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Monday, 7 September 2015

MICQ BLANKET – 5 and 6




MICQ BLANKET – 5 and 6

If you’ve been following my blogs, you’ll know that there are a group of us Indian crocheters who are trying to break the Guinness World Record for the largest crocheted blanket. 

We’re all going to make one metre blankets that will then be joined up to make this humungous blanket.  These are my fifth and sixth blankets for that event.

If you are an Indian crocheter and wish to join in, do come on over to https://www.facebook.com/groups/468779636631544/?fref=nf

So for these two blankets, I’ve decided on asymmetrical patterns.  Both use the same ‘granny square’ pattern but with an off-set or off-centre start, which is then worked in rows rather than the traditional rounds ; and for the next one, I’ve adapted the lovely Log Cabin pattern using the traditional granny square design.

In an event of this magnitude, we usually purchase a lot of yarn, and always end up with stray bits of end pieces that do not seem to be sufficient for another full project – so in both these above patterns, let bust that stash ! J
These are my notes on what I’ve done.

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.


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
bphdc : Back Post Half Double Crochet       sk : skip
sc-blo : Single crochet back loop only

MICQ BLANKET 5


The beauty of this is that it’s the regular pattern used for all granny squares, just used in a different manner and the only thing that holds us back is our colour combination – so the eventual results are unbelievable and limitless.

Start  with a magic circle and 12 sc in that circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 1 :  dc in the 1st 3 sc ; *ch 2, dc in the next 3 sc* ; rep *to* 2 times ; dc and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.
The dc makes is that last ch-2 sp, and we will start working in this ch-2 sp in the next round.

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

From here on, we’ll make our square asymmetrical.  For this we will be working in rows and not rounds, which is how this becomes asymmetrical. I have decided to change colours at this point, so I’ve added my new colour at the corner ch-2 sp.

Row 3 :  3 dc in the 1st corner ch-2 sp ;
(ch 1, sk next 3 dc , 3 dc in the next ch-1 sp) ; [ch 1, 3 dc in the corner ch-2 sp ch 3, 3 dc in the same ch-2 sp] ; rep from (to) 2 times till the next corner.  Turn
We leave one side un-done from this row on.

Row 4 :  dc in the 1st dc ; ch 1, sk next 2 dc , 3 dc in the next ch-1 sp
(ch 1, sk next 3 dc , 3 dc in the next ch-1 sp) ; [ch 1, 3 dc in the corner ch-2 sp ch 3, 3 dc in the same ch-2 sp] ; rep from (to) 2 times ; ch 1, sk next 2 dc, dc in the last dc.  Turn

Row 5 :  sl-st into the 1st ch-1 sp ; 3 dc in the  same ch-1 sp ;
(ch 1, sk next 3 dc , 3 dc in the next ch-1 sp) ; rep from (to) once ;  [ch 1, 3 dc in the corner ch-2 sp ch 3, 3 dc in the same ch-2 sp] ; rep from (to) 3 times till the next corner.  Turn


And this is our pattern. So rep Rows 4 and 5, changing colours as often as you want to emphasize the asymmetry of our square.  Continue till we have the required square of 40” x 40” for this present MICQ project.

Fasten off and weave in ends.


MICQ BLANKET 6


For my sixth blanket, I thought I’d try and adapt the Log Cabin Crochet pattern.
Usually the Log cabin pattern is done in solids, i.e all dc in each little log bit.  For our pattern here, I thought I’d use the (3 dc ; ch 1, 3 dc) pattern through and try to use the Log cabin idea for the logs. 

Once again, for the Log pattern to show, one must use at least two colours, and once again, as the color choices are what differentiates us all, let’s leave the colour change(s) optional.

Start  with a magic circle and 12 sc in that circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 1 :  dc in the 1st 3 sc ; *ch 2, dc in the next 3 sc* ; rep *to* 2 times ; dc and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.
The dc makes is that last ch-2 sp, and we will start working in this ch-2 sp in the next round.

Round 2 :  3 dc in the 1st ch-2 sp ; *(ch 1, sk next 3 dc , 3 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 3, 3 dc in the same corner ch-2 sp) ; rep from (to)* ; rep from *to* 2 times ;  ch 1, sk next 3 dc , 3 dc in the last ch-2 sp ; dc and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.
The dc makes is that last ch-2 sp, and we will start working in this ch-2 sp in the next round.

Round 3 :  3 dc in the 1st ch-2 sp ; (ch 1, sk next 3 dc , 3 dc in the next ch-1 sp) ; [ch 1, sk next 3 dc , 3 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 3, 3 dc in the same corner ch-2 sp] ; *rep from (to) once ; rep [to] once* ; rep from all around ;  ch 1, sk next 3 dc , 3 dc in the last ch-2 sp ; dc and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.
The dc makes is that last ch-2 sp, and we will start working in this ch-2 sp in the next round.

Note : I’ve changed yarns now and make our first rectangular “log”

Row 4 :  3 dc in the 1st ch-2 sp ; (ch 1, sk next 3 dc , 3 dc in the next ch-1 sp) ; rep from (to) 2 times ; ch 1, sk next 3 dc , 3 dc in the corner ch-2 sp.  Turn.

Continue using the same yarn as for Row 3.
Row 5 :  dc in the 1st dc ; ch 1, sk next 2 dc , 3 dc in the next ch-1 sp (ch 1, sk next 3 dc , 3 dc in the next ch-1 sp) ; rep from (to) once ; ch 1, sk next 2 dc , dc in the next dc.  Turn.

Continue using the same yarn as for Row 3.
Row 6 :  Sl –st into the 1st ch-1 sp ; 3 dc in the same 1st ch-1 sp ; (ch 1, sk next 3 dc , 3 dc in the next ch-1 sp) ; rep from (to) 2 times.  Turn.

Attach the next colour of yarn and start working on our next “log”.
We will now turn our work 90˚ and work along the sides of the 3 rows (i.e Rows 4 – 6) and then back along the stitches of Row 3 for our next “log”. 
So we’re at a corner square, so when we turn, we’ll work 3 dc in the same corner square bit. 
Now which is the corner ? Look at your work.  We’ve done three rows in the 2nd colour , and we’re at the corner on the 3rd row.  There’s a corner just below on that 2nd row, and that’s the corner we’ll start working into with our first corner stitches.  Easy enough? Let’s get to it.

The other thing to remember on this first new row with the new colour, is that as we’re working at 90˚, the new rows that we’ve just done (i.e Rows 4-6, the dc’s will face a different direction.  Do not worry too much about that.. so when the instructions below say ‘sk the dc’, I mean just that.. sk that full dc set even if it facing the ‘wrong’ direction J

Row 7 :  3 dc in the corner ch-sp ; ch 1, sk next dc set , 3 dc in the next ch-sp (ch 1, sk next 3 dc , 3 dc in the next ch-1 sp) ; rep from (to) once ; ch 1, sk next 3 dc , 1 dc in the corner ch-sp.  Turn.

Continue using the same yarn as for Row 6.
Row 8 :  Sl –st into the 1st ch-1 sp ; 3 dc in the same 1st ch-1 sp ; (ch 1, sk next 3 dc , 3 dc in the next ch-1 sp) ; rep from (to) 2 times ; ch 1, sk next 3 dc , 1 dc in the corner ch-sp.  Turn.

Continue using the same yarn as for Row 6.
Row 9 :  Sl –st into the 1st ch-1 sp ; 3 dc in the same 1st ch-1 sp ; (ch 1, sk next 3 dc , 3 dc in the next ch-1 sp) ; rep from (to) 2 times ; ch 1, sk next 2 dc , 1 dc in the next dc.  Turn.

Now let’s put our work down and see what we’ve created.
Our first square, then we added on 3 rows to one side of it, and then using the sides of this 3-rowed-rectangle, we’ve added 3 more rows along the other side of that first square. 

Now as we work on the 3rd side, we will once again change colours and work rows at 90˚ along the side of these newly constructed rows and the third side of that first square. 

Rep Rows 7 - 9, increasing the number of repeats (to) till you have rectangles all around, ensuring you change colours with each change of direction. 
Slowly watch your beautiful afghan or in our case our MICQ square grow, till you have the required 40” x 40” square we need here.



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