Wednesday, 25 July 2018

TURTLE GRANNY SQUARE : IN THE ROUND - 25


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TURTLE GRANNY SQUARE

IN THE ROUND - 25


If you have been following my blogs, you’ll know that we’re creating some really cute 9” x 9” squares that will go to make blankets for toddler battling cancer.  This is part of the Project Chemo Crochet charity.  Read all about them in my earlier blogs or check them out on Facebook or their website.  See how you can help spread smiles too.  One small square is all it takes J

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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.

Skill Intermediate to Advanced
The stitches used are basic.  The attachment of the border to the round has a calculation that needs advanced skills.

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.




Instructions using U.S terminology

I started my first cute kitty cat pattern, using this 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 9” x 9” squares I needed some tweaks. So here’s what I’ve done.
We start with the centre that will be the face colour of the animal you are working on.  Once you are done with Rounds 1 – 5 for the animal face, you will start creating the border granny square, still working in rounds and preferably in a contrast colour. 

Oh, in my 1st blog for the 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.

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Tweaks that I’ve done :
1.        I started with a centre (face colour = green for our turtle) circle and then worked the off- white as my border.
2.      In Round 5 we work in the four feet, one face and one tiny tail, all in one continuous motion.  So we will work one foot, then continue to work on the main body ; work 2nd foot, then main body ; the head, then main body ; 3rd foot, then main body ; & last foot before we join up.  We will work the little tail in the next round. Each feature will be worked off with a set of chains and when we complete that feature, we will return to the main body and continue hdc.  Got it? 
3.      Round 5 : For the four feet and head : Work hdc in the 1st 12 dc ; (ch 4 ; Turn and hdc in the 2nd ch from hk ; hdc in the next 2 ch) ; Continue working on the main body ; hdc in the next 14 dc ; rep (to) once ; hdc in the next 5 dc ; sc in the next dc ; [ch 5 ; Turn and hdc in the 2nd ch from hk ; 2 dc in the next ch ; 2 trc in the next ch ; 2 dc in the next ch] ; Continue working on the main body ; sc in the next dc ; hdc in the next 5 dc ; rep (to) once ; Continue working on the main body ; hdc in the next 14 dc ; rep (to) once ; Continue working on the main body ; hdc in the all dc till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  We’ve worked the four feet and head.  Now we’ll work in the tail in that last st.
4.     For the little tail :  sc , 3 dc , sc all in the 1st  hdc.  Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment.  Check that you have all the appendages mentioned above.
5.      We will now work a round of ch-5 sps just like the designer Ashleigh has.  Re-attach your border color yarn in the 1st (tail) stitch and then follow designer Ashleigh instructions for the ch-5 sps.
6.     When starting on the square instructions, remember we need a total of 12 ch-5 sps all around.  Each corner space is (the 3 dc , ch 3, 3 dc bit).  So we start with 5 dc in the first two ch-5 sps, then a corner space and then 5 dc in the next two ch-5 sps and so on.
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?

Don’t you think our turtle is just too cute and roly poly? Love it!

For the eyes, feet and scales on shell :
Using an embroidery / tapestry needle, I sewed on two eyes using French knot stitches.
If you are fastidious and careful for detail, work in two stitches per foot to mark the toes.  You can also use a darker shade of green or light brown to mark in scales on top of your turtle shell. (I didn’t have the right shade in my stash)

And with that we are done with our roly poly turtle.

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