Archives for the month of: March, 2015

As promised here is the 5th square in the series of 6 for this CAL.    This is another large one:

Square number 5

Square number 5

Look closely and you will see the first 4 rounds are a normal granny square, so this should be a quick one for you to make.

ABBREVIATIONS
The pattern is written in English crochet terms.
St = stitch
Ch = chain
Tr = treble (US dc)
Ss = slip stitch
Sp = space
Ch-sp =chain space
I made my squares from one colour throughout, but if you want to change colours then simply join your new colour at the point you do a ss on each new round.
Foundation:  Make a 4ch foundation ch and join into a ring with a ss
Round 1: 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), (3tr, 2ch) 3 times into the ring, 2tr into the ring, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.
Round 2: ss into 2ch-sp, (note for this and each subsequent round: this ss is to position the start of the round in the right place) 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), (3tr, 1ch) into the same 2ch-sp, (3tr, 2ch, 3tr, 1ch) into each of the next three 2ch-sps, 2tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.
Round 3: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), (3tr, 1ch) into the same 2ch-sp, *(3tr, 1 ch) into the next 1ch-sp, (3tr, 2ch, 3tr, 1ch) into the next 2ch-sp; repeat from * twice more, (3tr, 1ch) in next 1ch-sp, 2tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5 ch with a ss.
Round 4: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), (3tr, 1ch) into the same 2ch-sp, *(3tr, 1 ch) into each of the next 2 1ch-sps, (3tr, 2ch, 3tr, 1ch) into the next 2ch-sp; repeat from * twice more, (3tr, 1ch) into each of the next 2 1ch-sps, 2tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5 ch with a ss.
Round 5: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 2tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1ch, *(miss 1 st, 1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st, 1tr in next 1ch-sp, 1ch) 3 times, miss 1 st, 1tr in next st, miss 1 st, 1ch, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr, 1ch) in next 2ch-sp; repeat from * twice more, (miss 1 st, 1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st, 1tr in next 1ch-sp, 1ch) 3 times, miss 1 st, 1tr in next st, miss 1 st, 1tr in first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.
Round 6: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 2tr into the same 2ch-sp, *1tr in next st, 1ch, (1tr, 1ch) in each 1ch-sp up to the 2tr just before the next corner, miss 1 st, 1tr in next st, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) in next 2ch-sp; repeat from * twice more, 1tr in next st, 1ch, (1tr, 1ch) in each 1ch-sp up to the 2tr just before the next corner, miss 1 st, 1tr in next st, 1tr in first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.
Round 7: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 2tr into the same 2ch-sp, *1tr in each of next 2 sts, 1ch, (1tr, 1ch) in each 1ch-sp up to the 3tr just before the next corner, miss 1 st, 1tr in each of next 2 sts, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) in next 2ch-sp; repeat from * twice more, 1tr in each of next 2 sts, 1ch, (1tr, 1ch) in each 1ch-sp up to the 3tr just before the next corner, miss 1 st, 1tr in each of next 2 sts, 1tr in first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.
Round 8: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 2tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1tr into each st and 1ch-sp around, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) into each 2ch-sp, and work a final 1tr into the first 2ch-sp,  join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.
Break yarn and fasten off, leaving a long tail of about 6m for sewing or crocheting together later.

You should have 31tr along each side and a 2ch-sp at each corner.
I made 3 of these in different colours, but you could do 4 or 5 if you prefer.

Please keep sharing progress on my Ravelry forum.

Next weekend is Easter, and many of you will have some spare time. So I will publish the last square and give you 2 layouts, so if you do have the time you can crochet away for the whole weekend! And as it is Easter maybe I will post it a day early 🙂

Happy crocheting xxx

Last week I promised you something a little different, well maybe it is different but then again maybe it isn’t!

Here it is:

Number 4

Number 4

Firstly, you will have noticed it is bigger.  It is designed to be 4 times the size of squares 1 to 3, or twice the width and depth.  This will make the design more interesting, as you need to fit both sizes of square into your blanket.

Second is is very similar to square number 3, but it has more rounds.

This is the pattern:

ABBREVIATIONS
The pattern is written in English crochet terms.
St = stitch
Ch = chain
Tr = treble (US dc)
Ss = slip stitch
Sp = space
Ch-sp =chain space

Foundation:  Make a 4ch foundation ch and join into a ring with a ss

Round 1: 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), (1tr, 1ch, 1tr, 2ch) 3 times into the ring, (1tr, 1ch) into the ring, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 2: ss into 2ch-sp, (note for this and each subsequent round: this ss is to position the start of the round in the right place) 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 2tr into the same 2ch-sp, *1tr in next st, 1tr in 1ch-sp, 1tr in next st, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) in next 2ch-sp; repeat from * another 2 times, 1tr in next st, 1tr in 1ch-sp, 1tr in next st, 1tr into first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 3: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 1tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1ch, *(1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st) 4 times, (1tr, 2ch, 1tr, 1ch) in next 2ch-sp; repeat from * another 2 times, (1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st) 4 times, 1tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 4: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 2tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1tr into each st and 1ch-sp around, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) into each 2ch-sp, and work a final 1tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 5: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 1tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1ch, *(1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st) 8 times, (1tr, 2ch, 1tr, 1ch) in next 2ch-sp; repeat from * another 2 times, (1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st) 8 times, 1tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 6: as Round 4.

Round 7: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 1tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1ch, *(1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st) 12 times, (1tr, 2ch, 1tr, 1ch) in next 2ch-sp; repeat from * another 2 times, (1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st) 12 times, 1tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 8: as Round 4.

Break yarn and fasten off, leaving a long tail of about 6m for sewing or crocheting together later.

You should have 31tr along each side and a 2ch-sp at each corner.

I made a total of 5 of these in various colours.  If you want to add some multi coloured squares into your blanket this would be a good choice – I recommend changing colour every 2 rounds

I love this square; it has a regularity that pleases my eye and it has lots of possibilities.  You can carry on increasing the rounds until you make one huge blanket or you could stop at a cushion size (maybe you could make a cushion to match your final blanket?).  However, for this blanket I stopped at 8 rounds – just enough to make the design a little more challenging without being difficult to crochet 🙂

Thinking ahead, some of you may think this larger square could pose a few joining problems, because if you join with a wide seam you may find 4 joined smaller squares end up a little bigger than one larger square.  But do not worry I have 2 layouts for you and a solution if you want wide seams.

Tune in next week for another large square!

Happy crocheting xxx

Today is Friday and that means a new motif!   So here is square no 3:

Number 3

Number 3

First a quick reminder on the abbreviations:
ABBREVIATIONS
The pattern is written in English crochet terms.
St = stitch
Ch = chain
Tr = treble (US dc)
Ss = slip stitch
Sp = space
Ch-sp =chain space

And here’s the pattern:

Foundation:  Make a 4ch foundation ch and join into a ring with a ss

Round 1: 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), (1tr, 1ch, 1tr, 2ch) 3 times into the ring, (1tr, 1ch) into the ring, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 2: ss into 2ch-sp, (note for this and each subsequent round: this ss is to position the start of the round in the right place) 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 2tr into the same 2ch-sp, *1tr in next st, 1 tr in 1ch-sp, 1 tr in next st, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) in next 2ch-sp; repeat from * another 2 times, 1tr in next st, 1 tr in 1ch-sp, 1 tr in next st 1tr into first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 3: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 1tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1ch, *(1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st) 4 times; (1tr, 2ch, 1tr, 1ch) in next 2ch-sp; repeat from * another 2 times, (1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st) 4 times, 1tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 4: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 2tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1tr into each st and 1ch-sp around, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) into each 2ch-sp, and work a final 1tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Break yarn and fasten off, leaving a long tail of about 3m for sewing or crocheting together later.

You should have 15tr along each side and a 2ch-sp at each corner.

I made 16 of these in various colours.

Please keep sharing progress on my Ravelry forum.

Next week there will be a different sort of square….so stay tuned 🙂

Happy crocheting xxx

PS if you love crochet you will love this new online yarn store.   It’s the same company as LoveKnitting with the same excellent service, just more of a focus on all things crochet.

 

 

A week has passed since I published the first square and I know some of you have already made plenty of them in varying colour schemes.   So I know you are ready for number 2 – here it is:

Number 2

Number 2

This is all one colour, but I have made another in pastel colours so you can see what each round looks like a little more clearly:

Number 2 in pastels

Number 2 in pastels

A reminder of the ABBREVIATIONS
The pattern is written in English crochet terms.
St = stitch
Ch = chain
Tr = treble (US dc)
Ss = slip stitch
Sp = space
Ch-sp =chain space

Foundation:  Make a 4ch foundation ch and join into a ring with a ss

Round 1: 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), (1tr, 1ch, 1tr, 2ch) 3 times into the ring, (1tr, 1ch) into the ring, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 2: ss into 2ch-sp, (note for this and each subsequent round: this ss is to position the start of the round in the right place) 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), (2tr, 1ch) into the same 2ch-sp, *(1tr, 1ch) into next 1ch-sp, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr, 1ch) into the next 2ch-sp; repeat from * another 2 times,  (1tr, 1ch) into next 1ch-sp, 1tr into first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 3: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 2tr into the same 2ch-sp, *(1tr, 1ch) in next st, (1tr, 1ch) in each of next two 1ch-sps, miss 1 st, 1tr in next st**, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) in next 2ch-sp; repeat from * another 3 times but on the last repeat finish at **, 1tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 4: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 2tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1tr into each st and 1ch-sp around, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) into each 2ch-sp, and work a final 1tr into the first 2ch-sp,  join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Break yarn and fasten off, leaving a long tail of about 3m for sewing or crocheting together later.

You should have 15tr along each side and a 2ch-sp at each corner.

Make as many as you like of these but I made a total of 16, 1 each in Purple Mix and Olive Mix, 2 each in Forget-me-not and Orange Mix, 3 each in Blue and Red and 4 in Goldenrod.

Please join in the discussion and share your progress on my Ravelry forum here.

And tune in next week for square number 3.

Happy crocheting xx

 

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