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. 😀

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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. 😀

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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.

More Squares Finished: Squares 61, 98, 101, 76 & 78

Wow!! Moving right along. And having some fun at the same time.

Nothing feels better than seeing how pretty something looks after struggling with it. A couple of these squares made me want to curse. I ripped out one square twice to start over. Not because I couldn’t figure it out. But because hubby wanted to chat. I used to be good at multi-tasking. I guess that skill left me when I retired from the 9-to-5 J O B.

Anyhoo, I was able to finish five more squares.


Square 61

Was supposed to be 4″. Even using Hook G (my favorite), I still ended up with 5 1/4″. But I liked it enough to make THREE of them. Once finished with all 101 squares, I may swing back to this one and make a scarf. Or an afghan.

  • used Lion Brand, Vanna’s Choice acrylic yarn
  • colors: brick and brown (Espresso)
  • hook G
  • measures 5 1/4″ by 5″
  • cluster stitch

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I stayed true to the pattern except for one small change. In the middle, on all sides, I made a hdc instead of a sc. I wanted the sides to not pull in.

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Square 98

This square I started to hate about 15 minutes in. It started to ruffle and pull in. I was not happy but kept going. You can’t tell it from these photos but the square would not lie flat. I had to tug on it.

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You can see the curling in these next pictures. And my tension is normal. Not too tight and not too loose.

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I made a second square just to see if I could improve on it and try to get it to lie flat. And I did!! I added some extra stitches to the beginning round.

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Problem solved. I like this square and may make more.

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Square 101

This square starts off good. No problems. I liked it.

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Here’s where I stopped liking it. The open spaces around the edges are TOO open. It makes the square feel flimsy.

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It curled badly around the edges. I will block it and try to make it square. Won’t be making this one again, unless I stop at Round 4. Or finish the last rounds with all double crochet for a filled look. I do like the cluster stitches in the center.

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Square 76

This next square, I have plans for. I love the flower and will make more of them. The only change I made was when doing the corners in the last round, I made them with dc, tr, dc. Instead of all dc’s. I tried it with all double crochets but it had a rounded look. The triple in the middle made it more square.

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I only took a couple photos. The colors (gray/black/white) weren’t coming out that great.


Square 78

This next square is the one I had to do over several times. I can’t seem to count stitches and chat with hubby at the same time. When I got to almost the end, I was missing a few stitches. Ripped it out. And the same thing happened a second time. Took a rest break before continuing.

Only a couple photos for this square too. Black is hard to photograph.

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Oh, I forgot to tell you. This square is made all in the back loops. I like the design. Don’t know if I will make more though. Very time consuming to only go into one half of the stitch for the entire square.


So… that does it for now. Back to my book. BTW, if anyone wants to make these squares and follow along with me, the book is called 101 Crochet Squares by Jean Leinhauser.

Note: Lion Brand, Vanna’s Choice, acrylic yarn used. Hook G.

Project 101: Picking Up Where I Left Off

Can you believe it’s been 6 months? Time flies when having fun.

OK, time to get back to working on this project. Called Project 101 since there are 101 crochet squares in my book. The name of the book is 101 Crochet Squares by Jean Leinhauser.

Here’s Square 1. A giant pansy in the center of the square.

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I didn’t think I would like the pansy. It looked odd. But I just wanted to get a square done and crossed off my list. I love it!! It came out so pretty.

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Of course, I did a bit of changing. Altered the pattern. The center (gold color) was so deep you couldn’t see it. So I made a separate circle of single crochet, sewed it on top and added a picot stitch around it. I used light blue yarn for the flower, trimmed in navy. The square is white, trimmed in navy. Square measures 8 3/4″ by 8 3/4″.

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Yarn used:

  • White-Lion Brand, Vanna’s Choice, acrylic
  • Light blue-Red Heart, acrylic
  • Navy-Red Heart, acrylic
  • Mustard-Lion Brand, Vanna’s Choice, acrylic

Hook H

Now I have to decide which square to make next.

Square 99 (Bear Face)

Wednesday, May 27

A bear face square?? Cute but…

This will probably be the only square in my 101 Crochet Squares book that I won’t complete. Not that I don’t like it. I LOVE IT!! But unless I make about 49 more, what will I do with it.

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So… here’s my solution. Make the bear faces and put them on other things. Like this little girl’s purse I created just to put this on.

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I have 2 more faces started. They all need eyes and a mouth.

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I have lots of ideas for these bears. Attach a strand of “something” and make into a necklace. Dangle from a key chain. Put on the front of a hat. Add a bunch together to make a garland. Would look cute hanging on the wall in a child’s room.

Yarn used:
Lion Brand 100% cotton in Espresso (dark brown) & Cloves (medium brown).

Measurements:
Bear, 3 1/4″ not including the ears
Purse, 6″ by 6 1/2″
Strap, 29″ (ch 101 to start)


Go here for pattern instructions.

101 Crochet Squares is by Jean Leinhauser, American School of Needlework, published 1996, ISBN 978-0-88195-715-0.

Square 11

Wednesday, May 27

I like the outcome of this square. Square 11. Even with all the color changes. Pattern instructions were easy to follow.

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I did have one problem though. Trying to get the center on all sides to line up with the other double crochets. They tended to dip. I think an extra chain stitch here would have helped. Or maybe a triple crochet. IF I make another one like this, I will make my own changes. But doubt I will, since it did take a bit longer to make than some of the others.

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Yarn used:
Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream 100% cotton in Rose Pink and Sage Green.
Lion Brand 100% cotton in Espresso (brown) & Natural.

Measures 6″.

Special stitches used: Cluster stitch


Go here for pattern instructions.

101 Crochet Squares is by Jean Leinhauser, American School of Needlework, published 1996, ISBN 978-0-88195-715-0.

Crochet Square 15 (New Look For Granny)

Monday, May 18

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If you like making granny squares but tend to stick to the traditional way, then this square is for you. It still has the classic look but without the big holes throughout.

A foundation row is made between each round for the stitches to hold onto thus reducing the unsightly gaps. It may take a bit longer but you aren’t going back over your work adjusting the sections.

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You could keep going and make an afghan. I didn’t add a finishing border cause I may just do that. Or frame it. This would look pretty double or triple matted.

Yarn used:
Espresso (brown) Lion Brand 100% cotton.
Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream 100% cotton in Hot Orange and Softly Taupe (beige).

Measures 6 3/4″


How many squares have I done? Here’s my tracker.

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/project-101/


Go here for pattern instructions.

101 Crochet Squares is by Jean Leinhauser, American School of Needlework, published 1996, ISBN 978-0-88195-715-0.

Crochet Square 16

Friday, May 15

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Here’s the latest square. Square 16. Finished it today.

When I get 20 of these squares done, think I will take a break. Maybe work up a few of them. My stack of UFO’s is getting higher and I am itching to “make” something.

This square didn’t take long to make though the next one I will alter the instructions a bit. I think there are too many chain stitches in the beginning setting up the foundation for the petals.

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I don’t like skimpy stitches or seeing part of the chain peeking out so I added more DC’s than pattern called for. The next square like this one, I will try it with fewer chains.

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I added an extra row of single crochet stitches around the edge.

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Yarn used:
Lion Brand 100% cotton in Espresso (brown).
Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream 100% cotton in Hot Orange and Softly Taupe (beige).

Measures 5 1/2″.


How many squares have I done? Here’s my tracker.

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/project-101/


Go here for pattern instructions.

101 Crochet Squares is by Jean Leinhauser, American School of Needlework, published 1996, ISBN 978-0-88195-715-0.