Saturday, 7 July 2018

ADORABLE ELEPHANT GRANNY SQUARE - IN THE ROUND - 8


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ADORABLE ELEPHANT GRANNY SQUARE

IN THE ROUND - 8


If you have been following my blogs, you’ll know that we’re creating some really cute 9” x 9” squares for toddler blankets for some lil ones who are battling cancer.  Do add your prayer before you check out this blog.  Thanks.

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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, to make it to any size you want.

Abbreviations used :
sc : single crochet                                                  dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                    ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                    rep : Repeat
trc : Treble / triple crochet
dtrc : Double triple crochet

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.

How to do a double treble crochet (dtr) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Byc31njfIHc




Instructions using U.S terminology


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For this pattern once again I am using the template / idea from crochet granny square by Ashleigh.  Free pattern at http://www.sewrella.com/kitty-cat-crochet-granny-square/.

Using the same basic pattern, I’ve made this adorable elephant square.

As you know, I am making squares for Project Chemo Cancer and need 9” x 9” squares.  So I’ve had to tweak Ashleigh’s pattern just a bit.

So here are the basic ideas of what I’ve done. 
I have used the general idea from Ashleigh – the centre that you start with will be the face colour of the animal you are working on. 
Today for our elephant, I’ve used light grey.  I then used off white for the border of the granny square.
Once you are done with Rounds 1 – 5 for the round (face) of our project, you will start creating the square pattern for our granny square, (still working in rounds).  Keeping this in mind, here are my tweaks.

Oh, if you decide you just want a large elephant motif, then just work the centre round piece, work in the face features and that’s what you will get !


What I’ve done :
1.        I worked per Ashleigh’s pattern and worked Rounds 1 - 5 in grey to create the centre circle that makes up our elephant. 
2.      I used Ashleigh’s pattern again, for working on the square/border, using off-white.  Remember that you need a total of 12 ch-5 sps all around.
3.      I worked 5 dc in each ch-5 sp of Round 2 of the granny squares, not 4 as suggested by designer (in off white) ;  and (3 dc ; ch 3, 3 dc) for each corner ch-5 sp.
4.     I then worked 1 dc in each dc till end each side, and then the (3 dc ; ch 3, 3 dc) in each corner ch-3 sp. I just continued this till I had a 9” x  9” square.  Easy enough, right?
5.       
Right then, please go off to the link given above and finish off the centre circle with the square in white / off-white or a colour of your choice and come back for the ears, trunk and finishing of elephant face features.

For the elephant ears :
Make two (using grey or whatever colour you have used for face)

Row 1 : Start with a magic circle and 10 dc in that circle. 
Do NOT join.  Turn.

Row 2 : 2 dc in the 1st dc and in each dc till end.  Turn.

Row 3 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; dc in the next dc ;
*2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc* ;
rep *to* till end.  Fasten off and leave a tail for attachment.


For the trunk : Start with 20 ch.  Turn and sc in the 2nd ch from hk.  Sc in the next 2 ch ; hdc in the next 4 ch ; dc in the next  9 ch ; trc in the last 3 ch. 
Fasten off and leave a tail for attachment.
I have chosen only to attach the first little bit of the trunk, and leave the longer part loose – a little playful thing for the child to twiddle with. Do ensure that you fasten down this part carefully, (especially if you are leaving a playful end for the child to twiddle with)
I attached the trunk to the base of the 1st round.


For the eyes : I’ve used two 0.75 cm buttons, neatly sewed on.
In case you want to do the whole thing with yarn and crochet ; work a magic circle with 8 hdc. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment.

And ta da! we have one adorably cute elephant granny square.


How do I make this into a blanket ? Just go ahead and make as many granny / mitered squares as you need.  Choose from the wide variety of squares I’ve made, not just in the past few days, but with the projects last year (check Pinterest – links below). 
Use one of the joining techniques given above to put your squares together to make a lovely animal blanket for the lil one you love.

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