Tuesday, 31 July 2018

TOM & JERRY GRANNY SQUARES : IN THE ROUND - 30


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TOM & JERRY GRANNY SQUARES

IN THE ROUND - 30

Welcome back to Sweet Nothings Crochet free pattern blogs and to the next in my series of “in the round” granny squares.
You know that we’re creating some really cute 9” x 9” squares for Project Chemo Crochet that will go to making blankets for toddler battling cancer.  Read all about the fantastic work that this charity is doing on their Facebook page or website.

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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


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

You can use these patterns to make just a pair of Tom & Jerry motifs.  Using the face colour, work till Round 4 or 5, depending on how large a motif you want.  Then go straight to the bottom of the blog for facial feature information.

In case you want to make an afghan or blanket, just make as many squares as you’d like for the length and breadth of your blanket and then using one of the joining techniques given at the top of this blog, join up to create something beautiful and unique.  Take a look at all the links at the bottom of this blog for lots and lots of patterns and inspiration.  Have a fun crafting session.


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Tweaks that I’ve done for my Tom & Jerry granny squares here :
1.        I started with a centre (grey for Tom and brown for Jerry) 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.      Round 5 : I worked in hdc in each st all around.
4.     We now work the ch-sps round in off 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 Tom and Jerry’s specific facial features.

Do visit my blog for the caps I’ve made for this duo in case you want to make a blanket and cap set or just something different.


For both Tom & Jerry’s eyes  : Make two for each
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)
Fasten off black.  Attach white.

Round 2 : 2 sc in the 1st hdc ; 2 dc in each of the next 3 sts ; 2 sc in each of the next 2 sts ; 2 dc in each of the next 3 sts ; 2 sc in the last st. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (20). 
Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment.  Repeat for the other eye.

For centre black : Work a magic circle with 8 hdc in it.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  Pull closed.  Fasten off and leave a tail for attachment.
OR use a 0.75 mm black button.


For the centre of the eye :
Round 1 : (Using black) : Start with a magic circle and 8 hdc in that circle.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (8)
OR you could use a 0.75mm black button.


For the nose : (Using black for both Tom & Jerry)
You can either use a tapestry / embroidery needle, and work a circle in pink
and then fill it in with a few straight stitches. OR
You can make it a 3D one as I have

Round 1 : Start and a magic circle.  Work 6 sc in that circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (6)

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. (9)

Round 3 : Rep Round 2. (12)

Rounds 4 – 5 : sc in the 1st sc ; and in each sc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (12)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment.
Using a tapestry needle, embroider in a white line in the centre of Odie’s black nose for the shine.
You could stuff both noses with a little poly-fill. I have opted not to do so.


For both Tom & Jerry’s whiskers :
Use an embroidery / tapestry needle and embroider in three whiskers on either side.


For Tom’s ears :
Make two (using same pink and an outline of grey).
Please read through right to the end till Notes before you start working on their ears.  Cheers.

Now here’s where you can do something different.  You can decide to stitch the ears down flat, in which case it does not matter if you have a back to your ear.  In case you want to keep the ears 3D and ‘flappable’, then you need Tom’s ears to be pink on the inside, and grey on the outside ; and Jerry has a pink inner ear and a brown outer ear.
You will work the same pattern for both of your characters, but using pink and grey for Tom etc.  You will then join the ears along the outer edges and sew the flat edge onto your granny square.

In case you are working the flappable ears, you will work one set of ears in grey and one set in pink.
You will then attach both the ears first, and then attach it to the face.

In case you are going to stitch the ears down flat, you will work Rows 1 & 2 in pink, and Row 3 in grey for Tom.

Row 1 : Start with a magic circle and 10 dc in that circle. 
Pull lightly to close.
Do NOT join.  Turn. (10)

Row 2 : 2 dc in the 1st dc and in each dc till end.  Turn.  (20)

Fasten off and leave a tail for attachment.

Notes
1.        If you are making the non-flappable ear (that you will stitch down), the inside is pink for both. 
2.      For Tom, work Row 3 with a sl-st in each st all around and then sew it flat down using the same grey yarn
3.      For Jerry, work Row 3 with sl-st in each st all around and then sew it down flat using the same brown yarn
4.     If working 3D flappable ear, then first make the pink parts for both Tom & Jerry, and then work the same pattern for the second part of the ears.
5.      When attaching pink to grey for Tom, after working Row 2 in grey, keep both pink and grey together and join with a sl-st or sc through both at the same time. That way you get a border in grey and get them attached all in one.
6.     You will do Point # 5 for Jerry, using brown.


For Jerry’s ears : Make two
Once again for Jerry’s ears, if you are making it flappable, you will make one set in brown and one set in pink.  You will attach one pink and one brown ear first and then attach it down to the face we’ve made.

In case you are going to stitch the ears down flat, you will work Rows 1 & 2 in pink, and Row 3 in brown for Jerry.

Row 1 : Start with a magic circle and 10 hdc in that circle. 
Pull lightly to close.
Do NOT join.  Turn. (10)

Row 2 : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc till end.  Turn.  (20)
Fasten off and leave a tail for attachment.

And that’s our Tom & Jerry granny squares in a round .. done!

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