Wednesday, 18 March 2015

MIXED BAG OF GRANNY SQUARES

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MIXED BAG OF GRANNY SQUARES 

FOR PROJECT CHEMO

I’ve been slowly building up my granny square collection for donation to the lovely project for cancer patients http://www.projectchemocrochet.com/.

This blog will be the addition for the last few squares to complete my 100 squares.  I’m so thrilled to have been associated with this project – it’s been so fulfilling and such fun discovering new and lovely squares to add to the collection.

Right at the bottom of this blog, I’ve added links for the other squares as well.

Some of the patterns used did not reach the required dimensions of 9” x 9” – so once I’d completed the square as per the original design, I just added a few more rounds following pattern of the last round (or last 2 rounds) till I got to our desired size specifications.

It is also heartening to note that when people heard I was doing this for Project Chemo, some of them have gone out of their way to share ideas, links and/or photos for this.  Thank you.

Materials used : A combination of our local Indian acrylic yarns (3-ply, 4-ply as well as Vardhaman Millenium DK ply)
General yarn info : Granny squares are usually used to make blankets - so one generally uses acrylic or wool.  However, one could use some of these patterns for other projects too - the animal faces would look lovely as the front of a bag too ;)
So you can, basically, use any yarn with a suitable hook to work these projects.


1. TEDDY BEAR GRANNY SQUARE 

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So I started making something on my own .. using a general pattern, and then found this lovely video link.. so you have fun with this one.  


2. DOG N BONE GRANNY SQUARE 

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A really cute pattern for a dog n bone.. that you’ll love even if you aren’t an animal lover.


3.FALLING STAR 

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4.SUNRISE PATTERN 

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5. SNOWFLAKE 

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In this lovely pattern, the designer has said the square is 7.5”.  As we need 9 x 9” for our present project, I increased this as follows :

So we have a last round 8 here that gives us one ch-3 sp between 14 dcs. To square this up..
Next round : dc in the 14 dcs and 1 dc in the ch-3 sp (between dc’s in the middle of your square), dc in the next 14 dcs till corner ; (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in each corner and join with a sl-st to finish off this round.

Depending on the yarn / ply you have in hand, work rounds with dc in each dc and the (to) for each corner till you have a square of 9 x 9”.


6. HEART PATTERN IN SQUARE 
Unfortunately the color choice and poor photography does not show off the lovely pattern, but trust me on this one - and do make it.

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7. CORNERED HEARTS
Fascinatingly unusual pattern... a must do
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8. HEART TO HEART AFGHAN  
A great pattern that was part of an afghan - Of course squares joined to get the afghan, so I just had to make this heart for the project as well.

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9. MYSTERY SQUARE   
Part of a mystery square pattern, just the title of the pattern ensnared me.. as it will you.
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10. GEOMETRIC PATTERN 

No no, it is not meant to be this wonky.. needs blocking J

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So in this lovely simple square, I’ve increased till I tweaked the pattern, till I have the square in the size we need.  Followed till Round 4, and then instead of decreasing, I’ve continued increasing (per pattern) for a few more rounds, before then decreasing for our present project requirement. 


11. ZIG - ZAG SQUARE 

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Now this is a pattern for a blanket, but its can easily be made up into a square.. so that’s just what I did – started with a row of fdc (foundation double crochet) and then worked the pattern accordingly.  As you can see, the pattern repeat is 12 sts + 1 


12. GRANNY SQUARE SPIRAL 

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Spirals are great for squares – they are not *that* confusing but oh my gosh, they do look like they are!  I’d just like to mention here that when working with spirals, the one major difference is that you have four (depending on how many colors you are using for your spiral) loops that stick out of your project all through.  So instead of adding the colors (as we do for regular color changes), with spirals, you “hook into” and then “hook out of” a colour when you’re done with it. So our designer has called the four colors A, B, C & D.  So starting with A, you make the magic circle, then leave a long loop in A, and add / attach B to the magic circle and then continue similarly with C & D.  So at the end of Round 1, you’ll have four colors attached to the magic circle , with four loops sticking out of it too.

Round 2 onwards, you will pick up one loop at a time, and work the stitch regimen as given per color. So you will start with A, do as indicated, leave a long loop (or attach a marker), and take hook out of A, and put into B to continue with the pattern there.

When you come to the final color (D) on each round, it may look confusing as the stitch pattern may require you to work say  in only 5 sts, and it will look like there are a lot more – These *extra* stitches are the ones you’ve just done – in the following round… so don’t worry.  It will work out.
Sounds difficult, but is not that bad.. the only thing that someone jokingly said is ensure you don’t have cats around.. especially cats that love yarn .. more so for this project! J

Following the square per pattern, I ended up with an ~4.5” x 4.5” project.  As we need a few inches more for our present project, I added a final colour – starting with the new colour in a corner space and then continuing with 2 dc’s all around in the ch-1 sps, and the same (3 dc ; ch 2, 3 dc) for our corners.


13. FRIENDSHIP RING SQUARE  

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This square , I’d say, was the perfect one for charity.. just for someone to know.. ‘you’ve got a friend’.. and we care !
In this pattern, for our Project Chemo 9” x 9” square, we can’t work the Round 4 of sc’s – so I just repeated Round 3 of dc’s all around till I reached our required dimensions.


14. INTERESTING DIAMOND SQUARE

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15. GEOMETRIC PATTERN SQUARE 

Taken from an Ondori book [Sorry no pattern link :( ]


16. GEOMETRIC PATTERN SQUARE 

Taken from an Ondori book  [Sorry no pattern link :( ]

I am really grateful to my friend Prabha, for introducing  me to this wonderful donation incentive by Project Chemo Crochet, and to Sudha, Suchitra, Padmaja and Vaibhav for carrying these squares to USA for me.

Just one set of 24 squares (for one blanket) will go a long way in spreading a smile.

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More  granny square pattern links here .. and including this blog, I think we’ve got about a hundred square patterns / ideas … Enjoy J


21 FLOWER GRANNY SQUARE PATTERNS



REALLY CUTE ANIMAL GRANNY SQUARES



CUTE KID GRANNY SQUARES



FLOWER POWER GRANNY SQUARES



JUS GRANNY SQUARES