Saturday, 21 July 2018

COUNT DRACULA of SESAME STREET GRANNY SQUARE : IN THE ROUND – 21


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COUNT DRACULA
SESAME STREET GRANNY SQUARE
IN THE ROUND – 21

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 children battling cancer.  These squares are headed out to Project Chemo Crochet.  Do read about this fantastic charity and how they spread smiles.

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I’ve just made the set of Sesame street characters as caps for donations, and if you missed that, here goes https://shyamanivas.blogspot.com/2018/06/preemie-caps-23-sesame-street-character.html
Working with these same inspirations, here are my granny squares for this series. 

Count Dracula is the sixth in this series.  This is who he is, just to jog your memory ;)

Thanks for coming along and spreading smiles.

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

I have used the general idea from Ashleigh – the centre that you start with will be the face colour of the character you are working on.  So yellow for Big bird & Ernie, red for Elmo, orange for Bert and blue for cookie monster. Now as you have made so many before our Count Dracula, you will know how we are working on these squares.

So, once you are done with Rounds 1 – 5 for the face of Count Dracula, you will start creating the border granny square, still working in rounds.  To accentuate his pink face and to get his black coat into the picture, I have used black for the border.


Tweaks that I’ve done for our Count Dracula square :
1.        I started with a centre (pink for Count Dracula) circle and then worked the black as my border.
2.      I worked the first four rounds per pattern – so 60 sts in dc as instructed.
3.      I then worked a round of hdc, mainly to ensure that I get my granny square a little large faster J
4.     We now work the ch-sps round in black. When working for the black square, work as instructed in the original pattern.  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 black) ;  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?

Once the basic square is done, we need to add in Count Dracula’s special facial features.

As I’ve said in all my ‘in-the-round series’ patterns before, you can make a motif and/or a blanket/afghan with these squares. 
If you want just a motif, stop working after you reach Round 4 or 5 (depending on how large a motif you want) with pink and then go straight to the features.
With Count Dracula, the motif may need a round or two in black – to accentuate and show his black coat.  If so, you could work till Round 4 in pink, and then work 2 more rounds in black.

For the afghan / blanket, just make as many squares as you’d need for your blanket and then use one of the joining techniques given above to sew them all up into a unique blanket.  I have made several of the Sesame street characters, and there are a few more to follow – so watch this space.


For The Count’s eyes :
Make two
Round 1 : (Using white) : Start with a magic circle and 10 hdc in that circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (10)

Round 2 : (Using white) : 2 sc in the 1st hdc ; 2 dc in each of the next 3 sts ; 2 sc in each of the next 2 sts ; 2 dc in each of the next 3 sts ; 2 sc in the last st. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (20). 

Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment.  You should have an oval shaped eye.  Repeat for the other eye.

For the centre black of eye : Make two
Start with a magic circle with 10 hdc. 
Fasten off and leave a tail for attachment. 
OR use a 0.75cm button.


For Count’s eyebrows  : Make two.
Row 1 : (Using black) : I worked a fdc row with 10 fdc. 

Place & pin eyes on face first, and then curve the eyebrow over it.  Do not attach eyes before placing eyebrows and pinning it all down.
Yes we could have crocheted in that curve as well, but why complicate it when you can do it with a tapestry needle and sew it in? ;)


For The Count’s nose : Make one using pink.
Start with 7 fsc.  Turn.
Row 1 : ch 1, sl-st in the 1st fsc ; sc in the next fsc ; hdc in the next 3 fsc ; 
sc in the next fsc ; sl-st in the last fsc. 
Fasten off and leave a tail for attachment.
To attach : Hold upright with the fsc row between the eyes, leading down to the nose and attach that way.  It’s a 3D nose.


For The Count’s mouth : Make one using black.
Start with a magic circle and 9 dc in that circle.  Turn.
DO NOT join.

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


For The Count’s tongue :
Make one using red.
Start : with ch 3.  Turn and work 2 dc in the 3rd ch from hk.  Turn.  (3)

Row 1 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next dc.  Turn.  (5)
Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment.

First attach the mouth and then attach the tongue in the centre of the black mouth.
Then using a tapestry / embroidery needle and white yarn, embroider in count’s pointed Dracula teeth.


For Count’s ears :
Make two
Row 1 : Start (using pink) with a magic circle and 10 dc in that circle. 
Pull the circle tight but Do NOT join.  Turn.

Row 2 : sc in the 1st 3 dc ; (dc ; 3 trc ; dc) all in the next dc ; sc in each dc till end.  Turn.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment.  Attach on either side of Count’s head


For The Count’s forelock :
Make one using black.
Start with a magic circle and work 2 hdc ; 4 dc  ; 2 hdc into that circle. 
Do not join.  Do not pull into a circle, but leave it like a semicircle. 
Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment. 
Attach the forelock to the centre front, between the eyebrows.

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