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Today is Day 1 of our July Cocoon Cardigan CAL!  #CALOFTHEMONTH2017 To get you started I have prepared a photo tutorial at the end of this post (based on your email requests) for the granny square used to make the shrug. Please note, there is also a great video prepared by Nadia of YARNutopia available HERE.

Things You Need To Do:

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July #CALOFTHEMONTH2017 Cocoon Shrug

July #CALOFTHEMONTH2017

Cocoon Cardigan CAL

Granny Cocoon Shrug by Maria Valles

Yarn: Medium Weight Yarn (Aran) 1 strand
Hook: 7 mm
Finished Sizes: One Size Fits Most

Maria’s blog post mentions she does not do the chain 1 between the dc sets in the granny square. My photo tutorial below will address this. She also does not mention she turns at the end of each round – so for the tutorial and for my project I am not turning at the end of the rounds. Instead I am slip stitching to the next available spot to work my next set of dc stitches. You will see what I mean below.

Please follow my tutorial below and then work your granny square in your chosen yarn until you reach the measurement specified by Maria in her post or, as per Nadia’s note in her post HERE, until you make a granny square which measures the same width/height as the measurement you take from the base of your neck to the top of your thighs.

Once you have crocheted your granny square following these instructions please go to Maria’s post for Step 1 through Step 6 to finish your Granny Cocoon Shrug.

For my project I am using: 

Yarn and Hook

Yarn: Lion Brand Pound of Love Yarn
Hook: 7 mm Furls Candy Shop Hook Lemon

My Ravelry Project Page Link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/RhonddaM/granny-cocoon-shrug

If you would prefer to watch a video about this project, please see this great video available from Nadia at YARNutopia on YouTube.  Nadia uses an 8 mm hook with her medium weight yarn.

The photo tutorial I have prepared is written for Beginners so if you are already fluent in Crochet 😉 and just need a quick reminder of how to make your granny square, I have included a condensed version here:

Condensed Written Version Without Images:

Abbreviations:

ch – chain
ch2sp – chain 2 space
dc – double crochet
R – row
rem – remaining
rep – repeat
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
st/sts – stitch/stitches
* – Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain of multiple instructions.
() – Repeat the instructions between the parentheses the number of times indicated.
[] – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches

Notes:

  • a regular granny square uses a ch 1 between the sets of 3 dc along the sides but for Maria’s project using the larger sized hook they are not being used
  • initial ch 3 counts as 1 dc
  • sl st not counted as sts in the end of row counts
  • sk all dc sts – for this project we only work into the space between the sets of 3 dc along the side edges of our square and into the corner ch2sp
  • this project is worked in rounds
  • continue to crochet your granny square until you reach the measurement specified in Maria Valles Instructions HERE

R1: Ch 4, sl st to the initial ch to form a ring. Sl st into the ring, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc here and throughout), 2 dc, ch 2, *3 dc, ch 2**. Rep from * to ** 2 more times. Sl st to the top of the initial ch 3 to join. [12 dc, 4 ch2sp]

R2: 1 sl st in each of the next 2 dc, 1 sl st into the corner ch2sp. Sk all rem dc in this round. (Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in the corner ch2sp. *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in the next ch2sp**. Rep from * to ** 2 more times. Sl st to the top of the initial ch 3 to join. [24 dc, 4 ch2sp]

R3: 1 sl st in each of the next 2 dc, 1 sl st into the corner ch2sp.  (Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in the corner ch2sp. *Sk the next 3 dc and work 3 dc into the space before the next dc of the round. Sk the next 3 dc and work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into the corner ch2sp.**. Rep from * to ** 2 more times. Sk the next 3 dc and work 3 dc into the space before the next dc of the round. Sk the next 3 dc. Sl st to the top of the initial ch 3 to join. [36 dc, 4 ch2sp]

R4 to the end: 1 sl st in each of the next 2 dc, 1 sl st into the corner ch2sp.  (Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in the corner ch2sp. *(Sk the next 3 dc and work 3 dc into the space before the next dc of the round) across to the corner ch2sp. Sk the next 3 dc and work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into the corner ch2sp.**. Rep from * to ** 2 more times. (Sk the next 3 dc and work 3 dc into the space before the next dc of the round. Sk the next 3 dc) across to the corner ch2sp.  Sl st to the top of the initial ch 3 to join. [48 dc, 4 ch2sp] [each subsequent round increases by 12 dc]

There are so many ways to word things – and I have written it out very specifically above but for those of you who understand you need to work between the sets of 3 dc from the previous rounds along the sides of your square this alternate R4 wording might be easier to follow:

R4 (to the end): Sl st across to the next corner ch2sp.  (Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in the corner ch2sp.  Sk all rem dc sts. *3 dc bet each set of 3 dc to the corner ch2sp. (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in the corner ch2sp**. Rep from * to ** 2 more times. 3 dc bet each set of 3 dc to the corner ch2sp. Sl st to the top of the initial ch 3 to join. [48 dc, 4 ch2sp] [each subsequent round increases by 12 dc]

For the Beginner Friendly Step By Step Granny Square Tutorial please see below:

Granny Square Tutorial for the Granny Cocoon Shrug by Maria Valles

Created with permission from Maria Valles.

Round 1:

Step 1: Ch 4

Step 2: Sl st to the first ch to form a ring.

Step 3: Sl st into the ring and ch 3. This initial ch 3 of each round counts as your first dc.

Step 4: Work 2 more dc into the ring. This completes your first set of 3 dc.

Step 5: Ch 2 and work 3 dc into the ring. This completes your first corner.

Step 6: Ch 2 and work *3 dc into the ring, ch 2**. Rep from * to ** one more time.

Step 7: Sl st to the top of the ch 3 to join. This completes Round 1 of your Granny Square.

Step 8: To prepare for Round 2 of your Granny Square, you need to work slip stitches to the next ch2sp. These images are clickable so if you click it will make it bigger 🙂 So work 1 sl st in each of the next 2 dc and 1 sl st into the ch2sp at the corner to get ready to start Round 2.

Round 2

Important Note: For Round 2 , you will skip each and every dc st and you will only work into the corner ch2sp.

Step 1: Ch 3 and work 2 dc into the corner ch2sp. Ch 2 and work 3 more dc into the same corner ch2sp. This is your first corner worked. You will work your first corner this way for the entire project.

Step 2: (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in the next corner ch2sp. This is your second corner worked. This is how you will work every corner in your project except the initial corner (as outlined in Step 1).

Step 4: *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc)** in the next corner ch2sp. Rep from * to ** one more time.

Step 5: Sl st to the top of the ch 3 to join. To prepare for Round 3 of your Granny Square, you need to work slip stitches to the next ch2sp. These images are clickable so if you click it will make it bigger 🙂 So work 1 sl st in each of the next 2 dc and 1 sl st into the ch2sp at the corner to get ready to start Round 3.

Round 3

Step 1: (Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in the first ch2sp. Sk the next 3 dc and work 3 dc into the space before the next dc of the round. Sk the next 3 dc and work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into the corner ch2sp.

Note: If you enlarge the image for Step 1 you will see how we are working sets of 3 dc in between the sets of 3 dc in the previous round. Each place there is a pink arrow, is where you will work 3 dc on the sides of the square for Round 3; we skip all the double crochet stitches for the entire project and we will only work our sets of 3 dc in between the sets of 3 dc from the previous round and in the corner ch2sps.

Step 2: *Sk the next 3 dc and work 3 dc into the space before the next dc of the round. Sk the next 3 dc and work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into the corner ch2sp.**. Rep from * to ** 1 more time. Sk the next 3 dc and work 3 dc into the space before the next dc of the round. Sk the next 3 dc. Sl st to the top of the initial ch 3 to join.

Now when you look at the image you will see this round has created 2 openings for sets of 3 dc, on each side of your square for Round 4. In each of these spaces we will work a new set of 3 dc stitches.

Round 4 to the end…

Step 1: Prepare your corner

1 sl st in each of the next 2 dc and 1 sl st into the ch2sp at the corner.

Step 2: In your first corner ch2sp work:

(Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc)

Step 3: Along the side up to the next corner ch2sp work:

1 set of 3 dc in between each set of 3 dc from the previous round

Step 4: In each remaining corner ch2sp work:

(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc)

Step 5: Finish the round by working:

1 sl st to the top of the initial ch 3.

Each round we will increase the number of sets of  3 dc we need to work along the side edge by 1 more set. If you look at the image below I have colored the corner sets of (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) red and the side blue stitches show you the sets of 3 dc you will work on each round. So Round 3 has 1 set, Round 4 has 2 sets, Round 5 has 3 sets, Round 6 has 4 sets, Round 7 has 5 sets and Round 8 has 6 sets. Each subsequent round will increase by 1 more set of 3 dc to be worked.

Image showing Round 8 - Granny Cocoon Shrug CAL

Continue working your granny square until you reach the measurement you are working towards. Either the measurement from the base of your neck to the top of your thighs, or the measurement specified by Maria in her post which is actually larger than my neck to thigh measurement (so I think it might be based on our height).

See you back next week to continue on the project – or you can proceed ahead by visiting Maria’s post and following her Step by Step instructions.


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