Monday, 30 July 2018

GARFIELD & ODIE GRANNY SQUARES IN THE ROUND - 29


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GARFIELD & ODIE GRANNY SQUARES

IN THE ROUND - 29

I know that by now you all know that we’re creating some really cute 9” x 9” squares for The Project Chemo Crochet charity.  This set of squares is going to be made up into blankets for toddler battling cancer.  Read all about the charity on their Facebook page or website – and see how you can help spread smiles.

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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

I am using the basic square pattern from the free pattern at http://www.sewrella.com/kitty-cat-crochet-granny-square/, starting with the with centre that will be the face colour of the animal / character you are working on.  Today it will be orange for Garfield and yellow for Odie.
Once you are done with Rounds 1 – 5 for the face, you will start creating the border granny square, still working in rounds.  Keeping this in mind, here are my tweaks.

In case you want to make just a Garfield or Odie large motif, then you will work till Rounds 4 or 5, depending on how large a face / motif you want.  You will then fasten off and work in the facial feature details.

To make a blanket, just make as many squares as you’d like – take a look at the long list of links given at the bottom of this blog as well.  Then using one of the joining techniques given at the top of this blog, create your own unique afghan / blanket.  Have fun.

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Tweaks that I’ve done for my Garfield & Odie granny squares here :
1.        I started with a centre (orange for Garfield and yellow for Odie) 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.      Round 5 : I worked in hdc in each st all around.
4.     We now work the ch-sps round in off 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 Garfield and Odie’s specific features.

For both Garfield and Odie eyes  : Make two each
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 : 2 dc in each dc all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (20). 

Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment.  Repeat for the other eye.


For the centre of the eye :
Round 1 : (Using black) : Start with a magic circle and 8 hdc in that circle.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (8)
OR you could use a 0.75mm black button.


For the nose : (Using pink for Garfield and black for Odie)
You can either use a tapestry / embroidery needle, and work a circle in pink
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.
Using a tapestry needle, embroider in a white line in the centre of Odie’s black nose for the shine.
You could stuff both noses with a little poly-fill. I have opted not to do so.


For Garfield whiskers and mouth :
Use an embroidery / tapestry needle and embroider in three whiskers on either side and mouth that leads off the nose.
Odie has a little mouth off to one side.  He does not have whiskers.


For Garfield ears : Make two
Start Row 1 : with a magic circle and 3 dc in that circle. Pull to a close.  Do  not join.  Turn

Row 2 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next dc. Turn (5)

Row 3 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; dc in the next 3 dc ; 2 dc in the next dc. Turn (7)
Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment.
After you sew the ear down onto the square, using a black yarn and embroidery / tapestry needle, embroider in black ear markings, using long stitch (or any stitch just so that there are long black lines typical of Garfield on his ears)


For Odie’s ears : Make two
Start Round 1 : (using black yarn) with a magic circle and 6 hdc in the circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (6)

Rounds 2 - 6 : hdc in each hdc all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (6)
Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment. 
Note :  You can continue working Round 2 more if you want a longer ear.

For Odie’s tongue :
Start Row 1 : with 3 fsc.  Turn

Row 2 : hdc in each fsc.  Turn

Row 3 : hdc 3-tog over all 3 hdc.  Turn and sl-st all around to soften the edges of the tongue.
Optional : You can run a round of sl-st all around the tongue to give it a neat edge.
Fasten off and leave a tail to attach.
Attach the tongue at an angle off Odie’s mouth.

And that’s our Garfield & Odie mitered granny squares in a round .. done!

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