St. Patricks Day is upon us, and this project is a little ambitious to get done by March 17 (I havent even started it yet, but I know it will work out so thats why Im sharing it here).
In late 2010, we published a pattern for the Flutter and Bloom crochet quilt, which can still be found under the patterns link at www.journalgazette.net/craftyliving. The concept is essentially crocheting approximately one-inch granny squares and putting them together in such a way that they create a picture.
The graph provided with this column would create a shamrock square and I envision this working several ways. For example, you could use green and white and do negatives (the shamrock in green with a white background for one block, then in white with a green background for another block), or you could create the shamrock block and alternate with a solid colored block. There are just so many ways you could make this uniquely you.
There are points within the graph where you will need to make bi-colored grannies, so we are providing you with the basics on making these bi-colored squares.
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To get you started, here are the basic instructions for the tiny granny squares you will be making and sewing together.
You can find a basic granny square pattern on the Internet (if you dont already know it by heart).
Heres a quick rundown:
These squares are simply the first two rounds of a granny square.
Chain 4, join with slipstitch to first chain to form ring.
Round 1: Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet), DC two times, chain 1, DC three times, chain 1 (repeat twice) so you have a total of four chain 1 corners, join to third chain of chain three;
Round 2: Slipstitch to first chain 1 space. Chain 3, DC twice, chain 1, DC 3 all in chain one space. Chain 1, DC 3, chain 1, DC 3 in next three chain one space. Join to third chain of chain three and finish off.
Bi-colored granny square (Huge thanks to Cara at Happy Yellow House – a website which is no longer in existence – for teaching me this one.)
With first color, chain 4 and join with slipstitch to first chain to form ring.
Round 1: Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet), DC two times, chain 1, DC three times, chain 1. Add new color, chain 1, DC 3 times, chain 1, DC 3 times (now you have two different colored sets of 3 DCs). Join with slipstitch to third chain in chain 3; turn.
Round 2: Slipstitch into chain 1 space. DC 3, chain 1, DC 3, chain 1; DC 3 chain 1 DC 3 in next chain 1 space, chain 1; DC 3 in next chain 1 space and pick up first color; chain 1 DC 3 in same space, chain 1; DC 3, chain 1, DC 3, chain 1; DC 3, chain 1 in next space; join with slipstitch to third chain of beginning chain 3.
Note: When making the bi-colored square, do not cut either color until the square is completed.
As you are making your squares (often called saltines), join them as you go using a whipstitch. I have found it best to leave a long tail on the squares to use for joining (and minimize the number of ends left to weave in). Also, join going from left to right and top to bottom using the graph. I make my squares based on which one is next in the graph. Join the saltines for each strip; then join the strips together. Once one square is completed, begin again with the first saltine for the next square and so on. Once you have two completed squares, join them together.
Its important to remember to use yarn that matches at least one of colors of the squares you are joining. For example, if youre joining a pink saltine to a green one, use either the pink or the green to join. When joining the strips and large squares together, this could mean using several different lengths of yarn so the whipstitching does not show.
Once you have completed assembling all the squares, you can use whatever border around the entire crochet quilt you prefer. A simple border of two or three rows of single crochet around seems to suit these best, dont forget to put three single crochets in each corner.