For those joining in now (or for those who are a little behind) here are the links to the previous posts:
WEEK 1 - RAINBOWS AND DAISIES SQUARES
WEEK 2 - RAINBOW HALF GRANNY SQUARES
WEEK 3 - THE FIRST STRIPES
WEEK 4 - CIRCLES IN SQUARES
WEEK 5 - ZOOTY OWL SQUARE
WEEK 6 - ITS STARTING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE A BABY GROOVYGHAN
WEEK 7 - POPCORN FLOWER SQUARES
WEEK 8 - TRADITIONAL GRANNY SQUARES
This is what my Baby Groovyghan looked like at the end of Week 8:
Pattern Terms: US
Yarn: Mirage 4ply
Hook Size: 3.50mm
Final Measurement: 106cm x 86cm
Yarn Quantities: White (200g); Green (100g); Pink (75g); Purple (75g); Orange (75g); Yellow (50g)
My patterns are all written in US terms. For those readers who are used to UK terms I will be including this little conversion chart in all my patterns for ease of reference.
Bottom end: Join your yarn (I used white) into the 1st dc after the corner 3ch on the bottom end of the blanket
3ch in same place as join (counts as 1dc), 1dc into the top of each dc, when you reach a corner on a block 1dc into corner, 1dc into loop of join, 1dc into corner on next block. Repeat this to the end of the row of blocks; 2dc, 3ch, 2dc into corner 3ch;
Around the first side: 1dc into the top of each dc on the side of the block; 2dc into the corner
*1dc into first dc of your first row of stripes; 2dc into the first dc on your next row of stripes; continue across the stripes alternating 1dc then 2dc into each of the following stripes;
2dc into corner of next block; 1dc into the top of each dc; 2dc into the corner*
Repeat *to* across blocks and stripes until the last dc on the top corner block, 2dc, 3ch, 2dc into corner 3ch;
Top end: 1dc into the top of each dc, when you reach a corner on a block 1dc into corner, 1dc into loop of join, 1dc into corner on next block. Repeat this to the end of the row of blocks; 2dc, 3ch, 2dc into corner 3ch
Around the second side: As for the first side. Sl st into the top of 3ch at start of bottom end.
Row 2: 3ch into same space as sl st on Row 1 (counts as 1dc); 1dc into top of each dc; into 3ch sp at corner 2dc, 3ch, 2dc. Repeat around all four sides. Sl st into top of 3ch at start to close. Break off yarn
Row 3: Join yarn in any corner 3ch sp; 6ch (counts as 1dc, 3ch), 3dc in same space as join; (skip two spaces, into third space from hook 3dc; rep to last 3dc before 3ch corner space; 3dc, 3ch, 3dc into 3ch space) x 3; skip two spaces, into third space from hook 3dc; rep to last 3dc before 3ch corner space; 2dc into 3ch sp; sl st into 3rd of 6ch to close. Break off yarn.
Row 4: Join yarn in any space between 3dc groupings; 1ch, 1sc into same space as join; (3ch, 1sc into next space between 3dc groupings) repeat until 3ch cnr space is reached; 3ch, 1sc, 3ch, 1sc into corner space. Repeat along all four sides and corners. Sl st into 1ch at start to close. Break off yarn.
Row 5: Join yarn in any 3ch sp (not a corner); 3ch (counts as 1dc), 2dc into same space as join; 3dc into each 3ch space; into corner 3ch space do 3dc, 3ch, 3dc; sl st into top of 3ch at start to close. Break off yarn.
Row 6: Repeat Row 4
Row 7: Join yarn in any 3ch space; 3ch (counts as 1dc), 1dc in same space as join, 3ch; (2dc into next 3ch sp, 3ch) repeat along all sides; into each corner 3ch space crochet 2dc, 3ch, 2dc, 3ch; all around sl st into top of 3ch space at start to close. Break off yarn.
Row 8: Join yarn with a standing sc between any two dc on any side; (standing sc = make a slip knot, insert the hook into the 3ch space, yarn over hook, pull loop to front of work; yarn over hook again, pull through both loops on your hook)
(5ch, remove loop from hook, insert hook from front to back of work through the 3ch sp, put loop back on hook and pull through to front of work through the 3ch sp, insert hook front to back through the sp between next two dc and crochet 1sc) repeat all around until last 3ch sp - follow the steps above but instead of forming the sc between the 2dc you will make a sl st into the top of the start sc
This was quite difficult to explain and so I made a little video - in slow motion - to show you how! (First attempt at a crochet video EVER! Quality is not brilliant - still a steep learning curve here)
I have finally managed to work in all the ends (seems like there were a million!!) and my blanket is ready for its grand debut!!!
This blanket has been dragged around everywhere for my little photoshoots!
It is now seriously grubby and has been tugged out of shape a bit. A gentle wash and tumble dry with those delightfully scented non-static sheets will sort that out nicely!
I love the GROOVY edging!!
The outside photoshoots etc have rendered this blanket unfit for use as a baby blanket - so it will become a display piece in my workshop.
Just look at all those lovely bright colours!
PS: Pattern was written, made and tested by me alone! If you find any bloopers please point them out and I will fix them asap!