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.
This month was different, we have two squares by the same artist. Care to guess which ones? That’s right Lisa and Denna, these two squares have a lot of color changes in them but the patterns are very well written which makes these difficult looking squares a breeze and a joy to make and if you crochet your ends in as you go, that will save you a lot of time and then you won’t have that yukky job waiting for you at the end. That makes changing colors much more enjoyable! On Denna I had to omit the last two rows and manipulate row fifteen to finish the square and keep it at a 12″ square. On Lisa I had to omit the last row. On both of these squares I went with a G/4.00mm hook which is a smaller hook than what was called for.
As I was crocheting these two I couldn’t help but feel like the colors I chose at the beginning of the crochet-a-long were meant for the Polly Plum patterns which was very exciting for me. Sometimes I don’t think about what I’m going to do with the squares as I crochet them and it’s turning out that I have several color schemes going because of it, but I will find a place for the squares at some point and time. That is how these squares started out, but just before I started taking pictures of these squares it came to me that they would make great place mats for my dishes which are assorted solid colors. I like the look of the table with these squares on it, I think they have found their place in my home.
Sweet Sixteen is this months 6″ square and if I would have been thinking about using this square to wrap silverware, I would have used different colors to match the colors in the other squares, but I wasn’t. What I was thinking is that I want all of the 6″ squares to be the same color scheme. These I will use in a lapghan or afghan something of that nature.
Fountain of Roses 12″ , Wrap Flower 6″, and Rachel Block 12″
Fountain of Roses was an interesting square. What I was trying to achieve was the different hues of water coming out of a fountain, I don’t know that I did that, but I think the square as a whole turned out nice. I made no changes to this pattern except for the hook size, which is a G/4.00 mm.
The Wrap Flower square is really pretty, I love this square. It has a dimensional flower in the middle which makes it unique and fun. I did have to leave the last round of the square to stay true the 6″, but that is due to my crochet gauge not the pattern which is well written.
Last but not least is Rachel Block, this is a pretty flower. I messed up on the petals, I liked the way it looked so I kept it. I also had to leave off the last round to keep to a 12″ square. The way the fpdc and fptrc (front post double crochet and front post triple crochet) look crocheted around the flower on the border kind of reminds me of an Irish or Scottish kilt, I don’t know if anyone else see’s that but I just can’t get that image out of my head.
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.
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