Square 64: color me rainbow

Just as it did last week, Sunday got here very quickly, and once it was here, it went even more quickly.

I got up, I ate breakfast, and my day disappeared.

Before I knew it, it was five o’clock, and I had done hardly any crochet at all. Lucky for me, it is week 68 of the 101 Crochet Squares crochet-along, and there was a new square to be crocheted: Square 64.

This is a square I have had my eye on for quite awhile. It incorporates several of what I think of as Jean Leinhauser’s signature techniques; I have been itching to make it, and today I got to scratch that itch.

Using my 5.0mm hook and Red Heart Super Saver in cherry red, pumpkin, bright yellow, spring green, blue, and dark orchid I got to work.

To get a better sense of how the order of the colors used affects the finished square, I decided to work the square not once, but twice.

For the first square I started with the red and worked my way out through the orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Here is how that square looked:

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Crochet Square 64 A

For the second square, I simply reversed the order of the colors beginning with the purple and working my way out until I had worked the last red single crochet stitch and joined it to the first stitch of that round:

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Crochet Square 64 B

Curious to see how the squares looked together, I placed them side by side:

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The two crochet squares side-by-side

and then with just one corner touching:

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The two crochet squares touching corners

To my mind, the order of the colors affects which textures and stitches appear most prominently in either square, but these two squares really just scratch the surface, and the possibilities while not endless, are extensive.

If I were to use these same six colors and crochet the same square with the same color distribution until I had made every possible permutation, I would have 720 squares.

While I don’t expect to work the other 718 permutations, it does give me some pause when I realize just how limitless are the possibilities each time I pick up my crochet hook.