Square 20

There were a lot of things I didn’t get to in the run up to the deadline for the 2011 North Carolina State Fair, and one of them was a crochet-along I am involved in that is working from the late Jean Leinhauser’s collection, 101 Crochet Squares.

As my regular readers are aware, the first weekend after finishing my state fair project (which you can see here if you haven’t seen it already), I tackled a project called the Weekend Granny Throw. Designed by Katherine Eng, I won all of the materials for this project at the Professional Development Day at the Chain Link Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina, a few weeks ago.

While the colors included in the kit I won were outside my color comfort zone (two neutrals and a green that while very pretty was not the usual electric sort of hue I favor), I was not unhappy with the result. (Which you can see here).

Having said that, I wondered how the throw would look if one used some of the other colors in the Red Heart Super Saver Chunky line. To that end, I dug into my vast store of Red Heart Super Saver worsted weight and selected a three color combination that is available in the chunky weight as well: carrot, dark orchid, and magenta.

Armed with three colors for the square of my choosing, I then set about choosing the square I would work on.

One advantage of being as far behind as I am is that I have a panoply of squares to choose from, so I was able to find one that allowed me to see how the three colors I selected would work together.

Using a 4.5 mm hook and the Red Heart Super Saver carrot, I quickly completed the first round. As can be seen from the photo, it is a bit ruffly:

Square 20 crochet circle center
The first round of Square 20

I decided to go with dark orchid for the second round and had thought that the ruffliness might resolve, but the motif remained a bit hyperbolic:

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The first two rounds of Square 20

Having used the carrot and the dark orchid, the die was cast, and I proceeded to make the third round using the magenta, and at last, the motif began to flatten just a bit:

Square 20 crochet flower center
The first three rounds of Square 20

In keeping with the pattern established, I used carrot for the fourth round, and the ruffliness resolved even further:

Square 20 crochet flower center
The first four rounds of Square 20

Only to be enhanced again when I completed the fifth round using dark orchid:

Square 20 crochet flower center
The first five rounds of Square 20

I completed the last three rounds using the magenta, and the motif flattened out after the seventh round:

Square 20 crochet square with crochet flower center
Square 20

I like this motif, and I like the interplay of the carrot, dark orchid, and magenta. I definitely think these colors not only make a wonderful Square 20 but would make a lovely and vibrant weekend throw as well.

7 thoughts on “Square 20

  1. Now that’s the color work I have come to associate with your work!!!! Fantastic and wow YES what a weekend throw this would be!!!! <3

  2. Your color choices are definitely outside my comfort zone. I would be much more comfortable with the neutrals. But it is definitely a beautiful color combo that you’ve chosen!

  3. I love the color blends. I just bought a color wheel to start working with different colors to see if I can push myself outside my comfort zone.

  4. Just beautiful. I have had my eye on the weekend throw and I think you have just inspired me! Off to the nearest Hobby Lobby.

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