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Hip to be Square CAL – Week 4

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Welcome to Week 3 of the Hip to be Square Crochet Along!
If you are just joining us, you can find the previous weeks here:
WEEK 1
WEEK 2
WEEK 3

This week we are taking it back to the old school! We will be making the traditional granny square. Of course I can’t take credit for this pattern! You can search online and find a hundred different variations of this basic square.

I have given you all a step by step tutorial for this basic square. Here we will be making 6 “rounds” with the granny square pattern, with one round of double crochet around the edges. We will be making 8 squares this week!

If you haven’t joined us in the Couch Surfer Crocheters Facebook group then you might have missed the photo I shared with all my squares laid out ready to join. Well…here it is!

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shattered circle granny square crochet

Hip to be Square CAL – Week 3

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Welcome to Week 3 of the Hip to be Square Crochet Along! If you are just joining us, you can find Week 1 HERE, and Week 2 HERE.
We will be doing one of the more intricate squares this week, so we will be making 4 squares.  I’ve decided to call this square the Shattered Circle Square because of the ring of double crochets look like pieces of the circle exploding outwards!

As a reminder, I’m using a size I/9 (5.5 mm) hook, and worsted weight size 4 yarn.

We will be making 4 of these squares. Because I tend to love symmetry in my projects I have decided to make all of the squares each week in the same color sequence. But I want you all to feel free to fully express your creativity however you want in this blanket! I shared the colors I chose in the announcement post if you’d like to follow along with me exactly. In my color palette, I have chosen to use Color D (Impeccable Yarn in Teal) as the last row of each square.

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Hip to be Square CAL – Week 2

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Welcome back to the Hip to be Square Crochet Along! Last week we did 4 squares of the adapted Treble Starburst Square. This week we will be making 8 squares! This pattern is much simpler. There are no color changes in this square (except the final row if you are following the same color sequencing as I am). If you don’t think making a bunch of squares is for you, check out the Mixed Stitch Blanket CAL. It’s done in rows with lots of stripes!

I’ve decided to call this square the Solid Spaces Square. I like how every other row kind of look like stepping stones. It’s a little more textured than a traditional granny square, but the pattern is easy to repeat once you get the hang of it!

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Hip to be Square CAL – Week 1

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Hello and welcome to the first Week of the Hip to be Square Crochet Along! I am so excited to share this project with all of you. I hope you enjoy making this blanket!

Not too long ago I shared the pattern for a crocheted square I had created. I called it the Treble Starburst Square because of the shape in the center. I knew I wanted to create something using that square but at the time could not decide what in the world that might be. I set it aside for a little while so I could finish a few customer orders, and one day the idea came to me! I knew it would be a great accent in a blanket made with a few different types of squares.

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Square Crochet Along – Details

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Hello again!

I have had a few questions regarding the upcoming Hip to be Square Crochet Along. I wanted to write up a quick post to further explain the details of how this will work!

This blanket will be made of 36 squares in total, in a 6×6 grid. I ran a poll in the Couch Surfer Crocheters Facebook group to determine how to share the squares each week. I didn’t know if you all would rather grow your blankets row by row (doing a few different types of squares each week), or if you’d want to do all of one type of square at the same time. The vast majority of you voted to do all of ONE type of square for each week.

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Hip to be Square Crochet Along!

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Hello! Welcome back to Couch Surfer Crochet! Recently I shared with you my first ever Crochet Along project: The Mixed Stitch Blanket CAL! It was so much fun to work on! I really loved testing my creativity and seeing how my idea could be interpreted in so many different ways! I’ve had quite a few people ask me when will I be doing another Crochet Along? Well, have I got good news for you! I’m starting a new Crochet Along! This one will be called the “Hip to be Square” CAL!

Awhile back I had shared a new square pattern I created called the “Treble Starburst Square.” This square was the beginning inspiration for this new project! As I’m sure you could guess by the name, this blanket Crochet Along will be made using a whole bunch of different granny squares. The project will run for a total of eight weeks.

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Mixed Stitch Blanket CAL – Border

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Welcome back to the Mixed Stitch Blanket Crochet Along!

I hope you have enjoyed working on this project! I would love to plan another Crochet Along again soon! This has been so much fun, and I have seen so many awesome versions!

When I finished my blanket I felt that I still wanted to add a little something to it. It looks lovely without a border, but I thought a little bit of an edge would make it a bit sturdier all the way around. Because there are a number of different stitches in this pattern, I didn’t want the border to look to fussy. I wanted to keep it simple.

You can add any border to yours that you prefer, but if you’d like to match mine, I’ve shared how below. I’ve also shared how you can keep going with your project if you want to make it longer before adding a border.

To add a border:

For the border I used the moss stitch (sometimes referred to as the granite stitch). If you need help with the moss stitch, click HERE for a tutorial. I did 7 rows of the border pattern. I used one color twice, on the first and last edge row, and each of the others once.

Starting in corner,
R1: 3 sc, *sc in each st across to end of row, 3 sc in corner, sc as evenly as possible down side, repeat from *
R2-4: Moss stitch
*ch 1, sk 1 st, sc, 3 sc in corner, repeat all the way around
R5-7: Moss stitch
            *ch 1, sk 1 st, sc, 5 sc in corner, repeat all the way around
Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Tada! You have a lovely finished blanket to show off!


Want to keep going?

Do you want to keep going with this blanket, but don’t know where to start?!

Many people have written to me to ask how they could keep going with this project. I shared with you my second blanket, which I decided to make using Caron Cakes Pistachio yarn. I want to make that one long enough to fit from top to bottom on my queen sized bed. The pattern creates a blanket that is approx 60″x40,” which is perfect for a couch, but not for a bed!

In order to keep the distance between the special stitches consistent throughout the pattern, I figured out that I need to start a number of rows into the pattern. To continue on past Week 8 (Row 80): Return to Week 2 and start with Row 18 (the trc row). This will keep your pattern spacing consistent. Now you can continue on to your desired length. If you’d like to do the border rows at the end of your project, it works best to end on an hdc row, so just keep that in mind as you repeat sections of the pattern!

I hope this has helped you make this project truly one of a kind for you! This has been so much fun to create and share! You are all so awesome, and you have created some beautiful work! If you want to share your finished blanket join us in the Couch Surfer Crocheters Facebook group or tag me on Instagram (@couchsurfercrochet).

If you’ve enjoyed this project, please feel free to share!

Update: Now that this Crochet Along is complete, the FULL pattern is available AD FREE through Ravelry.

 


 

 

 

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Mixed Stitch CAL – Week 8

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Week 8
Rows 71 – 80

Welcome back to the Mixed Stitch Blanket Crochet Along!

 

Week 1 (rows 1 – 10) can be found HERE.
Week 2 (rows 11 – 20) can be found HERE.
Week 3 (rows 21 – 30) can be found HERE.
Week 4 (rows 31 – 40) can be found HERE.
Week 5 (rows 41 – 50) can be found HERE.
Week 6 (rows 51 – 60) can be found HERE.
Week 7 (rows 71 – 80) can be found HERE.

 

I can’t thank you all enough for joining me on this awesome journey! I had never attempted a Crochet Along project of my own before, and everyone has been so encouraging and wonderful about this whole project. After this week, we are all finished with the main body of the blanket. I went one step further with mine and added a small border, but if you don’t want to do that, you can finish this week and show off your finished piece!

If you would prefer to read a chart, click HERE.

I started a group on Facebook called Couch Surfer Crocheters so people could share their finished pieces, and it has turned into a wonderful community of fiber artists. Lots of people have been sharing their progress in the group, and we’d love to have you!

 

Row 71: Ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 72: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc, 1 ch), sk 1 st, *dc, ch 1, dc in same st, sk 2 st, repeat from * to next to last st, skip 1 st, dc in last st of row, turn

Row 73:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in each dc and ch sp to end of row, turn

Row 74:  Repeat row 72

Row 75:  Ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 76:  Ch 3, dc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 77:  Repeat Row 76

Row 78:  Ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row

Row 79:  Ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 80: Ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn

I swear my couch is red, not orange like it appears in this photo! It’s quite close the red color in the blanket, and I love the way it looks hanging over the back of my couch! It’s the perfect size to use there.

If you’re looking for a new project to start, check out my Criss Cross Hat Pattern, the Cotton Washcloths, or the Simple Lacy Scarf! Those are all quick projects you can do that don’t take up quite as much time as a full sized blanket!

 

Next week (Monday, July 24th) I will share with you how I did the border rows. Some people have asked about making a longer blanket (to fit the size of a bed). I will also be sharing with you how you can continue to grow your blanket by repeating sections of this pattern to do just that! Thanks for joining me on this Crochet Along! I’d like to do another one in the future, so keep an eye out for that announcement! And check back often, as I’m always posting new patterns and sharing what I’m into in the crochet community!

If you’d like to add a border, or continue to grow your blanket, click HERE!

Update: Now that this Crochet Along is complete, the FULL pattern is available AD FREE through Ravelry. 

 

 

 

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Mixed Stitch CAL – Week 7

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Week 7
Rows 61 – 70

Welcome back to the Mixed Stitch Blanket Crochet Along!

Week 1 (rows 1 – 10) can be found HERE.
Week 2 (rows 11 – 20) can be found HERE.
Week 3 (rows 21 – 30) can be found HERE.
Week 4 (rows 31 – 40) can be found HERE.
Week 5 (rows 41 – 50) can be found HERE.
Week 6 (rows 51 – 60) can be found HERE.

 

I’m so happy that you all have joined me on this project! It has been so much fun to see all of your creativity at work! After this week, we have one more to go! If you want to add a border, there will be 7 additional rows worked around the entire edge of the blanket. I will share how to do that once we complete Week 8!

If you would prefer to read a chart, click HERE.

Row 61: Ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 62: Repeat row 61

Row 63: Ch 3, dc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 64: Ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 65:  Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, skip 2 sts, *3 dc in next st, skip 2sts, repeat from * to second to last st,  2 dc in the second last st, and then 1dc in the last st (to make a straighter edge)

Row 66: Ch 2, hdc in first 2 st of granny cluster, **3rd hdc goes into the “space” created between clusters.

Row 67:  Repeat row 65

Row 68:  Repeat row 66

Row 69:  Ch 3, dc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 70:  Repeat row 69

Weeks 1 – 7 so far!

Oh my gosh, you guys! Only one more week to go on this awesome project! It’s been such a fun journey with all of you! I would like to create a photo gallery here on my site of all of your completed projects once they are done. It’s so cool to see how one pattern can be recreated in so many different ways! Week 8 will be available on July 18th.

If you haven’t already, join us in the Couch Surfer Crocheters Facebook group to share your work, or share directly with me on Instagram.

On to WEEK 8!

Update: Now that this Crochet Along is complete, the FULL pattern is available AD FREE through Ravelry.


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Mixed Stitch CAL – Week 6

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Week 6
Rows 51 – 60

Welcome back to the Mixed Stitch Blanket Crochet Along!

Week 1 (rows 1 – 10) can be found HERE.
Week 2 (rows 11 – 20) can be found HERE.
Week 3 (rows 21 – 30) can be found HERE.
Week 4 (rows 31 – 40) can be found HERE.
Week 5 (rows 41-50) can be found HERE.

Welcome back to the Mixed Stitch Blanket Crochet Along! We are now on Week 6! Can you believe we are two-thirds of the way done on this project?!?! When I started this, I never imagined how it would grow and inspire you all to make so many beautiful things! Thank you for joining me!

This week does include both of the more advanced stitches, so if you need a reminder on how to do them, check out the Special Stitches page!

Week 6 progress

If you would prefer to read a chart, click HERE.

 

Row 51:   ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn
Row 52:   ch 3, *sk 1 st, puff stitch, ch 1, repeat from * to end of row, end row with 1 dc in last st, turn
                   PUFF STITCH (yarn over and draw up a loop) 3 times in same stitch or space. Yarn over and draw through all loops on hook.
Row 53:   ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn
Row 54:   ch 3, *sk 1 st, puff stitch, ch 1, repeat from * to end of row, end row with 1 dc in last st
                   PUFF STITCH (yarn over and draw up a loop) 3 times in same stitch or space. Yarn over and draw through all loops on hook.
Row 55:   ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn
Row 56:   ch 3, dc in all st to end of row, turn
Row 57:   repeat row 56
Row 58:   ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn
Row 59:  ***This is the Treble Ladder row (technically 3 rows to create the look of the ladder)***
ch 2 (counts as first sc), sc in each st to end of row, turn
ch 5 (counts as first tr & ch 1), *sk 1 st, tr, ch 1, repeat from * to end of row (row should end with a tr in the last sc), turn
ch 2 (counts as first sc), sc in each st to end of row, turn
Row 60:   ch 3, dc in all st to end of row, turn


Weeks 1 -6 so far!

 

This concludes Week 6! We are now two-thirds of the way done!

This blanket is designed to be a lap blanket (or lapghan), measuring approx 60″ wide and 48″ long. After we finish Week 8 I will share with you how you can repeat sections of this Crochet Along to make your blanket as long as you wish! I’ve decided to make the second blanket I started (in Caron Cakes Pistachio) long enough to fit top to bottom on my queen size bed, so I will be able to go along with you as you grow your project if you choose to!

 

If you haven’t already, join us over in the Couch Surfer Crocheters Facebook group, or share your progress with me on Instagram!

On to Week 7!

Update: Now that this Crochet Along is complete, the FULL pattern is available AD FREE through Ravelry.

 


 

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