Friday, January 11, 2013

Woolies for Tassie - granny squares


You may have heard of the devastating fires in Tasmania. The Craft Hive has set up a drive to get knitted and crocheted square together to make blankets for the families that have lost everything.

If you are unable to participate, maybe you can spread the word to someone who can.  


They are after 8 inch squares in 8 ply yarn. Acrylic, wool, or blended, but please label them. 

for more information, click here: The Craft Hive 

I'm going to be sending some granny squares, here is a pattern for an 8 inch square if you need it: (using US terms) I've posted other Granny Square tutorials, but this is now my favourite method. (note, you don't need to use this pattern, if you are sending them off, any 8inch square will do)
(US dc = UK tr) 


I'm using the aforementioned 8 ply yarn with a 4 mm hook.
Start with either a magic loop or chain 4 and join with sl st in first chain, (using the red yarn.)

1st round: chain 6 (counts as 1 dc and 3 chains-pictured above) 
*3 dc into centre and 3 chains. repeat from * two more times
2dc into centre and slip stich into top of third chain from beginning.

1st Round Complete
2nd round: 6 chains, and into same corner space 3dc and 2 chains {this square has a 2 space gap between each 3 dc cluster and a 3 chain gap in each corner}
*3 dc, 3 chains, 3dc, 2 chains into next corner space. repeat from * two more times
2dc into first corner space and sl st into 3rd chain. Fasten off.


3rd round (using brown yarn): 6 chains, then into same corner space 3dc and 2 chains
*3dc into next space, 2 chains
3dc into next corner space, 3 chains, 3dc into same corner space, 2 chains. Repeat from * 2 more times
2dc into first corner space, sl st into 3rd chain. fasten off

3rd Round Complete

4th round (using red yarn): 6 chains, then into same corner space 3dc and 2 chains (pictured below)

Corner Detail. Start each round off like this to avoid a bulky join. 

*3dc into next space, 2 chains, 3dc into next space, 2 chains.
3dc into next corner space, 3 chains, 3dc into same corner space, 2 chains. Repeat from * 2 more times
2dc into first corner space, sl st into 3rd chain.


5th round: 6 chains, then into same corner space 3dc and 2 chains
*3dc into next space, 2 chains. 3dc into next space, 2 chains. 3dc into next space, 2 chains.
3dc into next corner space, 3 chains, 3dc into same corner space, 2 chains. Repeat from * 2 more times
2dc into first corner space, sl st into 3rd chain. Fasten off.

5th Round Complete
6th round: (using brown yarn) 6 chains, then into same corner space 3dc and 2 chains
*3dc into next space, 2 chains. repeat 3 more times
3dc into next corner space, 3 chains, 3dc into same corner space, 2 chains. Repeat from * 2 more times
2dc into first corner space, sl st into 3rd chain. Fasten off

7th round: (using red yarn) 6 chains, then into same corner space 3dc and 2 chains
*3dc into next space, 2 chains. repeat 4 more times
3dc into next corner space, 3 chains, 3dc into same corner space, 2 chains. Repeat from * 2 more times
2dc into first corner space, sl st into 3rd chain.

8th round: 6 chains, then into same corner space 3dc and 2 chains
*3dc into next space, 2 chains. repeat 5 more times
3dc into next corner space, 3 chains, 3dc into same corner space, 2 chains. Repeat from * 2 more times
2dc into first corner space, sl st into 3rd chain. Fasten off

8 Rounds Complete
 Make a square in just one colour, or change at each row. Play around and you will end up with quite a few squares to donate.

Here is my other post on Granny Squares, but note this method uses a 3 chain gap between each 3 dc cluster. It does have a more detailed explanation of starting the first round. There is no right or wrong way to make a Granny Square, but you may need to adjust tension or add/subtract rows to get to an 8" square. As I said before, I now prefer the method in today's post.


Thanks for reading,
Emma

8 comments:

  1. Great project! I cannot knit or crochet for the life of me, but I have sent the link to my crafty friend.

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  2. Thanks for this - will see how many I can make and send down. Would they be happy to accept full blankets because at the moment I am crocheting for charity and can just send the completed blankets instead of squares for someone to crochet together ?
    Have a great day !
    Me
    #FYBF visitor

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    1. best to go to thecrafthive.com and ask them directly!

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    2. and thanks for participating :)

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  3. What a lovely idea, Emma. I'm thinking of all those families affected by the bush fires.

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  4. That's an excellent and very practical idea. I'm sure there will be a lot of families who appreciate it.

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