No. 119 – The last Lime

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! 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… Read More »

No. 118 – Mellow Mauve

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! 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… Read More »

No. 117 – Double Teal clusters

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! 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.… Read More »

No. 116 – Teal star

  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… Read More »

No. 115 – Periwinkle popcorns

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! 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… Read More »

No. 114 – Six-colour circle

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! 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… Read More »

No. 113 – Lucky for some

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! 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… Read More »

No. 112 – Triple treble corners

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! 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… Read More »

No. 111 – Teal cobweb

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! 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… Read More »

No. 110 – Orange pips

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This square looks a lot like a juicy slice of orange, complete with pips. The third, Vanilla round is formed from groups of three double-trebles together so the shaping doesn’t happen until the fourth and fifth rounds.Here’s the film of Square 110. Happy crocheting, Katy x

No. 109 – Open corner square

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This week’s square is all in Turquoise, but with a twist. The corners have a long chain, three chains in rounds two and three, followed by four chains in the fourth round – linked by two-treble clusters. I don’t think we’ve had clusters in the corner before?… Read More »

No. 108 – Bright star

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! Colours are a tonic on a dull day, so here is a super bright combination to keep you smiling through the rain, with Orange and Bright pink together at the heart of this square. Some of this pattern took me a while to understand, just me being… Read More »

No. 107 – Fat green ring

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This week starts, as last week’s square did, with a padded ring wrapped eight times around your finger. Then we move on to treble clusters, so far so much the same, but the rest isn’t similar at all, so don’t say there isn’t variety in this series.… Read More »

No. 106 – Daisy daisy

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This square starts with a Sunshine Yellow padded ring, much like a magic circle but worked over more wraps, eight in this instance. Wrap the yarn around one finger, but be careful not to pull too tightly or you may cut off the blood flow to your… Read More »

No. 105 – Periwinkle granny

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This week we are having a rest with a simple granny square that has a filet crochet border. Don’t think of ‘simple’ as being short changed, on the contrary, working a pattern or stitch that you are familiar with is a great time to start enjoying the… Read More »

No.104 – Mauve petal clusters

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! We’re back to the squares, and this week we have five super colours to use, Teal, Lime Green, Navy, Mauve and Turquoise. The first round has two-treble clusters, while the third uses four-treble clusters, just to keep us on our toes. The shaping happens in the third,… Read More »

No.103 – Sewing section seven

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This week is all about the edging and sewing up of the last twelve squares. You’ll need plenty of the Vanilla yarn, but don’t forget to wash your hands or you’ll end up with some grubby, off-white squares! The square are divided into three groups, starting with… Read More »

No. 102 – Sunshine clusters

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This week is all about the Sunshine Yellow yarn, so no colour changes to distract us. At the end of each round the designer is using a different stitch to raise us up for the next round – a double crochet instead of one chain, a half… Read More »

No. 101 – The Purple cross

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! Here’s Square number 101 – not to be confused with Room 101 from Orwell’s novel, 1984, where your worst nightmares come true. That is, unless your worst thing ever is colour changes in a row, ‘cos that’s what we’re doing in the 3rd round. Here you can… Read More »

No. 100 – Half-treble eyelets

Welcome back to the Art of Crochet blog! This is issue 100 — yes, you read right, our one-hundredth video! I’m finding it hard to believe that we’ve crocheted that many squares and of course when you work it out we haven’t really. Some of the issues have concentrated on the edging and sewing together… Read More »

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 »