Happy Monday Whistlers! Yesterday was a relaxing, spiritual Sunday that ended with my family and I sitting on the back porch listening to the rain and thunder. It was wonderful, and I am glad my flowers and plants all received a hearty drink. I recently decided to give my “garden” back to the grass (I had dug out a small corner of my yard, attempting to grow vegetables with little success and a constant battle with the grass), and decided to seed it with Kentucky Blue Grass. I felt a burden lifted! I lost the battle, but I am winning in the front yard with my ENORMOUS tomato plants, so I am satisfied. I thought this week would be a fitting time to share my new Aurora Flora Crochet Square, a pretty little thing I worked on all last week. They are great fun to work up, and the defined lines look so pretty.
AURORA FLORA CROCHET SQUARE
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Note: Two rounds of this square are worked in the third loop of the stitch from the previous round. Don’t let this scare you if you haven’t done it! It is simply a horizontal loop behind the two loops on top. Your stitches will look a little loose and far away at first, but as you keep going they line up and look pretty. Working this way keeps the lines between rows pretty and defined, and keeps the two loops visible.
Also, I have found that joining the round with the next color keeps the rounds more neat. To do this, simply drop the yarn, push it through the first st (preparing to work a sl st to join) yarn over your new color, and pull it through the st on your hook.
To also help the neatness, use your tails to fill in any color gaps and keep the color uniform for the rows.
Begin magic ring
1. Ch 2. Dc 8 in ring. Pull tight. Join with sl st. (8 sts)
2. Ch 1. 2 sc in each st around. Join with sl st. (16 sts)
Join 2nd color (see notes to keep this neat)
3. Ch 1. Sk same st, sk next st. *Dc 5 in next st. Sk next st. Sl st into next st. Sk next st* work 4 times. (28 sts)
Join 3rd color.
4. (this round will be worked in the third loop –see notes).
Ch 2. Dc in same st. Dc 2. *(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) –all in next st. Dc 2. Dc in back loop of sl st. Dc 2.* work 3 times. (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc)– all in next st. Dc 2. Join with sl st. (40 sts)
Join 4th color.
5. Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc 4. *Dc 5 in crochet ch sp. Sc 9* work 3 times. Dc 5 in corner ch sp. Sc 4. Join. (56 sts)
Join 5th color.
6. (this round will be worked in the third loop –see notes)
Ch 2. Dc in same st. Dc 6. *(Hdc, ch 1, hdc)–all in next st. Dc 13.* work 3 times. (Hdc, ch 1, hdc)–all in next st. Dc 6. Join. (64 sts)
7. Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc 7. *3 sc in ch 1 sp. Sc 15.* work 3 times. Sc 3 in ch 1 sp. sc 7. (72 sts)
Be sure to use your tails to fill in any color spots that don’t match up! It makes you square look much cleaner.
I hope you have a wonderful start to your week!
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