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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Gramma Cookie's Square

Reposting my pattern for Gramma Cookie's granny square.

Gramma Cookie's Solid Granny Square pattern was on the Knit A Square forums pages, but isn't there any longer, so I'm replicating it here on my blog.

It can be crocheted either half double crochet/double crochet, or double crochet/treble crochet.

This pattern is in U.S. terms.

Hook size: U.S. size H
Yarn weight: Worsted or Aran, approx. 60 yards.

Round 1: In a Magic ring, sc 1, then ch 5,
(3 dc in ring, chain 2), repeat two more times,
2 dc in ring, sl st into the 3rd st of beg ch 5 to make the third dc of the last cluster and close the first round.

Pull starting yarn tight to close the magic ring, and crochet over it as you continue to build your square. (12 sts, 4 ch 2 spaces)

Round 2: 1 Sl st into the corner space. This helps make room for the last st of the ending cluster later. Ch 5, 2 dc in same ch 2 space, *dc in each dc on the first side, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch 2 space.* Repeat for the next two sides.

Dc in each dc on the last side.
In last corner, 1 dc over the starting sl st, then to finish the corner, sl st into the 3rd st of beg ch 5 to make the second dc in the ch 2 space and close the first round. (28 sts, 4 ch 2 spaces)

Round 3: Repeat round 2 (44 sts, 4 ch 2 spaces)

Round 4: Repeat round 2 (60 sts, 4 ch 2 spaces)

Round 5: Repeat round 2 (76 sts, 4 ch 2 spaces)

Round 6: Repeat round 2 (92 sts, 4 ch 2 spaces)

Round 7: Repeat round 2 (108 sts, 4 ch 2 spaces)

If I'm using Red Heart Super Saver yarn, seven rounds makes an 8" square, which is the required size for Knit A Square.

If I'm using thinner yarn such as Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn!, I may need to work an eighth round in single stitch, to reach the 8" square size.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

Planted the herbs

I missed the no-sun-in-the-backyard-yet window yesterday, and remembered this morning just in time to get out and plant the herbs, and only had to wear my hat for half of it.

We're still not sure what exactly is wrong with my face, but Polymorphous Light Eruption comes closest to the breakouts I get from sun exposure, even from short drives in the car around town. I pray our kiddos don't develop it; no sign of it so far, knock on wood.

So the herbs have been planted, the drip hoses reset for good watering, and the rhubarb and catnip have perked up from yesterday's watering. I just have to remember to check on them frequently to water, once the rainy season has passed, which will probably be mid-June.

Now for some reflection and rememberance of those who have gone before us and gave their lives in defense of our country. Thank you and God bless in your rest.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Spring planting 5/29/2017

Our pitiful little garden in the arid west. The rhubarb is the only thing that came back, the strawberries didn't make it, so we'll have to get some new, maybe in a vertical planter. The catnip is happy growing in the grass off of the back patio, the kitties are happy that's coming back. So on Fri we picked up basil, Italian parsley, oregano, thyme, rosemary, peppermint, and lavender. Set them out where we'll plant them in the morning, and ran new drip hoses in the garden and around the lilacs. Progress! Hopefully no more snow surprises! #squarefootgardening #springplanting #brownthumb #pleasenomoresnow