Friday, October 12, 2012

I Love Yarn Day

Happy I Love Yarn Day! I thought to celebrate I would share with you what yarn project I am working on. 
Let me start off by saying to I do love this yarn. Bernat Softee Baby is easy to work with and doesn't tangle easily. It's my favorite baby weight yarn. Usually, I have a specific project with a designated gift recipient. Not this time. I saw an article with a photo of a granny square afghan and fell in love with it. With this yarn on hand, I thought it would make a perfect baby blanket and it's nice to have a stash of baby afghans for last minute gifts. I couldn't find a pattern for the photo that I saw, so I just improvised and made my own. These make up quickly (about 15 minutes each) and I have worked up several to and from work. My hubby and I carpool many days and this is the perfect time for me to bust out some squares.

Gauge is not important for this, but I am using a G hook. Just try to keep your stitches even and consistent so that it is easier to sew together. 

  • Start by chaining 4.
  • Join with starting chain to form a circle.

  • Chain 3 (this will be the 1st double crochet (dc)
  • 2 DC into circle - first side complete
  • Chain 2, 3 DC into circle (repeat two more times). Join with slip stitch (slst) into top of first ch3. Round 1 complete.

  • Slst into next two DC and then slst into chain 2 space.
  • Chain 3 (1st DC), DC, ch 2, 2 DC all into ch 2 space. Corner made.
  • DC into tops of next 3 DC - be sure you go into the first one. I poked a blue pen cap through to show you in the photo. You may need to scoot over your corner to see it.

  • 2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC into ch 2 space, DC into next 3 DC, repeat around. Slst into top of 1st ch 3 to join. Round 2 finished.

  • SS in next DC and into ch2 space. Ch 3, DC, ch 2, 2 DC into ch2 space. Corner made. (DC into next 7 DC, complete corner) repeat around and join. Round 3 complete.
  • SS in next DC and into ch2 space. Ch 3, DC, ch 2, 2 DC into ch2 space. Corner made. (DC into next 11 DC, complete corner) repeat around, but do not join. 
  • Leave a 3-4 inch tail and cut yarn.
  • Pull tail through stitch by lifting hook until tail comes all the way through the loop.
  • With needle, insert yarn through both loops of the top chain in the first ch3. Pull through, but not tight.
  • Insert needle into middle of last dc created (where the tail was pulled through on the last dc of the round).
  • Pull through, but not tight.
  • Weave in tail on backside of square. Double back over to secure. Baby yarn has a tendency to slip and if you don't secure your tails, your work will slip apart. I learned the hard way.

See? You can't even tell where you joined the round. Much prettier!
Maybe soon I'll get all my squares done and start sewing them together. Until then, I hope you have fun with some yarn!

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