May, June, July Squares

Great news! I’m finally caught up on my block-a-month squares! I got a bit behind while i was trying to finish up my Poison Oak and Sonation sweaters. But now I’m back on track and will hopefully remain on track, because it’s a lot more pleasant to make 3 squares a month than to make 9 squares in one month… So, without further ado, here’s May, June, and July!

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It makes me so excited about the finished blanket when I see lots of the squares together (although it also makes me dread sewing them all together… but that’s a problem for future me). If you haven’t read my other posts about this blanket, I’m participating in a Ravelry crochet-a-long making 3 afghan squares per month – 2 12 in. squares and 1 6 in. square. The finished blanket will be 5 ft. by 6 ft. The year is over halfway through, so I’m over halfway done with the blanket! I’m using Malabrigo Rios yarn.

Because I have so many squares this month, I’ll just give a quick description of each one and link my Ravelry projects in case you’d like to see more pictures.

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Row 1 (May squares) from left to right:

  • Wishful Thinking (12 in.) by Polly Plum in colorways Purple Mystery, Whales Road, and Lettuce. This was honestly one of my least favorite squares. It was very finicky, and I don’t love the final look enough for it to be worth it. But I did like that it’s different. (Ravelry project page)
  • May Pole (12 in.) by Shan Sevcik in colorways Glazed Carrot, Fresco y Seco, and Whales Road. (Ravelry project page).
  • Parkdale (6 in.) by Sadie Cuming in colorways Archangel, Sunset, and Purple Mystery. (Ravelry project page)

Row 2 (June squares) from left to right:

  • Shoofly Pie (12”) by Polly Plum in colorways Fresco y Seco, Whales Road, and Sunset. I like this square, but I was kind of disappointed to have another pie themed square (Ravelry project page)
  • Chocolate Delight (12”) by Dayna Audirsch in colorways Archangel, Teal Feather, and Purple Mystery. I originally thought this square looked sort of boring, but I really like the simplicity of it. It’s a nice change from the more complex squares. And the bulb-like shape of the petals reminds me of palace towers or something. (Ravelry project page)
  • Charming (6”) by Melinda Miller in colorways Sunset, Fresco y Seco, and Lettuce.(Ravelry project page)

Row 3 (July squares) from left to right:

  • C2: Shining Sea (12”) by Funny dieBarbarin in colorways Glazed Carrot, Teal Feather, and Lettuce. This is my favorite square so far, although it was annoying to make because of all the puff/bullion/popcorn stitches. It’s just so unique with the offset squares. I also think the name is clever. (Ravelry project page)
  • Moon Blossom (12”) by Karen Smith in colorways Archangel, Fresco y Seco, and Whales Road. I really love the alternating stitch effect in the border of this square. (Ravelry project page)
  • Checks and Balances (6”) by Cylinda D. Matthews in colorways Whales Road, Purple Mystery, and Glazed Carrot. I don’t love how this square turned out, but I think its my fault for using two colors that are too similar. Oh well. (Ravelry project page)

Whew! I’m very proud of myself for actually writing about/photographing/Ravelry-ing about all of these squares at once. This kind of documenting can be annoying in the moment, but I love having the record of all of the things I’ve made and what I was thinking when I made them. I wish I had it for earlier pieces I made, but it’s hard to go back and remember what yarn, what size of needles/hook, etc. How do you all keep track of all of the projects you’ve finished?

April Afghan Squares

I managed to get a picture of all the squares I’ve completed so far for my block-a-month afghan! I’m really in love with how it all looks together. (You can read more about the block-a-month crochet-a-long I’ve been doing in my posts for January, February, and March or on the CAL Ravelry page).

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I wanted this blanket to be really loud and crazy and not look like a traditional afghan. I think I’m achieving that! I’m excited that I’ve made it 1/3 of the way through the year without falling behind (thanks to many hours of crocheting on the last weekend of each month…). I can’t wait for the end of the year to see my finished project! Stay tuned.

The first square I made for April is the Key Lime Pie square by Lettice Rose, which is available as a free Ravelry download. If made in the right colors, this square really looks like a key lime pie! I kept the green color for the lime slices but didn’t go much further. I like how it came out sort of mandala-esque. I used Malabrigo Rios (which I’m using for the entire afghan) in colorways Lettuce, Sunset, and Teal Feather.

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The other 12” square is the spiral flower square (also available as a free Ravelry download) by Mehlika Akkaya at Sculptures in Disguise. The flower motif in the middle was really fun to make and is available online – I may use it for something else in the future! I used colorways Archangel, Purple Mystery, and Fresco y Seco for this square.

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The 6” square for April is called Twisted Braids and is by Aurora Suominen. It’s also available for free on Ravelry. I used colorways Lettuce, Glazed Carrot, and Whales Road.

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Here’s hoping I get started a bit earlier on my May squares…

March Afghan Squares

I’m a little late in posting about my March squares for the block-a-month afghan I’ve been working on this year – I actually finished the squares before March ended (yay!), but I didn’t get around to getting them photographed or writing about them until now. I’ve had a really busy April! I haven’t even been able to get started on my April squares yet.

If you’re new to reading the blog (welcome!), I’m working on a crochet afghan through a Ravelry crochet-a-long. I make 3 different blocks each month. You can read more about the CAL and about the squares I’ve made so far in my posts for January and February.

So, without further ado, here are the squares I made for March!

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My favorite of the 12” squares was the Picture Frame Square by Lisa Naskrent. It’s available for free as one of the squares in this Interweave Crochet Chain Reaction Afghan Project booklet. A lot of the other squares actually looked pretty cool as well – future afghan project? I’m using Malabrigo Rios for this afghan, and this square is made in colorways Lettuce, Glazed Carrot, and Fresco y Seco.

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The other 12” square is called That one Sister, and it’s by Melinda Miller – you can download the free pattern on Ravelry. I used colorways Archangel, Sunset, and Fresco y Seco for this one. I really like the appliqué flowers! I noticed after completing this square that it’s made of Mardi Gras colors, so it’s very appropriate for March.

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The 6” square for March is the Popcorn Puff Square by Ruth C. Roy. It’s a cute, simple square that’s actually really clever. The puff stitch flower isn’t a appliqué, but is worked as the center of the square, and subsequent rows are worked in the backs of the stitches. You can download the pattern for free on Ravelry. I made it in colorways Fresco y Seco, Whales Road, and Teal Feather.

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After I finish my April squares, I’ll be officially 1/3 of the way finished with this CAL! I’m planning to get some pictures of all of the squares I’ve made so far next month to see how the afghan as a whole is progressing. I’m still enjoying this project so far – doing all different squares certainly makes an afghan less boring to work up!

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I’ve also been working on a knit-a-long hosted by Tayler of the Wool, Needles, Hands blog. I’ve recently been watching her podcast, and I love it! The KAL is for a lacy spring hat and ends in May – I’ll be sharing my hat here once I finish it! What crochet/knit-a-longs are you working on?

February Afghan Squares

I finished/photographed the February afghan squares for the block-a-month crochet-a-long (CAL) I’m participating in! The CAL is through a Ravelry group – it’s not too late to join! There are only 3 squares a month, and they don’t take that much time. If you’re interested, you can read more about the CAL and my squares from last month in my January Afghan Squares blog post.

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So without further ado… my first block is a 12” square called Marigold Mandala – the pattern is free by Dorianna Rivelli at The Lavender Chair. My afghan is going to be made in Malabrigo Rios, and I got a beautiful golden color called Sunset at the beginning of the month that I thought was perfect for the marigold theme. I also used the colorways Whales Road and Purple Mystery. (You’ll see later on in the post that I must have really been feeling blues, yellows, and oranges this month…). I added an extra half double crochet round because mine was a little less than the 12”.

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The next 12” square is called Kaleidoscope Blossom. It’s by Chris Simon and available as a free pattern on Ravelry. It has a flower with raised petals that makes for a very cool textured effect. This one is in colors Sunset, Glazed Carrot, and Teal Feather. I added an extra double crochet round to get to the 12” size.

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Finally, my 6” square is Window Box Granny by Lisa Mauser. It’s also available as a free pattern on Ravelry. I really love how this square turned out, but the pattern was very complicated and took a bit to work out. It’s in colorways Sunset, Glazed Carrot, and Purple Mystery.

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I thought I’d comment a bit on how I’m choosing colors for this afghan. I wanted it to be a little loud and crazy and colorful. I selected 6 colors of Malabrigos Rios that I thought went well together, and I’ve added 2 more colors. I’ve kind of just been choosing randomly colors that I like together for each square while trying to balance how much I use each color. So far I’m really happy with how it’s turning out! I will probably add a few more colors over the year.

Are you participating in any cool crochet/knit-a-longs this year?

January Afghan Squares

I’ve started a lot of afghans in the 4 years or so since I learned to crochet, but I’ve only every finished one (oops). I just get so tired of all the color changing, sewing, and weaving in of ends. This year, I decided to participate in a Block-A-Month crochet project – through this group on Ravelry. Three square are selected per month: one 12” square, one 6” square, and one optional 12” square. If I do all three squares each month, then at the end of the year I’ll have a 5′ by 6′ afghan! I’m hoping that spacing out the blocks over the entire year will minimize the tediousness of sewing and weaving ends. I’m determined to stick with it! I got a bunch of skeins of Malabrigo Rios at my favorite LYS (local yarn store!) to inspire me.

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The 12” square for January is called Moody Blue. I decided to stick with the theme of the name and make a square in blue tones (Teal Feather, Purple Mystery, and Whales Road).

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The 6” square, named The Efflorescent Window, is probably my favorite. It really looks like a window, right? (Yarn colors: Lettuce, Archangel, and Teal Feather)

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And, finally, the optional 12” square is called Floral Kaleidoscope. I used yarn in colors Glazed Carrot for the flower, Lettuce for the leaves, and Archangel as the kaleidoscopey multi-tone. I really liked this pattern because I learned how to do this easy invisible finish for changing colors in the round.

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I’ve enjoyed making all of the squares so far! The bigger ones do take me a bit of time, but since I only need to make a few in a whole month, it’s very doable, and very rewarding. It’s a nice break from my other WIPs as well. If you’re excited by the idea, join the Ravelry group or choose some blocks of your own!

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What afghans have you finished?