Crochet Squares 23 & 24

Monday, June 1

Finished these a week ago but just getting them posted. Squares 23 and 24. That makes 20 total squares finished. Still a ways to go but am feeling confident that I will make it to 100 or 101 IF I finish the Bear Square. Eventually.

No problems with the directions for either. I like them and will probably make them again. It is getting harder and harder trying to decide which ones not to make into something. So far, there’s only a couple on the Do Not Make Again list.

Square 23
This one has the special Cluster Stitch in the center and also in the corners.

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I didn’t take many photos. Each round was basically the same, just getting bigger. Here’s the finished square.

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And Square 24. Tiny, quick to make. No special stitches. This one I will definitely make more of and make into something.

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It’s been several days since I made any new squares. Maybe will do one or two today. Got squares on the brain. 😀

Yarn used:
Square 23-Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream 100% cotton in Cornflower Blue.
Square 24-Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream 100% cotton in Cornflower Blue & Cream.

Measurements:
Square 23-6″
Square 24-4″


Don’t forget to check out my Tracker and see how I am tracking those squares done and the ones left to do.

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.

Square 70 (4th of July)

Thursday, May 28

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This square shouts the 4th of July or any occasion requiring R/W/B. I like it and will probably make more. I am thinking a purse would be cute lined with red, white and blue material.

It starts off looking like a wheel from a covered wagon.

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Not too many color changes for this square.

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And done!! No special stitches. Just the usual.

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After making this, I found the “true” blue color usually used with red and white. From Lion Brand. If I make more squares, I’ll use their navy yarn instead of Sugar ‘n Cream’s navy.

Yarn used:
Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream 100% cotton in Red, Soft Ecru and Bright Navy.

Measures 6 1/2″


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 26

Thursday, May 28

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Looking at this square, you would probably think all went well, since it looks OK. Nothing could be further from the truth. THIS square gave me fits!!

I couldn’t figure out how to match up my stitching with the pattern instructions. I know there was a mistake somewhere (on my part or on the instructions part, not sure). I am still a newbie crocheter so it took awhile to figure out where I went wrong and how to correct it. Ripped the offending row out and started over.

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Here’s where I got stumped, in case you make this square. You start off with 24 single crochets (in blue) and instructions next say to make a cluster (in white) in the next SC, 12 times. Hey!! That leaves 12 SC, right!! RIP IT. Started over, proceeded with “skip a SC” to complete this row. Somehow, still ended up with no where to put the last cluster. I jammed it in anyway. If you look close, you will see my jammin’.

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No photos to show you for the next yellow round. No problems with it.

And here I am, headed to the finish.

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I like the pattern and the colors. I used the same colors as the book. I may even make more squares and make up something.

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Yarn used:
Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream 100% cotton in Soft Ecru, Hot Blue and Sunshine (yellow).

Measures 5 1/2″.

Special stitch used: Cluster


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 52

Monday, May 18

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The one thing I need to get better at is making circles and working inside the circle. I struggle each and every time trying to get it “just so”, which wastes time. And I am already a slow crocheter.

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This square went ok once I was satisfied with the ring of double crochets. I redid them 3 times. They didn’t look even to me or didn’t lay flat enough. After that, it was smooth sailing.

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Another thing I am learning about myself is that my chain stitch loop is really long. I find I need to add more filler stitches to cover it. Going to try to make it smaller.

I added a flower to the center. It looked too plain.

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Yarn used:
All Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream 100% cotton in Softly Taupe (beige), Cornflower Blue and Bright Navy.

Measures 6 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 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.