Friday, 28 August 2015

MICQ BLANKET – 3 and 4




MICQ BLANKET – 3 and 4

So as I’ve said before in my first write up for the MICQ Blanket – 1 , this  event is one involving all Indian crocheters in a beautiful event – to try and make the largest Crochet blanket and enter the Guiness Book of World Records.  

We have named our group Mother India Crochet Queens with the catchy acronym MICQ.
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There are so many charts on the internet, so using some of them for inspiration for the centre of the blanket, these are my notes on what I’ve done.  Todays’ two creations have been inspired by a lovely set of Lindt Excellence chocolates that my son recently gifted me.  So a dark chocolate and mint ; and then a dark chocolate + raspberry and dark chocolate + orange combination.. what do you think?
Coincidentally, the yarns for this set have also been sponsored by him!  J

Materials used : Today I’ve used our lovely Indian 4-ply acrylic yarn with a 5 mm crochet hook

Stitches used :

Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

dc 4-tog : Double crochet 4-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 4 times (5 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 4-tog made.

OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF6OkNL5rY4
OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6979knxSLKM

How to join granny squares :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUGb9pIcsXE


How to single crochet join :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmYEsHlgQ30

How to carry your yarn along when using more than one colour :  http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-carry-yarn-in-crochet.html


Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                       sp : Space                                 
sl-st : Slip stitch                                              ch : Chain
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                              hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                               sk : skip
hdc : Half Double Crochet                             dc 4-tog : Double crochet 4-tog


I’ve used three coloured yarns for this little granny square, but one can do the whole thing in one colour.  I am not going to write when we change colours, as this is where our creativity comes in… so enjoy and change when it suits you.


MICQ BLANKET 3 INSTRUCTIONS

Start with a magic circle and 16 dc in that circle. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. Pull lightly to close the circle.

Round 1 :  dc in the 1st dc ; * ch 2, dc in the next dc* ; 
rep *to* all the way around ; ch 2 and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 2 :  sl-st into the 1st ch-2 sp ; 3 dc in same the ch-2 sp ; 
* ch 1, sk next dc , 3 dc in the next ch-2 sp* ; 
rep *to* all the way around ; ch 1 , sk next dc and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 3 :  sl-st in the 1st 2 dc ; sc in the next ch-1 sp ; 
(ch 3, sk next 3 dc , sc in the next ch-1 sp) ; 
*[ch 6, sk next 3 dc , sc in the next ch-1 sp] ; rep (to) 3 times ; 
rep *to* 2 times ; rep [to] once ; rep (to) 2 times , and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

For the purpose of making this square a granny square for the centre, I’ve altered the pattern per chart just a little bit. So here’s the small tweak with an additional ch-1.

Round 4 :  sl-st in the 1st ch-3 sp ;  3 dc in the same 1st ch-3 sp ; 
(ch 1, 5 dc in the next ch-6 sp ; ch 2 , 5 dc in the same ch-6 sp) ; 
* [ch 1, 3 dc in the next ch-3 sp]  rep [to] 2 times ; rep (to) once* ; 
rep *to* all the way around ; ch 1 and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.


Fasten off and weave in ends.

We’ve completed our first square which measures 6” square.

I’ve made three more like this, and then joined them up first, before doing the outer portion of the blanket.
So let’s go off and finish that off and we’ll meet back here in a bit for the joining bit.

Now once you’ve got your four 6” squares, join them up using one of the join methods given above. 

I used this new method for joining, as it gave me the neat 3 dc’s start that I needed. http://carinascraftblog.wardi.dk/2009/06/granny-square-joining-tutorial.html

Then it’s the simple case of doing the regular 3 dc in each ch-sp and (3 dc ; ch 2, 3 dc) for each corner till you get the square for the size you desire.  In the case of our MICQ challenge, we’re working it till we have a 40” x 40” square.. so off we go.

And though we’ve not got the centre this way, just so you can see what the 3 dc in each ch-sp and the corners look like, here’s the chart.




MICQ BLANKET 4 INSTRUCTIONS

For our next 40” x 40” blanket, we’re going to do a centre large granny square and then work the sides up as we have for Blanket 3.  Ready, set .. hook on..

Start with a magic circle and 16 sc in that circle. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. Pull lightly to close the circle.

Round 1 :  sc in the 1st sc ; * ch 3, sk next sc, sc in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* 6 times ; ch 1 and hdc to the 1st sc.
(You are now in the centre of that last ch-3 sp)

Round 2 :  sc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; * ch 5, sk next sc, sc in the next ch-3 sp* ; 
rep *to* 6 times ; ch 1 and dc to the 1st sc.
(You are now in the centre of that last ch-5 sp)

Round 3 :  sc in the 1st ch-5 sp ; * ch 6, sk next sc, sc in the next ch-5 sp* ; 
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 4 :  sl-st in the 1st ch-6 sp ; (sc, hdc , 5 dc , hdc, sc) all in the next ch-6 sp ; 
*sk next sc, rep (to) in the next ch-6 sp* ; 
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Now in this round, we’re going to do our sc’s in the space between the 2 sc’s.  These are the 2 sc’s that are the 1st and last st of each ch-6 sps.  Got it?  So this is what I mean in the sc-sp.

Round 5 :  sc in the 1st sc-sp
*ch 2, sk next 4 sts, dc in the next dc ; ch 5, dc in the same dc ; ch 2, sk next 4 sts, sc in the next sc-sp*
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

In the following round, we’ll use our dc 4-tog.
Round 6 :  dc 4-tog in the 1st sc ;
[ch 5, sk next dc, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; ch 5, sc in the same ch-5 sp] ;
*(ch 5, sk next dc, dc 4-tog in the next sc ; ch 5, sk next dc, sc in the next ch-5 sp) ; 
ch 5, sk next dc, dc 4-tog in the next sc ; rep [to] once* ; 
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 7 :  sc in the 1st dc 4-tog
*ch 5, sk next ch-5 sp, (3 dc in the corner ch-5 sp ; ch 5, 3 dc in the same ch 5 sp) ; 
ch 5, sc on top of the next dc 4-tog ; 
[5 sc in the next ch-5 sp ; sc in the next sc ; 5 sc in the next ch-5 sp] ; 
sc on top of the next dc 4-tog* ; 
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 8 :  sl-st in the 1st ch-5 sp, sc in the same 1st ch-5 sp
*ch 5, dc in the next 3 dc, 
[3 dc in the next ch-5 sp ; ch 5, 3 dc in the same ch-5 sp] ; 
dc in the next 3 dc ; ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; 
(ch 5, sk next 3 sc, sc in the next sc ; ch 5, sk next 4 sc, sc in the next sc ; 
ch 5, sk next 3 sc, sc in the next ch-5 sp)* ; 
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 9 :  sl-st in the 1st ch-5 sp, and till the next dc
* dc in the next 6 dc,  3 dc in the next ch-5 sp ; ch 5, 3 dc in the same ch-5 sp ; dc in the next 6 dc ; ch 5, sk next ch-5 sp, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; 
(ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp) ; rep (to) once ; ch 5, sk next ch-5 sp* ; 
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.


Now in the original pattern, we’ve got a ch-5 corner sp.  For the purpose of our square here in this MICQ blanket, I’m changing that to a ch-3 sp

Round 10 :  * dc in the next 9 dc,  3 dc in the next ch-5 sp ; ch 3, 3 dc in the same ch-5 sp ; dc in the next 9 dc ; sc in the next ch-5 sp ; (ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp) ; rep (to) 2 times* ; 
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 11 :  dc in the 1st 3 dc, *(ch 1, sk next dc, dc in the next 3 dc),  
rep (to) 2 times ; 
[ch 1, 2 dc in the corner ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 2 dc in the same ch-3 sp] ; 
rep (to) 3 times ; 
{ch 1, sk next sc, 3 sc in the next ch-5 sp} ; 
rep {to} 2 times* ; 
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

This piece now measures 12” x 12”.  Fasten off and weave in ends.





So here are our options for the MICQ blanket :
a)   You could continue on here with a regular blanket pattern doing a set of 3 dc in each ch-1 sp and then the [ch 1, 2 dc in the corner ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 2 dc in the same ch-3 sp] in each corner till you reach the required 40” x 40”
b)   You could make 9 of these pieces which will then make this centre piece 36” x 36”, and then you could just do 2” all around (to complete the required 4”) to make the 40” x 40” blanket.

For option (B), join these centre pieces first and then do the regular stitch all around to complete your blanket.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

 You now have several choices for your blanket.. and whatever you choose to do, you will have one really cute project at the end of it all J

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