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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

RAINBOWS AFTER THE RAIN: 1

Hello lovely crocheters and welcome (at long last!) to the Kick Off of our Rainbows After the Rain (RAR) CAL, which I will be hosting along with Andrea of KOKOPELLI DESIGN! If you have already been following along you can launch right in to this post.    If you are new to the CAL please read my INTRODUCTION POST first.

For Part 1 of the CAL (Poncho & Blanket) we will be making TRADITIONAL GRANNY SQUARES.

There was a picture in my head of the gorgeous photos I would take for this post........ and then it started raining and raining and raining (for close onto a week now!) ...... and no rainbow in sight!    So we will just have to make do with the not-so-great photos previously taken.

Pinks and Greens are an all-time favourite combination of mine, and the neon(y) shades available in the Charity Chunky were perfect for the bright and cheerful "Neonmelon" Blanket


Some Woodstock photos doing the rounds on the internet really inspired me to achieve a sort of "hippie rainbow" look with the blanket and poncho.   I loved tie-dying (just about every) t-shirts and cloths when I had a big outdoor craft space and a much stronger back and hands!.    I also did a lot of Batik work and so the colours and design for the circular parts were a bit of a swirl of ideas from cloths and wall hangings made in my really colourful younger years! 
To get the tie-dye look is just a little trick of alternating lights, brights and neutrals.    Think of the neutrals as the part of the cloth that are tied or waxed so they do not pick up on the dyes.
Also your outer layers of the "scrunch" pick up a heavier dose of dye, and the inner "scrunch" gets a much lighter dose.


The name for the CAL "Rainbows After the Rain" was not chosen lightly.   Grief is not something we "decide" to switch off one day, to suddenly become silly happy again.   I chatted to fellow Blogstar Phil of  THE TWISTED YARN about my apprehension that this title would give the impression that grief should somehow be measured and dealt with.    This was not just an idle "bloggy" conversation as Phil is actually Dr Phil Saul, an NHS clinical psychologist.   Phil kindly offered to put my intentions into words for me (she has a way with words and I knew she would be able to get this across way better than I would!)

This is what she wrote:

"If you’ve been reading here a while, then you’ll remember a previous crochet-a-long (CAL), ‘Wade’s Blanket’, which was named to honour a little boy who fought – and, tragically, lost – a hard battle against childhood leukaemia. That was two years ago. Wade’s family and Zelna’s family are close, and those were dark days, compounded by the loss of Zelna’s mother to motor neurone disease soon afterwards. For Zelna, crochet provided some small comfort through the worst of her grief. Those of you who have lost dear ones will probably be able to relate to the raw agony and rage and confusion of those days.

But what happens next? What happens after the early stages of grief – however long they last – have been endured? What happens when you’re ready to move beyond just putting one foot in front of the other, and you begin to lift your eyes from the ground, to look cautiously ahead?

That’s what this new CAL is about.

Nobody’s saying that grief magically goes away: of course it doesn’t. People often refer instead to making a space in their hearts to accommodate the pain, whilst carrying on. Because ultimately, we do have to carry on.

Rainbow After The Rain is about rediscovering hope. It’s about accepting the feeling of the sun’s warmth on one’s skin again, as gaps begin to appear between the rainclouds. It’s about daring to believe that there may be joy and growth ahead. And it’s about giving oneself permission to seek that joy and growth. It’s about finding peace and comfort, and about rediscovering the beauty of the world.

What on earth could possibly symbolise all of that better than a rainbow?

Each component of this CAL will offer a meditation on healing, with titles such as "Wheel of Time", "Ribbons of Hope" and "Somedays are Diamonds".

How does a Traditional Granny Square fit the theme?   There is nothing "uncertain" about a granny square - and the simple reassurance that the square WILL work out no matter what, is a great comfort!    The traditional granny square is timeless, like the words of a favourite poem by e.e.cummings:

"- how fortunate are you and I, whose home is timelessness:   we who have wandered down from fragrant mountains of eternal now

to frolic in such mysteries as birth
and death a day (or maybe even less)"

*************************************

To avoid confusion the Poncho and Blanket layouts will be published separately.    In addition the Poncho and Blanket Patterns will be published separately, as there are small variations in the squares. 

The list of all previous links will be provided weekly with each post as well as posted in the Zooty Owl Crochet Along Group Files.

BLANKET - PART 1 LINKS:

BLANKET LAYOUT

TRADITIONAL GRANNY SQUARE (1)

PONCHO - PART 1 LINKS:

PONCHO LAYOUT


TRADITIONAL GRANNY SQUARE (1)

KOKOPELLI'S POST FOR PART 1

RAR PONCHO CAL: PART 1

TRADITIONAL GRANNY SQUARE (make 10)


 
PATTERN TERMS:    US



YARN:  Elle Charity Chunky (12 ply).   Stylecraft Special Chunky is an excellent quality / great value alternative yarn.

HOOK SIZE:  5.50mm (I/9 US or 5
CANADIAN) 

SQUARE SIZE:   The Layout Measurement of 15cm x 15cm (5.9 inches x 5.9 inches) for this square is based on the above yarn and hook size.  This measurement is also based on the Designer’s tension.   You may need to adjust your hook size up if you hook tightly or down if you hook loosely
 

NOTE:  The size of your square will depend on your choice of yarn thickness and hook size.   Should you choose to work exactly according to the RAINBOWS AFTER THE RAIN PONCHO layout, simply repeat the final round of the pattern until the square measures 15cm x 15cm .  Gauge is not too important with this poncho. Yarn thicknesses vary somewhat from brand to brand as do the tensions of individual crocheters.  The most important thing is that your tension remains even throughout the poncho.
  
COLOURWAY:   Each crocheter may choose his / her own colour layout - colour changes / breaks are suggestions only.


SQUARES are worked in the round with Right Side Facing throughout.


IMPORTANT:  Read through pattern before starting to crochet. 

 
Foundation:  Start with a magic ring; alternatively crochet 3ch;   sl st into 3rd chain from hook to form a circle


Round 1:   5ch (counts as 1dc, 2ch),  (3dc into ring, 2ch) 3 times;  2dc into ring;   sl st into 3rd of beginning 5ch to close.  
 

Stitch Count:  3dc each side and 2ch in each corner. 


Round 2:   sl st into 2ch space;    3ch (counts as 1dc);  (2dc, 2ch, 3dc) into 2ch space;   (3dc, 2ch, 3dc into next 2ch space) x3;    sl st into 3rd of beginning 3ch to close row.    Break off yarn.
 

Stitch Count:  (3dc, 2ch, 3dc) in each corner.


Round 3:  Join yarn with a sl st in space between 3dc groups;   3ch (counts as 1dc) or crochet a standing dc,   2dc into same space;   *(3dc, 2ch, 3dc) into corner 2ch;   3dc into space between 3dc groups* Repeat *to* twice more;   (3dc, 2ch, 3dc) into corner 2ch, sl st into 3rd of beginning 3ch to close row.   Break off yarn.
 

Stitch Count:  (3dc, 2ch, 3dc) in each corner and 1 x 3dc grouping each side.


Round 4:  Join yarn with a sl st in space between 3dc groupings before any corner 3dc.  3ch (counts as 1dc) or crochet a standing dc,  2dc into same space;  *(3dc, 2ch, 3dc) into corner 2ch;   3dc into each space between 3dc groups to corner*  repeat from *to* twice more, (3dc, 2ch, 3dc) into corner 2ch, 3dc into space between 3dc groupings;  sl st into 3rd of beginning 3ch to close row.    Break off yarn.
 

Stitch count:  (3dc, 2ch, 3dc) in each corner and 6dc (2 x 3dc groupings) each side.



Round 5:   Join yarn with a sl st in space between 3dc groupings before any corner 3dc;   3ch (counts as 1dc ) or crochet a standing dc,   2dc into same space;   *(3dc, 2ch, 3dc) into corner 2ch;   3dc into each space between 3dc groups to next corner* Repeat *to* twice more;   (3dc, 2ch, 3dc) into corner 2ch;   3dc into each space between 3dc groups to start 3dc group, sl st into 3rd of beginning 3ch to close row.     Break off yarn.
 

Stitch count:  (3dc, 2ch, 3dc) in each corner and 9dc (3 x 3dc groupings) each side.


Round 6:  Join yarn with a sl st in space between 3dc groupings before any corner 3dc;   2ch (counts as 1hdc) or crochet a standing hdc,   2hdc into same space;   *(3hdc, 2ch, 3hdc) into corner 2ch;   3hdc into each space between 3dc groups to next corner* Repeat *to* twice more;   (3hdc, 2ch, 3hdc) into corner 2ch;   3hdc into each space between 3dc groups to beginning 3ch,  sl st into 2nd of beginning 2ch to close row.     Break off yarn.

Stitch count:  (3hdc, 2ch, 3hdc) in each corner and 12hdc (4 x 3hdc groupings) each side.



RAR PONCHO LAYOUT


RAR BLANKET LAYOUT


Monday, 15 May 2017

RAR BLANKET CAL: PART 1

TRADITIONAL GRANNY SQUARE (MAKE 5)

PATTERN TERMS:    US




YARN:  Elle Charity Chunky (12 ply).   Stylecraft Special Chunky is an excellent quality / great value alternative yarn.

HOOK SIZE:  5.50mm (I/9 US / 5 CANADIAN)

SQUARE SIZE:    The Layout Measurement of 20cm x 20cm (7.9inches x 7.9inches) for this square is based on the above yarn and hook size.  This measurement is also based on the Designer’s tension.   You may need to adjust your hook size up if you hook tightly or down if you hook loosely

NOTE:  The size of your square will depend on your choice of yarn thickness and hook size.   Should you choose to work exactly according to the RAINBOWS AFTER THE RAIN BLANKET layout, simply repeat the final round of the pattern until the square measures 20cm x 20cm.  Gauge is not too important with this blanket. Yarn thicknesses vary somewhat from brand to brand as do the tensions of individual crocheters.  The most important thing is that your tension remains even throughout the blanket. 

COLOURWAY:   Each crocheter may choose his / her own colour layout - colour changes / breaks are suggestions only.

SQUARES are worked in the round with Right Side Facing throughout.

IMPORTANT:  Read through pattern before starting to crochet. 

Foundation:  Start with a magic ring; alternatively crochet 3ch;   sl st into 3rd chain from hook to form a circle

Round 1:   5ch (counts as 1dc, 2ch),  (3dc into ring, 2ch) 3 times;  2dc into ring;   sl st into 3rd of beginning 5ch to close. 

Stitch Count:  3dc each side and 2ch in each corner.



Round 2:   sl st into 2ch space;    3ch (counts as 1dc);  (2dc, 2ch, 3dc) into 2ch space;   (3dc, 2ch, 3dc into next 2ch space) x3;    sl st into 3rd of beginning 3ch to close row.    Break off yarn.

Stitch Count:  (3dc, 2ch, 3dc) in each corner.


Round 3:  Join yarn with a sl st in space between 3dc groups;   3ch (counts as 1dc) or crochet a standing dc,   2dc into same space;   *(3dc, 2ch, 3dc) into corner 2ch;   3dc into space between 3dc groups* Repeat *to* twice more;   ( 3dc, 2ch, 3dc) into corner 2ch, sl st into 3rd of beginning 3ch to close row.    Break off yarn.

Stitch Count:  (3dc, 2ch, 3dc) in each corner and 1 x 3dc grouping each side.


Round 4:  Join yarn with a sl st in space between 3dc groupings before any corner 3dc.  3ch (counts as 1dc) or crochet a standing dc,  2dc into same space;  *(3dc, 2ch, 3dc) into corner 2ch;   3dc into each space between 3dc groups to corner*  repeat from *to* twice more, (3dc, 2ch, 3dc) into corner 2ch, 3dc into space between 3dc groupings;  sl st into 3rd of beginning 3ch to close row.    Break off yarn.

Stitch count:  (3dc, 2ch, 3dc) in each corner and 6dc (2 x 3dc groupings) each side.


Round 5:   Join yarn with a sl st in space between 3dc groupings before any corner 3dc;   3ch (counts as 1dc ) or crochet a standing dc,   2dc into same space;   *(3dc, 2ch, 3dc) into corner 2ch;   3dc into each space between 3dc groups to next corner* Repeat *to* twice more;   (3dc, 2ch, 3dc) into corner 2ch;   3dc into each space between 3dc groups to start 3dc group, sl st into 3rd of beginning 3ch to close row.     Break off yarn.

Stitch count:  (3dc, 2ch, 3dc) in each corner and 9dc (3 x 3dc groupings) each side.


Round 6:  Join yarn with a sl st in space between 3dc groupings before any corner 3dc;   3ch (counts as 1dc ) or crochet a standing dc,   2dc into same space;   *(3dc, 2ch, 3dc) into corner 2ch;   3dc into each space between 3dc groups to next corner* Repeat *to* twice more;   (3dc, 2ch, 3dc) into corner 2ch;   3dc into each space between 3dc groups to beginning 3ch,  sl st into 3rd of beginning 3ch to close row.     Break off yarn

Stitch count:  (3dc, 2ch, 3dc) in each corner and 12dc (4 x 3dc groupings) each side.


Round 7:  Repeat Round 6.

Stitch count:  (3dc, 2ch, 3dc) in each corner and 15dc (5 x 3dc groupings) each side.


Round 8:  Repeat Round 6.

Stitch count:  (3dc, 2ch, 3dc) in each corner and 18dc (6 x 3dc groupings) each side.



Friday, 1 May 2015

Mini Granny Square: Wade's Blanket CAL (Part 4)

Hello and welcome to Part 4 of the Wade's Blanket CAL, hosted by Zooty Owl and Kokopelli Design.

It is not too late to join this Crochet-A-Long!     The patterns will remain on our Blogs - so you can crochet along at your own pace.      

Here are the links so far:


INTRODUCTION 

PART 1 - CIRCLE IN SQUARE GRANNY

PART 2 - TRADITIONAL GRANNY SQUARE

PART 3 - TALL STITCH DAISY SQUARE 

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Andrea or me via our blogs (in the comments section).   You can also find us on Facebook:   ZOOTY OWL and KOKOPELLI DESIGN

Please feel free to share your progress photos with Andrea and/or me on Facebook so that we can include your photos in our Gallery!!   (The past two weeks have been hectic here in Zootyland - I will attempt a little update post for the Gallery photos!!)

Today's pattern is:

MINI GRANNY SQUARE:  


PATTERN TERMS:    US

YARN WEIGHT:   DK (8PLY / LIGHT WORSTED WEIGHT)
The amount of yarn required depends on the size of the blanket you would like to make. The one pictured in the photo is 110cm x 110cm - I used just over 600g (1800m) of yarn. A 150cm x 150cm would probably take 800g - 900g. 

For the 110cm x 110cm blanket I used 8 squares each of the first three 12cm x 12cm patterns and 16 squares of the 6cm x 6cm pattern (Part 4) 

HOOK SIZE:   5.00mm

SQUARE SIZE:    6cm x 6cm
Gauge is not too important with this blanket. Yarn thicknesses vary somewhat from brand to brand as do the tensions of individual crocheters. 

The most important thing is that your tension remains even throughout the blanket - this will ensure that your squares will always be the correct size, for example if this square measures 14cm x 14cm then the next two patterns will also measure 14cm x 14cm (instead of my 12cm x 12cm) and the fourth one 7cm x 7cm (instead of my 6cm x 6cm).


Zooty Owl's Colourway:   Denim Blue, Blue, Turquoise, Lime, Bright Green, Lemon and White.

Start with a MAGIC RING
(alternatively crochet 3ch, sl st into 3rd chain from hook to form a circle)


Row 1:   3ch (counts as 1dc),  11dc into ring (12dc);   sl st into 3rd of 3ch at start to close round.   Do not turn work

granny square

Row 2:   [3ch (counts as 1dc),  (1dc, 2ch, 2dc) into same place as start 3ch (corner formed)];  [1dc into top of next two dc;  (2dc, 2ch, 2dc into next dc)] x3;   1dc into top of next 2dc;  sl st into 3rd of 3ch at start to close round.    Do not turn work

granny square

Row 3:   Join yarn in any 2ch corner space;  5ch (counts as 1dc, 2ch),  3dc into same 2ch space;  [skip 2 spaces (3dc posts);   3dc into next space,  [3dc, 2ch, 3dc into corner 2ch);  skip 2 spaces, 3dc into next space] x3;   2dc into same place as start 5ch;   sl st into 3rd of 5ch at start to close round.   Break off yarn

granny square

Make twice as many of these squares as you made for Parts 1, 2 and 3.

I hope you are still having fun with this CAL!     Please join us again in two weeks for Part 5, where we will start making the stripes!

Friday, 17 April 2015

Tall Stitch Daisy Square: Wade's Blanket CAL (Part 3)

Hello and welcome to Part 3 of the Wade's Blanket CAL, hosted by Zooty Owl and Kokopelli Design.

It is not too late to join this Crochet-A-Long!     The patterns will remain on our Blogs - so you can crochet along at your own pace.      

Here are the links so far:


INTRODUCTION 

PART 1 - CIRCLE IN SQUARE GRANNY

PART 2 - TRADITIONAL GRANNY SQUARE 

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Andrea or me via our blogs (in the comments section).   You can also find us on Facebook:   ZOOTY OWL and KOKOPELLI DESIGN

Please feel free to share your progress photos with Andrea and/or me on Facebook so that we can include your photos in our Gallery!!


Today's pattern is:

TALL STITCH DAISY SQUARE

PATTERN TERMS:    US

YARN WEIGHT:   DK (8PLY / LIGHT WORSTED WEIGHT)
The amount of yarn required depends on the size of the blanket you would like to make. The one pictured in the photo is 110cm x 110cm - I used just over 600g (1800m) of yarn. A 150cm x 150cm would probably take 800g - 900g. 

For the 110cm x 110cm blanket I used 8 squares each of the first three 12cm x 12cm patterns and 16 squares of the 6cm x 6cm pattern (Part 4)



HOOK SIZE:   5.00mm

SQUARE SIZE:    12cm x 12cm
Gauge is not too important with this blanket. Yarn thicknesses vary somewhat from brand to brand as do the tensions of individual crocheters.  The most important thing is that your tension remains even throughout the blanket - this will ensure that your squares will always be the correct size, for example if this square measures 14cm x 14cm then the next two patterns will also measure 14cm x 14cm (instead of my 12cm x 12cm) and the fourth one 7cm x 7cm (instead of my 6cm x 6cm).

Zooty Owl's Colourway:   Denim Blue, Blue, Turquoise, Lime, Bright Green, Lemon and White.

Start with a MAGIC RING
(alternatively crochet 3ch, sl st into 3rd chain from hook to form a circle) 

Row 1:  3ch (counts as 1dc);  11 dc into circle;  sl st into 3rd ch at start to close (12dc)


 
Row 2:  5ch (counts as 1dtrc) 1dtr in same space as join (2dtr grouping), 2ch;  [2dtr into top of dc  (2dtr grouping), 2ch] x11;   sl st into top of 5ch at start to close (24dtr)



Row 3:  Join yarn in 2ch space between any 2dtr grouping;  3ch (counts as 1dc), 2dc into same space as join;   3dc into next 2ch space;    (3tr, 3ch, 3tr) into next 2ch space;   [(3dc into next 2ch space) x2;  (3tr, 3ch, 3tr) into next 2ch  space] x3;   sl st into top of 3ch at start to close;    turn work



Row 4:  3ch (counts as 1dc) 2dc into space between groupings;  (3dc, 3ch, 3dc) into corner 3ch;   [(3dc into next space) x3;   (3dc, 3ch, 3dc) into corner 3ch)] x3;   (3dc into next space) x2;   sl st into top of 3ch at start to close;   turn work



Row 5:  3ch (counts as 1dc) 2dc into space between groupings;  (3dc into next space) x2;  (3dc, 3ch, 3dc) into corner 3ch;   [(3dc into next space) x4;   (3dc, 3ch, 3dc) into corner 3ch)] x3;   3dc into next space;   sl st into top of 3ch at start to close;   turn work



There you have it - The Tall Stitch Daisy Square!!    Make as the same number of these as you made for Parts 1 and 2.

Have fun making your squares and see you again in two weeks with Part 4 of Wade's Blanket.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Traditional Granny Square: Wade's Blanket CAL (Part 2)


Hello and welcome to Part 2 of the Wade's Blanket CAL, hosted by Zooty Owl and Kokopelli Design.

Sadly little Wade lost the battle with cancer.    Rest in peach with the Angels lovely golden haired boy!

It is not too late to join this Crochet-A-Long!     The patterns will remain on our Blogs - so you can crochet along at your own pace.

Here are the links so far:

INTRODUCTION 

PART 1 - CIRCLE IN SQUARE GRANNY

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Andrea or me via our blogs (in the comments section).   You can also find us on Facebook:   ZOOTY OWL and KOKOPELLI DESIGN 

I will be compiling a Gallery of YOUR progress for every post - so please feel free to share your photos with Andrea and/or me on Facebook!




Today's pattern is:

TRADITIONAL GRANNY SQUARE
(With a Twist)

PATTERN TERMS:    US

YARN WEIGHT:   DK (8PLY / LIGHT WORSTED WEIGHT)  
The amount of yarn required depends on the size of the blanket you would like to make. The one pictured in the photo is 110cm x 110cm - I used just over 600g (1800m) of yarn. A 150cm x 150cm would probably take 800g - 900g. 



HOOK SIZE:   5.00mm

SQUARE SIZE:    12cm x 12cm
Gauge is not too important with this blanket. Yarn thicknesses vary somewhat from brand to brand as do the tensions of individual crocheters. The most important thing is that your tension remains even throughout the blanket - this will ensure that your squares will always be the correct size, for example if this square measures 14cm x 14cm then the next two patterns will also measure 14cm x 14cm (instead of my 12cm x 12cm) and the fourth one 7cm x 7cm (instead of my 6cm x 6cm).

Zooty Owl's Colourway:   Denim Blue, Blue, Turquoise, Lime, Bright Green, Lemon and White.




Start with a MAGIC RING;
alternatively crochet 3ch;   sl st into 3rd chain from hook to form a circle

Row 1:   5ch (counts as 1dc, 2ch),  (3dc into ring, 2ch) x3;  2dc into ring;   sl st into 3rd of start 5ch to close.    Do not turn work


granny square

Row 2:   sl st into 2ch space;    3ch (counts as 1dc);  (2dc, 2ch, 3dc) into 2ch space;   (3dc, 2ch, 3dc into next 2ch space) x3;    sl st into 3rd of start 3ch to close row.    Break off yarn.  Turn work 


granny square

(Note: Andrea changed colors a round later, so she has three rounds white and three rounds in color, but do your own squares as you please.)
 
Row 3:   Working on the wrong side, join yarn in space after corner 3dc;   3ch (counts as 1dc ),   2dc into same space;   [(3dc, 2ch, 3dc) into corner 2ch;   3dc into space between 3dc groups] x3;   ( 3dc, 2ch, 3dc) into corner 2ch, sl st into 3rd of start 3ch to close row.     Turn work

Your square should now look like this on the wrong side (the side you worked Round 3 on):


granny square

On the right side it should look like this. This is also the side you will be working Row 4 on:

granny square

Row 4:  Working on the right side 3ch (counts as 1dc ),   2dc into same space;  3dc into each space between 3dc groups to corner;   [(3dc, 2ch, 3dc) into corner 2ch;   3dc into each space between 3dc groups to corner] x3;   ( 3dc, 2ch, 3dc) into corner 2ch, sl st into 3rd of start 3ch to close row.    Break off yarn. Turn work.


granny square

Row 5:   Working on the wrong side, join yarn in space before corner 3dc;   3ch (counts as 1dc ),   2dc into same space;   [(3dc, 2ch, 3dc) into corner 2ch;   3dc into each space between 3dc groups to next corner] x3;   ( 3dc, 2ch, 3dc) into corner 2ch;   3dc into each space between 3dc groups to start 3dc group, sl st into 3rd of start 3ch to close row.     Turn work 


granny square

Row 6:  Working on the right side 3ch (counts as 1dc ),   2dc into same space;  3dc into each space between 3dc groups to corner;   [(3dc, 2ch, 3dc) into corner 2ch;   3dc into each space between 3dc groups to corner] x3;   ( 3dc, 2ch, 3dc) into corner 2ch, sl st into 3rd of start 3ch to close row.     Break off yarn.



granny square

Granny squares are so much fun to make and are so versatile too.    Turning your work after every round ensures that your work does not "lean" towards one side.    This way you can just keep going and going and your granny square will remain perfectly square no matter how big you make it!

Have fun making your squares!

See you again in two weeks with Part 3 of Wade's Blanket.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Circle in a Square Granny: Wade's Blanket CAL (Part 1)

Hello and welcome to Part 1 of the Wade's Blanket CAL, hosted by Zooty Owl and Kokopelli Design!  

This blanket was made from scraps a while back with the patterns that we will be posting over the next few weeks: 


granny blanket


Today's pattern is:

CIRCLE IN A SQUARE GRANNY

PATTERN TERMS:    US

YARN WEIGHT:   DK (8PLY / LIGHT WORSTED WEIGHT)  

The amount of yarn required depends on the size of the blanket you would like to make. The one pictured in the photo is 110cm x 110cm - I used just over 600g (1800m) of yarn. A 150cm x 150cm would probably take 800g - 900g. 

HOOK SIZE:   5.00mm

SQUARE SIZE:    12cm x 12cm

Gauge is not too important with this blanket. Yarn thicknesses vary somewhat from brand to brand as do the tensions of individual crocheters. The most important thing is that your tension remains even throughout the blanket - this will ensure that your squares will always be the correct size, for example if this square measures 14cm x 14cm then the next two patterns will also measure 14cm x 14cm (instead of my 12cm x 12cm) and the fourth one 7cm x 7cm (instead of my 6cm x 6cm).

Zooty Owl's Colourway:   Denim Blue, Blue, Turquoise, Lime, Bright Green, Lemon and White.


circle in a square

My blanket will be 110cm x 110cm in size - so I made eight of these squares.

Andrea is making a larger blanket so she is making more squares!

Start with a MAGIC RING
(alternatively crochet 3ch, sl st into 3rd chain from hook to form a circle)

Row 1:  3ch (counts as 1dc);  11 dc into the magic ring;  sl st into 3rd of beginning 3ch to close round (12dc);    Pull the beginning tail to tighten the ring


circle in a square granny

Row 2:  sl st into first space between dc; 3ch (counts as 1dc) 1dc in same space as join (2dc grouping);  [2dc into each sp between dc on the previous round (2dc grouping)] x11;   sl st into 3rd of beginning 3ch  to close round (24dc)


circle in a square granny

Row 3:  Sl st to centre of 2dc grouping;  3ch (counts as 1dc), 2dc into the centre of the 2dc grouping;  [3dc into centre of next 2dc grouping (3dc grouping)] x 11;  sl st into 3rd of beginning 3ch  to close round (36dc).   Break off yarn.


circle in a square granny

Row 4:   Join yarn in space between any 3dc groupings;  3ch (counts as 1dc), 2dc into same space as join;   3dc into next space;    (3trc, 3ch, 3trc) into next space (corner made);   [(3dc into next space) x2;  (3trc, 3ch, 3trc) into next space] x3;   sl st into 3rd of beginning 3ch  to close round.


circle in a granny square

Row 5:  Before you start Round 5, turn your work, so you're facing the wrong side;  3ch (counts as 1dc) 2dc into space between 3dc groupings;  (3dc, 3ch, 3dc) into corner 3ch;   [(3dc into next space) x3;   (3dc, 3ch, 3dc) into corner 3ch)] x3;   (3dc into next space) x2;   sl st into 3rd of beginning 3ch  to close round;   turn work.   

Now your square should look like this from the wrong side:


circle in a granny square
 
Row 6:  Before you start Round 6, turn your work again, so you're facing the right side;  3ch (counts as 1dc) 2dc into space between groupings;  (3dc into next space) x2;  (3dc, 3ch, 3dc) into corner 3ch;   [(3dc into next space) x4;   (3dc, 3ch, 3dc) into corner 3ch)] x3;   3dc into next space;   sl st into 3rd of beginning 3ch  to close round.    Break off yarn.
circle in a granny square
Use your favourite joining method to join your squares in a row - I am using my VISIBLE JOIN to join mine!

Have fun making your squares and see you again in two weeks with Part 2 of Wade's Blanket.