Time for part 5 of the Groovyghan CAL, hope you are enjoying it so far! If this is the first you are hearing about this CAL the full schedule can be found here, to link the groovyghan project on Ravelry click here, or for just this pattern click here. There is a Facebook support group for this CAL which can be found here and you can use the hashtag #kcacoukcal2015 for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram if you want to link in photos and such like on social media.
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Edited to add: This page has now been translated to by the lovely Sarit Grinberg: groovyghan-par5-hebrew
Part 5: Lichtenstein Mini Solid Square
I love how little squares look when joined up together but I haven’t got the perseverance to make a whole blanket out of wee blocks so I thought I’d incorporate just a few into this design instead. Named and inspired by the famous 1960’s pop art artist Roy Lichtenstein we are going to use dots and solid bold colours to add interest to our finished Groovyghan.
These little squares are great stash-busters and great little projects to take out and about to then join together later! A simple little design with a subtle pattern which looks great either made in one colour or joined together in multiple colours.
To try to make this CAL easier for everyone I have included both the written pattern, chart and a photo tutorial of how I have made this pattern below.
Lichtenstein Mini Solid Square (Make 16):
- Hook: UK 4 mm / US Size G
- Yarn: Double Knit / 8 ply / Weight #3
- Yarn Amount required: Each square roughly uses up 16 yds (15 m / 5 g) / Total squares 128 yds (120 m / 80 g)
- Gauge in double knit / 8ply / yarn weight #3: 6 tr/dc sts or 2 clusters = 1.5 inches / 3.8 cm
If your gauge is different to mine e.g. because you are using a bigger hook and heavier weight yarn all you will need to do is check your own gauge and stick to it – this should mean that the pattern should fit together at the end.
- Finished square size in double knit / 8ply / yarn weight #3: 2.5 x 2.5 inches / 6.4 x 6.4 cm
Pattern uses English (UK) and American (US) crochet terms for a conversion chart click here.
- st(s) = stitch(es)
- sp(s) = space(s)
- sl st = slip stitch
- ch(s) = chain(s)
- tr/dc = UK treble / US double crochet
- BLO = Back Loop Only
- [ ] = work anything in brackets into one space or stitch as specified
- Working in the back loop: When working in the BLO I like to work through both the back loop and the 3rd loop; it makes the stitch more sturdy and the subtle texture on the square neater.
- UK Treble / US Double Crochet (tr/dc): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
- Note 1: Once you have completed each square I would suggest you weave in your ends so that you don’t have a major sewing job to do at the end of the groovyghan!
Rnd 1: Ch 8, sl st to form a ring, sl st into the ring, ch 1 (doesn’t count as a st), then work 16 tr/dc into the ring, sl st to top of the first tr/dc to join (16 sts)
Rnd 2: Note: All stitches on Rnd 2 should be worked in the BLO apart from the first ch 3: Ch 3 (counts as the first tr/dc), then work 1 tr/dc, ch 3, 2 tr/dc in the same st as the beginning ch 3], *1 tr/dc in the next 3 sts, [2 tr/dc, ch 3, 2 tr/dc] in the next * repeat from * to * twice, 1 tr/dc in the last 3 sts, sl st to top of the top of the beginning ch 3 to join, finish off and weave any ends (28 sts = 4 x ch 3 sps)
See below for details on blocking and joining your squares together to complete Part 5 of the CAL and below that a photo tutorial for the pattern.
For crochet symbols in English (UK) and American (US) crochet terms click here.
I blocked my finished panels once I had joined them together;
- Tip 1: Use stitch markers or knit clips to hold your squares steady and lined up whilst you join them together.
- Tip 2: Do not pull your yarn too tight when working your joins. Generally you should have the same sort of stretch that the crochet squares have.
Join your squares together into two sets of 2 x 4 panels; eight squares in total on each panel (please refer to the CAL schematic for details) by slip stitching in the front loop only on the wrong side of the work;
- line up your blocks so the edges and stitches match,
- then start sl st in the front loop only, starting at the last ch of a ch 3 sp, and along each edge, working the stitches through each square and joining on the first ch of the ch 3 sp – 9 sts in total joined.
Using the same joining methods as the rest of the pieces you can now join all of your pieces together ready for Part 6!
Some of the patterns in the CAL may need to be ‘blocked’ so that they are equal on all sides (not curling) and fit the size dimensions of the pattern. If you are unfamiliar with what blocking means / or how to do it then please check out the following links:
- What is blocking? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blocking_%28textile_arts%29
- How to Wet Block a Square by Moogly: http://www.mooglyblog.com/how-to-wet-block-afghan-squares/
- Steam Blocking Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSe949pbkBA
You may already have blocking boards to hand but if not anything you can firmly pin your square to will do e.g. a folded up towel or an ironing board.
The finished panel sizes (2 x eight block panels) in double knit / 8ply / yarn weight #3 should be 5 x 10 inches /12.7 x 25.4 cm cm (your block will be slightly larger if using worsted / aran / 10ply / yarn weight #4).
Lichtenstein Mini Solid Square (Make 16):
1. Rnd 1: Ch 8, sl st to form a ring
2. ch 1 (doesn’t count as a st),
3. then work 16 tr/dc into the ring, sl st to top of the first tr/dc to join (16 sts)
4. Note: All stitches on Rnd 2 should be worked in the BLO apart from the first ch 3: Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as the first tr/dc),
5. then work 1 tr/dc, ch 3, 2 tr/dc in to the same st as the beginning ch 3],
6. *1 tr/dc in the next 3 sts,
7. [2 tr/dc, ch 3, 2 tr/dc] in the next *
8. repeat from * to * twice, 1 tr/dc in the last 3 sts, sl st to top of the top of the beginning ch 3 to join, finish off and weave any ends (28 sts = 4 x ch 3 sps)
And that’s it! Part 5 completed!
Don’t forget to stay tuned for Part 6 to be released on 23rd March 2016.