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Friday, 11 September 2015

MICQ BLANKET # 7 - MY PEACOCK SQUARE


MICQ BLANKET # 7 - MY PEACOCK SQUARE

I’d started with my first blanket for this great event, praying that I’d at least manage a few.. and am thrilled that I’m onto my 7th one with this write up. 
This, as you may know, is for the great joint effort by a few of us Indian crocheters to try and break the Guinness World Record for the largest blanket in 2016.  For more details on this, visit us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/468779636631544/?fref=ts

Our national bird is the peacock, so I thought it only fitting to have a blanket that has a peacock feather in it.. 
and here are my notes on how I’ve created this square. 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.

Chainless Treble crochet : A really lovely way to start a row of stitches without the ch 3 / ch 4 start.. this is the chainless treble crochet.  This unique way of starting makes your project even - in a way that needs to be seen for you to agree with me.  Do visit the self explanatory link to learn this fascinating new start. 
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-3 or ch-4 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using the chainless dc start.

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


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.. for a white peacock.  J



MICQ BLANKET 7 INSTRUCTIONS

For our peacock square, I’ve used purple/violet, Firozi (turquoise) , yellow  and green. 

Start Round 1 :  (Using purple / violet) with a magic circle and 12 dc in that circle. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. Pull lightly to close the circle.

Round 2 :  (Using purple / violet) 2 dc in the 1st dc ; and in each dc all the way around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. (24 sts)

Attach Firozi / turquoise. Fasten off purple.

In the following rounds, we start with a trc, so do check above for a ‘how-to’ chainless trc stitch.
For ease of starting with a chainless st, do start with a ch 1 (which does not count as a stitch, but for convenience). 
If not happy with the chainless trc start, do start straight away with a ch 3 that will be your 1st trc.

Round 3 :  ch 1 ; trc in the 1st dc ; 2 trc in the next dc ;
dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ;
[hdc in the next dc ; 2 hdc in the next dc] ; rep [to] once ;
(sc in the next sc ; 2 sc in the next sc) ; rep (to) 3 times ;
rep [to] 2 times ;
dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ;
trc in the 1st dc ; 2 trc in the last dc ;
ch 2 and join with a sl-st to the 1st trc. (36 sts)

Round 4 :  ch 1 ; trc in the 1st 3 trc ; 
dc in the next 3 dc ; hdc in the next 6 hdc ; sc in the next 12 sc ; 
hdc in the next 6 hdc ;  dc in the next 3 dc ; trc in the last 3 trc ; 
[2 trc ; ch 2, 2 trc] in the next ch-2 sp  
and join with a sl-st to the 1st trc. (40 sts)

Fasten off Firozi / turquoise.  Attach yellow in the ch-2 sp. 

Round 5 :  ch 1 ; 2 trc in the 1st ch-2 sp ; trc in the next 2 sts ;
2 trc in the next trc ; trc in the next 2 sts ;
2 dc in the next st ; dc in the next 2 sts ;
[2 hdc in the next st ; hdc in the next 2 sts] ; rep [to] once ;
(2 sc in the next st  ; sc in the next 2 sts) ; rep (to) 3 times ;
rep [to] 2 times ;
2 dc in the next st ; dc in the next 2 sts ;
2 trc in the next st  ; trc in the next 4 sts ; 2 trc in the ch-2 sp ;
ch 2 and join with a sl-st to the 1st trc. (56 sts)

Round 6 :  ch 1 ; trc in the 1st 6 trc ; 
dc in the next 6 sts ; hdc in the next 6 sts ; sc in the next 20 sts ; 
hdc in the next 6 sts ;  dc in the next 6 sts ; trc in the 6 sts ; 
[trc ; ch 2, trc] in the next ch-2 sp  
and join with a sl-st to the 1st trc. (58 sts)

Fasten off yellow.  Attach light green in the ch-2 sp. 

Round 7 :  ch 1 ; trc in the 1st ch-2 sp ; 
dc in the next 2 sts ;  hdc in the next 5 sts ; dc in the next 3 sts ; trc in the next 4 sts ; [trc ; ch 2, trc in the next st] ; 
trc in the next 4 sts ; dc in the next 3 sts ; hdc in the next 7 sts ; 
(dc ; ch 2, dc in the next st) ;
hdc in the next 7 sts ; dc in the next 3 sts ; trc in the next 4 sts ; 
rep [to] once ;
trc in the next 5 sts ; dc in the next 3 sts ; 
hdc in the next 4 sts ; dc in the next st ; 
2 trc in the last ch-2 sp ; ch 2 and join to the 1st trc.  (64 sts)
Note : Yes, in this round you have started with 1 trc and ended with 2 trc in that ch-2 sp, and that’s only to get an even number of sts at the end. Don’t worry – it will work out.

Round 8 :  dc in the 1st 16 sts ;  [2 dc ; ch 2, 2 dc] in the corner ch-2 sp ; * dc in the next 16 sts ;  rep [to] once* ; rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 9 :  dc in the 1st 18 sts ;  
[2 dc ; ch 2, 2 dc] in the corner ch-2 sp ; 
* dc in the next 20 sts ;  rep [to] once* ; 
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Fasten off your green yarn and weave in ends.

Our square is now 9” x 9”.



Now decide on how many squares you’re going to make, if you’re working on this 40" x 40" blanket for the Guinness record. 
I’ve done four squares to make up the centre bit and will now do the rest of my blanket with the regular 3 dc ; ch 1, 3 dc all around.


Right so let’s make our squares first, and then we’ll come back here to see how to get that ch-1 sp in, so that we can work the ‘regular’ required pattern to complete this off. (for the challenge, I mean).

If you are not working on the challenge, then you can either work your whole blanket with these 9” x 9” squares, and then to round (or square?) the whole thing off, do one finishing round with the light green all round… or even a white for the border to frame your beautiful peacock squares.
To join the squares, I’d use the same light green, so that it would look like each peacock feather was overlapping the other.. in a way.

Now once you’ve done your squares.. attach them up (Join as you go works best, but whatever suits you). 

If you’re working on the Guinness record blanket, then we need to have a specific size, so read instructions on how to get the ‘regular’ granny square pattern in after attaching your peacock squares.

If you’re just making these up for fun, may I suggest that you just work with the squares for your whole project, and then maybe do a border with the four colours of the peacock feather along the border to just accentuate and highlight the feathers inside, maybe starting with the green, yellow, Firozi blue and ending with the purple.  Of course, each different edging will give you that edge over someone else’s project – so go ahead, and be creative.

For our MICQ Guinness Record blanket :
We have 24 dc from one end to another on each square. So let’s now work the regular granny square pattern as needed for our Guinness World Record challenge.

Attach your yarn in any dc just after the corner ch-2 sp.
Round 1 : dc in the 1st 3 dc ;
(ch 1, sk next dc , dc in the next 3 dc)  ;
rep (to) 4 times ;
ch 1, dc in the join sp between the 2 squares and we’re in the corner ch-2 sp of the next square ;
ch 1, sk the corner sp and dc in the next 3 dc ;
rep (to) 5 times till end ;
ch 1, sk next dc, [2 dc ; ch 2, 2 dc] in the corner ch-2 sp ;
And we’ve turned on the other side, so just work all this around all the way till the end and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

A diagram to show how to do this is below.
Please note it is not to scale, and only for explanation purposes.


From next round on, we will work our 3 dc’s in each ch-1 sp and each corner will have the regular 3 dc ; ch 2, 3 dc’s.
Continue working in rounds with this pattern till we have the required 40” x 40” needed for our MICQ pattern square.

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