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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

RAR Blanket CAL: Part 9

Hello Rainbow CAL-ers and welcome to the 9th and FINAL part of the Over the Rainbow Blanketj-CAL which I am hosting alongside Andrea of Kokopelli (Link to Andrea's Post:  PART 9)

This week we will be crocheting a neat little border around our blankets.



PREVIOUS POSTS:

Introduction

Layout

Part 1
Traditional Granny Squares

Part 2
Wheel of Time Squares

Part 3
Over the Rainbow Squares

Part 4
Bring Me Flowers Squares

Part 5
Some Days are Diamonds Squares

Part 6
Ribbons of Hope Vertical Stripe

Part 7 
Cobbled Pathways Vertical Stripe

Part 8
Horizontal Stripes




NOTE:  Links to all CAL-related posts can be found in the "Files" on the Zooty Owl Crochet-a-long FACEBOOK GROUP

(Please join the Crochet-a-long Facebook Group if you are participating in my CALS.    Share your photos, ask questions, help fellow CAL-ers and make some new crochet friends!)

It is not too late to join in - the patterns will remain on my blog.

Happy hooking!!!

BORDER AND EDGING

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)

ZOOTY’S TIP:  I use a hook 1 size smaller (5.00mm;  H/8 US or 6 CANADIAN) to work my border and edging.   Individual tension may affect the “straightness” of the border. 

NOTE:  Gauge is not too important with this project. 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 project.

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

Border and Edging is worked on the RS of your work.

IMPORTANT:  Read through pattern before starting to crochet. 

SPECIAL STITCHES:

Rsc - reverse single crochet or Crab stitch: with right side facing, insert the hook, from front to back, in the next stitch to the right, grab yarn and draw through under the first loop, yo and draw the yarn through the 2 loops on the hook

Dc Spike – double crochet spike "Explanation and How to"

STITCH COUNTS
To obtain a straight border each corner space counts as 1 stitch.    Each join counts as 1 stitch.
It is essential that you have an even number stitch count at the end of Border Round 1.

Stitch counts must match for the right side and left side.    Stitch counts must match for the top and the bottom.

After you have worked the border along the top of the blanket, lay your work flat. 

If you have any “wave” you will need to reduce your stitch count (remove an even number of stitches by removing evenly spaced stitches worked into joins).     If you find your work is “puckering” you will need to increase your stitch count (increase by an even number of stitches by working an additional stitch into evenly spaced joins).

Make sure you duplicate any increase or decrease of sts when working along the bottom of the blanket, as top and bottom stitch count should be the same.

Repeat the process after you have worked along the left side of the blanket.   Make sure you duplicate any increase or decrease along the right side of the blanket, as stitch count for each side should be the same.

Round 1:  With RS facing, work a standing dc into the top right hand corner 2ch of the blanket, work (1dc, 2ch, 2dc) into same 2ch sp, working along the top of the blanket, first square 1dc into every st, 1dc into corner, vertical stripes, 1dc around post of sc row, *2 dc around next dc post, 1 around next dc post* rep from *to* around posts of all edge stitches ending with 1dc in last row, 1trc into loop of join, second square 1dc into corner, 1dc into every st, 1dc into corner, 1trc into loop of join, center panel, 1dc into each stitch, 1trc into loop of join, third square, 1dc into corner, 1dc into each st, 1dc in corner, 1trc into loop of join;

vertical stripe:  **1dc around post of first row, 2dc around post of next row** repeat from **to** around posts of the rest of the edge stitches, ending with 2dc around post of last dc row, 1 dc around post of sc row, last square, 1dc in corner, 1dc in each st across to the top left hand corner (2dc, 2ch, 2dc).

Continue down left side of the blanket, work 1dc into the top of each st, when you reach a corner on a square 1dc into corner, 1trc into loop of  join, 1dc into corner on next square.   Repeat across all squares.  (2dc, 2ch, 2dc) into bottom left hand corner.

Work along the bottom repeating instructions as for top.

Work up right side repeating instructions as for left side and end with a sl st into standing dc, fasten off.

Round 2:  Work a standing dc into any dc on any side.  1dc into each dc along all four sides;  (2dc, 2ch, 2dc) into each 2ch corner.   Ending with a sl st into standing dc.   Fasten off yarn.

Round 3:  Work a standing dc in top right hand corner 2ch;  (1dc, 2ch, 2dc) into same 2ch,  *skip 1sp, 2dc into next sp (you are skipping 2dc each time)* repeat *to* to next 2ch corner (2dc, 2ch, 2dc).  Repeat along all four sides ending with a sl st into standing dc.  Fasten off yarn.

Note: all 1dc spike in Round 4 are worked into corner 2ch and spaces of Round 2



Round 4:.  Work a standing dc in top right hand corner 2ch sp.  (1dc spike, 2ch, 1dc spike) into corner 2ch of Round 2, 1dc into corner 2ch *skip 2dc, 1dc into space between 2dc group, 1dc spike into sp between dc of Round 2* repeat *to* to next corner, 1dc into 2ch corner, (1dc spike, 2ch, 1dc spike) into corner space of Round 2, 1dc into 2ch corner.   Repeat along all four sides omiting last corner.  Sl st into standing dc.  Fasten off yarn.

Round 5:  Join yarn in any dc, ch 1, work a rsc into each dc.   Into each corner 2ch space work 3rsc.   Sl st into first rsc.   Fasten off yarn.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

RAR Blanket CAL: Part 8

Hello Rainbow CAL-ers and welcome to Part 8 of the Rainbows After the Rain Blanket CAL (which I am hosting with Andrea of Kokopelli.

While reorganizing my craft room two weeks ago I pulled out a few odds of  DK blended yarns to make a blanket based on the RAR layout.


Yarns used:   Stylecraft Batik, Stylecraft Life;  Elle Rustica;  Stylecraft Alpaca Tweed and Elle Classic Wool (acrylic / wool blends) and Elle Cotton Fleck (acrylic / cotton blend)

Hook size 4mm.

Colours:   Reds, Browns, Camel, Teals, Black, Grey, and Blues 

I replaced the Some Days Are Diamonds squares with 4 round traditional granny squares;   the Bring Me Flowers Squares with 4 round solid grannies;   and the Over the Rainbow squares with large granny squares.


As long as the replacement squares are the same size and have the same end stitch count it is very easy to fit them into the design.

Part 8 is the penultimate instalment of the Rainbows After the Rain Blanket CAL.   This week we will be completing the centre panel (Over the Rainbow Squares and stripes) and joining all the panels together.  


Link to Andrea's Post:  PART 8

Still to follow:   Part 9 (Final) -  5 September 2017.   Border and edging.

NOTE:  Links to all CAL-related posts can be found in the "Files" on the Zooty Owl Crochet-a-long FACEBOOK GROUP

(Please join the Crochet-a-long Facebook Group if you are participating in the CAL.    Share your photos, ask questions, help fellow CAL-ers and make some new crochet friends!)

It is not too late to join in - the patterns will remain on my blog.

Happy hooking!!!

HORIZONTAL STRIPES & JOINING

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)

NOTE:  Gauge is not too important with this project. 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 project. 

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

STRIPES are worked alternating right side and wrong side of your work.

IMPORTANT:  Read through pattern before starting to crochet. 

Step 1:

Following the Rainbows After the Rain Blanket Layout decide on the placement of your two Over the Rainbow Squares.    We will refer to the two squares as “top square” (TS) and “bottom square” (BS).   This distinction is particularly important where you have a specific colour placement.

2 sets of stripes are crocheted onto each Over the Rainbow Square, giving you two short panels which are then joined together to form the centre panel.

To obtain a straight border each corner space counts as 1 stitch

Stitch Count :  (1ch, 2dc) corner + 33dc (side) + (2dc, 1ch) corner = 39sts

Onto the top and bottom of each square work Rows 1 to 8 in your own colourway

Row 1:  Join yarn in 2ch corner of WS with a standing dc.  1dc into each of next 37sts; 1dc into corner 2ch.  Fasten off.   Turn work

Stitch Count:  39dc

Row 2:  Join yarn in 1st dc on RS with a standing dc.  1dc into each of next 38sts.  Fasten off.  Turn work.

Rows 3 – 8:  Repeat Row 2 (continuing to alternate between RS and WS).

NOTE:  If you are not changing colour do not fasten off but use 3ch to count as 1st dc at beg of next row


Step 2:

JOINING:  We will be using my VISIBLE JOIN METHOD which is explained in more detail HERE.  The VISIBLE JOIN is a very forgiving joining method, which gives you a pretty “stitched” look on the right side of your work.  (This join is especially useful when joining squares with uneven stitch counts or for crocheters with uneven tension).

With RS of panels facing inward and working on WS join Row 8 of top stripe of BS to Row 8 of bottom stripe of TS (i.e join the middle stripes)

Join yarn with a standing sc through the first dc of both panels.  3ch; skip next 2dc, 1sc into next sp between dc, 3ch;  *skip 3dc posts, 1sc into next sp between dc, 3ch* repeat *to* 10 times more;   skip 2dc, working final sc into last dc of both panels of 8th row.


Step 3:

It is important to ensure that your centre panel lines up exactly as follows:

1st 8 horizontal stripes – line up with 1st 10cm square

Over the Rainbow Square (BS) – lines up with 10cm squares 2, 3 and 4

8 top horizontal stripes on BS – line up with 10cm square 5

8 bottom horizontal stripes on TS – line up with 10cm square 6

Over the Rainbow Square (TS) – lines up with 10cm squares 7, 8 and 9

Last 8 horizontal stripes – line up with 10cm square 10.

To obtain a stitch count equal to that of the side panels, we will crochet a single crochet foundation row along both sides of the centre panel.

NOTE:  In the foundation row as well as working into the sts of the “Over the Rainbow Squares” you will also be working along the sides of the horizontal stripes panels.   The sc will be worked around the “dc post” stitches at the end of each row.

Foundation Row:  Join yarn with a standing sc around dc post of 1st horizotal row.   *2sc around next dc post* repeat *to* twice more;  1sc around next dc post;  *2sc around next dc post* repeat *to* twice more (14sts)

1sc into each of next 39 stitches

1sc around dc post of next horizontal row.   *2sc around next dc post* repeat *to* twice more;  1sc around next dc post;  *2sc around next dc post* repeat *to* twice more (14sts)

*2sc around next dc post* repeat *to* twice more;  1sc around next dc post;  *2sc around next dc post* repeat *to* twice more;  1sc around next dc post (14sts)

1 sc into each of next 39 stitches

*2sc around next dc post* repeat *to* twice more;  1sc around next dc post;  *2sc around next dc post* repeat *to* twice more;  1sc around next dc post (14sts)

Stitch count:  14 + 39 + 14 + 14 + 39 + 14 = 134

*Repeat on opposite side

Step 4:

With RS of panels facing inward join the Some Days are Diamonds Panel to the centre panel, Join yarn in 1st sc of foundation row with a standing sc through both panels.  *2ch; skip next sc, 1sc into next sc* repeat *to* to end, working final sc into last sc of foundation row.

Step 5:

With RS of panels facing inward join the Bring Me Flowers Panel to the centre panel, Join yarn in 1st sc of foundation row with a standing sc through both panels.  *2ch; skip next sc, 1sc into next sc* repeat *to* to end, working final sc into last sc of foundation row.

Step 6:

With RS of Panels facing inward join the foundation row of the Vertical Granny Strip to the foundation row of the Some Days Are Diamonds strip.   Join yarn in 1st sc of foundation row with a standing sc through both panels.  *2ch; skip next sc, 1sc into next sc* repeat *to* to end, working final sc into last sc of foundation row.

Step 7:

With RS of Panels facing inward join the foundation row of the Vertical Cobbled Pathways Stripe to the foundation row of the Bring Me Flowers strip.   Join yarn in 1st sc of foundation row with a standing sc through both panels.  *2ch; skip next sc, 1sc into next sc* repeat *to* to end, working final sc into last sc of foundation row.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

RAR Blanket CAL: Part 7

Hello Rainbow CAL-ers and welcome to Part 7 of the Rainbows After the Rain Blanket CAL (which I am hosting with Andrea of Kokopelli.


Part 6 was the final "instalment" of the Poncho CAL, but we have quite a bit of work to still complete on the Blanket.


This week we will be joining the Traditional Granny Squares, the Some Days are Diamond Squares and the Bring Me Flowers Squares, as well as crocheting a striped panel onto the joined granny square strip. 


 Link to Andrea's Post:  Part 7


Still to follow:

Part 8:  22 August 2017 - Over the Rainbow Centre Panel.    Join panels from Part 6 and Part 7 together.

Part 9 (Final):  5 September 2017.   Border and edging.

NOTE:  Links to all CAL-related posts can be found in the "Files" on the Zooty Owl Crochet-a-long FACEBOOK GROUP

(Please join the Crochet-a-long Facebook Group if you are participating in the CAL.    Share your photos, ask questions, help fellow CAL-ers and make some new crochet friends!)
 
It is not too late to join in - the patterns will remain on my blog.

Happy hooking!!!



COBBLED PATHWAYS:  VERTICAL STRIPE
 

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)


NOTE:  Gauge is not too important with this project. 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 project.  


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


STRIPES are worked alternating right side and wrong side of your work.


IMPORTANT:  Read through pattern before starting to crochet.   


Joining:  We will be using my VISIBLE JOIN METHOD which is explained in more detail HERE.  The VISIBLE JOIN is a very forgiving joining method, which gives you a pretty “stitched” look on the right side of your work.  (This join is especially useful when joining squares with uneven stitch counts or for crocheters with uneven tension).


STEP 1:


Join the 5 Traditional Granny Squares into a strip


Granny Strip = 5 x Traditional Granny Squares (20cm x 20cm)


To obtain a straight border each corner space counts as 1 stitch


Stitch Count:  (1ch + 3dc) corner + 18dc (side) + (3dc + 1ch) corner = 26sts per square


When joining these squares, crochet the sc of the join between your 3dc “granny” groups; 
 

NOTE:   1 Foundation row of sc and 8 x rows of Cobbled Pathways Stripes are worked along the Right Side of the Grannies Strip (this is especially important if you have a specific colour order!!)
 

COBBLED PATHWAYS STRIPE
 

Foundation Row:   With RS facing work a standing sc into the corner 2ch of the first square in the strip; sk first st, *work 1sc into the top of each st to next corner, 1sc into corner, 1dc into loop of join, 1sc into corner on next square,* repeat from *to* across all squares, ending with sc in last 2ch corner. Fasten off yarn.

Stitch Count:  129sc and 4dc = 133sts


Row 1:  With RS facing join yarn with a standing dc in beginning sc;  1dc into same sc;  skip 1st, 2dc into next sc;  *skip 1st, 2dc into next sc* repeat *to* 64 times more.  Fasten off yarn.  Turn work.
 

Stitch Count:  67 x 2dc groups

Row 2:  With WS facing join yarn in beginning dc;  4ch (counts as 1dc, 1ch);  *2dc into next space between 2dc groups* repeat *to* 65 times more; 1ch, skip 1dc, 1dc into last dc.   Fasten off yarn.  Turn work.


Stitch count:  1dc, 1ch;  66 x 2dc groups;  1ch, 1dc (134dc and 2 x 1ch spaces)

Row 3:  With RS facing work a standing dc in beginning dc of previous row;  1dc into same st as join, skip 1ch space, *2dc into next space between 2dc groups* repeat *to* 64 times more, skip 1ch sp, work 2dc into the top of the 3ch (or standing dc).  Fasten off yarn.   Turn work.
 

Stitch count:  67 x 2dc groups (134dc)

Row 4:  Repeat Row 2
Row 5:  Repeat Row 3
Row 6:  Repeat Row 2
Row 7:  Repeat Row 3
Row 8:  Repeat Row 2


STEP 2:


Join the 10 “Bring Me Flowers” Squares into a strip


Flowers Strip = 10 x Bring Me Flowers Squares (10cm x 10cm)


To obtain a straight border each corner space counts as 1 stitch


Stitch Count  : (1ch + 3trc) corner + 6dc (side) + (3trc + 1ch) corner = 14 stitches


When joining these squares, crochet the sc of the join between your 3dc “granny” groups.


NOTE:   1 Foundation row of sc is worked along both sides of the Flowers Strip.  This is done to even your stitch count to match the 20cm x 2cm squares strips


Foundation Row:  With RS facing work a standing sc into the corner 3ch of the first square in the strip, 1sc into each of next 12 stitches, 1sc into corner, *1dc into loop of join, 1sc into corner on next square, sk 1st, 1sc into each of next 10st, skip next st, 1sc into corner* repeat *to* 7 times more working 1sc more into corner on last repeat; 1dc into loop of join, 1sc into corner on next square, 1sc into each of next 12 sts, 1sc into corner


Stitch Count:  125sc and 9dc = 134sts


STEP 3:


Join the 10 “Some Days are Diamonds” Squares into a strip


Diamonds Strip = 10 x Some Days Are Diamonds Squares (10cm x 10cm)


To obtain a straight border each corner space counts as 1 stitch


Stitch Count  :  (1ch + 3dc) corner + 6dc (side) + (3dc + 1ch) corner = 14 stitches


When joining these squares, crochet the sc of the join between your 3dc “granny” groups.


NOTE:   1 Foundation row of sc is worked along both sides of the Diamonds Strip.   This is done to even your stitch count to match the 20cm x 2cm squares strips.


Foundation Row:  With RS facing work a standing sc into the corner 3ch of the first square in the strip, 1sc into each of next 12 stitches, 1sc into corner, *1dc into loop of join, 1sc into corner on next square, sk 1st, 1sc into each of next 10st, skip next st, 1sc into corner* repeat *to* 7 times more working 1sc more into corner on last repeat; 1dc into loop of join, 1sc into corner on next square, 1sc into each of next 12 sts, 1sc into corner


Stitch Count:  125sc and 9dc = 134sts


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

RAINBOWS AFTER THE RAIN: 3

Hi there Zooty Owl CAL-ers and welcome to Part 3 of our Rainbows After the Rain (RAR) CAL, which I am hosting along with Andrea of KOKOPELLI

Your squares are all looking pretty amazing so far - and I can almost not wait to see the finished projects!

If you are new to the CAL please read the following posts first:

INTRODUCTION
RAINBOWS AFTER THE RAIN: 1
RAINBOWS AFTER THE RAIN: 2

For Part 3 of the RAINBOWS AFTER THE RAIN CAL (Poncho & Blanket) we will be making OVER THE RAINBOW SQUARES

"Take a little time baby
See the butterflies' colors
Listen to the birds that were sent
To sing for me and you
Can you feel me
This is such a wonderful place to be
Even if there is pain now
Everything would be all right
For as long as the world still turns
There will be night and day
Can you hear me
There's a rainbow always after the rain"

South Border "Rainbow"

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

The OVER THE RAINBOW SQUARE is exactly the same for both the Blanket and the Poncho - 30cm x 30cm.   

OVER THE RAINBOW SQUARE (3)

KOKOPELLI'S POST FOR PART 3

Please join our Facebook Group if you are joining in as all new and previous links can be found in the ZOOTY OWL CROCHET-A-LONG GROUP FILES

RAR BLANKET & PONCHO: PART 3

OVER THE RAINBOW SQUARE

FOR THE BLANKET - MAKE 2
FOR THE PONCHO – MAKE 4


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 30cm x 30cm (12 inches x 12 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 BLANKET or PONCHO layout, simply repeat the final round of the pattern until the square measures 30cm x 30cm (12 inches x 12 inches).  Gauge is not too important with this project. 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 project.
 
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:  Make a MAGIC RING or crochet 3ch, sl st into 3rd chain from hook to form a ring

Round 1:  3ch (counts as 1dc), 11 dc into ring, sl st into 3rd of beginning ch to close.   Break off yarn.
Stitch count:  12dc

Round 2:  Join yarn in top of any dc, 5ch (counts as 1dc, 2ch);  *1dc into next dc, 2ch* repeat *to* 10 times more.  Sl st into 3rd of beginning ch to close.  Break off yarn.
Stitch count:  12 x 1dc, 2ch

Round 3:  Join yarn in any 2ch sp.  3ch (counts as 1dc), 2dc into same sp as join;  *3dc into next 2ch sp* repeat *to* 10 times more.  Sl st into 3rd of beginning ch to close.  Break off yarn.
Stitch count:  12 x 3dc groups.


NOTE:  In Rounds 4 to 8 your circle will increase by 12sts each round.    The increase is worked alternatively into the centre stitch or centre space of the stitches between fpdc posts on each group.

Round 4:  Join yarn in 2nd dc of any 3dc group.   3ch (counts as 1dc), 1dc into same dc as join, 1fpdc around next dc of (third of 3dc group), 2ch;  *into next 3dc group:  1fpdc around 1st dc, 2dc into 2nd dc, 1fpdc around 3rd dc, 2ch* repeat *to* 10 times more;  1fpdc around 1st dc of beginning 3dc group.   Sl st into 3rd of beginning ch to close.  Break off yarn.
Stitch count: 12 x (1fpdc, 2dc, 1fpdc) groups and 12 x 2ch spaces


Round 5:  Join yarn in middle space between the 2dc of any group.   3ch (counts as 1dc), 2dc into same sp as join, 1fpdc around next fpdc, 2ch;  *1fpdc around fpdc of next group, 3dc into space between 2dc, 1fpdc around next fpdc, 2ch* repeat *to* 10 times more;  1fpdc around fpdc of beginning group.   Sl st into 3rd of beginning ch to close.  Break off yarn.
Stitch count:  12 x (1fpdc, 3dc, 1fpdc) groups and 12 x 2ch spaces.




Round 6:  Join yarn in 2nd dc of any group.   3ch (counts as 1dc), 3dc into same dc as join, 1fpdc around fpdc, 2ch;  *1fpdc around fpdc of next group, 4dc into 2nd of 3dc, 1fpdc around next fpdc, 2ch* repeat *to* 10 x more;  1fpdc around fpdc of beginning group.   Sl st into 3rd of beginning ch to close.  Break off yarn.
Stitch count:  12 x (1fpdc, 4dc, 1fpdc) groups and 12 x 2ch spaces


Round 7:  Join yarn in the middle sp of the 4dc of any group.   3ch (counts as 1dc), 4dc into same sp as join, 1fpdc around next fpdc, 2ch;  *1fpdc around fpdc of next group, 5dc into centre sp of next 4dc, 1fpdc around next  fpdc, 2ch* repeat *to* 10 times more;  1fpdc around fpdc of beginning group.   Sl st into 3rd of beginning ch to close.  Break off yarn.
Stitch count:  12 x (1fpdc, 5dc, 1fpdc) groups and 12 x 2ch spaces.


Round 8:  Join yarn in 3rd dc of any group.   3ch (counts as 1dc), 5dc into same dc as join, 1fpdc around fpdc, 2ch;  *1fpdc around fpdc of next group, 6dc into 3rd of 5dc, 1fpdc around next fpdc, 2ch* repeat *to* 10 times more;  1fpdc around fpdc of beginning group.   Sl st into 3rd of beginning ch to close.  Break off yarn.
Stitch count:  12 x (1fpdc, 6dc, 1fpdc) groups and 12 x 2ch spaces.


Round 9:  Join yarn in middle sp of 6dc group (between 3rd and 4th dc)  3ch (counts as 1dc), 5dc into same dc as join, 1fpdc around fpdc, 2ch;  *1fpdc around fpdc of next group, 6dc into middle sp of 6dc, 1fpdc around next fpdc, 2ch* repeat *to* 10 times more;  1fpdc around fpdc of beginning group.   Sl st into 3rd of beginning ch to close.  Break off yarn.
Stitch count:  12 x (1fpdc, 6dc, 1fpdc) groups and 12 x 2ch spaces


Round 10:  Join yarn in 1st dc of any 6dc group.  3ch (counts as 1dc), 1dc into each of next 2dc, 1ch, 1dc into each of next 3dc, 1fpdc around fpdc, 2ch; *1fpdc around fpdc of next group, 1dc into each of next 3dc, 1ch, 1dc into each of next 3dc, 1fpdc around next fpdc, 2ch* repeat *to* 10 times more;  1fpdc around fpdc of beginning group.   Sl st into 3rd of beginning ch to close.  Break off yarn.
Stitch count:  12 x (1fpdc, 3dc, 1ch, 3dc, 1fpdc) groups and 12 x 2ch spaces


Round 11:  Join yarn in any 1ch sp.  2ch (counts as 1hdc), 2hdc into same 1ch sp, 3ch;  1fptrc around fpdc, 3ch, 1fptrc around fpdc; *3ch, 3hdc into next 1ch sp, 3ch;  1fptrc around fpdc, 3ch, 1fptrc around fpdc* repeat *to* 10 times more.   3ch, sl st into 2nd of beginning ch to close.   Break off yarn.
Stitch count:  12 x (1fptrc, 3ch, 3hdc, 3ch, 1fptrc) groups and 12 x 3ch spaces


In the next round corners will be added to start making it square.

Round 12:  Join yarn in any 3ch sp between 2 fptrc posts.   3ch, 1trc (counts as 2trc tog), 2ch, 2trc tog, 3ch, 2trc tog, 2ch, 2trc tog, into same 3ch sp as join, 2ch; *3trc tog into next 3ch sp, 2ch;  3dc tog into next 3ch sp, 2ch;  3hdc into next 3ch sp, 2ch;  (3sc into next 3ch sp, 2ch) x2; 3hdc into next 3ch sp, 2ch;  3dc tog into next 3ch sp, 2ch;  3trc tog into next 3ch sp, 2ch; (2trc tog, 2ch, 2trc tog, 3ch, 2trc tog, 2ch, 2trc tog) into next 3ch sp, corner made, 2ch* repeat *to* three times more omitting the last corner and 2ch.   Sl st into top of beginning 2trc tog to close.  Break off yarn.
Stitch count:  (2trc tog, 2ch, 2trc tog, 3ch, 2trc tog, 2ch, 2trc tog) into each corner.  
(2 x 3trc tog; 2 x 3dc tog;  6hdc, 6sc and 9 x 2ch spaces) on each side.


Round 13:  Join yarn in any 3ch corner sp.  3ch (counts as 1dc), 4dc into same 3ch sp as join;  *(2dc into next 2ch sp) x2, (3hdc into next 2ch sp) x2;  (3sc into next 2ch sp) x3;  (3hdc into next 2ch sp) x2;  (2dc into next 2ch sp) x2;  5dc into 3ch corner sp* repeat *to* three times more omitting the last 5dc on last repeat.  Sl st into 3rd of beginning ch to close.   Break off yarn.
Stitch count:   5dc in each corner.   29sts (8dc, 12hdc and 9sc) on each side.


Round 14:  Join yarn in 3rd dc of corner 5dc,  3ch (counts as 1dc), 1dc, 2ch, 2dc into same dc, *1dc into each of next 33sts, (2dc, 2ch, 2dc) into next dc, corner made* repeat *to* 3 times more omitting  corner at the end of last repeat. Sl st into 3rd of beginning ch to close.  Break off yarn.
Stitch count:  (2dc, 2ch, 2dc) in each corner.   33dc on each side.

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 some of the Poncho and Blanket Patterns will be published separately, as there are small variations in the squares. 

All new and previous links can be found in the ZOOTY OWL CROCHET-A-LONG 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!