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.
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!