Week 7

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Another of my own creations. This is done in double crochet (dc) and double crochet 3 together (dc3tog)

Turq Dbl Decrease

H Hook

Yarn of choice. I only used one color for this and really liked the effect.

Ch 5, sl st in 1st st to create ring.

In ring: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3dc, ch 2, 3dc, ch 1, sl st into top of beginning ch 3

Rd. 1: Ch 3, dc in same sp,*dc,  dc3tog, dc, in ch 2 sp: 2dc, ch 2, 2 dc,* repeat from *to* twice, dc, dc3tog, dc, 2dc in ch 2 sp, ch 1, sl st into top of beginning 3 ch

Rd. 2: Ch 3, dc in same sp,*2 dc,  dc3tog, 2 dc, in ch 2 sp: 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc,* repeat from *to* twice, 2 dc, dc3tog, 2 dc, 2dc in ch 2 sp, ch 1, sl st into top of beginning 3 ch

Rd. 3: Ch 3, dc in same sp,*3 dc,  dc3tog, 3 dc, in ch 2 sp: 2dc, ch 2, 2 dc,* repeat from *to* twice, 3  dc, dc3tog, 3 dc, 2dc in ch 2 sp, ch 1, sl st into top of beginning 3 ch

Rd 4: Ch 3, dc in same sp,*4 dc,  dc3tog, 4 dc, in ch 2 sp: 2dc, ch 2, 2 dc,* repeat from *to* twice, 4 dc, dc3tog, 4 dc, 2dc in ch 2 sp, ch 1, sl st into top of beginning 3 ch

Rd 5: Ch 3, dc in same sp,*5 dc,  dc3tog, 5 dc, in ch 2 sp: 2dc, ch 2, 2 dc,* repeat from *to* twice, 5 dc, dc3tog. 5 dc, 2dc in ch 2 sp, ch 1, sl st into top of beginning 3 ch

Any questions feel free to ask.

Week 6

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This is a pretty simplistic pattern. It consists of half double crochet (hdc) stitches. Here’s my pattern:

HDC Lavaqua

H Hook

Yarn if choice. I chose to use two colors to give it more dimension.

stitches you need to know: chain (ch), half double crochet (hdc), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc)

Ch 5, sl st into 1st st to create ring

Rd 1: Ch 2 (counts as a hdc), 2 hdc, ch 2, 3 hdc, ch 2, 3 hdc, ch 2, 3 hdc, ch 1, sl st into top of beginning ch 2

From this point on change color for each round.

Rd 2: Ch 2(counts as a hdc), 1 hdc in same space, *hdc across (3hdc), in ch 2 space 2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc* repeat from * to * three times, hdc across (3hdc), 2 hdc in ch 2 space, ch 1, sl st into top of beginning ch 2

Rd. 3: Ch 2(counts as a hdc),  1 hdc in same space, *hdc across (7hdc), in ch 2 space 2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc* repeat from * to * three times, hdc across (7hdc), 2 hdc in ch 2 space, ch 1, sl st into top of beginning ch 2

Rd. 4: Ch 2(counts as a hdc),  1 hdc in same space, *hdc across (11hdc), in ch 2 space 2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc* repeat from * to * three times, hdc across (11hdc), 2 hdc in ch 2 space, ch 1, sl st into top of beginning ch 2

Rd. 5: Ch 2(counts as a hdc),  1 hdc in same space, *hdc across (15hdc), in ch 2 space 2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc* repeat from * to * three times, hdc across (15hdc), 2 hdc in ch 2 space, ch 1, sl st into top of beginning ch 2

Rd. 6: Ch 2(counts as a hdc),  1 hdc in same space, *hdc across (19hdc), in ch 2 space 2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc* repeat from * to * three times, hdc across (19hdc), 2 hdc in ch 2 space, ch 1, sl st into top of beginning ch 2

Rd. 7: Ch 1(counts as a sc), 1 sc in same space, *sc across (23sc), in ch 2 space 2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc* repeat from * to * three times, sc across (23sc), 2 sc in ch 2 space, sl st into top of beginning ch 1

Catching up

I’ve not forgotten. Hopefully, I can find time in the next couple days to update with what I have done the past three weeks. The past three weeks have been chaotic for us. We seem to be falling to one illness or another. I have completed a square each week, just haven’t gotten around to posting.  Also, I have to figure out how to put down on paper what I have done with hook and yarn.  The last three squares I have done are my own creations, though they are probably out there somewhere and have a really awesome name to go with them.

Heart Dishcloth

Okay, this isn’t a project that I did for my 52 week project but, it’s still crochet.  Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and I wanted to do something special for my son’s teachers. For Christmas, we made an ornament and some sugar cookies, so I didn’t want to do the same thing for this holiday.  I thought about doing a scarf but I’m not a fast crocheter and I wanted something that would be done within an hour. Then I thought, why not dishcloths? Even better, why not a heart shaped dishcloth?  A quick search and I stumbled upon this beauty on Ravelry.  I had scrap cotton yarn laying about. I had a G/ 6/4.25mm hook laying about. So off I set. And here’s what I ended up with.  I love the bright color and I hope that his teacher does, too. I will pair it with a bottle of Dawn Hand Renewal dish soap and one of the homemade valentine’s that my little guy is working on.

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Week 5

ImageI didn’t forget to do a square last week, I promise.  I was just quite busy and didn’t have time to blog about it.  This is a square from Edie Eckman’s Beyond the Square: Crochet Motifs.  I love, love, love this book. I highly recommend it if you want to venture, beyond the square.  Anyways, for this square I used a H/8/5.00mm hook and some of my stash yarn.

I am really enjoying doing this project.  It gives me the opportunity to try new square and to use up some of my scrap yarn I have laying about.  If you are doing a similar project, I would love to see. So, feel free to leave a link to your blog in the comments.

Week 4

ImageOne of my goals this year was to begin learning Tunisian crochet.  I recently purchased a J/10mm afghan hook and Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet by Kim Guzman and set out to learn.  My 52 week project was the perfect excuse to give it a try (as if I needed an excuse.)  After a few attempts of learning the foundation row, I finally suceeded and I was off.

For this square I used:

J/10mm afghan hook

Vanna’s Choice in Terracotta

My pattern:

Chain 18 with afghan hook

Tunisian Simple Crochet for 14 rows

Changing to H hook, single crochet around placing 3 single crochets in each corner.  Fasten off.

This square is definitely going to need to be blocked.

Week 3

Week 3

The pattern I used this week is called Cool Flames Granny Square.

Just click above and it will open in a new window.

I used a J Hook and bits of yarn from my Gram Stash (leftover yarn that my Gram gave to me.  Most are partial skeins and I don’t have the names for them.)  It is a chocolatey brown and a minty green. I thought it was a nice combination.

Also visible, Sin in the Second City by Karen Abbott. I just started reading it and I am so far enjoying it.

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