Dainty Daisy Granny

On our Discord channel – Crafty Crocheters – we have jumped back into weekly Granny

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Square pattern shares.  This week we have chosen the Dainty Daisy Granny by Just Be Crafty.   One of the great things about this pattern – especially for beginner crocheters – is that it in addition to the written pattern, there is also a video.

This square is on the small size.  Using the recommended 5mm hook, my square was only  2.5inches squared in size.  If I were to make a blanket using this pattern, I would add a few rounds to increase the size of each square.  This pattern works up so quickly and will make a wonderful addition to any granny square blanket!

Happy crocheting!

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The Basic Granny

One of the simplest crochet patterns that I have discovered is the basic granny square.  It is generally accepted that any square pattern for a blanket block is now considered to be classified as a “Granny Square” but a true Granny Square is similar to this basic pattern.  You can find are several deviations to the main pattern online, but the final product is a result of double-crochet-clusters forming a square.

My goal for this blog (and the discord channel) is to share a granny pattern every week to inspire you to create your own afghans.

Basic Granny Square

Pattern Notes:

This pattern is worked in squared rows, joining with a slip stitch at the end of every squared row. The size of this pattern can easily be adjusted by continuing the pattern to your desired size or changing your hook size.  Colour changes may be completed as frequently as you like, simply join your new colour before starting the Ch3 of the next row.

I prefer to start my Squared Rows in the corner stitch, so after I have joined with a Sl St, I continue to sl st to the corner – this is my personal preference, many other crochets simply start the next row at the sl st join.

TERMS used in this Pattern:
Ch: Chain
SC: Single Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
Sl St: Slip Stitch
FO: Finish Off

Size: Varied
Hooks: 5.5mm hooks
Yarns: Any worsted weight yarns
I used Loops & Threads Impeccable.
Using 5.5mm hook

1. Ch4. DC 2 into the third chain from the hook.  This creates your first DC Cluster. * Ch2. DC 3 into the same chain space as the first cluster * Repeat until you have 4 clusters.  Ch2. Sl St to beginning chain to form a square.  I now sl st to the corner to start my next squared row.

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2.  Ch3. DC 2 into the ch2 space from the previous round. Ch2. DC 3 into the same ch2 space. Ch2. (You will now have a DC cluster, Ch2 and another DC cluster, Ch2 in the corner space).

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Continue this pattern of DC 3, Ch2, DC 3, Ch2  in each corner Ch2 space around the square and join with a sl st. As before, sl st to the corner.  Your final result of this squared row will be 8 DC clusters separated by a Ch2 between each.

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3.  Ch3. DC 2 into the ch2 space from the previous round. Ch2. DC 3 into the same ch2 space. Ch2  (You will now have a DC cluster, CH2 and another DC cluster in the corner space). You will now create a cluster in the first non-corner ch2 space from the previous row: DC 3, ch2.  You will now be at the second corner space, do a double cluster: DC 3, ch2, DC 3, Ch2.  Repeat this pattern around and join with a sl st.  Again, I sl st to the corner space. Your final result of this squared row will be 12 DC clusters separated by a Ch2 between each.

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4.  Repeat the pattern of DC 3, ch2 in each ch2 space from the previous row until the desired size of your granny square is reached.  Remember to always complete a double cluster each corner.

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5.  Once your desired size has been achieved, simply create a SC in each st around the square.  This final step will assist in joining the completed squares to form a full blanket.  FO and weave in all ends.

If you are a visual learner, there are many videos on YouTube to help you with this style of square.

Happy crafting!

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Spooky Cute

I have had this pattern ready for several weeks, with the intent on posting it in September.  Unfortunately, every pattern tester I sent this to, still has yet to get back to me.  I have made the executive decision to offer this pattern, UNTESTED, in hopes that someone will still be able to use it before Halloween.

If you are interested in being a pattern tester for future patterns, please do not hesitate to contact me via facebook.  This pattern is also available on Ravelry (for free) if you would prefer to have a downloadable version.

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Spooky Cute

Pattern Notes:

This pattern is worked in rounds (except for the last two rows), and from the top down.  The size of this pattern can easily be adjusted by increasing the number of rounds in the crown and in the body.  There are two methods you could use to start the hat – the Chain method or the magic circle method (only choose one).

TERMS used in this Pattern:
Ch: Chain
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
Sl St: Slip Stitch
FO: Finish Off

Size: 0-3mos
Hooks: 5.0mm & 5.5mm hooks
Yarns: Any worsted weight yarns
I used Loops & Threads Impeccable: White, Black and any accent colour.
Gauge:  2 inches = 8HDC; 6 rows

Using 5.5mm hook
Worked mostly in the round; use a stitch marker to keep track of your rounds.

    1. Using White Yarn, Ch2. HDC 4 into the second chain from the hook.

ALTERNATIVELY –  HDC 4 into a magic circle (4)

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  2. 2HDC, HDC in next 3 (5)
  3. 2HDC, HDC in next 4 (6)
  4. 2HDC, HDC in next 5 (7)
  5. 2HDC around (14)
  6. *2HDC, HDC* around (21).
  7. *2HDC, HDC in next 2* around (28)
  8. *2HDC, HDC in next 3* around (35)
  9. *2HDC, HDC in next 4* around (42)
  10. *2HDC, HDC in next 5* around (49)

>> This is the portion of the pattern where you would add more increase rounds in you wish to make a larger version of the hat

  1. HDC around for rounds 9 (49 per round)

>> This is the portion of the pattern where you would add more rounds if you are increasing the size.

  1. HDC in 40, SC 9. Sl St to the first stitch of the last row (49)
  2. SC in the third loop of every stitch. Sl St to the first stitch.  FO. Weave in ends (49)

Using 5.0mm hook

Pupils (make 2)

  1. Using White Yarn, Ch2. HDC 6 into the second chain from the hook. Sl St to the first stitch. FO, leaving a long tail for sewing. (6)

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Worked in the round

  1. Using Black Yarn, Ch5. HDC into the second chain from the hook, HDC 2, 3HDC in the last chain. Now working up the opposite side of the chain, HDC 2, 2 HDC in the last chain (10)
  2. 2HDC, HDC in next 2, 2HDC in next 3, HDC in 2, 2HDC in next 2. Sl St. FO, leaving long tail for sewing. (16)

Bow

  1. Ch 10, SC in second from hook and across (9). Ch1, turn.
  2. SC across for 3 rows (9). Ch1, turn.
  3. SC in 8 stitches, 2SC in the last stitch. Now working down the side of the bow,  SC 3, 2SC in corner stitch.  Now working along the bottom of the bow, SC 7, 2SC in the last stitch.  Turn so you are working back up the last side, SC 3, Sl St in corner stitch. FO, leaving a long tail for wrapping and sewing.
  4. Using a needle, weave the yarn into the middle of the bow and wrap several times causing the bow to pinch in the center.

 

Attaching features

Refer to the finished image as a guide for placement of the features.

  1. Using white yarn, create a loop with the top portion of the hat and sew in place.
  2. Using the tail from the pupils, sew into place on the black eyes.
  3. Using the tail from the eyes, sew into place on the hat.
  4. Using the tail from the bow, sew into place on the hat.

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