Square #5: The Sneetch

20160309_130249_wmI love The Sneetches from Dr. Seuss. This story is definable one we all need to read to our children and learn from.

This character has been a challenge since the beginning. Trying to figure out the curves on him with the limited number of squares was not easy… Once I had the outline figured out coloring him in and finding those colors in yarn that had the same texture as Caron Simply Soft was not easy. I asked a few of my friends to send me pictures of their different colors of yellow so that I could get an idea of which colors to use. Then, as weird as this may sound, I started thinking of him as a blonde and the yarn color selection became easier. I took a few trips to Michael’s, Joann’s, and Hobby Lobby to find the perfect colors and I couldn’t be happier with my results!

I usually use Caron Simply Soft or Red Heart Soft, but the colors I was looking for were not available in these brands. The yarn from Yarn Bee Soft Secret is thinner than the rest of the yarn so I had to do the same thing I did for Thing 2 and add a 4th hdc to each block to make the finished square look uniform,

The colors I used along with the code were:

  • Caron Simply Soft – Kelly Green (*) , White (N), Mint Blue (o), Black (l), Lemonade (S)
  • Lion Brand Heartland Yarn – Yellowstone (F)
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret Yarn – Cognac (M)

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If you decide to crochet them I hope you will join the Crochet-A-Long group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/478563402305870/ and share your version of this little guy. I can’t wait to see your creations!

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The Graph for the Sneetch is 31×30 squares. I made mine in a HDC stitch using an I hook.

As previously mentioned… The pattern will need to be decoded. I’ve included both the graph and the written pattern in one PDF. Each character represents a block and a color. Odd rows are read from Left to Right and Even rows are read from Right to Left on the pattern. Please decode your pattern before you start crocheting so that you have an accurate pattern.

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All the patterns in this Crochet-A-Long have TONS of color changes. Take your time when you are making them and refer to your graph as often as possible so that you know you are not making mistakes.  If the crocheted piece you are working on does not look like the area of the graph you are in it is possible you may have missed something…

***Feel free to share the link to this post or the watermarked photos. Do not copy or post any part of this post anywhere else in part or whole.   Please remember that Dr. Seuss characters are copyright protected and you may not sell them. No mass productions or farming out labor. ***

 

Square #4: Thing Two

You CAN NOT have a Dr Seuss Blanket with Thing One and not include Thing Two as well. Both of these THINGS have been a pain to complete! Not only have there been tons of color changes but also soo many ends to weave in and tons of blocks to join! In the end the end they really have been worth it! I couldn’t be happier with my two mischievous Things!

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After ALL the work Thing One needed I thought about changing the white yarn from Caron to Red Heart Soft but I was able to add an extra hdc to each white block. So instead of 3 hdc per white block I made 4 hdc of each white block. I loved the results and best of all I didn’t have to buy extra yarn.

One of the reasons these are taking longer to post is that I only crochet for about an hour a day during my lunch breaks. These two have taken me longer to crochet because of all the color changes.

When I crocheted the hair on Thing Two I used three strands of yarn: two in the Country Blue and one in the Mint Blue on each side of the face. There were also a lot of REALLY LONG ends to weave in and blocks that needed to be joined to make the picture come together.

I usually keep my bobbins in order by using a hanger to hold them but after all the trouble Thing One gave me, I decided to carry around the yarn holder my brother in law gave me as a Christmas gift and I love it. Its sooo much faster for me to have this hold the bobbins rather than the hanger I’ve been using so far.

If you do decide to crochet them I hope you will join the Crochet-A-Long group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/478563402305870/ and share your version of this little guy. I can’t wait to see your creations!

The Graph for Thing Two is 31×30 squares. I made mine in a HDC stitch using an I hook.

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The colors I used for this square are all Caron Simply Soft: *=Lemonade   o=Mint Blue   q= Country Blue   n= White   p=Soft Grey Heather   l= Black    d= Red   e= Autumn Red   @= Charcoal Heather

As previously mentioned… The Pattern will need to be decoded. Each character represents a block and a color. Odd rows are read from Left to Right and Even rows are read from Right to Left on the pattern. Please decode your pattern before you start crocheting so that you have an accurate pattern.

All of the patterns in this Crochet-A-Long have TONS of color changes. Take your time when you are making them and refer to your graph as often as possible so that you know you are not making mistakes.  If the crocheted piece you are working on does not look like the area of the graph you are in it is possible you may have missed something…

***Feel free to share the link to this post or the watermarked photos. Do not copy or post any part of this post anywhere else in part or whole.   Please remember that Dr. Seuss characters are copyright protected and you may not sell them. No mass productions or farming out labor. ***

 

Square #3: Thing One

“The Cat in The Hat” is another book that I’ve been reading to my son, Sebastian since he was a few months old. I have such fond memories of him giggling every time I read the word “BUMP” to him. So when I started making the pattern for Thing One I wanted him to look as mischievous as I could make him!

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Well I’m please to say that Thing One has been true to his character and has caused a bunch of trouble! In fact I think he’s actually laughing at me right now!!! I only crochet for about an hour a day during my lunch break and the white yarn from Caron Simply Soft was a bit thinner than the rest of the yarn so I had to do a bit more fixing than I normally have to!

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If you are interested in seeing a few videos on changing colors, carrying your yarn and fixing your crochet square so that the blocks look a little cleaner, check out my YouTube videos:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsUTmpS5PKS2eXgAOvwByug

I hope you will join the Crochet-A-Long group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/478563402305870/ and share your version of this little guy. I can’t wait to see your creations!

My Advice to You: All of the patterns in this Crochet-A-Long have TONS of color changes. Take your time when you are making them and refer to your graph as often as possible so that you know you are not making mistakes.  If the crocheted piece you are working on does not look like the area of the graph you are in it is possible you may have missed something…Thing One Graph

The Graph for Thing One is 31×30 squares. I made mine in a HDC stitch using an I hook.

The colors I used for this square are all Caron Simply Soft: *=Neon Orange   o=Mint Blue   q= Country Blue   n= White   p=Soft Grey Heather   l= Black    d= Red   e= Autumn Red   @= Charcoal Heather

As previously mentioned… The written pattern will need to be decoded. Each character represents a block and a color. Odd rows are read from Left to Right and Even rows are read from Right to Left on the pattern. Please decode your pattern before you start crocheting so that you have an accurate pattern.

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***Feel free to share the link to this post or the watermarked photos. Do not copy or post any part of this post anywhere else in part or whole.   Please remember that Dr. Seuss characters are copyright protected and you may not sell them. No mass productions or farming out labor. ***

Square #2: Mr. Brown

2016-01-15 12.55.56“Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?” is another one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books. It’s so adorable to hear Sebastian repeat the sounds in his baby voice. And I love hearing the occasional  “SPLAT!!!” or “COCK A DOODLE DOO!!!” come from the back of my seat as we are driving.

Seeing my son learn new things and experience them for the first times makes me realized that I too was a child learning from my parents and it makes me appreciate them even more.

I know many of you have been anxiously waiting for this pattern for a while and if you thought The Lorax had tons of color changing you wait til you start working on this one.

I hope you will join https://www.facebook.com/groups/478563402305870/ and share your version of this little guy. I can’t wait to see your creations!Mr. Brown

The Graph for Mr. Brown is 31×30 squares. I made mine in a HDC stitch using an I hook.

The colors I used are:

Caron Simply Soft: *= Iris,    n= White,    l= Black,    m= Chocolate,         w= Taupe,    v= Bone, o= Mint Blue,    q= Ocean,    b=Persimmon

Bernat Satin: g= Taupe Heather

As previously mentioned… The written pattern will need to be decoded. Each character represents a block and a color. Odd rows are read from Left to Right and Even rows are read from Right to Left on the pattern. Please decode your pattern before you start crocheting so that you have an accurate pattern.

***Feel free to share the link to this post or the watermarked photos. Do not copy or post any part of this post anywhere else in part or whole.   Please remember that Dr. Seuss characters are  copyright protected and you may not sell them. No mass productions or farming out labor. ***

Square #1: The Lorax

I started reading Dr. Seuss again when my son was a few months months old. I’ve bought most of the Dr. Seuss books in apps and have fallen in love with them all over again. The Lorax is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss characters.

When I was trying to create this little guy, he kept coming out looking like a bald bearded old man… Which was NOT what I wanted. I kept coming back to him time and time again because I REALLY wanted to crochet him. After tons of hard work and trying to figure out a bunch of things on excel. I am super happy with how he has come out and I hope you like him too!

I’m very very very excited to share the first of nine characters with you and really looking forward to seeing personal touches you decide to add to them.

I hope you will join https://www.facebook.com/groups/478563402305870/ and share your version of this little guy. I can’t wait to see your creations!1st squareThe Lorax graph is 31×30 squares. I made mine in C2C with the HDC stitch using an I hook.

As previously mentioned… The written pattern will need to be decoded. Each character represents a block and a color. The arrows are the direction in which the pattern is to be read. For example:

  • Odds are read Left to Right: 5 is  1 Dark Orange and 4 Greens.
  • Evens are read Right to Left: 6 is 4 Green 1 Dark Orange  1 Bright Orange

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Baskets Full of Yarn

I hope you don’t mind but I’d REALLY like for this Crochet A Long to be more of a surprise! Below are baskets full of yarn in the colors I’m planning to use. As I finish crocheting my square I will replace the basket with the finished square, post the written coded pattern,  and the graph. I’ve also attached a PDF of the document for you to download.  My Basket Full of Yarn My Basket Full of Yarn

Please note… I use lots of colors and there will be TONS of color changing involved.  I made a video a while back on color changing that might help.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzMYZZar_u0

The colors that are listed at the top of each group with an * will be background colors.

Like I mentioned in the blog I’m still working out these colors so I MIGHT change one two colors along the way.

The first square that will be posted will be the one on the bottom left hand corner. That square is completed and that is the CORRECT list.

The square I am currently working on is the center square.

***Feel free to share the link to this post or the watermarked photos. Do not copy or post any part of this post anywhere else in part or whole.   Please remember that Dr. Seuss characters are  copyright protected and you may not sell them. No mass productions or farming out labor. ***

Pattern Instructions

I’ve been working on my Dr. Seuss inspired blanket for a few months now. I’ve even crocheted a few squares already, but I will have to crochet them again because I changed the size of the graphs.

I kept holding back on starting this Crochet A Long because I was trying to figure out how to make my computer create a pattern for me to share with you.

The pattern I was able to come up with isn’t perfect, but it is better than counting ALL THOSE SQUARES!

You will need to decode the pattern that I will share with you. I will include a legend for you to follow.

Each letter will represent a block and a color. You will read one row from left to right. And the next you will read from right to left.

In a graph:                                                                In my pattern:

Odd rows are read from bottom to top                   Left to Right

Even rows are read from top to bottom                   Right to Left

For example:

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6 green 1 pumpkin 1 yellow 2 mango 2 pumpkin 1 green

Line 48 ******sxxss**    <–

2 green 2 yellow 2 pumpkin 1 yellow 6 green

Line 49 *******s**** –>

7 green 1 yellow 4 green