Number 101, THE END: Blue Monday

I knew this day would come.

This is my LAST SQUARE for Project 101. Number 101.

How fitting is it that I used blue yarn? AND today is a Monday.  I am a bit “blue.”  THE END.  And it is oh so bitter sweet.

I am happy to have accomplished something I set out to do and see it to the finish. But I am sad to see this project come to an end. I was delighted to get started each morning. Not knowing what challenges I would face. Each square offered different techniques and different ways to create a square.

I am not even afraid of Puff Stitches any longer. This entire square is nothing but puff stitches. Puff stitches??  Hmmm. I can remember attempting to make my very first one months ago. That ONE puff took one hour. I could not get the hook through all those loops. But I have come a long way, baby!! Only took me an hour to finish this entire square.

Well, here it is… drumroll….

Square 42

  • colonial blue
  • hook G
  • measures 6 1/2″
  • puff stitch

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The reason I selected this square as the last was so I could strut my stuff. Telling myself I no longer needed a crutch.  Did not need to insert the plastic needle through the loops to slide the hook through. Nope, didn’t. I learned a new trick along the way to get the hook through all those loops. Pinch the bottom of the yarn as I pull through the top. It works for me every time.

So many things were learned. Maybe I’ll do a post on them. Later.

But today I just want to enjoy the thrill of accomplishment.  Hope you enjoyed each and every square.  To those of you who bought the book or plan to do so, good luck to you. Hope you will have as much fun as I did.

Thank you for following me from the first square to the last.  And especially thank you for your encouragement when I needed it.

Patterns can be found in the book, 101 Crochet Squares, by Jean Leinhauser.

Go to my Photo Gallery to see them all.

8 comments on “Number 101, THE END: Blue Monday

  1. kokopelli79 says:

    Yeah! That’s great! Congratulations! I can’t promise that I’ll crochet every square from the book, but I’ll use some of them for future projects.

  2. jessyz says:

    Congratulations! I’ve been following the square making but was always too lazy to comment but seriously, awesome work! I’d love to see them all side by side now. Which was your favorite?
    And I absolutely love this one too.

  3. Belinda says:

    Congratulations! Now, are you going to commit to learning to quilt and show us some beautiful quilt blocks? 😉

  4. DeeDee says:


    Congratulations on finishing all of the squares. What a huge accomplishment! You crochet so beautifully; all of your stitches look so even. When I first came across your blog, I thought that your goal to complete all 101 squares was a bit ambitious, and if you were able to reach it, it would be many many months before you finished. Well, I was wrong. You did it, and in record time. I think I will purchase the book you used because many of the squares you made are so lovely, and I’ve been wanting to make an afghan from squares, but haven’t found a pattern that I really love, but with all of the squares you made, it will be difficult for me to pick a favorite.

    Thanks for sharing your journey through this book with us. When I begin my afghan and begin to feel frustrated by a stitch that I don’t understand or doesn’t seem to be coming out like the book says it should, I will come back and read through your notes to give me inspiration and patience.


  5. don_mae says:

    Thank you, everyone, for your kind comments on my Project 101. It was sooo rewarding.

    Just today I revisited an item I previous thought too ambitious for a newbie crocheter. And so far, I haven’t had a problem with the directions. It’s true. Practice makes perfect.

    Jessyz, I added a link to my Project 101 Photo Gallery to this post. Click on it to see all squares. I have a lot of favorites. Most of the ones with pink. Those catch my eye first.

    Belinda, soon. But it will be something small. Something I can hold up within a day or 2 and say, look what I did. 😀

    DeeDee, I surprised myself!! But I knew I wanted to make them all just to see if I could do it. It took all of 53 days, working off and on. From back in May of last year (there was 6 months in between that I took a break) till now. I hope you do buy the book. You won’t be disappointed.

    Thanks again. Come back next week. I have a surprise.

  6. Crystal says:

    Oh Donna!
    I’m so proud of you!!! (I feel I can say that because I found your blog in the very earliest of your crocheting days – before you ever thought of this project! Things were not going smoothly then but you were determined.)

    Congratulations on finishing the 101 squares!!! I knew you would do it. 🙂

    They all came out so BEAUTIFULLY – what a wonderful accomplishment!!

    Crystal 🙂

    • don_mae says:

      Awww… thank you, Crystal!! Yep, my early days were rocky and I almost gave up. But encouragement from my regular readers, like yourself, was the reason I kept going. Thanks so much for being there from the beginning to the end. 😀

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