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Stash Enjoyment Blanket Square


One of my themes this year has been to enjoy the yarn that i've already purchased in the past and to be more intentional about my purchasing. Have I been 100% successful at it? Nope! This project, however, has brought me lots of joy and allowed me to use up lots of scraps & partial skeins of yarn, which I've enjoyed a lot.


Because this square is about enjoying your stash, it's possible to work it up in either dk weight held single, or with two strands of fingering weight held together. You can even use both dk and fingering weight in one square - I have! The freedom to combine yarns as you please leaves tons of options for color blending, including holding two strands of the inside and outside of a cake (to ensure complete usage of that cake) or holding one strand with another for a "marled" look!


Enjoy your stash - you'll still love the colors of that special ball of yarn when you've added it to a comfy


Materials

- 4.5 mm crochet hook, or size needed to achieve a gauge you are comfortable with

- Yarn (see below)

Yardage required per square: approximately 34g of yarn. The sample squares use a combination of dk yarn held single and fingering weight yarn held double. 1 square requires approximately 70 yds (64 m) of dk weight yarn, or 150 yds (137 m) of fingering weight yarn.


Yarn used per round

Round 1: 1 g

Round 2: 1 g

Round 3: 2 g

Round 4: 3 g

Points after Round 4: 1g each, 4g total

Round 5: 2g

Round 6: 6 g

Round 7: 4 g

Round 8: 4 g

Round 9: 3 g

Round 10: 4 g



A Size chart of squares needed to assemble each size of blanket.





Notes

- Since you may choose to join colors as you please, I use "begin" as an instruction for starting a round.

"Begin" with a new color means to put a slip knot on your hook and act as if your yarn has been joined the entire time. "Begin" without a new color means to slip stitch to the indicated stitch, which is usually the center of the corner.

- A number before a stitch (eg: 3dc) means to work all those stitches in the same indicated stitch. In this example you would work 3 double crochets in the same stitch.

- A number after a stitch (eg: dc 3) means to work one of that type of stitch in each of the next stitches indicated. In this example you would work 1 double crochet in each of the next 3 stitches.



Stitches Used

(see video tutorial if you are unsure about stitch placement)

Ch = Chain

Ch Sp = Chain Space; the space created by a number of chains in the previous row/round.

CSDC = Chainless Standing Double Crochet: https://youtu.be/XFK1tTRBugQ

Dc = Double Crochet

3dc Cluster = a group of 3 dc in one space

FPDC = Front Post Double Crochet

FPTR = Front Post Treble Crochet

Magic Ring = a cinchable circle to begin a motif (see tutorial video)

PS = Puff Stitch: (yo, insert hook, yo, pull up loop) x4, yo, pull through all 9 loops on hook. Sc = Single Crochet

Sl St = Slip Stitch

Sp = Space


For help deciding when to change colors, please see the end of the pattern for examples.

These pages are intentionally separate so you can choose not to print them if you don't want to since they have lots of photos!


Pattern

Make a magic ring. Ch 2, dc 12 in the ring. Join with sl st to first dc of round. (12 dc)

Round 2: (CSDC, dc) in first dc, 2dc in each dc around. Join with sl st to first dc of round. (24 dc)

Round 3: Pull the current loop on your hook up to the height of a double crochet, PS in the first dc, ch2, (skip next dc, PS in next dc, ch 2) around, join with sl st to top of first PS of round. (12 PS, 12 ch-2 spaces)

Round 4: Begin in any ch-2 sp. **(3dc, ch 2, 3dc, ch 1) in any ch-2 sp, [(3dc, ch 1) in next ch-2 sp] twice** repeat from ** to ** three more times. Join with a sl st to first dc of round. Break yarn.


Granny corners (worked in flat rows with Color 2):

R1: with WS facing up, begin working in the ch-1 sp directly to the left of any corner. 3dc, ch 1, (3dc in next ch-1 sp) twice. Turn. (3 clusters of 3 dc)

R2: Ch 1, sl st to next ch-1 sp, sl st in that space, (CSDC, 2dc) in same space, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp. Turn. (2 clusters of 3dc)

R3: Ch 1, sl st to next ch-1 sp, sl st in that space, (CSDC, 2dc) in same space. Cut yarn.


Repeat R1-3 above until you have all 4 corners worked.


Begin working in the round again

Round 5: Begin in the center DC of any corner point, **3sc, sc, (ch 3, sc in corner of next 3dc cluster) x6** repeat from ** to ** three more times. Join with sl st to first sc of rnd. (48 sc, 24 ch-3 sp).

Round 6: Begin in center sc of the corner point, **3dc, dc2, (3 dc in ch-3 sp, dc in next sc) x6, dc in next sc** Repeat from ** to ** three more times. Join with sl st to first dc of rnd. 124 dc. Cut yarn if switching colors.

Round 7: Begin in center dc of any corner **3sc, sc2, FPTR, (sc 3, FPTR) x6, sc 3** Repeat from ** to ** three more times. Join with sl st to first sc of rnd. (96 sc, 28 FPTR).

Round 8: Begin in center sc of the corner point,**(sc, FPDC, sc) in center st of corner, (sc 3, DC Post) x7, sc 3** Repeat from ** to ** three more times. Join with sl st to first sc of rnd. (104 sc, 32 FPDC).

Round 9: Begin in center post st of corner **(sc, ch 2, sc) in corner dc post st, ch 1, sk 1, (sc, ch 1, sk 1) to next corner** repeat from ** to ** three more times. Join with sl st to first sc of rnd.

Round 10: Begin in ch-1 sp of any corner **(sc, ch 1, sc) in corner ch-1 sp, (dc post on dc post 2 rows down, ch 1, sc in ch-1 sp, ch 1) x8, dc post on dc post 2 rows down, ch 1** repeat from ** to ** three more times. Join with sl st to first sc of rnd. Cut yarn.




Square 1 (Berocco Vintage): one color.

Square 2 (Yarn Cafe Creation + yarn I dyed): two colors; second color begins on Round 5.

Square 3 (Yarn I dyed + Lola Bean Yarn Co): three colors; second color begins on Round 4, third color begins on Round 5.

Square 4 (assorted leftovers): four colors; second color begins on round 4, third color begins on Round 5, fourth color begins on Round 7.

Square 5 (Yarn I dyed + Dragon Hoard Yarn + Sugarplum Circus + Bad Wolf Girl Studios): four colors; first color on rounds 1 & 3, Second color on Rounds 2 & 4 and the points after Round 4, Third color begins on Round 5, Colors 3&4 are blended on Rounds 7-8, Color 4 is held double with itself on Rounds 9-10.

Square 6 (Yarnaceous dk mini skein 2020 advent): six colors; second color begins on round 4, third color begins on Round 5, fourth color begins on Round 7, fifth color is worked on Rounds 8-9, sixth color begins on Round 10.



These squares use the same color change sequence as Square 6 on the previous page,

but with different visual effect because of the color chosen.

Square 6 and the square on the right of this page use the same yarns (Yarnaceous mini skeins) in different orders.


This square uses the same sequence also, except that the last TWO rounds are worked in the last color.


This pattern and all its photos, written instructions, and charts are the intellectual property of Ruth Brasch. You may not distribute them, copy and paste them, or otherwise reproduce them without written consent from Ruth Brasch. If you would like to purchase copies of this pattern for teaching purposes or have questions about the pattern itself, please email patternsupport@ruthbrasch.com


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