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Spider on a Web Pattern


Designed by Sandi Marshall

Photo copyright (c) 1998 Sandi Marshall
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The spider part of this pattern is at http://crochet.about.com/library/nspider2.htm. The background and web instructions are below.

Materials
Worsted Weight Yarn; for safety's sake, cotton should always be used (will not melt) for making potholders; acrylic may be used when making this as a decoration.
2 1/2 oz. black
1 oz. web color (I used Red Heart color #354 Vibrant Orange). The web would look great in lime green or any neon color.
For potholder: plastic ring
Size G crochet hook

Finished size: 9" round

Directions
Background Circle (make 1 for a decoration or 2 for a potholder)
Starting chain: ch 4, join with sl st to form ring
Rnd 1: ch 3, 14 dc in ring, join with sl st in the top of the ch 3.
For the remainder of the rounds, crochet in back loop only. (Front loops will be used later to add the web part.)
Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 sc in ea dc around, join with sl st.
Rnd 3: ch 3, *dc in next 2 sc, 2 dc in next sc*, repeat * * around, join with sl st.
Rnd 4: ch 1, *sc in next 3 dc, 2 sc in next dc*, repeat * * around, join with sl st.
Rnd 5: ch 3, *dc in next 4 sc, 2 dc in next sc*, repeat * * around, join with sl st.
Rnd 6: ch 1, *sc in next 5 dc, 2 sc in next dc*, repeat * * around, join with sl st.
Rnd 7: ch 3, *dc in next 6 sc, 2 dc in next sc*, repeat * * around, join with sl st.
Rnd 8: ch 1, *sc in next 7 dc, 2 sc in next dc*, repeat * * around, join with sl st.

End off. Weave in ends.

Making the Web
This part is rather free-form. There's no right or wrong exact shape for the web and each person's web will turn out a little bit different than the last. So relax with it and just have fun!

Start with the straight lines that go from the center to the outside round. To do this:

First, attach the web color yarn to any remaining loop of round 1.

Next, working from the center toward the outside edge, ch 1, slip stitch in remaining loop (straight above) of round 2.

Now, ch 2 or 3 to reach next remaining loop of round 3; (keeping in mind the angle you want this "spoke" of the web to be at) slip stitch in a remaining loop of round 3.

Continue in this manner, working number of chains needed to reach the next remaining loop that you want to do a slip stitch in. When you have reached the outside edge, (keeping the "spoke" at the angle you want), single crochet in a stitch of round 8. Single crochet in the number of stitches that will give you the length you want in between this "spoke" and the next "spoke".

Working from the outside edge now, toward the center: (keeping in mind that you want to be angling slightly inward, so that when you have reached the center, this "spoke" and the last one made will form a bit of a V shape), work number of chains needed to reach the next remaining loop that you want to do a slip stitch in. When you have reached the top of round 1, slip stitch in a remaining loop in the top of round 1.

Work 1 or 2 chains to reach the remaining loop at the top of round 1 where you want to start the next "spoke" that will be worked from the center toward the outside edge. Slip stitch in that remaining loop. I think you have the idea now, so go ahead and make this next "spoke".

When you have reached the outside edge, single crochet in the stitch of round 8 that will give you the angle you want at the end of this "spoke". (Note that you will be skipping stitches on round 8. These will be worked in the final round.) Single crochet in the number of stitches that will give you the length you want in between this "spoke" and the next "spoke".

Now you're on a roll: Keep making "spokes" back and forth until you have the number made that you want. I ended up with 10, but there's no right or wrong number. Make the amount that looks good to you. End off. Weave in ends.

Now, the Web Rounds: Attach the web color yarn in a stitch at the end of any "spoke", at the top of round 1. Part of this web round was already worked when making the "spokes", but I did a full round over that to make it look more complete, working right over the chains previously made. If yours looks fine to you, just go on to web round 2.

Web Round 1: Chain 1, 2 or 3 (your preference of length you want), slip stitch in a stitch or chain at top of round 1.

In order to limit the number of ends that would need to be woven in later, I tried to think of ways to continue this pattern throughout without having to end off. Here's one of those times: To get to the next round, slip stitch in the chains of the nearest "spoke" to reach the next round. You can see the remaining loops of the background circle; I used this as a guideline for where to make the next web round. You'll notice that doing the slip stitches in the one "spoke" to reach the next round, makes this "spoke" a bit thicker than the others. Not to worry. I sewed my spider on over that "spoke" and tah dah ... nobody's the wiser. (It sure beats weaving in all those ends.)

Rounds 2 - 7: Using the remaining loops of the background circle as a guideline to see where to attach each chain to the next "spoke" to keep this circular, work the number of chains needed to reach the next "spoke" and slip stitch in the chain that will keep this round nearest to the guideline of remaining loops in the background circle round underneath. Continue in this manner, using your own judgement for the number of chains needed each time; keeping in mind to keep it loose enough so the background circle doesn't pucker. You'll notice that your chains will become longer and longer as you work toward the rounds nearer the outside edge.

The Final Round: To crochet this round, work a single crochet in each single crochet previously worked in the web color and work a double crochet in the top of round 8 for each stitch that was previously skipped while making the web "spokes". (This brings the skipped stitches and the previously worked single crochet stitches to about the same height.)

End off. Weave in ends.

If you're making this as a decoration: Sew your completed spider over the spoke that you did the extra slip stitches on. Single crochet around the plastic ring to cover it. End off. Use the ends to sew the ring to the back of the background circle. Weave in ends. (Sew the ring on so that it's near the top, but so it doesn't show from the front.) I sewed the ring on the back of mine so that it's placed to the right of where the spider is, so that when it's hanging up, the spider will be at an angle.

If you're making this as a potholder: Sew your completed spider over the spoke that you did the extra slip stitches on. On the second plain background circle, work one more round of double crochet in black, as follows: ch 3, * dc in next 8 sc, 2 dc in next sc *, repeat from * to * around. Slip stitch in the top of beginning ch 3. End off. Hold this second plain background circle together with the one on which you have worked the web, with the wrong sides held together. Attach the web color yarn in any outside edge stitch, ch 3, (working through both thicknesses to join the two circles) * dc in next 9 dc, 2 dc in next dc *, repeat from * to * around. End off. Single crochet around the plastic ring to cover it. End off. Use the ends to sew the ring to the back of the background circle. Weave in ends. (Sew the ring on so that it's near the top, but so it doesn't show from the front.) I sewed the ring on the back of mine so that it's placed to the right of where the spider is, so that when it's hanging up, the spider will be at an angle.

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