Friday, September 1, 2017

Granny's Stashbusting Tissue Box Cover - Free Crochet Pattern

Yay! This is the ninth post of the year for the 2017 GrannySpiration Challenge! I am so excited to see what everyone has been working on, especially you! At the end of this post, you will find the information for this month's giveaway, and link up.

This month, I am sharing a fun tissue box cover. I wanted to share this one last month, but I couldn't get around to working it up in time to share, so I saved it for this month. This is a great project to work up as a teacher gift, or to decorate your desk if you work in an office, or as I have used it, in my bathroom (even though it doesn't match my current color scheme).
From Your Hosts: Granny Square Tank & Happily Hooked Magazine Issue #40 from EyeLoveKnots (that's me!), Open Center Afghan (Crochet Inspiration with Links) from Rhelena, Another Upcycled Shopping Bag (Crochet Inspiration) from Mariam's Creations, Cross Burst Granny (Free Crochet Pattern) from Crochet is the Way, Teddybear Blanket (Crochet Inspiration) from Hakelfieber Austria and Granny Square Summer Top (Crochet Inspiration) from Atelier Marie-Lucienne.
Please make sure to stop by our other co-host and see what they've been working on too. In the image above, you'll find their projects (and mine) from last month's challenge.

Marjan from Atelier Marie-Lucienne
Sandra from Hakelfieber Austria (in German)
Jenny from Crochet is the Way
Rhelena from Crochet n Crafts
Mariam from Mariam's Creations: Recycle and Create

Materials:
     - Scraps of Lightweight #3 Yarn - I used Baby Bee's Sweet Delight in Toy Elephant [Gray], Naked [Cream], Baby Sage and Chocolate [Brown]
     - G6/4mm Crochet Hook
     - #18 Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends

Material Notes:
     Yarn Alternatives: Anne Geddes Baby Yarn, I Love This Sport Weight Yarn

*I suggest going up to a 4.5mm crochet hook - see Pattern Notes below.

Time Spent:
     I worked my cover over two days, for a total of about 3 hours, 45 minutes.

Measurements:
     Fits a Kleenex box that measures 4.25" Wide by 5.13" Tall on one pair of sides, 4.38" Wide by 5" Tall on the other pair of sides and 17.25" in circumference with a 4.38" wide top.

Gauge:
     1st Square = 1.38" (or 1 3/8")

Abbreviations:
     SC - Single Crochet
     HDC - Half Double Crochet
     DC - Double Crochet

Pattern Notes:
Beginning chain counts towards final stitch count, except in half double crochet rounds.

Normally, I work the final chain as a chain 2 to keep a more even square with future rounds. Being that this is only worked in one round, the chain 3 is intentional.

Join to the first stitch, not the beginning chain.

The squares are joined using the Join-As-You-Go (JAYG) Method, and are found at the points following "from behind" throughout the pattern. The single crochet takes the place of the center chain in the chain three corner of the square.

To custom make a tissue box cover, work a strip of granny squares about two and a half to three inches smaller than desired circumference. 
After completing my cover, I think I'd work another in the same manner, but one hook size up. The yarn stretched just fine to cover my box, but I think it would cover easier with less stressed joins if done with one hook size larger.
This pattern has 70 ends...::sighs::...A thing that could make this a long time resident in a WIPs bin. I highly suggest weaving in ends as you go - I did so at the end of each round.

As far as color goes, I used four. In the following rounds, I shifted my colors over by one square so they would be in a diagonal. This would look great in one solid color, two colors, three colors, six colors or even 12 colors!

Pattern:

Round 1, 1st Square:
Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. 2 DC into the ring, chain 3, (3 DC into the ring, chain 3) 3x. Join, and Fasten Off. (12 DC)

Round 1, 2nd - 11th Squares:
Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. 2 DC into the ring, chain 1. From behind, SC into the chain 3 space of the previous square. Chain 1, 3 DC into the current square, chain 1. From behind, SC into the next corner of the previous square, chain 1. (3 DC into the ring, chain 3) 2x. Join, and Fasten Off.

Round 1, 12th Square - Here you'll join to the 1st square:
     Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. 2 DC into the ring, (chain 1. From behind, SC into the chain 3 space of the previous square, chain 1, 3 DC into the current square) 3x, chain 1. From behind, SC into the chain 3 space of the previous square, chain 1. Join, and Fasten Off.

You will now have a stripe that's joined. Each of the next rounds will be worked in the same manner with the 1st square being worked into any right corner of any square from the previous round, and working to the left around.
Rounds 2 - 4, Square 1: 
     Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. 2 DC into the ring, chain 1. From behind, SC into the join of the previous row, chain 1, 3 DC into the ring of the current square, chain 1. From behind, SC into the next join of the previous row, chain 1, 3 DC into the ring, (chain 3, 3 DC into the ring) 2x. Join, and Fasten off.

Rounds 2 - 4, Squares 2 - 11:
     Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. 2 DC into the ring, chain 1. From behind, SC into the bottom corner of the previous square, (chain 1, 3 DC into the ring of the current square, chain 1. From behind, SC into the join of the previous row) 2x, chain 1, 3 DC into the ring of the current square, chain 3. Join, and Fasten Off.

Rounds 2 - 4, Square 12:
     Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. 2 DC into the ring, chain 1. From behind, SC into the bottom corner of the previous square, (chain 1, 3 DC into the ring of the current square, chain 1. From behind, SC into the join of the previous row) 2x, chain 1, 3 DC into the ring of the current square, chain 1. From behind, SC into the corner of the 1st square from this round, chain 1. Join, and Fasten Off.
Before beginning the top, I rotated the piece to work along the top edge of Round 1. Corners will be formed in the top, and four less squares will be worked.
 Top, Square 1:
     Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. 2 DC into the ring, chain 1. From behind, SC into the bottom corner of the previous row, chain 1, 3 DC into the ring of the current square, chain 1. From behind, SC into the next join of the previous row, chain 1, 3 DC into the ring, chain 3, 3 DC into the ring, chain 1. From behind, SC into the join of the previous rows previous square to form a corner, chain 1. Join, and Fasten Off.

Top, Square 2:
     Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. 2 DC into the ring, chain 1. From behind, SC into the chain 3 space of the previous square, (chain 1, 3 DC into the ring of the current square, chain 1. From behind, SC into the join of previous row) 2x, chain 1, 3 DC into the ring of the current square, chain 3. Join, and Fasten Off.

Top, Square 3:
     Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. 2 DC into the ring, chain 1. From behind, SC into the chain 3 space of the previous square, (chain 1, 3 DC into the ring of the current square, chain 1. From behind, SC into the join of the previous row) 3x, chain 1. Join, and Fasten Off.

Top, Square 4: 
     Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. 2 DC into the ring, chain 1. From behind, SC into the join of the previous 2 squares from this top round, (chain 1, 3 DC into the ring of the current square, chain 1. From behind, SC into the join of previous row) 2x, chain 1, 3 DC into the ring of the current square, chain 3. Join, and Fasten Off.

Top, Square 5 - 7: 
     Repeat Squares 3 - 4, ending on a Square 3.

Top, Square 8: 
     Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. 2 DC into the ring, chain 1. From behind, SC into the join of the previous 2 squares from this top round, (chain 1, 3 DC into the ring of the current square, chain 1. From behind, SC into the join of the previous row) 2x, chain 1, 3 DC into the ring of the current square, chain 1. From behind, SC into the join of the 1st and 2nd squares, chain 1. Join, and Fasten Off.
Bottom Border - Make sure not to skip beginning chain 2 as a stitch in Round 1 of border:
     Attach yarn in any stitch, and chain 1. HDC into the 1st stitch, and in each DC, chain 1 space, and join around. Join. (72 HDC)

Round 2: Chain 1. HDC into the 2nd HDC, and each HDC around, making sure to end last stitch into the 1st stitch on the right side of the beginning chain 1. Join, and Fasten Off. (72 HDC)
Please feel free to make and sell your own Granny's Stashbusting Tissue Box Cover using this pattern, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, link to it instead.


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The three most viewed projects from last month's challenge can be found in the image above. From left to right, top to bottom: Little Dots, Big Dots Infinity Scarf - Free Crochet Pattern from The Underground Crafter, Summer Shoulder Bag - Free Crochet Pattern from Anabelia's Handmade, and Granny Hexagon Crystal - Crochet Inspiration (with link to Paid Pattern) from Elealinda-Design.


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15 comments:

  1. I was wondering what it would be! I never would have guessed by the sneak peek you shared. :)
    This is smart because most of us have scraps that match our home decor. It's a small item that could use them up if you don't have a ton of leftovers. This would also make a great gift for a teacher - Could be made in school colors, too.

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  2. I've got a box full of very small scraps of yarn and this gives me inspiration! Good idea!
    Always anxious to see what you make in this challenge, going to have a look to the other blogs :-)

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  3. This is such a great idea! We've all got scraps all over the place, haven't we?

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  4. Thanks so much for be featured with the mini shoulder bag. Great inspiration here, as always! Have a lovely weekend! πŸ’•πŸƒπŸŒΈπŸƒ

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  5. I am currently working on a temperature Blanket, 1 line of crocheting each day of the year, representing the highest temperature of the day. It's a great talking point.

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    1. I have seen those. I really love the idea, and have been wanting to work up one, but I am terrible at deciding on my colors. Are you using one stitch throughtout, or more of a sampler?

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  6. For fall I love to work on blankets, hats and scarves. Love all types of yarns.

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  7. Mostly clothes for warmth, like scarves and sweaters!

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  8. I've just started making hats for Autumn, also love making scarves for this time of year! πŸ’• kimmienotes(at)yahoo (dot)com

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  9. I always want to make a sweater πŸ˜€

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  10. I am going to try and make a hooded sweater and maybe some baskets

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  11. My name is Bev Marks that's my comment above πŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ‘†

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  12. I love this idea. I'm definitely going to make one. I've been working on my first adult cardigan and it has been a challenge. But I have learned a lot. I like working with soft and cozy yarn in the fall.

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  13. I love making ponchos in the fall. They are perfect for fall weather.

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  14. Our UK winters etc aren't usually that bad so I am still using light weight yarns. Just bought myself some silk laceweight (no idea what to do with it yet though)

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