Finally, between teething fussiness and the inability to do things that require two hands, I’ve been able to catch up with my February and March crochet squares for the 2017 Block-a-Month Crochet-Along on Ravelry. I’ve actually finished these, like the previous ones, over a period of a few weeks, but actually weaving in the ends and getting the photographs were a whole different story. Regardless, I feel like I’m catching up on so many things that I’ve been meaning to create. Having a baby around again is an amazing feeling, and things are so different than they were when I first became a mother ten years ago! And I’ve been so fortunate and lucky that Clara is a great sleeper and a generally all-around happy baby. My elder boys were much more high-needs, so I’ve been thoroughly enjoying this wonderful time with my little love.
Clara just loved playing with all the yarn while I made these crochet squares. I leave the skein next to her while I’m using it, and she delights in the colors and texture. She’s always supervised because – well, it’s yarn – but I hope she may one day love to work with fiber the way that I do.
Moving on to the actual crochet squares though. These are the February and March squares (minus one that still hasn’t made it to the photograph phase). I’m pretty sure I mentioned the colors before, but I still love them as much now as I did when I first assembled them, and that’s a good sign (not like last year, which saw me changing the whole scheme halfway through the year, and leaving me with a huge amount of work that still needs to be done). The Marigold Mandala Crochet Square by Dorianna Rivelli was the filler (as voted on by Ravellers), and I can understand why – it’s simply a gorgeous square. I love everything about this square, and there is a detailed tutorial of the free pattern that can be found on The Lavender Chair by following this link here.
The Window Box Granny Crochet Square pattern by Lisa Mauser was the 6″ option for February. I made four of them in each of the colors I’m using and used the off-white as the focal point. I usually get a little lazy with the 6″ squares, because repeating four of the same squares over and over can be kind of tedious, but I ended up really enjoying this square and ended up whipping it up in no time flat. This is available as a free Ravelry download here.
Picture Frame Crochet Square by Lisa Naskrent is a square that I made once before in the Sprouting Hues swap, but I enjoyed making it again. I had purchased the pattern back then, but now it’s available as one of the several published crochet squares in the Chain Reaction Afghan Project, and the entire ebook is available for free here, with the Ravelry link here. This really is a gorgeous square, with all the leafy corners and the textured, center motif. And I like this version even better than the other one I made.
That One Sister Crochet Square by Melinda Miller has a touching story about its creation which you can read about on the download link page. I’m a big fan of Melinda Miller’s patterns, because they are very lovely squares that look complicated but are simple to make, especially with her very clear instructions. This one was so much fun, even if I ended up sewing my flowers on instead of leaving holes (you have to actually read the directions to follow them, oops!) I had briefly looked over the pattern before taking my kids to a play place, and by the time I got home, so much of the square was already finished that I decided to just use it as it was. My crochet time is sparse these days. I do what I can. The pattern is available as a free Ravelry download here.
Last but not least, the Popcorn Puff Square by Ruth C. Roy was the 6″ crochet square selected for March. Like the Window Box Granny above, I usually make four versions of the 6″ square, but by the time I had finished the center motifs of the squares, I decided that these would look really nice stitched together without any further rounds added on. I like the way the block turned out with the four motifs, and since I used a G hook, it turned out to be a 9″ square (like my other squares have been this year). Using a sport weight yarn (Caron Simply Soft) and the smaller hook lets me top these patterns out at a smaller size, which, as a multiple of 12 for the final blanket, works out perfectly. The pattern is available as a free Ravelry download here, and can also be accessed on 365 Grannies here.
I’m so excited to have actually accomplished something from start to finish that I have three projects sitting right in front of me that I want to just dive right into. Happy crocheting to you and happy Monday!