Whimsical Penelope’s 12”
Merry Go Round
A beautiful 12″ square that can be transformed from motif, to tote, to market bag, to afghan, or even a wall hanging. It’s simple, elegant, and easy. If you know a bit about my Coraline Line and her adventures, you would think she was the artsy one in her family. Her sister Penelope is all whimsy! Before getting married last week, she lived in a renovated, 1800s cottage at the edge of the woods. She taught private classes at the outdoor painting studio on her property and she owns and teaches at a dance studio in a neighboring town. Penelope’s world is full of color and she explains her “Mind Music” as swirls and whirls of colorful patterns and kaleidoscopes.
Penelope chose the colors for her new home with her husband and they have asked me to design a square for her that she can use in her decor. What do you think? Pillows? Wall hangings? Afghans? What will you make with this free 12 inch square crochet pattern?
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Impeccable Yarn by Loops & Threads medium worsted weight yarn (80 yds of Cherry, 15 yds of each other color) Aran #01008, Cherry #01436, Taupe #01011, Aqua #01201, Chocolate #01013
I/5.5 mm Crochet Hook, scissors, yarn needle
12” if working with the recommended materials in this pattern to gauge
Measurements in Pattern
2” center (1st round only)
7-½ ” flower (measured from the back side, includes round 4)
6 sc and 8 rows = 2”
Stitch Guide in American Terms
ch – chain
sl st – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
ssc – split single crochet
dc – double crochet
tr – treble/triple crochet
yo – yarn over
beg bobble – beginning bobble stitch
trtog – treble together
ssc – split single crochet
My understanding is that a bobble is worked from the wrong side, but I work from the right side and push them forward because I love how it looks.
Beg bobble – Consists of a chain 3 plus 4 treble stitches together, worked in the same space.
To execute this stitch, chain 3 (1 loop on hook), * yo twice, insert hook, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2, yo, pull through 2 * (2 loops on hook), repeat from * to * until you have 5 loops on your hook, yo, push the stitches toward you, pull though all loops on the hook, yo, pull through. One loop on hook. One beg bobble completed.
Bobble – 5 treble (triple) together, worked in the same space.
To execute this stitch, treble crochet stitch (1 loop on hook), * yo twice, insert hook, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2, yo, pull through 2 * (2 loops on hook), repeat from * to * until you have 6 loops on your hook, yo, push the stitches toward you, pull though all loops on the hook, yo, pull through. One loop on hook. One bobble completed.
Split single crochet – A modification on the traditional single crochet, insert into the very center of the stitch that looks like an upside-down “V”, yo, pull up a loop (2 loops on hook), yo, pull through both loops. One loop on hook. One split single crochet completed.
The ch-1 at the beginning of each row does not count as a st.
Do not turn your work.
Pattern is worked flat in rounds.
Ch 8, join with slip stitch to form a loop
Round 1: Using Aran, ch 4 (does count as a stitch in this row only), [dc, ch 1] in the loop 11 more times, sl st to top of beginning ch – 12 dcs, 12 ch-1 spaces
Round 2: Using Cherry, join with a sl st into any ch-1 space, beg bobble in the same ch-1 space, ch 2, continue working in the ch-1 spaces only *bobble in the next ch-1 space, ch 2* repeat from * to * 11 more times, sl st to top of first bobble – 12 bobbles, 12 ch-2 spaces
Round 3: Slip stitch into the next chain space, continue working in the chain-spaces only [beg bobble, ch 2, bobble, ch 2 in the same space], [bobble, ch 2] twice in each ch-2 space around, using next color, join with a sl st, fasten off – 24 bobbles, 24 ch-2 spaces
Round 4: Using Soft Taupe, ch 4 in any ch-2 space (counts as first tr), * 2 dc in the next space, 3 hdc in next ch-2 space, 2 sc in next ch-2 space, 3 hdc in next ch-2 space, 2 dc in next ch-2 space, [in the next space 2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr] , repeat from * 2 more times, 2 dc in the next space, 3 hdc in next ch-2 space, 2 sc in next ch-2 space, 3 hdc in next ch-2 space, 2 dc in next ch-2 space, in the beginning ch-2 space 2 tr, ch 2, tr, using next color sl st to the first tr of the round. – 64 sts, 4 ch-2 spaces
Round 5: Using Aqua, ch 1, sc in the same as the sl st, sc 14 working in each stitch, * [in the corner ch-2 space, sc, ch 1, sc], sc 16, repeat from * 3 more times, sc, using next color, join with a sl st – 72 sts, 4 ch-1 spaces
NOTE: When you work the split single crochet, make sure you pull every loop WAY up to the height of a traditional single crochet. If you don’t, you’ll have a hair-pulling time getting your hook in there the next round.
Round 6: Using Aran, sl st, ch 1, split sc in the stitch before the sl st, split sc 16, * [sc, ch 1, sc in the corner ch-1 space], split sc 18 *, repeat from * to * 3 more times, [sc, ch 1, sc in the corner ch-1 space], split sc, join with a sl st using next color. – 80 sts, 4 ch-1 spaces
Round 7 – 12: Repeat round 6 changing colors (round 7- Cherry, round 8- Chocolate, round 9- Aran, round 10- Taupe, round 11- Aqua, round 12- Cherry) Stitch counts for each row are available below.
Round 13: Using Chocolate, sl st, ch 1, split hdc in the stitch before the sl st, split hdc 16, * [hdc, ch 1, hdc in the corner ch-1 space], split hdc 18 *, repeat from * to * 3 more times, [hdc, ch 1, hdc in the corner ch-1 space], split hdc, join with a sl st, fasten off, break yarn, weave in the ends – 136 sts, 4 ch-1 spaces
Rnd 7: 88 sts, 4 ch-1 spaces
Rnd 8: 96 sts, 4 ch-1 spaces
Rnd 9: 104 sts, 4 ch-1 spaces
Rnd 10: 112 sts, 4 ch-1 spaces
Rnd 11: 120 sts, 4 ch-1 spaces
Rnd 12: 128 sts, 4 ch-1 spaces
Special Thank You to Elke Wellens for the Dutch Translation!
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