It’s day 1 of the Winter Waves Crochet Throw Crochet Along! If you don’t already know, this is the first of 4 different quilt-inspired afghans we are making in 2020. You can find all the materials you need for this blanket in this post.
Today is going to be a big post. We are going to cover:
- Pattern for the half square triangle block
- Placement for the blocks for part 1
- Joining your blocks
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Alright, we have lots of ground to cover today so we might as well get started.
HST (half square triangle) Solid Granny Square
Hook size: 6mm
Yarn: Worsted weight (red heart with love shown)
Measurements: each square should measure about 5 in
- I use US terminology
- Ch(S): chain(s)
- Dc: double crochet
- Sl st: slip stitch
- St(s): stitch(es)
- MC: main color
- CC: coordinating color
- This block uses a basic solid granny square as its base. We are going to add some color changes and turn after each round.
- Ch 3 counts as a dc
- Always start your block with your neutral main color (MC)
- When you change color, don’t cut your yarn, just leave it to the back of your work because you’ll pick it back up on the next round.
- Take a look below the instructions for photos of how to execute the color changes
- Even rows are right side
Using you MC, Ch 4 and join to form a ring,
Rnd 1: Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, join CC, *3 dc, ch 2, repeat from * 1 more time. Join to top of beginning ch 3 with sl st. Turn. (12 dc)
Rnd 2: Sl st into ch-2 space, ch 3, dc in ch-2 space, dc in next 3 sts, (2dc, ch 2 2 dc) in next ch-2 space, dc in next 3, (2 dc, ch 2, pick up MC, 2 dc) in ch 2 space, dc in next 3, (2dc, ch 2, 2dc) in next ch-2 space, dc in next 3, (2 dc, ch 2) in beginning ch-2 space. Join to top of beginning ch 3 with sl st. Turn. (28 dc)
Rnd 3: Sl st into ch-2 space, ch 3, dc in ch-2 space, dc in next 7 sts, (2dc, ch 2 2 dc) in next ch-2 space, dc in next 7, (2 dc, ch 2, pick up CC, 2 dc) in ch 2 space, dc in next 7, (2dc, ch 2, 2dc) in next ch-2 space, dc in next 7, (2 dc, ch 2) in beginning ch-2 space. Join to top of beginning ch 3 with sl st. Turn. (44 dc)
Rnd 4: Sl st into ch-2 space, ch 3, dc in ch-2 space, dc in next 11 sts, (2dc, ch 2 2 dc) in next ch-2 space, dc in next 11, (2 dc, ch 2, pick up MC, 2 dc) in ch 2 space, dc in next 11, (2dc, ch 2, 2dc) in next ch-2 space, dc in next 11, (2 dc, ch 2) in beginning ch-2 space. Join to top of beginning ch 3 with sl st. Finish off and weave in ends. (60 dc)
How to change color
Adding a New Color in Round 1
After you ch 2, just drape your new color over your hook and pull it through the loop and continue on with the pattern in your new color. Don’t cut or crochet over your yarn, leave it behind your work because we’ll be picking it back up again next round. Your color change may feel a little loose but its ok, just give everything a tug after you’ve completed the next couple stitches.
Picking up a Color in Round 2 and Beyond
In round one, we joined both of our colors. Our square should be attached to 2 skeins of yarn, your main color (MC) and your coordinating color (CC). I am going to explain the color change in round 2 but the procedure is the same for rounds 3 and 4. You’ll just alternate what color your picking up and dropping. Round 1 ended with CC so when it comes time to change color we’re going to pick up the MC.
After your last ch 2 with the CC, yarnover with MC and pull it through the loop on your hook. Just leave CC behind your square, don’t cut it and don’t crochet over it. Continue on in the pattern using MC being sure to work the first dc tightly.
Block Layout and Count
Each block will be a combination of your main neutral and one of your 4 coordinating colors.
Panel #1 Blocks:
-16 blocks total
-4 of each color
Hint: each of the 4 panels will be using this same block count if you want to work ahead.
Each block took me about 15 min to complete. After your blocks are done and the ends are all woven in, I recommend blocking them. its pretty easy and makes your squares look awesome and flat. Here’s how I did it:
I layed out a couple of my foam blocking mats. Then I pinned my squares out using rustproof pins to all about the same size (I’m sure they’re not perfect but that’s ok), use a ruler or measuring tape to help you out. Then I hit them with a little steam from my garment steamer and let them dry. A steam iron works too, just don’t touch your iron to your square. I really only made a couple passes over my squares, I didn’t want to steam it too much and kill my acrylic yarn.
Here is this week’s layout.
Our neutral squares join up together to make this chevron design. I made the chart in 2 colors only so you can choose your own color layout.
White= Main Color
Purple = Coordinating Color (you choose which one goes where)
Now, you can join your panel together! We are whip stitching them together. I used my main neutral color to do so. You can find a tutorial for whip stitching them together here.
After you sew them together, move on to the border.
Using MC, join yarn in any corner, sc evenly around placing 3 sc in each corner ch-2. Join to top of 1st sc with sl st.
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