Mixed Media Rocks // Part 4
In which everything comes together as one. I was going to photograph the step-by-step, but I got carried away and finished the whole works. Hopefully, these pics will suffice.
Once you get down around the curve of the side, you’ll really want to start decreasing your stitches. There will come a time when you’ll have to work with the rock inside the crochet work, and this can get a little tricky. You’ll find your own best way to do this. I balance the rock on my lap while I work the bottom and push my hook down into the stitch and kind of swoop it up behind the stitch after it hits rock. You’ll see what I mean.
Your stitches don’t have to be so loopy and open now, because you want to start tightening everything up. Here’s how I did my last five rounds:
- Sc in first sc of last round, 5 dc in center ch of first ch 5 loop. *(sc in next sc, 5 dc in center ch of next ch 5 loop) around.
- Sl st to center dc of first shell, ch 1, sc, ch 3. *(sc in center dc of next shell, ch 3) around. After making the sc in the final shell, (ch 1, dc in first sc – to end up in center of loop for next round).
- Ch 1, sc in loop, ch 2. *(sc in next ch 3 space, ch 2) around. Join to first sc.
- Make 2 sc in each ch 2 space, join.
- Decrease a sc in each stitch around like so: (Insert hook in next st, pull up a loop) twice. Yarn over and pull through all three loops on hook. Join, weave in your end!
After you make a couple of these, it becomes second nature. And, it’s highly satisfying, I might add – sort of like your own personal piece of crochet bombing. Let me know if try this out – better yet, go show off your stuff in the Flickr group!