Mission: Crafts ~Crocheted Foursquare Baby Quilt~

Hello, all!  Welcome to the first official installment in Mission: Crafts.  Today I want to share with you a project that is close to my heart.  But first, a picture!

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This is the Foursquare Quilt.  I don’t know if anyone has made a quilt like this before–I pretty much made it up out of thin air.  It’s name is inspired by a game that I loved as a kid, Foursquare.

You may recall that Foursquare is a game where there are (surprise surprise) four squares drawn in chalk on the ground.  It’s basically a big box.  A kid stands in each square, and isn’t allowed to move out of the boundaries.  There’s a bouncy ball involved, too, which is bounced from player to player according to specific rules.  For example–

–gosh, memory fails me.  Anyway, long explanation aside, I loved Foursquare, and it was the inspiration for this quilt.  Let’s move on, shall we?

Now, for the “dear-to-my-heart” part.  Along with Koko of Lollipops and Rainbows and Cloud of Cloud’s World Of:, I take part in a group that crochets items to donate to charity.  So far, we’ve crocheted six pastel-colored baby and demure-shaded lap quilts, two scarves, and various amounts of Tiny Bunnies and toys.  It’s been a lot of fun!  And later this month, these items are going to a local hospital.

Now!  The fun part!  Here’s how to make a Foursquare Baby Quilt of your own!

Foursquare Baby Quilt

What you need:

Crochet Hook

Yarn in three colors*

Scissors

. . . And, that’s it.  No sewing needle necessary**!  How cool is that?

Gauge: . . . Whatever works!  Because of the differences in yarn size**, I didn’t use a gauge for this project.  You can call me crazy, but I thought it worked out fine.

*It’s okay if the yarn isn’t all the same type.  I was using donated yarn so the pink yarn was thicker than the blue and white yarns.  Just don’t expect the squares to have the same number of rows if they aren’t the same type, okay?

**This should probably be “Sewing Needle (Optional)”.  You can use it if you want–it might make connecting the quilt together a bit easier–but I didn’t for this quilt. 

To join yarn:  Make a loop in the yarn like you’re about to start a project.  Insert needle at desired point in already-crocheted part of the project.  Yarn over and bring it through the loop on the hook.

This will come in handy when you connect your squares.

To make granny square: You can check out this tutorial on Lollipops and Rainbows to learn how to make a granny square.  Koko only shows you how to do three rows because that’s how many rows we usually use for a single square.  However, you want these squares huge. . . so just continue the granny square until it looks large enough for a quarter of a quilt before tying it off.

Make one more in the same color and two in the second color.

To connect squares:  This one’s a little difficult to explain, but easy to do.  You need the third color of yarn and two squares, preferably in different colors.

Start the connecting line by laying the squares side by side.  It doesn’t matter if the squares are on the right side or the wrong side, just make sure that they both have the same side up.  Join yarn to the bottom left corner of the square on the right square and ch 5***.  Sl st to the bottom right corner on the square to the left.  Ch 2.

***If you want a larger line in between the squares, chain more.  If you want a thinner line, chain less. 

Here’s where it’s tricky to explain****.  After you sl st and ch 2, stretch the stitches loosely up the side of the square and sl st there to anchor it. Do this at the end of every row.

Turn the entire blanket around and dc 5.  Sl st.  Ch 2.  Sl st.  Repeat until the line is as long as the squares, then tie off.

****Let me know if you have trouble understanding this, and I’ll do a drawn or photo tutorial.

Alternatively, make a rectangular strip that is the width you want (like I said before, 5 ch worked for me) by the length of the granny square.  Use a yarn needle and coordinating yarn to sew the strip to two granny squares.

Repeat for the other three lines.

The center square:  After you connect the four squares, you’ll notice that the center is empty.  To fill it, take the third yarn color and make a teeny tiny granny square.  Measure it against the hole and tie off when it fills the hole.

For the last row, sl st in each stitch around, making sure to connect each stitch of the tiny granny square with a stitch of the larger blanket.  Or, just tie it off and use a yarn needle and coordinating yarn to attach it to the center of the quilt.

To make border:  Join yarn to one of the corners of the blanket.  Dc around.  Sl st when you reach the first stitch, ch 2, dc around.  Repeat until it’s as thick as you want (or until you run out of yarn 😛 ).

So. . . how did you like the first-ever (official) Mission: Crafts tutorial?  Please let me know in the comments what you thought of it, if there was anything I could improve, and if there’s any other kind of craft you want me to feature!

~River

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