Monday, 28 November 2016

BABY ELEPHANT SNUGGLY or LOVEY

crochet blanket, crochet snuggle
crochet snuggle, crochet blanket

BABY ELEPHANT SNUGGLY or LOVEY


I was gifted this chunky & really soft Bernat yarn, and I kept looking for the right project to make with this oh, so lovely yarn.  This project is going to a really good friend’s grandchild, and I love that I had this yarn ready for this project… Providence ?? Kismet ?? Dunno.. but I’m thrilled that I’ve got a great project to work on now.. for someone I love.

Materials used : Today I’ve used one skein of lovely Bernat baby Softee chunky yarn,  with a 6 mm crochet hook for the blanket ;
Indian Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply acrylic yarn with a 4mm crochet hook for the little elephant ; a small amount of poly fill for stuffing ; safety eyes (one pair) ; embroidery needle to sew in ends.

Skill level : Intermediate crochet skills ; little sewing skill to embroider eyes (if not using safety eyes) and to sew in ends.  

Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches.  This makes your whole project neat and even.. in a way that you need to do once, to agree!  If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !

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 : (Using U.S terminology)
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                 sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                    ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                        sl-st : Slip stitch
hk : Hook                                                         yo : Yarn Over 
st(s) : Stitch(es)     
                                      
 For this lovely snuggly, I’ve used the instructions for the cute elephant pattern from the Stitchin Mommy at https://www.willowyarns.com/product/W00144.do


The pattern for the blanket here was a Chevron, but with my super chunky yarn, that did not feel right – it felt too super chunky and not soft enough.  I have therefore opted for the regular granny square pattern.

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So if you too decide on this pattern, here are my notes.

Start with a magic circle and work 3 dc in that circle ; (ch 2, 3 dc) in the same circle ; rep (to) 2 times in the same circle ; ch 2 and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.  Pull lightly to close the magic circle.

There are two ways to continue. 
1)      You sl-st past the 3 dc to get to the 1st ch-sp and then work your pattern round ;
2)    You turn your work and work in the 1st ch-sp which will be right there.

Choose your way.  For the 1st two rounds, I will write both instructions, and they will read Round 1 and Round 1A ; Round 2 and Round 2A.

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

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

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

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

Continue working the same pattern all around, with 3 dc in the ch-sps and (3 dc ; ch 2, 3 dc) in each corner ch-sps.

As this is a cute little snuggle blanket, you can decide how large you need this project.  So you will work in rounds all the way till you have the size that you need.

You will attach the cute little elephant either in the centre or one of the four corners, depending on where you think it looks the cutest.

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