Cheerful Child Crochet Along Easton Square #5

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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, of which you make 13. I have some illustrations in the works 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 fifth square in the CAL, Easton.

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 Easton Square

by Carolyn Christmas

Note: This is square 5 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 3 ½” inches.

Special stitches

Magic ring (optional)

Needle join/invisible join (optional)

Working in back loops with no holes (optional)

Instructions (make 1)

Rnd 1: With C, ch 5, join with sl st in first ch to form ring (or make a magic ring), ch 3 (counts as dc), 11 dc in ring, join with sl st in top of ch 3. Fasten off. (12 dc)

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Rnd 2: Join D with sc in any st, ch 1, (sc in next st, ch 1) around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off. (12 sc, 12 ch-1 sps)

Rnd 3: Join E 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 (or make a needle join). Fasten off. (12 pairs of sc, 12 ch-1 sps)

Rnd 4: Join B with sl st in any ch-1 sp, ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), (dc, ch 2, dc, ch 1, dc) in same sp, * (2 hdc in next ch-1 sp) 2 times **, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 2, dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * around ending last repeat at **, join with sl st in third ch of beginning ch 3. Fasten off. (4 corner ch-2 sps)

Rnd 5: Join A with sl st in any hdc, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in each st and in each ch-1 sp around with (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in each corner ch-2 sp, join with sl st in top of ch 3 (or make a needle join). Fasten off. (14 dc each side and 4 corner ch-2 sps)

Rnd 6: Join C with sc in any corner, ch 2, sc in same sp, * (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 on each side)

Rnd 7: Join B with sc in any corner, ch 2, sc in same sp, 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. Fasten off. (19 sc on each side)

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I hope you are having fun making these squares. I’m looking forward to you joining us on pinkmambo.com for the remainder of the CAL! The next square, Ruby, will be released Monday, January 18. You can find all the CAL info in the intro post here.

Best wishes,

Carolyn xo

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