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TTMT #539 – Moving Right Along

Hello, friends.

It’s been yet another busy, busy week. I did make it to Linus on Saturday, which was lovely. More about that in the video! ♥

 

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TTMT #538 – Granny Squared

Hello, friends.

I don’t have much new to share, but I have managed a bit of crocheting. We’re working on some long term plans to help better take care of friend Sarah and Linus is on Saturday, so I am busier than usual. I hope this finds you well and you enjoy today’s short video! ♥

 

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Lost in Stash

Dishcloth

Carpool Dishcloth

My yarn stash, which is a drop of water compared the the ocean that is my fabric stash, has been neglected for quite some time. I crochet most evenings, making blankets for The Linus Connection. I usually dig out the yarn I need and leave the rest.

Unfortunately, my poor yarn stash had been neglected so long, that I “lost” two small projects in there.

Oops!

I rectified this situation last night by sitting and sorting all of my yarn, rewinding messy skeins and bagging yarn by intended project.

There was one mostly completed dishcloth, using my Carpool Dishcloth pattern. After sorting the yarn, I sat and crocheted for five minutes and finished it up.

FIVE.

Really? I wonder why I left it unfinished in the first place…

Long Lost-Granny Project
Turn Around Granny

The second project I found was a small stack of variegated and brown granny squares, made using my favorite technique, that I call Turn Around Granny. I turn my granny squares after each row, which keeps them from tilting. It also removes one of my least favorite parts of traditional granny squares: they have a front and a back.

These have been sorted out with more brown and variegated yarn and I will endeavor to make these my next Linus Connection afghan.

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Now, back to enjoying my family!

 

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Chained Compass Motif with variations

Chained Compass Motif

9″, 12″ and three color variations of Chained Compass

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After stumbling across a cool chain technique in Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Crochet, I knew I had to work it into a motif…somehow!  This was my second try at a design using the chains and I love all three variations.  I’m thinking a black and white and red afghan would be stunning.

Chained Compass Motif
9″ one color variation

You need:

  • worsted weight yarn
  • H hook (or size needed to obtain gauge)

Notes:
gauge – round 1 = 2″ square
Ch 3 = beg dc throughout
Keep ch 12 loops on the front as you work. These will stay loose until round 9.

Chained Compass Motif
12″ one color variation

ch 5, join with a sl st to form ring

Round 1: ch3, 3 dc, (ch2, 4 dc) three times, ch 2, join to top of ch 3 with a sl st

Round 2: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next st, ch 12, sc in next 2 st, [(sc, ch 2, sc in corner), sc in next 2 st, ch 12, sc in next 2 st] 3 times, sc, ch2, sc in corner. Join to first sc with sl st.

Round 3: ch 3, dc in each sc across, [(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in corner), dc in each sc across] around, join with a sl st at the top of beg dc. (40 dc and 4 ch 2 sps)

Round 4: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next st, ch 12, sc in next 5 st, [(sc, ch 2, sc in corner), sc in next 5 st, ch 12, sc in next 5 st] 3 times, sc, ch2, sc in corner, sc in remaining st, Join to first sc with sl st.

Round 5: Rep Round 3 (64 dc and 4 ch 2 sps)

Round 6: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next st, ch 12, sc in next 8 st, [(sc, ch 2, sc in corner), sc in next 8 st, ch 12, sc in next 8 st] 3 times, sc, ch2, sc in corner, sc in corner, sc in remaining st, . Join to first sc with sl st.

Round 7: Rep Round 3 (88 dc and 4 ch 2 sps)

Round 8: ch 3, dc in each st, (2dc, ch 2, 2 dc in corners) around. (104 dc and 4 ch 2 sps)

You will have three loops on each side of the block. Join sections of loops by pulling the middle loop through the first loop, then the top loop through the middle loop.

Chained Compass Motif
first loop through the middle loop

Chained Compass Motif
middle loop through the top loop

Round 9: ch 1, sc in same st and in next st, sl st in ch 12 loop, sc in next 13 st to corner [(sc, ch 2, sc in corner), sc in next 13 st, sl st in ch 12 loop, sc in next 13 st to corner] three times. sc in remaining sts, join with sl st in first sc.

For 9″ block, finish off here.

Continue for 12″ block:

Chained Compass Motif
12″ one color variation

Round 10: ch 1, sc in same st and each st across, skipping sl st on previous round (sc, ch 2, sc in corners) around

Round 11 & 12, ch 1, hdc in same st and each st across, (hdc, ch 1, hdc in corners) around

Round 13: ch 1, sc in same st and each st across (sc, ch 2, sc in corners) around

Finish Off.

Chained Compass Motif
three color variation (which I’m secretly calling Bella’s Compass because I ❤ Twilight!)

For three color variation:
Color 1 – odd number rows to row 7, row 8, 9 & 13
Color 2 – even number rows to row 6
Color 3 – rows 10-12

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Crochet Granny Handbag

crochet bag

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From the Way Back Vault today, I have one of my old fabvorites.

The Crochet Granny Handbag dates back to September 29, 2003.

I don’t remember who received the original, but I’ve made several as gifts since then.  It’s a quick and easy pattern and makes a sturdy little bag, especially when it includes the optional lining.

 

You’ll need

  • Small amount of 2 Worsted colors (listed as A & B). Shown are Red Heart Country Blue (A) and Windsor Blue (B).
  • I Hook
  • for optional lining:  fabric, needle, thread, zipper
  • scissors
  • tapestry/yarn needle

(Note – all stitches after the first round are in the back loops except on the corners, when you crochet over the chain.)

Front/Back (make 2)

Round 1 – With Color A, ch 4, join with sl st. Ch 3 2 dc, ch 2 in ring. (3 dc, ch 2) 3 times, sl st into starting ch 3. Do not turn.

Round 2 – Ch 3, dc in BACK LOOPS to corner ch 2 sp (2 dc, ch 2 2dc in corner sp, dc in back loops across), rep to beg ch 3, join with sl st. Break off Color A. Do not turn.

Round 3 – Join Color B in any ch 2 sp. Ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc, (dc in back loops across, 2 dc, ch 2 2 dc in corner sp) around, join with sl st in beg ch 3.

Round 4 – Join Color A, rep pattern of round 3.

crochet bag

A close up of the strap side, using single crochet to join.

Strap

Ch 120, hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in each chain to end, finish off. Starting in the center stitch on one front/back square, join strap by sc through the back loops only of the strap and the square. Sc in first 25 st to join strap, continue sc st in back loop of front/back square across top of bag. Sc in last 25 st of strap from the 2nd ch in the corner of the square back to where you joined. Join with sl st. Sl st ends of strap then around to back loop on opposite side of strap, crochet around same as for opposite side.

Lining (optional)

For a sturdier bag, line with a scrap of coordinating (shown) or contrasting fabric of the same size. Hand-stitch inside the bag below the sc round (round 4).

To add a zipper, sew it to the lining before you stitch the lining in the bag, then stitch whip-stitch on the lining seam to inside of round 4.

Other Options

For a longer strap, or bigger bag, simply add stitches or rounds to suit your needs, taking into account how many stitches you will need to get the strap all the way around the bag. For more depth, make the strap two or even three rows wide before attaching to the granny squares.

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Happy crafting

This is part of my “Way Back Craft” series; patterns, crafts, tutorials and general crafty memories before the days of this craft blog.

Turn around, Granny!

granny squares

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An, granny square!  For years I loved to hate you.  When I would try to make you, you were wonky, crooked and twisted.  How could something so simple, so classic and so seemingly straight forward be so frustratingly difficult?

One day, a little bird whispered in my ear to turn the granny square after each row.  Aha!  That was the answer.

By turning on every row, the twisting disappeared.  An added bonus is that the granny square does not have a “right” and a “wrong” side when it’s worked this way.

So turn, turn, turn and stay square, square, square!

Note:  Yarn weight and hook size are up to you.  Change colors at any row and make the square as small or large as you like.

With this method, you can make a Granny-ghan by continuing to crochet until you reach the desired size.

Chain 4, sl st to form loop

granny square in progressturn, sl stitch to the corner

Round 1 – ch 3 (ch 3 = dc throughout), 2dc, [ch 2, 3 dc], rep [ to ] 2 times, ch 2, join to the top of ch 3 with a sl st.  TURN, sl st to ch 3 corner.

granny square in progressch 3

Round 2 – Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in ch2 space.  [ch 1, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in ch 3 space], repeat [ to ] 2 times, ch 1, join to top of ch 3 with sl st.  TURN, sl st in ch 1 space.

Round 3 – Ch 3, 2 dc,  [ch 1, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in ch 2 space; ch 1, 3 dc in ch space], repeat [ to ] 2 times.  Ch 1, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in ch 2 space, ch 1, join to top of ch 3 with sl st.

Finish as desired.

granny squareGranny Square close up

Septemeber 2008
Granny-ghan for a baby, donated to The Linus Connection

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