Sunday, 22 July 2018
GROVER of SESAME STREET GRANNY SQUARE : IN THE ROUND – 22
GROVER of SESAME STREET GRANNY SQUARE
IN THE ROUND – 22
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. This wonderful charity collects squares and then sews them up into interesting blankets for people undergoing chemotherapy. These squares are all being made for toddlers. Can you imagine the smiles you’ll spread by just making one little 9” x 9” square.. Come along, join this movement. Read all about the charity on their Facebook page or website.
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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.
Thanks for coming along and spreading smiles.
Grover follows Count Dracula, and is the 7th in 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
How to join your work : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUGb9pIcsXE
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/
I have used the general idea from Ashleigh’s pattern – 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, you will start creating the 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. Keeping this in mind, here are my tweaks.
Now if you want to make just a cute Grover motif, you work till Round 4 or 5 (depending on how large a motif you want). You then go straight to the instructions here for making the face features.
In case you want to make a Sesame street inspired blanket / afghan, then you just check all the earlier blogs for other characters I’ve made in this series and look out for the few more that follow. Make as many squares as you need for your project and use one of the joining techniques given above to make your own unique cute blanket for your little one. Have fun. Spread smiles.
Tweaks that I’ve done for my Grover square :
1. I started with a centre (purple - face colour for Grover) circle and then worked the off- white as my border. Oh you can use either deep blue or purple for Grover’s face.
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 the special facial features.
For Grover’s eyes : Make two
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 : (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).
Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment. You should have an oval shaped eye. Repeat for the other eye.
For the centre black of eye : I used a 0.75cm button. If you want to crochet it in, work a magic circle with 6 hdc. Fasten off and leave a tail for attachment.
For Grover’s nose : (Using pink).
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 Grover’s nose with a little poly-fill. I have opted not to do so.
For Grover’s mouth : (Using black) : Start with a magic circle and 10 dc in that circle. Do not join. Leave as a semi circle.
(Using red) : sl-st in each dc till end. Fasten off red
Fasten off black and leave a tail for attachment.
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