worked in any fiber.
The inner color uses approximately 30 yards of worsted weight yarn, and the outer uses approximately 35 yards of worsted weight yarn.
For more information about the triskele, you can visit its Wikipedia page


Materials:
Yarn: 2 colors worsted weight (acrylic used in model)
    A - outside connections (yellow) - 35 yards
    B - inside connections (blue) - 30 yards
Hook: 5.0mm
Stitch markers
Yarn needle


Abbreviations:
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
mr = magic ring
sc = single crochet
slst = slip stitch
st = stitch(es)


Note: Magic ring (mr) can be substituted with (ch 3, slst to form ring).


Spirals (Make 3):
1: With A, make a mr, ch 1. Working into ring, 1sc, 1 hdc, 2dc. Remove hook and insert stitch marker into loop. This helps hold the previous stitches while working with the other color. Continue to insert the stitch marker in this way for the rest of the project. (4 st)
2: With B, attach to mr with slst, ch 1. Working into ring, 1sc, 1 hdc, 2dc. Work 2 dc in each of first four A stitches. Insert stitch marker. (12 st)
3: Remove stitch marker and insert hook into loop of A. Work 2 dc in each of first 8 st of color B. Work (1 dc, 2 dc) twice. Insert stitch marker. (22 st)
4: Remove stitch marker and insert hook into loop of B. Work 2 dc in next 4 stitches of A. Work (1 dc in stitch, 2 dc in next stitch) nine times. Insert stitch marker. (35 st)
5: Remove stitch marker and insert hook into loop of A. Work (1 dc in stitch, 2 dc in next stitch) seven times. Work (1 dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next stitch) seven times. Insert stitch marker. (49 st)
6: Remove stitch marker and insert hook into loop of B. Work (1 dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next stitch) six times. 1 hdc, 1 sc. End off leaving 6 inch tail. (26 st)
7: Remove stitch marker and insert hook into loop of A. Work 1 dc in next 14 st. End off leaving 6 inch tail. (14 st)



Assembly: Instructions are given using color names for ease of naming the parts.

1.Arrange spirals so blue sections face each other, yellow ends clockwise of blue ends.

2. Using yellow tails, attach the last yellow dc of each spiral to the four dc counter-clockwise of the last blue stitches on the neighboring spiral.

3. Using the blue tails, attach the last three blue stitches of each spiral to the three dc counter-clockwise of the last yellow stitches on the neighboring spiral.