Monday, 16 July 2018

SESAME STREET GRANNY SQUARE - BIG BIRD - IN THE ROUND 16


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SESAME STREET GRANNY SQUARE
BIG BIRD

IN THE ROUND - 16


If you have been following my blogs, you’ll know that we’re creating some really cute 9” x 9” squares for toddler blankets.  I do hope you have checked out the Project Chemo Crochet page on Facebook and their website of the same name for all the stupendous work they have been doing over the years.  Also check out the various ways in which each of us can donate.

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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.
I plan on making quite a few from this series, so watch this space !

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

For my requirement for Project Chemo Cancer (which is for 9” x 9” squares), I needed some tweaks and here are my notes 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 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 for creating the character face, you will start creating the ‘border’ granny square, still working in rounds but working with either off white or white for the border (or a color of your choice).  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.

I made the square first and attached on Big Bird’s features afterwards.


Tweaks that I’ve done for my Big Bird square :
1.        I started with a centre (yellow for Big Bird) 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.


Big Bird facial features
For Big Bird head feathers – 1 :
Using Yellow
Start : with 5 fsc.  Turn ;
ch 1, and sl-st in the 1st fsc ; sc in the next fsc ; hdc in the last 3 fsc (first orange feather done) ;
ch 7 ; Turn ; and sl-st in the 1st ch from hk ; hdc in the next ch ; dc in the remaining ch (second orange feather done).
Fasten off and leave a tail for attachment.

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For Big Bird head feathers – 2 :
Using Yellow
Start : with 6 fsc.  Turn ;
ch 1, and sl-st in the 1st fsc ; sc in the next fsc ; hdc in the last 4 fsc (first black feather done) ;
ch 8 ; Turn ; and sl-st in the 1st ch from hk ; hdc in the next ch ; dc in the remaining ch (second black feather done).
Fasten off and leave a tail for attachment.

To attach : Place the feather-1 on top of the feather-2 and sew them together first.  Then place these feathers on top of the circle, right in the middle of the eyes. (Check my project for placement – it’s easy)

For Big Bird 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 dc in the 1st hdc and in each st all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (20). 
Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment. 

Attach blue.
We will work half a row in sl-st to give a blue outline around Big bird’s eye.
Row 3 : (Using black) : sl-st in the 1st dc and in the next 11 sts. Turn.
Fasten off blue, and attach pink. We will work pink over the blue stitches only.

Row 4 : (Using pink) : sl-st in the 1st st and in the next 11 sts.
Fasten off pink and weave in ends.
Note : I opted to embroider in my pink row as I felt that it looked nicer.  So you choose whatever suits you best.

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

For Big Bird beak :
You can either use a tapestry / embroidery needle, and work a small triangle in yellow and then fill it in with a few straight stitches. OR
You can make it a 3D one as I have

Round 1 : (with yellow) : Start and a magic circle.  Work 8 sc in that circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (8)

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. (12)

Round 3 : Rep Round 2. (15)

Rounds 4 – 7 : sc in the 1st sc ; and in each sc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (15)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment.
You could stuff the beak with a little poly-fill. I have opted not to do so.

And I am sure you will agree Big Bird just looks too cute.  
I am thrilled to start with this cute bird as the first of this series – and that this square will surely spread smiles to a toddler battling cancer! 
Warm hugs little one.. fight hard!

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