Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Retro Circles - The Tutorial


After many requests I’ve decided to post a tutorial for the square used in the Retro Circles Blanket

I’m calling this a ‘tutorial’ rather than a pattern as I’m not re-inventing the wheel. Although I didn’t work from a pre-existing pattern when making my blanket I know there are many ‘circle in a square’ patterns out there. One from Little Tin Bird that is very similar to what I had done, so I would hate anyone to think that I’m claiming their pattern as my own.
So! Here goes...

Abbreviations:
US crochet terms
SS- Slip stitch
SC- Single crochet
HDC- Half-double crochet
DC- Double crochet
TC- Treble crochet
Ch- Chain

Select the hook that works well with the yarn you have.  I used a 4.5mm hook and dk weight yarn, I crochet quite tight so would probably choose a 4mm with dk if you don’t.

Note: Rounds 2-4 worked entirely in the BACK LOOP ONLY.

Round 1: Start with a magic circle and chain 3 (counts as first DC), 11 more DC into the circle, tighten circle. Join with a SS into the 3rd chain in your original chain 3. Remember to join only in the back loop (12 DC)

Alternatively, if you’re not sure how to do a magic circle you can chain 4, join to make a ring. Ch3, 11 DC into ring. (This will just leave a little hole in the middle of your first round.)

Round 2: Chain 3, DC into same loop. Two DC in EACH of the following back loops until end of round. Join with SS in chain 3 (24 DC)


Round 3: Chain 3, DC into same stitch. *DC in back loop. 2 DC in next back loop. Repeat from * around. End with DC in last back loop and join with SS in chain 3 (36 DC)


Round 4: Chain 3, DC into same loop. * DC in the next two back loops, 2 DC in next. Repeat from * around. End with DC in last two back loops and join with SS in chain 3 (48 DC)


Fasten off if you want to join a new colour for the ‘square’
Join new colour.

You’re now starting on the square border around the circle. For this round you will be working through BOTH loops.



Round 5: Chain 1, SC in next two, HDC in next two, DC in next two (TC, TC, chain 3, TC, TC) all in next stitch (this is your first corner), *DC, DC, HDC, HDC, SC, SC, SC, HDC, HDC, DC, DC, (TC,TC, ch3, TC, TC) in next. Repeat from *2 more times. DC, DC, HDC, HDC join to chain 1 with SS. Fasten off.



There you are, you've made your first square!


Now make lots more. My cot sized blanket was made up of 63 squares (7 wide x 9 long). You can find a tutorial on joining the squares with single crochet at Attic24 




 
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77 comments:

  1. I'm in love with this blanket..I'm rookie in crochet, but I'm going to crochet this blanket to my room...I'm really happy!!!
    Thank you so much for this pattern!!! =D

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  2. I'm doing a similar blanket right now (three rounds to the circle though) with grey borders. I'm using scrap yarn for the most part though, so mine will be more random. I love the colors you used in your blanket!

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    1. I love random coloured blanket & grey borders! Sounds lovely.

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  3. Thank you for the tutorial..This blanket is amazing and I am going to try one similar!

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  4. Seriously just did my happy dance when I saw that you had posted the tutorial :D lol

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    1. Lol! What a great compliment thanks :))

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  5. I forgot to mention in the post, if anyone is not sure of something or finds a mistake please let me know and I'll help te best I can

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    1. I keep getting stuck on the second round, whenever I try and crochet into the back loop it pulls loose and leaves a big gap. Am I missing something or am I just pulling too hard? Thank you!

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    2. Hi Katherine, is it when your joining at the end of round one and making the ch3 dc in that join for the start of round 2? If its at that point I'd join through both loops then start working through the back loops for the rest of the round. This will make the join a little tighter.
      If I've misunderstood let me know and I'll try to figure out what's going wrong

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    3. I keep getting stuck on round three. Just to verify, It's chain three. DC in the same stitch. Then after that step I am confused. Am I supposed to do 2 DC in the next stitch and then 1 DC in the next then 2 DC in the next two and repeat? Or do chain three 1 DC in the same stitch, 1 DC in the next stitch, 2 DC in the next two stitches, and repeat? I have tried it both ways and I never end up with 36 DC.

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    4. Hi, round 3 is 2dc in first stitch, 1 in the next repeated. So to start the round ch3, 1dc in same stitch (counts as 2dc), 1 dc in next, 2dc in next.. Repeated and ending with 1dc in the last stitch before joining. Round 4 will be the same but with two single dc in between the 2dc in one stitch. Hope this helps, if not let me know & I'll try to figure out what's going on.

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    5. Thank you so much for the response! I figured it out. I was doing something wrong.

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    6. Round 5 only adds up to 47 stitches. What do I do with the last stitch?

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    7. Hmm. Are you including your first ch1 as a stitch? That should be counted as an sc so you can slip stitch to join in your ch1. You should have four sides of dc,dc,hdc,hdc,sc,sc,sc,hdc,hdc,dc,dc and the corner (tc,tc ch2,tc,tc) in the next making 12 each side.

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    8. Wow I did something totally wrong if we're only supposed to have 48 stitches after row 5. I just counted 72 stitches. What could I possibly have done wrong?!?! :(

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    9. Allykat meant the stitches worked in the round below (round 4= 48 stitches) as long as you have the four sides and corner as my comment above it is correct. :)

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  6. Thank you for posting this! I can't wait to get started on one for my bed :)

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  7. This is a fantastic tutorial. Very clear, succinct and the pictures are spectacular. Thank you.

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  8. Any estimations on how much yarn you need to make the blanket they size you show in the blog??

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    1. Hi Debra, I used 13x 50g balls, each ball was 116m. 2x each colour and 5x cream. 1 ball of yarn made 8 circles. Hope that helps :)

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  9. I'm having trouble finding those colors in the sublime brand, would you mind telling us where you found them and what #'s they are?

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    1. It seems like the mustard/yellow may be discontinued as I can't find it either. I've dug up my order invoice and the numbers I have are:
      Mustard - 106
      Clipper (darker blue) - 15
      Water (lighter blue) - no number was listed on the invoice but I'd say it's probably 343
      Biscuit - no number listed
      Alabaster - 03
      I'll try to source some replacement yarns that are similar :)

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    2. What kindbof sublime yarn did you use?!

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  10. Beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial! :-)

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  11. I found this via pinterest! Totally making it for a few Christmas gifts this year. WIll try to share my photo of it when its done. I ADORE your color choice! =)

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  12. I love your blanket and I am happy with the tutorial, thank you so much!

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  13. I love it, thank you for the tutorial :)

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  14. I love this pattern a lot and I also shared your page for the tutorial. thank you for sharing. ♥♥

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  15. What a beautiful blanket, I love the colours you've used! I have this linked to my crochet post as well today, I'm rounding up great crochet projects for home décor!

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  16. One of my husband's coworkers found this blanket and wanted me to make it for her. Thank you so much for the pattern! I was wondering if you could tell me what did you do for the border?

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  17. I am SO going to make this! Love it! Thank you so much for this tutorial and the clear pictures.

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  18. I am so glad I found this! Thank you for this tutorial as well as the links to the magic circle and joining the squares! This is the first time I've ever crocheted something - I had to Google some of the stitches. Do you have anything to suggest for the border?

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    1. Hi Laura, for this blanket I just worked a simple border. I believe it was two rounds of HDC, 1 round sc, 2 rounds HDC. I've used a crab stitch border before too. Hope you're going well with your blanket,
      Adele

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  19. thank you so much for posting a tutorial, im just having a bit of trouble after i finish the circle and fasten off, how do you change colors to make the square border? i'm a new crocheter so if you could maybe send me to a video, or try and explain would be awesome, thank you!

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  20. That is the best tutorial that I have ever seen-thank you for your generocity and your accurancy :)

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  21. What were the dimensions of the blocks when you were finished? I'm trying to decide how many to make for a larger blanket. Thanks =) This is an awesome pattern!

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    1. hi, I believe they were about 11cm square. but it would be best to make up a sample one with the yarn weight & hook your planning to use and measure off that for your larger blanket. 'One Day' I'll make a large one too... one day lol

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  22. Did you block your work when you were done??

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    1. Yes, only the finished blanket, I didn't block the squares prior to sewing together.

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  23. Thank you sooooo much! I may be a seasoned knitter, but I'm VERY new to crochet. This pattern & tutorial will force me to learn! Absolutely beautiful. Again, thank you for everything!

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  24. Hi Adele...I love the look of this afghan! I started the circles and just had a quick question for you. On the fourth round I end up with 2 extra stitches at the end, which would give me a total of 50 stitches. Does "DC in the next two back loops" mean that I need to skip the first 2 stitches after the chain 3 and the DC in the beginning? Thanks! Amanda

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  25. This is a beautiful afghan! I am currently working on my own version and my friends can't stop admiring it. Thank you for this wonderful pattern.

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  26. I love this! I have attempted to make it but my circles keep curling. I changed hook sizes but they still curl. Am i doing something wrong?

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  27. I pinned your tutorial a while back, but came across it again lately. I'm making an afghan for my sister and I've started the crazy thing about 10 times, then I found your tutorial. I'm not going to be restarting this thing again! Love it! Do you have an good suggestions on blocking a piece this big? I've honestly never blocked any of my pieces, but probably should with this one.

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  28. This blanket is adorable! I recently found out I'm pregnant with #3 and my first two each have their crocheted blankies. I was nervous about making this one as I wanted to try something a little different, but this pattern is SO simple and looks great! I'm doing mine with deep red and brown circles in cream squares. Excited for how it turns out! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  29. The link for joining the squares doesn't look like your joined squares. Any tips on how you joined your squares? Much appreciated thank you. :)

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  30. I love this blanket. I am making it for a baby and using bright colors with a light grey boarder. I can't wait to see out finished.

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  31. Hi, I love this pattern! I'm actually using it to make one square as a throw pillow cover. My question is, I have 10 rounds of circle(increases and all, totaling 144 stitches/dc[if I'm counting correctly; I'm very sleepy lol]) Now, I'm stuck trying to figure out how to square it out. Do you have any idea how many hdc/sc/etc. I'll be doing for each side? Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!

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  32. Thanks for your tutorial. I think of translating it for a german version (of course with a link to you ;-)

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  33. I am working on this for my daughter. It is a labor of love because I am making it for a twin size bed. Within the next couple weeks it should be finished and I will post a photo. Then it will be on to one for my son :)

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  34. What did you do with all the loose ends on the back/wrong side? Weave in with a sewing needle? Also how did you block your finished project? I'm complete but I used 90 squares so it's 7 x 13 and too big to lay on the ironing board. Any recommendations appreciated

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  35. Thank you so so much for an easy tutorial! I crochet in swedish mostly but thanks to your pictures I could figure the stitches out! I´ve started on the babyblanket today :)

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  36. I have made 2 of this pattern now, one in shades of carribean colors, coral, blues, turquoises, etc. The second, navy, cornmeal, gray, baby blue, love it. The pattern is so easy and great description and pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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  37. The link that you shared for joining the squares doesn't look the same as your blankets join. Can you tell me how you joined your squares? Thank you so much! I love this pattern and am making it for my baby!!

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    2. In reference to the Attic24 tutorial, I think this blanket was joined by using the inner two loops instead of the outer two. At least that produces a visually similar result to the photos here.

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  38. thank you for this great tutorial!!!!!
    xxxxx Ale

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  39. I love this pattern!!! I am making for a friend! I do have one question..... when joining all the squares, what color sequence did you do?
    Thanks so much in advance!

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  40. Hi there, I've gotten through two squares and am really loving it! One thing though- my circles are curling a bit and not laying flat- did yours do this? Thank u!!!

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    1. Usually once you add round 5 they will flatten if they're starting to curl

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  41. Also on round five you write out SC in next two yet on the photo diagram it only shows ONE?

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    1. So it does! It wouldn't matter as long as you have (DC, DC, HDC, HDC, SC, SC, SC, HDC, HDC, DC, DC) on each side of the square with the TC corners. Personally I prefer to do it ch1,sc.... Finish square with sc. But it can be ch1,sc,sc... Finish square with HDC. It won't make a difference to the overall square.

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  42. Can these be joined using whipstitching?

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    1. I haven't tried it myself but I can't see why not :)

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  43. I just made a queen sized blanket for my teenage daughter using this pattern. I am a novice crocheter. Thank you for making an easy to follow tutorial. I was hurried to finish it so I did not put a border on it. It still came out beautiful! Thank you again!

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  44. Hi. I'm just starting this pattern. After round 2 I have 24 double crochet. But after round 3 I have 48 double crochet. I thought it is 2 DC in each stitch? Why am I not getting 36 DC?

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  45. I think I finally got the stit count for rows 3 and 4. However I'm confused now as to where row 5 starts. does it start where we finished row 4?

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    1. Hi, you can start row 5 in any stitch, it doesn't matter where.
      Glad to hear you've sorted out round 3&4, there should be (dc,2dc) in round 3 and (dc,dc,2dc) in round 4.

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    2. Thank you so much for responding! I thought round 4 was dc, dc, 2dc, 2dc. It seems that way in the picture where you marked it. By the way I finished the square and I love it! The only problem I had was fastening off. My ends stick out no matter how many times I weave it in.

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  46. Thanks so much for the great tutorial! Finishing up a few afghans I started but never finished. Then I think I will make one like this with pink circles and mocha to square it off. Can't wait!

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  47. Would really like to make this afghan, however having learned to crochet many years ago, the magic loop does not come naturally to me. I'd prefer to start it the "old" way, but need some idea how many ch to make before joining with slip stitch then going on as the pattern is written. Would appreciate your advice. Thank you.

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    1. Chain 4.
      11 DCH in 4 chain from hook. Chain will count as 1 for a total of 12 DCH.

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  48. Hi Adele!

    I wanted to link you to this pattern on Ravelry. She is offering it for free, but it is pretty obviously yours.

    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/scrap-yarn-polka-dot-afghan

    I can't wait until I can afford the yarn to do this. Love it! I'm already trying to do the math to make a queen size with worsted weight yarn.

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    1. Thank you for that! :) I've been having some issues getting my designs linked to my name on ravelry (but that's another issue!)

      A queen sized blanket would be amazing! I'm yet to commit to anything that size! When you do, be sure to share it :)

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