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Two for One Heart Square, 6″ & 12″ variations

Crochet Blocks for Jewells

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I’m not sure if it’s the awesome “hearts on a string” appearance of this square, or maybe it’s the lovely squashiness of working with two strands of yarn.  Either way, this is my new favorite pattern!  I’m envisioning an entire afghan made from 12″ blocks, possibly in a rainbow of colors!

  • Color A (worsted weight)
  • Color B (worsted weight)
  • Size H Hook
  • Gauge – 4dc = approximately 1″, 2 rows = 1″

Special Note: The pattern is achieved by changing colors at the top the dc sts.

The color pattern is Row 1:  2 color A, 1 color B, 2 color A, etc; Row 2, 2 color B, 1 color A, 2 color B (repeat pattern)

You will be working across the strand of yarn that you are not using throughout.  This means you’ll only have ends to weave in at the beginning and end.    See the illustrations in BD Chessboard for examples on how to do this.

Because you’re working with two strands of yarn at all times,  pay special attention so they don’t get twisted.

With Color A For 6″ square, ch 22 (for 12″ square, ch 42)

Row 1:  dc in 4th ch from hook, change color at top of dc, (dc in next ch, change color at top of dc, dc in each of next 2 ch, change color at top of dc).  Rep ( ) across, changing color in top of ch 3.

Row 2: dc in next ch, (change color at top of dc, dc in next st, change color at top of dc, dc in each of next 2 sts).  Rep ( ) across, changing color in top of ch 3.

Repeat Row 2 for Rows  3-12 (3-21 for 12″ block), always working across the color not on the hook, finish off.

Border:  Using one strand of either color, sc evenly around all sides (2 sc in side of dcs), 3 sc in each corner; ch 1, sc in each sc around, 2 sc in corners.  Finish off.

Crochet Blocks for Jewells

12″ Square


black and red block 29

6″ Square

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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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Veritable V-Stitch 12″ Block

Veritable V-Stitch, finished pattern, swap block #6

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We’ve been undergoing a test of mettle in our household the last few days.  Our a/c unit has stopped functioning…and it’s been hovering around 105F, making it approximately 90F in parts of our house.

We’ve been seeking shelter of cooler places, which has, for the most part not included anywhere near a computer or sewing machine.  While we wait for Sears to come perform the warrantied services they’ve promised, I’ve been working on small things to try and stay cool and keep my mind off of bigger stresses.

Combine the above with a 12″ knit/crochet block swap that I’m participating in, and the Veritable V-Stitch 12″ Block was born.  It’s easy to work up and was made (intentionally!) in icy colors to remind me of cooler days.

You’ll need:

  • Worsted Weight Yarn in colors A (main), B (accent) & C (coordinating)
  • H/I hook to obtain gauge (1.5″ across first round)

Special Stitches:

  • v-stitch = dc, ch 1, dc
  • beg v-stitch = ch 4, dc
  • v-st corner = v-stitch, ch 2, v-stitch

With color A, ch 4, sl st in beg ch to form ring

Round 1:  ch 3, 2 dc, (ch 2, 3 dc) three times, ch 2, join with sl st to top of ch 3.  Check gauge.

Round 2: sl st to center dc, beg v-stitch in center dc, v-st corner, (sk 1 dc, v-stitch, v-st corner) three times, join with sl st at third ch in beg v-stitch.

Rounds 3&4: sl st to first ch sp, beg v-stitch, (v-stitch in ch sp of each v-stitch, v-st corner) repeat ( )around.  Join with sl st at third ch in beg v-stitch.  At the end of round 4, join color B at the sl st.

Round 5: ch 1, sc in same st, ch 1, sk ch sp, sc in next 2 dc [(ch 1, sk ch sp, sc in next dc) to corner (sc, ch 2, sc) in corner] repeat [ ] around.  Join with a sl st at beg sc.  Finish off.

Round 6: join color A in any ch 1 sp.  Ch 5, sk next 2 sc, [(dc in ch sp, ch 2, sk next 2 sc) to corner (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner], repeat [ ] around.  Join with sl st in third ch in beg ch 5, finish off.

Round 7: join color B in any ch sp.  Ch 1, sc in same st, ch 2, sc in ch sp [(2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in corner (sc in ch sp, ch 2, sc in ch sp)] around.  Join with a sl st to first sc.  Finish off.

Round 8: join color C in any ch sp.  Beg v-stitch, (v-stitch in each ch sp, corner v-stitch in corners), rep ( ) around, finish off.

Round 9: join color A, rep row 8.

Round 10: join color B in any ch 1 sp.  Ch 5, [(dc in next ch sp, ch 2, dc in next ch sp) (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in corners], rep [ ]  around, join with sl st to third ch of beg ch 5.

Round 11: sl st to ch sp, (ch 1, 3 sc in each ch sp) around.  Join with sl st to first sc.  Finish off.

Veritable V-Stitch, version one, swap block #5
Version 1 of Veritable V-stitch had slightly different corners

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Crochet: Motif Blocking Template

blocking Supernova

I’m a bit surprised at myself for not sharing this before!

When I’m working on  a crochet project that requires blocking, which, let’s face it, if I’m working on it, it’s most likely a blanket of some sort or another, I like to keep a size template handy to check my motif by.  I discovered that using foam core for my template also gives me a super easy way to block my motifs so they come out perfectly!

I’m currently working on some 12″ blocks for a swap I’m participating in.  I’m using the pattern Supernova by Chris Simon in my example.

You’ll need:

  • piece of foam core board larger than your motif
  • ruler (quilting rulers work great!)
  • cutting surface
  • box cutter or Exacto

Measure the size you need on the foam core board (12″ board shown).  If you have a quilter’s square ruler, now is  a great time to break it out.  If not, just measure carefully, being sure to mark the measurement you need several times to get the right size.

Use the box cutter to cut the foam core board to the right size.

That’s it! Now you have the perfect size template that you can both check your size against and block the motif (shown above) if needed!

blocking board

Supernova 12"Supernova, pattern by Chris Simon

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Way Back Craft: Ariel’s Blanket

Ariel's Blanket Ariel's Blanket - The original blanket
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Ariel’s Blanket was made as a replacement for a special little girl that had loved her blanket to pieces.

Her mom found me online through my first crafty website, Jen’s Crochet & Crafts and we later met so she could show me the blanket and I could meet her daughter. I agreed to make it, if she’d pay for the yarn and make a donation to the blanket charity I volunteer for, The Linus Connection. She agreed and the replacement process began.

The blanket is a recreation made as close to the original design as possible. It was my great pleasure to crochet this for Ariel. It’s been at many years now, since I made Ariel’s Blanket. I hope she still has it, and loves it as much as she did the day I gave it to her!

Red Heart Baby Sport Pompadour Yarn: small
amount blue, yellow, green, peach & pink
(approx. 1 – 1½ oz.), 40 ounces white
For one square: small amount for center color,
approx. 2 oz white)

PC= Popcorn
Ch 3 counts as DC in PC st
Size “F” Hook

Finished Blanket is approximately 44″ x 54″

Row 1: Starting with center color, Ch 6, join with sl st. Ch 1, 12 sc in loop. Join with sl st.

Row 2: Ch 3, 4 dc in beg sc [drop loop from hook, insert hook in top of first dc, pull loop through to make first PC] ch 4, sk 1 sc, 5 DC in next sc, follow [ ], ch 4 around until you have 6 PC.

Row 3: ch 1, sc in same st. 7 dc in ch sp, sc in petal join st around. (6 “Petals”)

Row 4: ch 1, sc in same st, [ch 5, sc in next sc] around, join with beg sc with sl st.

Row 5ch 3, 4 dc in first ch sp. [In next sc: Dc, ch 3, dc. In next ch sp: 4 dc. Dc in sc. In ch sp: 3 dc, ch 3, 3dc] Dc in sc, 4 dc in ch sp. Repeat [ ], join with sl st to top of beg ch 3. Finish off.  (This seems very odd, but it works out!)

You should now have a square with equal sides, 9 stitches per side with a ch 3 in each corner.

Row 6: Join white in any corner sp. Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc in same corner space. Ch 1. {[Dc in each of the next 3 dc. Ch 1] Repeat [] to corner space. In next corner space, 3 dc ch 3, 3 dc,ch 1}, Repeat {} around. Join with sl st at beg ch 3.

You should now have 5 clusters of 3 dc with a chain sp between on each side with ch 3 in each corner.

Row 7 & 8: Sl st to corner sp ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc. {3 dc in ch sp to next corner. 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc in corner}. Repeat {} around. Join with sl st at the top of beg ch 3.

Row 9: (do not sl st to corner) ch 3 (counts as first dc), 1 dc in each dc to corner. {[3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc in corner], 1 dc in each dc to corner}. Repeat {} around.

(for added variety, row 10 can also be in a contrasting color)

Row 10: ch 3, PC in next st, 1 dc, PC, 1 dc, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc in all corners), 1 DC, pc, 1 dc, PC around.

Row 11: ch 3, DC in each st around, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc in corners).

Row 12: ch 1, sc in each st around, 3 sc in corners. Finish off.

FOR BLANKET PATTERN
Make 20 squares. Join squares 4×5 either with whip st or sc. Add border.

Border: ch 3 counts as first stitch

cluster = 3 dc, ch 2, sc in 1st ch, 3 dc

(Here, your cluster is 3 double crochets with 2 chain stitches, then you single crochet in the first chain stitch you just made. This makes a point in the middle of the cluster. You then make 3 more double crochets to finish the cluster.)

Join white in second sc of corner, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, sc in first ch, 3 dc, skip 1 sc, sc in next ch, (cluster, sk 1 sc, sc in next ch, cluster), around.

Each square should have 6 clusters, not counting corner clusters.

Join with sl st, finish off, weave in ends.

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Ariel's Blanket by Cathie Morales