Welcome back!  Week 4!  We are halfway through! How did the octopus wrestling go?  Have you now got a supercute mini blanket?  Let’s make more squares shall we?

Starting with the ‘four leaf clover square’. The first couple of rounds aren’t going to give you any problems.  But here are a few pointers and guidelines for some of the other rounds.

Round 3 – You are working 3x fpdtr into the middle post of round 1

 

Don’t to forget to miss the three stitches at the back of these fpdtr stitches.

 

 

When you’ve done the corners, be sure not to miss the first stitch on each side. It’s a little bit hidden so easy to miss.  If you’re stitch count is wrong you may have missed this first stitch.

 

 

Round 4 – Back post stitches again picture. On the final side, you have already done a chain 2 which counts as an htr, so you are only making 2 stitches then joining to the top of the ch2 to end the round and fastening off.

 

 

Round 5 – Don’t miss the first stitch which is again a bit hidden under the corner tr.

Including the 2 trebles in each corner, you will have 15 stitches on each side. Just count them as you go along so you know you are right.

 

Round 6 – After working 5 dc’s (again not missing the first ‘hidden’ stitch) it seems a long way off, but you will be working a fpdtr into the middle post from round 4. You then skip a stitch to the back, dc in next st, then fptr around the same middle stitch – note this is just a fptr not a fpdtr! (Read the pattern Julie!) Skip a stitch at the back again and then another fpdtr into that same middle stitch on round 4, skip a stitch to the back and finish off with 5 dc’s which should take you to the next corner space.

 

Round 7 – This round is pineapple clusters. They can feel quite tight on with 10 loops in your hook, especially the first one at each side, but you’ll be making lots of these little pineapples and you’ll soon get the hang of it. My only tip is that when you are pulling through the first 8 loops turn your hook slightly and use a bit of upward pressure.

 

 

Round 8 & 9 – Two nice easy rounds. All I would advise here is that you count your stitches as you go along or at the end of each row to make sure you’ve got them all and on round 9, as usual, don’t miss that first stitch.

And that’s it! You need to make 8 of these squares so by the end you will be well versed in pineapple stitches and fpdtr’s! Hurrah!

So when you’ve finished, pat yourself on the back, post a picture on Facebook or Instagram, make yourself a lovely cup of (Yorkshire) tea dream about all the picnics to come!

 

I love a picnic, don’t you? They have been quite popular in my house in this last year of lockdown as a welcome change of scenery! No matter that I have had to prepare the food myself, it still felt like going out to eat!  Picnics originate in France…like many wonderful things! After the revolution in 1789, royal parks were open to the public and it became fashionable to meet with friends and families and for everyone to bring some food to share.

These gatherings were referred to as a ‘pique-nique’.  Pique from piquer or picorer meaning ‘to nibble’ and nique a word used to describe something small or unimportant.

According to the Guinness World Records, the largest picnic ever recorded took place in Parc da Bela Vista, Lisbon in Portugal in 2009 where 22,232 people attended!  Imagine all those picnic blankets!

That mega picnic would have been the perfect place to find the worlds biggest sausage roll! Recorded in 2005, the meaty monster staggeringly measured more than 364 feet! That’s more than 111.11 metres!  Wow! It was made in South Africa by a company, aptly named ‘King Pie’!

2005 was obviously the year for big food as another record was broken in Michigan, USA where they made a 12ft x 12ft, 17.5” thick sandwich! That’s the size of a large trampoline! It weighed in at 5,439lbs, and was made using 150lbs of mustard, 1,032lbs of corned beef, 260lbs of cheese and 530lbs of lettuce, all contained in 3,568lbs of bread!

In the 1950’s the most popular picnic food was the good old (regular sized!) cheese sandwich.  These days, sadly, it’s a packet of crisps!

So what have we learned? There is no picnic gathering too large, no sausage roll too big and no sandwich too heavy! Although I don’t fancy carrying that picnic basket!

We have already seen pictures of people crocheting their blankets in some lovely locations and we are so looking forward to seeing your completed blankets at picnics all over the globe! I wonder if there’s a world record in there somewhere…?!

See you next week!

Julie x x