Friday, August 4, 2017

Cross Burst Granny - GrannySpiration Challenge

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  For this month's GrannySpiration Challenge, I have a versatile project for you! As soon as I started making a few washcloths with this pattern, I knew I wanted to make something else with this square. The texture of the double crochet cross stitch is so amazing when worked in the round, and a group of these squares together is absolutely stunning. I simply added a long chain in one corner to create a hanging loop for a washcloth, and you could do the same. Or, skip the loop and create a bunch of regular squares to be joined for any project you like:

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  Whether you're looking for a luxurious-feeling washcloth, a dishcloth with extra scrubbing power, or a square to join into a blanket, this pattern is sure to please. A burst of double crochet cross stitches around the center combine with a beginning and end of simple stitches, and it all results in one of those "I can't stop running my hand over this awesome texture" sensations. Lacy and pretty enough to create an heirloom baby blanket, but rough enough (in the yarn I used) to scrub the worst grime off of a construction worker... Believe me, I know because I married one. 😉 I could mention more about "texture", "awesome texture", or "the coolest texture ever", but maybe we should get on with the pattern before I talk too much about texture... Oh, wait... I forgot about reversible texture:

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*After the pattern, be sure to check out what everyone else in the Challenge is creating. You can also share your granny-inspired projects at the linkup - And don't forget to enter the giveaway, too!*


Skill level:
Easy - intermediate


Materials:
Worsted weight (4) yarn
I used Peaches & Creme cotton yarn in the color "Happy Go Lucky". Click here and also here to read why I'm not happy with it.
Size J/10 - 6.00 mm crochet hook
Yarn needle
Stitch markers (optional - use to mark corners and beginning spaces if needed)


Gauge:
In 4" x 4" (10 cm x 10 cm)
14 double crochet across
6 rows


Notes:
Chain 1 at beginning of rounds does not count as a stitch. (Chain 2 if you find this to be too short.)

Single crochet (used to join) counts as a chain-1 space at the end of rounds.

When following the chart, join rounds with a slip stitch unless otherwise noted in the diagram.


Stitches:
(American terms)
Chain
Slip stitch
Single crochet
Double crochet
Double crochet cross stitch


Instructions:

Begin with a magic circle/loop.

Round 1:
Chain 1 (does not count as a stitch), make 12 double crochet in the ring. Join with a slip stitch. 
(12 double crochet)

Round 2:
Chain 1, make one double crochet cross stitch in the space between each double crochet. Join with a slip stitch to the first double crochet made of the beginning cross stitch. 
(12 double crochet cross stitches)

Round 3:
Chain 1. 
*1 double crochet cross stitch in the chain-1 space of the next cross stitch; 1 double crochet cross stitch in the space between cross stitches. Join with a slip stitch.
(24 double crochet cross stitches)

Round 4:
Chain 1. Make 1 double crochet cross stitch in the chain space of the next cross stitch (makes beginning of first corner; to be finished at end of round). Chain 1.  
*(Work 1 double crochet cross stitch in the chain space of the next cross stitch) 5x.**
Make 2 double crochet cross stitches in the next.*
Repeat from * to * 3x.
Repeat from * to ** once more.
Make a double crochet cross stitch in the beginning space. Join with a single crochet (counts as chain-1 space) in the first double crochet of the starting double crochet cross stitch.

Round 5:
Chain 1. Make 2 double crochet in the joining space.
*Chain 1. (Double crochet in the space between next 2 cross stitches, chain 1) 6x.**
(2 double crochet, 1 chain, 2 double crochet) in the corner space.*
Repeat from * to * 3x.
Repeat from * to ** once more.
Make 2 double crochet in the beginning space. Join with a single crochet in the starting double crochet.

Round 6:
(Note - Pattern is written for a regular square. To create a hanging loop for a dishcloth or washcloth, simply replace the chain-1 of any corner in this round with more chains, then slip stitch in the top of the previous double crochet made. My loops are made with a chain of ten.)

Chain 1. Make 2 double crochet in the single crochet joining space.
*Make 2 double crochet in each of the following 7 spaces.**
(2 double crochet, 1 chain, 2 double crochet) in the corner space.*
Repeat from * to * 3x.
Repeat from * to ** once more.
Make 2 double crochet in the beginning space. Chain 1, bind off loosely. 

Join with a false stitch by bringing the tail through the starting stitch, then back through the top of the ending stitch. Weave in ends.


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Happy Crocheting!

And now, on to the Granny-Spiration Challenge for August...

Check out this month's featured project - A scrap ottoman cover from Ghemuletul Incalcit:


http://ghemuletulincalcit.blogspot.ro/2017/06/normalitate.html

*A little help would be great here... Does that actually translate into "The Ghost Squirrel", or has my translator program gone bonkers? Either way, the translator doesn't have to work for me to know I love this project!

See what everyone in the Challenge is making:






Share your granny-inspired projects at the linkup:
This month's linkup begins at 12 a.m. EST on August 5th and runs until 12 a.m on August 18th.

New Granny-Spiration Projects will be shared from your hosts the first Saturday of each month. Post times will vary. You will be able to link up from 12:00am EST on the first Saturday of the month, through midnight EST on the second Thursday from the start date - specific dates are on top of the Rafflecopter form - giving you almost two weeks to link up and enter the giveaway!

Please share projects that are family friendly, and GRANNY INSPIRED through use of regular granny square or solid granny square, granny stitch pattern or other afghan square in the form of a free pattern, pattern review, or inspiration piece. Not limited to crochet or knit.

Please make sure to link to your post, and not your home page.

*If you don't have a blog, you can still share with us by creating a Free Flickr Account - powered by Yahoo. Add your projects there, and then come back here with the link for the project.

*Link ups cannot be to Etsy listings or Ravelry pages where patterns are sold. You can link to blog posts, Flickr or Facebook pages, Pins, etc that are directed towards it, but can't directly link to it.
To be clearer though, Raverly pages of finished projects are okay to share. Sorry for the inconvenience! That's per InLinkz guidelines. Thanks!

Features may be chosen at the discretion of each host. By linking up, you give us permission to feature your item.







And don't forget to enter the giveaway:
This month's giveaway is sponsored by EyeLoveKnots. One winner will receive a copy of Happily Hooked Magazine, issue #40 featuring light and lacy designs, including the pattern for Alexandra's Granny Square Tank Top.

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8 comments:

  1. Another smart idea of you! Funny to read what you wrote about the texture :-) but you can tell by the pictures that this square is really unique and textured indeed! I wonder what I could make with those... (because I can't use crochet for scrubbing or cleaning, I think it's too beautiful for that / and I'm not in the mood for another blanket)... maybe a scarf? :-)
    Have a great day, Sigrid

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    1. Ooo, I bet a scarf would be lovely, Sigrid! (Just not in the yarn I used - much too rough for garments.) I do want to make a blanket of these squares, but I'm also not in the mood at the time. Perhaps when there's another call for a baby blanket...
      I used to feel the same as you about using crochet for "dirty work", but I am falling in love with crocheted washcloths! It's great to customize your own textures and colors. In a way, it's good that I have this whole cone of color-bleeding, pilling yarn to use up. I don't really fear the project being ruined... I know it will destroy itself soon enough.
      Enjoy your weekend! :)

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  2. my favourite lightweight crochet would have to be tanks and T's, but I loce to crochet just about anything

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  3. Oooh, love this square. As well as I love your cross stitches. It somewhat makes a double-layer and that's certainly perfect for washcloths but... Would make a scrumptious and warm blanket too. Ever tried changing colours at the end of each round? Or at least one shade for the center, one for the cross stitches and another for the border. Think that would look great too... Argh - plenty of ideas here...
    Have a lovely Sunday,
    Marjan

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    1. I do love your ideas, Marjan! I'd like to recreate the square in some other kind of yarn... The reason I didn't make any color changes in this project is because this is the LAST of this yarn I will ever buy. I didn't want to combine it with any other yarn that might not pill and bleed the way this does.
      Buying more cotton for washcloths isn't allowed in the budget or rules right now, since I'm supposed to be reducing the stash... But there's plenty more acrylic in there, and I'm thinking of a scarf as Sigrid suggested. Hmm, maybe I'll break the rules a little and put that on my hook soon, as I still have scraps of those coordinated browns from the Big Huge afghan and have no clue what to do with them.
      Hope you enjoy your day, too!

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  4. Such a pretty lacy square! Worked in a blend such as Berroco's Modern Cotton would make it nice for that heirloom blanket you mentioned. As is, I just love the texture of the cotton yarn, especially up against my face. Love it.
    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots.blogspot.com

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    1. Ooo, you made me go look up the yarn and they have a DK weight, too... Perfect for a warm-weather bedspread! I bought some Caron Cotton Cakes and I was thinking about working it up with that, but now I've got the yarn on the hook for another project. Oops, guess I'll have to buy more. ;)

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