Cheerful Child Emma Square
By Carolyn Christmas
Cheerful Child is a baby blanket CAL on pinkmambo.com that appears every Monday and Thursday January 7-February 18, 2016. It features granny-style blocks in a variety of designs, all on the easy side. Its skill level is adventurous beginner, which means the crocheter has knowledge of the basic stitches and is ready to take on a larger, more involved project with a little more texture and combinations of stitches. Experienced crocheters will enjoy the fun of making these fresh and pretty blocks as well.
Each square features round by round photos and written instructions. I hope you will join in the fun of making this cheery, pretty blanket, starting with the Emma square which is featured exclusively here on Rhondda’s blog.
5 colors worsted/aran weight yarn. I used I Love This Yarn by Hobby Lobby in the following colors:
C Desert Glaze
E Soft Pink
Gauge: Gauge is not critical with this project. To get the size shown, rounds 1-4 measure 3 1/4 inches.
Rnd 1: Ch 5, join A with sl st in first ch to form ring (or make a magic ring), ch 3 (counts as dc), 15 dc in ring, join with sl st in top of ch 3 (or make needle join). Fasten off. (16 dc)
Rnd 2: Turn and work from wrong side. Join B with sc in any dc, tr in same st, (sc, tr) in each dc around, join with sl st in first sc. (This stitch pattern creates texture on the front side of work.) Fasten off. (16 bobbles on front side of work)
Rnd 3: Turn and work from right side. Join C with sc in any sc, ch 1, (skip next tr, sc in next sc, ch 1) around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off. (16 sc, 16 ch-1 sps)
Rnd 4: Join D with sl st in any ch-1 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc) (or make standing dc), (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp, * 2 hdc in next ch-1 sp, 2 sc in next ch-1 sp, 2 hdc in next ch-1 sp **, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * around ending last repeat at **, join with sl st in top of ch 3 (or make needle join). Fasten off. (10 sts on each side with 4 corner ch-2 sps)
Rnd 5: Join E with sl st in any corner ch-2 sp, ch 2 (counts as hdc) (or make standing hdc), (hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in same sp, hdc in each st around with (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in each corner, join with sl st in top of ch 2 (or make needle join). Fasten off. (14 sts on each side with 4 corner ch-2 sps)
Rnd 6: Join A with sc in any corner ch-2 sp, ch 2, sc in same sp, (ch 1, skip next st, sc in next st) 7 times, ch 1, * (sc, ch 2, sc) in next corner ch-2 sp, (ch 1, skip next st, sc in next st) 7 times, ch 1; repeat from * around, join with sl st in first sc. (9 sc and 8 ch-1 sps on each side, 4 corner ch-2 sps)
Rnd 7: Join B with sc in any corner ch-2 sp, ch 2, sc in same sp, sc in each st and in each ch-1 sp around with (sc, ch 2, sc) in each corner sp, join with sl st in first sc (or make needle join). Fasten off. (19 sc on each side with 4 corner ch-2 sps)
I hope you had fun making this sweet square. I’m looking forward to you joining us on pinkmambo.com for the remainder of the CAL!
Carolyn Christmas is the Owner and Designer at Pink Mambo. For more fun and inspiring crochet designs please visit her at one of the following links:
On behalf of the Oombawka Design readers and myself, I would like to Thank Carolyn for sharing her current crochet-a-long with us and this beautiful pattern for a 6″ Afghan Square. Visit Carolyn’s blog, pinkmambo.com from January 7 to February 18, 2016 for the remainder of the CAL squares and make a beautiful child-sized blanket . The CAL blanket squares will be released every Monday and Thursday until February 18, 2016.