I say spring crochet squares, but I’m actually an entire year behind.
Since last year was spent in a pregnant blur, I missed out on the bulk of the two blocks a month crochet-along (2bamcal2016) on the Vanna’s Choice Fan Club on Ravelry. I made a couple of squares before the pregnancy, but after that, so much crochet work came to a screeching halt. So I may be a year behind, but I still plan on finishing up this blanket. I love the colors, I’m having a lot of fun with the patterns and not putting too much pressure on myself to make them perfectly. And it’s been nothing but fun.
Since I’m going back almost a year, the squares that were selected had a spring theme – and that’s fitting, considering that the weather is warming up around here. I’ve finally started hearing morning birds outside my window again. And the Mr. isn’t paranoid about me being outside because of Zika because I’m no longer pregnant (never mind that there have been no cases of Zika here; he excels at worrying about us all!) I was able to put Clara snug in a wrap and we gathered the kids and the pup and we all went for a long and much needed walk in nature today. It felt wonderful to be outdoors with the wind in our hair and the muddy grass beneath our feet. Our pup greeted each and every dog he met with happy leaps and the boys played up and down the trails. It was really nice. I’m glad that winter is ending.
I digress, though. The squares for the VCFC 2bamcal use a worsted weight (Vanna’s Choice) yarn and a larger hook (5.00/H) than I use in the monthly bamcals, where I do more intricate work. I don’t know why I put so much pressure on myself to get things “just so”, but nevertheless, I do. However, since these are already larger by yarn weight and hook size, it takes much less time, especially when I stop at 9″, and occasionally 12″ (always multiples of 3 for me to make my jumbled afghans!). Not all of these patterns are free either. They may have been at the time of the posting, but they aren’t at this point. I’m always happy to support my fellow crocheters with their pattern writing efforts though; the end results are usually totally worth it.
For these squares, I’m using Vanna’s Choice yarn in the following colors (a dark rainbow): brick, mustard, olive green, navy, honey, and beige.
This is such a gorgeous square, isn’t it? I mean, I can just look at this project and think: so lovely! This pattern incorporates tapestry crochet, where you carry one yarn color underneath the other. I use it often in my work, but this style of using the color switch in chains rather than stitches was new to me. Fortunately, there are detailed instructions on how to do this, and it turned out wonderfully. The pattern is by Margaret MacInnis, whose patterns I’m a big fan of to begin with. You can find this pattern as a free Ravelry download here.
This next square, Promise Me Spring, is also by Margaret MacInnis. One thing about her patterns is that you’ll never get bored making them. This one, for example, was made by making the four centerpiece motif edges separately and then connecting them all together. Pretty unique! But also pretty fun to make. This pattern is available as a Ravelry download for $2.99 here.
Finally, the Mirror, Mirror Crochet Square has really nothing to do with spring crochet, but it’s still flower-ish and pretty (and the other one I completed and took a photograph of in time for this post), so it’s being included anyway. And who’s to say that we’re not all looking at ourselves in the mirror before the warmer weather comes anyway (and admiring the gifts of pregnancy? ha.) Anyway, this is another lovely square to make that is very detailed in instructions. I like that it doesn’t pull at all, which some other square tend to do. Nice, straight edges. And there’s a good variety of stitches involved. Follow the link here to find it on Ravely for $1.99.
It got chilly overnight, and it surely looks like rain, so today seems like it might be a good day to stay inside, cuddle up with my littles ones under some warm woolies and catch up on more crochet and netflix.