Off Kilter Afghan Block Round & Square 12″Dahlia Burst 6″ and Esme’s WinterCottage 12″
Off Kilter had two choices either I could crochet the round center or the square center. I liked the block so much I decided that I would crochet both blocks using solid colors and I’m glad I did, this is a beautiful square that didn’t need any color changes to look good. These two solid blocks are going to make an awesome addition to my lapghan. One thing I did notice is that although I used the same G hook on both blocks I had to make changes. On the round block I changed the last row to a hdc from a sc to a get to 12″ block. On the square I changed Round 9, hdc replaced sc, Round 12, hdc replaced sc, and I added an extra Round of sc. I thought it was wild that there was such a change in the size.
Dahlia Burst is next, what can I say my dahlia looks more like a snowflake ha-ha godda love it! I like these little squares and they are going to look so good in my lapghan.
Esme’s Winter Cottage is a really cool square! The pattern is well written and fun to crochet.
Cow Parsley 12″Box Fan 6″ and Tropical Delight 12″
August in October that’s how far behind I am in the 2015 Block-A-Month crochet-a-long (CAL) and that has a lot to do with the colors I chose for these blocks. I was thinking Goth, you know dark and bloody vampire’ish for the two 12″ blocks.
The first block is Cow Parsley. Now I’m going to say up front I love this block, it’s a gorgeous lacy block, and I really didn’t know whether I wanted to ruin it by using the colors I had chosen, I mean I could see this square crocheted in an antique white with a rose background or something along those lines. As you can see I decided to ruin it with black a pinch of white and burgundy. When I put this up on the crochet-a-longs Ravelry site I wasn’t sure what kind of response I would get. To my surprise all of the responses on this block have been awesome, some of my CAL mates think it favors a poppy and ya know….. it does! Another wonderful surprise is that the Designer Lettice Rose asked if she could show case this block along with other blocks from talented Ravelers on her Ravelry Cow Parsley page. WOW! EXCITED! SO COOL! Of course I said yes. Ya know, I don’t have a problem being wrong about this square 😀 .
Box Fan is next. I went with the normal chocolate that I have used on all of the 6″ squares so far in this CAL and now I am out of that color. I will have to figure out another color that goes well with chocolate-brown for the rest of the CAL. With that said this is a unique little square the way the stitches simulate the movement of a box fan. This was a fun square to crochet.
Tropical Delight, well I guess this goes without saying that my color choice was anything but tropical, I like how this square turned out. There is a story behind this square and there were people who really went out of their way to bring this pattern to us. One of those folks was Mellie of mellie blossom website who actually rewrote this pattern because a lot of people liked it and wanted to make it, but couldn’t find the pattern. Well, it was out of print, the story of what she went through to get this pattern to us is on her web site. Also what was very helpful was a picture tutorial that Laurel of Laurel’s Place created to go with this pattern, in my opinion it was invaluable. I sincerely thank both of these women for the time and effort they put in to making this pattern more accessible to us, so that we could all crochet this beautiful square.
Here It is, the last 3 blocks and the finished big square of the Circle Of The Sun Mystery Crochet-A-Long. For some reason I am sad that it is finished, I really….really enjoyed this CAL. I learned so much, not just the overlay technique but a better way of finishing off crochet rows by making the endings virtually seamless or invisible using the NJ (needle join). The NJ technique also locks in the end so that it does not unravel so easily there fore you do not have to leave such a long tail for weaving or crocheting in to lock in the stitch and hide the loose end. I for one really like that, less yarn for weaving more for crocheting can’t go wrong there.
Block 6 and 7 are my two favorite blocks I am into flowers this year! I had a choice on block 7 as to whether I wanted to use a surface stitch on row 1 or not. I chose to use the surface stitch, I liked the added look it gave. The funny thing is when I first saw the block I thought it would look better with a surface stitch there and then at the end of the pattern Tatsiana had added that option (great minds think alike)! or ESP? hummm.
Block 8 was an easier block to crochet, there was also a choice on this one as to whether we wanted to tack down the petals of the flower I went with tacking them down I like the look better.
Last but not least block 9. I liked the way the colors came together on this block. Following the cal’s color scheme (with my own colors of course) has been a fun experiment for me because I usually do my own thing as far as colors go. I am very pleased with the results and will definitely use this idea again. I did notice that the more overlay stitching I used on the square the harder it was to fasten to the stitch in the previous row. The fabric I was creating was getting thicker which made the piece less pliable, so I had to womanhandle it a little! It is well worth the effort though look at how beautiful it turned out.
And now we put it all together and add the border. Crocheting the squares together was very easy using a simple slip stitch it went quickly. I didn’t have enough yellow to go all the way around the square for row 2 of the border so I used all of the yellow and finished the row off in the wine color, which used the rest of the wine I had left so it worked out perfectly! The square turned out being 22 X 22 inches, it’s a bit bigger than the square in the instructions. I’m not sure what I’m going to make or do with it yet, but I have some ideas roaming around in my head. I could make it into a Big pillow or how about a bean bag cover ohhh if only I was younger I would never be able to get out of one of those now with out rolling over onto all fours and grabbing something to help me up! I do think it is an awesome sampler of the overlay technique so I may use it as a wall hanging, it’s not quite big enough for a blanket although I could add-on to it… hummmm. I’ll have to mull that one over for a bit.
Thank You Tatsiana Kupryianchyk for this awesome Crochet-A-Long!
I’ve wanted to make this basket since I first saw it on Make My Day Creative’s web site and I finally started it around the end of July and finished it today (Aug. 18). I’ve got quite a collection of crocheted blocks made from a couple of crochet-a-longs I’ve been involved with and I thought, “I need a basket to put my loose squares in until I sew them together”. So wallah I crocheted a basket!
I used a G/4.00 mm hook on this project and I crochet the basket holding 2 strands of Red Heart Super Saver, Rose Pink held together through out the basket and pulled in 1 strand of Red Heart, thick & lofty cape cod multi for the diamonds. My basket came out to 10.5 Inches in diameter X 7 inches tall and I have to say the instructions for this basket are spot on which is always a joy. One of the things I really liked about the instructions is that Esther wrote them in a way that if you want a bigger basket it is really easy to make it bigger.
4033 Crochet Square 12″, Kiss2 12″, and Pinwheels Afghan 6″
First up is the 4033 Crochet Square which is a MyPicot pattern. I am on MyPicot’s mailing list for their patterns and I get a pattern a week. Sometimes I will get a pattern for a square and sometimes it is a crochet pattern for a stitch, an edging or a motif. I love the idea that they offer a diagram and step instructions for their patterns, It makes it easier for folks like me who want to learn to read diagrams. There are so many beautiful crochet works from other countries, the idea of being able to share patterns thru the universal language of the diagram appeals to me, I think it is awesome!! This square was nominated as the 12″ filler square in the 2015 Block-A-Month Crochet-A-Long I didn’t know that MyPicot had a Ravelry page until this square!
Kiss2 designed by Sadie Cumings, I love, love, love this block! I did take some artistic liberties with it though, I changed the pattern. So what I’m going to attempt here is to tell you what I did when I went rogue 😀 .
I used a G/4.00mm Hook, the first 4 rows were supposed to be 3.5 inches and mine where 4.5 inches, I liked the idea of the center being bigger so I stayed with it knowing that I would have to omit a couple of rows somewhere down the line. When I got to row 7 I got really confused with the directions and had to tear it out and start over a couple of times before I figured it out and went on to crochet rows 8,9 and 10 as directed.
Omit row 11 in original pattern.
Count all stitches in row 10 and divide by 4 (there should be 90 sts total ÷ 4 comes out to 22.5) I have 2 sts extra I can either increase or decrease 2 sts on 2 sides of the square, I increased to 24 Stitches per side. We are now going to turn our circle into a square. Please read all directions before starting.
ROW 11 This whole row is crocheted around the BP (backpost) of row 10 except for corners: Attach yarn in any stitch, Ch 4, 1 TR in same st, (ch4 makes a TR), ∗ [BPtr around next 2 sts, BPdc around next 2 sts, BPhdc around next st, BPsc around next 12 sts, BPhdc around next st, BPdc around next 2 sts, BPtr around next 2 sts, 2TR in next st, ch2, 2TR in next st, ( one corner made)]∗ 3 more times, 2TR in last st ch2 attach to top of ch4, last corner made. This is a little tricky: as you crochet along the circle of row 10 you will come across ch sps above the popcorns sts of row 9, replace whatever stitch goes in that spot with a ch st, and then go on to the next st. EXAMPLE: 2TR in next st, BPtr around next st, ch1, BPdc around next 2st ect…….. so the ch stitch replaces whatever the BP stitch is supposed to be. Note: You will want to count your stitches to make sure you have the same number on all four sides.
ROW 12 In ch2 sp, ch 3, 1dc, ch2, 2dc (first corner made)∗ [1hdc in next st, 1sc in every stitch across 1hdc in last st before corner, 2dc, ch2, 2dc in ch2 sp]∗ 3 times, attach to top of ch3.
I followed the original pattern for rows 13-16 and omited row 17.
Wheew! I’ll tell ya, my hats off to pattern writers. I do want to ask one thing, if you decide to make this square and make the changes that I did could you let me know how these directions worked for you? I am curious to know if they work!
And here we are Pinwheels Afghan 6″ block designed by Kim Guzman, I really enjoyed crocheting this little square, I think it is cute! I don’t know what it is about this chocolate colored yarn it’s going to be very hard to get away from it, I tried on this one, but as you can see it didn’t work.