Thursday, February 12, 2009

McGregger's Garden Square

McGregger's Garden Square:
©2007, by Beansieleigh (TS)

Materials and Gauge: Using a G hook, this square came out to be a 7" square. (Two rounds equalled about 1") *Note: As I do tend to crochet loosely, I would suggest to others who crochet tightly to either use a larger hook, or to add more row(s) between Rounds 3 and 4.

This is a great scrap yarn project, as small amounts of yarn are used for each square. Dye lot would be an issue, perhaps, if making an afghan or baby blanket. For suggestion of colors, refer to photo.

Small amounts of ribbon, beads, and pom-poms are used for bunnies' faces, as shown in photo, but they are NOT suggested if making a baby blanket. I would then suggest that you use french knots for eyes and noses, and crocheted chains instead of ribbon for bows at the necks.

Stitches used in this pattern include basic single and double crochet. A Long (or "loose") double crochet is used in the last round, and is done by yarning over your hook, then inserting hook into space specified in the directions.


Using worsted weight yarn in preferred color of choice for bunny's head,and a size G hook,

Chain 4, and join with a sl st to form ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 11 dc in ring, sl st to top of first ch3 to join the round. Ch 10, sl st in bottom first loop of this chain, then sl st again in the front loop of dc st that you are presently working from. Sl st in front loop of next st. Sl st in front loop of next st, ch 10, sl st in first chain st at the base of this chain, then sl st again in the front loop of same dc you are working from. (Ears formed) Fasten off and weave in end of yarn. (Bunny's head now finished)

Rnd 2: Attatch next color of choice to unused loop from Rnd 1, just behind an right ear (bunny facing you). Ch 1, 2 sc into both loops of next sl st from previous round (middle st, just between the ears), then skip next unused loop behind next ear. (2 hdc, ch2, 2 hdc) in both loops of the next st (stitch just following the left ear), thus forming the first corner of this granny square. From here on you will work in both loops around the circle. *Sc in the next 2 stitches. 2 hdc, ch2, 2 hdc in the next st* around, till you then join with sl st to the first sc made in this round. Fasten off yarn to join new color, if needed.

Rnd 3: Join new color in bottom right corner space (bottom right ch 2 space from bunny's face and right side of piece facing you). (Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in that same space. Ch 1, skip next two stitches, 3dc in the next st (the middle stitch of that side). Skip 2 stitches. *(3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch 2 space. Skip next 2 stitches, 3 dc in next st.* repeating 2 more times to complete the round, then joining round with a sl st to the top of the first ch3. Fasten off color is choosing to, weaving in end of yarn, then join new color to a corner space. If staying with same color, proceed as instructed in Rnd 4.

Rnd 4: Using same color as previous round, sl st over to corner ch 3 sp. (Chain 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in the same space. Ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 space, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 space, ch 1. (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch 3 space. Ch 1, *1 dc in next ch 1 space. Yarn over hook, insert hook into a single chain loop from the tip of Bunny's ear AND through same ch 1 space that you are working from (thus tacking down the ear), then complete your second dc. Work third dc into same ch 1 space. Ch 1* Repeat one more time for next chain one space, thus tacking down the second ear. *3 dc in next corner ch 3 space, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 space, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 space* twice. Join round with a sl st to the top of beginning chain 3 of this round. Fasten off yarn, and weave in end, as you will now be changing to a peach or orange color (the carrots) of the next round.

Rnd 5: Attatch new carrot-color yarn in any corner sp, and proceed in normal fashion to crochet granny square round as in Rnd 3, crocheting 3 dc in every ch1 space, and (3dc, ch3, 3dc) in every corner ch3 space, joining with a sl st to the top of first chain 3 of this round. (Do not fasten off. You will continue with second round of carrot color in Rnd 6.)

Rnd 6: Chain 3 (counting as first dc), dc in each of the next 2 dc, *ch 6 to form corner, 3 dc in each group of 3 dc, with chain 1 between each group of 3 dc to next corner* ending with a ch 1, sl st to join to the top of first ch 3 of this round. Fasten off to change to green color of carrot tops/leaves.

Rnd 7: Having joined green to the second (middle) st of the middle carrot (third group of 3 dc) on any side, ch1, 3 sc in that same stitch. Long dc into ch 1 of the 5th round (directly below). 3 sc in the next middle stitch atop the next carrot, Long dc into next ch 1 space of Rnd 5, directly below. 3 sc in next middle st atop last carrot of this side of square. *Sc into ch 6 space, Lond dc into ch 3 space in Round 5, sc into ch 6 space*, chain 3, Repeat from * to * now completing first corner of this round. Proceed with this round, with groups of 3 sc above each carrot, and one long dc between each carrot, then corners as just described, around. Fasten off green and weave in all ends.

Finish your square by sewing beads for eyes, pom-pom for the nose, and a ribbon at the neck. Again, if making a baby blanket however, use french knots for eyes and noses. I suggest crocheted chains for the bows, as these can be tied and double-knotted much more tightly and securely than silky-like ribbons.


Sally said...

What a wonderful square.....I can see it adorning many childrens pieces!!! Thank you for sharing it with the crafting community!! I run a crochet forum on yuku called HappyHooker A Crocheters Paradise and I am going to link your pattern there for all to see!!!

Beansieleigh said...

Thank you Sally!! I am no stranger to crocheting and crafting, but blogging is definitely a whole new world to me! I really am having so much fun with it already! You are hereby the first person to post a comment for me! I think this means we are now forever friends! ((Hugs)) and Thanks again!

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RecycleCindy said...

Such an adorable pattern. I used it for a Easter bunny dishcloth and just added a few rounds after the carrot round to make it big enough for a dishcloth. Here is a link at Flickr to the photo of mine.

Thanks so much for sharing your pattern.

Beansieleigh said...

To RecycleCindy, you're very welcome. It is most definitely my pleasure to see YOU enjoy making something with this pattern! Have fun with it! ~tina

RecycleCindy said...

Just wanted to let you know that I blogged about your square and gave the details about the additions I made to create my bunny dishcloth using your square.

Thanks again for creating such a beautiful square. I just love the dishcloth and am giving it to my DIL for Easter. Happy Easter!