Motif madness

After my Hilbert curve afghan returned from it’s run at the 2010 North Carolina State Fair, my youngest son asked if he could have it on his bed.

After a moment of deliberation, I said yes.

Since that day the Hilbert curve has joined SpongeBob SquarePants on my son’s bed, and last night, as I tucked him in and pulled the blanket up to his shoulders, I looked at the reds and the orange, the yellow and the greens, the blues and the purples, and I realized just how much I missed crocheting with all of the colors:

hilbert curve crochet blanket
SpongeBob SquarePants and the crochet Hilbert Curve

So my first crochet action item of the day was to make progress on the textured squares “vanilla” afghan I have been working on.

I adore the textured square, but last night as I gazed over the expanse of bright colors on my son’s bed, I realized that I need to get the textured squares afghan done before the ability to work in neutral deserts me.

So that is where I started this morning and without much effort, I completed four of the small textured squares:

four textured crochet squares
Four of 32 the small textured crochet squares I need to finish the afghan

In arranging them as I did for the photo above, I realized that I have only begun to explore the possibilities of this technique, but the next exploration will have to be in color.

Having made measurable progress on the textured squares, I then indulged my desire for color with this Chocolate Box square from Jan Eaton’s 200 Crochet blocks for blankets, throws and afghans:

chocolate box crochet square
an Eaton’s chocolate box crochet square

This crochet delicacy caught my eye as I was flipping through the pages of the book, paying particular attention to the mix and match square suggestions. The Willow square I had made in the pinks was suggested as a possible mix and match for the Chocolate Box square as well as for this Seville square which I only partially completed:

lacy crochet square
Jan Eaton’s Seville crochet square, partially completed

Willow, it seems, goes with almost anything:

various crochet squares
A selection of Jan Eaton crochet squares

Having given myself the opportunity to add cherry red to the quieter palette I have been using of late, tomorrow I will renew my efforts to move forward on the vanilla afghan so that as with the Hilbert curve, I can put the textured squares to bed.

Video Tutorial: How to make the crochet textured square/magic motif


6 thoughts on “Motif madness

  1. WOW I love the bed! It is so bright and cheerful.

    I’m still loving your neutral blanket as well.

  2. Morning Leslie: WOW had not yet started to follow your blog when the Hilbert Curve was being worked on or completed.. a very different and interesting array of squares but still so very familiar with what I now have come to expect as “Your World of Color”!! Enjoying all you share and learning more each day about the challenges of crochet and my own need for pattern.texture and color! A joy as always!

  3. I haven’t been following long enough to have seen the piece on your son’s bed. It is incredible! Love the neutrals, but sometimes, you just have to bust out with some color!

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