Monday, July 8, 2013

Royal Baby Blanket KAL/CAL- Week #2

Hi everyone!

Glad to see all of your lovely squares coming along nicely on Ravelry. Everything is looking really great so far! This week's squares are similar in that you start in the center and knit or crochet your squares from the center out. Here are the directions for the 2nd knit and crochet squares!

Crochet:
Crochet Square #2





Materials:
Size H/8 crochet hook
Tapestry needle

Gauge:
Four rounds of Granny Square motif = 4”

Stitches:
-ch (chain):  Yarn over hook, pull through loop on hook.
-slip stitch (sl st): Insert hook in next stitch, yarn over hook, pull through both loops on hook.
 -dc (double crochet): Yarn over hook, insert hook under both loops of next stitch, yarn over hook and draw loop through stitch; yarn over hook and pull through two loops on hook; yarn over hook again and pull through 2 remaining loops on hook.
-tr (treble crochet):  Yarn over hook twice, insert hook under both loops of next stitch, yarn over hook and draw loop through stitch; [yarn over hook and pull through two loops on hook] 3 times.


Directions:

With H/8 crochet hook, make slip knot leaving 4” tail.  Ch 5 and join with sl st to form a ring.

Round 1:  Ch 3, 2 dc in ring, (ch 2, 3 dc in ring) 3 times, ch 2 and join with sl st to top (3rd chain) of beginning ch-3.  You should have four groups of 3-dc (first ch-3 counts as a dc in first group) with four ch-2 spaces between them. 

Center detail
Round 2:  Sl st in next 3 sts to get to corner space; ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in first corner space; * ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next corner space; repeat from * 2 times, ch 1.  Join with sl st to top (3rd chain) of beginning ch-3.  You should have four four corners of 3-dc, ch-2, 3-dc (again, first ch-3 counts as a dc in first group), with four ch-1 spaces between them.

Round 3:  Sl st in next 3 sts to get to first corner space; ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in first corner space; ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1.  * (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in next corner space, (3 dc, ch 1) in next ch-1 space.  Repeat from * 2 more times.  Join with sl st to top (3rd chain) of beginning ch-3.  You should have four four corners of 3-dc, ch-2, 3-dc (again, first ch-3 counts as a dc in first group), with four ch-1, 3-dc, ch-1 spaces between them.

Following rounds:  Continue as above, working four 3-dc, ch-2, 3-dc, ch-1 corners on each round and working 3-dc, ch-1 in every ch-1 space between the corners, until your work measures 8” square.  This should be 8 rounds.  Sl st in next 3 stitches to corner and fasten off.  Weave in ends. 


Border:  Rejoin yarn to work with right side facing and work border as follows, working corners as described in note below:
Border Row 1: dc in each stitch all the way around work. 
Border Row 2: tr in each stitch all the way around work. 

*Work corners as follows: work in pattern to corner stitch, ch 1, work pattern stitch in corner stitch, ch 1, work pattern stitch in next stitch and following stitches, to next corner stitch.

After working border rows, fasten off yarn and weave in end.  If needed, block gently to 10” by 10” dimensions.

Knit:
Knit Square #2


Materials:
-Roughly 100 yds of worsted weight yarn
-US 7 DPNs (set of 5)
-US 7- 16" circular needle
-US 8-H Crochet Hook (for cast on)
-4 stitch markers, 1 that is a different color than the rest

Gauge:
17 sts = 4" in stockinette stitch.

Abbreviations:
CO- cast on (using the method linked to below)
sts- stitches
k- knit
yo- yarn over
pm- place marker
m1l- make 1 left
m1r- make 1 right
sl- slip

Directions:

CO 8 sts using the Emily Ocker Method. (Please see the video I linked to, it's amazing and will really help if you are not familiar with this method.)

Divide 8 sts evenly over 4 needles with your 5th needle handy to knit with. 

*You will be knitting in the round using 5 needles to start and switching to the circular needle when the piece is large enough.

Rnd 1: *yo, k1; repeat from * to end of round. (16 sts)
Rnd 2: knit
Rnd 3: *k1, yo, pm (the odd colored one first), k1, yo, k2; repeat from * to end of round. (24 sts)
Rnd 4: knit

Mitered corners close up
*From here on out, the odd colored marker is the closest to the beginning of the round. When you finish knitting the needle just before it, you'll know that you are at the start of the round again. You'll notice that there are 4 points being created by the yarn overs in this pattern. These are the 4 corners of your square. You will continue to knit these yarn overs on either side of the stitch that you've marked with your stitch markers.


Follow the 2 round repeat below until piece measures 4.25" from the center start to outer edge between mitered corners:

Rnd 1: *k to marker, yo, sl marker, k1, yo; repeat to * to last yo, knit to end of round.
Rnd 2: knit

Once piece measures 4.25" from center to outer edge ending on a Rnd 1 (not on the corner, but in the middle between the corners) you will change to the following pattern:

*please note, because you are skipping the last knit round (Rnd 2), Rnd 2 is now going to shift to become Rnd 1 for this part of the pattern. 

Rnd 1: purl
Rnd 2: *k to marker, m1l, k, m1r; repeat from * to last m1r; knit to end of round.

When entire piece measured 5" from center bind off all stitches (on a Rnd 2).

Block to ensure square measured 10" x10".

There you have it folks! Week #2! Don't hesitate to e-mail or leave us a message on Ravelry if you have questions! We are happy to help!

In the meantime, happy knitting and crocheting!
Kristen and Heather

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