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November – Square Twenty-two

November – Square Twenty-two

I am really on a roll here. The pattern for this square is also from a book, though a different one that I actually own – 201 Crochet Motifs, Blocks, Projects and Ideas by Melody Griffiths

The pattern is interlocked four-rings square. I really like this pattern. The square is very neat and looks much more difficult than it really is.

I made the rings in earth tones with the two accents for a fall feel.  And I did have to add two rows of single crochet stitches to get to my seven inches on this too.  If I did this one again I think I would make the rings bigger and more prominent and the edging for the rest of the square smaller.

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November – Square Twenty-one

November - Square Twenty-one

November – Square Twenty-one

I found this square online and loved it, but the pattern came from a book 200 Crochet blocks for blankets, throws and afghans, by Jan Eaton.  So I placed it on hold at the library and picked it up.

I liked this square because it keeps to the traditional granny without appliques or anything, but is still unique and very pretty.

The patterns in this book themselves were what I would call a little lazy.  The pattern would indicate to complete a cluster, but not specify how.  As crocheters know, there are many different ways to make a cluster stitch and the way you would think to do it is not always the way the designer created the piece. So I had to just guess for myself a little bit.

The crochet language is also a bit dated in this book too.  For example, it uses the term “break off” instead of “finish off.”

I am getting excited about getting so close to being done with this project!

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October – Square Twenty

October – Square Twenty

I saw some squares with the reaching stitches like this, but none that I liked exactly so I wrote the pattern for this square. It’s a very basic granny with long double crochet stitches that reach down to the stitch two rows below.

Orange is generally not a color I would personally crochet in.  In fact I had to go buy a skein-the first I have purchased for this project I believe.  But since this is October’s second square, here you are!

I do have this square available for sale on Ravelry!

Only two more sets of squares left!

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October – Square Nineteen

October – Square Nineteen

Oh my gosh is this thing not just adorable!? My sister in particular is going to love this.

The pattern comes from here.  Although the pattern on that page references yet another page for the skull and crossbones applique which is just sewn on with a tail of yarn.  The pattern doesn’t specify the eyes and nose, so I just used my cross stitching experience to make french knots for the eyes and a small stitch for the nose.

I did have to make a slight adjustment to get my square to reach my seven inches and that was doing one more round in black before switching to the white for one row.  Other than that, this pattern was pretty straightforward and simple.  This is definitely one of the cutest squares from this project.

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September – Square Eighteen

September – Square Eighteen

I surprised myself last night by completing September’s second square after finishing blocking the afghan order that I completed.

The pattern for this square is Square 4 from the pattern book 101 Granny Squares by Darla Sims.

The square is quite a bit different from many that I have been doing.  It uses single crochet stitches rather than the double crochet stitches that most of the squares use so it definitely looks a little different.  I really did like it, though I did make a few changes.

The pattern called for (sc, ch 3, sc) for each corner stitch which left spaces for the corners and made shaping a little difficult, so instead I worked 3 single crochets in the corners and just worked each corner in the second single crochet of the previous row’s corner. I liked this look much better.  Also, if I did the square again, which I won’t right now, I would work a double crochet instead of a single crochet in creating the large loops for the windows in round 2.  I think this would help the shaping in forming a square. As it is, I will have to rely on blocking to help with that.

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September – Square Seventeen

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September – Square Seventeen

I have finally gotten back to the grannies!  This cute little square looks like a maze.  It can look so different by reversing the order of the colors or by making it in solids.  The pattern for this square can be found here and is really very simple if you are comfortable with post stitches!

I did modify the pattern for myself just a little bit.  It called for treble crochet stitches where it wasn’t really necessary, so I only did trebles on the front post stitches. All other stitches I completed as double crochets.  I also joined the corners with a double crochet instead of the chain 3 and slip stitch in the pattern.  One thing I would do differently if I did it over would be to only do a chain 2 for the corners instead of a chain 3 to tighten things just a little.

So the Granny Square project was supposed to be a 2014 project, but is going to take me well into 2015.  There are so many projects that I want to do and just not enough time!

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A Short Break and a Gameplan

After finishing the kids’ Halloween costumes I am taking a short break to read a library book that is overdue – Wild by Cheryl Strayed.  The movie comes out in December but I wanted to read the book first.  I was going to renew it but it’s on hold by another person so I can’t.  I didn’t want to return it before reading it though because I knew that I would never check it out again if I did.  I started reading it yesterday and am half-way through it.  That’s pretty typical for me.  If I start reading something I don’t usually do anything else until I’m done.

After my short break I need to make the baby afghan in payment for my logo work.  I’ll be creating a new pattern with it so not only will the recipient receive a hand crocheted afghan, but they will also have had the pattern for it designed specifically for them.  I think once I get it done and complete the PDF I’ll also send them a copy of it for good measure.  I need to get it done and delivered before Thanksgiving.  I’ve been thinking about the design I want and looking at some books for inspiration. I know the edging that I want to do but still haven’t decided on what to do for the body.  The Ribbon and Cross Christening Afghan is rows of shells so I don’t wan to do that.  I was thinking about a basket weave stitch, but I’m not sure if that will go with the edging I want to do.  So I’m still mulling that over this week as I read.  Once I get that done, I think I want to make up a few quick Christmas presents.

My poor Granny Square Project keeps getting pushed back.  I WILL FINISH IT! Once I get this baby afghan and Christmas presents finished, it’s back to the Grannies until they are done!  I have 4 months left of squares to do, which means 8 squares.  Then I’ll have the arduous task of joining all those squares.

I also have pictures of Halloween costumes that I will post here shortly.  I had started to write-up the pattern I created for my son’s costume and want to get that finished and for sale somewhere in there too!

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A Busy Fall

VHCCIn spite of my lack of posts lately, I have been incredibly busy with the projects this fall.  I just have not been able to share most of them.

I completed a project for my family to use for the picture we’re going to put on our Christmas cards.  I’m waiting to get the pictures back and then I’ll order the cards.  Once I mail them out I will post.  I can’t wait to share this one.  It was so much fun!

I’ve also been working on the kids’ Halloween costumes.  I am finishing them up this week and I will post pictures of those after Friday.

Once I finish up the costumes, I need to design a new baby afghan for Kristi over at Hang Ups in KC who did my site redesign for me.  She was kind enough to do it for trade in services so I want to design a very nice afghan for her niece’s baby because I really love my new logo!

VHCBFinally, I had to stop all of my projects last week for a quick sale I made on Etsy.  I sold one of my Very Hungry Caterpillar Cocoon and Beanies earlier this month and the buyer wanted to have it for Halloween for their new baby.  I got that made up and shipped out on Friday.  I had never gotten the pattern for that ready to load to Ravelry so I am also working on that this week.

Maybe after I get all of this done I will be able to get back to the Granny Square Project!

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August – Square Sixteen

August – Square Sixteen

This square has been a monster!  I have had the most difficult time with it and have had to frog and rework it on multiple occasions.  It has been by far the most difficult square to-date, mostly because the pattern I was using (here) was for a 12-inch rather than a 7-inch square.  I reduced my hook size and even changed treble crochets in the pattern to double crochets, but I just could not keep it to the 7-inches.

The original square I wanted to make before putting the petals in.

So what I ended up making turned out to be a combination of two different “sunflower” patterns, plus the background from June’s Square  Eleven.

Both patterns were problematic.  The original square I wanted to make was unnecessarily  complex in design.  The entire background is crocheted first and the petals are then put in later.  But I really liked the look of the petals in this one so I tried for more than a week to get it right.  I had also never used what is called the crocodile stitch (the petals) before, which has become very popular lately.

The backup square.

The backup pattern.

When I realized I just wasn’t going to get it to work with the size I wanted, I moved on to a pattern I had saved as backup.  Pattern here.  But when I got to the row that would be the green leaves in this pattern, it seemed like there were several rows missing as it went directly to the edging, skipping the last round of petals.  So I had to repeat the previous petal rows myself.  I didn’t really care for the open work on the background for this one so this is where I used the background from June’s Square  Eleven to form the final square shape.  Additionally, the petals’ tips were not pinned down in this pattern by working into them on subsequent rows like on Square Eleven so I added this bit too.  I tried it without pinning the tips down, but the petals just stood up straight.  This might have improved slightly with blocking but I felt better tacking them down.

I really liked the saw-tooth edging on the original square, so I also incorporated a bit of that, though I really don’t think I had room to do it justice.  I like how the square turned out overall, but it took me a good two weeks to get this one figured out!

I am really running out of time this year with projects I have planned.  I wanted to get the rest of the Granny Squares done in September to get the finished product done for Christmas, but I’m not sure that I’m going to make it.  I have a few time-sensitive projects I have to get done including the kids’ Halloween Costumes.  Just wait till you see what I have in store for these. It’s going to be so fun.  These next two sets of projects are probably going to take me the rest of September and most of October so I suspect the finished Granny Square Project will be a late Christmas present to its surprise recipient.  I guess that’s ok since this person doesn’t even know they’re getting it.

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August – Square Fifteen

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August – Square Fifteen

I know that I said I would start in on the parasol once I got the July squares done, but time just keeps getting away from me and I’ve had to re-prioritize my projects.  If I want to get The Granny Square Project done in time to give it as a Christmas present, I’ve got to go ahead and see if I can finish the squares in the next month here.  I’m not sure how long it is going to take me to join them all.

I have a couple of small birthday presents that I want to see if I can whip up real quick this week.  I’ve also been working on the dress I wanted to make for my daughter.  Unfortunately I ran out of yarn and had to order the color online because I can’t find it in the stores and the dress is sitting in the cupboard waiting to be finished.  And finally, I’ve got something that I need to crochet for the four of us for my son’s 1 year pictures.  I won’t say more than that because it’s going to be a very fun surprise.  But I need to get started on that too!

In the mean time, I’m afraid the parasol will just have to wait till this winter, likely after little man’s birthday party.  I did however, find a pattern that I like for it and I really can’t wait to get started.

As a result, here is August’s first square.  The pattern can be found here.  This is another one I’ve got mixed feelings on.  Instead of working the granny clusters in a chain space, it calls for just working them between the previous row’s clusters.  That always feels very clumsy and tight to me.  There were also some instructions missing in the first round that I had to figure out, and each round starts unnecessarily (to me anyway) in the middle of the corner cluster instead of at the beginning  of it.  Normally you would slip stitch over to the corner space to start the next round, where as here you’ve often created the corner space by completing an hdc in the top of  beginning chain 3/dc.  I always hated joining that way, but it’s probably just a personal preference.  I had to leave off the last row to stay within my seven inches.  And my last row is worked with half-double crochets instead of dc’s.  I don’t really like the rounded off corners and I think I might go back and change that.  It would probably fit better with the rest of the squares anyway.  But this one also has the front post stitches that I love again to give the 3-d appearance of red ribbon behind the black frame.  I really like how that looks.

I have to actually buy some yarn for the next square I have planned because I don’t have the color I need.   I need some dark burnt orange and that’s not a color I typically work with.  I do believe this will be the first yarn I’ve bought for this project.

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