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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

MICQ BLANKETS – 1 & 2




MICQ BLANKETS – 1 and 2

The wonderful Ms. Subashri Natarajan thought of involving all Indian crocheters in a beautiful event – to try and make the largest Crochet blanket and enter the Guinness Book of World Records.  We have named our group Mother India Crochet Queens with the catchy acronym MICQ.

The event is on in full swing and our group has quite a few hard working crocheters, full of zest, enthusiasm and pride to try and make this work. At the end of the event, we intend to distribute all the blankets to the needy.

If you are an Indian crocheter, no matter which part of the world you are in, and would like to join this event, do check in on this Facebook page for details https://www.facebook.com/groups/468779636631544/?fref=ts

We’re all going to make one metre blankets each that can then be easily counted out by the judges ; One metre being a 40” x 40” square.
Now while the easiest way to use up stash and complete a square would be the (3 dc ; ch 2, 3 dc) going around in circles (or a square) till you get the desired sized project, I thought that as these are going to be donated eventually, let’s do something a little different.

So here’s what I’ve started with.  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.

Materials used : Today I’ve used our lovely Indian Vardhaman millennium DK ply acrylic yarn with a 4.5 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.


Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                       sp : Space                                 
sl-st : Slip stitch                                              fdc : Foundation Double Crochet
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                              hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                               ch : Chain
sk : skip

MICQ BLANKET 1

So my first blanket has Tamara Kelly’s lovely magic spike mandala square in the centre.  This reminded me of our Indian flag, so if you have the right colours, then.. hey, why not..  I didn’t.  I’m presently trying to finish my huge overflowing stash.


The designer instructions are self-explanatory. 

My notes here are only for the what I’ve done after completing the centre 12” mandala, as I need to make a square 40” x 40’ blanket.

So our last round has 148 sts. 


Our pattern repeat is 4.  So we need to ensure we have multiples of 4 hence forth.

Round 1 :  dc in the 1st st ; *dc in each dc till the corner ch-sp ; (2 dc in the next ch-sp ; ch 2, 2 dc in the same ch-sp)* ; rep *to* all around till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 2 :  dc in the 1st 3 dc ; *(ch 1, dc in the next 3 dc) ; rep from (to) till the last 3 dc from end ; sk next dc , dc in the next 2 dc, 2 dc in the corner ch-2 sp ; 2 dc in the same corner sp ; sk next dc and rep (to) till next corner* ; rep from *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 3 :  sl-st into the 1st 2 dc ; [dc in the next dc ; dc in the next ch-1 sp ; dc in the next dc] ; (ch 1, sk next dc and rep [to]) ; *rep (to) till 3 dc before the corner ch-2 sp ; sk next dc , dc in the next 2 dc ; 2 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 2 and 2 dc in the same ch-2 corner sp ; dc in the next 2 dc* ; rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

So as you’ve seen instead of having all 3 dcs in the ch-sp, we’re spreading our 3 dc’s over 2 dc’s and a ch-sp.  A quick chart below to explain this out to you.

And this basically will be our repeat round that we work round and round till you have your 40” x 40” square. 

Fasten off and weave in ends.


MICQ BLANKET 2


My second blanket is the regular granny square from start to finish, and I’m presently trying to finish my huge overflowing stash… so using the basic chart, I’ve just done rounds with shades of blue /blue-green and grey. 

A simple chart for this compilation for your easy reference.  


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