Cheerful Child Crochet Along Ruby Square #6

Ruby Square

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, of which you make 13. I have some illustrations in this blog post showing the grid in different sizes so you can choose to make a different size blanket if you 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.

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 sixth square in the CAL, Ruby.

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.

Crochet Ruby Square

by Carolyn Christmas

Note: This is square 6 in the Cheerful Child CAL.

Size

6” square

Materials

5 colors worsted/aran weight 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) link to http://www.mooglyblog.com/the-magic-circle/

Needle join/invisible join (optional) link to http://www.lookatwhatimade.net/crafts/yarn/crochet/crochet-tutorials/crochet-invisible-join-vs-slip-stitch-join/

Working in back loops with no holes (optional) link to http://www.lillabjorncrochet.com/2015/07/tip-crochet-in-back-loops-with-no-holes.html

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: With D, ch 5, join with sl st in first ch to form ring (or make a magic ring), ch 1, 8 sc in ring, join with sl st in first sc (or make a needle join). Fasten off. (8 sc)

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Rnd 2: Join A 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. (8 clusters, 8 ch-2 sps)

Rnd 3: Join B with sl st in any ch-2 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp, * (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp; repeat from * around, join with sl st in top of ch 3 (or make a needle join). Fasten off. (9 dc on each side, 4 corner ch-2 sps)

Rnd 4: Join E with sl st in any corner, ch 3 (counts as dc), (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same corner, * (3 dc in sp between next two 3-dc groups) 2 times **, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in corner; repeat from * around ending last repeat at **, join with sl st in top of ch-3 (or make needle join). (12 dc on each side)

Rnd 5: Join C with sc in any corner, ch 2, sc in same corner, sc in each st around with (sc, ch 2, sc) in each corner, join with sl st in first sc (or make needle join). Fasten off. (14 sc on each side)

Rnd 6: Join D 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 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)

Ruby Square

Ruby square

I hope you had fun making this square with its pretty cluster stitches and granny rounds. I’m looking forward to you joining us on pinkmambo.com for the remainder of the CAL! The next square, Avery, will be released Thursday, January 21. You can find all the CAL info in the intro post here.

Best wishes,

Carolyn xo