Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Free Crochet Pattern! Softie Block A


I've always loved the bright colors and fun designs of those little wooden alphabet blocks which has inspired me to start a series of Softie Block crochet patterns and offer these fun patterns for free.

These blocks are larger (and softer) than their little wooden counterparts, and they may not stack well but they're still a lot of fun! Each block of the alphabet will focus on color changing, a textured stitch and creating designs with the surface slip stitch.

I'm starting off this series of patterns with Softie Block A. All the pattern instructions are written within the post with a detailed photo slideshow accompanying each section of the pattern. A downloadable PDF of the written pattern is available at the bottom of the post.

Finished Measurements: each side is 6" square.

Skill Level: Advanced.

Materials:
Red Heart Classic Worsted Weight Yarn:







GAUGE:
7 single crochet X 7 rows = 2” square.

STITCHES USED /ABBREVIATIONS:
·         Color A = CA
·         Color B = CB
·         Color C = CC
·         Color D = CD
·         Color E = CE
·         Chain = ch
·         Slip stitch = sl st
·         Single Crochet = sc
·         Back loop only – blo
·         Half double crochet = hdc
·         Double Crochet = dc
·         Front post double crochet = fpdc
·         Back post double crochet = bpdc
·         Surface slip stitch = Ssl st.


PATTERN NOTES:

The Sides are worked in one piece, with the Corners added on at the end. The Top and Bottom are worked separately and then crocheted onto the Sides.

Weave in ends as work progresses.

The chain-1 at the beginning of the rows DOES NOT count as a stitch.

The chain-2 at the beginning of the rows counts as the 1st half double crochet.


When changing colors, work with current color until 1 stitch remains, change to new color on the last yarn over when working the remaining stitch. Work with changed color until another color change is indicated.


PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS:

SIDES:

SIDE 1:

With CA ch 21.

Row 1: Work 1 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sc in each of the next 19 chs across.

Rows 2 – 19: Ch 1, turn. Work 1 sc in each of the 20 sc across.

Row 20: Ch 1, turn. Work 1 sc in each of the 20 sc across changing to CB. Fasten off CA ONLY.





SIDE 2:

Row 21: (Right Side Row): Ch 1, turn. Working in blo for this row only, work 1 sc in blo of each of the 20 sc across.

Rows 22 and 23: Ch 1, turn. Work 1 sc in each of the 20 sc across.

Row 24: Ch 1, turn. Work 1 sc in each of the 20 sc across changing to CC, fasten off CB.

Rows 25 – 27: Ch 1, turn. Work 1 sc in each of the 20 sc across.

Row 28: Ch 1, turn. Work 1 sc in each of the 20 sc across changing to CB, fasten off CC.

Rows 29 – 31: Ch 1, turn. Work 1 sc in each of the 20 sc across.

Row 32: Ch 1, turn. Work 1 sc in each of the 20 sc across changing to CC, fasten off CB.

Rows 33 – 35: Ch 1, turn. Work 1 sc in each of the 20 sc across.

Row 36: Ch 1, turn. Work 1 sc in each of the 20 sc across changing to CB, fasten off CC.

Rows 37 – 39: Ch 1, turn. Work 1 sc in each of the 20 sc across.


Row 40: Ch 1, turn. Work 1 sc in each of the 20 sc across changing to CD, fasten off CB only.




SIDE 3:

Row 41: Ch 1, turn. Working in blo for this row only, work 1 sc in blo of each of the 20 sc across.

Rows 42 – 59: Ch 1, turn. Work 1 sc in each of the 20 sc across.


Row 60: Ch 1, turn. Work 1 sc in each of the 20 sc across changing to CE, fasten off CD only.




SIDE 4:

Row 61: Ch 3, turn. Working in the blo for this row only, skip the 1st sc, work 1 dc in the blo of each of the next 19 sc across.

Row 62: Ch 2, turn. (Skip the 1st – turning stitch). Work 1 fpdc around each of the next 18 dc, hdc in the top of the beginning ch.

Row 63: Ch 2, turn. (Skip the 1st – turning stitch). Work 1 bpdc around each of the next 18 dc, hdc in the top of the beginning ch.

Rows 64 – 73: [Consecutively repeat Rows 62 and 63] 5 times.

Row 74: Ch 1, turn. Work 1 sc in each of the 20 stitches across.


Fasten off.






APPLE DESIGN:

The Apple Design is worked on the surface of Side 1 using the Ssl st.


For each Ssl st indicated, first count the all stitches on the surface of the Side in the indicated direction then work the Ssl st. All stitches and directions are counted from the current location of the hook making sure the Side is positioned according to the initial positioning instructions. 

Work on Side 1 with the beginning chain towards the right and the last row worked on the left with the ends of the rows towards you.

LEAF:

Using CB, beginning on the right bottom corner of Side 1, count 17 stitches up, then count 5 stitches to the left. Join yarn.

Ssl st 1: Count 1 stitch to the left thenn 1 stitch up, work a ssl st.
Ssl st 2 and 3: Count 1 stitch to the left, work a sslst.

Note: after each Ssl st count instruction “…” means “work a ssl st.”

Ssl st 4: Count 1 stitch to the left and 1 stitch down...
Ssl st 5: Count 1 stitch to the right and 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 6 and 7: Count 1 stitch to the right…
Ssl st 8: Count 1 stitch to the right and 1 stitch up…

Fasten off.



STEM:

Locate Leaf ssl st 4, join CE.

Ssl st 1: count 1 stitch to the left and 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 2 – 5: Count 1 stitch down…

Fasten off.




APPLE:

Locate Stem Ssl st 5, join CD.

Ssl st 1: Count 1 stitch to the left and 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 2: Count 1 stitch to the left…
Ssl st 3: Count 1 stitch to the left and 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 4 and 5: Count 1 stitch to the left…
Ssl st 6 and 7: Count 1 stitch to the left and 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 8 – 11: Count 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 12: Count 1 stitch to the right and 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 13: Count 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 14: Count 1 stitch to the right and 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 15: Count 1 stitch to the right…
Ssl st 16: Count 1 stitch to the right and 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 17 and 18: Count 1 stitch to the right…
Ssl st 19: Count 1 stitch to the right and 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 20: Count 1 stitch to the right and 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 21 and 22: Count 1 stitch to the right…
Ssl st 23: Count 1 stitch to the right and 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 24: Count 1 stitch to the right…
Ssl st 25: Count 1 stitch to the right and 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 26: Count 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 27: Count 1 stitch to the right and 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 28 – 31: Count 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 32 and 33: Count 1 stitch to the left and 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 34 and 35: Count 1 stitch to the left…
Ssl st 36: Count 1 stitch to the left and 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 37: Count 1 stitch to the left…
Ssl st 38: Count 1 stitch to the left and 1 stitch down…


Fasten off.







CORNERS:

1st Corner: Fold the Sides so that the beginning ch on Side 1 is lined up with the sc of Row 74 on Side 4 and the wrong sides are together. Working through BOTH the beginning ch and Row 74 sc together, join CE in the 1st set of stitches. Ch 1, continuing to work through BOTH together, sc in the same stitches as joining, 1 sc in each of the next 19 stitches across. Fasten off.

2nd Corner: Working in the unused front loops on Row 20, join CE in the 1st unused front loop. Ch 1, work 1 sc in the same stitch as joining, 1 sc in each of the next 19 unused front loops. Fasten off.

3rd Corner: With CE and working in the unused front loops on Row 40, repeat 2nd Corner.


4th Corner: With CE and working in the unused front loops on Row 60, repeat 2nd Corner.



TOP:

With CB ch 21.

Row 1: Work 1 sc in the 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each of the next 19 chs.

Rows 2 – 20: Ch 1, turn. Work 1 sc in each of the 20 sc across.

Fasten off.


CAPITAL “A”

See Page 15 for Chart.

OUTLINE:

Locate the right end of Row 3. Count 5 stitches to the lrft, join CA.

Ssl st 1 – 5: Count 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 6: Count 1 stitch to the left and 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 7: Count 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 8: Count 1 stitch to the left and 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 9: Count 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 10: Count 1 stitch left and 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 11 and 12: Count 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 13: Count 1 stitch left and 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 14: Count 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 15 and 16: Count 1 stitch left…
Ssl st 17: Count 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 18: Count 1 stitch left and 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 19 and 20: Count 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 21: Count 1 stitch left and 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 22: Count 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 23: Count 1 stitch left and 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 24: Count 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 25: Count 1 stitch left and 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 26 – 30: Count 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 31: Count 1 stitch right…
Ssl st 32 – 36: Count 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 37: Count 1 stitch right and 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 38 – 43: Count 1 stitch right…
Ssl st 44: Count 1 stitch right and 1 down…
Ssl st 45 – 49: Count 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 50: Count 1 stitch right…

Fasten off.

INSIDE:

Locate Ssl st 15 on the Outline, count 1 stitch down, join CA.

Ssl st 1: Count 1 stitch left and 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 2 and 3: Count 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 4: Count 1 stitch left and 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 5: Count 1 stitch down…
Sslst 6: Count 1 stitch left and 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 7 – 12: Count 1 stitch right…
Ssl st 13: Count 1 stitch left and 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 14: Count 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 15: Count 1 stitch left and 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 16 and 17: Count 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 18: Count 1 stitch left and 1 stitch up…

Fasten off.




TOP JOINING:

The Top will be joined to the Sides by working through BOTH the edges of the Top and Sides together, using CE.

With wrong sides facing each other, line up Row 20 of Top with the ends of the rows of any Side section. Join yarn in the 1st sc, *work 20 sc evenly across. Insert hook in the same stitch as last stitch worked in of Top ONLY, insert hook into the end sc of corresponding Corner, pull up a loop through both stitches together to work a sc.**

[Continuing to work around the Top and Sides together, with wrong sides facing each other and joining the next edge of the Top to the next Side, repeat from * to **] 3 times. Join with a sl st in the 1st sc.


Fasten off.






BOTTOM:

With CC ch 21.

Row 1: Work 1 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sc in each of the next 19 chs.

Rows 2 – 20: Ch 1, turn. Work 1 sc in each of the 20 sc across.

Fasten off.


LOWER CASE “a”:

See Page 15 for Chart,

OUTLINE:

With the beginning ch towards you locate the right end of Row 4, count 5 stitches to the left, join CD.

Ssl st 1: Count 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 2: Count 1 stitch left…
Ssl st 3: Count 1 stitch left and 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 4 – 9: Count 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 10: Count 1 stitch right…
Ssl st 11: Count 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 12: Count 1 stitch left…
Ssl st 13: Count 1 stitch left and 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 14: Count 1 stitch left and 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 15: Count 1 stitch left…
Ssl st 16: Count 1 stitch left and 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 17: Count 1 stitch left…
Ssl st 18: Count 1 stitch left and 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 19 and 20: Count 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 21: Count 1 stitch left and 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 22 – 24: Count 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 25: Count 1 stitch right and 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 26 and 27: Count 1 stitch right…
Ssl st 28: Count 1 stitch right and 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 29: Count 1 stitch right…
Ssl st 30: Count 1 stitch right and 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 31 and 32: Count 1 stitch right and 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 33: Count 1 stitch right…

Fasten off.

INSIDE:

Locate Outline Ssl st 4, count 1 stitch to the left, join CD yarn.

Ssl st 1 – 4: Count 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 5: Count 1 stitch left and 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 6: Count 1 stitch left…
Ssl st 7: Count 1 stitch left and 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 8: Count 1 stitch left…
Ssl st 9 and 10: Count 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 11: Count 1 stitch left and 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 12 – 14: Count 1 stitch down…
Ssl st 15 and 16: Count 1 stitch right…
Ssl st 17: Count 1 stitch right and 1 stitch up…
Ssl st 18: Count 1 stitch right…
Ssl st 19: Count 1 stitch right and 1 stitch up…

Fasten off,



BOTTOM JOINING:

Stuff the Sides with fiberfill.

Join the Bottom to the Sides in the same way as the Top Joining.







Here is a PDF of the written pattern for Softie Block "A".


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