Welcome to the final post from The Art of Crochet blog!
So here we are near the end of our marathon. I’ve sorted the last 16 squares into their size groups. Those with fewer stitches along the side have two trebles, three chains, two trebles, while the larger ones have only one treble, three chains, one treble. Now they are all edged, I can sort them into the right order and begin sewing them together in lines.Here they are in their lines, then they can be sewn up along the long seams.
Here is a film of the whole process (with the boring bits speeded up).
I hope that you have enjoyed our crochet-along. We are near the end of what seemed like an insurmountable task two years ago. I’d like to show you the finished thing, but tbh it’s not going to be finished until after a few long Christmas movies have been sat in front of, so I’ll post the final on the Facebook page when it’s done. It’s been a pleasure to crochet-along with all of you. We’d love to see your final throws, so do post your pics on the Art of Crochet Facebook page too, then we can all admire them.
Can you believe that this is the last square? Congratulations to those of you who have stuck with it since September 2015 when we started the blog and hurrah for the beautiful throw that you will have made in that time.
This last square is all in the Lime green and is yet another variation on the crochet square. We start off with three -treble clusters, then four-treble clusters in the second round. Shaping happens in the next round with a mixture of trebles and half trebles. Here’s the film so we can crochet along together. See you next week for the big sewing up finale.
This square is all about clusters right from the first round: three-treble clusters and then four-treble clusters in the second round. The standing chain for a cluster is slightly shorter than for the same stitch, so for a treble you would normally have a three-chain, but here it’s two chain, as the clusters are stubby little beasts.
The amazingly bright colours of this square are beautifully brought down to earth by the mellow Mauve and calming Periwinkle in the fourth and fifth rows. This is the penultimate square, so tune in again next week for the last one before we begin the sewing up. Here’s this week’s film.
It’s time for a Teal square with a large central wheel and incorporating double-treble clusters. This second round starts with 2ch and 1treble, when you might expect a double treble at least. This is because a cluster is slightly shorter than the true version of its stitch. Somehow these things are so much easier to follow when you understand the theory behind them.
We’re on the home stretch with these squares, but it’s still a good idea to label with the numbers as before you know it we’ll be sewing all these honeys together.
Here’s a film of me making this square.
This Teal star is shown to good effect by the darker Navy frame around it. The Lime green star-shape is cunningly created by making a wheel, part of which is then hidden by the Navy round, leaving just the spiky star part visible – clever.I love the way the different combinations of colours and stitches are making every square so different. I’m learning loads about all the stitch variations and I hope you are too. Here’s a short film of my progress, double-clusters, mess-ups and all.
Popcorns are created by a cluster of stitches that stand proud of the rest of the work. The ones in this square comprise five trebles and to make one you have to take your hook out of the stitch and place it into the top of the first treble in your group. When you reach the end of the round, work a slip stitch into the back of the first popcorn to finish. These popcorns are divided by two chains and these are the loops that the next round is worked on. The square shaping happens in the next round. Here’s a film of making the square.
We have six colours this week, starting off with a padded circle in the Sunshine Yellow. To make the padding, wrap the yarn around the end of your finger, but please don’t do it too tightly, or it could be painful. I may have made too many double crochets around mine, perhaps my fingers are just huge, but it could have been a smaller loop. The next two rounds use two-treble clusters, then the Teal pips are made by a row of chains, with extra long loops for the corners.
This Sunshine Yellow square is full of promise. As we are dealing only with one colour there are no changes, so instead of finishing each round with a slip stitch we are using a larger stitch to raise us up for the next round. This means also missing the final chains that might be in the pattern, 1 chain for a double crochet and 2 for a half-treble, just the same as the standing chain.
This is another lovely colour combination from our designer: the Mauve and Lime Green is a winner, squared off by the dark Navy. The square starts off quite round until the fifth round, where the shaping is quite dramatic. We have half-trebles at the sides, gradating up to triple trebles at the corners, which is a treat as we don’t get to do them very often.
This week is all about the lovely Teal yarn, such a calm and sophisticated colour, I think, and the perfect foil to all the gorgeous bright colours we have in our throw.
This design gets interesting in the second and third rounds where each treble, or pair of trebles, has a chain between them, creating lots of spaces and giving the circle the appearance of a spider’s web. The corners are gappy too, with a four-chain gap in round four, adding to the lacy look.
Here’s a film of my progress, complete with the mistakes I made, so you don’t have to.