The crochet community has given me so many opportunities already to stretch my creativity and conquer challenges I never would have considered before.
Bearrye had the best idea for a #winterwondersquares CAL (crochet-along) and although I’ve never created a blanket square I decided to give it a try. I am thrilled with how my little ice skate square turned out!
This square was inspired by one of my favorite Joni Mitchell songs called “River.” Check it out if you’ve never heard it!
(I just love the little pom poms!)
I can’t wait to see your finished blankets.
All of the #winterwondersquares designs are so unique, diverse and creative!
Tools and Materials:
- 5.5mm (I) crochet hook
- Worsted Weight Yarn #4 in three main colors for square, blade and boot, plus a scrap for laces
- Fur Yarn if desired for pom poms
- Yarn needle and scissors
- Directions are written in U.S. terms.
This pattern is made in pieces First we crochet the basic square, then create the skate blade and attach it. Next we will crochet the skate boot and attach to the square, and finally we will add fur trim. laces and pom poms.
- Special Stitch – Hdc between posts: instead of working your hdc in the top of a stitch, you will work it in the space between the two stitch posts in the previous row.
Here is a great video tutorial by Daisy Farm Crafts about working hdc in the space between posts:
- ch- chain
- chs – chains
- sl st – slip stitch
- st – stitch
- sts – stitches
- sc – single crochet
- hdc – half double crochet
- scdec – single crochet decrease
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Now, time for the Pattern!
Skate Away 8" Blanket Square Pattern
Basic Square Pattern:
We will start with our flat square piece. I used Wool-Ease in Wheat but any #4 worsted weight yarn will work.
Row 1: Ch 30, hdc in 3rd ch from hook and remaining chs, turn. (28 hdc)
Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1st hdc.) Hdc in the space between posts of 1st and 2nd sts. Hdc in between posts in each space across, working your last hdc in the space between the last st and the turning ch 2, turn. See notes for help with this method.
Rows 3-27: Repeat row 2.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Now that our basic square is done, we can move on to our ice skate!
I used a #4 grey super saver yarn and my I hook.
Row 1: Ch 15, hdc in 3rd ch from hook and hdc in next 9 st, sc in next st, sl st in next 2 st. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sl st in 1st 3 sts. Ch 4, work a hdc in 3rd ch from hook and the next ch. (We just finished the rear skate attachment.)
Sl st into next 7 sts, hdc in next stitch. Ch 4, work hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, **hdc in post of the hdc you just made before chaining 4 (see pic), hdc in next st, sl st to same st.
Leave a long tail, fasten off.
Using your long tail, sew the skate blade to the bottom center of your square, about 2 or 3 rows above the bottom edge.
Now it’s time to make the body of the ice skate. We will make the skate first and then sew it onto the square above the blade. I used Big Twist Value Yarn in Varsity Green, but again any color #4 yarn would work.
Row 1: Ch 20, scdec across 3rd and 4th chs, hdc in remaining 16 chs, turn. (17 sts)
Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in 1st 13 sts, scdec, scdec. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, scdec, hdc in remaining 13 sts. Turn.
Row 4: Ch 2, hdc in 1st 10 sts, scdec, scdec. Turn.
Row 5: Ch 1, scdec, hdc in remaining 10 sts. Turn.
Row 6: Ch 2, hdc in 1st 7 sts, scdec, scdec. Turn.
Row 7: Ch 1, scdec, hdc in remaining 7 sts. Turn. (8 sts)
Rows 8-10: Ch 2, hdc across. Turn.
Work sc around the entire skate boot to round off the edges.
Leave a long tail for sewing and fasten off.
Now sew the skate onto the square, directly above the blade.
Now it's time to add the fun trimmings!
Cut 18″ of fur yarn. Using a yarn needle, whipstitch it around exposed top edge of the skate to create a fur lining. Weave in ends.
Cut 24″ of your choice of yarn. (I used a tan yarn scrap I found.)
Using a yarn needle, attach to the top front of the boot, leaving a tail of 8″. Working down the front of the skate, make little diagonal stitches in one direction, then cross them on the way back up to give the appearance of laces. Tie the two yarn ends together, double knotting to secure.
OPTIONAL POM POMS:
Use fur yarn and your I hook. Leaving a 5″ tail, ch 2 and work 5 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook. Sl st to the 1st sc to join and tie your tails together to knot securely. Use your yarn needle to tie the end of one of the laces to the pom pom, weaving in your ends securely.