Monday, 9 July 2018
OWL GRANNY SQUARE : IN THE ROUND - 10
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 lil kids battling cancer. These squares go off to Project Chemo Crochet. Do check their page on Facebook and the website under the same name for more details on how to send them the squares.
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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, instert 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
We will once again work off the crochet granny square by Ashleigh. Free pattern at http://www.sewrella.com/kitty-cat-crochet-granny-square/
I however found that for my requirement for Project Chemo Cancer (which is for 9” x 9” squares), I needed some tweaks.
So here are the basic ideas of 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 you are working on.
Once you are done with Rounds 1 – 5 for the round face bit, you will start creating the granny square or border, still working in rounds. Keeping this in mind, here are my tweaks.
Please read through all my instructions before you pick up your hook. Thanks.
Oh, and if you just make the grey round portion and then add on the eyes, beak and ears, (without the off-white border portion I mean), you'll have yourselves a lovely owl motif!
What I’ve done :
1. I started with grey (my owl face colour) circle and then worked the off- white as my border.
2. In Round 5 we work in our owl ears. I worked 39 hdc ; I then worked 1 sc in the next dc. I continued then to make 5 chain stitches for the ears.
3. So work a ch-5 (for ears) and then turn and work a hdc in the 2nd ch from hook ; then work 1 dc, 1 trc and 1 dtrc in the remaining chain. (Check trc and dtrc in “Stitches used” above)
4. I skipped 4 sts along the head/body of owl, and worked an sc in the next st ; sc in the next 10 sts. We will work the next ear now.
5. Make the next ch-5 (for next ear) and turn and work a hdc in the 2nd ch from hook ; then work 1 dc, 1 trc and 1 dtrc in the remaining chain.
6. Once again skip 4 sts along the head/body of owl, and work an sc in the last st. With this you are finished with the face of your animal, and need to continue on to the creation of the granny square.
7. When starting on the square instructions, remember there should be one corner space each behind the ears (ie the 3 dc , ch 3, 3 dc bit) ; and two 5-dc sets in between the ears. You need a total of 12 ch-5 sps all around.
8. 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.
9. 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?
In case your ch-5 sps do not fit exactly, and your lil owl is slightly ‘off centre’, it really does not matter. The owl will look really cute cocking its head to one side, and will spread smiles anyway.
Come along then.. go create. Please visit the link given on top for the basic square pattern and then come back here for the eyes and beak ideas.
For the eyes : (Make two)
Round 1 : (using black) : Start with a magic circle and work 6 sc in that circle. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.
Fasten off black. Attach white yarn.
Round 2 : (using white) : 2 dc in the 1st sc and in each sc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.
Round 3 : (using white) : 2 hdc in the 1st dc and in each dc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment.
For the beak :
Using yellow embroider in a small triangle just under the eyes. Then fill it in with straight stitches.
And that’s one cute hootin’ owl for you. I hope you enjoyed working on our project today.
How do I make this into a blanket ?
Well, pretty simple - just make as many squares as you want, using this pattern and the many many more on my blog here. Then using one of the joining methods given above, make yourself a cute animal inspired afghan or blanket.
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A full time mum, a part time social service volunteer, animal fosterer and a Guinness World Record holder
I love art and craft - and am grateful for this hobby that keeps me busy and out of 'mischief'.
We (as a family) are also staunch protectors of stray animals and will continue to do our bit to make this a safe world for them.
We strongly believe in R-R-R and several of my projects will show this.