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WIP – 3/8/17 Woodland Themed Afghan My New Moose Applique

I’ve gotten a good start on my woodland afghan! I’ve made two trips to Michaels for yarn and spent about $34 so far. I know this amount will grow as I need two skeins of yarn each of the four different dark colors and at least probably 5 skeins or so of the Aran color. I’ve purchased one skein of each so far… plus each applique calls for it’s own colors/brands. I could probably rummage through my yarn stash for ones that will work for the appliques… but who doesn’t love an excuse to go buy new yarn!? Just a tip, while at Michaels, I couldn’t find the ‘rouge’ color the pattern called for but I found a beautiful cherry color to substitute.

Here is what I have done so far… fox, moose, pine tree, bear, owl and 2 blocks each of colors. Only 50 more blocks to go!

I have to note that the moose is my own… I wanted something a little less round-faced than what the afghan series pattern was. Mine kept turning out looking like a bull cow instead of a bull moose! 🙂 Anyways, I posted how I made my moose further down in this blog.

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Pardon my pictures but the only camera I have is on my cell phone, therefore my colors are a little off in my pictures. Like my chocolate brown and my green look black and you can’t tell my moose has eyes. Ugh! I dream of one day having one of those fancy digital cameras. 🙂

Starting in on the granny square, I got pretty much confused when I got to the ‘squaring off the round part’ part. So after having lop-sided squares and lots of confusion and frogging I turned to YouTube for possible instruction. I found a video by Catalina Stan that was the circle center granny square I was looking for. The stitch counts were different, making the granny square a different size than what I needed, but I was able to figure out my own worded pattern that I could easily follow for this. Here it is:

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Circle Center Granny Square

Supplies

  • 32.5 yards of Worsted Weight yarn (4)
  • Crochet Hook size H (5.0 mm)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
Pattern

Chain 2 counts as a stitch throughout.

1.) MR, Ch 2, 11 DC in circle, join to top of Ch 2. (12)

2.) Ch 2, DC in same, 2 DC in each stitch around, join to top of beginning Ch 2. (24)

3.) Ch 2, DC in same, 1 DC, [2 DC in next, 1 DC] around, join to top of Ch 2. (36)

Your circle piece should be approximately 4 inches across.

4.) Ch 2, DC in same, [DC, HDC, HDC, SC, SC, HDC, HDC, DC, 2 DC in next. (You should have 12 DC so far including your beginning Ch 2). Ch 2, 2 DC back in same stitch. (These two DC are the first and second stitches of your next side).] Repeat between the [ ] two more timesDC, HDC, HDC, SC, SC, HDC, HDC, DC, 2 DC into same space as your beginning Ch 2, Ch 2, join to top of your beginning Ch 2.

Block should measure approximately 4½ inches square now.

5.) Ch 2, DC in same, DC 11, 1 DC into Ch 2 space from previous round. (You should have 14 DC so far including your beginning Ch 2). [Ch 2, DC in same Ch 2 space, DC 12, 1 DC into Ch 2 space.] Repeat between the [ ] one more timeCh 2, DC in same Ch 2 space, DC 12, 1 DC into Ch 2 space, Ch 2, join to top of beginning Ch 2. (56 DC, 8 Ch)

Block should be approximately 5.75 inches square now with 14 DC on each side.

6.) Ch 2, DC in same, DC 13, 1 DC into Ch 2 space from previous round. (You should have 16 DC so far including your beginning Ch 2). [Ch 2, DC in same Ch 2 space, DC 14, 1 DC into Ch 2 space.] Repeat between the [ ] one more timeCh 2, DC in same Ch 2 space, DC 14, 1 DC into Ch 2 space, Ch 2, join to top of beginning Ch 2. Fasten off, weave in ends. (64 DC, 8 Ch)

Block should be approximately 7 inches square now with 16 DC on each side.

 

My afghan will have 31 blocks with appliques on them. I plan to have 8 pine trees, which leaves me 23 granny squares left to put other appliques on. I don’t know if I want repeats or try to have all different things… hmm.

So anyways, finally, here is my moose applique!

Moose

Moose Applique

Measures approximately 5″ tall by 6″ wide

Supplies

  • medium worsted weight yarn (4)

15 yards – Loops & Threads, Impeccable, in Chocolate

6 yards – Loops & Threads, Impeccable, in Soft Taupe

1/2 yard – Red Heart Super Saver, in Black

  • Crochet hook size G (4.0 mm)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
Body

1.) MR, Ch 1, 12 HDC in ring, join to first HDC (12)

2.) Ch 1, 2 HDC in same and in each stitch around, join to first HDC (24)

3.) Ch 2, DC in same, [2 DC in next, DC] repeat around, join to first DC (36)

4.) Ch 1, [HDC, TC] in next, TC 6, [TC, HDC] in next. Slip stitch around until you get to your first HDC. Do not fasten off.

Right Ear: Ch 1, SC in same, SC, Ch 1, turn, SC decrease, slip stitch back to head and around to last TC

Left Ear: Ch 1, SC in same, SC, Ch 1, turn, SC decrease. Fasten off.

Antlers

Right Antler: Attach yarn to stitch just above right ear, Ch 1, insert and pull up a loop in the stitch to the left. Yarn over, pull through one, YO pull through both loops. (This makes your first foundation SC). Repeat until you have 6 FSC. Ch 4, TC into FSC nearest to chain, slip stitch into same space. Slip stitch into next.

[Sl st, Ch 3, DC, sl st] in next. Slip stitch in next. [Sl st, Ch 2, sl st] in next. Sl st 2, sl st to space on head portion left of your join. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing  onto granny square.

Left Antler: Attach yarn to stitch above left ear, Ch 1, insert and pull up a loop in the stitch to the left. Yarn over, pull through one, YO pull through both loops. (This makes your first foundation SC). Repeat until you have 6 FSC. Ch 4, TURN, TC into FSC nearest to chain, slip stitch into same space. Slip stitch into next.

[Sl st, Ch 3, DC, sl st] in next. Slip stitch in next. [Sl st, Ch 2, sl st] in next. Sl st 2, sl st to space on head portion left of your join. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing onto granny square.

Eyes

Using black yarn, sew on eyes. If you choose, you can use safety eyes.

**You can purchase an inexpensive copy of this pattern HERE
**Favorite or queue on Ravelry HERE

 

Are you making this afghan too? How far along are you? What are you choosing for appliques? Let me know!

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7 thoughts on “WIP – 3/8/17 Woodland Themed Afghan My New Moose Applique

  1. I am working on this blanket too! I have all my squares made and joined but just started my appliqués. Not sure what all ones I’m going to make yet 🙂

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