Tuesday, 10 July 2018

INIMITABLE MINION GRANNY SQUARE - IN THE ROUND 11


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INIMITABLE MINION GRANNY SQUARE

IN THE ROUND - 11


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.  PCC is an on-going project that makes blankets for people battling cancer.  They put together the squares that we send (knitted or crocheted) and give this loving anonymous blanket to patients undergoing chemotherapy at the hospital.  How lovely is it to spread smiles – come along, make a few too.  For more details, please find them on Facebook or Google them. 

Today we will make the inimitable minion.  I’ve only made these two, but there are ideas on how to make the girl minions as well.  Read through all my notes to see how you can make a minion motif as well as a minion blanket.  Enjoy.

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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

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Yet again, I am using the basic square pattern from the free pattern at http://www.sewrella.com/kitty-cat-crochet-granny-square/

As you know, our requirement for Project Chemo Cancer is for 9” x 9” squares, so I’ve needed to tweak the pattern a little bit to get it right for my donation.

I have made minion caps recently – get inspired.  Check it out at https://shyamanivas.blogspot.com/2018/06/preemie-caps-19-minion-caps.html

So here’s 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 or character you are working on.
Once you are done with Rounds 1 – 5 for creating the centre circle (or face of the animal / character), you will start creating the granny square and making the ‘border’, still working in rounds.  Keeping this in mind, here are my tweaks.

As I mentioned before, girl and boy minions use the same basic ideas.  Please read through all my notes before you pick up your hook to decide what you are going to work on today.  

My tweaks :
1.        I started with a centre (yellow for the minion) circle and then worked the off- white as my border.
2.      When working for the off-white square / border, work as instructed in the original pattern.  Just ensure you have 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 as instructed by designer) ;  and (3 dc ; ch 3, 3 dc) for each corner ch-5 sp.
4.     I then worked 1 dc in each dc till end, 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 yellow and off-white (or whatever colour you want for your border), we need to add in the features for the minion.
Do take a look at my blog for minion caps to take a look at different boy and girl minion creations and ideas.  
If you want to just make a minion motif, work the yellow (face) rounds and do not work the off-white border rounds.  Voila! You have yourself a minion motif!


For the eyes :
Round 1 : (Using white) : Start with a magic circle and 10 dc in that circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (10)

Round 2 : dc in the 1st dc and in each dc all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (20)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment.

I used a 0.75 cm black button for the centre of the eye.

For around the eye : work the rim of the spectacles with grey yarn, either with a tapestry/embroidery needle or working (as Ashleigh suggests) in the tambour way.
Note : In some of the minions, there is a bit of blue or a bit of yellow and it’s only part way.  You can switch grey and yellow or you can just work grey all around and then using a tapestry needle work in the yellow for that little section along the top and bottom of the spectacle / eye.

For the spectacle finishing : There are two black straps that lead off the grey spectacle border.  For this I worked a fdc chain that went from the grey spectacle outline to the end of the yellow border.  Just work as many stitches as needed.
In case you are not happy with fdc, work a regular chain, and then work dc in the 3rd ch from hk, and continue with dc all the way to the end of the chain.
Leave a long tail for attachment. Place the black straps on either side of the spectacle lens and attach neatly.

For the mouth : Use a tapestry / embroidery needle to sew in a smiling mouth as desired.

For the girl minion : There are a few girl minions and if you decide to make them, you basically use this same technique / idea to make the face and eyes.  I would then add on hair on the top. 

How do you add on hair ? Decide how long you want the tresses and cut double that length in whatever colour yarn you want the hair.  So say 6” hair length in black, then you’d cut 12” per tress in black.  Then fold this piece of yarn in half and weave it into the top of your yellow circle (which you should imagine as the top of the head).  I’d say about 3-4 strands per stitch (on top of head) depending on how thick you want the hair tress.  Also depending on which girl minion you are making, weave the hair all the way down the circle.  One of the minions has a pair of plaits along the two sides – so make longer yarn lengths, and then weave them into plaits, holding it together with a bow at the end. 
You not only get an adorably cute lil girl minion, you also get some ‘play-able’ 3D stuff on your blanket.
May I suggest though that you weave these tresses really well, and sew them down well(especially when using longer lengths of yarn for the girls). One does not want them unraveling in wash or when the child is fiddling with them.  Such elaborate 3D work may also justify a backing for your full blanket (or lining for the blanket from behind).

How do I make this into a blanket ? If you want just minions, then look a the minion range and make a whole set of them.  Use one of the joining techniques given above to make your own inimitable minion afghan.

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