Granny Square

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    Pacific Northwest
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    Crochet, Sewing
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  • How long have you been crocheting?
    1970's Granny Square era ;)
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    Lately inspired by the 'ville!
  1. Yep. It was a little (a lot) convoluted, but then I like the funky old whodunnits, with amusingly twisty plots. Not gory, just plotty, 'Col. Mustard in the drawing room with a paper clip' sort of stuff. I've been enjoying the Father Brown Mysteries on PBS recently, reminds me (a bit) of some of Agatha Christie's stuff.
  2. 18.011.20055 is the latest Acrobat Reader version (I have Windows 10 if that matters), and the PDF was formatted correctly for me as well. Sherbear, maybe check to see that your version is up to date? I wish I'd been able to watch the Wimsey series on TV back in the 60s-70s, it wasn't something my folks wanted to watch so I missed out. Only recently just saw a movie where he was portrayed by an American, of all things (Robert Montgomery).
  3. You're welcome, but I can't take credit for that discovery. I came across it while making a "2018 US Olympic" hat -- pattern is here: I didn't quite believe it when I read the directions, and had to do a swatch - pretty cool, eh? Bottom of the tube thru both loops has a vertical grey stripe drifting to the right, top of the tube I switched the line to red and used back loops. Oops, sorry the pic is so ginormous.
  4. Looks like they are having 1 knit and 1 crochet pattern each week; they are presently at week 2. If someone were adventurous, they could probably re-create the knitted fair isle stocking in waistcoat stitch, with plain sc for the afterthought heel. The biggest mysteries if you don't know how to knit/read a knit pattern, are the increases and decreases: kfb is an increase (2 stitches into 1), ssk and k2tog would both translate to sc2tog (or waistcoat2tog I suppose). You could also do this tapestry style, or as I recently discovered from a colorwork hat pattern, sc in the back loop (the stitches line up in a vertical line, and don't drift to the right as they normally would in the round.) For the heel: where it says to put stitches on a waste yarn, and then put the needles back into the stitches that were on the waste yarn - ignore this, since crochet stitches don't need to be kept 'live' strung on a string or a needle, you'd just be leaving a hole where the heel is and then later returning to crochet around (and close) the heel.
  5. Pooling is the get (often) ugly blobs you get most of the time with variegated yarn (you can tell I'm not a fan) but Red Heart has done some patterns with 'planned pooling' that looks like plaid. Your gauge has to be 'just so', and you have to use a specific yarn for it to work This looks like 'waistcoat stitch',Amy posted a link to a Christmas stocking pattern using this stitch a while back...I think this was it
  6. Maybe if the sequence was like your square except move the dark purple to the outside of the pink. So, variegated, yellow, green/blue, pink, purple. Would be more rainbow-y? Light to dark on the intensity scale?
  7. Pretty! Just a thought, for gifts make sure the recipient uses an overhand grip. I use a 'pencil' grip and those would just get admired for looking nice I'm afraid. I imagine the extra weight at the back end would be fatiguing at best.
  8. It is pretty, but I'm sort of giving that second round the side eye (looks like dark purple on my monitor). It doesn't seem to 'go' with the other colors, intensity-wise. It might almost work better if you used the purple every other row instead of black to set the other colors off . Or maybe it's the purple's position next to the yellow, since they're opposites on the color wheel (which means they go together but make each other look brighter). Or maybe it's because it's not one of the colors in the variegated...having trouble putting my finger on it. Here's you photo in greyscale, see the others are more similar in intensity.
  9. Oh my, that's a huge coverlet, and it came out beautifully! As well as the doll dress. She has such an interesting expression!
  10. Some of the squares that had 1 central flower in the Ravelry link look like they could have been close to the base of the squares used in this blanket if the flower was green. I'm fairly certain the 3 flowers in your pattern would have been made separately and sewn on. This pattern in green has the same number of flower petals that could be leaves if done in green, and white around (maybe fewer outer rounds): Or this one The flower in your pic is something like: adjustable ring, then *SC, DC, SC into the ring a total of 5 times. Later, sewn or embroidered them on with a french knot in the middle of the flower. Really, I'd plan it around the square I chose, then work out the stitches needed for the gingham rows - the most you could be 'off' is 2 stitches (because the gingham repeat is only 3), so you might have to have 1 or both sides end in a a 4 stitch square or switch colors for only 1 stitch at 1 edge, or have 1 edge have a 2 stitch square.
  11. This is a photo of a blanket someone is selling in their shop, there may not be a specific pattern for it. She may have just married a flower motif square (which may be something she made up) with the 'gingham stitch' pattern (just alternating 2 colors in a row). Here's a free potholder pattern with the gingham design This is not the same block, but was one that didn't have 1 big flower in the center (and I thought the way the flowers were made was ingenious--in a continuous ring) Here is a listing of a bunch of 'flower block' patterns, maybe something here will catch your fancy &pa=granny-square&view=captioned_thumbs&craft=crochet&sort=best&page=1&availability=free If you are not a member of Ravelry, it may come up without specific search parameters - you can choose 'free' at the menu on the left, and search terms at the top. I first crochet at the left, then in the search box typed 'square' and it came up with an attribute=square which I chose, then typed in 'flower' (edit - or try 'garden'). Note, this site is a source reference -- not all patterns on this site are downloadable or even easily findable, they may be in out-of-print books or no longer existing internet sites.
  12. Happy Independence Day! I always enjoy the tables you share with us.
  13. That site has the coolest patterns. This one is ingenious!
  14. You should not be facing a situation like either of your pics (where you have 2 finished sides facing, but unjoined). To take advantage of the contiguous scheme, make all the squares first and then attach them all at once. (It's also more portable that way, until the very end). You don't even want to completely edge 1 square, before moving on. There are connection schemes where you can finish some of the squares with the 'first side' edge, but it takes a lot of planning ahead to do this unless all the squares are identical. The beauty of this pattern, besides the nice diamond motif, is how they're connected in one line and they've laid out a map >-->--> to follow. If you want to make 1 square at a time, then start the edging: (red numbers are first and second side edging schemes, blue letters are the first 4 squares you start with) Make the quarter size square (A) that will be at the corner where the diagram says to start the contiguous edging, Edge 2 sides of that square in the 'first side' way (not connecting to anything, starting at the starting point of your diagram), then STOP edging. Make a tall half-sized square (B), then where you left off edging the quarter sized square chain 3 (this is the X in my annotating your diagram below) work along 1 side of that half-sized square, STOP edging Make a full sized square (C), then continue the edging along 2 sides of the full sized square in 'second side' edgings connecting to squares A and B (follow the directions to join multiple squares in a corner), then along the third side of the same square in a first side type edging.... I've just very wordily explained the path in the below diagram, by following the arrow lines. The next square will be the short wide side square D, which you'll connect to square C and then make the edging along the side of the blanket...and so on.
  15. Those are very cool!