It’s Week 4 of the Block a Week CAL 2014 and this week’s block is Basket of Berries by the talented Melinda Miller from MoCrochet. Some of you might have noticed that Popcorn Parade (Week 2) was also one of her blocks.
Update: This square does not have a photo tutorial because we had not decided to do photo tutorials when we did this square, and so hadn’t obtained permission to do so. If you would like to start with some of the squares that do have photo tutorials, I suggest starting from Week 5 onwards.
If you are not familiar with the Block a Week CAL, but would like to join in, you can find all the relevant information, in THIS POST, where you will also find a thumbnail list of all the squares in the CAL.
The Basket of Berries Crochet Square is classed as intermediate, but just like popcorn parade it is extremely simple. There are three speciality stitches: the Reverse Popcorn, a Cluster and Back Post Double Crochet.
Basket of Berries
- You can find the pattern version I used HERE on Melinda’s Website. The pattern currently available as a Ravelry download differs slightly from the one on Melinda’s Website. It only has 2 granny square rounds instead of 3. If you prefer that version, you can find it HERE on Ravelry. Thank you to Michelle Gahagan for pointing this out.
- 5 mm Clover Amour Crochet Hook (US H/8 UK 6)
- Worsted weight yarn
Using the hook and yarn specified, your square should be a nice even 12″ when you are done. Using a 4 mm crochet hook (US G/6 UK 8) and double knit yarn, as I have done, your finished square will be about 8.5″ big.
My Yarn and Colour Choices
I am using Stylecraft Special DK.
- Meadow (Rounds 1-2)
- Lipstick (Round 3)
- Sherbet (Rounds 4-6)
- Saffron (Rounds 7-10)
- Turquoise (Round 11-13)
The corrections below are purely editorial.
- Round 4: This is just a hint. In Round 4 you will be working into the hdc’s and some of the ch-2 spaces from Round 3. Melinda specifically tells you which ch-2 spaces to work into, so unless specifically told to work into a relevant ch-2 space, SKIP IT.
- Round 7: At the end of the Round 7 it tells you to join to the beginning dc. This should be the beginning hdc.
- Round 8: In round 8 Melinda refers to the dc’s from Round 7, but Round 7 only contains hdc’s. So wherever she says skip 1 dc it should be skip 1 hdc. Like my mom always says: a good understanding needs half a word. So most of you will realize what she means and carry on. But just in case you are one of the few who will go hunting for the non-existent dc’s in Round 7, you have been warned.
This is the Basket of Berries square at the end of Round 2. I started with a magic ring instead of the ch-2, 8 x sc specified. In fact, I started with a triple-layer magic ring to make extra sure that my center doesn’t come undone.
At the end of Round 3 you end up with a strawberry top. I am not ashamed to admit that I cheated in this round. I used the lazy popcorn stitch instead of the reverse popcorn stitch. I am sure Melinda can tell the difference, but I couldn’t. I will be doing a tutorial for the lazy popcorn stitch sometime this week.
Note to self: don’t EVER use red yarn for things that need photographing!
At the end of Round 6 I had a lovely little granny square. If I close my eyes I can just imagine a blanket made entirely from little grannies like this…
…however…at the end of Round 7, this is what you end up with. And after finishing Round 7 I realized that a blanket made entirely out of grannies like this would be even better. Joanold on Ravelry clearly had the same idea, because that is exactly what she has done.
At the end of Round 10 your square will curve up slightly, just like when we were making Popcorn Parade…
…but as soon as you start working Round 11 it will straighten right out.
And here is the finished square, joined by the previous three.
Ready to tackle the next crochet square? You can find it HERE.
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Michelle Gahagan says
Hi, I just want you to know that the Ravelry pattern is slightly different than you have here. The Ravelry one ends the granny rounds at round 5, but your round 6 is also a granny round. After seeing many pics which match yours, I realized there must be two versions of the pattern. I am copying colors someone else used, so want that round 6 granny round. Perhaps the designer updated the pattern? Anyway, I found it here: http://mocrochet.blogspot.com/2011/05/basket-of-berries-12-square.html . Just thought it might help others out.
Dedri Uys says
Thank you Michelle. I have updated the post with the link.
Hi Dedri. I’m trying to make this square right now, and thank you very much for your step-by-step tutorial, and tips and tricks. If you haven’t done this for us, I am not sure if I have managed to make this square at all.
Dedri Uys says
I am pleased you found the tutorial useful :) Have fun!
I first saw this and my immediate reaction was, “This is the prettiest of all the squares!”. Than I saw the last picture with all the blocks side by side and I’m not so sure. They are all gorgeous!!!
Rhondda Mol says
Hi Dedri :) This square is very pretty too! I love seeing the progress you are making with these pretties! Hope you have a great week! Rhondda
hello…i do not know why my several comments did not show up. it seems workable at the time i posted but later on i found none of them. just want to let you know i find fun looking at what you did. Enjoy :) Nicky
Dedri Uys says
Hi Nicky. Sorry you had problems commenting. I am very pleased that you have fun looking and hope that you will make something too one day soon?
Hi Dedri, thanks for sharing your blocks as you go along on this project. They are beautiful.
I don’t have time to make this afghan right now, but I’m sure enjoying watching yours grow. Very inspirational.
Dedri Uys says
Thank you, Diane :) I need all the encouragement I can get if I am to see this through…that is why I am following along on my blog; to make myself accountable.