Sunday, 29 July 2018

DORAEMON GRANNY SQUARE : IN THE ROUND - 28


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DORAEMON GRANNY SQUARE

IN THE ROUND - 28

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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

I am using the same basic square pattern that I’ve used for the last 27 squares.  Get this free pattern at http://www.sewrella.com/kitty-cat-crochet-granny-square/

The square is for a cute kitty cat, so here’s what I’ve done to make it a Doraemon granny square.

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. So for Doraemon today, we’ll start with white for his face.
Once you are done with Rounds 1 – 5 for his face, you will start creating the border granny square, still working in rounds.  Keeping this in mind, here are my tweaks.

To make just a Doraemon motif, work till Rounds 4 (in white) and then work Round 5 in blue.  Then work the facial features here, and your Doraemon motif all set to use.

To make this into a blanket, make as many squares as you’d need for the length and breadth of your blanket.  Check the many many pattern links at the bottom of this blog for really interesting and cute patterns.  Use one of the joining techniques given at the top of this blog to make your own unique and interesting granny mitered square blanket.

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Tweaks that I’ve done for my Doraemon granny square here :
1.        I started with a centre (white for Doraemon face) circle and then worked the blue as my border.
2.      I worked the first four rounds per pattern – so 60 sts in dc as instructed.
3.      Round 5 : I worked in hdc and in blue for around Doraemon face.
4.     We now work the ch-sps round in blue. When working for the blue 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 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?

Once the basic square is done with white and blue, we need to add in Doraemon’s specific features.
After having finished the full Doraemon square, I wondered if I should just have done that last Round 5 in blue, and then the square in all white or off white like my other squares… well, you try it and lemme know, will you?


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

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). 

Round 3 : (Using black) : sl-st in the 1st st and in each st all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

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


For the nose : (Using red)
You can either use a tapestry / embroidery needle, and work a circle in pinke and then fill it in with a few straight stitches. OR
You can make it a 3D one as I have

Round 1 : Start and a magic circle.  Work 6 sc in that circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (6)

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

Round 3 : Rep Round 2. (12)

Rounds 4 – 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 Doraemon’s nose with a little poly-fill. I have opted not to do so.


For the whiskers and mouth :
Use an embroidery / tapestry needle and embroider in three whiskers on either side ; and one mouth that leads down, off the nose.

And that’s our Doraemon granny square in a round .. done!

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