Turtle of Traditionalism Granny Square

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As a parent I’m glad my kids have friends. But, gosh, do all their friends have to have birthdays? Jeez, so many presents to buy; some for kids we really don’t know all that well.
For example, my daughter was invited to a birthday party for a girl who was in her inner circle of school friends last year. The Fab Five they called themselves. But this year this particular girl is at a different school. My daughter hasn’t seen her since last June but, of course, is excited to go to her birthday party. And, of course, I’m not saying no to this. But, ee gahds, the thought of wasting spending hard earned money on some generic gift that’ll be cast aside with a pile of other generic gifts in like two minutes does not appeal to me.
Enter the turtle.

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Since I have a lovely little pile of coordinating yarn in soft, fun colors already on hand due to Christmas gift over estimation (or maybe holiday yarn retail therapy but that’s another discussion for another day), I thought I’d just make something for the birthday girl.
I asked my daughter “What does Emma like?”
“Um, I dunno. Soccer, turtles, & RianbowDash” was her answer…
Uh, okay, let’s go with turtles then. I can do something with that…something granny-squarish.
So I Googled. And, sure, I found some turtle granny squares but nothing that was quite what I had in mind.
I was looking for a square with a simple turtle center and the traditional granny square outside.
Why traditional style?
Because it’s fast & easy, baby, Fast and Easy!

This site was the closest to what I wanted. The little turtles in the center were perfect but the outside rows weren’t. Plus the pattern was a little confusing for me.
So I did what I usually do in this situation…
I modified.
And here is what I came up with (after a more rectangular attempt).

Center Turtle:
-make magic ring, ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc 11 times, join with sl st in 3rd st of the ch3  (12 dc)
-ch3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each stitch around, switch to light green to join in top st of the ch 3 (24 dc)
-with light green ch 3, 2 dc in same st, ch 2 skip 2 st, 5 dc in next st, ch 2, skip next 2 st, 3 dc in next st, ch 5 skip 5, 3 dc in next st, ch 2 skip 2, dc in next st, ch 2 skip 2, 3 dc in next st, ch 5, join in top st of ch 3 (17 dc, 18 sc)

The center turtle is complete. Now to get your granny on!
-sl st in next st to change color (I used a light blue but anything with contrast works)
-ch 3, 2 dc in same st, ch 2, 3 dc in next st (granny corner #1 is done), 2 hdc in ch 2 space, sc in back loop only of next 2 st, sl st in back loop only of next st, sc back loop only of next 2 st, 2 hdc in ch 2 space, 3 dc in next st, ch 2, 3 dc in next st (top side & granny corner # 2 done)
– ch 1,  2 hdc, 1 sc, 2 hdc in the ch 5 space, ch 1, 3 dc in next dc, ch 2, 3 dc in the next st (3rd corner done)
-2 hdc & 2 sc in ch 2 space, sl st in dc (tail), 2 sc & 2 hdc in ch 2 space. Make a granny corner in next 2 st (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc)
-ch1, 2 hdc, 1 sc, 2 hdc in the ch 5 space, ch1, sl st into top of ch 3 to finish the round.
Granny round 2:
– sl st over to ch 2 corner space. Make a corner in the corner space (3dc, ch2, 3 dc), skip the 3 corner dc and dc in each of the 2 hdc , ch 2, skip 4, dc in next 2 st.
– 3dc, ch 2, 3 dc in corner space, 3 hdc in next space, ch 2, 3hdc in next space, make a corner in the corner space, skip 3 corner st & dc in each of next 2 st, skip 4, dc in each of next 2 st, skip 3 and make a corner in the corner (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc), 3 hdc in next space, ch 2, 3 hdc in next space, sl st in top of beginning ch 3.
Fasten off.
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I also edged these in a dark purple by sc in each stitch or space around.
Congratulations, you’ve (hopefully) just made it through my first attempt at writing a pattern.

If you did try this please comment below and let me know how (if?) I can improve anything.

Oh and, in case you’re wondering, I’m going to make a couple more and put them together in some kind of hat or headband for the birthday gift. I’ll try to blog about that when it’s complete…which had better be before Friday afternoon.

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Crochet Conundrum…Suggestions Welcome

So I’ve been working on a blanket for my sister for Christmas. You can see my progress here, here and here. It’s been going really well. And then I realized I miss-measured!!! Ahhhhh! Now I have three rows of granny squares and one row is longer than the rest! See–

IMAG0371Can you see the end on the skinny grannies? It’s gone long. Here’s a closer look.

IMAG0372It’s about an inch or so too long. If I stretch the wide granny squares the seams show and look terrible. I’ve already bordered all the rows and really don’t want to undo the borders. Really, I don’t want to undo anything! I’m looking to add something maybe. This particular blanket will also have a few more parts and a rather large border. I could make the border sort of include my mistake. It’s going to be a vivid blanket with a going on and a lot of different parts so I’m hoping to find a way to include/mask my mistake. Any suggestions are very, very welcome!!

What’s that saying about measuring twice??

Crocheting too much??

Never!! I’ve been busy connecting squares.

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And procrastinating on a project due before the end of next week.

Apparently all this crocheting is too much for my cat. He decided to put a stop to it and demand attention.

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He meant business.

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A longer post coming soon with all the goodies I’ve been working on!!

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Hoo’s Sleeping Now?

Although I’ve been crocheting for about two and a half years now I just recently ventured into the wonderful world of the granny square. This was largely due to the many different granny squares that my co-worker and blogging partner Sindel17 has been making (see our blog posts New Blanket with Rosie Posies Granny Squares & Blanket Construction Part 2:the Granny Square).
Also a good friend of mine who fueled the flames of my yarn addiction back when it was in it’s fledgling stages was expecting her second child this summer. She is an excellent knitter and has made a few lovely baby sweaters that are still in use in my family years later.

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Since she does knit I knew she’d appreciate the time that goes into a handmade gift but I wanted to make her something that is distinctly crochet. Enter the granny square.

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What is more quintessential crochet than a granny square? Traditional granny squares are fun, colorful, and  unique by themselves but I found this adorable owl granny square  that added even more character to the baby blanket I was going to make.

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Since I am a slightly obsessive compulsive crocheter I did the math and planned to have a certain number of each type of granny square. For example five owls, a solid of each color, five with only two colors each having a different color on the outside, five randoms that use three colors…you get the idea. And, yes, I do know I made this way more complicated than it needed to be. And, yes, I do know this might detract from the random cohesiveness of a granny square blanket. But I couldn’t help myself.

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Even with my attempts at order the blanket turned out great. The colors are baby friendly but not too dull; mostly I used baby soft yarn and Carion Simply Soft so the blanket itself is soft & comfy.
Most importantly my friend really loved it and I think her new baby boy will too.

Peace Signs & Ripples of Happiness

C’mon don’t you just love that cheesy title?? These are more pieces that are going to be part of my version of the Groovyghan. The pink and green peace isn’t quite finished yet. It still needs the border but in the picture below there’s a completed one. With the completed peace sign is a dot granny square. The dot square pattern can be found with the Groovyghan pattern and actually so can the peace sign but here’s a separate link for that. The peace sign goes pretty fast once you get past the second round. I suggest using the chart she provides. So helpful!!!! That round is TRICKY!

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This is called Ripples of Happiness and I LOVE how it looks!! It’s my new favorite pattern plus it shows off the colors of the blanket so well. Once it gets cold around here again (we’re in the middle of a wicked heat wave here in Michigan) I want to do a scarf in this pattern. I also wonder if a hat could be worked out…hmmm, a challenge.

 

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And as promised a link to this pretty flower granny square. Now while I like how it looks it was a pain with all the single crochet. I tend to crochet quite tight when I’m just single crocheting and it was a challenge to keep my tension relaxed. It turned out nicely but I wouldn’t want to make a whole blanket of these ones.

 

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And that’s what I’ve got so far!

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FINISHED – Blanket Construction part 6

And it’s done!!! HAPPY DANCE!!!!

I added a really simple border – just half double crochets in the three main colors around the whole thing.
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Here’s a close up of the simple border. Pretty basic. If you look closely in this picture you can see where the pink obviously changed dye lots. Grrr. (In my defense I did that section years ago before I knew to check for dye lots or even how to double crochet!! HA!)

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I spread it out on my full size bed to try and get a shot of the whole thing. My photography skills and size of my bedroom come into play here but you get the idea.

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This is a better photography. You can get an idea of how big the blanket ended up being.

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I’m so happy to finally be finished. Although the space next to my couch feels a little empty now. The yarn I had leftover from this project I promptly gave away. I just couldn’t stand seeing it anymore. But it went to a good home where it will be used!

And one more time…everyone HAPPY DANCE! (Gifs used from http://www.funnyordie.com/lists/1d2da3358d/the-best-dancing-gifs)