Using two yarn balls throughout, this rectangle is worked from the center out in moss stitch (aka granite stitch or linen stitch) and is completely reversible. Colors alternate every round. In this project, you will join in the corners, flip the piece over, and work in the opposite direction for each round. No ugly seam and no “swirling!”
Even though the pattern is written for a blanket, you can use the rectangle calculator worksheet to make any number of projects, including a bookmark, hot pad, dishcloth, rectangular afghan block, baby lovey, placemat, etc.
Intermediate. The first few rounds are a bit fiddly, but don’t get discouraged. Once you get the hang of it, the pattern becomes quite obvious and easy. You’ll be glad you stuck with it. Ample photos guide you through the challenging parts.
Magic circle, single crochet, chain, slip stitch, working from center out, standing single crochet, working in joined rounds, joining in corners, changing colors at joined corners, managing two separate yarn balls, using multiple stitch markers, needle join (aka invisible join). Ample photos are provided to guide you through these techniques.
YARN & TOOLS
Feel free to use any yarn or thread in any TWO colors that you have on hand. The two yarn colors should be contrasting and both the same size. Use the appropriate size hook to go with your yarn or thread. Pattern includes a worksheet and instructions on making a swatch to achieve appropriate finished dimensions.
This digital pattern pdf is 13 pages long, with text, tables, and lots of detailed photos.
Denise Thomas’ Test Project – Baby Lovey
1) Test Results for Isla’s Blanket
2) Gauge – 18 sts per 4 inches
3) Photo(s) of your gauge swatch
4) Photos attached
5) 12” x 18”
6) Stylecraft Special dk, 100% acrylic, colorway is graphite and citron
7) Clover 7, 4.5 mm
Began Aug 4, completed Aug 6
9) Pattern difficulty – 3
10) Notes – really don’t have any corrections. I would have preferred the foundation row to be round 1 even though not worked as a “round”. My foundation row was loose, but I use this technique and since familiar with it may have been more relaxed. Could add a note to start this with smaller hook.
Thank you, Denise!
Dawn Eckel’s Test Project 1 – Changing Pad
2. Gauge of swatch and project is 20 per 4 inches
3. Photo(s) of your gauge swatch is posted above in previous comments
4. Photo(s) of your finished rectangle is attached
5. Finished measurements of your project 14 x 24
6. Yarn brand is Never Enough Acrylic Colorway is Petunia and Seafoam
7. Hook size used 4.25
8. Date started August 4 date completed August 7
9. Pattern difficulty (0 to 5) 2
10. Notes – I did notice that sometimes it tended to buckle in the corner, so I made sure my stitching was loose on the two chains. Tension is difficult to maintain for me due to adaptations, but for a person without a disability can do fine on the FSC portion. I had to recruit help.
Dawn Eckel’s Test Project 2 – Masculine Dresser Skirt
1. Test Results for Isla’s Blanket
2. Blanket pattern modified as a dresser skirt for my husband
3. Gauge of swatch and project is 16 per 4 inches
4. Photo(s) of your gauge swatch was not made on this one
5. Photo(s) of your finished rectangle is attached
6. Finished measurements of your project due to FCS being adapted to 25 is approx. 18 x27
7. Yarn brand is Red Heart Acrylic Colorway is Royalty and Medium Royal (The reason they were less contrasting is to give it a less feminine, more masculine effect.)
8. Hook size used 4.5
9. Date started August 11 date completed August 12
10. Pattern difficulty (0 to 5) 2
11. Notes – I did modify the corners to give it a more defined sharpness and boxed effect. I noticed it laid flatter as well. Because my husband tends to hate corners that are not as rounded. The modification was sc 3ch sc.
Thank you, Dawn!