Sunday, 8 July 2018

CUTE HIPPO GRANNY SQUARE - IN THE ROUND - 9


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CUTE HIPPO GRANNY SQUARE
IN THE ROUND - 9

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 a donation to Project Chemo Crochet.  The lovely Linda and her team of volunteers will be joining these mitered granny squares to make blankets for donation to children battling cancer.
How wonderful is it that your anonymous loving square will make one little child smile.  Come along, and join the movement.  Check for details on Facebook or Google the project.

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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 :
fsc : 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 : Using U.S terminology
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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For this pattern once again I am using the template/idea from 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 cute hippo 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 for our hippo, I’ve used light grey.  I then used off white for the border of the mitered granny square.
Once you are done with Rounds 1 – 5 for the face of our hippo, you will start creating the granny square / border rounds, still working in rounds.  Keeping this in mind, here are my tweaks.

Oh and as I have said before, if you want to just make a hippo motif, then you just work the first section to make it into a round, and you’ll have a lovely large hippo motif.

What I’ve done :
1.        I worked per Ashleigh’s pattern and worked Rounds 1 - 5 in grey to create the centre circle that makes up our hippo face. 
2.      I used Ashleigh’s pattern again, for working on the square / border rounds.  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 off white, as against 4 dc suggested by designer) ;  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 circle with the square in grey (or face color of your choice) for our hippo and come back for the ears, snout and finishing of face features.


For the 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.
Fasten off pink.  Leave a tail for attachment.
Attach light grey (or whatever colour you have used for your hippo face)

Row 2 : sc in the 1st dc and in each dc till end.  Turn.
Fasten off and weave in ends.  Attach onto the top of the hippo head.


For the snout :  (using grey) : Start with 8 fsc.  Turn
In the following row, we will work till the end, and then turn around the corner stitch and work along the bottom of the fsc.  So at the end of this row, we will have worked a round.

Row / Round 1 : hdc in the 1st fsc and in the next 6 fsc ; 5 hdc in the last fsc ;
(turn and work along bottom of fsc chain) ; hdc in the next 6 fsc ; 4 hdc in the last fsc.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 2 : 2 hdc in 1st hdc ; hdc in the next 6 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc ; hdc in the next 3 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc ; hdc in the next 6 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc ; hdc in each hdc till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.
Fasten off and leave a tail for attachment


For the nostrils :  (using pink) : Start with 6 sc.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.
Fasten off and leave a tail for attachment. Make two of these.

Attach these tiny pink nostrils to either side of the grey snout first and then attach the snout onto the hippo face.


For the eyes : I’ve used two 0.75 cm buttons, neatly sewed on.
As always, if you want to crochet them in, then work a magic circle with 8 hdc.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.  Pull together, fasten off and leave a tail for attachment.

And that’s one cute hippo granny mitered square ready.

So how do I make this into a blanket ? That’s easy.  You just go ahead and make as many squares as you need for the length and width of your blanket.  You can choose from the many many patterns I have on my blog – just check under labels as I said at the top of this blog.
Then use one of the joining methods given above and Ta Da, you will have a beautiful blanket for your cute baby.

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