Sunday, March 28, 2010

240 hdc


At a total of just 240 half-double crochet stitches, this little hat should fit a toddler. (16" hat circumference)

Initial ch 2 counts as the first hdc.

Hook - M (9.0mm)
Yarn - 1 skein variegated super bulky (I used Encore Mega Colorspun)

Hat
hdc 6 into magic loop & pull tight.
Round 1 - ch 2, 1 hdc in same st, *2 hdc in each hdc* around. (12 st)
Round 2 - ch 2, *2 hdc in next hdc, 1 hdc in next hdc* around (18 st)
Round 3 - ch 2, *2 hdc in next hdc, 1 hdc in next 2 hdc* around (24 st)
Round 4 - ch 2, *2 hdc in next hdc, 1 hdc in next 3 hdc* around (30 st)
Round 5-9 - ch 2, hdc around. (30 st)

Chessboard


This 4.5' x 4.5' afghan is made up of 8 strips of 8 squares each using the jaquard (tapestry) technique. Crochet over all loose ends. Start with the white rook on the dark square. Be careful to follow the pattern of an actual chessboard carefully.


Hook: H
Yarn: Worsted weight:
3 skeins dark background square color (maroon)
3 skeins light background square color (gray)
2 skeins black
2 skeins white
Other: yarn/tapestry needle





Pattern your afghan after a chessboard. For example, your first strip will be the following:
white rook on dark square
white pawn on light square
blank dark square
blank light square
blank dark square
blank light square
black pawn on dark square
black rook on light square




Strips:
Square 1

Using maroon, ch 26
sc in 2nd chain from hook. sc 24 across (25 sc)
sc across, and using white follow the rook chart, starting from the bottom of the chart moving towards the top. (25 sc across, 25 rows per square)
Square 2
After the 25th row, change background square color to gray and follow the pawn chart.
Squares 3, 4, 5, & 6
Make 4 25 sc x 25 row squares: maroon, gray, maroon, gray.
Square 7
Using maroon as the background, make a black pawn starting from the top of the chart, moving down.
Square 8
Using gray as the background, make a black rook starting from the top of the chart, moving down.
This is the end of your strip.


Continue to pattern your afghan after a chessboard. If you choose, you can make the afghan a played chessboard. Just remember to keep things in order.


To join the strips, simply whip stitch between two strips.








Basic Border:
Round 1 - Use black yarn, sc around, chaining 1 at each corner.
Round 2 - sc around, chaining 1 at each corner.
Round 3 - dc around, chaining 1 at each corner.
Round 4 - sc around, chaining 1 at each corner.