Tuesday, 3 July 2018

CRAB GRANNY SQUARE - IN THE ROUND - 4


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CRAB GRANNY SQUARE

IN THE ROUND - 4


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 Project Chemo Crochet.
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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 working on this project using the crochet granny square for my first kitty cat by Ashleigh.  Free pattern at http://www.sewrella.com/kitty-cat-crochet-granny-square/

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... in this case, a red / maroon yarn for our crab.
You will end Round 5 with 60 sts.
On this final 6th round , we will work in the claws and here is what I’ve done.
 Once you are done with Rounds 1 – 5, you will start creating the granny square using whatever colour you want for the border (I used blue for water), still working in rounds. 


Crab Tweaks :

There are two ideas for how to get the crab features done. 
Please read through the full instructions before you pick up your hook.

1.        For the claws, we will work four small and one large claw on either side of the crab body plus two eyes on top of the crab head.  We will be working hdc along the body of the crab and at the same time we will work in these features as well.  A little complicated, but visualize what you are doing and it’ll be easy.

2.      Now in case you find all of this too complicated, and are ok with weaving in ends etc, here’s another idea for the four claws and one large claw each side plus a pair of eyes.  Just work the pattern for the claws separately.  Make the five claws for each side (total 10 pieces) and as you fasten off leave a long tail for attachment. 

3.      In case you decide on working it in a continuous round (as per # 1 above), then carry on with the instructions below.

4.     In case you decide on working them separately (as per # 2 above), then you will work 1 hdc in each st all around for Round 5 of your project using the same colour yarn for crab “face” and then you will continue on to change yarn and attach the  border colour yarn.  Work the border pattern per instructions from Sewrella. You will then individually attach the claws and eyes onto the crab face after you are done.  For the eyes, just work directly on the ‘crab face’.  Attach your yarn into the space you want to make eyes ; ch 3, sl-st in the 3rd ch from hk.  Fasten off and weave in ends.  Do this for both eyes.  I would then suggest you add in a small button or work in a French knot embroidery stitch to define the eye.

So here's how I did it continuously - we will work in four small claws, one large claw, two eyes, then one large claw (for the second side) and finally the four small claws before we finish off.  We are working on the crab body, then working the claw appendage and coming back to the crab body, with each feature.  Got it?

Claws : [ch 7.  Turn and hdc in the 2nd ch from hk ;
hdc in the remaining 5 ch] ; continue along crab body ;
*(sl-st in the next st of the crab body ; hdc in the next 3 sts of crab body) ;
{sl-st in the next st ; rep [to] once}* ;
rep *to* 2 more times ;
rep (to) once ; hdc in the next 4 sts ;
<ch 10, turn and hdc in the 2nd ch from hk ;
hdc in the next 2 ch ; place marker ;
ch 4, turn and hdc in the 2nd ch from hk ; hdc in the next 2 ch ;
sl-st in the marked st ; continue down this ch ; hdc in the next 6 ch> ;
rep (to) once ;
Now we’ll work our two eyes :
hdc in the next 4 sts ;
ch 4, Turn and sl-st in the top of the hdc ; one eye complete ;
hdc in the next 3 sts ; ch 4, Turn and sl-st in the top of the hdc ; 2nd eye complete ;
hdc in the next 7 sts ;
<ch 10, turn and hdc in the 2nd ch from hk ;
hdc in the next 2 ch ; place marker ;
ch 4, turn and hdc in the 2nd ch from hk ; hdc in the next 2 ch ;
sl-st in the marked st ; continue down this ch ; hdc in the next 6 ch> ;
rep *to* 4 times ; hdc in the sts till end. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Put your crab down and check that you have four small ; one large claw per side and two eyes on top. Great !

Now for making this circle into a square, we will refer back to the lovely pattern by Ashleigh.
We continue to work in rounds, so I will number the rounds from 1.

Now while counting off the stitches on the crab body (that you are going to skip), remember that each claw is 2 sts.
Also remember to keep your ch-5 behind the claws and eyes.

Granny Square Round 1 : sl-st in the 1st st ; *ch 5, sk next 4 sts, sl-st in the next st* ; rep *to* 11 times all around. (12 ch-5 sps)
Note : When you reach the top of the head, you will work one sl-st in the corner of the right ear, then in the middle st of the right ear , then you need to get one sl-st in the middle sc (between both ears), and one sl-st in the middle of the left ear and finally one in the left of the left ear (which is where you started off).
When working in the ear bits, you will work a post stitch around that stitch in the middle of the ear.  Remember that our chains will go behind the ear.

Granny Square Round 2 : 5 dc in the 1st 2 ch-5 sps ; (3 dc ; ch 3, 3 dc) all in the next ch-5 sp ;
*5 dc in the next 2 ch-5 sps ; rep (to) once in the next ch-5 sp* ;
rep *to* 2 times till end. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (eight 5-dc sets ; four (to) sets)

Granny Square Rounds 3 & 4 : *dc in the each dc till the corner ch-3 sp ;
(3 dc ; ch 3, 3 dc) all in the next ch-3 sp* ;
rep *to* 3 times till end. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

You should have a 9” x 9” square.  If you want a smaller square, you will work less repeats.  Obviously for a larger square, you will work more repeats.

Embellishments & finishing :
Add a button for each eye or embroider one in, using a French knot embroidery stitch. 

Block as per yarn instructions

One cute crab granny square ready to be shipped out!

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