Friday, February 18, 2011

Crazy Granny Square

I haven't posted a pattern in quite a while, so here's a new one. A little twist on the classic granny.


Crazy Granny Square
Designed By: Melinda Miller
SKILL LEVEL:           Beginner

FINISHED SIZE:        12” square


MATERIALS:              Worsted weight yarn
                                    Crochet hook size H / 5.0 mm
                                    Tapestry needle

STITCH GUIDE:        Sl St = slip stitch
                                    Sc = single crochet
                                    Hdc = half double crochet
Dc= double crochet
Tr = triple crochet


Rnd 1: Ch 4, work 11 dc in first ch, join with sl st in top of beg ch-4. (12 dc)

Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc here and throughout pattern), (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same st as join, ch 1, sk next dc, *(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next dc, ch 1, sk next dc; rep from * 4 more times; join with sl st in top of beg ch-3. ( 24 dc and 12 ch-1 sps)

Rnds 3 and 4: Sl st in each st to first ch-1 sp, (sl st, ch 3, 2 dc) in first ch -1 sp, ch 1, *3 dc in next ch -1 sp, ch 1; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch-3. (36 dc and 12 ch -1 sps at end of Rnd 4)

Rnd 5: Sl st in each st to first ch-1 sp, (sl st, ch 3, dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in first ch -1 sp, ch 1, *(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch -1 sp, ch 1; rep from * 10 more times; join with sl st in top of beg ch-3. (48 dc and 24 ch-1 sps)

Rnds 6: Rep Rnd 3. Finish off Color A. (24 ch-1 sps)

Rnd. 7: Attach Color B with sl st to any ch-1 sp, ch 4 (count as 1 tr), (2 tr, ch 2, 3 tr) in same sp, *ch1, 3 dc in next sp, ch 1, 3 hdc in next sp, ch 1, 3 sc in next sp, ch 1, 3 hdc in next sp, ch 1, 3 dc in next sp, ch 1,** in next ch-1 sp work (3 tr, ch 2, 3 tr), rep from * 3 times more, ending at **, join with sl st to beg tr.



Rnd. 8: Sl st into each st to next ch-1 sp, (sl st, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp, *[ch 1, in next sp work 3 dc] 6 times, ch 1,** in corner work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc), rep from * 3 times more, ending at **, join with sl st to beg dc.

Rnd. 9: Sl st into each st to next ch-1 sp, (sl st, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp, *[ch 1, in next sp work 3 dc] 7 times, ch 1,** in corner work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc), rep from * 3 times more, ending at **, join with sl st to beg dc.

Rnd. 10: Sl st into each st to next ch-1 sp, (sl st, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp, *[ch 1, in next sp work 3 dc] 8 times, ch 1,** in corner work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc), rep from * 3 times more, ending at **, join with sl st to beg dc.

Rnd. 11: Sl st into each st to next ch-1 sp, (sl st, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp, *[ch 1, in next sp work 3 dc] 9 times, ch 1,** in corner work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc), rep from * 3 times more, ending at **, join with sl st to beg dc.

Pattern Note:  At this point, measure your square. Then determine which stitch you will use in Rnd. 13 in order to achieve 12 inches.

Rnd. 12: Ch 1/2/3, *1 sc/hdc/dc in each dc and ch-1 sp to corner sp, in corner sp work 3 sc/hdc/dc, rep from * around square, join with sl st to beg sc/hdc/dc. Finish off, weave in ends, block.


Copyright - This Crazy Granny Square Pattern and photo is copyright 2011 by Melinda Miller. Per copyright law, do not redistribute (with or without charge) in any form. (Redistributing to others includes by photocopies, scanning, emailing, putting on a CD, posting in Internet forum messages, putting on another web site and any other manner of distribution.)



Wednesday, February 16, 2011

February Crafting Poem

My February crafting poem is short and sweet. It is a humorous poem from a classical poet, Stephen Crane. Stephen Crane (November 1, 1871 – June 5, 1900) was an American novelist, short story writer, poet and journalist. Prolific throughout his short life, he wrote notable works in the Realist tradition as well as early examples of American Naturalism and Impressionism. He is recognized by modern critics as one of the most innovative writers of his generation.

At the time of his death, Crane had become an important figure in American literature. He was nearly forgotten, however, until two decades later when critics revived interest in his life and work. Stylistically, Crane's writing is characterized by vivid intensity, distinctive dialects, and irony. Common themes involve fear, spiritual crises and social isolation. Although recognized primarily for The Red Badge of Courage, which has become an American classic, Crane is also known for short stories such as "The Open Boat", "The Blue Hotel", "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky", and The Monster. His writing made a deep impression on 20th century writers, most prominent among them Ernest Hemingway, and is thought to have inspired the Modernists and the Imagists.


Here is his poem:
 
A man said to the universe: by Stephen Crane

A man said to the universe:
"Sir I exist!"
"However," replied the universe,
"The fact has not created in me
A sense of obligation."


My craft is another crochet square. This one is appropriately called "Galaxy." It is done in The Unique Sheep's Pashmi in Purple and Red fingering weight yarn. What beautiful colors. I designed this 8" square for the Crochet Block-of-the-Month Club. 



Thanks to Lazy Knits and Purls for hosting this Craft-a-Poem Challenge. I think I am up for it. :) 

Friday, February 11, 2011

Popcorn Stitch Purse

I have a friend who doesn't crochet, but loves the popcorn stitch. She wanted me to crochet her a purse featuring the stitch. So I used my CROWN JEWELS pattern (through round 7) and then improvised the rest. The popcorns are in green.  I don't think I could write the rest of the pattern down after the fact, and I didn't think to write it down as I was going. But I do want to show it to you. I have the outer shell finished as well as the strap. My friend has picked out the fabric for the lining as you can see in the photo. So I need to sew in the lining (with an inside pocket) and add a closure strap and button, and then I'm finished. I think that sewing the lining will be the hardest part for me, as I haven't sewn in a while and I'm probably rusty. I think I will hand baste it first to stabilize it, then sew it in with a machine. I think that will be my best plan of action. The purse is 14" long, 10" tall, and the gusset is 3" wide. Any suggestions are welcome.


Friday, February 4, 2011

More Crochet - Alongs

At the beginning of the year, there are a host of new crochet alongs starting up. I previously posted about the RED HEART CAL. Here are a couple of others you might be interested in joining. Some are free, some are not. You decide which one/s you would like to participate in. They all are different, and they all sound like fun to me.
AMERICAN YARNS is sponsoring a Rainbow Ripple afghan CAL beginning on February 14. The afghan itself is going to be a surprise, but here are all the pretty colors:



Over at CAFEMOM, there is a 52 week dishcloth CAL.  You will crochet a dishcloth a week for 52 weeks. I believe you need to register with CafeMom first in order to join the group. Registration is free.

And lastly, HASS DESIGN is sponsoring a Bruges CAL for 2011. Learn how to crochet Bruges lace while making these 4 doilies.



Bruges lace consists of ribbons and tape which form beautiful ornaments. These ribbons are connected by crocheting small chains and stitches. The ribbons are also decorated by chains or motifs to form the most beautiful lace work.

In this new 2011 Crochet-Along, you will learn how to crochet several different kinds of Bruges ribbons and tape. You will also learn different techniques on how to shape and join them. You will do this by Crocheting four different Bruges Doilies. The doilies shown above are all made using Thread #10. If you want a more delicate look, you can use finer thread.
Hass Designs also offers self-paced CAL classes at your disposal. There are many lovely doilies you can crochet.
 


So grab your hooks and jump in! There's something for everyone. And stay warm. It snowed here in Texas overnight. We got about an inch or two of snow - just enough to close the schools for a 3-day weekend. :)




HAPPY HOOKING EVERYONE!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Red Heart Crochet-Along


Red Heart is sponsoring a Crochet - Along for 2011. The public voted for the project and the SAMPLER THROW won. The CAL will begin on February 7, 2011. You can select any colors you wish, any yarns - the only stipulation is that it must be Red Heart yarns. Kathleen Sams, from Red Heart, will be making weekly posts on Red Heart's BLOG and FACEBOOK page, so come along and share your progress and help each other with any tips along the way.

For more information on the CAL click here: RED HEART CAL 2011