Cheerful Child Crochet Along Kayden Square #9

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Cheerful 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 post is also helpful for getting your squares to the same size, joining and blocking.

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 ninth square in the CAL, Kayden.

Crochet Kayden Square

by Carolyn Christmas

Note: This is square 9 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)

3-dc cluster: Yo, insert hook in indicated stitch or space, yo, pull through st, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook, (yo, insert hook in same stitch or space, yo, pull through st, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook) 2 times, yo, pull through all 4 lps on hook.

Instructions (make 1)

Rnd 1: With E, 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 B with sc in any ch-1 sp, ch 1, 3-dc cluster in next dc, ch 1, (sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, 3-dc cluster in next dc, ch 1) around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off. (8 clusters, 8 sc)

Rnd 3: Join D with sc in top of any cluster, ch-1, dc in next sc, ch 1, (sc in top of next cluster, ch 1, dc in next sc, ch 1) around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off. (8 dc, 8 sc)

Rnd 4: Join C with sc in any ch-1 sp, sc in same sp, ch 1, (2 sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off. (32 sc, 16 ch-1 sps)

Rnd 5: Join A with sl st in any ch-1 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), (tr, ch 2, tr, dc) in same sp, ch 1, * 2 hdc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, 2 sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, 2 hdc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1 **, (dc, tr, ch 2, tr, dc) in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * around ending last repeat at **, join with sl st in top of ch 3. Fasten off. (16 hdc, 8 sc, and 4 [dc, tr, ch 2, tr, dc] corners)

Rnd 6: Join D with sc in any corner ch-2 sp, ch 2, sc in same sp, * skip next st, sc in each st and in each ch-1 sp across to next corner ch-2 sp **, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next corner ch-2 sp; repeat from * around ending last repeat at **, join with sl st in first sc (or make a needle join). Fasten off. (15 sc on each side, 4 corner ch-2 sps)

Rnd 7: Join E with sc in any corner, ch 2, sc in same corner, * (ch 1, skip next st, sc in next st) 7 times **, ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next corner; repeat from * around ending last repeat at **, ch 1, 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 beautiful square. I think it might just be my favorite of the granny-style squares in this CAL. I’m looking forward to you joining us on pinkmambo.com for the remainder of the CAL! The next square, Morgan, will be released Monday, February 1. You can find all the CAL info in the intro post here.

Best wishes,

Carolyn xo