Monday, 23 July 2018

KERMIT, THE FROG SESAME STREET GRANNY SQUARE : IN THE ROUND – 23


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KERMIT, THE FROG
SESAME STREET GRANNY SQUARE
IN THE ROUND – 23

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 little children battling cancer. I have made these squares for Project Chemo Crochet.  Read all about this wonderful charity on their Facebook page or website and see how you can donate too.

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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.



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 still using the basic square pattern from the free pattern at http://www.sewrella.com/kitty-cat-crochet-granny-square/ which I’ve used for the past 22 squares.

You start the centre which 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, and today green for Kermit, the frog.  

You remember him from The Sesame Street Gang, don't you?

Once you are done with Rounds 1 – 5 for Kermit’s face, you will start creating the border granny square, still working in rounds but working with either off white or white.  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.

In case you want to make just a motif, then stop working after Rounds 4 or 5 (depending on how large a motif you want) in green, and then skip right through to the face features instructions.

To make an afghan or blanket, you just work as many squares as you want and then using one of the joining techniques at the top of this blog, join your squares for a unique cute blanket for your lil one.  Check out all the links at the bottom of this blog for some really cute pattern ideas too.

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Our Kermit the frog mitered granny square :
1.        I started with a centre (green - face colour for Kermit) 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 the special facial features.


For Kermit’s eyes : Start : with a magic circle and 3 hdc in it.  Turn. Pull closed but do not join. 
Row 1 : hdc 3-tog over all 3 hdc. Ch 1 and fasten off, leaving a long tail to attach onto the whites of the eyes.  Angle the black slightly.


For Kermit’s mouth : Using pink :
Start with a magic circle and 13 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.


For Kermit’s tongue : (Using red) :
Start with a magic circle and 10 dc in that circle. 
Do not join. Leave as a semi circle.  Fasten off and leave a tail for attachment.


For Kermit’s frilly collar : Using green :
Start : with 12 fsc.  Turn.
Row 1 : sc in the 1st fsc ;
*sk next fsc, (2 dc , 3 trc , 2 dc) all in the next fsc ; sk next fsc, sc in the next fsc* ; rep *to* till end.  Fasten off, leaving a long tail to attach.  Attach onto the base of neck which is the bottom of the green square.

And I am pretty sure you love this cute little square too. Hope you had a fun creative day – do come back and check tomorrow’s creation too. 

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