Winter photo above courtesy of “The Old and Whimsical World” http://www.facebook.com/TheOldandWhimsicalWorld
Hello everyone! I’ve been a bit off kilter for the past few weeks. Working retail during the holiday season will do that to you! However, my advent tree is set up and I am reading the stories and devotionals for each day, so I am feeling much more centered. On to the crochet!
As much as I love crocheting hats and scarves and things people can wear, my real passion, and the reason I started crocheting, was to follow patterns that weave together different colors and stitches to produce interesting shapes. So…….I am back to “granny squares” for a bit.
I showed my Mom some pictures of this square, and she initially thought that they were all different squares. I realized that most people don’t get to see the magic of each unique round as the piece develops when you crochet. Except for a few rounds that I forgot to photograph, I wanted to show you the development of this square I just crocheted. I pieced together a blend of wintry colors I was eager to use in this “Harry” square designed by Polly Plum at Everytrickonthehook.com. **As always, if any crocheters are reading this and want to know the name of a specific yarn I used, I’ve managed to keep track of the names of most of them, so feel free to reach out to me at http://www.facebook.com/ihaveblueroses or http://www.instagram.com/ihaveblueroses or firstname.lastname@example.org!**
Picking out my colors. I used a combination of Caron Simply Soft #4 yarn and Vanna’s Choice #4 yarn.
After making a magic circle, you add a round of white, then light purple. Using the dark purple, you create a “spike” stitch. This reaches down across the lavender round to create a dramatic look.
Blue “spike” stitches on top of purple spike stitches.
The next round adds another round of spike stitches. This instantly made me think of the “Star of Bethlehem.”
The colors are a bit off in the next few photos because I took them at night, (which comes so soon this time of year!)
Round 7 adds this shell stitch look. I used Vanna’s Choice “Dusty Blue.” Isn’t that a lovely name?
Next round, I outlined the whole thing with a very dramatic teal color. I had faith that it would not veer the color scheme off the rails. I wanted this whole piece to look icy and wintry.
Oops! Here is where I skipped a photo. I added a round of white, then made purple spike stitches down across the white. I see a star, melting ice around a pond, snow and icicles. What do you see?
One more round of blue added, and finally……the border….
I haven’t blocked this yet. (That means shape it.) What do you think?