Wednesday, 6 September 2017

67- BLANKET PROJECT FOR NELSON MANDELA

free crochet blanket pattern, free crochet granny square pattern

67- BLANKET PROJECT FOR NELSON MANDELA


This project is being done to celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela.
While working on the Guinness World record breaking event (for the largest blanket), we Indians were breaking a record set by South Africa 67-blankets group.  We heard about this event to honour Nelson Mandela and decided to join in too.  This is my meager contribution to that awesome event.


This is the huge 4515 m2 portrait that is being planned. 


We, in India, are only making all-black blankets.  If you’d like to join, please check https://www.facebook.com/groups/659656327539041/ and HURRY as the deadline is coming up soon. All details on Facebook group page.

The pattern is the regular, simple granny square , 160 cm x 160 cm square.

Materials used : Today I’ve used 1.4 kg of unbranded 6/8 ply DK black acrylic yarn with a 5 mm crochet hook
Or via Samrat Mega Store, Pune at https://www.facebook.com/samratmegastore/ or

Skill level : Easy  

Size : 160 cm x 160 cm

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 : (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)     
                   
free crochet granny square blanket pattern


For this lovely project, we need to use the simple granny square pattern.

You can opt to start with chains or the magic circle start. Check the top of this blog for magic circle start information.

These two charts will help you along in creating your black blanket for the Nelson Mandela project. Come along and be a part of something beautiful!  


This is how you'll start and keep working around till you reach 160 cm x 160 cm


..and this is the detail of the following rounds.

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

In case you find the magic circle difficult, here’s Option 1.
Start Round 1 Option 1 : with a ch 4, join with a sl-st to the 1st ch.
Work 3 dc in the ch-4 sp ; (ch 2, 3 dc) in the same ch-4 sp 2 more times ; ch 2, and join with a sl-st to the 1st st. 

From this round on remember 2 things :
a)   That we sk all dc’s all the time and only work in the ch-sps,
b)   That we will work 3 dc in each ch-sp, and (3 dc ; ch 2, 3 dc) in each corner.  That’s basically all we need to do.  Easy enough, right?

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

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

and that’s or pattern done!  You work in rounds, remember the 2 points mentioned above and keep going till you reach 160 cm x 160 cm.
As you’re working a square, once you reach 160 cm along one side, you’re done!

It is always lovely to *give back* to the less fortunate.. more than it is to receive.. so I do hope you join in this drive as well.  


Once done, fold your project up, neatly bag it  and courier to Kochi , Kerala, India (This is for Indians ONLY.  For all others, please check your delivery point on the Facebook group page.  Thanks)

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