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Beautiful Boxes Scarf Crochet Pattern

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Hello! I hope you are all having an amazing January so far! It’s unseasonably warm (at least today!) here in Tennessee, so I thought it would be the perfect time to break out one of my lighter weight scarves. Last year I shared a yarn review for Caron Cakes yarn. I was so excited to try out self-striping yarn! Well…did you know that Red Heart now has their own line of self-striping yarns, appropriately called Red Heart Stripes?! They have some of the most amazing colors, and I couldn’t wait to try out a few of them!


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I really enjoy the way the color changes in Red Heart Stripes are gradual. The color shifts naturally from one shade to the next without those pesky “quick changes” that are present in some self striping yarns. That makes it the perfect yarn for the scarf pattern I am sharing with you today!

For Christmas my husband bought me two awesome books about Crochet! They are both full of fun and unique stitches, and I knew I wanted to try a few new stitches right away! I got the Crochet Stitch Dictionary, which starts with basic stitches (single crochet, double crochet, etc.) and works its way into very intricate stitches. I also got The Big Book of Crochet Stitches, which has much more involved stitches all the way throughout.

In the “Big Book” I found a stitch called “Little Spiders.” I loved the look of it, but wanted to adapt it slightly to achieve the look I wanted. I have decided to call this the “Beautiful Boxes Scarf.” I love the way the yarn looks with this stitch. The gradual color changes keep it fun and bright, while the open weave keeps the fabric light and airy.

Materials:

Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Red Heart Stripes in Retro Stripe)

Size I/9 (5.5mm) Crochet Hook

Size:  6.5″ wide x 60″ long


Abbreviations:

ch= chain
dc= double crochet
tr- triple crochet
sc= single crochet

Notes:  To adjust the width of this scarf, make the beginning chain a multiple of 8, plus 5.

Beautiful Boxes Scarf Pattern:

Ch 21

R1: Dc in 4th ch from hook (this counts as dc), 1 dc in each st to end of row

R2:  Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc into each of next 2 dc, *ch 3, (skip 1 dc, 1 tr into next dc) twice, ch 3, skip 1 dc, 1 dc into each of next 3 dc; repeat from * to end, turn.

R3: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc into each of next 2dc, * ch 3, 1 sc into each of next 2 tr, ch 3, 1 dc into each of next 3 dc; repeat from * to end, working last dc into 3rd ch of starting ch3, turn.

R4:  Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc into each of next 2 dc, *ch 1, 1 tr into first sc, ch 1, 1 tr into next sc, ch 1, 1 dc into each of next 3 dc; repeat from * to end, turn.

R5:  Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc into each of next 2 dc, * (1 dc into next ch, 1 dc into next tr) twice, 1 dc into next ch, 1 dc into each of next 3 dc; repeat from * to end, working last dc into 3rd ch of starting ch3, turn

R6: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each st to end of row

Repeat rows (2-6) 18 times, making 20 cube sections total. I continued the pattern until I had used the whole skein, but the length of your scarf is up to you! Just be sure to end on a R5 or R6 so you can sew your ends together!

Fasten off, leaving a long tail end. Using your yarn needle and the long tail end, stitch the two ends together with a whip stitch.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

I hope you have enjoyed this scarf pattern! Check back here often for new patterns! I try to post one at least every other week as I get projects finished! Follow me on Pinterest for all the latest updates!

Have you ever made anything using Red Heart Stripes? I’d love to see your work! Join me in the Couch Surfer Crocheters Facebook group to share your work with an awesome group of Fiber Artists! Or tag me with your photos on Instagram or Twitter! Happy crocheting!

 


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Sparkly Serape – Crochet Pattern

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Happy New Year!!!

Welcome back to Couch Surfer Crochet! I have missed all of you so much over this holiday season. I am so happy to be getting back in to the swing of things here on the blog! I couldn’t share any of the patterns I was working on in December because they were all Christmas gifts and I didn’t want to spoil any surprises, since everyone in my family sees all my blog posts.

I definitely got the BIGGEST response from my niece this year! Back in October I shared a photo on Instagram wearing one of my creations. I had been gifted this gorgeous sparkly metallic yarn and I knew I wanted to make something that I could wear. So I sat down and worked up a quick and easy granny stripe poncho. I wore it to a family event, and my niece went crazy for it! That’s when I had my light bulb moment. Why not make one for her in different colors!?!

I secretly asked her mom what her favorite colors were, and she said purple and teal. I knew I could make something beautiful with those colors! I added a silver yarn to complete the striping pattern.

 

3 color granny stripe poncho

4 color granny stripe poncho

For the 3 color poncho, I used Caron Simply Soft Party yarn in:
Grape Sparkle, Silver Sparkle, and Teal Sparkle.

For the 4 color poncho I used Caron Simply Soft Party yarn in:
Platinum Sparkle, Snow Sparkle, Fuchsia Sparkle, and Royal Sparkle.

I got so many compliments when I wore this poncho! The metallic thread in the yarn gives it a beautiful shine, but it’s not too overwhelming and “spangly.” It has a nice drape and is really soft to wear. I will definitely be working with this yarn a lot more often now!

This poncho really looks pretty and intricate when it is finished, but the pattern is deceptively simple. Once you get the first 2 or 3 rows done (to ensure you’ve got “corners” created in the pattern), it is what I call an “autopilot” pattern. Just grab a hook and go, no need to memorize any complicated stitches! Essentially you are creating a big square with a hole in the middle to fit over your head! It can be worn as a square over the shoulder this way, or you can rotate it to show off the diamond shape of the corners.

         

 

I used an I/9 (5.5mm) hook for this poncho. This pattern is sized to fit a teen/adult.

Sparkly Serape Crochet Pattern

R1: Ch 112, being sure not to twist ch, sl st to 1st ch to create circle

R2: Ch 1, sc in each ch around, sl st to starting ch1

R3: Ch 3, dc in next 2 st, ch 1, sk 1 sc, *dc in next 3 st, sk 1 sc, ch 1, repeat from * around, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch3,

R4: Ch 3, [2dc, ch 3, 3dc] in ch sp, * **ch 1, sk 3 dc, 3dc in next ch sp, repeat from * 5 times, [3dc, ch 3, 3dc] in ch sp, repeat from ** around, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch3

Now you have created the “corners” for your serape!

R5: (starting in corner) Ch 3, [2dc, ch 3, 2dc] in corner, * **ch 1, sk 3dc, 3dc in next ch sp, repeat from * to next corner, [3dc, ch 3, 3dc] in corner, repeat from ** around, sl to to 3rd ch of starting ch 3

R6-24: repeat row 5

R25: (in last color used) Ch 1, sc in each st around, doing 3 sc in corners, sl st to starting ch 1 to finish, fasten off and sew in ends

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If you would like to make your serape longer, just add in a few more rows after Row 24, and then do your final row of sc once you have reached your desired length. This is a project where you can really let your creativity flow! I did a strict striping pattern on one of these, and on the other I grabbed colors at random, and I love BOTH of the final products! I think it would also look great (and a bit more formal) all in one color!

Of course, since this was a Christmas gift for my niece, I also added a cute little hat to make a set! I followed my Basic Beanie Pattern, and then used all the colors together to make a pom pom for the top using my trusty Pom Pom Maker!

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed working on this poncho! Stay up to do date with everything Couch Surfer Crochet by following me on Facebook, Instagam, and Pinterest! If you make one (or two, or ten!) of these and want to share your work, join me in the Couch Surfer Crocheters Facebook group. We’ve got a super supportive group of crocheters there!

 


Striped Stars Scarf – Free Pattern

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Welcome back to Couch Surfer Crochet! It’s been awhile since I have shared a new pattern! Right now I am frantically working on Christmas presents, and I can’t share any of those with you yet because they are supposed to be a surprise!!

However, I can share with you a pattern I created all for myself! I call it the Striped Stars Scarf! This pattern uses alternating rows of dc, hdc, and the star stitch to create this beautiful look and texture!


Stitches:
hdc -half double crochet
dc – double crochet
star cluster (*stc) Ch 3. Draw up a loop in each of the following sps: 2nd and 3rd chs from hook, each of first 3 sc. Yo and draw through all 6 loops on hook – Beg stc made. Ch 1. *Draw up a loop in each of the following sps: Top of previous stc, under 2 vertical strands of last st of previous stc, in same st as last loop drawn up of previous stc , each of next 2 sc. Yo and draw through all 6 loops on hook – stc made.

If you are like me, sometimes it is easier to learn a new stitch by watching a video. Olivia over at Hopeful Honey has the best tutorial I have found!

For this scarf I used Red Heart Yarn in 4 different colors. They currently have sitewide Free Shipping on orders $30!!
I used :
Color A: Black
Color B: White
Color C: Petal Pink
Color D: Shocking Pink


I am using an I/9 5.5mm hook. Starting chain needs to be multiples of 6 for the desired width (don’t forget to add 3 to your starting ch for the first dc). I made mine with a starting chain of 147 (144 + 3). Pattern goes in rows: Color A, B, C, D, then repeat until desired width.
 


Striped Stars Scarf Pattern

R1:         Ch 147 (multiple of 6+3), dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in each st across, turn
R2:        Ch 3. dc in each st across, turn
R3-4:    star cluster (*stc) rows:  Ch 3. Draw up a loop in each of the following sps: 2nd and 3rd chs from hook, each of first 3 sc. Yo and draw through all 6 loops on hook – Beg stc made. Ch 1. *Draw up a loop in each of the following sps: Top of previous stc, under 2 vertical strands of last st of previous stc, in same st as last loop drawn up of previous stc , each of next 2 sc. Yo and draw through all 6 loops on hook – stc made.
R5:        Ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn
R6:        Ch 3, dc in each st across, turn
R7:        Ch 3, dc in each st across, turn
R8:        Ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn
R9-10:  star cluster (*stc) rows:  Ch 3. Draw up a loop in each of the following sps: 2nd and 3rd chs from hook, each of first 3 sc. Yo and draw through all 6 loops on hook – Beg stc made. Ch 1. *Draw up a loop in each of the following sps: Top of previous stc, under 2 vertical strands of last st of previous stc, in same st as last loop drawn up of previous stc , each of next 2 sc. Yo and draw through all 6 loops on hook – stc made.
R11:        Ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn
R12:        Ch 3, dc in each st across, turn
R13:        Ch 3, dc in each st across, turn
R14:        Ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn
R15-16:  star cluster (*stc) rows:  Ch 3. Draw up a loop in each of the following sps: 2nd and 3rd chs from hook, each of first 3 sc. Yo and draw through all 6 loops on hook – Beg stc made. Ch 1. *Draw up a loop in each of the following sps: Top of previous stc, under 2 vertical strands of last st of previous stc, in same st as last loop drawn up of previous stc , each of next 2 sc. Yo and draw through all 6 loops on hook – stc made.
R17:        Ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn
R18:        Ch 3, dc in each st across, turn
R19:        Ch 3, dc in each st across, turn
R20:        Ch 3, dc in each st across, fasten off and weave in ends

I know this pattern might seem complicated, but I found that once I got going on the star stitch that it was really fun to work on. And I absolutely love the shape and texture that it adds to the finished scarf! I finished mine off with fringe on both ends, but of course that is a personal preference. I know some people aren’t very keen on fringe, so it’s up to you!


If you make one of these and want to share your finished scarf, please follow me and tag me on Instagram, or join the Couch Surfer Crocheters Facebook group and join a whole bunch of like minded fiber artists! Happy crocheting!

 


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Switch It Up Beanie Free Crochet Pattern

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Switch It Up Beanie Free Crochet Pattern
(Basic Beanie)

Today I want to share another pattern with you! It’s that time of year again! Time to fill up a couple of bags with lots of lots of handmade hats for the local clothing drives! Previously I shared with you all the hats that I donated to the homeless clothing drive last year. I got really creative last year and tried out all sorts of different patterns. It was a lot of fun working on those! I used the Slouchy Side Saddle Hat Pattern, The Crochet Beret for a few, and I made lots of hats using the Criss Cross Hat Pattern. That Criss Cross stitch helps add a layer of warmth!

But I’ve got to come clean…this year, I’m running out of time to be creative! I’ve got sooo many Christmas presents to finish, and a couple of orders to complete, too. Never fear though! I can always find a way to make the simplest thing the most fun thing if I try hard enough. I am still determined to make a bunch of hats, but this year I’m sticking to ONE hat pattern. I’m just going to change up the types of yarn and the kinds of striping to keep it interesting for me!

This crochet hat pattern works up really quickly. Once I got it down I pretty much have it memorized which makes it an awesome “go to” pattern if you are looking to make something fast! These hats make great Christmas presents if you are looking for something easy to make for friends and family this year!

I have decided to call this the Switch It Up Beanie since you can truly explore your creativity with color once you learn this simple pattern! For the one pictured above I used Caron Jumbo yarn in Peacock and Caron Simply Soft in Plum Perfect.

 


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For this hat I used an I/9 (5.5mm) hook. It is sized for an adult man. For women’s size, skip R7. For child’s size, skip R6 and R7.

 

The Switch It Up Beanie (basic crochet beanie pattern)

R1: ch 3; 10 dc in the 3rd chain from the hook; sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join
R2: ch 2, 2 dc in each st around, sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join
R3: ch 2, (2 dc in the first st, 1 dc in the next st) 10 x, sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join
R4: ch 2, (2 dc in the first st, 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts) 10 x, sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join
R5: ch 2, (2 dc in the first st, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sts) 10 x, sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join
R6: ch 2, (2 dc in the first st, 1 dc in each of the next 4 sts) 10 x, sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join
R7: ch 2, (2 dc in the first st, 1 dc in each of the next 5 sts) 3 x, 1 dc in each remaining st around, sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join
R8: ch 2, 1 dc in each st around, sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join
R9-R14: repeat R8
R15: 1 sl st (loosely as this is a decorative edge) in each st around, finish off and weave in ends

Voila! Now you have a sweet new hat you can show off! I hope you have enjoyed this pattern!


For the hat above I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Camouflage. These are really popular with people where I live. Lots of folks are into outdoor activities and these hats really come in handy! They also have Pink Camo, and Desert Camo if you want to stick with that theme! You could donate those to members of the military and their families! I think that would be a pretty cool gift! Right now Red Heart has free shipping on all orders over $25!!


For the hat above I used Caron Cakes yarn in the Faerie Cake colorway. The main pattern for this hat is sized for an adult male. By starting at one end of the cake, I found I could get approximately 3 full hats out of one cake. If you have never worked with Caron Cakes before check out my Yarn Review. You’ll find another hat pattern there, as well as a scarf pattern.


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If you’re looking for a BIG (but super fun) project to take on, check out the Hip to be Square Crochet Along or the Mixed Stitch Blanket Crochet Along. Both of these were my 2017 Crochet Along patterns. We are now finished with these projects so both patterns are completely available! You can work on them at your leisure! Please feel free to share any version of these completed patterns with me on Instagram, or join the Couch Surfer Crocheters Facebook group and share with all of us there!

 


Hip to be Square CAL – Border

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Welcome back to Couch Surfer Crochet! This is the last week of the Hip to be Square Crochet Along! I hope you have enjoyed working on this CAL! We are now on the final week : the BORDER!! These squares have been so much fun to create and I truly love the finished blanket. This week I will teach you how to add a border to this blanket. I’ll also show you a trick that I use to make finishing a blanket go much quicker!

The photos you have shared in the Facebook group are absolutely stunning! You all have inspired me so much with your fabulous work and your awesome color choices! Maybe you will be inspired to try this pattern again with a different set of colors. I think I might do just that!

For a refresher, all of the previous weeks can be found here:

WEEK 1
WEEK 2
WEEK 3
WEEK 4
WEEK 5
WEEK 6
WEEK 7 (joining)

 

I wanted the border to tie all of the squares together nicely, so I chose to go with the Block Stitch (sometimes known as the Box Stitch). It incorporates the granny square motif without being totally repetitive. Plus doing it this way allows me to create a cool look around the edge and use each of the colors in the blanket as well!

We are still using the I/9 5.5mm hook for joining.

Last week I suggested to all of you that you leave a decent length of yarn tail as you did your joining stitches across each row. That’s because you will still be using the same color for the first row of the border. By continuing to use Color F (Red Heart SS in Soft Navy), it allows me to crochet those long tails right into the first row of the border. This cuts down on the sewing time at the end, and really pulls the joining stitches together!

 

 

This is how it looks as you do the first row of the border!

On to the pattern!

 

 

 

 

Now…here’s the awesome tip! You can work on this border 3 rows at a time!!! See photo below:


As you know, these kinds of projects can get quite heavy and bulky as they grow! By doing 3 rows at a time you minimize how many times you have to turn this beast to get it done! And it makes you feel like a lightning fast crocheter when you see how quickly you can get it finished!


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You can use whichever of your colors you want for the border! For the granny motif rows I used each color from my solid colored squares once (Red Heart SS in Light SageRed Heart SS in Royal, and Impeccable Lavender). I used Red Heart SS in White for the sc rows since it was the least used color in my squares and I wanted to tie them all together! The final row I used the joining color (Red Heart SS in Soft Navy) again to finish it off!

R1: Using same color as joining stitches : Start in corner, ch 2, 2 sc in corner, *sc in each st across, do 1 sc in each ch2 sp, 3sc in corner, repeat from *, sl st to second ch of starting ch2

R2: Start in corner : [Ch 3, 2dc, ch 3, 3dc] in corner, *ch 1, sk 3 st, 3dc in next st, repeat from * to corner, **[3dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in corner, repeat from *, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch3

R3: Start in corner : ch 4 (counts as sc + ch1), sc in same sp, * ch 3, sc in ch1 sp, repeat from * to corner, **[1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc] in corner, repeat from *, sl st to 1st ch of starting ch1

R4-5: Repeat rows 2 & 3

R6: Using same color as joining stitches : Start in corner, ch 2, 2 sc in corner, *sc in each st across skipping ch 1 sp (this keeps the finished blanket even around the edges), 3sc in corner, repeat from *, sl st to second ch of starting ch2

Voila! You are now finished with the Hip to be Square blanket! Can you believe this used to look like this?!?

This has been such a joy to create and to share with all of you! I have a Crochet Page and Shop over on Facebook. Like that page to keep up to date with all things Couch Surfer Crochet! Or feel free to join us in the Couch Surfer Crocheters group on Facebook if you haven’t already! I would love to see all of your squares joined up. We are finished!!! I hope you have enjoyed this pattern!

If you want to try another Crochet Along after this, check out the Mixed Stitch Blanket CAL! It works up in rows of varying stitches each week! Also feel free to follow me and tag me on Instagram and share your progress there!

With the holidays upon us, this will be the last Crochet Along for 2017. HOWEVER!! I will be posting new patterns every week (occasionally twice a week)! I plan to do a few holiday themed posts before Christmas so please check back often to see what’s new!

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

The pattern is also available in my Etsy shop!
 

 

Hip to be Square CAL – Joining

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Hey crocheters! I hope you have enjoyed working on this Crochet Along! These squares have been so much fun to create, and I LOVE seeing all of your color choices! We are in the home stretch! This week we will be joining all of those squares together, and next week we will be adding a border to finish! We are now done with the most difficult part of this Crochet Along : making all those squares! If you are just joining us, all the of the square patterns can be found here:

WEEK 1
WEEK 2
WEEK 3
WEEK 4
WEEK 5
WEEK 6

Now we are ready to join them all together. I shared with you all in the last couple of weeks what the squares look like all laid out and ready to join. As a reminder, I laid them all out like this:

granny square blanket

 

We are still using the I/9 5.5mm hook for joining. I chose to use Color F (Red Heart SS in Soft Navy) for my joining stitches. The dark blue really pops against the teal borders of the squares!

I wanted to use a joining method that worked up quickly but would also leave me with something beautiful. Because this blanket is already so colorful and intricate, I didn’t want to the joining method to outshine all those beautiful squares! I chose to use the “Flat Surface Slip Stitch” to join all of these granny squares together. Some people refer to this method as the “Zipper Join” because the stitches look similar to a zipper when you are finished!

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I followed this awesome tutorial from Crystals and Crochet. If you follow that link, you will find step by step instructions with pictures. Some people (me included!) have a better time learning new techniques by watching a video.

I started with the bottom right corner of my blanket. I am right handed, so when I crochet it works up right to left. If you are a left handed crocheter, joining might be easier for you worked left to right. I joined the first two squares, then attached the next two across the row. This left me with three panels. Each panel should be 6 squares across and 2 squares down. I attached each panel according to the blanket pattern.
You will be left with all 36 squares joined horizontally (long ways). Then turn your work and work the same joining stitch across.

If you want to try this method, don’t bind off when you have finished joining the first two squares.  Lay the next two squares next to each other as before and continue slip stitching them together as instructed above.  You can attach any number of squares in this fashion.  The idea is that you join all the squares in one direction first and then join all the squares in the other direction.

This method works up like a grid. Lucy from Attic24 does a step by step photo tutorial on her blog that will show you how to do this.  As you complete each “row” of the joining, be sure to make a good knot at each end and leave a bit of a tail. We will be crocheting over these loose ends when we do the border stitches next week!

The “right” side of your work will look like this:

The “wrong” side has a seamless look:

 

Please join us in the Couch Surfer Crocheters group on Facebook if you haven’t already! I would love to see all of your squares joined up. We are almost done! I hope you have enjoyed this pattern! If you want to try another Crochet Along after this, check out the Mixed Stitch Blanket CAL! It works up in rows of varying stitches each week! Also feel free to follow me and tag me on Instagram and share your progress there!

When they are all joined together it looks like this:

Happy crocheting!

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

The pattern is also available in my Etsy shop!
 


Hip to be Square CAL – Week 6

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OMG…You guys!!! We are now on the last week of squares! We are going back to basics again this week. We will be making 8 squares of the basic granny square pattern just like we did in Week 4, but we are going to be using a different color for the main block to create the pattern at the end when we join. Here’s how the squares look before the join so you can see in the pattern why we are doing two weeks of the same type of square!

granny square blanket
I have really loved working on this project with all of you! You have shared your squares in the Couch Surfer Crocheters Facebook group, and I am loving all of your color combinations! I can’t wait to see the finished blankets once everything is joined together and finished off with a border!

In case you are just now finding this Crochet Along, you can find the previous weeks here:
WEEK 1
WEEK 2
WEEK 3
WEEK 4
WEEK 5

For this group of 8 squares I chose to use Color A (Impeccable Yarn in Lavender) for the main color, and Color (Impeccable Yarn in Teal)for the final round. I’m using a I/9 (5.5mm) hook.


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R1: Ch 5, join with a slip stitch (ss) to the 1st ch to form circle

R2: Ch 3, 2dc in circle, *ch 3, 3dc in circle, repeat twice, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch3

R3: Ch 4 (counts as 1dc + ch1), * [3dc, ch 3, 3dc] in corner, ch 1, repeat twice, [3 dc, ch 3, 2dc] in last corner, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch4

R4: Ch 3, 2dc in same sp, ch 1, * (3 dc, 3 ch, 3 dc) in corner sp, ch 1, 3dc in next ch sp, ch 1, repeat from * around. sl st to 3rd ch of starting  ch3

R5: Ch 4 (counts as dc + ch 1). 3dc in next ch sp, ch 1, * [3dc, ch 3, 3dc] in corner, ch 1, 3dc in next ch sp, ch 1, 3dc in next ch sp, ch 1, repeat from * around to last corner, ch 1, 2dc in next ch sp, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch3

R6: Ch 3, 2dc in same sp, ch 1, *3dc next ch sp, ch 1, [3dc, ch3, 3dc] in corner, ch 1, [3dc in each ch sp, ch 1], repeat from * around, sl st to  3rd ch of starting ch3

R7: Ch 4 (counts as dc + ch1), * [3dc, ch1] in ch spaces, [3dc, ch 3, 3dc, ch 1] in each corner, repeat from * around, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch 4, fasten off and weave in ends

R8: Change color, start in corner sp: [ch 3, 1dc, ch 2, 2dc] in corner,* dc in each st to corner, {ch 2, ch 2, 2dc] in corner, repeat from * around, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch3, fasten off, weave in ends

I found these simple squares to be very relaxing to work on. My hubby and I have been re-watching Season One of Westworld. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it! It’s sci-fi meets western meets romance meets action. I know that sounds like a mess, but trust me, it’s awesome! And watching it the second time through I am catching so many things I missed the first time! These squares were easy to work on while I watched so I didn’t have to miss anything. Tag me on Instagram if you want to share your progress!

 

If you want to try a different style of CAL, check out the Mixed Stitch Blanket CAL. It’s made in rows with lots of colorful stripes!
Happy crocheting!

 

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


The pattern is also available in my Etsy shop!

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Hip to be Square CAL – Week 5

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Welcome back to the Hip to be Square Crochet Along! We are now on Week 5! I can’t believe we are 2/3 of the way done making these squares! I hope you have enjoyed working on this project! If you are just finding this CAL, the previous weeks can be found here:

WEEK 1
WEEK 2
WEEK 3
WEEK 4

I’m so happy to share another granny square pattern with you! This week we are back to working on more intricate squares, so we will be making 4 squares. When I decided to start this I looked for inspiration all around me. I named this blog Couch Surfer Crochet because I am always watching TV or movies while I crochet. It’s a great way to relax! This week’s square was inspired by my love of the TV show LOST! One of the recurring images in the show is the Dharma Initiative logo. It looks like this:

I thought I could take that basic shape and turn it into a pretty cool square! I was really happy with the results. I’ve decided to call this week’s square the Dharma Square! Remember to make 4 of these!

As a reminder, I am using a I/9 (5.5mm) hook. The colors I chose are:

Color A : Impeccable Lavender
Color B : Red Heart SS in Light Sage
Color C : Red Heart SS in Royal
Color D : Impeccable Yarn in Teal
Color E : Red Heart SS in White
Color F : Red Heart SS in Soft Navy


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R1:
 Ch 5, sl st to 1st ch to form circle

R2: Ch 3, 11 dc in circle, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch3

R3: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2dc in each st around, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch3

R4: Ch 3, dc in next st, * ch 2, sk 1 st, dc in next 2 st, repeat from * around, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch3

R5: (change color, start in ch 2 sp) : Ch 4 (counts as dc + ch1), * [2dc in next dc, ch 2, 2dc in next dc], ch 1, dc in ch2 sp, ch 1, repeat from * around, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch4

 

This is where the “dharma logo” look shows up!


R6: 
(change color, start in ch 2 sp) : ch 2, *sc in each dc and ch sp across to next ch2 sp, sk 2 dc, [2tr in ch1 sp, ch 3, sk 1 dc, 2 tr in ch1 sp], sk 2 dc, sc in ch2 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to 2nd ch of starting ch2

R7: (change color, start in corner) : Ch 2, 2hdc, ch 3, 3hdc, * hdc in each st to corner, [3hdc, ch 3, 3hdc] in corner, repeat from *, sl st to 2nd ch of starting ch2


R8: (change color, start in corner) : Ch 5 (counts as dc + ch2), dc in same sp, ch 1, * [sk 1 dc, dc, ch 1] to corner, [dc, ch 2, dc] in corner, repeat from *, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch5

R9: (change color, start in corner) : Ch 3 (counts as sc + ch2), sc in same st, *sc in each dc and ch sp, [sc, ch 2, sc] in corner, repeat from *, sl st to 1st ch of starting ch3

 

R10: (change color, start in corner) : Ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2dc, *dc in each st across, [2dc, ch 2, 2dc] in corner, repeat from *, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch3

 

To stay up to date, join me in the Couch Surfer Crocheters Facebook group (where I will post each week when it goes up). Or follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest to get the latest Couch Surfer Crochet news! If you think a Crochet Along using squares isn’t your jam, check out the Mixed Stitch Blanket CAL!

Happy crocheting! See you again next week!

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


The pattern is also available in my Etsy shop!

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crochet Granny Square Tutorial

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!

Hopefully seeing it laid out like this will help you decide which of your colors you would like to use to make your basic grannies! Sorry for the sad quality of the photo. All I had handy at the time was an old camera and I couldn’t quite figure out the settings! At least this will give you a feeling for the finished blanket!

For this group of 8 squares I chose to use Color B (Red Heart SS in Light Sage) for the main color, and Color (Impeccable Yarn in Teal)for the final round. I’m using a I/9 (5.5mm) hook.


R1: Ch 5, join with a slip stitch (ss) to the 1st ch to form circle

R2: Ch 3, 2dc in circle, *ch 3, 3dc in circle, repeat twice, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch3

R3: Ch 4 (counts as 1dc + ch1), * [3dc, ch 3, 3dc] in corner, ch 1, repeat twice, [3 dc, ch 3, 2dc] in last corner, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch4

R4: Ch 3, 2dc in same sp, ch 1, * (3 dc, 3 ch, 3 dc) in corner sp, ch 1, 3dc in next ch sp, ch 1, repeat from * around. sl st to 3rd ch of starting  ch3

R5: Ch 4 (counts as dc + ch 1). 3dc in next ch sp, ch 1, * [3dc, ch 3, 3dc] in corner, ch 1, 3dc in next ch sp, ch 1, 3dc in next ch sp, ch 1, repeat from * around to last corner, ch 1, 2dc in next ch sp, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch3

R6: Ch 3, 2dc in same sp, ch 1, *3dc next ch sp, ch 1, [3dc, ch3, 3dc] in corner, ch 1, [3dc in each ch sp, ch 1], repeat from * around, sl st to  3rd ch of starting ch3

R7: Ch 4 (counts as dc + ch1), * [3dc, ch1] in ch spaces, [3dc, ch 3, 3dc, ch 1] in each corner, repeat from * around, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch 4, fasten off and weave in ends

R8:  Start in corner sp, [ch 3, 1dc, ch 2, 2dc] in corner,* dc in each st to corner, {ch 2, ch 2, 2dc] in corner, repeat from * around, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch3, fasten off, weave in ends

I found these simple squares to be very relaxing to work on. I’ve been binge watching Doctor Who lately and it was a fast and quick project to work on! Tag me on Instagram if you want to share your progress!

I would like to create a photo gallery for the blog to share all of your finished squares. I think it would be awesome to see these squares in so many different color combinations! If you would like to feature your squares in the photo gallery, email them to me at amber@couchsurfercrochet.com. I promise I won’t share any personal info, just a tag that says “created by:” with your first name only.

If you want to try a different style of CAL, check out the Mixed Stitch Blanket CAL. It’s made in rows with lots of colorful stripes!
Happy crocheting!

 

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


The pattern is also available in my Etsy shop!


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.

 

R1: (using Color E) Ch 5, sl st to beginning ch to form circle

R2: Ch 3, 15 dc in circle, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch3

R3: (using Color B) Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), *dc in space between stitches, ch 1, repeat from * around, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch4

R4: Ch 3, dc in same st, * ch 1, sk 1, 2dc in ch sp, repeat from * around, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch3

R5: (using Color F) Start in any ch sp: Ch 8 (counts as 1 dc and ch 5), dc in next ch sp, *ch 2, sc in next ch sp, ch 2, sc in next ch sp. ch 2, [dc in next ch sp, ch 5, dc in same st], repeat from * around, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch8

R6: (using Color B) Start in ch 5 sp: [Ch 3, 2dc, ch 3, 3dc], *3dc in each ch2 sp to corner, [3dc, ch 3, 3dc] in corner,  repeat from * around, sl st to 3rd ch in starting ch 3

R7: (using Color B) Start in corner: [Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in corner, *dc in each st to corner, [2dc, ch 2, 2dc] in corner, repeat from *, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch 3

R8: (using Color E) Start in corner: [ch 2, 2sc] in corner, *sc in each st to corner, 3sc in corner, repeat from * around, sl st to 2nd ch of starting ch 2

R9: (using Color D) Start in corner: [ch 3, 1dc, ch 2, 2dc] in corner, *dc in each st to corner, [2dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in corner, repeat from * around, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch3,

Fasten off, and weave in all ends.


I think this pattern is so fun to work on! Once you finish your squares, feel free to tag me on Instagram to share! Or join me in the Couch Surfer Crocheters Facebook group and share with all of us! We’d love to have you! I hope you have enjoyed making these squares this week! If you want to try a different style of CAL, check out the Mixed Stitch Blanket CAL. It’s made in rows with lots of colorful stripes! Happy crocheting!

On to WEEK 4!

 

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

The pattern is also available in my Etsy shop!


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