Wednesday, April 8, 2015

WBS Blanket Progress: Color Two

Blanket One: Color Two

  Last time we worked on the first two rounds of the pattern, finishing off the first color (Burgundy, if you're following the pattern). Now it's time to start the next color of the Big Granny Square Blanket! Remember, these patterns are not my own. Visit this Yarnspirations website to download the WBS patterns.

  Before we begin, I have a situation to discuss. Since I haven't finished the review of Caron United yet, I thought we could cover this problem right here and now. As I've said in reviews of other Caron yarns: Caron brand, oh, why do you do this to me? I love your yarn, It's always so soft, and affordable, and durable... And about four out of every five skeins pukes out a tangled mass that I have to fight with! Why, Caron, why? Seriously. WHY?

   And that's it. That's the issue. If you're using Caron United, expect it. Consider yourself lucky if you don't find a tangle. That one's pretty small compared to some knots I've pulled out of the center of other Caron skeins. This is just a few loops wrapped around the main strand. So... It's knot a big issue, let's move on! (And that was so knot funny, I know!)

  Remember that you can make the blankets for the World's Biggest Stocking in any colors or yarn that you like! Make sure the finished size is correct, and try to keep the colors cheery.

  *To turn, or not to turn; that is the question. And the answer is up to you! I'm creating two of these blankets at the same time: One is worked truly in the round, and the other is turned each color change (every two rounds). Personally, I like the look of the turned version better. My other half says he can't see a difference, so maybe it doesn't really matter... Or maybe he should actually look at something before he says "yeah, that's fine", so I doubt his opinion. 

The cool thing about a classic granny square is that the pattern stays the same; you just add more sets of double crochet stitches each round. So, you will join your new color (Cherry used here) with a slip stitch in any corner chain-three space you wish. The round begins the same: Chain (ch) six to count as the beginning double crochet (dc) and ch-3. Make the next set of three dc in the same space. 

Don't forget to chain one between sets of dc!

The next set of 3 dc goes in the ch-1 space between the corners.

And don't forget to chain one before working the next corner!

All the corners are the same: *3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc. Ch 1, work 3 dc in the next ch-1, and chain one before working the next corner. You will repeat from * two more times to reach the last side.  

Working into the beginning corner space, make 2 dc to complete the beginning dc set. 

Join with a slip stitch in the third ch of beginning ch-6.

To begin the next round, you will slip stitch into the corner ch-3 space.

Work this beginning corner exactly the same as the others: Ch 6, 3 dc in the same space.

Each round you work, the number of dc sets along each side will go up by one. In this round, work 3 dc in each of the next two ch-1 spaces. Don't forget to chain one between all dc sets!

Work the corners of this round just like the last, with (3 dc, ch-3, 3 dc) in each corner. There will be 3 dc in each of the two ch-1 spaces between corners, with a ch-1 space between all sets.

Make 2 dc in the beginning corner space before the ch-6. Join with a slip st to the third chain of the beginning ch-6.

Bind off, and that's it for the second color! Take the time to weave in the ends until next time!

And here's the version worked in the round! Can you see a difference?

Happy Crocheting!

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