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Big Bloom Block & Pillow
Lion Brand® Vanna's Choice®
Pattern Number: 100gsBloom This crochet block can be used for scarves, afghans, shawls, bags, and the pillow shown here. Reproduced from 100 Colorful Granny Squares to Crochet by Leonie Morgan, with permission from St. Martin's Griffin.

SKILL LEVEL:  Experienced (Level 5)
SIZE: One Size
Approx 6 x 6 inches (15.25 x 15.25 cm)

CORRECTIONS: None

MATERIALS

860-142 Vanna's Choice Yarn: Rose

Vibrant purple-pink


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Note: (A)

860-100 Vanna's Choice Yarn: White

Crisp white


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Note: (B)

860-171 Vanna's Choice Yarn: Fern

Vibrant apple green


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Note: (C)

860-146 Vanna's Choice Yarn: Dusty Purple Cool light purple
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Note: (D)

860-144 Vanna's Choice Yarn: Magenta Rich, deep purple-pink
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Note: (E)

860-143 Vanna's Choice Yarn: Antique Rose Deep medium rose



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860-147 Vanna's Choice Yarn: Purple Medium purple


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Note: (G)

860-112 Vanna's Choice Yarn: Raspberry

Magenta pink


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Note: (H)

860-141 Vanna's Choice Yarn: Wild Berry

Deep orchid purple


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Note: (I)

Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size H-8 (5 mm)
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Additional Materials
18 inch (46 cm) pillow form (or 20 inch/51 cm for a plumper pillow) 18 inch (46 cm) zipper
GAUGE:
8 dc = 3 inches. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles. Making a Gauge Swatch
Exact gauges is not imporant to this project.

STITCH EXPLANATION:
Method

FOUNDATION ROW: Using Color A, make a Magic Ring.ROUND 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc), 11 hdc into ring, join with slip st through Front Loop only of top of beginning ch.

(12 sts.)ROUND 2: * Ch 7, slip st through Front Loop of next hdc; rep from * 10 more times, ch 7, join with slip st into Back Loop only of top of Round 1 beginning ch.

(12 ch sps.)ROUND 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc), hdc tbl in same place, 2 hdc tbl in each st around, join with slip st into Front Loop of top of beginning ch.

(24 sts.)ROUND 4: * Ch 7, slip st through Front Loop of next hdc; rep from * 22 more times, ch 7, join with slip st into Back Loop only of top of Round 3 beginning ch.

End Color A.

(24 ch sps.)ROUND 5: Join Color B, ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc), * 2 hdc tbl in next st, 1 hdc tbl in next st; rep from * 11 more times, 2 hdc tbl in next st, join with slip st into Front Loop only of top of beginning ch.

(36 sts.)ROUND 6: * Ch 7, slip st through Front Loop of next hdc; rep from * 34 more times, ch 7, join with slip st into Back Loop only of top of Round 5 beginning ch.

End Color B.

(36 ch sps.)ROUND 7: Join Color C through Back Loop only, ch 1 and sc tbl in same space, * sc tbl in next st, hdc tbl in next st, dc tbl in next 2 sts, (dc, tr, dc) tbl in next st, dc tbl in next 2 sts, hdc tbl in next st **, sc tbl in next st; rep from * twice more, then from * to ** once more, join with slip st in first sc made.

(44 sts.)ROUND 8: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), * dc in each st across to corner tr, work (dc, tr, dc) in tr; rep from * 3 more times, dc in each st to end of round, join with slip st in top of beginning ch.

(52 sts.)ROUND 9: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), * dc in each st across to corner tr, work (dc, tr, dc) in tr; rep from * 3 more times, dc in each st to end of round, join with slip st in top of beginning ch.

(60 sts.)ROUND 10: Ch 1, sc in same space, sc in each st across to corner tr, work (sc, hdc, sc) in tr; rep from * 3 more times, sc in each st to end of round, join with slip st into first sc made.

End Color C.

(68 sts.)


INSTRUCTIONS



Pillow

Make 6 squares in the following colors:ROUNDS 1–4: Color AROUNDS 5–6: Color BROUNDS 7–11: Color C

Make 2 squares in the following colors:ROUNDS 1–4: Color CROUNDS 5–6: Color BROUNDS 7–11: Colors D, E, F, G, H, I

Lay out the squares following the photograph for reference: nine squares for the front panel and nine squares for the back panel.

Join the squares using Color I and mattress stitch.

Attach an 18 in.

(46 cm) zip along one edge of the front and back panels.

Sew three sides together using Color I and woven seam method.

Stuff with an 18 or 20 in.

(46 or 51 cm) pillow inner.

ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
sc = single crochet
st(s) = stitch(es)
tbl = through the back loop
tr = treble (triple) crochet


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