Welcome to the fourth week of the Vibrant Vintage CAL! (Actual Date: Feb 5, 2016)
If you’re just joining in, we’ve made 6 squares so far! Go catch up! 😉
Note: Are you enjoying this CAL? The VVCAL is a FOREVER FREE collection of 33 afghan block patterns including PDF versions, charts, and photo steps, plus mix-and-match joining methods and edging options, as well as endless support via myself, or social media groups. I thought this could be a great opportunity if anyone feels like they can donate to a worthy cause. Someone very close to me is going through stage 4 cancer, while somehow managing to keep up with two toddlers (one newly adopted, and one surprise natural success!). Any amount will help, and each week I will donate 100% of the funds to their GoFundMe page for medical bills. Click here to donate; I genuinely appreciate it!
- CAL Main info page – Please read thoroughly for weekly schedule, design basics, and color selection
- Ravelry ebook – All the block patterns so far, with printable PDF versions (to save your printer ink, they are almost only text)
- Find the PDF version as a free Ravelry download here. PDF includes: Full pattern, charted instruction, and a condensed, printable PDF version of the pattern
- Ravelry group – Join if you want to! Anyone can participate in this open CAL just by following along each week – subscribe to this site, or join the Rav group if you like
- Basic USA crochet terms with tutorials from CrochetCabana.com
- Finishing ends on squares (do them as you go!) Tons of info at Crochet Cabana
Each week, I’ll be posting a new “Fancy” granny square pattern. All you need to do this week is make 2 li’l squares!
2 Squares and the color in which I worked them:
- Nicolas Square – SSDK: Denim
- Plain Granny: Solid – SSDK: Raspberry
For more info about the size of your squares, please see the Main Post.
It’s a super simple square this week! Named after my fourth born – my beautiful son.
- Beg DC = (SC, Ch-1)
- Beg TR = (SC, Ch-2)
Foundation: Ch-3 and join in first Ch to make ring. You may also make a magic circle if you prefer that method. Also feel free to chain more stitches if you are used to chaining 4 or 5. I like to chain 3 for my ring, because I like the center hole to disappear when I weave ends.
Work 6 Rounds as follows…
Round 1: All in ring, working over center tail so as to pull center circle closed tight when square is complete: Make Beg TR, (3DC, TR) 3 times, 3DC, join with a slip stitch in top of Beg TR _12 DC, 4 TR total_
Round 2: (Beg TR, 2DC) in same stitch as join, **DC in next 3 stitches, (2DC, TR, 2DC) in next TR -corner made- repeat from ** 2 times more, DC in next 3 stitches, 2DC in same stitch as Beg TR, join with a slip stitch to top of Beg TR. _28 DC, 4 TR total_
Round 3: (Beg TR, 2DC) in same stitch as join, **DC in next 7 stitches, (2DC, TR, 2DC) in next TR -corner made- repeat from ** 2 times more, DC in next 7 stitches, 2DC in same stitch as Beg TR, join with a slip stitch to top of Beg TR. _44 DC, 4 TR total_
Round 4: (Beg DC, chain 3, DC) in same stitch as join, **Chain 1, (DC, Chain 1, skip 1 stitch) 5 times, (DC, Chain 3, DC) in corner TR -corner made- , repeat from ** 3 times, omitting final corner join with a slip stitch to top of Beg DC. _28 DC, 4 corner chain-3 spaces, 24 chain-1 spaces total_
Round 5: (Beg DC, DC, TR, 2DC) in first chain corner space, **DC in all DC and chain spaces across to corner chain space, (2DC, TR, 2DC) in corner, repeat from ** twice more, DC in all DC and chain spaces across, join with a slip stitch to top of Beg DC _68 DC, 4 TR total_