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 thirteenth square in the CAL, Channing.
Crochet Channing Square
by Carolyn Christmas
Note: This is square 13 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 3 ½ inches.
Instructions (make 1)
Rnd 1: Ch 5 with C, join with sl st in first ch (or make a magic ring), ch 3 (counts as dc), 15 dc in ring, join with sl st in top of ch-3 (or make a needle join). Fasten off. (16 dc)
Rnd 2: Join B with sc in any st, ch 1, (sc in next st, ch 1) around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off. (16 sc, 16 ch-1 sps)
Rnd 3: Join D with sc in any ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip next sc, (sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip next sc) around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off. (16 sc, 16 ch-1 sps)
Rnd 4: Join E with sl st in any ch-1 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp, * 2 hdc in next ch-1 sp, 2 sc in next ch-1 sp, 2 hdc in next ch-1 sp **, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-1 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. (10 sts on each side, 4 corner ch-2 sps)
Rnd 5: Join A with sl st in any corner sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp, dc in next 10 sts, * (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next corner sp, dc in next 10 sts *; repeat from * to * around, join with sl st in top of ch 3 (or make a needle join). Fasten off. (14 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)
I hope you had fun making this pretty square. I’m looking forward to you joining us on pinkmambo.com for completing the border of the blanket! This completes our squares. The border pattern will be released Monday, February 15. You can find all the CAL info in the intro post here.