Cheerful Child Crochet Along Monroe Square #11

Cheerful Child CAL Monroe Square on pinkmambo.com

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 eleventh square in the CAL, Monroe.

Crochet Monroe Square

by Carolyn Christmas

Note: This is square 11 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)

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), 2 dc in ring, ch 2, (3 dc in ring, ch 2) 3 times, join with sl st in top of ch-3 (or make a needle join). Fasten off. (4 3-dc groups, 4 ch-2 sps)

Cheerful Child CAL Monroe Square on pinkmambo.com

Rnd 2: Join B with sl st in any ch-2 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp, ch 2, * (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 2 *; repeat from * to * 2 times, join with sl st in top of ch-3 (or make a needle join). (8 3-dc groups, 8 ch-2 sps)

Rnd 3: Join E with sc in ch-2 sp between any two 3-dc groups worked in same sp (these are the “corner” ch-2 sps), 2 sc in same sp, ch 1, * (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 1 **, 3 sc in next ch-2 sp, ch 1, *; repeat from * to * around ending last repeat at **, join with sl st in first sc (or make a needle join). Fasten off. (4 [3-dc, ch 2, 3 dc] corners, 4 3-sc groups, 8 ch-1 sps)

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

Rnd 5: Join A with sc in any corner ch-2 sp, ch 2, sc in same sp, * (ch 1, skip next st, sc in next st, ch 1, skip next st, sc between 3-dc groups) 3 times, ch 1 **, (sc, ch 2, sc) in corner ch-2 sp *; repeat from * to * around ending last repeat at **, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off. (9 sc and 8 ch-1 sps on each side, 4 corner ch-2 sps)

Rnd 6: 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)

Cheerful Child CAL Monroe Square on pinkmambo.com

I hope you had fun making this fun granny-style square. I’m looking forward to you joining us on pinkmambo.com for the remainder of the CAL! The twelfth square, Addison, will be released Monday, February 8. You can find all the CAL info in the intro post here.

Best wishes,

Carolyn xo