Spring Crochet Squares

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.

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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.

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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.

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Spiralling into Spring Crochet Square by Margaret MacInnis (free)

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

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Promise Me Spring Crochet Square by Margaret MacInnis ($2.99)

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

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Mirror, Mirror Crochet Square by Funny dieBarbarin ($1.99)

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. 

~Mellie

 

 

Vanna’s Choice Crochet Along Squares

So much has happened over the past couple of months, and I have so many great things to share that I hardly know where to start!  I’ve also done quiet a bit of crochet since I last updated this blog, so check back often as I bring this blog up to date with everything else that’s going on in my life!  First, though, let me spend some time talking about the Vanna’s Choice crochet along squares!  Because these were so much fun to make and they turned out so wonderfully.

As I mentioned earlier this year, the Vanna’s Choice Fan Club over on Ravelry is hosting a crochet along where two squares are selected every month to make, one at the beginning of the month, and one in the middle of the month.  No official “joining” is required, so if you’re interested in participating, the link to the crochet along thread is here, along with the links to the patterns below which have already been selected. 

And while it’s technically a group for Vanna’s Choice yarn lovers, using that yarn is not a requirement either.  However, since I do like that yarn, I stuck with it for the squares.  I love how they turned out, and I think the colors work so well together.  My color selections for this CAL are: navy, brick, mustard, olive, beige and toffee.  Below are the four that I’ve made, and March’s was just put up a few days ago, which I’ll be working on soon as well!

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Blizzard Warning Crochet Square

 

Vanna’s Choice Crochet Along Squares

 

Blizzard Warning Crochet Square

I love pretty much every single pattern that Polly Plum makes, and this square is no exception.  Blizzard Warning is a beautiful square with some great detail and texture.  The snowflake motif is just so pretty, and a very fitting pattern for the beginning of January (even though it took me to almost March to finish it up!)  There is a very detailed, step-by-step photo tutorial on how to make this square free on her website, and you can find that pattern through this link here

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Rachel Block Crochet Square

Rachel Block Crochet Square

The Rachel Block by Melissa Green is another fantastic example of texture in a crochet square. I love the juxtaposition of the organic and soft center motif to the angular lines that the front and back post stitches make around the border rounds.   This pattern is a free Ravelry download which you can find here.  I made a few modifications to this square for both decorative and functional purposes (my corners were bulging a bit).  You can find these modifications in my notes on my Ravelry project page

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Denna Crochet Square

 

Denna Crochet Square

Another beautiful crochet square by Polly Plum is the Denna Square. This is another square that I have made before, earlier in the year – and one that contains great memories, as I was sitting  in downtown Chicago having the time of my life while crocheting it.  While this one was made in a little more humble conditions, cuddled up under winter blankets, it was nonetheless still a fun square to make again.  This is a free Ravelry download that can be found here

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Frostbloom Crochet Square

Frostbloom Crochet Square

And finally, Shan Sevcik’s Frostbloom Crochet Square is such a pretty and fun square to make.  It’s available as a free Ravelry download through this link

I made this square a couple of years ago when it was selected for the 2014 Block-a-Month crochet along.  It’s fun to see how my crochet skills have improved since then (and my photography skills as well I suppose!)  I would definitely count the various crochet-along groups I’ve been involved in with honing my abilities as a crocheter.  Many of the squares that are selected aren’t necessarily squares that I would think to make.  It forces me to use my creativity and color placement in new ways, along with learning new stitches and techniques along the way.  I would definitely recommend a crochet-along to any beginning crocheter. 

Since I made this square before, I thought I would make a few minor modifications.  I wanted a more flowery center and then I altered a bit of the rounds to make it more of a granny-style border, then repeated the pattern outward until it reached 12″.  More detailed modifications and my project page for this can be found here on Ravelry. 

There’s a new square up for the group already, one of Margaret MacInnis’s squares (another very talented crochet designer).   Promise Me Spring is a gorgeous square that I’m looking forward to making.  Check out the group thread and get a coupon code to download it free while you can

Happy Crocheting!

~Mellie ★