Last week we talked about the reverse single crochet border. Our second super easy crochet border is the rolled edge (or fold over) border. This is another super easy border for any crochet item. I just love how it turns out. I haven’t used this one much, but it works so great and gives the project a nice, finished look. It is a great border for all of those striped afghans that have tons of ends to weave in; you can skip the weaving in, cover the ends up, and provide a nice finished border all at the same time. It looks awesome. Perfect for a ripple afghan, as you only need to put the border on the side edges to cover all the ends.
Here, finally, is Noelle’s Blanket pattern. If you’re a regular reader, you know that I finished this in the Challenge last month. What you don’t know is that I also finally finished writing the pattern. You can now make your own Noelle’s Blanket. Which is great! It is so much fun to see this blanket coming together as you make it.
A few weeks ago, a friend brought me an afghan to repair. It was her mother’s favorite and was crocheted sometime in the ’70s. I was fascinated with the pattern as I have never seen a granny square quite like it. I decided to write-up a pattern based on the squares as I repaired the unraveled spots. It’s called a Cathedral Window Granny Square, and I’d like to share that pattern with you today.
(I think I need to show you how to repair afghans because things happen– like dogs– but that is another post, or maybe another YouTube video!)
Cathedral Window Granny Square
As you can see in the photo, this square is done in 4 colors.
- Color 1–The first two rounds are a light main color
- Color 2– The third and fourth rounds are a medium main color
- Color 3– The fifth round is the darkest shade of theÂ main color
- Color 4– The sixth round (in the example above) is white.
The yarn in the example afghan is baby weight yarn and the hook used was smaller than a G-size.
- The sample square is crocheted inÂ DK Stylecraft Special
- I used a G-size hook and my instructions are in US crochet terminology
- hdc — half double crochet
- sc — single crochet
- tc — triple crochet
- dc — double crochet
- ch — chain
This square was crocheted with Stylecraft Special DK Â with a size G hook. The instructions are written in U.S. crochet terminology. I crocheted several different squares using various color yarns. The photos are color accurate. The square will look misshapen until the last round and may still need blocking to get it truly square.
Using color 1, ch 3 and join into a circle with a slip stitch.
Ch 2 and dc into center of circle, *ch 3 and dc twice into circleÂ (corner loop group created).
Repeat from * two more times, until you have four double crochet groups, ch 3 and join to beginning ch 2Â with a slip stitch (4 corner loop groups created).
Ch 2, *hdcÂ into loop group 2Â times, (hdc into space created between 2 dcÂ of previous round). Hdc twice into next corner space (5 hdc created). Ch 4 and continue from * three more times. Join to beginning ch 2 with slip stitch to complete the round.
There should be 5 hdc on each side. Fasten off yarn.
Join color 2 at loop group on corner.
Ch 2 (counts as 1hdc),Â hdc into loop group and in each space between hdc across and 2 hdc in corner loop group (8 hdc created per side). *Ch 5, hdc twice into loop group from previous row. Hdc in between each hdc across the side and 2 in corner loop group ch 5. Continue from * two more times. Join to beginning ch 2 with slip stitch.
Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc). Hdc into loop group and in each space between hdc across and 2 hdc in corner loop group (10 hdc created per side). *Ch 2, hdc twice into loop group from previous row. HdcÂ in between each hdc across and 2 in corner, ch 5. Continue from * two more times. Join to beginning ch 2 with slip stitch.
Fasten off yarn.
Join color 3 in corner loop group. Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc) crochet 1 hdc in corner loop group and in each space between each hdc across ending with 2 hdc in corner loop group (total of 14 hdc).
*Chain 5Â and crochet 2 hdc in corner loop and in each space between hdcÂ from previous round ending with 2 hdc in corner loop and ch 3. Continue from * 2 more times. Join to beginning ch 2 with slip stitch. Fasten off yarn.
Join color 4 (white) to corner chain loop.
Ch 1, sc in corner loop group, scÂ in next 2 spaces between hdc from previous round, hdc in next 2 spaces. Dc in next 5 spaces. Hdc in next 2 spaces between hdc from previous round. Sc in next 2Â spaces and 2 times in corner loop and then ch 5.
* Sc twice in corner chain loop. Sc in next 2 spaces between hdc from previous round, hdc in next 2 spaces. Dc in next 5 spaces. Hdc in next 2 spaces between hdc from previous round. Sc in next 2 spaces and 2 times in corner loop and then ch 5. Repeat from * two more times.Â Join to beginning ch 1 with slip stitch. Tie off.
Cathedral Window Granny Square is complete.
Pattern based on vintage crochet blanket from a friend.
The Granny Square Scarf is so flirty,Â feminine, and full of style. After creating it, I fell in love with the cute scallops around the outside edge–in fact, I love it so much I had to write up the pattern for you!
Crocheting the Granny Square Scarf
You can use any colors or yarn that you like to make this scarf. I think I made mine out of granny squares leftover from afghans. There always seems to be a whole row (almost) of squares that just didn’t quite fit in whatever afghan I’m currently working on. The blue scarf pictured here is crocheted usingÂ Vanna’s Choice, and the brown one below is made withÂ Stylecraft Special DK.
As you can see, the edging color can be whatever you need it to be, to match your coat or favorite outfit. I chose chocolate brown for this one’s border, and it really seems to make the pastels colors pop.
The pattern is very simple, but I’ve included three different corner detail options. Making scarves like this is one of myÂ favorite things to do with leftover granny squares, especially when I don’t have enough for another afghan. You can find the pattern in myÂ Etsy or CraftsyÂ shops.
What I’ve Been Up To
It has been a lovely autumn week here. We watercolored leaves for our art class. Since we don’t have art every week, it is a nice change in our day when we do.
I am working hard to finish up some patterns to share with you. Hopefully, I will get them all posted in November. The home front has been pretty quiet, which I’m enjoying. I don’t know about you, but it seems like October and November hit at light speed, and we’re sliding downhill to Christmas rapidly.
Changes in Our Lives
The grandkids are settling in, and I am getting used to the idea that Hubs is now a Grandpa. It just cracks me up. The eyes with which I look out on the world feel about 16, but the rest of my body feels older. For about five months now, I have been working on some weight loss, and I’m finally starting to see some results. (Hopefully, those chocolate chips that keep calling my name aren’t going to make me gain it back!) I love dumping my “too big” clothes into the donation bag–quite a nice thing to haveÂ to do since I am not really working on losing weight as much as I should be right now. Real life is enough exercise for me; I can’t even seem to make time to go to the pool!
The otherÂ obstacle I’m fighting right now is being on time. It seems as though everything is working together to make me late to every single thing I have going on in my life. I’m not sure why either. For example, IÂ drive my Mom and her friend to church every Sunday. After being told (repeatedly) that I am getting them there late, we finally sat down and figured out the right time. It turns out they are supposed to be there 15 minutes earlier than I was told.
I hope things are going better for all of you.
Oh, and I bought more yarn. Yes, I have repeatedly told myself that I have more than enough yarn, and I really do! I have enough of every color to last me awhile … except for that certain light yellow color which I really, really need!
Remember to always shop your stash first!
Talk to you later,