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.
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!
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.
Here are the next three square’s of the Circle Of The Sun-Mystery CAL, we are now officially 2/3 rd’s of the way through the crochet along woohoo! I am using the same color scheme as the first three Circle Of The Sun squares.
Each weeks square is more detailed than the last. For instance on this square row two is layered by row three (the wine color) and row four (the variegated color), row two is yellow and it is almost invisible unless you look at it from an angle or get a glimpse through a corner of a wine petal. What this does is give some lift or a bit of dimension to the square while the different colors give a unique look and feel like the rose-pink overlaying the lilac. Maybe its just my eyes, but it appears like the lilac has more of a purple look under the rose then it does over the yellow where I stitched it.
Block #5 reminds me of a wheel, a different spin on overlay design? You can see the background colors on this block really well. I think I am in love with this technique, I can foresee making many different items like place mats for the dinning room table, a nice jacket, Christmas ornaments, garlands, coasters, Jewelry; Tatsiana of Lilla Björns Crochet World (who is the designer of this CAL) also has patterns for bracelets which are really cute I figure that would be a good place to start and of course this project is going to be a pillow.
When I start thinking about the different items I could make using this technique by itself or with other techniques there are limitless possibilities, sometimes to many possibilities, I get stuck thinking about them and don’t get much crocheted! So far block #6 is my favorite block, there is quite a bit more overlay in it, as a matter of fact there is an entire row underneath the variegated petals that you can barely see, the hidden row is pushing up the flower in the middle of the square giving it dimension.
For this blog post I have taken a picture of the back of the three blocks so you can see the different between the front and back. For instance the rose-pink spokes in block #6 can not be seen from the back at all.
As you can see with the overlay technique you really only have one side that can be visible. It does look completely different then the front and ya my finishing off is a little messy but not bad. The blocks that are made with the overlay technique are fairly thick blocks, they wouldn’t do for a sweater, but would make a great jacket or even a coat. Anything where you may want a thicker crochet this would work beautifully.
Sun Catcher 12″, SmoothFox’s May Flower 6″ and Romantique 12″
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.
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!
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.