Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Portable Projects for a Cause... Do Over

Just a little update on the 'Portable Projects for a Cause'....  I've found some stragglers and want to include them! I've even found some crocheters that I want (forgot) to include so here we go again!
Insert drum roll..........
I've decided... yeah... Lil' Miss Dictator I know...
that we should all knit up some blocks (and crochet some too) and then combine them all together to make baby blankets! Once we've completed our blocks & afghan(s?) we will then decide (AS A GROUP!) which charity we will give them too!  *I'm leaning toward a crisis pregnancy center in Baltimore* It's a group project that will allow us a chance to work together and learn some new stitches along the way!
I've hit up the girls I hang with... the ol' Royal Knitting gang and some peeps that hang out on the
Fort Belvoir Knitting and Crochet Club page and so far it looks like (maybe!) we have 5 people that want to help out with the project! Yay!!
It's a pretty simple project and I didn't have to look very hard for a pattern! It's from Knit and Crochet Now and it was on their TV show (and website) as a 'block of the week' pattern series! What I failed to  pay attention to realize was that there was a crochet version as well! 
I've been looking for something to knit that is easy to take with me (aka small & cheap) but also something that will keep me interested.... my family is getting washcloths for Christmas (shh)!
I started this a couple of weeks ago, but now that I have been getting some more interest (hellooooo stragglers!) I'm going to just restart! Do-Over x1! Only x1!
This is how it works...... okay, okay... this is how I would like it to work! Better?  This Miss Dictator can be part of a group.. you'll see!

Each week I will post a new pattern but please *PLEASE!* feel free to go to the Knit and Crochet Now website and download the entire thing! I may make a mistake and if you find I did... please let me know!
We're working on Season 3, crochet 'Pink Baby Afghan' and knit 'Blue Baby Afghan' ~ you can find the patterns and the picture on the website under the tab 'free patterns'. It's all the way at the bottom of the Season 3 patterns.
Requirements~ size 8 knitting needles and worsted weight yarn! Size I/9 crochet hook and yes! Washable worsted weight yarn! 
Easy, peasy, lemon squeasy... it really is! Just concentrate on this one for the next week and once you have one done... do another? I did and I have 4 already!

multiple of 12 sts + 4
Cast on 40 sts
Row 1 (right side) : K2, *P2, K4; repeat from * to last 2 sts, K2
Row 2: K2, *P4, K2; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2
Rows 3 & 4: Repeat Rows 1 and 2
Row 5: K2, *K8, P4; repeat from *to last 2 sts, K2
Row 6: K2, *P4, K8; repeat from * to last 2 sts, K2
Row 7-10: Repeat Rows 1-4
Row 11: K2, P2, K4, *P8, k4; repeat from * to last 8 sts, P6, K2
Row 12: K8, P4, *K8, P4, repeat from last 4 sts, K4.
Repeat Rows 1-12 until piece measures 10inches (25.5 cm) from beginning, bind off

CROCHET Block #1 aka Shell and Bar Square

Ch 32
.Row 1:
Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next ch, sk next 2 ch, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch (shell made), sk next 4 ch, shell in next ch, sk next 2 ch, dc in next 4 ch, sk next 2 ch, shell in next ch, sk next 4 ch, shell in next ch, sk next 2 ch, dc in last 3 ch—4 shells.
Row 2 (right side):
Ch 3 (counts as dc), turn, dc in next 2 dc, shell in ch-1 sp of next 2 shells, sk next 2 dc, dc in next 4 dc, shell in ch-1 sp of next 2 shells, sk next 2 dc, dc in next 2 dc, dc in top of turning ch.
Repeat Row 2 until square measures about 9"/23 cm.

Fasten off.

Edging Round:
With right side facing, join A with sc in any corner, work 2 more sc in same sp, work 28 sc evenly across edge, [3 sc in corner, work 28 sc evenly across next edge] 3 times; join with sl st in first sc.
Fasten off.

I haven't done the crochet version ~ I have to have lessons first, but here is what my Big Bamboo squares look like!