Thursday, 5 July 2018

ADORABLE PIGGY GRANNY SQUARE : IN THE ROUND - 6


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ADORABLE PIGGY GRANNY SQUARE

IN THE ROUND - 6


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 little kids battling cancer.  Do add a prayer as you read these instructions.  Thanks.

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Oh, if you are an Angry Bird fan, then you can use this pattern to make those piggies as well.  Have fun.

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 :
fsc : Foundation 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/.

Using the same basic pattern, I’ve made this lil piggy 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 with lil piggy, I’ve used pink for the centre.
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.

What I’ve done :
1.        I started with a centre (pink face colour for my lil pig) circle and then worked the off- white as my border.
2.      When working on the square, and on the first round , 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 (in white) ;  and (3 dc ; ch 3, 3 dc) for each corner ch-5 sp.
4.     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?
So finish off the centre pink circle with the square in white / off-white or a colour of your choice and come back for the ears, snout and finishing of face features.

For the ears : Make two
Round 1 : Start (using pink) with a magic circle and 10 dc in that circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Row 2 : 2 dc in the 1st dc and in the next 7 dc.  Leave last 2 sts unworked.
Do NOT join.  Fasten off pink, leaving a tail for attachment ; attach white or off-white to make a little border around the top of the ear.

Row 3 : (using off-white) sc in the 1st dc and in each dc till end.  Fasten off and weave in ends.


For the snout : Make one
Round 1 : Start (using pink) with a magic circle and 10 dc in that circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 2 : 2 dc in the 1st dc and in each dc all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  Fasten off pink, leaving a tail for attachment ; attach white or off-white to make a little border around the snout.

Row 3 : (using off-white) sc in the 1st dc and in each dc till end.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

Using black yarn and a tapestry / embroidery needle, make two black nostrils.  I’ve used a French knot.


For the eyes : I’ve used two 0.75 cm buttons, neatly sewed on.
In case you want to crochet the eyes, then work a magic circle using black, and work 8 hdc in that circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  Fasten off and leave a tail for attachment.  Make two eyes.


 How do you make this into a blanket ? Each of these squares is 9" x 9". Make as many as you would need to get the length and width of your blanket. Use one of the joining methods above to join them to make a cute little blanket for your little one.  
Keep an eye out for this blog.. there are loads of squares already made, and there are many many more to come.  


Finishing and attachment :
1.        Place a marker for both eyes , the ears and snout first. Then place the pieces and see how they look on the face
2.      Use one of the joining methods given at the top of this blog to attach the features onto your little piggy face.
3.      Block per yarn instructions.

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