Saturday, 30 June 2018

EMOJI GRANNY SQUARE : IN THE ROUND - 1


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EMOJI GRANNY SQUARE

IN THE ROUND - 1


I just finished my donation of 200 newborn and preemie baby caps that I donated over three charities in Australia, and my friend told me about this cute donation.  Thank you Prabha for once again helping spread smiles. 
 I have donated to Project Chemo Crochet before and I am thrilled to be able to contribute again.  
The new coordinator for the drive, Linda Forrstrom, said that they were trying to build up their blanket reserves for little children – and so the requirement for toddler squares.  I was really happy to hear that she was inspired by my last donation of squares, and has been making animal squares.  Thank you Linda  for your appreciation and for spreading smiles.

So why the title “In-the-Round” ? The idea of these granny squares is to make a big circle / round in the centre and then work a square off it – and then embellish that big circle / round with whatever is totally specific for the character or animal we are creating.  Using this idea, let’s see what all we can create here.
Today let’s work on some of the smiley Emojis... and spread smiles.

Oh, and in case  you find this project interesting, ensure that you follow me here or on Facebook, as I plan on making many many more squares for this donation :)

Materials used : Today I’ve used a 4-ply acrylic baby soft yarn with a 4 mm crochet hook.
It does not matter what yarn / hook you use.  My pattern here gives you sizes in inches – so follow the pattern idea and head size chart to make it to any size you want.

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                   dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                           ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                           rep : Repeat


Stitches used :
Starting slip knot :This is a neat new way to start your work without a slip knot.

Magic circle :To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

Hdc : Half Double Crochet : yo, insert hk into st ; yo (3 lps on hk), yo, draw through all 3 lps.  One hdc made.

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self-explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
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 the chainless dc start.



Instructions using U.S terminology

In this blog, I am going to make smiley faced emojis.  I found a really cute emoji crochet granny square by Ashleigh.  Free pattern at http://www.sewrella.com/emoji-crochet-granny-square/

As our requirement for Project Chemo Cancer is for 9” x 9” squares, I tweaked the pattern just a bit.

Tweaks that I’ve done :
1.        I started with the centre yellow circle and then worked the white as instructed by the designer.
2.      In Round 5 (using yellow), the designer has said we should work a sc all around.  I chose to work a hdc all around, as I want to increase my square size – but this does not compromise the pattern that comes after this.
3.      I worked 5 dc in each ch-5 sp of Round 2 of the granny squares (in white).  I found that 4 dc pulled my work and made the yellow circle lumpy.
4.     I continued repeats of the last Round 3 of the granny square (in white), working 1 dc in each dc, and then the (3 dc ; ch 3, 3 dc) in each corner ch-3 sp. I just continued till I had a 9” x  9” square.  Easy enough, right?

For the different ‘emotions’ or emojis, I was inspired by this picture that I found online.  Come along then.. let’s innovate.


Facial features and embellishments :
I just kept the photos of the common emojis and embroidered in the features.  The lovely Ashleigh has offered us two ways to work in the features.. one using the tapestry embroidery needle and one with the crochet thread and hook using the tambour method.

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For the hand I tweaked this free pattern – using sc instead of hdc to get a smaller hand.  I stuffed it with an amigurumi ball to give it a little oomph.

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What is an amigurumi ball ? For all my stuff toy projects, I like to stuff my polyfill stuffing inside a little stocking-net. Even if using hypo allergenic stuffing, the stocking-net keeps the stuffing in neatly when washing. Here’s what mine looks like. 



For the heart I used this free pattern that I’ve used before for the donation to Peyton Hearts Project http//littlebirdiesecrets.blogspot.in/2010/01/how-to-crochet-heart.html

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