Welcome October! Even though the new month is just getting started, I have a whole bunch of squares to catch up on from the past few months over on the Block-a-Month Crochet Along Group on Ravelry. I figured that I’d go ahead and start with the September crochet-along squares and then work my way back. It’s been great fun catching up. My first stop on this road trip that I’m taking was a good friend outside of Nashville. I actually taught her to crochet several years ago and she took off with it, and now does several of her own patterns and commissions. So we had a lot of fun making these squares up over wine on some rainy Tennessee evenings.
The first square, I simply fell in love with! The folksy, textured look of this square caught my eye and I liked it so much that I made up another one as soon as I finished the first.
The pattern is called Esme’s Winter Cottage Crochet Square. You can click that link to be taken to the free pattern. The pattern is done with a series of front posts and chains, and comes across kind of Fair Isle looking, like the big woolen sweaters that I wear on cold, snowy midwestern nights, when I’m inside with a mug of hot chocolate and warm blanket. I suppose its name of Winter Cottage is fittingly appropriate.
The pattern that actually got me back on track after a crazy summer is this Off-Kilter Afghan Block by Joyce Lewis (click the link to the free pattern). She contacted me and asked me if I wouldn’t mind making up a test pattern for her before the square was released, and I was happy to do so. I wasn’t aware that it would be chosen for the BAMCAL for September, or I might have done it in my BAMCAL colors to start off with, but the fact that I didn’t gave me the opportunity to make the square up twice, which was enjoyable. The colors below are from Vanna’s Choice yarn line, in goldfish, white, pea green (discontinued), baby aqua and fern green. I love the combination. I didn’t even realize until now how similar the goldfish color is to the persimmon color from Simply Soft in the square above. I suppose I know what I like!
Finally, the 6-inch square of the month was the Dahlia Burst Afghan Square that can be found for free in the link. I love how such a simple pattern can turn out to be so pretty. These were a breeze to make up, and I had a lot of fun with the variations in color and how they all worked themselves together.
I have yet to get my squares up on my Revelry page or in my gallery (which has also been woefully neglected), but I’m hoping to get all caught up here soon!
I’ll be back tomorrow with more of the BAMCAL squares that i’ve been working on to show you and share with you all! Meanwhile, the October squares are up, so if you’re looking for some fun new squares to make or a crochet-along to join, head on over and check it out!