No. 99 – Padded circle

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! Here we are at Square 99 already, how did that happen so quickly? This week is all blues, starting with a padded circle at the centre. The padding is done by winding yarn around your finger, but do be carefully not to pull it too tight, otherwise… Read More »

No. 98 – Pink openwork square

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This is a super Bright pink square to cheer us up. The large loops at the corner help to create an openwork pattern and the third row skips every other stitch, creating a filet pattern that we also did back in Square 89. Here’s a short film… Read More »

No. 97 – Summer flower

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! Well, here is a humdinger of a colourful square, with Bright Pink, Sunshine Yellow and Lime Green. The Vanilla flower offers light relief, with 4-treble clusters around a yellow wheel. The Bright Pink frame is broken up by a row of green half-trebles worked in every other… Read More »

No. 96 – Openwork Square

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This square is all Purple, with plenty of spaces and some large 5-chain gaps at the corners. You can see here the cross that is created after the fourth round. There are some 3-treble clusters too, in that thrid round, but there are no colour changes to… Read More »

No. 95 – Purple loops

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This is one of those squares that had me flummoxed for a while. It was all going okay until I got to round four. The pattern says to join the Purple yarn at any place and then to skip 2 stitches. This was one of my three… Read More »

No. 94 – Yellow flower

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This week is all about Sunshine yellow, so no tricky colour changes to think about. Starting off with a 2-treble cluster flower it becomes a granny square with big corners – making the corner space with three chains makes that gappy diagonal pattern. Here’s the film of… Read More »

No. 93 – Five-colour square

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! Don’t be fooled by your Vanilla yarn this week, as this is a super five-coloured square. It starts off with a fried egg of clusters, then the shaping begins in the Turquoise round, and then more shaping in the fourth round, with half trebles along the sides… Read More »

No. 92 – Gap-sided square

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This lovely turquoise square has a clever pattern with gaps in the centre of each side. There are gaps in each corner too, creating a star pattern that radiates out from the centre. Clever isn’t it? Here’s a film of the making of Square 92, enjoy. Happy… Read More »

No. 91 – Turquoise cartwheel

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This week is all about a turquoise cartwheel, comprising sixteen double-treble spokes, the rim re-enforced by a round of double crochet. The shaping happens in the 3rd row with the Lime green, then a round of trebles, finished off with a round of half-trebles in the Periwinkle… Read More »

No. 90 – Sewing up section 6

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This week we’re edging and sewing together section 6 of the throw. I realised that my Square No. 89 isn’t going to fit in, so I had to unravel it and do it again, which I should have done in the first place (we live and learn).… Read More »

No. 89 – Purple filet

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This week’s square is all purple, with some filet crochet stitches in the fourth round. I think I made a mistake on the 3rd round and have a few too many stitches down the side. I’m sure you’ll be able to avoid that pitfall, as I’ve generously… Read More »

No. 88 – Orange flower

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This is a lovely bright square with an orange flower at its centre and a Periwinkle blue ring. The shaping action doesn’t happen until the fourth row with the Bright pink, where there are trebles in the corners and half-trebles down the sides. The corners are either… Read More »

No. 87 – Teal trebles

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This is a lovely calming, single-colour square, after all the excitement of last weeks colour changing extravaganza. And it’s not just us that need a rest, when we come to put the whole throw together, we’ll need the foil of these plainer squares to show up the… Read More »

No. 86 – Blue flower granny

 Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This square sneaks up on you as a straight-forward granny, with a 2-treble cluster flower at its centre, but no sooner do you get to the fourth round, than you realise all is not as it seems. We start off with a round of Turquoise and then… Read More »

No. 85 – Sunburst Yellow

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This week’s square is all about the Sunshine Yellow. The central ring is surrounded by trebles separated by a single chain, first single trebles, then pairs of trebles, before the shaping happens in a slightly unconventional way. Here’s a short film of the making of Square 85.… Read More »

No. 84 – Two-colour fun

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! Why call this a two-colour square when there are clearly four colours,  I hear you cry? Well, yes there are four colours ‘altogether’, but there are also two colours in one round, the Lime Green and the Teal. The trick is to change colour at the end… Read More »

No. 83 – Turquoise filet

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This week it’s all about Turquoise. Our square starts off as an innocent granny square, with a row of double crochets, then the fourth round is where the filet action starts. ‘Filet’ – think French, not like a fillet of fish – is a a kind of… Read More »

No. 82 – Narcissus square

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! So is it a narcissus, or does it remind you of half a clementine, with all those pips? Either way these spring colours are sure to give you a lift. The 3-treble clusters in the 3rd round make the white petals, while the Orange, Lime Green and… Read More »

No. 81 – Purple star

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This interesting square highlights the subtle difference between a cluster and crocheting stitches together. In the 2nd round there is a 2 treble cluster (2trcl) – we’ve done these before, working the first part of the treble only, then yarn over and through all the loops still… Read More »

No. 80 – Pure purple

  Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! It feels like we should have a party for our 80th square, so grab a cuppa and let’s crochet along. There are no colour changes this week, just pure purple. We start off in the same way as last week’s square, with groups of three trebles… Read More »

No. 79 – Thin blue line

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This week’s square using all the blues, Navy, Periwinkle and Teal, in varying thicknesses of lines. As the colour changes at the end of each round, we’re not going to fasten off, but use the new colour to finish the slip stitch at the end of the… Read More »

No. 78 – Periwinkles

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This week we’re back to the next batch of squares and this lovely Periwinkle blue number is a good gentle transition after all the edgings we’ve been doing. This square starts off with 2-treble clusters, then settles into a 3-treble granny square design, so that you can… Read More »

No. 77 – All about edging

  Welcome back to the Art Of Crochet blog! Issue 77 is all about edging the last 12 squares from 65—76. All the edgings are basically the same, with one treble in each stitch down each side, though they differ in the number of stitches on each one —16, 17 or 18. First I have… Read More »

No. 76 – Three colour warmer

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This week’s square is a real zinger, combining the Bright pink, Lime green and Sunshine yellow to give us some visual warmth.The second row is worked in 2-treble clusters and the square shaping happens on this fourth, green row. Here’s a short film of square 76. Happy… Read More »

No. 75 – Big green ears

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! Square 75 has huge corners (or ears) created with 4 chains between the groups of 3 trebles on round three. The whole square is made with this week’s Lime green yarn and uses stitches larger than a slip stitch to join the rounds. This only works in… Read More »

No. 74 – 4-colour clusters

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This week’s square has four colours and three rounds of clusters, made with trebles and double-trebles, making a really pretty pattern. The third round works in between the cluster so that the white petals stand out like little ears. The fifth is a sensible Teal round of… Read More »

No. 73 – Teal cartwheel

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! Square 73 revolves around a big cartwheel comprising 16 double-treble ‘spokes’.The second round is all about 3-treble clusters, the shaping happens in the next row and the final row is a consolidating round of trebles. Here’s a short film of the making of square 73. Happy crocheting,… Read More »

No. 72 – New Year Navy

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! Happy New Year to you and here are some hot colours to keep us warm on a cold January morning — Lime Green, Bright Pink and Teal — all surrounded by the dark and lovely Navy. I’m a fan of dark colours, though they don’t show up… Read More »

No. 71 – Pink wheel

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! Here’s a lovely Bright pink square with a big cartwheet at its centre. The spokes of the wheel are created with double-treble clusters, made in just the same way as a treble cluster, except of course the stitches are longer, so you work the first two moves… Read More »

No. 70 – Seventies retro

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! What is it about a simple combination of colours that makes you think of days gone by? I’m remembering a particular poncho I had, back in the day. The centre of our 70s square is a flower made of treble clusters – 3-treble clusters in round one,… Read More »

No. 69 – Turquoise wheel

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! Here’s a handsome square with a cartwheel of double-trebles, each separated with a single chain, at the centre. The next round is 3-treble clusters, before the inevitable square shaping on the following round. Here’s a quick film of proceedings.   Happy crocheting, Katy

No. 68 – Bright petals

 Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! Square 68 has a lovely many-petalled flower at its heart, comprising popcorns and clusters. It’s only with the Periwinkle blue in round four, that the square shaping happens. It’s all finished off with a sensible round of half-trebles to hold it all together. Here’s a short film… Read More »

No. 67 – Sunshine on granny

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! I like to think of this Sunshine Yellow reflecting a glow on us while we crochet, like a buttercup under the chin, but without all the calories. This square starts off with petals made of 2-treble clusters, then the remaining rounds are all in a traditional ‘granny’… Read More »

No. 66 – The late starter

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This week’s square has a bit of drama to it, as the shaping doesn’t happen straight away, not even in round four, so by the time you get to round to round five and there is still no shaping, I was starting to get a little worried.… Read More »

No. 65 – Green popcorn

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This week we’re back to making squares again and this one is all about the popcorn stitch, made here with 5 trebles. A popcorn is a marvellous thing and there are eight of them here standing proud of the work, so the whole square is quite three-dimensional.… Read More »

No. 64 – Section four

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This week is all about edging and sewing together the squares for section four. Gather squares 48 to 63 together, all of which are made in the round, so the edgings are simple trebles all around. The only variations are in how many stitches there are along… Read More »

No. 63 – The Graduate

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This square has graduated sides, so in all honesty it has nothing to do with Mrs Robinson and Dustin Hoffman, sorry to disappoint. However, I love the colour combo for this week: Teal and Turquoise, Lime green and Purple.This square introduces the triple treble stitch, just one… Read More »

No. 62 – Floral pink

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This week is all about pink. We have a square of trebles and at the heart is a ring of three-double-treble clusters. A cluster is slightly shorter than the stitch of the same name, as it bends over at the top to make a point, so the… Read More »

No. 61 – Double daisy

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This week’s square uses these four colours, the Mauve, Purple, Vanilla and Periwinkle to make a double layered daisy. The petals are created with clusters of double-trebles, which have that lovely pointed shape. I love the combination of the purples with pale blue – inspired.  Here’s the… Read More »

No. 60 – Filet cartwheel

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! I hope you enjoy this week’s Periwinkle square, a variation on filet crochet. We start off with a magic circle, so have a look at the tutorial if you need a reminder. The central cartwheel starts the spaced-out theme, followed by a dense row of double-crochets. Having… Read More »

No. 59 – Periwinkle daisy

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! Are you ready for square 59? We have a lovely daisy made with 3-double-treble clusters with a bright Orange and Sunshine yellow centre. The whole thing is offset by the Periwinkle blue surround with gives the square a retro, fifties feel. Here’s my film of the making… Read More »

No. 58 – The pink octagon

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! Someone mentioned that some of the squares can become a little repetitious, and while they are all a little different, some have a real surprise in store. Take this square for instance, this may look like a straightforward Bright pink granny square, but hidden inside is an… Read More »

No. 57 – Tequila sunrise

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! Summer may be officially over, but keep your sunglasses on for the super-bright colour combination at the heart of this square. Alongside the sensible Navy yarn from this week’s issue, you’ll also need Sunshine yellow, Bright pink, Orange and Teal. This is the wheel at the centre… Read More »

No. 56 – Turquoise filet

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This week’s square makes a nod to the tradition of filet lace, a fine and delicate fabric worked on a grid.  The third round uses trebles with a chain-space between each one to make the grid. The more solid rounds either side of it are a contrast.… Read More »

No. 55 – Summer square

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This is a lovely summery square with a daisy at the centre created with double-treble clusters. Another great colour combination. The cluster is 3 chains tall, so shorter than the 4chains you would usually use with a double treble, then the square shaping is done in the… Read More »

No. 54 – Quick pink

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This should be a quickie, with double trebles worked in Bright pink yarn, so no colour changes and a super-long stitch to speed things along. Starting off with a cartwheel of double trebles the next round is worked in trebles with double trebles at the corners, with… Read More »

No. 53 – Orange pips

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! I love the zingy colours all together in this square. Starting off with a ring of half-trebles, then a round of treble clusters will keep you on your toes. The bright orange yarn all but disappears underneath the Turquoise, but exposes the ‘pips’ so the pattern resembles… Read More »

No. 52 – Purple rain

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This week is all about purple, and with double-treble clusters in the very first round this square gets off to a quick start. The square shaping happens in the second round, then rounds three and four are worked in trebles. When you are working straight rows of stitches there… Read More »

No. 51 – Daisy daisy

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This square uses the Periwinkle blue, Mauve, Vanilla and Lime Green to great effect. I love the way the designer always seems to be able to find yet another combination of colours, keeping the whole design really fresh.  The central ring is made with 8 chains, slightly larger… Read More »

No. 50 – Forget-me-not blue

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! Can you believe that we are up to square 50 already? We’ll you’d better believe it, because here we are with our Periwinkle blue. The square starts off with twelve double-crochets in a ring, then a wheel with double-treble cluster spokes. The standing chain for a double-treble is… Read More »