Friday, 20 July 2018

ELMO - SESAME STREET GRANNY SQUARE : IN THE ROUND – 20


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ELMO - SESAME STREET GRANNY SQUARE

IN THE ROUND – 20


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.  Do read about this wonderful charity on their Facebook page or their website and see what you could do to assist.  Thanks for helping 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.

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/

So here are my notes of how I’ve used this square to make Elmo of The Sesame Street Gang.  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.
Once you are done with Rounds 1 – 5 for the face of the character you are working on, you will start creating the border granny square, still working in rounds but working with either off white or white for the border.  These rounds need to be in another colour to accent the character you have worked on in the middle. 

Now if you want to just make a large Elmo motif, work Rounds 1 – 4 or 5 (depending on how large a face you’d like) in red, and then go straight to the face features instructions.

In case you want to make the Sesame Street inspired blanket / afghan, check my earlier blogs on this series and start working on your squares.  Use one of the many joining techniques given at the top of this blog to make a unique and superb creation for your little one.
I would also suggest you check the many links at the bottom of this blog for a whole load of lovely kiddie square ideas that I’ve worked on before this.  Have fun – create something beautiful.

Tweaks to create Elmo’s face :
1.        I started with a centre (red for Elmo) 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.      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 off-white or white. 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.      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, we need to add in Elmo's facial features.



For Elmo’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)

Round 2 : (Using white) : 2 dc in the 1st hdc and in each st all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (20). 
Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment. 
Note : You could work both rounds in white and then attach a button for the eyes as well


For Elmo’s nose  :
You can either use a tapestry / embroidery needle, and work a circle 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 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 Elmo’s nose with a little poly-fill. I have opted not to do so.


For Elmo’s mouth :
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.

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