A crocheted X and O for CROXARE

Croshare at XOXO@OXO, #TRIBE17

Croshare and Chrom-Art Logos

Do you believe in true love? Are you handy with a crochet hook?
Then Croshare needs you!

CROXARE – Croshare at XOXO@OXO, #TRIBE17
Festival runs 11-15 October 2017
Oxo Tower, Barge House Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH

CROXARE is currently scheduled for Saturday 14 September 2017
(times TBC)

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This October, Croshare will take part in its second festival of 2017 – XOXO@OXO, as part of Chrom-Art’s #TRIBE17 – and we need your help.

As part of XOXO@OXO, Croshare will host CROXARE: a series of speed dating events contextualised as dialogical art practice, during which participants would get to know each other over games of noughts and crosses using crocheted Xs and Os; moving from game to game and person to person, they would repeatedly perform the first stage of falling in love: meeting someone new for the first time.

From the Chrom-Art website:

‘A very modern example of how the expression of love, especially in digital communication, has been simplified can be found in the use of XOXO – hugs and kisses – as a written gesture of sincerity, love and good friendship. X and O have come to adopt many meanings throughout the ages. For Christianity, the cross is the ultimate expression of love and sacrifice for others. A ring is also a universal sign for love and commitment. The more recent emoticon-inspired interpretation is that an “X” is stylized representation of two mouths kissing, while “O” shows two pairs of arms coming together to complete a hug.’

This is where you come in! If you believe in true love and love to crochet and would like to play a part in making the dream come true for other people, we’d like you to help us make our crocheted Xs and Os – these tangible representations of hugs and kisses. Over the course of September 2017, we hope to end up with 50 of each – enough for 10 games of noughts and crosses/speed dating events to happen at the same time; but, having said that, the more the merrier!

We’ll be putting the Xs and Os to good use after the event by working on a large scale installation, so nothing we’re sent will go to waste! We’re not asking every person who reads this to make loads for us – you might pick either an X or an O, or make us one of each. That’ll be enough!

We’ve a pattern for each of these below – we reckon it’s pretty simple stuff if you’ve ever picked up a hook and some yarn, but we’ll be here if you have any questions. And, if you feel like sharing any photos of your Xs and Os on social media, don’t forget to mention us – @croshare – and to use the hashtag #CROXARE!

If you live in or around Portsmouth or Stroud, please contact Croshare to find out how you can drop off your completed Xs and Os locally. If you don’t live in or near either of these locations, you may post these to:

Croshare c/o Seeded
125 Winter Road
Portsmouth
PO4 8DS
United Kingdom

Don’t forget to tell us your name and where you’re from when you send us whatever you make – it’s very important for us to acknowledge each and every person who helps make a Croshare project come together!

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CROXARE – Croshare at XOXO@OXO, #TRIBE17 – PATTERNS

A crocheted X and O for CROXARE

Materials needed // Any yarn DK weight or lower and a suitable hook. Ideally, yarn should be a shade of red or pink

Skills needed (UK terms) // Chain, slip stitch, double crochet, working in rows, working in the round and joining yarn

X

Foundation row
Ch25. Starting in second ch from hook, 1dc in each of the next 24dc. (24dc)

‘Body’ – Rows 01-06
*Turn work. Ch1. Starting in first dc of previous row, 1dc in each of the next 24dc. Repeat from * five times more. Fasten off.

‘Right Arm’ – Row 01
Join yarn in tenth dc from right hand side on the top side of the work. Ch1 and, starting in the same space, 6dc. (6dc)

‘Right Arm’ – Rows 02-09
*Turn work. Ch1. Starting in first dc of previous row, 1dc in each of the next 6dc. Repeat from * seven more times. Fasten off.

‘Left Arm’ – Row 01
Join yarn in the back of the tenth ch from right hand side on the bottom side of the work. Ch1 and, starting in the same space, 6dc. (6dc)

‘Left Arm’ – Rows 02-09
*Turn work. Ch1. Starting in first dc of previous row, 1dc in each of the next 6dc. Repeat from * seven more times. Do not fasten off yarn.

Round 01
Ch1, 1dc in same space. 1dc in each dc, back of ch and at the and of each row all the way around the work. Join to the first dc with ss. Fasten off.

Finishing off
Fasten off and weave in ends. Block flat by spraying with water and pressing with an iron on the appropriate setting for your choice of yarn until flat and dry between two towels or tea towels.

O

Foundation ring
Ch24 and join the last ch to the first ch with a ss, taking care to twist the chain so the tops of each of the ch24 are on the outside.

Round 01
Ch1, 1dc in same space. 1dc in each of the next 23ch, and join to the first dc with ss. (24dc)

Round 02
Ch1, 2dc in same space. 3dc, *2dc in next dc, 3dc. Repeat from * to end, and join to the first dc with ss. (30dc)

Round 03
Ch1, 2dc in same space. 4dc, *2dc in next dc, 4dc. Repeat from * to end, and join to the first dc with ss. (36dc)

Round 04
Ch1, 2dc in same space. 5dc, *2dc in next dc, 5dc. Repeat from * to end, and join to the first dc with ss. (42dc)

Round 05
Ch1, 2dc in same space. 6dc, *2dc in next dc, 6dc. Repeat from * to end, and join to the first dc with ss. (48dc)

Round 06
Ch1, 2dc in same space. 7dc, *2dc in next dc, 7dc. Repeat from * to end, and join to the first dc with ss. (54dc)

Round 07
Ch1, 2dc in same space. 8dc, *2dc in next dc, 8dc. Repeat from * to end, and join to the first dc with ss. (60dc)

Round 08
Ch1, 2dc in same space. 9dc, *2dc in next dc, 9dc. Repeat from * to end, and join to the first dc with ss. (66dc)

Round 09
Ch1, 2dc in same space. 10dc, *2dc in next dc, 10dc. Repeat from * to end, and join to the first dc with ss. (72dc)

Finishing off
Fasten off and weave in ends. Block flat by spraying with water and pressing with an iron on the appropriate setting for your choice of yarn until flat and dry between two towels or tea towels.

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X and O patterns © Tom Jeram-West 2017
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