Courtyard Petals Granny Square

For Granny Square Day 2016, I’ve designed his regal beauty. This came about from me messing about with some yarn whilst teaching a friend to crochet. I hope you like the result!

You will need:

DK yarn in three colours, 4mm hook, scissors and a tapestry needle

US terms

Stitches:

Double crochet (dc), slip stitch (ss), single crochet (sc), treble crochet (trc) and half double crochet (hdc)

Pattern

R1: With colour A (into a magic ring) ch3, 2dc, ch2. *3dc, ch2. Repeat from * two more times. Join to 3rd beginning chain with ss. Cast off colour A.

R2: Join colour B into a ch2 space. Ch3, (2dc, ch2, 3dc) in the same space. *In next ch2 space do (3dc, ch2, 3dc). Repeat from * twice more. Join to 3rd beginning chain with ss.

R3: Ss in side gap between the two 3dc shells. (Ch3, 4dc) in same space then sc into the middle dc of the next 3dc shell. In the corner ch2 space do (3dc, 2trc, 3dc) then sc into the middle dc of the next 3dc shell. *In next gap between two 3dc shells do 5dc, then sc into the middle dc of the next 3dc shell. In the corner ch2 space do (3dc, 2trc, 3dc) then sc into the middle dc of the next 3dc shell. Repeat from * two more times. Join to 3rd beginning chain with ss.

R4: Ss into next two dcs. You should now be at the middle dc of a 5dc fan from the previous round. Sc into this middle dc. Ch3 then sc into the 2nd dc of the corner fan and into the next three stitches. Between the two trc from the previous round do (sc, ch2, sc). Sc into the next four stitches then ch3. *Sc into middle dc of 5dc fan then ch3. Sc into the 2nd dc of the corner fan and into the next three stitches. Between the two trc from the previous round do (sc, ch2, sc). Sc into the next four stitches then ch3. Repeat from * twice more. Join to 3rd beginning chain with ss. Cast off colour B.

R5: Join colour C into the first sc of a corner fan. Ch2, then hdc into the next three stitches. Into corner c2 space do (hdc, ch2, hdc). Hdc into next four stitches. Then 3hdc into ch3 space, hdc into sc, 3hdc into ch3 space. *Hdc into next four stitches. Into corner c2 space do (hdc, ch2, hdc). Hdc into next four stitches. Then 3hdc into ch3 space, hdc into sc, 3hdc into ch3 space. Join to 2nd beginning chain with ss. Cast off colour C. Weave in ends.

Make some more a join together to make a throw, a scarf, a cushion or anything else you fancy. I’d love to see your square so please comment here or find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and drop me a message!

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Some Well-earned R&R

So the past few months have been hectic, what with getting married and some intense shift patterns. I’ve now finished my CBT for my PTSD, which is great but it’s quite daunting going it alone for now! As such, I’m really trying to make sure I engage in my self care.

Crochet, obviously, is one of my big hobbies and self care activities. I’ve managed to complete a couple of orders which is always really satisfying as well as a few projects for friends, family and myself! Now I’m focusing on making the cupcake blanket by Attic24. The beautiful colours and simplicity of the pattern are great as I don’t have to think too much about what I’m doing. Fantastic for hooking infront of the telly or on my break at work!

Jim and I have managed to sort out most of the house so things are more ordered and tidy. We’ve also had more people round and been out more. 

I’ve also been participating in a book exchange through a friend. I sent off one of my favourite books to another participant (The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen if you’re interested) and am eagerly awaiting any books that might come my way. I’ve also ordered Perfume by Patrick Suskind and Animalium which is a nonfiction book about various animals. I’m looking forward to reading all of them and the books I might receive in the exchange. 

The next couple of months will be busy. September is looming meaning boom time as a midwife as well as several family birthdays (including my own). But it will also be interesting to see what I can accomplish and enjoy too! Hopefully I’ll get around to designing some more crochet patterns (I’m thinking maybe a scarf…) and posting about all the delicious new books I’m going to read. Watch this space!