My seven-inch crochet square rehab continues.
Many of the squares I am rehabbing are artifacts of projects past.
These two textured crochet squares that now measure seven inches across:
began their lives as pieces of a crochet project I never completed, but which was inspired by two other textured projects I had crocheted.
One was this monochrome “vanilla” afghan, as I came to think of it:
Based on a textured squares afghan pattern in Maggy Ramsay’s Magic Motif Crochet, I had not realized when I set out to make it that the texture would form visual patterns separate from the squares themselves.
It was this relaization that led me to explore the same technique with a second afghan where I arranged the completed motifs arranged in a sawtooth fashion:
Between the particular stitch used for the texture and the sawtooth arrangement, the completed blanket had a luscious drape, perfect for wrapping oneself in to keep warm.
And no doubt, it was the subtle patterns that emerged along with the magnificent drape that led me to explore what could be done with squares of varied and varying colors, but apparently, something else came along that captured my fancy, and all that was left were the small variegated textured squares, which now have new life as seven-inch textured squares.
Another remnant of projects past is the circle at the center of this square:
When I made this crochet project for 2006 North Carolina State Fair:
I didn’t know how many circles of what colors I wanted, so when all was said and done, there were at least a dozen extra circles of which the amethyst was one. Combined with the grape fizz, it has, to my mind, and understated vibrance.
Which leads me to my fourth and final square of the post:
Made as part of a crochet-along for Jean Leinhauser’s 101 Crochet Squares, one more round of cherry red transformed this square from being both “too small” and “too large” to “just right” for this project, and even “just right” for this group photo:
When the sun rises on tomorrow, I will get out my crochet hook, sort through the remnants of projects past, and see what can be transformed into a piece of a project future.