Tag Archives: CAL

Square Heaven

16 Mar

The trouble with trebles is I have a death grip on the hook while making them. I doubt I could do this many treble clusters in one sitting without major hand cramps.

In Treble

Trebles are not my favorite nor my best-looking stitch by any means…and then to cluster them together? Well, here is the end result of my effort. It is a stunning square in more skilled hands, but I think this came out OK.

Pattern: In Treble by Julie Yeager (available as a free Ravelry download)
Hook: H
Yarn: Pink Poodle/Vanna’s Choice Baby & White/RHSS

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Is this square not absolutely beautiful?? I can’t hardly believe that I made this. Originally I wanted to do this one in a gradient of yellow, orange, to brown or dk blue, but didn’t have the right colors, so went with a pinkish gradient instead.

Double Treble Burst

There are trebles, double trebles to be exact, in this one, too, but just the long front post stitches that create the spikes, spokes, or rays, whatever you like to call them.

Pattern: Double Treble Burst Square by Amelia Beebe (find this one on Crochetville)
Hook: H
Yarn: center outward
ILTY buttercup
ILTY light peach
ILTY pink
Vanna’s Choice pink poodle
RH Soft fuchsia

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Tangled Threads

Tis a fun square to do! The designer, Melinda Miller, has a group on Ravelry that you might like to take a look at. (hint: her patterns are free for the month that it is featured as the block of the month CAL) Her patterns are versatile that allow for a lot of color play and appropriate for a nice span of skill levels.

Pattern: Tangeled Threads by Melinda Miller
Yarn: ILTY lt peach, VC pink poodle, and RHSS white
Hook: H

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OK, one more.

Lucky Charms

and a smaller 8″ version
Mini Shamrock Sq

These are Donna Kay Lacey patterns, whom also has a group on Ravelry and offers her patterns for free if you’re doing the monthly CAL. I love that! Her patterns are definitely more advanced and I’ve sent two of them into hibernation. She also hosts a guest designer for a mystery cal, such as the first square in this post.

Pattern: Lucky Charm by Donna Kay Lacey (linked to her Rav download pdf page)
Yarn: ILTY limelight, pink
RHSS Aran – kicking my butt for grabbing Aran instead of White
The 8″ is RHSS Watercolors and Lt Sage, plus the ILTY in Buttercup.

Would you believe I wasn’t going to do any CALs or Block-A-Month groups this year?? Now, I’m in 3 of them. The joys of playing with yarn!

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more Christmas grannies

17 Feb

Christmas Grannies

It’s hard to take decent pictures lately with all this dreary weather. OF course, the dreary weather keeps me inside and playing with yarn and there’s nothing bad about that!
These are all made with the same I Love This Yarn by Hobby Lobby and an H hook.

Enough Love to Go Around


First up is Enough Love to Go Around by Penny Davidson. It is indeed quite beautiful and perfect for anything Christmas, but I must warn you, this pattern will likely test your patience. The original pattern is not easily followed, although I didn’t particularly find any of the rewrites much better. Looking closely at the photos of others’ squares helped, a LOT. I was not happy with the end result until I blocked it.

Anticipation


This square was part of a mystery CAL with this Ravelry group and the pattern is now posted for free. I must admit that there was a learning curve for me on this one and I had to rework several different areas to get it right. The surface crochet was worked with an I hook, otherwise the rest was worked with an H hook. It’s very detailed, pretty, 3D and will be a lovely addition to my Christmas afghan. This one is called Anticipation. The square would look much better with blocking and another round or two, but it is right at 12″. It won’t matter once it is joined though.

Cute as a Button


Now for something a little easier: Cute as a Button
This is another reliable pattern from Donna aka SmoothFox and there are plenty of pictures in the pattern to help. She is one of the first places I go when searching for square patterns.

Happy Hooking Ya’ll

2009 BAMCAL Afghan

21 Jan



Closeup 09 BAMCAL Afghan

Originally uploaded by ravelSher

Yes, that says 2009….what can I say. Assembly is not my strength.

If you’d like the individual patterns, you will find them throughout my blog. I believe most of the tags are correct and they should all come up.

You can also find them on the Ravelry group for this CAL. BAMCAL

Aran Afghan

15 Jan



Aran Afghan

Originally uploaded by ravelSher

I joined up with a Carolyn Christmas Mystery CAL, earlier last year. Those were some serious crocheting women and I could not keep up with the CAL and real life. I did finish a good amount of the squares and used 9 of them to finish this lap sized afghan.
Looking to donate this to our church’s nursing home ministry or the local mission.

The blocks are done in RHSS aran with a round of a scrap yarn in color and then a round of ILTY in brown.
Assembled with the same brown yarn and slip stitched together.
Finished off with a sc round in black and a row of dc in aran and another row of aran in sc.

The patterns are at Gourmet Crochet.

WIP-it January

1 Feb

Weeeeell, lets see.

  • Heart Garland done and hanging beautifully in my living room, as you can see in the post below.
  • The Snowman was 86’d.
  • The Flannelghan made it out of hibernation! This is big progress. No, it’s not finished, but I am working on the edgings. Working w/2 strands of RHSS easily tires my wrists. I hope the snowy weather doesn’t chase it back into it’s den.
  • 2010 BAMCAL is on target, in fact, I just dl’d February’s patterns tonite. Yay!
  • 2009 BAMCAL squares – strips are together.
  • Brown wool shawl – haven’t touched it.

Shiney Things Update:

I’m not keeping up the pace with the GourmetCrochet CAL. The shell blocks are interesting enough and it will look smashing, I think. Here’s a little peek:
Variations CAL

Test Squares
I’m very honored to have tested two 6″ granny square patterns for SmoothFox Original Crochet Patterns.

Celtic Cross Granny 6×6 – which I already showed you and this new one:

Flower Button Granny 6×6
Flower Button Granny

You can see how the center looks like a 4-hole button.  The variegated w/the red really looks much better IRL than the picture.

So, my WIP-it January wasn’t a resounding success as far as getting all my hibernating projects finished, but I did manage some new to me type projects. Plus, it was all about yarn and all about crochet….always a good way to end the month.

WIPs and shiny things

7 Jan

BAMCAL – 3 1/2 strips complete. Why just 3 and one half strips? Because I get distracted with shiny things.

Shiny ThingGourmet Crochet’s aka Carolyn Christmas is doing a Variation on a Theme Mystery Afghan CAL. I will post a pic when I get a few more squares finished. She posts a new pattern every day.