Cheerful Child is a baby blanket CAL (crochet along) on pinkmambo.com that appears every Monday and Thursday January 7-February18, 2016.
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.
- Square 1: 1/7 Posy Wheel
- Square 2: 1/7 Bullseye
- Square 3: 1/9 Emma on Oombawkadesigncrochet.com
- Square 4: 1/11 Hadley
- Square 5: 1/14 Easton
- 1/18 How to make Cheerful Child in different sizes
- Square 6: 1/18 Ruby
- Square 7: 1/21 Avery
- 1/21 Getting your blocks to the same size, blocking and joining
- Square 8: 1/25 Finley
- Square 9: 1/28 Kayden
- Square 10: 2/1 Morgan
- Square 11: 2/4 Monroe
- Square 12: 2/8 Addison
- Square 13: 2/11 Channing (last square)
- 2/15 Border (last post)
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.
5 colors worsted/aran weight (category 4) yarn. I used I Love This Yarn by Hobby Lobby in the following colors:
C Desert Glaze
E Soft Pink
Gauge is not critical with this project. To get the size shown, rounds 1-4 measure 4 ½ inches.
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)
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)
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.