Sunday, 1 July 2018

ADORABLE KITTY GRANNY SQUARE - IN THE ROUND - 2


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ADORABLE KITTY GRANNY SQUARE 
IN THE ROUND - 2

If you have been following my blogs, you’ll know that we’re creating some really cute 9” x 9” squares for toddler blankets.

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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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I started my first cute kitty cat pattern, using the crochet granny square by Ashleigh.  Free pattern at http://www.sewrella.com/kitty-cat-crochet-granny-square/

I however found that for my requirement for Project Chemo Cancer (which is for 9” x 9” squares), I needed some tweaks.

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.
Once you are done with Rounds 1 – 5, you will start creating the granny square, still working in rounds.  Keeping this in mind, here are my tweaks.

Oh, in my 1st blog for this cute kitty cat, I just followed what Ashleigh had done and have written my tweaks there.. so check that out too and see which pattern works for you.  Cheers.

Tweaks that I’ve done :
1.        I started with a centre (face colour) circle and then worked the off- white as my border.
2.      In Round 5 we work in the ears, and here I made two changes.  First I worked 39 hdc (not 45 per designer).  I then worked 1 sc in the next dc.  I continued then to work the chains for the ears.
3.      I worked a ch-5 (for ears) and then turned and worked a hdc in the 2nd ch from hook ; then worked 1 dc, 1trc and 1 dtrc in the remaining chain.
4.     I skipped 4 sts, and worked an sc in the next st ; sc in the next 10 sts.
5.      Work the next ch-5 (for next ear) and turn and work a hdc in the 2nd ch from hook ; then work 1 dc, 1trc and 1 dtrc in the remaining chain.
6.     Once again skip 4 sts and work an sc in the last st.  With this you are finished with the face of your animal, and need to continue on to the creation of the granny square.
7.      When starting on the square instructions, remember there should be one corner space each behind the ears (ie the 3 dc , ch 3, 3 dc bit) ; and two 5-dc sets in between the ears.  You need a total of 12 ch-5 sps all around.
8.      I worked 5 dc in each ch-5 sp of Round 2 of the granny squares (in white) ;  and (3 dc ; ch 3, 3 dc) for each corner ch-5 sp.
9.     I then worked 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?

Come along then.. let’s innovate.

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For my black patch : I worked the same pattern as the pink patch, but I did not join at the end of both the rounds.  That gives you a semicircle which you pull to the shape you want.

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