VVCAL – Week 7

Welcome to the seventh week of the Vibrant Vintage CAL! (Actual Date: Feb 26, 2016)

If you’re just joining in, we’ve made 12 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!

Related Links

  • CAL Main info page – Please read thoroughly for fully-linked 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:

  • Michele Square – SSDK: Wisteria – NOTE: most of you are working whatever color palette suits your fancy, but a few of you are working the same colors as me. Please note that while the instructional photos for this square are in “Meadow” shade, my actual blanket square is in Wisteria, like in the photo at the beginning of this post. 🙂
  • Plain Granny: Solid – SSDK: Bluebell

Michele Square

For more info about the size of your squares, please see the Main Post.

Charted instruction:

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Written instruction:

Special stitches

  • Beg DC = (SC, Ch-1)
  • Beg TR = (SC, Ch-2)
  • Beg Popcorn = 5DC in same spot, take loop off hook, insert hook in top of Beg DC, place loop back on hook and pull through Beg DC to front of work
  • Popcorn = 6DC in same spot, take loop off hook, insert hook in top of first DC, place loop back on hook and pull through first DC to front of work

Foundation: Ch-3 and join in first Ch to make ring.

Round 1: All in ring, working over center tail so as to pull center circle closed tight when square is complete: Make Beg DC, (Chain 2, 3DC) 3 times, Chain 2, 2DC, join with a slip stitch in top of Beg DC _12 DC, 4 Chain-2 spaces total_

Round 2: In first chain space: (Slip St, Beg DC, Chain 1, 3DC), (Chain 1, Skip 1 st, DC in next st, Chain 1, Skip 1 st, 3DC, Chain 1, 3DC) 3 times, Chain 1, Skip 1 st, DC in next st, Chain 1, Skip 1 st, 2DC in first corner to complete it, join with a slip stitch in top of Beg DC _28 DC, 12 Chain-1 spaces total_


Round 3: In first Chain space: (Beg DC, Make Beg Popcorn), **Chain 1, skip 1 st, DC in next st twice, Chain 1, DC in next DC, Chain 1, DC in next st twice, Chain 1, Make Popcorn in corner chain space, repeat from ** 3 times more, omitting final Popcorn on third repeat, Chain 1, join with a slip stitch in top of Beg Popcorn _20 DC, 16 Chain-1 spaces, 4 Popcorns total_




Round 4: Slip St in chain space after popcorn. (Beg DC, Make Beg Popcorn) in chain space, ** Chain 1, DC in next st twice, Chain 1, DC in next DC, Chain 1, DC in next st twice, Chain 1, Make Popcorn in next chain space, Chain 2, Make Popcorn in next chain space, repeat from ** 3 times more, omitting final Popcorn on third repeat, join with a slip stitch in top of Beg Popcorn _20 DC, 8 Popcorns, 16 Chain-1 spaces, 4 Chain-2 spaces total_


  

Round 5: In same spot (around final SC from Round 4), (Beg TR, Chain 2, 3TR), **skip Popcorn, 2DC in next chain space, DC in next stitch twice, Chain 1, DC in next DC, Chain 1, DC in next stitch twice, 2DC in next chain space, skip Popcorn, (3TR, Chain 2, 3TR) in corner chain space –corner made-, repeat from ** 3 times more, omitting “corner” on third repeat, 2TR in first corner to complete it, join with a slip stitch in top of Beg TR _24 TR, 36 DC, 8 Chain-1 spaces, 4 Chain-2 spaces total_


Round 6: 3SC in first chain space, SC in all stitches and chain spaces around, placing 3SC in 3 more corners, join with a slip stitch in first SC _80 SC total_

Round 7: 3SC in first SC, SC in all stitches around, placing 3SC in 3 more corner SC sts, join with a slip stitch in first SC, cut yarn and weave ends. _88 SC total_