The Kalevala sea (Kalevalan meri) pattern is the 9th square in the Kalevala CAL blanket project. The crochet-along is one of the official Finland 100 years of independence projects.
This crochet square pattern is a part of a crochet-along designed by 19 Finnish crochet designers. The crochet blanket is based on the Kalevala Mythology. It has been created as a tribute Finland’s 100 years of independence. The general information and links to all the square patterns of the blanket can be found in the blog of Arteeni.
Video for the pattern: https://youtu.be/vjmyni9ABsg
Menita Lasse yarn, hook and the gauge specifications in Kalevala CAL info page.
Tapestry needle to secure ends and scissors.
Yarn: Menita Lasse
203 Dark grey
8962 Petrol blue
9963 Olive green
Abbreviations and explanations:
|sl st||slip stitch|
|fsc||foundation single crochet (chainless foundation)|
|dc||double crochet (1 yarn over)|
|tr||treble crochet (2 yarn overs)|
|wdcc||wrapped double crochet cluster|
|hdc||half double crochet|
|p||picot (3 ch)|
|dc cluster||cluster of 3 dc crocheted together at the top|
fsc = foundation single crochet (chainless foundation), see video https://youtu.be/GBsorVC9H58
wdcc = wrapped dc cluster, see video: https://youtu.be/4SNEmwCezzA
First dc cluster with 3 dc, then wrap yarn around it.
Yo, insert hook in st, yo, pull through st, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, (yo, insert hook in same st, yo, pull through st, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook) x 2, yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook. After making cluster: Normal yo, bring hook round cluster from the front behind it, yo, bring hook with yarn back to normal position. Don’t tighten the loops, leave the loops on hook. Repeat 2 more x. Now with 7 st on hook, pull yarn through all loops at one go.
Tips for reading the pattern
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The Kalevala Sea – Pattern
The square is started by crocheting the centre square back and forth in Rows (Rs). Picots are crocheted afterwards over the treble fans. After this, you continue to crochet the rest of the square round the central square.
Start: Use petrol blue yarn (8962). 25 fsc. Turn work.
*ch 1, sk 3, tr, ch 1, (tr into same st as prev tr, ch 1) x3, sk 3, sc*, repeat *-* 2 more times. [Image 1]
3 tr fans per row
Turn work. Ch 8, sc between 2nd and 3rd tr of fan, ch 7, sc between 2nd and 3rd tr of next fan, ch 7, sc between 2nd and 3rd tr of next fan, ch 3, tr into last st of starting row. [Image 2]
Turn work. *ch 1, tr in sc on top of fan of the prev R, ch 1, (tr in same st as prev tr, ch 1) x 3, sc in middle of chain of prev R*, repeat *-* 2 more times. Crochet the last sc into the 4th ch of prev R to secure it.
Same as row 2 except crochet the last tr of R into tr at the end of prev R.
Rows 5, 7 and 9
Same as row 3
Rows 6, 8 and 10
Same as row 4
Cut off yarn. [Image 3]
For the next stage, hold the square as in the image above. Tr fans should show on the right side of work. You will crochet picots into the trebles so that yarn and your left hand stay behind your work while you crochet.
Take olive green yarn (9963). Make starting stitch. Take hook off stitch and pass it through from the wrong side to the right side of your work to the right of the first tr of row 1. Put hook back into the dropped stitch. [Image 4]
[Picot: ch 3 (yarn stays behind your work), sl st to 1st ch]
*Sl st round 1st tr. (picot, sl st round next tr) x 3, sl st into sc between tr fans, sl st into space after sc.* Repeat *-* 2 more times, omit the last sl st. Fasten off. [Image 5] [Image 6]
3 picots over each fan of 4 tr
Rows 12 – 15
[1st tr fan:] Bring the starting st below chain on prev R. Sl st round the chain, sl st round 1st tr, (picot, sl st round next tr) x 3, sl st under sc between tr fans.
[2nd tr fan:] Sl st round chain, sl st round 1st tr, (picot, sl st round next tr) x 3, sl st under sc between tr fans.
[3rd tr fan:] Sl st round chain, sl st round 1st tr, (picot, sl st round next tr) x 3, sl st round last chain on prev R.
Fasten off. [Image 7] [Wrong side – Image 8]
Cut off and weave in yarn ends before the next stage.
Continue by crocheting around the central square in Rounds (Rnds).
Take dark grey yarn (203) and make a starting st in the bottom left corner of the square (starting row). Ch 4, (sk 2, hdc, ch 2) x 7, hdc into corner st. *ch 4, hdc into same corner st as prev hdc, crochet evenly on the next side of square (ch 2, hdc) x 8, so that last hdc falls in the corner*, repeat * – * 2 more times. Last corner: ch 2, hdc into 3rd ch st of chain at start of R. Cut yarn to change colour. [Image 9] 9 hdc per side
Take olive green yarn (9963).
Wdcc is explained at the start of the pattern or on video https://youtu.be/4SNEmwCezzA
[1st wdcc is in a corner. In each corner there are 2 wdcc in the corner chain space of prev rnd, with ch 4 in between.] *(wdcc into next space, ch 1) x 9, wdcc, ch 4 in corner* Repeat * – * 2 more times. [4th side is the same, except for the finishing corner] wdcc, ch 1) x 9, wdcc. Last corner: ch 2, dc into top of 1st wdcc, make sure that all yarn overs of the 1st wdcc stay under the dc. Cut yarn to change colour. [Image 10] [Image 11]
10 wdcc per side
Take purple yarn (757). [1st wdcc is in a corner. In each corner work 2 wdcc in the chain space of prev rnd, ch 4 in between.] [Wdccs on this round go into the ch between wdccs on prev rnd.] *(wdcc, ch 1) x 10, wdcc, ch 4 in corner* Repeat * -* 2 more times. [4th side is the same, except for the last corner.] wdcc, ch 1) x 10, wdcc. Last corner: ch 2, dc into top of 1st wdcc, make sure that all yarn overs of the 1st wdcc stay under the dc. Cut yarn to change colour. [Image 12]
11 wdcc per side
Take petrol blue yarn (8962). [Start in the centre of a corner] *2 sc into chain space in corner, (ch 2, sk wdcc, sc) x 10, ch 2, 2 sc into corner, ch 2*. Repeat * – * 2 more times. [Last side:] 2 sc into corner, (ch 2, sk wdcc, sc) x 10, ch 2, 2 sc into corner, ch 1, hdc into sc at the start of the rnd. Cut yarn to change colour.
[Round 20 is started using a standing stitch. Technique shown on video https://youtu.be/19G7ByrnZ2I. You can also replace the standing stitch by ch 3.]
Take dark grey yarn (203). *dc into corner space, dc into each of the following 2 sts, (3 dc into next ch-space) x 11, dc into each of the following 2 sts, dc into corner st, ch 3*. Repeat * – * 3 more times. Finish round with sl st.
39st per side
Fasten off. Wet the square thoroughly, shape and let dry flat. Image of the finished square is at the start of the pattern.
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