This is one of those ‘Look at what I made!’ moments that prompted me to start blogging in the first place. I have been sitting on this large crochet square for quite some time now. Not literally sitting, but you know what I mean. Today I finally get to show it to you and I can barely contain myself.
This square is made in three parts using Scheepjes Aquarel and a 4 mm Clover Amour crochet hook (US G/6 UK 8). Using this hook and yarn, the final square is 17″ (42 cm). If you use worsted weight and a 5.5 mm crochet hook, your square should be 24″ or more (depending on your personal gauge). I have seen some truly GIANT ones!!
You can find the instructions for Charlotte here:
- Part 1 – Central Square (includes instructions for size, gauge, and materials)
- Part 2 – Triangles
- Part 3 – Border
- Video Tutorials by Esther Dijkstra from It’s All in a Nutshell
These written-only translations have been done by the wonderful group of translators in the CAL – Crochet A Long Facebook group.
You can add this pattern to your Ravelry Queue HERE and you can find more information about the square below.
How This Square Came About
(Also know as: The Blogpost I Wrote Before I Published the Pattern)
Some of you will have seen the Mandala Rug I made using my friend John’s Blooming Mandala pattern. I just love that rug so much! It lives on the back of our couch and I often look at it while I crochet. Every time I look at it, I can see it growing bigger and bigger in all sorts of dimensions and shapes. When I received a few skeins of the new Scheepjes Aquarel to try out (top secret at the time), all I could think of was John’s mandala.
So I messaged John and asked him if I could use a smaller version of his central flower in my new square. John kindly agreed and so I am once again embarking on a project that started its life as a seed from someone else’ tree. But you know what? I love the fact that Sophie started life as the central flower of Chris Simon’s Lace Petals Square and I love the fact that this, my new baby, started its life as a much-loved design by a dear friend.
I created a small square first (equivalent to 12″ if using worsted weight yarn and a 5.5 mm hook). It is a marriage of dense stitches and lacy bits. Mr. Lookatwhatimade was not at all sure that what I was doing would work (and nor was I, truth be told), but he grudgingly conceded that he liked the square once it was completed. It really rattles me when he doesn’t like a design half-way. I keep forgetting that he can’t see my thoughts and therefore doesn’t ‘see’ what I see.
I then added 4 triangles and a border to create a large crochet square equal to 4 of the ‘small’ squares. Before the border went on, Mr. Lookatwhatimade once again found it necessary to tell me that it wasn’t working, but as soon as the border was added, he liked it again. So fickle!
Using Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel and a 4 mm crochet hook (US G/6 UK 8), the final square worked up to a size of 17″ (42 cm). Aquarel has just been ‘launched’, so it should be available to buy by the time I start posting the pattern in a week or two.
I have to tell you that I love the yarn! It has a stonewashed, ombre, hand-dyed vibe, all rolled into one. It feels modern and ancient at the same time; substantial and light as air. It really messes with my head!
The square itself also feels ‘old’. Not vintage or historical or classic… It feels as if each stitch aged a hundred years the moment it slipped off my hook. I don’t know how to explain it.
Aquarel is available in 11 gorgeous colours. I am using Cloudescape (804), Cityscape (806) and Riverscape (802).
The pattern for this square will be released in a couple of weeks. In the meantime I am contemplating names (I have a favourite already, but there are complications) and imagining growth (so many options).
Update: It has a name now, although not the name I had originally wanted to use. I really really REALLY wanted to call this square ‘Anna Begins’, but after contacting Counting Crows to no avail, I settled on my second choice: Charlotte! I think it was a better choice anyway :)
This square was designed for 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day.
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