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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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C2C Scarf Crochet Pattern

Hello crocheters! I’m sorry for my extended absence on the blog! I caught that awful flu that was going around, and didn’t have the energy to do much of anything for about two weeks. Once I was up and at ’em again, I got started on a cross stitch project for a local fundraiser. It’s being run by the McKinney Center, a local art center here where I live in Tennessee. From their website: “The arts program is designed to inspire area residents through appreciation for and participation in the various forms of art and expression. The comprehensive arts program offers a variety of educational opportunities for learning, such as, drawing, painting, mosaics, theater, dance, and music.”

They are holding a fundraiser where local artists create a few pieces to donate. Then each ticket purchased (or any money donated otherwise) is put towards scholarships for kids to attend art classes! I am so passionate about this cause! I think it’s imperative for children to express their creativity, and to be given the opportunities to learn how to do that. Here’s the cross stitch piece I finished for the fundraiser:

I promise I’m not turning this blog into Couch Surfer Cross Stitchers! However, if there is enough interest from all of you, I would be happy to share cross stitch patterns on occasion. I just love using yarn and thread in different mediums to create!

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Beautiful Boxes Scarf Crochet Pattern

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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