9 More Crochet Squares Finished=60

I am moving right along. Addicted to making crochet squares. I may just finish with all 101 sooner than I thought.

The squares I bypassed when I first started aren’t that bad. The book gives clear instructions on how to make the special stitches. Such as popcorn, puff, back/front post, double triple crochet, clusters. All of these were new to me.

As to the new stitches, I like clusters best.

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If you saw my last post, then you know popcorn stitches are not very high up on my likable list. But I guess, as with anything new, they have to grow on you.


Here are my latest squares.

Square 2

  • dusty blue, lime & olive
  • hook G
  • measures 7 1/4″
  • stitches: FPsc (front post single crochet) & dtrc
  • added extra sc row around edges

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Square 28 – Christmas

  • forest green, cranberry & mustard
  • hook G
  • measures 7″
  • cluster stitch

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Square 29

  • mustard
  • hook G
  • measures 8″
  • cluster stitch

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Square 38 – Yuck!!

  • dusty blue, lime & olive
  • hook G
  • measures 6 1/2″

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Spent an hour trying to get this one right. Here’s THE END LOOK per the book. Looks unfinished to me.

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So.. I ripped out the last row and added a row of double crochet. Made some changes to the “corners”. Looks OK now but won’t make this one again. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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Square 39

  • forest green, mustard & white
  • hook G
  • measures 5 3/4″
  • puff stitch

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Square 44

  • dusty blue, lime & olive
  • hook G
  • measures 5 3/4″
  • grill design

One of the few squares not to start with a ring. Nice change of pace and I learned something new. Looks like a game board.ย  I like it, will make again.

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Square 74 – My 1st Popcorn stitch

  • dusty blue, lime & olive
  • hook G
  • measures 6 1/4″
  • popcorn stitch

Verdict is still out on popcorn stitches. These were my first. I wasn’t happy with the result so I made a second square. It came out a bit better.

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Square 90

  • navy, lt blue & white
  • hook G
  • measures 6 1/2″
  • cluster stitch (my favorite)

I got a bit confused when starting off.ย  At the end of Round 1, it said to “turn” but I ended up with Round 2 stitches facing the wrong way. Ripped them out and restarted. So, if you make this square, watch for that.

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Square 99 – Bear

  • brown cotton AND brown acrylic, cream
  • hook G
  • measures 5 3/4″

This square has a bit of history. The face was made May 2009 when I was just beginning this project. I made it into little girl’s purse instead.ย  Circling back to it now, I used acrylic yarn to finish. Face was made with cotton. I still have the eyes and mouth to do.ย  Cute, but doubt will make again.

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Now, I move into TOUGHER TERRITORY. Some of the ones left seem complicated. I will give a shout out if I need help. ๐Ÿ˜€


Squares are being made from patterns in the book, 101 Crochet Squares by Jean Leinhauser.

No Love For The Popcorn Stitch

Don’t know about you but I am not loving the Popcorn Crochet Stitch. It reminds me of “the girls”. A pair of ta-ta’s. ๐Ÿ˜€

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I just learned how to make them yesterday. Following the instructions in my crochet book, 101 Crochet Squares by Jean Leinhauser. They are easy to make, I just don’t like how they look. Thinking I might be doing them incorrectly, I checked YouTube for videos. Found 3, all with different ways to end the stitch. All started off the same with 5 dc’s, remove hook, go into the 1st dc to pull the stitch closed. I tried all 3 ways with the same result. They seem to collapse, spread out at the bottom. And they look like they are on the wrong side.

Oh well, what a big disappointment. I waited until I had over 50 squares under my belt before trying it and it’s no big deal after all.

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Don’t think I will be using this stitch much after finishing my project, Project 101.

How do you close off the top of a popcorn stitch? Chain stitch or single crochet?

Zig Zag, BABY & Giant Flowers: New Crochet Squares

I am happy to report, I have completed 43 squares from my Project 101. 58 to go!!

Here’s the latest. No color explosion this time. I am all over the color map. Trying to mix things up and use some of my yarn just sitting.


Square 89 – Zig Zag

This looked interesting so thought I would try it. Yuck!! The square is all single crochet. Took forever. And placing the zig zags to zig zag just so also took forever. Even with a guide from the book, I still ended up redoing the zags about as often as the zigs. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Will I make this square again? NOOOOOOOOOOOOO.


Square 19 – BABY

Have you tried the new BABY yarn line from Lion Brand, Vanna’s Choice? Very pretty colors. This pink is called Pink Poodle.

Cute, petite. I would make it again.

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In fact, I DID make it again. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Square 69

Looking for a quick and easy square to make? This is it. Kinda plain. Kinda dull. But it’s in the book. So had to make it. I added an extra single crochet row around the edges.

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Square 17 – Love it!!

Love this flower!! It came out perfect. Will definitely make this square and flower again. There are 3 layers of petals. And pattern uses Back Post Single Crochet stitches. They are easy. Just have to determine which stitch they go around.

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Square 32 – Another Uh, Oh Moment

Switched to earthtone colors for this one. Used cream, toffee and espresso dark brown. Espresso almost looks black.

Starts off with this flower.

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Round 8. Uh, Oh!! Not again!! I am making a square. Not a CIRCLE!!

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Still smarting from the flying saucer, I was hesitant to go past Round 8. BUT.. I rechecked all the steps and was pretty certain I hadn’t missed, messed up or skipped anything. Kept going.

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Whew!!

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I added an extra round of double crochet stitches before the final single crochet row.


Squares are being made from patterns in the book, 101 Crochet Squares by Jean Leinhauser.

Yarn used for the above squares:

  • Lion Brand, Vanna’s Choice
  • Loops & Threads, Impeccable
  • Red Heart Soft Yarn

Hook G for all.

Flying Saucer Crochet Square

Have you ever thought you might be doing something wrong but kept at it anyway. Just being stubborn and hard headed. Just knowing for sure your way was right.

Even though it looked stupid!! Yep, me too. Many times.

Here’s one of them.ย  The Very First Flying Saucer Crochet Square. LOL!!

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This is how it all begin…. I decided to make a crochet square in all wool. My first. Looked at the directions for special stitches. Only clusters. OK. No problem.

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Rounds 1-2.

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Round 3. Looking a bit odd, but ok, don’t second guess…

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Round 4. Really starting to look weird, but ok, no second guessing!!

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Round 5. LOL!! What time is take off!!

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Round 6 I never got to. I figured it would just get bigger and sillier.


Here’s me starting Round 3 over. (And I didn’t find out until I was done, that I STILL DID IT WRONG!!)

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NEW Round 4.

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New Round 5 & 6, and done!!

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BTW, this is Square 53 from the book, 101 Crochet Squares. Used Patons wool. Red, ivory and turquoise. Hook G. Measures 6 3/4″. My 2nd mistake was starting off on the “side” of the shell and not the chain spaces “between” the shells. Oh well. You learn from your mistakes, don’t you!!

If you are looking for me… I am somewhere hiding eating crow. ๐Ÿ˜€

Crochet Squares: Lavender Explosion, Snowflake & Flowers

Five more crochet squares completed from the book, 101 Crochet Squares by Jean Leinhauser. (I have typed her name so many times, I don’t have to check the spelling anymore.)


Square 40 – Wheel

Another favorite of mine. I will make this one again. I only made a few changes. And just for a fuller look for the olive round. I added additional double crochets.

Colors are dusty purple, olive and eggplant (purple). Hook G.

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Square 25

You can’t tell from the photo but I had a TIME with this square.

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The center part came out perfectly.

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But the lavender section would NOT lie flat no matter what I did. I could not get it to look right when following the instructions and completely took it apart several times.

Finally after several hours, I said, “to heck with it” and winged it. I put half double crochets where needed to straighten out the rows. And I added an extra round to even things out. Whew!! It looks like the photo in the book but I won’t be making this square again.


Square 96 – Snowflake

No construction problems with this one at all. Very smooth. All the stitches lined up where they belonged.

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Only problem I had was with trying to photograph white yarn. Sorry but my pictures are crappy. Cranberry color is either too dark or white yarn is blurry. This is the best I could get.

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Square 100

This square starts off with a pretty flower.

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The 1st round after the flower had lots of stitches I had never made before. Triple Crochet Cluster (trc CL), Double Triple Crochet (dtrc) and Double Triple Crochet Cluster (dtrc CL). I know how to make them now. Easy.

I will make the flower again but not the square. The flower pulls on the first round and the square makes up too large.

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Square 84

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And I saved the WORST one for last. This is the Square From Hell.
What a mess!! It even looks crooked in the book. That should have given me a clue, Sherlock. I almost gave up on this one too but kept going. The first rows are worked in “rounds” and I am sure somewhere in here is where my block twisted up. I put this purple flower on top of the square rather than pull it apart and start over.

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Nope. Not gonna do it over. Done and moving on.

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So… that’s it for now. When I get to 50 squares, going to take a break and make up something with a few of these squares. Can’t wait. Should be fun.

Want To Learn To Crochet?

Then go for it. Don’t wait.

For my whole life, as far back as I can remember, I have wanted to learn to crochet. But I never tried it. Don’t know why. I just didn’t. Until a year ago. Now I find myself playing catch up. Crocheting day and night to make all the things I previously could only look at.

I have come a long way since the days of struggling with slip knots and chain stitches. To help me get to where I am today, I spent hours and hours READING about crocheting. The Terms. The Stitches. The Techniques. Tips from everybody everywhere. Each experienced crocheter has developed their own favorite ways of doing things. Try them, change them up to the way you like. Develop your own way. Don’t be afraid to change the pattern instructions. Rip it out if it doesn’t work and try again.

In addition to buying crochet pattern books, there’s thousands of free patterns on-line. Free patterns can also be found on the back of yarn labels. Do a search for crochet videos on-line. Many sites offer help on how to get started. Check YouTube. You can follow along with the instructor. And don’t forget your friends and family. Chances are you have expert advice within arms reach. Ask for help if you need it.

Oh, before I forget. One more thing. Classes. Check to see if your local craft stores offer crochet classes. I took one at JoAnn’s. I only learned the basics. How to hold the hook, make a slip knot, do single crochet stitch. By the time I signed up for this class, I was already crocheting scarves. I just wanted to validate what I was doing. That I was on the right track. And I was.

I am sure everyone is different as to what project you were working on when the “lightbulb” turned on and you finally GOT IT. For me it was granny squares and flowers. Working in the round. Once I figured out how to make petals, there was no turning back.

I have stacks of patterns printed out that I want to try. And hundreds more in books I purchased. Everything I see I want to try it. Right now, as you all know, I am investing lots of time working through the book 101 Crochet Squares by Jean Leinhauser. I am going to crochet every square in her book. Then my plan is to make different things from these squares. Pillows, purses, scarves, slippers (yep, there’s a pattern using granny squares), table runners, afghans, etc.

I am 65 years young and hope to have many more years to enjoy this wonderful craft.

So… if you want to learn to crochet, go buy a skein of yarn and a crochet hook. Start today. Don’t delay another second. The joy of seeing the beautiful things you can handcraft will be worth it.

The Petals!! I Figured It Out!!

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Square 50.

After this square dried, it looked so pretty. The blocking helped a lot. It is now square.

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I decided to try again to understand the directions for adding the top layer of petals. It made sense this time.

I like the look of this square. Doubt I will make a second one though. I will probably make a pillow.

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