Sunday, 22 January 2012

Squares finally finished!


So, I finally finished all the squares for my spring flower blanket.  I have to say, I was getting a bit bored towards the end, but I spent a couple of days doing nothing much more than crocheting while catching up with Downton Abbey that I never got round to watching before!  The weather's been so dismal that it's been good to have something to do indoors, but hopefully I'll be able to get on with the garden soon.  Anyway, I hope these pic's add a bit of colour to your January days










So now I need to decide on how to join them. I hadn't really thought that far.  Can't decide between simply slip stitching through the back or something similar to my last one with a double crochet seam on the front.  Ideas welcome!
xxx

Edited to add

I have had an increasing number of requests for copies of the flower square pattern.  While I hate saying no and disappointing anyone I feel I have to point out that it's not my pattern.  It comes from the book "200 crochet blocks" by Jan Eaton and is copyright protected.  I've checked on Amazon and it's still available at a reasonable price. It's well worth buying if you're just starting out crocheting and want lots of ideas. Sorry!

45 comments:

  1. Fantastic colours, thank you very much!
    The photos really are a boost (we're having monochrome palette outside with the snow everywhere). I love how the seams edge and frame each square on your last afghan, especially with your very neat hand, but I'm sure this would be lovely without the seams too.

    Hanna

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  2. I think these squares would look best joined with a raised stitch, to complement the raised flowers on them. I love all these gorgeous pictures!!! Thanks for brightening up my Sunday :)
    xo,
    wink
    ps Did you see the giveaway on my blog yet? :) www.acreativebeing.com!

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  3. Delicious colours. I would love to learn how to crochet this year, bought the hooks and a book, but not brave enough to start!

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  4. Gorgeous! Such lovely colors...your work is so neat.

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  5. have you a diy for your pretty flowers?

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  6. They're gorgeous! Such peaceful colours. I'm sure it'll look utterly fantastic when it's finished, and I can't wait for the ta dah post!

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  7. Beautiful! I'm just finishing up a blanket of granny squares...I think it will go to a friend's baby when it's born. As soon as I finish, I want to start another because I LOVE it and want one for myself! Am thinking it might be a good staple for baby gifts. I'll post when I'm finally done. I'm on the border right now. I joined my squares using a technique I found on Victoria's blog... http://yarnroundhook.blogspot.com/2011/10/off-hook-autumn-blanket.html. "Crochet squares together edge to edge...crochet 1 sc in the corner of the first piece, ch 2, 1 sc (I used a sl st) in corner on next piece, *ch 4, 1 sc diagonally back in 1st piece, ch 2 across to 2nd piece, 1 sc (I used a sl st here too) in 2nd piece*, repeat * - *." As noted, I did use a sl st in the 2nd piece because I guess I'm too new to crochet to be able to figure out how to achieve a sc without it being wonky. I absolutely LOVE the look it gave my blanket. Check out the link I gave you to see her gorgeous blanket...love the lacy look between the squares. All right then...sorry for the novel here! Hugs, Annette

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  8. P.S. All the gorgeous colors you've used here are delicious! Made more delicious by the time of year, I'm sure...but delicious nonetheless!

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  9. How beautiful! Stunning really. I love the look of the double crochet on the front and have used it on a couple of recent blankets.

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  10. My goodness! That is the prettiest pile of squares I have ever seen. Beautiful work! Best wishes, Tammy

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  11. Such beautiful piles of squares! Love the colours!

    Happy new week,

    Madelief x

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  12. They are really beautiful. A cheering sight in all this January gloom, as a non crocheter I am full of admiration.

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  13. Oh my gosh, I am completely and totally in love with this blanket! (well blanket-in-the-making!) I've not seen many of this style before and the flower granny squares look gorgeous, rReally really pretty. :-)

    Ashley xxx

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  14. The best photos I've seen for joining squares come from a German blog. There are two PDF files, one for crocheting squares together and the other for sewing them. I like the idea of doing chains along the back and then crocheting them together in the holes - the last one on the page. The link is here http://www.raumseelig.de/DownloadsPDF/GrannySquarezusammenhaekeln.pdf

    I think though, that sewing your squares would be better as they are pretty solid; it would take a while but the effect would, I think be nicest. The sewing squares together link is here http://www.raumseelig.de/DownloadsPDF/GrannySquarezusammennaehen.pdf

    The blog I got the information from is here http://raumseelig.blogspot.com/p/diy.html

    There are quite a lot of ideas, hope they are useful to people. I know it is in German but mostly the information is shown with photos. I also have the book on the side of the blog and it is beautiful. All the patterns are charted so it doesn't matter that it isn't in English. Unlike the Japanese book that I have the internet can help translate the odd word too. I found the projects lovely.

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  15. Beautiful! That is going to be a really lovely blanket!

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  16. Wow wow wow. I love love love love love those colours. That blanket is going to be AMAZING.

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  17. I love these pictures. Your blanket is going to be so, so lovely. Your blog always brightens up my day. I just organised my craft room and fabric stash (for the second time - this time even better than before!) and I love to sit their and look at the lovely colours and patterns and plan my next project.

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  18. Good evening! This is my first visit to your blog and I gasped when I saw the array of gentle yet vibrant colours you have used. I am NOT a crocheter (well I have had two lessons so far) and I am in gentle awe of your beautiful work. Which yarn did you use? I tend to relish the colours each season bring but seeing your range of shades has made me hanker after spring.

    Thank you for sharing such beauty

    Greetings from France,

    Stephanie

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  19. They are so pretty and would brighten up any dull day. I wish I could master a granny square, tried several times and got in a muddle! Can't wait to see the finished blanket. Amanda

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  20. Could a crochet blanket be any more perfect? I love the pattern, the colours... everything! :)x

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  21. Thanks for all your lovely comments. I've got some food for thought there! I should have said that I'm using the same yarn as before, a mixture of brands of superwash wool and merino. See my post on 25th October for more info. xx

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  22. Those squares are becautifula nd look like they will make a wodnerful blanket, Can't wait to see the final product!

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  23. You've used really pretty colours, it's going to look fab when it's finished. I loved you last blanket with the double crochet seams.

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  24. That pretty! Blanket will be spectacular!
    Congratulations!

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  25. Hi, I would love to see you stitched them through the back loops. They are really pretty. You worked for long long hours...I can imagine.

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  26. very pretty squares.as for joining,I have done some with single crochet every other stitch and it looked sort of lacy and delicate.I will check back to see how you joined them.

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  27. It's so beautiful.... love your flowers... :o) maybe you have a DIY ?

    Have a beautyful day.

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  28. Just happened on your blog - I'll be back! Lovely colour scheme for your blanket! Can't help on making it up - I can't crochet!
    June

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  29. Your squares have just turned my cold, grey Canadian day into a flourish of flowery colour! I love these squares and your colour combo is one of the prettiest I have ever seen! Thank you!

    I am a new Follower!

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  30. Your crochet work is amazing. I love the sense of colors. You are very organized with your knitting. ...DOn't let my husband see this work of art.....

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  31. Very beautiful! You have a good taste in colors.
    A kiss!

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  32. So pretty!! And gorgeous photos!! xoxo Debbie

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  33. LOVE your squares, they add some needed colour to my day, too! Thanks for sharing.

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  34. Wow your squares are truely beautiful i adore the colours and design and those flowers on them are just amazing. I have just found your beautiful blog, i will be popping back again real soon. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. dee x

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  35. I was browsing Pinterest for crochet inspiration when I came across your beautiful squares (and blog!) - I can't believe I am not already following you!

    I have that book and some yarn in my chosen colours .... I may have found the right squares for my next project!

    LOVE your blog x

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  36. I love your crocheted squares! I went right on Amazon and bought the book. I was wondering if you would tell me the name of the blocks you used for this afghan?
    I just saw your finished afghan…WOW!! I love love love it! Fantastic job, you are really talented!!
    I can’t wait to get started!
    How did you join your blocks? It looks great!
    canbybk@gmail.com
    Thank you, Brenda

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  37. I can tell you are a quilter even through your crochet-your work is meticulous and the gauge is exact in every square. You are a true artist,and I don't think I've seen anything that can rival this;the finest work in crochet I have seen in years. I have 200 squares,but perhaps you can let me know what yarn you used? I would love to just see the results of how the yarn works when someone with much less skill(me) attempts to make a simple granny square!
    If you have a minute to spare,I would just love to know.
    With so much regard for your skill,Heidi

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    1. Hi, sorry, I can't find an e-mail address so hope you come back here. Thank you for your lovely comments. The yarn is a variety of machine washable merino and wool similar to the ones in my last blanket (see post on 25th October) minus some of the darker shades and with a couple of Rico Essentials Merino added. Hope that helps xx

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  38. Preciosos colores, preciosa labor¡¡
    Saludos.
    Nieves-Mª.

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  39. is it the peony flower square in the book.I love these. x

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  40. I was thrilled to realize I have this book. I didn't recognize the potential of the waterlily block until I saw your lovely colours

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    1. It's amazing how a change of colour can make the same block look very different isn't it!

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  41. I love your blocks - and I want to thank you for giving the book name so I could search for it myself :-) Found it in an online books shop :-)

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