Jan 5, 2010

charity square pattern

This is the pattern for the very simple crochet square suitable for various projects that require assembling things from square motifs.

You can also download a pdf version here.

obscured flower granny square

by Prague Loop

This is just the basic granny square modified in a way that adds a relief "flower" motif.

I designed it as an ├╝bersimple project for the knit-a-square charity project that requires 20x20 cm (7.8x7.8 inches) squares made into blankets for african children. Use it for anything you fancy, modify it, give it away.

I made it with the beginner in mind - it is a very simple mod of the granny square motif. The gauge is not important. Consider it more a recipe than a pattern.

It uses a basic recipe for a granny square that consists of groups of 3dc (double crochet) followed by ch1 or please use your favorite granny square recipe. You can use any yarn you fancy and modify the size just by adding more rows - or subtracting them.

Granny squares can be made into blankets, afghans, lapghans and such, and are often used in charity projects. If you are a beginner who wants to crochet for charity, you might find this pattern useful. If you are an advanced crocheter, you are obviously not reading this, so no worries:)

Materials used for the sample, feel free to substitute:

5.00 mm size crochet hook
150 yards of DK weight yarn in two contrasting colors - you will crochet holding double strand. Or use bulky yarn, or mix strands as you like.
The yarn used for the sample is a blend of acrylic and wool called Vera and made by Schoeller + Stahl. You can use anything really.

sl s - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
ch - chain

The pattern:
Colour 1:
Setup: Ch 5, join by sc placed into the first ch.

Row 1: Ch 3, 2dc, ch2, 3 dc, ch2, 3dc, ch2, 3cd, ch2, join by slip stitch placed into the 3rd of the ch3 at the beginning.

Row 2: place a sl st into the 1st and 2nd dc of this row. sl st. under the first ch2, join colour 2. Do not break the colour 1 yarn.
(from now on, you will be making the standard granny square sequence, i.e. placing groups of 3dc under chains. In the corners, there is alway a group of [3dc, ch2, 3dc], and everywhere else, it is a sequence of 3dc, ch1.
The only exception of the 3dc group rule is the beginning of each row where you substitute the first dc with a ch3. As the beginnings are usually somewhere in the corner, you will need to get to that corner. You do this by placing slip stitches in the dc of the previous row until you get there - this will be barely visible later on.)

With colour 2, you go on this standard method, i.e. ch3-2dc-ch2-3dc-ch1-3dc-ch2-3dc-ch1-3dc-ch2-3dc-ch1-3dc etc. until the end of the row. You always crochet under the chains.

Row 3: (the only deviation from the standard granny square)
Use colour 1.
Now crochet into the front loops of al the dc of the previous row (skipping the chains) in this manner:
1sc into the first dc (of any group)
[1sc, 1 dc, ch1, 1dc, 1sc] into the second dc.
1 sc. into the third dc.
You make these "petals" into all of the groups of the previous row, skipping chains. In the last group of the dc you will be crocheting into the sl st in them.

Break yarn of colour 1, use colour 2.

Row 4: you get back to the standard granny square method, effectively ignoring the previous row - meaning you will be crocheting into row2, partially over the stitches in row 3 (=you will crochet into the row of the same colour as this).
This will make the flower motif partially obscured and the granny will get thicker and warmer.
Crochet as normal granny square, i.e.:
ch3, 3dc, ch2, 3dc, ch1, 3dc, ch1, 3dc etc.,always placing groups of 3dc under chains.

Row 5 (and possibly other rows if desired): standard granny square row, i.e. ch3, 3dc, ch2, 3dc, ch1, 3dc, ch1, 3dc etc.,always placing groups of 3dc under chains.

Measure your work - it might well be 20 cm x 20 cm (7.8 to 7.8 inches) now. If you require a much larger square or are using thinner yarn, go on making granny square rows till the work i the size you desire.

If you have a square that is a bit smaller than desired but another row would make it too big, use a row of sc (as in sample).
When making this row, crochet into the dc, under the ch and in the corners, make a group of sc-ch2-sc. This will make the square stay in the square shape.

Check if the charity (or project) requires a longer tail to be left at the end. Break yarn accordingly. You might want to block your square. Et voila - you have just made a nice, thick square with a simple flower motif.

Please feel free to share to modify this pattern.

January 2010, Prague Loop (pragueloop@gmail.com).

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