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You may have seen over the past few weeks on Instagram and Facebook that I have been working on a collaboration project with other designers. This is my first collaboration project with other makers and designers, it has definitely been an roller coaster of emotions and learning! Between making countless versions of my own square and working together with the other designers to test and perfect all the patterns, it has tested my crochet skills, patience and drive to finish like nothing else! I am so excited to share all these beautiful and unique patterns with all of you. If you are looking for a project that will expand your skills, do not look any further! I promise you no matter your skill level you will learn something from this project. Each pattern is designed and written by a different designer with their own style of pattern writing and a little bit of themselves in each design. With many different stitches and textures, some in rows, some in rounds, you are bound to finish a project you are proud of! For more information, you can head over to Journey Chanel Designs to find all the details and supplies you will need.
Each week we will direct you to a new designer’s blog. Where she will share her square and the pattern. You can also head over to the Patchwork Mystery CAL Facebook Group to stay up to date on discussions and questions! I will also update this post with a link to the pattern and the designer, a photo of the current square that I completed, as well as a write up on my experience and any tips I have for completing it. I will be sure to share everything on Instagram and Facebook, so hop over there to give me a follow!
Go grab your yarn in any colours you choose and share with us using #patchworkmysterycal, I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!
Week #1: Star Portal Square
CLICK HERE FOR THE STAR PORTAL PATTERN
To kick off the very first week, we have Stephanie Ware from Crochet Instinct. You can check out her Facebook and Instagram to see more of her beautiful designs. This design caught my eye and greatly intrigued my hook from day one! Though I do not have a lot of experience with overlay crochet, it has been on my to do list for quite awhile. Some beginner level crocheters may be a little intimidated by those tall stitches, but I assure you they are are nothing more than an extra yarn over and pull though. Just be careful if you are a tight crocheter, that you are not pulling the stitches to tight. If your edges are pulling in a lot, loosen up your tension a little bit. Lastly, watch out for those back loop only double crochets, I know I had to frog back a couple times after thinking I was in a groove and going though both loops. Muscle memory is such a funny thing! I hope you enjoy the first square as much as I did and that you learn a little something along the way too!
Week 2: Corner to Corner Cable Square
CLICK HERE FOR THE CORNER TO CORNER CABLE SQUARE PATTERN
This week we have Jessica Beres from Crochet anything, you can find more of her work on her Instagram and facebook page. This week is a completely change of a pace from last week, as this square is worked in rows and finished off with a few rounds for the boarder. There is potential for learning two different techniques, both can look intimidating if they are new to you but I promise once you get past the first couple rows the concept is pretty simple to pick up. I personally have done cables and the block style corner to corner many times but the half double crochet corner to corner was new to me! The pattern recommends using a 5mm(H) hook, but going up a 5.5mm(I) if you are a tight crocheter. I would say I generally have tight to average tension but opted for a 5mm(H) Hook because let’s be honest it was already in my hand from the previous square. Though my square came out great, if was not 100% square and is slightly less than 12″. If you find you have either of these issues the lager hook size and being mindful to not pull your beginning chain at the start of each row too tight will help to work out either problem. Just like the previous square, blocking also makes a huge difference, but don’t worry if it’s not completely perfect, it will work it’s self out after joining 😉
Week 3: The Twisted Times Square
CLICK HERE FOR THE TWISTED TIMES SQUARE PATTERN
I am beyond excited to be hosting week 3 of the Patchwork Mystery CAL on my blog! I put all my heart in to this design and I hope you love recreating it as much as I loved designing it! When working on this square be sure to count the stitches of each edge after each row! A missed stitch (especially those hidden ones after you turn a corner) will throw on the rhythm of the front post and X-stitches. So if things are not adding up, count, count, count!! The biggest challenge for this square is mastering the x-stitch, but be careful because there are a couple variations, take it one stitch, one row at a time. The photos and video tutorials will be super helpful for the tricky parts. Thanks again to all that are participating and to the contributing designers, I would not be here if it wasn’t for you all! Enjoy!
Week 4: The Lana Blossom Square
CLICK HERE FOR THE LANA BLOSSOM SQUARE PATTERN
For week 4 we will feature Marianne Hamill from Sunset Knots and her beautiful Lana Blossom Square! I love this square and I am sure you will all too! This is one of those “back to the basic” patterns, using the majority double crochets and incorporating granny style stitches. It works up super quick and is a little more simple but the end result is far from looking simple or basic! My biggest tip for this one is to make sure you go up to a 5.5 mm hook as the pattern suggests, I did and my square was just under 12″. If you are a tight crocheter, really watch your gauge as you may need to go up to a 6mm hook. I can’t wait to see all the colour combinations with this one!
Week 5: The Pasha Square
CLICK HERE FOR THE PASHA SQUARE PATTERN
Week 6: The Garden Gate Square
To stay up to date with discussions and questions, head over to our Facebook Group. Don’t forget to share your project with us using #patchworkmysterycal on Instagram and if Ravelry is your jam, you can find us on there too!