Discovering Stitch Markers (Square 8 Redo)

Monday, May 18

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Who knew these cute little pastel colored circles could help me become a better crocheter. I bought them but rarely used them preferring safety pins instead. Needing more pins than sticking from my pin cushion and too lazy to get up to find more, I reached for my stitch markers.

I needed them to mark all of the single crochet stitches on Round 6. Yep, I was going to tackle Square 8 again. Not going to let it beat me down. That’s the square I blogged about having to “wing it” since I couldn’t figure out the instructions.

But you know what? A strange thing has happened. The more squares I do (BTW, 3 more done, but will tell you about them later), the more I understand crochet speak. Starting to know what to do when I see “sc group” or “dc corner”. These are short cuts found in the pattern to save the author from having to repeat the complete instructions over and over.

Back to Square 8…. I reacquainted myself with the pattern and got started. When I got to Round 6, I put stitch markers on all of the SC (single crochet) stitches. No more hide and seek. Front and center. All brightly identified in pink, white and blue. Ready for me to find later in Round 8.

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This is about where I was stumped on my first try. Didn’t know how to locate the single crochets from Round 6. Where I had to say my good-byes to the instructions and wing it.

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And here is my second try. Yay!! I made it to the other side. The stitch markers worked.

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There is not much difference in the 2nd one (hot pink) compared to my winged version (sage green), except it is smaller, rounder. I just hated having to admit defeat.

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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.

Crochet Square 8 (Winging It)

Monday, May 11

Spent the weekend working on my Project 101 crochet squares, watching You Tube videos, studying patterns and deciding which macrame projects to do.

Trying to move away from my comfort zone and learn something new, I selected Square 8. It has FPDC stitches. Front Post Double Crochet. My first ones. Watched a You Tube video demonstration before starting.

Rounds 1-6. Going smooth, following along with the instructions.

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Round 7. Here come the FPDC’s. Slowed a bit to get them just right. If you know how to do a FPDC then you know you are working from the current row going DOWN to the PREVIOUS ROW. They are the puffy stitches in cream. You wrap around “that” stitch 5 times. Pretty, huh? This little section would make a cool coaster.

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Round 8. This round kicked my butt and left me scratching my head. Directions said to “3 dc in each of next 2 sc on Rnd 6.” What!! Huh??? Now how the heck can I see Round 6 stitches all covered up with Round 7 and 8’s. I could not find where I was supposed to be. So…… I winged it. I made up my own pattern to finish up this round and the last round which was just a border trim going around the square with single crochet stitches.

I can’t tell if the instructions were screwy or if I needed some help interpreting them. Here is where I got lost, where my hook is.

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I finished this row with double crochet stitches.

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Here’s my finished square. It measures 5 3/4″. Larger than the one in the book which is 4 1/2″.

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Yarn used:
Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream 100% cotton in Sage Green and Cream


Go here for pattern instructions.

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

Making Crochet Angel Dishcloths

Wednesday, April 15

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This angel dishcloth is so cute. Found the pattern on-line and just had to try it. Don’t know why I bother buying pattern books since it seems there are millions for free.

One thing though about the free ones. Some have errors in the directions and also typos. But they are free, so I have to take the good with the bad and work through the unclear parts.

I used cotton yarn. Lily Sugar ‘n Cream. The smaller size skein. Each angel used up one skein. I covered a 2″ gold metal ring for the hanger.

The pattern calls for tacking down the wings but when I did that, it no longer looked like an angel. Looked like a doll’s dress. So I untacked them. I went around the whole thing with a row of single crochet. It makes it look finished.

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Here’s the pattern in case you want to make your own angel. It was easy to make.

http://www.craftown.com/cropat25.htm