February is here!
I know a lot of folks who don’t like February, but I do. February, even though it’s still the depths of winter here (it’s -9F as I write this, and the sun is shining!) Still, to me it means that the tide has turned: the worst of winter is just about over. We’ll have another month of snow; March is always cold here, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Spring will be here soon. And we’re definitely counting down the days till then.
Until then, we’re dealing with our cabin fever the best we can: drawing, reading, cooking, and lots of crochet. I always seem to be right on time with the BAMCALs for the winter months! Anyway, here are my versions of the February squares. As always, if you want to join in, feel free, the link to the Ravelry group is here.
First up is the February square. Hearts for Valentine’s; this one is called Center Heart Square. The link to the free pattern can be found here. I actually made it for the BAMCAL a couple of years ago in 2012, and it’s neat to see how far my crochet has come since then. My project page on Ravelry is here for my fellow Ravellers.
The second square for the month is the 12” filler. The square here is called Flower Tile Afghan Square (link to free pattern right here), but I ended up improvising significantly on it (see my project page). I use a G hook with Simply Soft yarn for these BAMCALs, and sometimes when the pattern calls for a larger hook, the center pattern tends to appear a lot smaller. So I added some extra rounds in order to make the center flower a little bigger and then compensated as necessary on the outlying rounds. I’m quite pleased with the way this turned out, especially the colors. It reminds me of a garden at nighttime.
Lastly for the month are the 6” squares. We voted to do this HDC Half Metred Square (link to free pattern here). I made two or three of these before finding a style that I really liked (and that didn’t require weaving in a hundred ends!) On these, I alternated color by carrying the other color through underneath the working color (Ravelry project notes here). The results turned out pretty nice, I think. But these took a very long time, and I was just as glad to be finished with them.
I have so many projects going on right now, I don’t know why I keep taking on new ones. I’ll likely end up with a closet full of half-made projects by the time summer comes and I neglect all the crochet for sunshine and outdoors. But in the meantime, I’m going to try to keep going with as many of these as possible! I’ll be back tomorrow with more projects, and more crochet-alongs, so stay tuned!
~ Mellie ★