Saturday, 14 July 2018

POLAR BEAR GRANNY SQUARE - IN THE ROUND 15


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POLAR BEAR GRANNY SQUARE

IN THE ROUND - 15


If you have been following my blogs, you’ll know that we’re creating some really cute 9” x 9” squares for toddler blankets.  These squares are going to Project Chemo Crochet and will be joined together to make a blanket for a little one battling cancer.
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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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This is my 15th pattern in this series.  I started my first cute kitty cat pattern, using the crochet granny square by Ashleigh.  Free pattern at http://www.sewrella.com/kitty-cat-crochet-granny-square/

As I need to make a 9” x 9” square for Project Chemo Cancer, I needed to work in some small changes.

Now in case you just want to make a polar bear motif, stop after creating the face in Round 5, and then go straight to make the features (nose, eyes and mouth).

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

Oh, in my 1st blog for this cute kitty cat, I just followed what Ashleigh had done and have written my tweaks there.. so check that out too and see which pattern works for you.  Cheers.

Tweaks that I’ve done :
1.        I started with a centre (face colour – white today for our polar bear) circle and then worked the blue as my border.
2.      In Round 5 (face rounds) we work in the polar bear ears.  Work 23 hdc ; sc in the next st ; sk next st ,  (3 dc + 2 trc all in the next st ; 2 trc + 3 dc all in the next st) ; sk next 2 sts, sc in the next 11 sts ; sk next 2 sts, rep (to) once ; sk next st, sc in the next st ; hdc in each st till end.  Two ears done.
3.      We will now work a round of ch-5 sps just like the designer Ashleigh has. I’ve used blue for my border.
4.     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.
5.      So sc in the 1st st ; *ch 5, sk next 4 sts and sc in the next st* ; rep *to* all around. 
6.     In the following round, work 5 dc in each ch-5 sp of Round 2 that you’ve just worked,  and (3 dc ; ch 3, 3 dc) for each corner ch-5 sp.
7.      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 the ears are slightly off centre (as they are in my project), it just looks like the polar bear is cocking his head at you.. and he looks devastatingly cute anyway.  I could have gone back and reworked the ch-sps to get it dead centre – I just think this works too.  So in case your little fella is not bang centre, doesn’t matter – just as long as you have two ch-5 sps between the ears, you’re good!
Right then.. let’s get the face features put in now, shall we?


For the polar bear nose :
Start : with 4 fsc.  Turn.

In the following row, we will work down the row and then at the end, we will turn around the last st and work along the bottom of the same fsc chain. So while we start with a row, we will end working in a round.

Row / Round 1 : 3 sc in the 1st fsc ; sc in the next 2 fsc ; 3 sc in the next fsc ; Turn and work along the bottom of the same 4 fsc ; dc in the same corner st ; 2 dc in each of the next 2 fsc ; dc in the last fsc.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

You should have a semicircular little black patch that makes our pert little polar bear nose.  I attached this just off the centre of your Polar bear face.

Then using your tapestry / embroidery needle, embroider in a small mouth from the nose.


For the eyes : I used a pair of 0.75 cm black buttons.  Attach them on either side of the nose.
In case you want to crochet these in, work a magic circle with 8 hdc.  Pull tight and fasten off leaving a tail for attachment.

Isn’t this a really cute polar bear – he’s cocking his head to one side and agreeing with you too ;)

How do I make this into a blanket ? So all you do is make enough squares to get the size you need.  This is my 15th blog in this series, so you have 14 other blogs to check out (and some have more than one pattern) and in the links below, I have created squares for PCC before, so take a dekho there too.. lots and lots of kiddie squares done before this.  Make all your squares and using one of the joining techniques given above, join them up to create your own unique blanket / afghan for your lil one.  Enjoy crafting and spread smiles.

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