Crochet Yourself a Sophie’s Universe Today

What a beautiful pattern by Dedri Uys! This is the second Sophie’s Universe I have done and it is so much fun! There is so much variety and creativity in this pattern that it’s hard to believe a mere human could have written it. Genius!!!

Did I mention that it’s actually not that hard? I mean, if you are a beginner with some experience in reading patterns and you want a challenge, you can do this! Dedri Uys explains each round in so much detail and includes pictures of each step along the way.

Oh, also, Sophie’s Universe is available for free online! Just google it. Buy a bunch of yarn in colors that you love and do this. You will have such a sense of accomplishment afterwards and your self-confidence as a crocheter will be sky high. And, of course, you will have a priceless one-of-a-kind heirloom afghan!

My crochet buddy Dave. 😄
Sophie’s Universe #1 (2019)

Sea Spray Square

So this blanket came about because I had a lot of scrap yarn (as usual). I used all blues and neutrals, and alternated stripes of back loop half doubles with stripes of the Sea Spray Square.


Here’s the free pattern for the Sea Spray Square:

Start with a magic circle

Round 1: ch2 (counts as 1st hdc), 11 more hdc in circle, tighten circle and sl st to ch2 to join

Round 2: Join in any stitch with a standing dc, ch1, *dc in next st, ch1, rep from * 10 more Xs, sl st to standing dc

Round 3: Join in any ch sp with standing sc, 2sc in same sp, 3sc in each of next 11 ch sp, sl st to standing sc

Round 4: Join in any st with standing dc, dc in next 2 st, ch1, *dc in next 3 st, ch1, rep from * 10 more Xs, sl st to standing dc

Round 5: Join in any ch sp with standing sc, sc in same sp, ch4, *2sc in next ch sp, ch 4, rep from * 10 more Xs, sl st to standing sc

Round 6: Join in 1st sc of any pair with sl st, ch1, *sc2tog over both sc, (hdc, dc, htrc, dc, hdc) in ch4 sp, rep from * 11 more Xs, sl st to 1st sc2tog

Round 7: *Fphdc around any sc2tog, ch2, sk 2 st, sc in htrc, sk 2 st, repeat from * 11 more Xs, sl st to 1st fphdc

Round 8: Join in any ch2 sp with standing dc, 2 more dc in same sp, ch 2, *3dc in next ch sp, 3hdc in next ch sp, 3sc in each of next 2 ch sp, 3hdc in next ch sp, 3dc in next ch sp, ch2, rep from * 3 more Xs, sl st to standing dc

Round 9: Join in any corner ch 2 sp with standing tr, (2tr, ch2, 3 tr) in same corner. Now you will be working in sp bet groups of 3 st. *3dc, 3hdc, 3sc, 3hdc, 3dc, (3tr, ch3, 3tr) in corner, rep from * 3 more Xs omitting last corner, sl st to standing tr

Grace Elizabeth Square

The Grace Elizabeth square is named after my niece because like her it is beautiful and ever changing. It’s a 12 inch square made with 2 colors of worsted weight yarn. (I used a light up crochet hook size 5.0, which you will see in the photos.) Here’s the free pattern:

Skill level: Intermediate

Special stitches:

Dc cluster: (dc3tog) yarn over and insert hook into indicated stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through all 4 loops on hook

Htrc: (half triple crochet) yarn over twice, insert hook into indicated stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on hook

Puff: yarn over and insert hook into indicated stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through all 7 loops on hook, chain 1

Abbreviations:

Ch – chain

Hdc – half double crochet

Dc2tog – double crochet 2 together

Rep – repeat

St – stitch

Sl st – slip stitch

Dc – double crochet

Sp – space

Sc – single crochet

Htrc – half triple crochet

Blosc – back loop only single crochet

Beg – beginning

Bet – between

Sk – skip

Bpsc – back post single crochet

Color A

Make a magic circle

Round 1: ch2 (counts as 1st hdc), 11 hdc in circle

Round 2: ch2, dc2tog in same sp (counts as 1st dc cluster), ch1, *dc cluster in next st, ch1, rep from * 11Xs, sl st to 1st dc cluster

Color B

Round 3: join in any ch sp with a standing sc, 2 sc in same sp, 3 sc in each ch sp around, sl st to 1st sc

Round 4: ch2 (counts as 1st hdc), hdc in same st, hdc in each of next 2 st, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in each of next 2 st, rep from * 10 more Xs, join to 1st hdc

Color A

Round 5: join in 3rd loop of any st with a standing sc, sc in 3rd loop of each st around (3rd loop is horizontal bar behind stitch, visible from above), (should be 48 3rd loop sc), sl st to standing sc

Round 6: ch6 (counts as htrc and ch2), *in next 12 st, htrc, 2dc, hdc, 4sc, hdc, 2dc, htrc, ch2, rep from * 3 more Xs, omitting last htrc and ch2, sl st to 4th ch of beg ch6

Round 7: sl st into corner sp, {ch 2 (counts as 1st hdc), hdc, ch2, 2hdc in corner}, *being careful not to miss 1st hidden st, in next 12 st, 2sc, 2hdc, dc, 2htrc, dc, 2hdc, 2sc, (2hdc, ch2, 2hdc in corner), rep from * 3 more Xs, omitting last corner, sl st to 2nd ch of beg ch2

Color B

Round 8: join in any corner sp with a standing dc, dc, ch2, 2 dc in same corner sp, *being careful not to miss 1st hidden st, in next 16 st, 2dc, 2htrc, 2dc, hdc, 2sc, hdc, 2dc, 2htrc, 2dc, (2dc, ch2, 2dc in corner sp), rep from * 3Xs, omitting last corner, sl st to beg standing dc

Round 9: sl st into next st, sl st over to corner sp, ch1, *sc, ch2, sc in corner, then, in the next 20 st, 2hdc, 2dc, 2htrc, 2dc, hdc, 2sc, hdc, 2dc, 2htrc, 2dc, 2hdc, rep from *, 3 more Xs, sl st to beg sc

Color A

Round 10: join in any corner sp with standing dc, dc, ch2, 2dc in same corner sp, *in the next 22 st, 3dc, 2hdc, 2sc, 2hdc, dc, 2htrc, dc, 2hdc, 2sc, 2hdc, 3dc, (2dc, ch2, 2dc in corner sp), rep from * 3 more Xs, omitting last corner, sl st to standing dc

Round 11: sl st into next st, sl st into corner sp, ch 2 (counts as 1st hdc), hdc, ch2, 2hdc in corner sp, *hdc in each st across (next 26 st), (2hdc, ch2, 2hdc in corner sp) rep from * 3 more Xs, omitting last corner, sl st to beg ch2

Color B

Round 12: join in any corner sp with standing sc, sc, ch2, 2sc in same corner sp, *sc in 3rd lp of each st across (don’t miss the 1st hidden st!), (2sc, ch2, 2sc in corner sp), repeat from * 3 more Xs, omitting last corner, (30 3rd lp sc each side), sl st to standing sc

Round 13: sl st into next st, sl st into corner sp, ch2, dc (counts as 1st dc2tog), ch1, dc2tog, ch2, dc2tog, ch1, dc2tog in corner, *{sk 4 st, (1st st is very hidden!), (dc2tog, ch1, dc2tog, ch1, dc2tog) in next st} 5Xs, sk 4 st, (dc2tog, ch1, dc2tog, ch2, dc2tog, ch1, dc2tog) in corner sp, rep from * 3 more Xs, omitting last corner, sl st to 1st dc2tog

Color A

Round 14: join in any corner sp with standing sc, sc, ch2, 2sc in corner sp, 2sc in each ch sp (bet dc2tog), puff st bet groups of 3dc2tog (over sp bet groups and anchoring bet middle 2 sc in round 12),(also, don’t forget to close the puff with ch1),continue in this manner until you get to corner sp, (2sc, ch2, 2sc) in corner spaces, sl st to standing sc when you get all the way around

Color B

Round 15: join in any corner sp with standing sc, ch3, sc in corner sp, *{blosc in next 4 st, ch1, sk puff st (and ch1 that’s part of puff st)} 7XS, blosc in next 4 st, (sc, ch3, sc) in corner sp, repeat from * 3 more Xs, omitting last corner, sl to standing sc

Round 16: sl st to corner sp, ch1, (2sc, ch2, 2sc) in corner, sc in next 5 st, ch1, (sc in next 4 st, ch1) 6Xs, sc in next 5 st, rep from * 3Xs, sl st to 1st sc

Color A

Round 17: join in any corner with standing sc, ch2, sc in corner sp, sc in next 6 st, sk st, ch3, *(sl st around puff st from round 14, ch3, sk ch sp and next st, sc in next 2 st, sk st, ch3) 6Xs, sk ch sp and next sc, sc in next 6 st, (sc, ch2,sc) in corner sp, rep from * 3more Xs, omitting last corner, sl st to standing sc

Color B

Round 18: join in any corner sp with standing sc, ch2, sc in corner sp, sk st, sc in next 6 st, *{hdc in sk st from round 16, dc over and around both ch sp from rounds 15 and 16, hdc in sk st from round 16, bpsc around next 2 sc from round 17} 6Xs, sc in next 6 st, sk st, (sc, ch2, sc) in corner sp, rep from * 3 more Xs omitting last corner, sl st to standing sc

Casual Granny Crochet Along

This bedspread is from a Crochet Along, or CAL. The idea behind a CAL is that the pattern is released incrementally over a period of time, such as every week or every month, and people all over the world can work on the same project at the same time. CALs are usually a little challenging and complex, however the results are reliably stunning. By joining a CAL, you can be part of a group of people that can inspire and support one another with the project.

This CAL, called the Casual Granny CAL, happened back in 2018 and, as that was two years ago, the patterns for all ten of the different squares are available for free on redagapeblog.com. So awesome! The blog’s creator, Mandy, has done a fantastic job of writing out all of the patterns in an easy to understand manner as well as including “tiny tutorials” for any tricky stitches. She says on her site that she wanted people doing her CAL to be able to go at their own pace, pick their own colors, and do any or all of the squares for their own project – hence the “casual” in the name. No pressure!

I chose to do the blanket in four colors – teal, mustard, coral, and light gray. I used the double crochet join-as-you-go (JAYG) technique – which I absolutely swear by. All of the joining and the entire border was done without breaking the yarn once!

My favorite of all ten squares was the trickiest to get the hang of – the heart granny square. The pattern calls for several mid-round color changes so you are instructed to carry the non-working yarn through the back of the square in order to pick it up when needed. I hadn’t done that technique before, but I picked it up readily enough thanks in no small part to the simplicity of the way in which the pattern is written. And it was worth it! Just look at those hearts – so super cute!

Atlanticus

Atlanticus is a beautiful pattern designed by Vanessa Smith of Hooked on Sunshine. It’s a mixed stitch blanket with a stunning mandala center that was surprisingly easy to crochet. (The blanket pictured above was made by me in a really short amount of time considering the large size.) The pattern can be found for free on Ravelry, along with pictures of completed blankets in every imaginable colorway. Happy crocheting!