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Blanket for Yarnbombs – “Stephen’s Square”

Blanket for Yarnbombs – “Stephen’s Square”

High on my list of things that I want to share with you is this project, the “Blanket for Yarnbombs” initiative. It was started by Naomi, Jane and Susan, whom you all most likely already know via social media.
In short: Naomi is a wonderfully talented fibre artist (more info on her: here and here).
Jane (a fabulous yarnbomber too – I’ve blogged about her before) and Susan are dear crochet friends I’ve made through Instagram.


As you’ll probably understand just from the name of the project: these three lovely ladies are asking the crochet and knit community to make a square (specifics here), send it to Naomi, so she can transform all these squares into one blanket for Stephen, aka Yarnbombs.

There are many projects like these, all beautiful and meaningful – whenever I can, I try to join in. After all, it does not take a whole lot of effort or time to crochet (or knit) one or two 10 x 10 cm squares, yet after all the squares have been put together, this always results in such a fantastic outcome (many hands make light work), giving help (financially, when the blanket is auctioned off), warmth and/or comfort to people who need exactly that.


I was truly shocked and saddened when I found out Stephen had suffered a severe stroke last Spring. I have been a huge admirer of his always very inspiring work for a long time, loving how he constantly pulls our creative community together, dusting off the – for many people still old-fashioned – image of crochet and knitting, and bridging the gap between us who love to crochet&knit and society.
I even had the pleasure (and honor) of talking with him, when he interviewed me for his podcast-series (more in this blog post, or here).
To know he and his family are going through a rough and sad time, I could not applaud Naomi, Jane and Susan’s initiative to make a blanket for Stephen more. By doing so, I’m sure we will comfort him and his loved ones, and will, as the ladies have put into words so well : “encourage @yarnbombs and his family in their fight for Stephen’s recovery from stroke. This blanket is a small way for our community to say we care to a man who has given so much”.


My  acrylic square ↑ for the blanket has been ready for quite some time, and I’ve popped it in the mail this week.
Since this square is a new design, I thought it appropriate to a) name it “Stephen’s Square”, and b) make the pattern available for free to all y’all.
Hoping, of course, it will inspire you to crochet at least one “Stephen’s Square” for Stephen…


Pattern “Stephen’s Square”
(US terms used)

stiches/terms used:
magic circle/ring
slip stitch
chain
single crochet
half double crochet
double crochet
treble crochet
front post treble crochet

round 1: in a magic circle, chain5 (= 1st tr + ch1), * 1 treble + chain1 **, repeat from * to ** 10 times, slip stitch into top of 1st treble crochet (= 4th chain of 5-beginning-chains), pull circle/ring tight – (12 treble crochet + 12 ch1-spaces); fasten off, or – when you’re crocheting your square in 1 color – slip stitch into the next ch1-space to begin round 2;

round 2: (with same yarn – or new color) start in (next or any) ch1-space of the previous round: chain3 (= 1st single crochet + chain2), * in the next ch1-space: 1 single crochet  + chain2 **, repeat from * to ** 11 more times, slip stitch into the 1st single crochet (=1st chain from 3-beginning-chains) – (12 single crochet + 12 ch2-spaces); fasten off, or – when you’re crocheting your square in 1 color – slip stitch into the next ch2-space in order to start round 3;

round 3: (with same yarn – or new color) start in (next or any) ch2-space of the previous round: chain4 (= 1st single crochet + chain3), 1 single crochet (all in same ch2-space); * in next ch2-space: 1 single crochet, 1 half double crochet, 1 double crochet; around next single crochet: 1 front post treble crochet, in next ch2-space: 1 double crochet, 1 half double crochet, 1 single crochet (corner cluster made); skip next single crochet ♦; in next ch2-space: 1 single crochet, chain3, 1 single crochet **; repeat from * to ** 3 more times, ending at ♦ on the last repeat; slip stitch in the 1st single crochet (= 1st chain from 4-beginning-chains) – (4 ch3-spaces, 16 single crochet, 8 half double crochet, 8 double crochet, 4 front post treble crochet in the 4 corners); fasten off, or – when you’re crocheting your square in 1 color, continue;

round 4: (with same yarn – or new color): chain5 (= 1st single crochet + chain4); you’ll want to ignore the stitches crocheted in the “1sc-ch3-1sc”-space made in the previous round, and continue in the first “corner-cluster”-stitch, which is a single crochet. * In the 1st single crochet of the (any) corner cluster you crochet: 1 single crochet in each of the next 3 stitches, in the space between the double crochet and the front post treble crochet made in the previous round you crochet: 1 double crochet + 1 treble crochet; skip the front post treble crochet made in the previous round, and crochet in the space between the front post treble crochet and the next double crochet: 1 treble crochet + 1 double crochet; in each of the next 3 stitches: 1 single crochet ♦, chain 4 **; repeat from * to ** 3 more times, ending at ♦ on the last repeat; slip stitch into the 1st single crochet of this round (= 1st chain of 5-beginning-chains) – (4 ch4-spaces, 24 single crochet, 8 double crochet, 8 treble crochet); fasten off, or continue with the same color;

round 5: (with same yarn – or new color): chain3 (=1st double crochet), * 3 single crochet in next ch4-space (made in the previous round), in each of the next 5 stitches: 1 double crochet, in the (corner) space right between the 2 treble crochet made in the previous round: 3 double crochet ♦, 5 double crochet in each of the next 5 stitches **; repeat from * to ** 3 more times, ending at ♦ in the last repeat; finish this round with a double crochet in each of the next 4 stitches, and slip stitch into the top of the 1st double crochet that you began this round with (= 3rd chain of the 3-beginning-chains) – (12 single crochet, 52 double crochet); fasten off, or continue with the same color;

round 6: (with same yarn – or new color): chain3 (= 1st double crochet), in each of the next 9 stitches: 1 double crochet; IN the middle double crochet of the 3-double-crochet in the corner (made in the previous round) you crochet: 2 double crochet, chain2, 2 double crochet; * in each of the next 15 stitches you crochet: 1 double crochet, and in the next double crochet (again, the middle double crochet of the 3-double-crochet in the corner): 2 double crochet, chain2, 2 double crochet **; repeat from * to ** 2 more times, and end this round with 1 double crochet in the next 5 stitches; slip stitch into the top of the 1st double crochet (=3rd chain of the 3-beginning-chains) – (4 ch2-spaces in the corners, 76 double crochet). Fasten off, sew in your ends.

As per the girls’ request I crocheted my square for Stephen’s Blanket with acrylic (and changed the last round’s double crochet stitches to single crochet stitches in order to meet the 10 x 10 cm requirement).
I used DMC Natura Just Cotton, and a 3,5 mm hook for the squares with the black borders – these unblocked squares measure 10,5 x 10,5 cm, and will soon be transformed into a new cushion cover.

Love,
Marianne xx

edit: the squares are blocked and the cushion is finished!




2 thoughts on “Blanket for Yarnbombs – “Stephen’s Square””

  • What a fabulous idea (I obviously missed this on IG) and I am searching my acrylic yarn asap to contribute to this worthy cause.
    Love you new square design.
    Happy weekend sweetheart.
    Love and hugs, Heike xxxx

    • You are just the very best & sweetest (as I’ve known for a very long time already)! I so appreciate your joining in, dearest Heike, a huge thank you for that (and for your lovely compliment)! Have a great weekend, darling! Much love, Marianne xx

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