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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

RAR Blanket CAL: Part 8

Hello Rainbow CAL-ers and welcome to Part 8 of the Rainbows After the Rain Blanket CAL (which I am hosting with Andrea of Kokopelli.

While reorganizing my craft room two weeks ago I pulled out a few odds of  DK blended yarns to make a blanket based on the RAR layout.


Yarns used:   Stylecraft Batik, Stylecraft Life;  Elle Rustica;  Stylecraft Alpaca Tweed and Elle Classic Wool (acrylic / wool blends) and Elle Cotton Fleck (acrylic / cotton blend)

Hook size 4mm.

Colours:   Reds, Browns, Camel, Teals, Black, Grey, and Blues 

I replaced the Some Days Are Diamonds squares with 4 round traditional granny squares;   the Bring Me Flowers Squares with 4 round solid grannies;   and the Over the Rainbow squares with large granny squares.


As long as the replacement squares are the same size and have the same end stitch count it is very easy to fit them into the design.

Part 8 is the penultimate instalment of the Rainbows After the Rain Blanket CAL.   This week we will be completing the centre panel (Over the Rainbow Squares and stripes) and joining all the panels together.  


Link to Andrea's Post:  PART 8

Still to follow:   Part 9 (Final) -  5 September 2017.   Border and edging.

NOTE:  Links to all CAL-related posts can be found in the "Files" on the Zooty Owl Crochet-a-long FACEBOOK GROUP

(Please join the Crochet-a-long Facebook Group if you are participating in the CAL.    Share your photos, ask questions, help fellow CAL-ers and make some new crochet friends!)

It is not too late to join in - the patterns will remain on my blog.

Happy hooking!!!

HORIZONTAL STRIPES & JOINING

PATTERN TERMS:    US

YARN:  Elle Charity Chunky (12 ply).   Stylecraft Special Chunky is an excellent quality / great value alternative yarn.

HOOK SIZE:  5.50mm (I/9 US or 5 CANADIAN)

NOTE:  Gauge is not too important with this project. Yarn thicknesses vary somewhat from brand to brand as do the tensions of individual crocheters.  The most important thing is that your tension remains even throughout the project. 

COLOURWAY:   Each crocheter may choose his / her own colour layout - colour changes / breaks are suggestions only.

STRIPES are worked alternating right side and wrong side of your work.

IMPORTANT:  Read through pattern before starting to crochet. 

Step 1:

Following the Rainbows After the Rain Blanket Layout decide on the placement of your two Over the Rainbow Squares.    We will refer to the two squares as “top square” (TS) and “bottom square” (BS).   This distinction is particularly important where you have a specific colour placement.

2 sets of stripes are crocheted onto each Over the Rainbow Square, giving you two short panels which are then joined together to form the centre panel.

To obtain a straight border each corner space counts as 1 stitch

Stitch Count :  (1ch, 2dc) corner + 33dc (side) + (2dc, 1ch) corner = 39sts

Onto the top and bottom of each square work Rows 1 to 8 in your own colourway

Row 1:  Join yarn in 2ch corner of WS with a standing dc.  1dc into each of next 37sts; 1dc into corner 2ch.  Fasten off.   Turn work

Stitch Count:  39dc

Row 2:  Join yarn in 1st dc on RS with a standing dc.  1dc into each of next 38sts.  Fasten off.  Turn work.

Rows 3 – 8:  Repeat Row 2 (continuing to alternate between RS and WS).

NOTE:  If you are not changing colour do not fasten off but use 3ch to count as 1st dc at beg of next row


Step 2:

JOINING:  We will be using my VISIBLE JOIN METHOD which is explained in more detail HERE.  The VISIBLE JOIN is a very forgiving joining method, which gives you a pretty “stitched” look on the right side of your work.  (This join is especially useful when joining squares with uneven stitch counts or for crocheters with uneven tension).

With RS of panels facing inward and working on WS join Row 8 of top stripe of BS to Row 8 of bottom stripe of TS (i.e join the middle stripes)

Join yarn with a standing sc through the first dc of both panels.  3ch; skip next 2dc, 1sc into next sp between dc, 3ch;  *skip 3dc posts, 1sc into next sp between dc, 3ch* repeat *to* 10 times more;   skip 2dc, working final sc into last dc of both panels of 8th row.


Step 3:

It is important to ensure that your centre panel lines up exactly as follows:

1st 8 horizontal stripes – line up with 1st 10cm square

Over the Rainbow Square (BS) – lines up with 10cm squares 2, 3 and 4

8 top horizontal stripes on BS – line up with 10cm square 5

8 bottom horizontal stripes on TS – line up with 10cm square 6

Over the Rainbow Square (TS) – lines up with 10cm squares 7, 8 and 9

Last 8 horizontal stripes – line up with 10cm square 10.

To obtain a stitch count equal to that of the side panels, we will crochet a single crochet foundation row along both sides of the centre panel.

NOTE:  In the foundation row as well as working into the sts of the “Over the Rainbow Squares” you will also be working along the sides of the horizontal stripes panels.   The sc will be worked around the “dc post” stitches at the end of each row.

Foundation Row:  Join yarn with a standing sc around dc post of 1st horizotal row.   *2sc around next dc post* repeat *to* twice more;  1sc around next dc post;  *2sc around next dc post* repeat *to* twice more (14sts)

1sc into each of next 39 stitches

1sc around dc post of next horizontal row.   *2sc around next dc post* repeat *to* twice more;  1sc around next dc post;  *2sc around next dc post* repeat *to* twice more (14sts)

*2sc around next dc post* repeat *to* twice more;  1sc around next dc post;  *2sc around next dc post* repeat *to* twice more;  1sc around next dc post (14sts)

1 sc into each of next 39 stitches

*2sc around next dc post* repeat *to* twice more;  1sc around next dc post;  *2sc around next dc post* repeat *to* twice more;  1sc around next dc post (14sts)

Stitch count:  14 + 39 + 14 + 14 + 39 + 14 = 134

*Repeat on opposite side

Step 4:

With RS of panels facing inward join the Some Days are Diamonds Panel to the centre panel, Join yarn in 1st sc of foundation row with a standing sc through both panels.  *2ch; skip next sc, 1sc into next sc* repeat *to* to end, working final sc into last sc of foundation row.

Step 5:

With RS of panels facing inward join the Bring Me Flowers Panel to the centre panel, Join yarn in 1st sc of foundation row with a standing sc through both panels.  *2ch; skip next sc, 1sc into next sc* repeat *to* to end, working final sc into last sc of foundation row.

Step 6:

With RS of Panels facing inward join the foundation row of the Vertical Granny Strip to the foundation row of the Some Days Are Diamonds strip.   Join yarn in 1st sc of foundation row with a standing sc through both panels.  *2ch; skip next sc, 1sc into next sc* repeat *to* to end, working final sc into last sc of foundation row.

Step 7:

With RS of Panels facing inward join the foundation row of the Vertical Cobbled Pathways Stripe to the foundation row of the Bring Me Flowers strip.   Join yarn in 1st sc of foundation row with a standing sc through both panels.  *2ch; skip next sc, 1sc into next sc* repeat *to* to end, working final sc into last sc of foundation row.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

RAR Blanket CAL: Part 7

Hello Rainbow CAL-ers and welcome to Part 7 of the Rainbows After the Rain Blanket CAL (which I am hosting with Andrea of Kokopelli.


Part 6 was the final "instalment" of the Poncho CAL, but we have quite a bit of work to still complete on the Blanket.


This week we will be joining the Traditional Granny Squares, the Some Days are Diamond Squares and the Bring Me Flowers Squares, as well as crocheting a striped panel onto the joined granny square strip. 


 Link to Andrea's Post:  Part 7


Still to follow:

Part 8:  22 August 2017 - Over the Rainbow Centre Panel.    Join panels from Part 6 and Part 7 together.

Part 9 (Final):  5 September 2017.   Border and edging.

NOTE:  Links to all CAL-related posts can be found in the "Files" on the Zooty Owl Crochet-a-long FACEBOOK GROUP

(Please join the Crochet-a-long Facebook Group if you are participating in the CAL.    Share your photos, ask questions, help fellow CAL-ers and make some new crochet friends!)
 
It is not too late to join in - the patterns will remain on my blog.

Happy hooking!!!



COBBLED PATHWAYS:  VERTICAL STRIPE
 

PATTERN TERMS:    US

YARN:  Elle Charity Chunky (12 ply).   Stylecraft Special Chunky is an excellent quality / great value alternative yarn.


HOOK SIZE:  5.50mm (I/9 US or 5 CANADIAN)


NOTE:  Gauge is not too important with this project. Yarn thicknesses vary somewhat from brand to brand as do the tensions of individual crocheters.  The most important thing is that your tension remains even throughout the project.  


COLOURWAY:   Each crocheter may choose his / her own colour layout - colour changes / breaks are suggestions only.


STRIPES are worked alternating right side and wrong side of your work.


IMPORTANT:  Read through pattern before starting to crochet.   


Joining:  We will be using my VISIBLE JOIN METHOD which is explained in more detail HERE.  The VISIBLE JOIN is a very forgiving joining method, which gives you a pretty “stitched” look on the right side of your work.  (This join is especially useful when joining squares with uneven stitch counts or for crocheters with uneven tension).


STEP 1:


Join the 5 Traditional Granny Squares into a strip


Granny Strip = 5 x Traditional Granny Squares (20cm x 20cm)


To obtain a straight border each corner space counts as 1 stitch


Stitch Count:  (1ch + 3dc) corner + 18dc (side) + (3dc + 1ch) corner = 26sts per square


When joining these squares, crochet the sc of the join between your 3dc “granny” groups; 
 

NOTE:   1 Foundation row of sc and 8 x rows of Cobbled Pathways Stripes are worked along the Right Side of the Grannies Strip (this is especially important if you have a specific colour order!!)
 

COBBLED PATHWAYS STRIPE
 

Foundation Row:   With RS facing work a standing sc into the corner 2ch of the first square in the strip; sk first st, *work 1sc into the top of each st to next corner, 1sc into corner, 1dc into loop of join, 1sc into corner on next square,* repeat from *to* across all squares, ending with sc in last 2ch corner. Fasten off yarn.

Stitch Count:  129sc and 4dc = 133sts


Row 1:  With RS facing join yarn with a standing dc in beginning sc;  1dc into same sc;  skip 1st, 2dc into next sc;  *skip 1st, 2dc into next sc* repeat *to* 64 times more.  Fasten off yarn.  Turn work.
 

Stitch Count:  67 x 2dc groups

Row 2:  With WS facing join yarn in beginning dc;  4ch (counts as 1dc, 1ch);  *2dc into next space between 2dc groups* repeat *to* 65 times more; 1ch, skip 1dc, 1dc into last dc.   Fasten off yarn.  Turn work.


Stitch count:  1dc, 1ch;  66 x 2dc groups;  1ch, 1dc (134dc and 2 x 1ch spaces)

Row 3:  With RS facing work a standing dc in beginning dc of previous row;  1dc into same st as join, skip 1ch space, *2dc into next space between 2dc groups* repeat *to* 64 times more, skip 1ch sp, work 2dc into the top of the 3ch (or standing dc).  Fasten off yarn.   Turn work.
 

Stitch count:  67 x 2dc groups (134dc)

Row 4:  Repeat Row 2
Row 5:  Repeat Row 3
Row 6:  Repeat Row 2
Row 7:  Repeat Row 3
Row 8:  Repeat Row 2


STEP 2:


Join the 10 “Bring Me Flowers” Squares into a strip


Flowers Strip = 10 x Bring Me Flowers Squares (10cm x 10cm)


To obtain a straight border each corner space counts as 1 stitch


Stitch Count  : (1ch + 3trc) corner + 6dc (side) + (3trc + 1ch) corner = 14 stitches


When joining these squares, crochet the sc of the join between your 3dc “granny” groups.


NOTE:   1 Foundation row of sc is worked along both sides of the Flowers Strip.  This is done to even your stitch count to match the 20cm x 2cm squares strips


Foundation Row:  With RS facing work a standing sc into the corner 3ch of the first square in the strip, 1sc into each of next 12 stitches, 1sc into corner, *1dc into loop of join, 1sc into corner on next square, sk 1st, 1sc into each of next 10st, skip next st, 1sc into corner* repeat *to* 7 times more working 1sc more into corner on last repeat; 1dc into loop of join, 1sc into corner on next square, 1sc into each of next 12 sts, 1sc into corner


Stitch Count:  125sc and 9dc = 134sts


STEP 3:


Join the 10 “Some Days are Diamonds” Squares into a strip


Diamonds Strip = 10 x Some Days Are Diamonds Squares (10cm x 10cm)


To obtain a straight border each corner space counts as 1 stitch


Stitch Count  :  (1ch + 3dc) corner + 6dc (side) + (3dc + 1ch) corner = 14 stitches


When joining these squares, crochet the sc of the join between your 3dc “granny” groups.


NOTE:   1 Foundation row of sc is worked along both sides of the Diamonds Strip.   This is done to even your stitch count to match the 20cm x 2cm squares strips.


Foundation Row:  With RS facing work a standing sc into the corner 3ch of the first square in the strip, 1sc into each of next 12 stitches, 1sc into corner, *1dc into loop of join, 1sc into corner on next square, sk 1st, 1sc into each of next 10st, skip next st, 1sc into corner* repeat *to* 7 times more working 1sc more into corner on last repeat; 1dc into loop of join, 1sc into corner on next square, 1sc into each of next 12 sts, 1sc into corner


Stitch Count:  125sc and 9dc = 134sts