Cheerful Child Crochet Along Finley Square #8

PM1601004-08_00_Main_3096_v1Cheerful Child is a baby blanket CAL (crochet along) on pinkmambo.com that appears every Monday and Thursday January 7-February18, 2016.

If this is the first you’ve heard of this CAL, you’ll want to check out all the information in the original CAL post here.

Cheerful Child features granny-style blocks in a variety of designs, all on the easy side. It’s made of 25 squares plus a border. Twelve of the squares are different granny-style designs arranged in a checkerboard pattern with the remaining square design, Hadley #4, of which you make 13. You can find downloadable info-graphics in this post to make the blanket in different sizes, if you’d like.

This CAL’s skill level is adventurous beginner, which means you have knowledge of the basic stitches and are ready to take on a larger, more involved project with a little more texture and combinations of stitches. Experienced crocheters will enjoy the fun of making these fresh and pretty blocks as well.

I run a pretty loose crochet along here on Pink Mambo. There’s nothing to sign up for and nothing to join so just grab your hooks and start stitching. If you’d like a CAL group to join in Facebook where some people will post about this CAL, I recommend CAL – Crochet A Long. I’m a member there and several people there will be doing this CAL and posting. It’s a nice, friendly crochet-only group focused on all kinds of CALS.

Here is a schedule and links to all the blocks and additional information as the posts go live.

Each square features round by round photos and written instructions. I hope you will join in the fun of making this cheery, pretty blanket. This is the eighth square in the CAL, Finley.

Crochet Finley Square

by Carolyn Christmas

Note: This is square 8 in the Cheerful Child CAL.

Size

6” square

Materials

5 colors worsted/aran weight (category 4) yarn. I used I Love This Yarn by Hobby Lobby in the following colors:

A            Pink

B            Keylime

C            Desert Glaze

D            Turquoise

E            Soft Pink

I/9/5.50mm hook

Gauge

Gauge is not critical with this project. To get the size shown, rounds 1-4 measure 4 inches.

Special stitches

Magic ring (optional)

Needle join/invisible join (optional)

Instructions (make 1)

Rnd 1: With C, ch 5, join with sl st in first ch to form ring (or make a magic ring), ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), (dc, ch 1 in ring) 7 times, join with sl st in third ch of ch 4. Fasten off. (8 dc, 8 ch-1 sps)

Rnd 2: Join D with sc in any dc, * (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp—V-stitch made **, sc in next dc; repeat from * around ending last repeat at **, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off. (8 V-stitches, 8 sc)

Rnd 3: Join E with sc in any sc, * 3 dc in ch-1 sp of next V-stitch **, sc in next sc; repeat from * around ending last repeat at **, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off. (8 3-dc groups, 8 sc)

Rnd 4: Join A with sc in any sc, *sc in next 4 sts, skip next st, 5 dc in center dc of 3-dc group, skip next st **, sc in next st; repeat from * around ending last repeat at **, join with sl st in first sc (or make a needle join). Fasten off. (5 sc on each side, 4 5-dc corners)

Rnd 5: Join B with sc in center dc of 5-dc group in any corner, (sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in same st, sc in each st around with (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in center dc of 5-dc group in each corner, join with sl st in first sc (or make a needle join). Fasten off. (13 sc on each side, 4 corner ch-2 sps)

Rnd 6: Join D with sc in any corner, ch 2, sc in same sp, * (ch 1, skip next sc, sc in next sc) 6 times, ch 1 **, (sc, ch 2, sc) in corner; repeat from * around ending last repeat at **, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off. (8 sc, 7 ch-1 sps on each side, 4 corner ch-2 sps)

Rnd 7: Join C with sc in any corner, ch 2, sc in same sp, * (ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp) 7 times, ch 1 **, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next corner sp; repeat from * around ending last repeat at **, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off. (9 sc, 8 ch-1 sps on each side, 4 corner ch-2 sps)

Rnd 8: Join B with sc in any st, sc in each st and in each ch-1 sp around with (sc, ch 2, sc) in each corner, join with sl st in first sc (or make a needle join). Fasten off. (19 sc on each side, 4 corner ch-2 sps)

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I hope you had fun making this happy square. I’m looking forward to you joining us on pinkmambo.com for the remainder of the CAL! The next square, Kayden, will be released Thursday, January 28. You can find all the CAL info in the intro post here.

Best wishes,

Carolyn xo