Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Year of The Chicken Granny Square




Happy new year! According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2017 is the year of the chicken. So to celebrate the start of the year, I made a chicken granny square. It can work as a dish cloth, or you can make many squares and join them to make a blanket. I had so much fun crocheting it that I decide to try to make other animals. I'm currently working on a dog granny square. I'll be sharing it with you soon.

Measurements of the square: approx. 15.5 cm X 15.5 cm / 6.1 inch X 6.1 inch.

I used Kartopu Bebe yarn 100 % acrylic (50 g / 150 mt) in colors K019, K322, K331, K150, with a hook size 4.5 mm. 

The tutorial is written in American Terminology.  

Abbreviations:
ch: chain
sc: single crochet
hdc: half double crochet
dc: double crochet
tc: treble crochet 
st: stitch
sl st: slip stitch. 

Special stitches used:
Standing double crochet.


Tutorial

The Square:


With the bright yellow yarn make a magic ring

Round 1: ch 1, make 6 scs into the magic ring, sl st into the first ch.

Round 2: ch 1, sc into each st, sl st into the first ch.

Round 3: ch 1, 2 scs into each st, sl st into the first ch. Total (12 dcs).

Round 4: ch 1, sc into each st, sl st into the first ch. Cut off the thread and weave in the loose end.

Round 5: with the white yarn make a standing double crochet in any st, dc into the same st, 2 dcs into each st, sl st into the first dc. Total (24 dcs).

Round 6: ch 3, (2 dcs into the next st, dc into the next st) repeat 10 more times, 2 dcs into the last st, sl st into the third chain. Total (36 dcs).

Round 7: ch 3, dc into the next st, (2 dcs into the next st, dc into the next two sts) repeat 10 more times, 2 dcs into the last st, sl st into the third chain. Total (48 dcs).

Round 8: ch 3, dc into the next 2 sts, ( 2 dcs into the next st, dc into the next 3 sts) repeat 10 more times, 2 dcs into the last st, sl st into the third chain. Total (60 dcs). Cut off the yarn and weave in the loose end.

Round 9: With the pale yellow yarn make a standing double crochet in the last st you made, dc into the next 2 sts, ( hdc into the next 2 sts, sc into the 4 sts, hdc into the next 2 sts, dc into the next 3 sts, 2 tcs, ch 3, 2 tcs in the next st, dc into the next 3 sts) repeat 2 more times, hdc into the next 2 sts, sc into the 4 sts, hdc into the next 2 sts, 2 tcs, ch 3, 2 tcs in the next st, sl st into the first dc.

Round 10, 11 and 12: ch 3, dc into each st, in the ch-3 space corners make ( 2 tcs, ch 3, 2 tcs), sl st into the 3rd chain.

Cut off the yarn and weave in the loose end.


Eyes:


The st marked with a star is the middle st. Sew the eyes in the 6th st on the left and right of the middle st as shown in the picture.













Chicken's combs:

NOTE: leave approx. 5 cm / 2 inch of yarn in the beginning, we'll use it to anchor the combs to the square.  


Upper comb:


With the red yarn ch 4

Row 1: in the 4th ch from the hook make 3 dcs, ch 3 (count as a dc).This is the right side of the comb.Turn.

Row 2: dc into the same st, 2 dcs into each st, ch 3, turn.

Row 3: dc into the same st, (dc into the next st , 2 dc into the next st) repeat 2 more times, dc into the last st. ch 2, turn.

Row 4: dc into the same st, tc in the next st, dc in the next st, ch 2, sl st in the next st, ch 2, dc in the next st , tc in the next st, dc in the next st, ch 2, sl st in the next st, ch 2, dc in the next st, tc in the next st, dc in the next st, ch 2, sl st into the last st, cut off the yarn and weave in the loose end.


Lower comb:


With the red yarn ch 4

Row 1: in the 4th chain from the hook make 3 dcs, ch 2, turn. This is the right side of the comb.

Row 2: in the same st make a dc, tc in the st, ch 2, sl st in the last st, ch 2, tc in the next st, dc in next st, ch 2, sl st into the same st. cut off the yarn and weave in the loose end.



Joining the combs: 



Insert the yarn left at the beginning of each comb, using a needle, into the sts marked in the picture, (the upper st for the larger comb, and the lower one for the smaller comb). Weave in the loose ends in the back.

Using the needle and the red yarn sew the combs into the square to make them more secure.












Finished Square



Happy Crocheting!


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