Friday, 6 July 2018

ADORABLE TEDDY BEAR : GRANNY SQUARE IN THE ROUND - 7


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ADORABLE TEDDY BEAR GRANNY SQUARE

IN THE ROUND - 7


If you have been following my blogs, you’ll know that we’re creating some really cute 9” x 9” squares for toddler blankets. These are headed to Project Chemo Cancer and are going to be made into blankets for toddlers battling cancer.  If you too want to help out, do check their page in Facebook or Google them.. OR write to me and I’ll tell you about this wonderful cause.

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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


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

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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 teddy bear 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 / project you are working on. 
Today with lil Teddy, I’ve used off white for the centre and then brown for the rest of the teddy bear face.  I then used off white for the border of the granny square as well.
Once you are done with Rounds 1 – 5 (for the centre round), you will start creating the granny square, still working in rounds, using whatever coloured yarn you want for the border of your square. I’ve used off-white.  Keeping this in mind, here are my tweaks. 
Please read through my notes first to get an idea of what we’re doing, and then head off to the link given above to make the basic square.   You will then return here to work on our teddy bear’s features.  Ciao.

Small changes that I’ve made with the original pattern :
1.        As our teddy bear has an off white snout, I started with a centre in off white. I worked per Ashleigh’s pattern and worked Rounds 1 and 2 in off white. 
2.      For Rounds 3 – 5 change to brown or whatever colour you want for the teddy bear face.
3.      Once you finish the off white and brown for the teddy bear, change colour for making the square.
4.     I used Ashleigh’s pattern again, for working on the square.  Remember that you need a total of 12 ch-5 sps all around.
5.      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.
6.     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 now please visit the link given above and finish off the centre circle with the square in white / off-white (or a border colour of your choice) and come back for the ears, snout and finishing of face features.


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

Round 1 : Start 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. 

Row 3 : sc in the 1st dc and in each dc till end.  Fasten off and leave a tail for ear attachment.
Note : If you have made a two-toned teddy bear and want an outline for the ear, just use the second color here on Row 3.


For the nose : Using black yarn and a tapestry / embroidery needle, make a small triangle in the center of the off-white circle.  Then using straight stitches, fill it in.  Add in the small mouth as well.


For the eyes : I’ve used two 0.75 cm buttons, neatly sewed on.


How do I make this into a blanket ?   Well a blanket is just a lovely combination of different squares - so either you can make Teddy in different colours and make your lil one a teddy bear afghan OR you can check out the many many squares I've made before this one (and not just this time - there are over 50 fantastic square ideas from my last donation to Project Chemo Cancer.  So make your squares and then use one of the joining methods given at the top of this blog to create your very own individual afghan for your little one.

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