Monday, 7 March 2016

Random Project 2016, Part 2

Following on from this post:

Random Project 2016




I have now moved on to Part Two!

It was always my intention with a very random set of colors to surround the multi-colored squares with one unified color, to bring them all together visually and to give an even baseline for sewing them up.  I have no idea yet how these squares will be arranged finally, but this is the next phase:


I have simply taken a few skeins of Cream colored aran weight yarn (#4, 10ply); again with my trusty 5mm (H/8) hook and surrounded them with a fourth row of granny clusters.  I think the effect is quite dramatic!

Remember, I have not put any real thought into this project.  The whole idea is something totally mindless, relaxing, and something you can pick up for a few minutes at a time, or for hours at a time, whatever suits you, using scrap balls of yarn, and make something pretty.

It symbolizes a time in my life when everything turned into chaos and heartache, and was very dark indeed.  My ability to "design" seemed to have left me for a time as I struggled with a whole gamut of emotions and life-changes.

Carole King once sang about our lives being a Tapestry.  Some of you are old enough, like me, to remember that song when it first came out!  This project is a symbol of my life over the past few months.  Beginning with an unraveled pile of seeming chaos, being picked up, one small piece at a time, and woven into, hopefully, something beautiful.  Certainly something that is helping me to recover and which will be a treasure to me in the years to come.

I hope you find a similar strength from similar projects.

Crochet doesn't have to be difficult to be pretty.

More to come soon!

AG :)

The Pattern:  



Materials required:  Any oddments/ odd skeins of aran weight yarn (#4, 10 ply); a 5mm hook (H-8); scissors, yarn needle.

Yarn can be all kinds of colors, either coordinated or not.  This can be completely random and it will still work.

Row 1:  With 5mm (h-8) hook, make a Magic Ring (alternatively, chain 4, sl st to beg chain to make a ring), Ch3 (counts as 1 dc), into the ring you made, work 2dc; ch2; continuing in the ring you made, work (3dc, ch2) 3 times, sl st to top of beg ch3.  Fasten off, weave in ends, and change colour.  (12 dc; 4 x ch2 spaces).

Row 2:  Attach yarn to any ch2 space; ch3 (counts as 1 dc); (2dc, ch2, 3dc) into same ch2 space, ch1; *(3dc, ch2, 3dc) into next ch2 space; ch1*; repeat from * to * 2 more times; sl st to top of beg ch3, fasten off, weave in ends, and change colour.  (24 dc; 4 x ch2 spaces; 4 ch1 spaces).

Row 3:  Attach yarn to any ch1 space; ch3 (counts as 1 dc); 2dc into same ch2 space, ch1; (3dc, ch2, 3dc) into next ch2 space; ch1; *3dc into next ch1 space; ch1; (3dc, ch2, 3dc) into next ch2 space; ch1*;  repeat from * to * 2 more times; sl st to top of beg ch3; fasten off, weave in ends, and change colour.  (36 dc; 4 x ch2 spaces; 8 ch1 spaces).

Row 4:  Attach yarn to first ch1 space on any side; ch3 (counts as 1 dc); 2dc into same ch2 space, ch1; 3dc into next ch1 space; ch1; (3dc, ch2, 3dc) into next ch2 space; ch1; *(3dc into next ch1 space; ch1) twice; (3dc, ch2, 3dc) into next ch2 space; ch1*;  repeat from * to * 2 more times; sl st to top of beg ch3; fasten off, weave in ends.  48 dc; 4 x ch2 spaces; 12 ch1 spaces).

Now repeat from Rows 1 to 4 for all subsequent squares.

When you have enough for the size of blanket you require, start sewing them together!

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