Cheerful Child Crochet Along Morgan Square #10

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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 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.

You can find information about getting your squares to the same size, blocking, and joining squares together in this post.

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 tenth square in the CAL, Morgan.

Crochet Morgan Square

by Carolyn Christmas

Note: This is square 10 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 ½ inches.

Special stitches

Magic ring (optional)

Needle join/invisible join (optional)

Beginning 3-dc cluster: Ch 2 (counts as first partial dc in cluster), (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 3 lps on hook.

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: Ch 5 with D, join with sl st in first ch (or make a magic ring), ch 3 (counts as dc), 11 dc in ring, join with sl st in top of ch-3 (or make a needle join). Fasten off. (12 dc)

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Rnd 2: Join C with sl st in any st, beginning 3-dc cluster (see Special Stitches), ch 2, (3-dc cluster, ch 2) in each st around, join with sl st in top of first cluster. Fasten off. (12 clusters, 12 ch-2 sps)

Rnd 3: Join E with sc in any ch-2 sp, ch 1, (sc, ch 1) in same sp, (sc, ch 1) 2 times in each ch-2 sp around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off. (24 sc, 24 ch-1 sps)

Rnd 4: Join A with sl st in any ch-1 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp, * skip next sc, hdc in next ch-1 sp, (sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in next sc) 2 times, sc in next ch-1 sp, skip next sc, hdc in next ch-1 sp, skip next sc, **, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-2 sp; repeat from * around ending last repeat at **, join with sl st in top of ch 3 (or make a needle join). Fasten off. (11 sts on each side, 4 corner ch-2 sps)

Rnd 5: Join D with sl st in any corner, ch 3 (counts as dc), (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp, hdc in each st around with (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in each corner, join with sl st in top of ch 3 (or make a needle join). Fasten off. (15 sts on each side, 4 corner ch-2 sps)

Rnd 6: Join C 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 **, join with sl st in first sc, Fasten off. (9 sc, 8 ch-1 sps and 4 corner ch-2 sps on each side)

Rnd 7: 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 square with its ring of cluster stitches. I’m looking forward to you joining us on pinkmambo.com for the remainder of the CAL! The next square, Monroe, will be released Thursday, February 4. You can find all the CAL info in the intro post here.

Best wishes,

Carolyn xo