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Aster – Square 9 of Bláithín Blanket Stash Busting CAL

January 20, 2020

Welcome to the 9th Flower Square pattern of the Bláithín Blanket Stash Busting CAL! This crochet square is called the Aster Square. This flower square is richly textured and colourful, like the beautiful Aster flower, and it will make a lovely addition to your blanket! You will need to make 4 Aster Squares and 4 solid squares for this part of the CAL. The next square will be available in 2 weeks on the 20th January 2020. You can find the pattern for the solid square at this link Bramble Square and Solid Square

HOW TO JOIN THE Bláithín Blanket Stash Busting CAL

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  • No need to sign up, no worries about keeping up! Feel free to make the patterns at your own pace – they will always be available for Free on my blog.
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You can find all details for this Stash Busting CAL in the Introduction Post

Bláithín Blanket Stashbusting CAL Links

20th August – Introduction Post

16th September – Bramble Square and Solid Square

30th September – Ragwort Square

14th October – Cosmos Square

28th October – Hydrangea Square

11th November – Primula Square

23rd November – Bellflower Square

9th December – Queen Anne’s Lace Square

6th January – Love-In-A-Mist

3rd February – Forget-Me-Not

Final Week – Joining and Border

  • You can add the pattern for Aster Square to your Ravelry Queue
  • The next Flower Square pattern will be available here on Monday 3rd February 2020
  • And come and join us to see all the beautiful Cal squares being crocheted in our busy and friendly Annie Design Crochet FACEBOOK Group

I have included the patterns in US crochet terms and UK crochet terms. You will find the Instructions below in written form, and also some helpful photo tutorials.

You can also find a handy 3 page printable PDF for the pattern, at the bottom of the page for this weeks Aster Square

You can check out Squares 1, 2, 3,4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 of the CAL in the links below

Bramble Square and Solid Square

Ragwort Square

Cosmos Square

Hydrangea Square

Primula Square

Bellflower Square

Queen Anne’s Lace Square

Love in a Mist Square

Forget-Me-Not

Final Week – Joining and Border

Notes

  • As such, gauge is not critical in this project. What is important is that all your squares are the same size.
  • My blanket is made using DK weight yarn and 4.5 mm hook and each square is 6.5in. If your tension is very loose you could use a 4mm hook
  • It’s generally best to stick to the same yarn brand if possible, to avoid drastic changes in the yarn’s thickness (which can affect the size of your squares)
  • You could use worsted weight (aran weight) if that is what you have. Your finished squares will be approx 8in
  • The squares are designed to be all the same size after blocking. Your stitch count for final round of every square ,will be 24 dc (tr) each side of square
  • Blocking will even out any minor differences in size. I pin them to my ironing board to the same size template each time, and steam them. After they cool down they will be a beautiful polished square!
  • Use the same hook size throughout the CAL and block your squares to keep the size consistent.
  • Check your stitch count at the end of each round to make sure you are on track.
  • I suggest you use the Invisible Joining method to finish rounds of the Solid Square, and all rounds of the Hydrangea Square, for a neat consistent finish. I have provided Instructions on how to do an Invisible join in this post

Invisible Needle Join

Abbreviations (US Terms)

Beg – beginning

Ch – chain

St – stitch

Sc – single crochet

Dc – double crochet

Tr – treble crochet

Sl st – slip stitch

Yo – yarn over

Abbreviations (UK Terms)

Beg – beginning

Ch – chain

St – stitch

Dc – double crochet

Treble – treble crochet

Dtr – double treble crochet

Sl st – slip stitch

Yo – yarn over

Instructions for Aster Square (US and UK Crochet Terms)

Instructions (US Crochet Terms)

Special Stitches

  • Beg Popcorn (beg PC): Ch 3, work 4 dc sts in space indicated in pattern, remove hook from the last loop and insert into the top of the beg ch 3. Now insert hook back into the last loop and pull this loop through. Pull tight.
  • Popcorn (PC): Work 5 dc sts in space indicated in pattern, remove hook from the last loop and insert into the top of the first st. Now insert hook back into the last loop and pull this loop through. Pull tight.
  • Double crochet 2 together (dc2tog) cluster: In indicated space or st, work (yo, insert hook in space/st, yo and pull up loop, yo and pull through 2 loops on hook) twice, yo and pull through all 3 loops on hook.
  • Treble crochet 2 together (tr2tog) cluster: In indicated space or st, work (yo hook twice, insert hook into space/st, yo and pull up loop, yo and pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 loops) twice, yo and pull through all 3 loops on hook.

 

Using first colour, make a magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 15 dc into ring, join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. Fasten off yarn – 16 dc

Round 2: Join next colour in any st, ch 3, 1 dc in same st (counts as 1 dc2tog), ch 1, [dc2tog, ch 1] in each st around. Join with a sl st to beg dc2tog. Fasten off yarn – 16 dc2tog, 16 ch-1  Pic A

Round 3: Join next colour in any ch-1 space, make a beg PC (see special stitches), ch 2, *PC in next ch-1 space, ch 2; repeat from * 14 more times. Join with a sl st to 1st ch-2 sp. Fasten off yarn – 16 PC, 16 ch-2  Pic B

Round 4: Join next colour in any ch-2 sp, ch 1, 1 sc in same sp, ch 3 * 1 sc in next ch-2 sp, ch 3: repeat from * 14 more times. Join with a sl st in beg sc. Fasten off yarn – 16 sc, 16 ch-3  Pic C

Round 5: Join next colour in any sc, ch 1, 1 sc, * ch 3, skip next ch-3 sp and next sc, [2dctog, ch 2, 2trtog, ch 2, 2dctog] in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, skip next sc and next ch-3 sp,  1sc in next sc, ch 4, 1 sc in next sc; rep from *  3 more times, ending last repeat by joining with a sl st to beg sc. Fasten off yarn.  Pic D

Round 6: Join next colour in any sc before a corner, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), * 3 dc in next ch-3 sp, 1 dc in next 2dctog, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, [1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc] in next 2trtog, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, 1 dc in next 2dctog, 3 dc in next ch-3 sp, 1 dc in next sc, 4 dc in next ch-4 sp, 1 dc in next sc; rep from * around, leaving out last dc in repeat. Join with a sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 3. Fasten off yarn – 20 dc each side  Pic E

Round 7: With main colour, join in any ch-2 sp, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc (corner made), 1 dc in each st around, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-2 sp. Join with a sl st to beg ch 3. Fasten off yarn – 24 dc each side  Pic F

You have just completed your 9th square! Now weave in all those ends, you will thank me later I promise!

Instructions (UK Crochet Terms)

Special Stitches

  • Beg Popcorn (beg PC): Ch 3, work 4 tr sts in space indicated in pattern, remove hook from the last loop and insert into the top of the beg ch 3. Now insert hook back into the last loop and pull this loop through. Pull tight.
  • Popcorn (PC): Work 5 tr sts in space indicated in pattern, remove hook from the last loop and insert into the top of the first st. Now insert hook back into the last loop and pull this loop through. Pull tight.
  • Treble crochet 2 together (tr2tog) cluster: In indicated space or st, work (yo, insert hook in space/st, yo and pull up loop, yo and pull through 2 loops on hook) twice, yo and pull through all 3 loops on hook.
  • Double treble crochet 2 together (dtr2tog) cluster: In indicated space or st, work (yo hook twice, insert hook into space/st, yo and pull up loop, yo and pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 loops) twice, yo and pull through all 3 loops on hook.

 

Using first colour, make a magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), 15 tr into ring, join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. Fasten off yarn – 16 tr

Round 2: Join next colour in any st, ch 3, 1 tr in same st (counts as 1 tr2tog), ch 1, [tr2tog, ch 1] in each st around. Join with a sl st to beg tr2tog. Fasten off yarn – 16 tr2tog, 16 ch-1  Pic A

Round 3: Join next colour in any ch-1 space, make a beg PC (see special stitches), ch 2, *PC in next ch-1 space, ch 2; repeat from * 14 more times. Join with a sl st to 1st ch-2 sp. Fasten off yarn – 16 PC, 16 ch-2  Pic B

Round 4: Join next colour in any ch-2 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3 * 1 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 3: repeat from * 14 more times. Join with a sl st in beg dc. Fasten off yarn – 16 dc, 16 ch-3  Pic C

Round 5: Join next colour in any dc, ch 1, 1 dc, * ch 3, skip next ch-3 sp and next dc, [2trtog, ch 2, 2dtrtog, ch 2, 2trtog] in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, skip next dc and next ch-3 sp,  1dc in next dc, ch 4, 1 dc in next dc; rep from *  3 more times, ending last repeat by joining with a sl st to beg dc. Fasten off yarn.  Pic D

Round 6: Join next colour in any dc before a corner, ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), * 3 tr in next ch-3 sp, 1 tr in next 2trtog, 2 tr in next ch-2 sp, [1 tr, ch 2, 1 tr] in next 2dtrtog, 2 tr in next ch-2 sp, 1 tr in next 2trtog, 3 tr in next ch-3 sp, 1 tr in next dc, 4 tr in next ch-4 sp, 1 tr in next dc; rep from * around, leaving out last tr in repeat. Join with a sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 3. Fasten off yarn – 20 tr each side  Pic E

Round 7: With main colour, join in any ch-2 sp, ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), 1 tr, ch 2, 2 tr (corner made), 1 tr in each st around, (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in corner ch-2 sp. Join with a sl st to beg ch 3. Fasten off yarn – 24 tr each side  Pic F

You have just completed your 6th square! Now weave in all those ends, you will thank me later I promise!

The next Flower Square pattern will be available here on Monday 3rd February 2020, see you then!

You can download a handy 3 page Printable PDF copy of the pattern in US or UK Crochet terms below

Blaithin Blanket CAL Square 9 – Aster US Terms

Blaithin Blanket CAL Square 9 Aster UK terms

 

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I am so excited about this Crochet a Long and to make my own blanket along with you! I can’t wait to see your projects and the colours you choose for your scrap busting blankets! You can use the hashtags #blaithinblanketcal and #anniedesigncrochet on Instagram so I can see your squares!

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  • Reply
    Emily
    February 5, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    Hello. I know you mentioned green elephant yarn for your beautiful sample, but did you use Green Elephant in the images above? If not, may I get an idea of some of the brands you may have used.
    Thanks so much

    • Reply
      [email protected]
      February 5, 2020 at 4:23 pm

      Hi! The original blanket was made with Green Elephant yarn. For the current blanket (and all the CAL squares) I am using yarn I have for years, from my stash. Alize Cotton Gold DK and some King Cole Bamboo Cotton DK. Hope that helps!

  • Reply
    Emily
    February 6, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you it does. I am very new to yarn and from the posts I have seen y’all must have a much better selection of yarns in the UK than I have here in the states. With the info you have provided I can gain a better understanding of the yarn characteristics I am drawn to online and, hopefully, find something similar here.

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