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

Rainbow Sky Baby Blanket

The Rainbow Sky baby blanket would make a lovely gift for any baby! It depicts a beautiful sky complete with rainbows and clouds. Rainbow Sky blanket combines loads of texture with bright colors perfect for the development of young fingers and eyes. Ready to give it a try? Here’s the pattern (with some important notes at the end).

Blanket:

With light blue ch 140

Row 1: Hdc in 2nd st from hk and each st across, ch 2, turn

Row 2: (Ch 2 counts as first hdc) Hdc in 2nd st and each st across, ch 2, turn

Rows 3-5: repeat row 2

Row 6: (Ch 2 counts as first hdc) Hdc in 2nd st and each st across, change to white, turn

Row 7: With white, ch 3 (counts as a dc) *Bobble st (5dctog) in next st, sc in next st, repeat from * to next to last st, dc in last st, ch 1, turn

Row 8: Sc in 1st st and each st across, ch 3, turn

Row 9: (Ch 3 counts as a dc) *sc in next st, bobble in next st, repeat from * to end of row, change to light blue

Rows 10-15: With light blue chain 2 (counts as first hdc) hdc in next st and in each st across

Row 16: With red, ch 1, and working only in the back loops, sc in 1st st and each st across, change to orange, turn

Row 17: With orange, ch 1, and working back loops only, sc in 1st st and each st across, change to yellow, turn

Row 18: With yellow, ch 1, and working back loops only, sc in 1st st and each st across, change to green, turn

Row 19: With green, ch 1, and working back loops only, sc in 1st st and each st across, change to blue, turn

Row 20: With blue, ch 1, and working back loops only, sc in 1st st and each st across, change to purple, turn

Row 21: With purple, ch 1, and working back loops only, sc in 1st st and each st across, change to light blue, ch2, turn

Row 22-26: Do 5 rows of hdc’s with the light blue

Repeat rows 7, 8, and 9 for the cloud rows, then sky, then rainbows, then sky etc.

Border:

Round 1: With white sc evenly around. In the corners do sc, ch 2, sc.

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in same st, *bobble in next st, sc in next st, repeat from *

Round 3: Ch 3, *sc in next st, bobble in next st, repeat from *

Round 4: Ch 1, crab st (reverse sc) in each st around (crab st, ch 2, crab st in corners), end off, weave in ends.

Notes:

1. Ok, so when you do the bobble stitch rows, the bobbles will pop out on the other side, so you want to make sure you’re starting those rows when the back of the blanket is facing you.

2. Bobble stitch is the same as dc5tog in one stitch. Here’s how it goes: Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over pull through two loops, (yarn over insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through two loops) 3 times (there will be 5 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all 5 loops.

3. Another things about the bobble rows – the bobbles should sit diagonally to each other so when you do the second row, do a single crochet into the bobble below and do a bobble into the single crochet below.

4. Crab stitch is a reverse single crochet. So if you are right handed and you usually crochet from right to left, you will be switching directions and crocheting left to right. So for righties, insert your hook into the stitch to the right of the current stitch, yarn over, and pull through two loops. (For lefties, you will be going from left to right.)

Abbreviations:

Ch – chain

Hdc – half double crochet

St – stitch

Hk – hook

Dc – double crochet

Sc – single crochet