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2019 Block-A-Week : Week 7

Hello! Welcome to Couch Surfer Crochet! We are now on Week 7 of the 2019 Block-A-Week Project! You can find the first few weeks here:Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6 The pattern for Week 7 will look like this when it’s finished! This pattern is called the Daria Afghan square. It comes from one … Read more2019 Block-A-Week : Week 7

2019 Block-A-Week : Week 6

Hello! Welcome to Couch Surfer Crochet! We are now on Week 6 of the 2019 Block-A-Week Project! You can find the first few weeks here:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5

The pattern for Week 6 will look like this as you work each row:

This pattern is the basic Block Stitch, repeated until it reaches 12″ in size. It is a simple, but very striking pattern. It works up very quickly!

You can download a written pattern for the Block Stitch right here on Ravelry.

Written Pattern for the Block Stitch Square:

Round 1: Ch 3, working into the first chain make 2 dc, *ch 2, make 3 dc* repeat between * 2 more times, ch 2, sl st to join in top of beginning chain, fasten off (12 dc, 4 ch-2 spaces)

Round 2: Join new color in corner ch-2 space – Ch 4 (counts as sc and ch-3), make 1 sc in same space, *ch 3, in next ch-2 space make [sc ch 3, sc]* repeat between * 2 more times, ch 3, sl st to join in first beginning chain, fasten off (8 sc, 8 ch-3 spaces)

Round 3: Join new color in corner ch-3 space – Ch 2, in same space make [2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc], in next ch-3 space make 3 dc, *in next corner ch-3 space make [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc], in next ch-3 space make 3 dc* repeat between * to end, join in top of beginning ch-2, fasten off (36 dc, 4 ch-2 spaces)

Round 4: Join new color in corner ch-2 space – Ch 4 (counts as sc and ch-3), make 1 sc in same space, *ch 3, sc in the space between each set of 3 dc sts* repeat between * to next corner, **in corner ch-2 space make [sc, ch 3, sc], [ch 3, sc in the space between each set of 3 dc sts] to next corner** repeat between ** to end, join, fasten off (16 sc, 16 ch-3 spaces)

Round 5: Join new color in corner ch-3 space – Ch 2, in same space make [2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc], *in next ch-3 space make 3 dc* repeat between * to next corner, **in corner ch-3 space space make [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc], make 3 dc in each ch-3 space to next corner** repeat between ** to end, join, fasten off (60 dc, 4 ch-2 spaces)

Round 6-13: Repeat Rounds 4 & 5 four more times

To complete the square with a solid edge, I did ONE ROUND of single crochet.

Round 14: Starting in corner, ch 3 (counts as sc and ch 2, sc in same st, * sc in each st across, (sc, ch 2, sc) in corner, repeat from * around, fasten off

Weave in all ends.

Check out the video tutorial to learn how to crochet the block stitch in the round.

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2019 Block-A-Week : Week 5

Hello! Welcome to Couch Surfer Crochet! We are now on Week 5 of the 2019 Block-A-Week Project! You can find the first few weeks here:Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4 The square for Week 5 will look like this: This square is called Veronica’s Rose. You can download it for free on Ravelry.I’m using a size … Read more2019 Block-A-Week : Week 5

2019 Block-A-Week : Week 2

Hello and welcome to Couch Surfer Crochet!

It’s now the second week of the 2019 Block-A-Week project! Week 1 was a square of my own design : the New Year Square! As a reminder, it looks like this:

For Week 2 we are doing a beautiful square called Simbelmyne by MoCrochet! It looks like this when finished:

Whenever I use another designer’s square I will ALWAYS follow copyright rules and intellectual property requirements. Since this square was originally part of the Moogly CAL 2017, it is copyrighted to it’s original designer! I am using this project in part to try new things and introduce you all to new designers! I want to make sure everyone is properly credited and attributed for any work they have done!

I will share my step by step photos for this pattern, but I am not able to share each step of the pattern. Please click the link to see the pattern! There are very detailed and helpful step by step photos! You can also download the pattern on Ravelry for easy access!

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2019 Block-A-Week : Week 1

Hello and welcome to Couch Surfer Crochet!

Since a new year has just begun, I’ve decided to start a fun project that I can work on all year long.I love making crochet squares of all types. I am fascinated by the way you can take simple stitches, put them together in unexpected ways, and have the most interesting looking square when you are done! I’ve done two different Crochet Alongs using squares. The first one, the Hip to be Square blanket, used the basic granny in addition to a few squares of my own design. The second CAL, the Stash Buster Granny Square blanket, used basic granny squares with specific color placement.

I thought about doing the “365 Days of Granny Squares” challenge, but I know I would get distracted somewhere along the way and get frustrated, so I’m simplifying that to ONE a week and only picking my favorite squares! I plan to do ONE square each week and at the end of the year make all of those into a unique and interesting blanket! Each square will be 12″. Some of the squares will be my own design, and some I have found online!

Since the New Year starts in the middle of the week, I will be posting my weekly granny squares on Fridays. I won’t have video tutorials available for each of those at first, but I do hope to get there soon!

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Couch Surfer Crochet! I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to tackle 2019 head on! First I want to apologize for being absent from the blog for so long. After we finished the Stash Buster Granny CAL I had so many orders and personal gifts … Read moreHappy New Year!

Stash Buster Granny Square CAL – Border

Welcome back to Couch Surfer Crochet! This is the last week of the Stash Buster Granny 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
Joining

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Stash Buster Granny CAL – Joining

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

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Stash Buster Granny CAL – Week 4

Welcome to Couch Surfer Crochet! We are now on Week 4 of the Stash Buster Granny Square Crochet Along!

If you are just now joining us, check out the INTRO POST.

This blanket pattern is designed to be a stash buster! Each week we will be creating a “SET” number of squares, but it is totally creatively open! Colors are all up to YOU! Each week the pattern is the basic granny square, the unique look comes from when we do color changes on each square.

If you’ve never heard the term “stash buster” before, it’s when you have LOTS and LOTS of bits of yarn with no idea what to do with them! I designed this pattern with the intention that it would be very colorful and very random. I didn’t want any two squares to look alike. Of course, if you want to make each week of squares exactly the same, that’s totally up to you! I think that would be a stunning finished piece if that’s what you choose to do!

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Stash Buster Granny CAL – Week 3

Welcome to Couch Surfer Crochet! We are now on Week 3 of the Stash Buster Granny Square Crochet Along!

If you are just now joining us, check out the INTRO POST.

This blanket pattern is designed to be a stash buster! Each week we will be creating a “SET” number of squares, but it is totally creatively open! Colors are all up to YOU! Each week the pattern is the basic granny square, the unique look comes from when we do color changes on each square.

If you’ve never heard the term “stash buster” before, it’s when you have LOTS and LOTS of bits of yarn with no idea what to do with them! I designed this pattern with the intention that it would be very colorful and very random. I didn’t want any two squares to look alike. Of course, if you want to make each week of squares exactly the same, that’s totally up to you! I think that would be a stunning finished piece if that’s what you choose to do!

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