Saturday, 25 July 2015

Christmas Granny Square

Would you like a head-start on the Holiday season this year?  Are you beginning to think about what to make for your loved ones?

How about this little Christmas Granny Square, which can be used for blankets, pillow covers, chair backs, purses, or anything you wish!

  



Here you go then:

Christmas Granny Square

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A pretty little Granny Square, just right for the Holiday season.  Make a pile of these and join them together to use for pillow covers, granny blankets, chair backs, purses, or whatever you wish.

Difficulty:  Easy

Materials: 5mm (H/8) crochet hook; Any Worsted Weight yarn #4, (in White, Green and Red); Sample shown was made using Stylecraft Special Aran in White and Red, and Cygnet Aran in Green.

Finished size:  6” square.

Gauge : Not necessary for this pattern but for reference, with 5mm hook and Stylecraft Special, 4 3dc clusters = 4”

Abbreviations:  sc = single crochet; dc = double crochet; trc = treble crochet; sl st = slip stitch; ch = chain; rep = repeat; beg = beginning; st/s = stitch/es.

Pattern notes:  Pattern is written in US terms; a conversion chart is included at the end.

Instructions:  

Row 1:  With 5mm hook and White, make a magic ring; ch 1, work 12 sc into the ring.  (Alternatively, ch 4, sl st to first chain, ch 1, then work 12 sc into the ring). Sl st to first sc.

Row 2:  *Ch3, sk 1 sc**, sc into next st (loop made); repeat from * 5 times, ending last repeat at **. Slip stitch to the first loop.
Row 3:  *(Ch1, sc, hdc, dc, trc, dc, hdc, sc) into the ch3 loop**, sl st to next loop; repeat from * 5 times, ending last repeat at **; sl st to beg sc.

Row 4:  *Ch 4, (sc, ch3, sc) into top of trc from previous row, ch 4, sl st to the bottom of the “V” between petals; repeat from * 5 times; fasten off white.

Row 5:  Working at the back of the flower, attach Green with a slip stitch around one of the 6 centre “spokes”; *Ch3, sl st to next “spoke” with a single crochet; repeat from * 4 times; ch3, sl st to first ch3 loop made.

Row 6: Ch3, 3dc into ch3 loop; * 4dc in next loop; repeat from * 4 times, sl st to top of beg ch3.

Row 7: Ch3, 2dc into same st as ch3, * sk 2 sts; (3dc, ch2, 3dc) into next st; sk 2 sts; 3dc into next st; repeat from * twice, sk 2 sts, (3dc, ch2, 3dc) into next st; sk 2 sts; sl st to top of beg ch3.  Sl st over to next space; Change to Red and fasten off Green.

Row 8: Ch 3, 2dc into the same as space as ch3, *(3dc, ch2, 3dc) into corner ch2 space**, (3dc into next space between 3dc clusters) twice; repeat from * 3 times, finishing last repeat at **; 3dc into next space between clusters; sl st to beg ch3.  Slip stitch over to the next space between clusters, change back to Green.  Fasten off Red.

Row 9:  Ch3, 2dc into same space; *(3dc, ch2, 3dc) into corner ch 2 space**, (3dc into next space between 3dc clusters) 3 times; repeat from * 3 times, finishing last repeat at **; (3dc into next space between clusters) twice; sl st to beg ch3.  Slip stitch over to the next space between clusters, change back to White.  Fasten off Green.

Row 10:  Ch1, sc in same st and in every stitch around, working (sc, ch3, sc) into each corner space, sl st to beg sc.  Fasten off white.  Weave in ends, and your granny square is complete.  

©AG Handmades 2015

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Pin-ULTIMATE PIN UP #6

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Picnic Basket Shawl by Underground Crafter

Sea-Foam Mandala Pillow – 4 by Crochet Memories 

Enchanted Ivy Wings by Kaleidoscope Art&Gifts 




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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Diamond Baby Blanket

Diamond Baby Blanket


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Difficulty:  Easy
Materials:  A total of 600g Red Heart Soft Baby Steps in 4 colours.  I chose 150g White (00001) (Colour A), 150g Mint (Colour B), 150g Lemon (00002) (Colour C) and 150g Pink (Colour D)


Finished sizes 30” x 36” and 35” x 36”
5mm (H/8) hook; yarn needle
Gauge:  14 sts x 16 rows sc = 4”


Abbreviations:  sc = single crochet; sl st = slip stitch; ch = chain; dfpdc = dropped front post double crochet (see “Special Stitch”).


Pattern Notes:
The pattern can be adapted to any width/length.  To make the blanket wider, add any multiple of 14 to the original stitch count.  To make the blanket longer, repeat the diamond pattern as many times as required.


The pattern is written for sizes 30” x 36” and 35” x 36”.  Instructions for the larger sizing will be in brackets., e.g., (4 (5) more time and, for example, 89 (103) sts.)


The diamond pattern itself works over 28 rows.  These 28 rows are repeated to the desired length.
Changing colours is a personal preference. In this pattern the colours are changed every 8 rows.  You may alter this as you wish, or, indeed, make the blanket in one solid colour.
Special stitch:  dfpdc:  dropped front post double crochet.  Work a double crochet in the specified stitch, but instead of working in the current working row, work it around the post of the stitch in the *row below*.


Pattern is written in US terms; a conversion chart is included at the end.

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Pattern:
Row 1:  With Colour A (Throughout the pattern, change colours as you wish.  I have deliberately omitted any instructions at row numbers.  For the blanket in the picture, colours are changed on the last stitch of every 8th row), and 5mm crochet hook, make a foundation single crochet of 89 (103) sts.  Alternatively, chain 90 (104), sc in 2nd ch from hook and to the end.  (89 (103)).  Turn.
Row 2:  Ch1, sc in same st and every stitch to the end of the row.  (89 (103))
Row 3:  Ch1, sc in same st and next st; dfpdc in next st; *sc in next 13 sts; dfpdc in next st; repeat from * 5 (6) more times; sc in the last 2 sts.  Turn.
Row 4:  As Row 2.
Row 5:  Ch1, sc in same st and next 2 sts; dfpdc in next st; *sc in next 11 sts; dfpdc in next st; sc in next st; dfpdc in next st; repeat from * 4 (5) more times; sc in next 11 sts; dfpdc in next st; sc in last 3 sts.  Turn.
Row 6:  As Row 2.
Row 7:  Ch1 sc in same and next 3 sts; dfpdc in next st; *sc in next 9 sts; dfpdc in next st; sc in next 3 sts; dfpdc in next st; repeat from * 4 (5) more times; sc in next 9 sts; dfpdc in next st; sc in next 4 sts.  Turn.
Row 8:  As Row 2.
Row 9:  Ch1, sc in same st and next 4 sts; dfpdc in next st; *sc in next 7 sts; dfpdc in next st; sc in next 5 sts; dfpdc in next st; rep from * 4 (5) more times; sc in next 7 sts; dfpdc in next st; sc in next 5 sts.  Turn.
Row 10:  As Row 2.
Row 11:  Ch1, sc in same st and next 5 sts; dfpdc in next st; *sc in next 5 sts; dfpdc in next st; sc in next 7 sts; dfpdc in next st; repeat from * 4 (5) more times; sc in next 5 sts; dfpdc in next st; sc in last 6 sts.  Turn.
Row 12:  As Row 2.
Row 13:  Ch1, sc in same st and next 6 sts; dfpdc in next st; *sc in next 3 sts; dfpdc in next st; sc in next 9 sts; dfpdc in next st; repeat from * 4 (5) more times; sc in next 3 sts; dfpdc in next st; sc in last 7 sts.  Turn.
Row 14:  As Row 2.
Row 15:  Ch1, sc in same st and next 7 sts; dfpdc in next st; *sc in next st; dfpdc in next st; sc in next 11 sts; dfpdc in next st; repeat from * 4 (5) more times; sc in next st; dfpdc in next st; sc in next 8 sts.  Turn.
Row 16:  As Row 2.  Change to Colour C on last stitch.  Turn.
Row 17:  Ch1, sc in same st and next 8 sts; dfpdc in next st; *sc in next 13 sts; dfpdc  in next st; rep from * 4 (5) more times; sc in next 9 sts.  Turn.
Row 18:  As Row 2.
Row 19:  Ch1; sc in same st and next 7 sts; dfpdc in next st; *sc in next st; dfpdc in next next; sc in next 11 sts; dfpdc in  next st; repeat from * 4 (5) more times; sc in next st; dfpdc in next st; sc in last 8 sts.  Turn.
Row 20:  As Row 2.
Row 21:  Ch1, sc in same st and next 6 sts; dfpdc in next st; *sc in next 3 sts; dfpdc in next st; sc in next 9 sts; dfpdc in next st; repeat from * 4 (5) more times; sc in next 3 sts; dfpdc in next st; sc in last 7 sts; Turn.


Row 22:  As Row 2.
Row 23:  Ch1, sc in same st and next 5 sts; dfpdc in next st; *sc in next 5 sts; dfpdc in next st; sc in next 7 sts; dfpdc in next st; repeat from * 4 (5) more times; sc in next 5 sts; dfpdc in next st; sc in last 6 sts.  Turn.
Row 24:  As Row 2.  Turn.
Row 25:  Ch1, sc in same st and next 4 sts; dfpdc in next st; *sc in next 7 sts; dfpdc in next st; sc in next 5 sts; dfpdc in next st; repeat from * 4 (5) more times; sc in next 7 sts; dfpdc in next st; sc in last 5 sts.  Turn.


Row 26:  As Row 2.
Row 27:  Ch1, sc in same and next 3 sts; dfpdc in next st; *sc in next 9 sts; dfpdc in next st; sc in next 3 sts; dfpdc in next st; repeat from * 4 (5) more times; sc in next 9 sts; dfpdc in next st; sc in last 4 sts.  Turn.
Row 28:  As Row 2.
Row 29:  Ch1, sc in same st and next 2 sts; dfpdc in next st; *sc in next 11 sts, dfpdc in next st; sc in next st; dfpdc in next st; repeat from * 4 (5) more times; sc in next 11 sts; dfpdc in next st; sc in last 3 sts.  Turn.
Row 30:  As Row 2.
Row 31:  Repeat Row 3.  Turn.
Row 32: As Row 2.
Continue to repeat the diamond pattern from Row 5 to Row 32 as many times as you need to for your desired length.  Change to any contrasting colour on the last stitch of the last row.  


Note:  If you have worked in stripes, as I did, it would be good to weave in the long ends from changing colours at this point.


Border:


Using your chosen contrasting colour  (Lemon is used in the pictured blanket), Ch1, work (sc, ch2, sc) into the corner stitch, then work sc evenly down the side of the blanket, into the ends of the rows.


*Important note*:  if you work into the end of *every* row, you will find that the edge “frills”. Instead, work 1 sc into the end of 2 rows, then skip a row; *sc into end of next 2 rows, sk 1 row; repeating from * to the end of the blanket side.  (Sc, ch2, sc) in next corner; sc along the bottom edge of blanket.  (Sc, ch2, sc) in next corner then work up the other side of the blanket, working *sc into end of next 2 rows, sk 1 row; repeating from * to the end of this blanket side.  (Sc, ch2, sc) into the next corner, then sc along the top edge of the blanket, working a slip stitch into the beg sc to finish off the row.


Next Row:


Ch1, work in sc around the 4 edges of the blanket once more, this time working (sc, ch2, sc) into the corners and 1 sc into *every* stitch from the previous row.  


Fasten off and weave in your ends.
© AG Handmades 2015


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