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May Block-A-Month

4033 Crochet Square 12″,   Kiss2 12″,  and   Pinwheels Afghan 6″

My Pico 12in 612 framed
4033 Crochet Square

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!

Kiss 2 12in 612 framed
Kiss2

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.

  1. Omit row 11 in original pattern.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

Pinwheels 6in 612 framed
Pinwheels Afghan

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.

Until next time,

Keep On Hook’n!

Credits:

4033 Crochet Square, Kiss2 and Pinwheels Afghan: Hand Crocheted by Artisan Patricia Geraghty-Gaddis

Here is a big Thank You to the Designers

4033 Crochet Square: MyPicot

Kiss2: Sadie Cumings

Pinwheels Afghan: Kim Guzman

April Block-A-Month

Sun Catcher 12″,  SmoothFox’s May Flower 6″  and  Romantique 12″

Sun Catcher crop
Sun Catcher

I know, its July I am running a little late with the crochet along. I had a really hard time with my color theme on Sun Catcher I started crocheting it, ripped it out, set it down and didn’t come back for a few months. When I picked it back up it was with fresh eyes and so here it is. The pattern is well written although I found it to be a little confusing in spots. My advise if you want to crochet this block is to take it slow and easy reread the instructions, reread them again if you need to and you will do just fine.

SmoothFoxs May Flower crop
SmoothFox’s May Flower

SmoothFox’s May Flower, I love these small squares they are fun and quick to crochet.  I have been thinking about making some chocolate fudge cookies and using this as a pattern for the vanilla or cream cheese icing to decorate the top. What do you think, sounds good doesn’t it? Yummy!

Romantique crop
Romantique

The pattern for Romantique is very well written as a matter of fact I decided I would use this pattern to up my crochet skills. It is stated in the pattern that if you want you can substitute the bullion stitch for the triple and double crochets in the arms of the motif and I have never used that stitch so I decided to try it and I like it, the bullion stitch adds a different look to the square. By the way YouTube has some fantastic video’s on how to crochet the bullion stitch, just do a search for bullion stitch a number of different video’s come up. I also played with the color on this square more than I have in the past. With the Dark Thyme I started the design down by the motif (per the instructions) and then I measured three arm lengths  of yarn and cut the yarn for each of the four sides of the square and I worked off of that as I crocheted each row. That way I only had two ends to weave in for the design instead of two ends per row. Boy did that save some time! The other colors I used were crocheted in by the row, in other words I started and ended the color within the same row. O’ya this pattern is written for one color, I sure had a good time playing!

As a footnote not all of these patterns from the Block-A-Month Crochet-A-Long are free after the month of the CAL, for instance Romantique is now posted at $1.99 USD and Sun Catcher will not be free after December 31, 2015.  As a participant of the CAL the patterns are free to use. Other than that it is up to the designer of each pattern whether they stay free or not. The price stated above is as of this post I cannot promise that it will stay at that price.

Until I post again,

Keep hook’n!

Credits:

Sun Catcher, SmoothFox’s May Flower & Romantique:  Hand Crocheted by Artisan Patricia Geraghty-Gaddis

Here is a big Thank You to the Designers

Sun Catcher:  Julie Yeager

SmoothFox’s May Flower:  Donna Mason-Svara

Romantique:  Joyce Lewis

March Block-A-Month

Emmalynn 12″,  Bobbly Flower 6″ and Spiro Star 12″ Squares.

Here they are the blocks for March’s Block-A-Month Crochet-A-Long are they beautiful or what? One of the things I have found out is that I do have a little bit of artistic license with the block-a-month patterns, I am truly appreciative of that.

For instance the Emmalynn 12″ block, I saw a flower and in the center of the flower the spokes reminded me of filaments holding the stamens coming out of the center towards the petals.

Lillium Stamens
1. Stigma, 2. Style, 3. Stamens, 4. Filament, 5. Petal
It’s difficult if not a little tricky to try to make a 3D object out of something flat, but this is what I saw when I looked at the pattern for Emmalynn so I had to try to duplicate what I saw in my minds eye with color. The only changes I made to this pattern was when I crocheted around the flower I crocheted into the back posts with the greens to get the flower petals to pop up a bit. I also crocheted into back post of row #8 with the dark plum, all the back post stitches were made with original stitch from  the pattern.

Bobbly Flower 6″, I love this little square! I have this theme going where all the 6″ squares are going to be chocolate-brown, I’ll work them in with the rose-colored 12″ squares to make a lapghan ( a lapghan is a bit smaller than a afghan).  But, to work this square in all chocolate would do it a great  injustice I felt, so I added a dab of heather. Doesn’t it look like a chocolate cookie with a dab of cream cheese frosting on it yummy! Oh here goes my sweet tooth!

Last but not least is the Spiro Star 12″, I followed the instructions on this square I didn’t need to change anything. Except for the hook size, which I used to crochet all three squares I used a G/4.00mm hook.

Until next month,

Keep hook’n!

Credits:

Emmalynn, Bobbly Flower & Spiro Star:  Hand Crocheted by Artisan Patricia Geraghty-Gaddis

Here is a big Thank You to the Designers

Emmalynn:  Carol Christmas

Bobbly Flower:  Mad Blanketer

Spiro Star:  Helen Shrimpton

The image of the parts of a flower were taken by:  JJ Harrison and I found it on Wikipedia

February’s Block-A-Month

Fall Flower Corner Cluster 1 & 2 Happy Hearts
Fall Flower   Corner Cluster 1 & 2   Happy Hearts

It’s the end of February and the Daffodils and Crocuses are blooming here in the Pacific NW. We have been so lucky to have a mild winter. The rest of the country has been and still is being hammered by winter weather, not to say that we still couldn’t get it; it still is winter after all.

These are the February squares from the Ravelry Block-A-Month Crochet-A-Long, 2 12″ squares and 2 6″ squares. The 2 6″ squares are from the same pattern they are 2 variations of the Corner Cluster and I liked them both so I crocheted them. The Happy Hearts was a fun pattern to crochet, my square was coming out way smaller than it should have been according to the pattern so I had to add a round of double crochet 2 together (dc2tog) and change the stitch used on another round to a half double crochet (hdc) to get it up to 12″. I used a G/4.0mm hook instead of an H/5.0mm hook like the pattern called for, ops, o’well! I think it came out looking beautiful, so I am quite happy with it. It was a happy mistake! Last, but not least is Fall Flowers I love the way this square turned out. I used a G/4.0mm hook on this also and it was turning out too big so I had to leave out the 14th round and change the last round to a single crochet (sc) to keep it to 12″. O’ya the pattern called for an F/3.75mm hook, ya… I know…. well I think I will probably stay with a G/4.0mm hook. So far it’s a 50/50 on whether the gauge is right or not, I mean the two Corner Clusters turned out alright with a G hook!

Until next time,

Have an awesome day,

Patricia

Credits:

Fall Flowers, Corner Cluster 1&2, & Happy Hearts:  Hand Crocheted by Artisan Patricia Geraghty-Gaddis

Here is a big Thank You to the Designers

Fall Flower: Designer Aurora Suominen

Corner Cluster 1&2: Designer Lois Everett

Happy Hearts: Designer Chris Simon

January’s Block-A-Month

Pizzazz, Granny4, Prince Protea
Pizzazz           Granny 4           Prince Protea

I found out about Ravelry through a blog I had been following that had some great instructions for crochet hats and headbands, so I decided to check it out and I liked what I saw and signed up. I hadn’t been doing too much in the Ravelry community because about the same time, I had decided to start a blog about crocheting and what ever else tickled my fancy at the time. So needless to say I got side tract for a time, but it was worth it because well………..I’m here now crocheting and learning some awesome techniques. There is a community on Ravelry called the 2015 BAM CAL or (2015 Block-A-Month Crochet-A-Long). I will be crocheting 3 to 4 blocks a month for the next 12 months and I have to say so far this is a wonderful experience. The blocks generally have different authors or creators and so although the abbreviations for the instructions are pretty much the same the writing styles differ a bit so at times it can be a bit of a challenge to read them. I am finding that the gauge that crocheters use really vary quite a bit, what I mean by that is the pattern may call for an H hook size, but for me most of the time I have to go down to a G or F to get the size of the square right,  I tend to crochet a bit looser it’s more comfortable for me. Every now and again I get a surprise and the creator of the pattern also crochets in my gage……I can already tell this can be a bit tricky at times,,,,,,  I am up to the challenge though :).  If you could see me now you would see me flexing my arm muscles, getting ready ha-ha

Until next time,

Have an awesome day,

Patricia

Credits:

Pizzazz, Granny 4 & Prince Protea: Hand Crocheted by Artisan Patricia Geraghty-Gaddis

Here is a big Thank You to the Designers

Pizzazz: Designer Melinda Miller

Granny 4: Designer Woodshoppe1

Prince Protea: Designer Virginia Burrow & Dedri Uys