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The twenty-five rectangles I made finally made it to Donna at Crochetville!  They’re for the Soften the World Simply Soft Sweepstakes Caron is holding. You can see a picture of my rectangles and the 1000+ rectangles other Crochetvillers have contributed on the 2 for 1 – Warm Up America and Crochetville! thread.  I crocheted every last bit of Simply Soft in my stash, including two unused skeins in navy and remnants from the Cable and Divine Hats

I used Donna’s 7×9″ Rectangle Granny pattern for the majority of the rectangles.  I thought about using a bunch of different stitches, but finding the gauge for each pattern was taking too much time.  Grannies work up fast and once I figured out the perfect hook size the rest was easy. 

To get the right gauge I actually left out Row 8 of the pattern.  My gauge was still too large with a size F hook and I hate using the size E hook with worsted weight yarn.  My yarns splits, the handle is too thin and I generally can’t crochet as quickly.  Also, since I can’t stand weaving in lots of ends with a granny-style stitch, all the little yarn balls that I couldn’t stretch to a whole rectangle were made up in plain double crochet. 

I’m glad I tried Donna’s granny pattern because I learned a new way to join granny-style rounds.  For the last corner, you chain one and single crochet to join the round.  The single crochet ends in the middle of the last corner and from there you make half a corner and continue around.  It’s difficult to explain, but simple to use and there’s no slip stitches involved!

Anyway, I crocheted twenty-six rectangles total.  Twenty-five went to Donna and the last rectangle was sent out in my name for the individuals category.  The deadline for individual square entries is May 1, 2008 with a prize of twelve skeins of Caron SS.  Crochetville is still accepting rectangles through the mail until April 29, 2008 for their effort to win the $300 cash prize.  All the squares collected for the contest will be donated to the Warm Up America charity. 

 

*That’s cool* a random fact

Granny Smith Apples are named after Mary Ann Sherwood (1799-1870), who never saw her apples become a commercial apple variety. 

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This is the Soley Granny Hat Pattern from Crafy Christina’s blog.  I used a size G crochet hook instead of the prescribed I hook.  The result is a hat sized for a three to twelve year old.  I used Red Heart Super Saver in bright yellow, spring green and royal blue.  I wanted to make a boyish hat but the color order bothers me.  I wish I had switched the yellow and green so it doesn’t look like yellow flowers with a blue center. 

Otherwise this pattern was a fun distraction from projects that are on my Christmas WIP list.  Grannys are always satisfying to crochet but I didn’t enjoy the multitude of ends.  Oh the ends! – but I did jump right in to make another. 

The purple and green version was crocheted with a size F hook which would fit a one to three year old.   I used RHSS pale mint, lavender and TLC eden green. 

The first two rounds of my upcoming granny blanket pattern was used to make the circular center.  The only difference was I used double crochet instead of half double crochet.  By replacing the the center like this the squares are more rounded and therefore the border around the hat isn’t as even.  I want to try another with the first two rounds in half double and see if that would help the border straighten out.     

 

Here you can see the difference in starting rounds.  One with the regular square start and the other with the circular foundation. 

*That’s cool* a random fact

Green Iguanas are a tree dwelling farmed food source in Central and South America.  Because of this, they are often referred to as ‘chicken of the trees’.

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