granny square sampler afghan- week 6

Well, at the end of the first week of summer vacation (i.e, kid home, but I’m still working) has gone swimmingly. Ian’s school is out today, so next week the wise craft house is officially “summering”.

Bring it, summer. We’re waiting for you.

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(Find all the assignments listed on this page.)

I was studying what we’ve crocheted so far and what we need. We need a big square. We need to accentuate some wonkiness here. A sampler needs wonky, wouldn’t you agree? So this week I wrote a variation of one of the squares in the original sampler. I’m calling it a sunburst variation. I love the way this one shows just little bits of color used in rows 3 and 5.We’ll make two versions of this granny square this week.

In this week’s square we are using a stitch some of you new crocheters may have not used yet, the half double crochet (hdc) stitch. This is a simple stitch, I found a video to demonstrate it here.

We are going to be getting more detailed in our granny square patterning. While we won’t get totally crazy, there will be a little bit of craziness in the coming weeks. I’ll walk you through it all.

Take a look at the Flickr group to see how everyone’s squares are coming together (and on instgram #wisecraftgrannysquareafghan). Thank you to everyone who is sharing pictures.

Design tips this week:

– In both squares, each row is a different color after the first 2 rounds.

– Pick high contrast colors for the first 5 rounds to really show the center “sunburst variation” pattern.

– If you are using a “ground” color or a color that you like to border your squares with, you may not want to use it for the larger square’s last round, only because I like that a contrast color accentuates its larger size. The choice is yours.

 

Sunburst Variation Square- Make 1 version with 10 rounds, and 1 version with 6 rounds.

Ch 4 stitches, sl st to beg. chain to form a circle. 

Rnd 1– Ch 1 (equals 1 sc), 5 sc stitches into center of ring, do not switch colors. Do not end off.

Rnd 2– Ch 2 (equals 1 hdc), 1 hdc in same space, 2 hdc on top of each sc all the way around (12 hdc), join with sl st to beg ch 2, end off.

Rnd 3 (2nd color)- Attach bet any dc st from previous round, ch 2 (equals 1 sc and ch 1), 1 sc in top of next hdc stitch, *ch 1, 1 sc in top of next hdc stitch*, repeat from *  all the way around, join with sl st to beg ch, end off.

Rnd 4 (3rd color)- Attach in any ch 1 space, ch 3 (equals 1 dc), 2 more dc in same space, *3 dc in next ch 1 sp*, repeat from * all the way around, join with sl st to beg, end off.

Rnd 5 (4th color)- Attach between any dc group, ch 1 (equals 1 sc), ch 3, *1 sc between next group of dc, ch 3*, repeat from * all the way around, join with sl st to beg, end off.

Rnd 6– (5th color)- Attach in any chain 3 space, (ch 3 (equals 1 dc) 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same space to make a corner, *3 dc in next 2 ch 3 spaces, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch 3 sp*, repeat from * all the way around, join with sl st to beg, end off.

**At this point you are finished with the smaller version, continue on for the larger version.

Rnd 7– (6th color) Attach at any corner sp, (ch 3 (equals 1 dc) 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same space, 3 dc in between next 3 sets of dc stitches, *(3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) all in same space, 3 dc in next 3 sets of dc stitches*, repeat from * all the way around, join with a sl-st to beg, end off.

Rnd 8– (7th color) Attach at any corner sp, (ch 3 (equals 1 dc) 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same space, 3 dc in between next 4 sets of dc stitches, *(3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) all in same space, 3 dc in next 4 sets of dc stitches*, repeat from * all the way around, join with a sl-st to beg, end off.

Rnd 9– (8th color) Attach at any corner sp, (ch 3 (equals 1 dc) 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same space, 3 dc in between next 5 sets of dc stitches, *(3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) all in same space, 3 dc in next 5 sets of dc stitches*, repeat from * all the way around, join with a sl-st to beg, end off.

Rnd 10– (9th color) Attach at any corner sp, (ch 3 (equals 1 dc) 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same space, 3 dc in between next 6 sets of dc stitches, *(3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) all in same space, 3 dc in next 6 sets of dc stitches*, repeat from * all the way around, join with a sl-st to beg, end off.

 

 

 

 

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10 Comments
  • erin

    June 22, 2012 at 6:05 am

    thank you. you know i wanted this one. 😉

  • severien

    June 22, 2012 at 6:32 am

    oooh it looks great. can’t wait to give it a try. i really am enjoying this crochet-a-long… 🙂 it’s been super fun, and i am always excited to see what’s up next! thanks so much for guiding us!! 🙂

  • michelle

    June 22, 2012 at 7:37 am

    um, LOVE these. i have to say i was getting all twitchy this week waiting for the new assignment 🙂

  • Nettie

    June 22, 2012 at 8:00 am

    I’m seriously loving what’s happening color wise in that orange one.

  • Linda

    June 22, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Thank you Blair, can’t wait to get started on these. I’ve just had a look on flickr there are some lovely squares on there, amazing colour combinations. Will post some more of mine once I’ve finished these. 🙂

  • Akhila

    June 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    This is awesome Blair I can’t wait to go to town on this one.

  • kat

    June 22, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    A little tricky at first, but I love how these look finished.

  • Shelly

    June 23, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Hi Blair I only started crocheting along with you on this sampler last weekend – and I have caught up already! I have been looking forward to this week’s square since Tuesday and I am certainly not disappointed!
    Also, I just wanted to say that I love reading your blog – so much so that I have nominated you for an award here: http://craftgirl78.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/a-lovely-blog/

  • Akhila

    June 23, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Yea it was a little tricky but after doing it ten times I am a pro now LOL.

  • haley

    July 13, 2012 at 9:16 am

    In round three, should the sc go in the tops of the hdcs or in between them?
    Also, at the end of round 1, it looks like joining the round with a sl st has been omitted. Thanks for any help or clarification… I’m a few weeks behind, but I’m quickly catching up! 🙂