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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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Hip to be Square CAL – Week 5

Dharma Square - Hip to be Square CAL

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:

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Hip to be Square CAL – Week 3

shattered circle granny square crochet

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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Square Crochet Along – Details

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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