Thursday, 12 July 2018

BLUE ANGRY BIRD GRANNY SQUARE - IN THE ROUND 13


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BLUE ANGRY BIRD GRANNY SQUARE
IN THE ROUND - 13

If you have been following my blogs, you’ll know that we’re creating some really cute 9” x 9” mitered squares for toddler blankets.  These mitered granny squares are headed out to Project Chemo Crochet where lovely volunteers will make them into blankets for little children battling cancer.
Read all about Project Chemo Crochet on their Facebook page or website and see how you can donate too.

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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 am, once again, using the basic square pattern from the free pattern at http://www.sewrella.com/kitty-cat-crochet-granny-square/

Once again, I have tweaked the original pattern for my requirement for Project Chemo Cancer (which is for 9” x 9” squares).

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 / character you are working on.
Once you are done with Rounds 1 – 5 for the first circle / face of animal / character, you will start creating the granny square for the border, still working in rounds.  Keeping this in mind, here are my tweaks.

I’d recently made a set of angry bird new born baby caps and I’m working off those ideas to get these cute squares done .. ‘these’ as I hope to make some of the angry bird in squares.. so keep an eye out for this blog, won’t you?


If you want to just make a blue angry bird motif, stop after you have created the 'face' (Round 5 first set of rounds) and you have a lovely large motif all done!


Tweaks that I’ve done for my angry bird square here :
1.        I started with a centre (face colour which is blue for The Blues angry bird) circle and then worked the off- white as my border.
2.      I worked the first four rounds per pattern – so 60 sts in dc as instructed.
3.      Round 5 : Feather round : I worked in hdc and then made the two little feathers on top of the head. So we will work two chains, one each for a feather – and we will create the feather by working up and down the chain and then attaching it to the main circle. So here’s what I did work 28 hdc ; sc in the next st ; (Feather 1) : ch 6, hdc in the 2nd ch from hk ; dc in the next ch ; 2 dc in the next ch ; trc in the next ch ; sl-st in the same st that you started chain (of the main circle) ; (Feather 2) : sl-st in the next st ; ch 8, hdc in the 2nd ch from hk ; hdc in the next ch ; dc in the next 3 ch ; 2 dc in the next ch ; trc in the last ch ; sl-st in the same st that you started chain (of the main circle) – two head feathers done ; sc in the next st ; hdc in the remaining sts till end and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.
4.     We now work the ch-sps round in off-white or white to start our border rounds. When working for the off-white square, work as instructed in the original pattern.  You need a total of 12 ch-5 sps all around.
5.      Using white for my border, I worked 5 dc in each ch-5 sp of Round 2 of the granny squares (as against 4 dc suggested by the designer) ;  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 you may wonder why I have not indicated where to work which stitch in the ch-5 sps. It does not matter.  What is the ‘worst’ that will happen – your little angry bird will be a little side-ways or slightly cock-eyed in placement.. but he’ll look so cute anyway.. so don’t break your head too much about where the corners come, when working the square.  Ideally, if you manage to get two sets of 5-dc bits right between the feathers, and the two corner spaces to either side, then yaay.. but don’t fret about it.

Once the basic square is done with white (off white or whatever colour you want for the border of your blue angry bird), we need to add in the features.

For the eyes : Make two
Round 1 : (Using black) : Start with a magic circle and 10 sc in that circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (10)
Fasten off black yarn.  Attach white yarn.

Round 2 : (Using white) : 2 dc in the 1st sc and in each sc all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (20)
Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment.

Alternatively, work both rounds 1 & 2 in white and then use a 0.75 cm black button for the centre of the eye.


For the orange ‘wattle’ under the eyes : Make two
Row 1 : (Using orange) : Start with 8 ch.  Turn and work an sc in the 2nd ch from hk ; sc in each ch till end. (7) 

Row 2 : sc 2-tog over the 1st 2 sc ; hdc in the next sc ; dc in the next sc ; hdc in the next sc ; sc 2-tog over the last 2 sc. (5) 
Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment.

When attaching, pin down first and ensure that you get it curved under the eyes.


For the beak : You can either use a tapestry / embroidery needle, and work a small triangle in yellow and then fill it in with a few straight stitches. OR
You can make it a 3D one as I have

Round 1 : (with yellow) : Start and a magic circle.  Work 3 sc in that circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (3)

Round 2 : 2 sc in all 3 sc. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (6)

Round 3 : 2 sc in the 1st sc ; sc in the next sc ;
(2 sc in the next sc ; sc in the next sc) ;
rep (to) once.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (9)

Round 4 : 2 sc in the 1st sc ; sc in the next 2 sc ;
(2 sc in the next sc ; sc in the next 2 sc) ;
rep (to) once.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (12)

Round 5 : sc in the 1st sc ; and in each sc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (12)
Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment.
You could stuff the beak with a little poly-fill. I have opted not to do so.
Attach the cute little beak in between the eyes and orange under-eye wattles.

And that’s our angry blue bird mitered granny square in a round .. done!

How do I make this into a blanket ?   Easy! You just make as many squares as you want and then use one of the joining techniques given above to create your own beautiful blanket or afghan.  I have made Terence, the red angry bird mitered square yesterday - so check that out too.. and there should be a few more angry birds coming along.  Do also take a look at the links given below for all the fantastic projects I've made in the past - all free on my blog.  Cheers.

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