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.
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!
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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Happy 2015! Welcome to the new year. After last year, I am just exhausted. I feel like I could curl up in bed and sleep for 3 months!
Here is one of the gifts I was working on for Christmas gifts last month. My sister asked me for a pair last year, but it was just too close to Christmas when she did and I couldn’t get them done so I tried them out this year. It seems they’re even more popular now.
I did create the pattern for this and am working on putting it together. I made a pair for my sister-in-law and my niece too. I’m also working up a pair for my Mom right now too as she wanted a pair after seeing my sister’s. I would even like a pair, but I actually don’t own a pair of boots!
After I finish my Mom’s pair, it’s Granny Square time!
I finished up this little treat this weekend! I wish I had known that Bubba was going to be a Christmas Eve baby or I would have made this last year and used it for his newborn pictures!
The finished cocoon and Santa hat are for sale on Etsy here.
The pattern for the set can be found on Ravelry here.
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 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.