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Breezy Begonia
Begonia by Jan Eaton
Crochet
me
41 inches by 41 inches
Hooks & yarn
5.0 mm (H)
3.75 mm (F)
Caron Simply Soft Solids
Blue
Michaels
Caron Simply Soft Solids
Blue
Michaels
Caron Simply Soft Solids
White
Michaels
Notes

I started this project with different colors and a different pattern. I liked the pattern but I wasn’t crazy about the colors combination (yarns from my stash). And I have learned I don’t want to spent a lot of time on a project I’m not thrilled about. So, I went back to the drawing board. I was inspired by a throw I saw on Pinterest where the designer chose yarns in light and dark shades of each color. This was to be a lap throw for my sister-in-law in her favorite color…purple. But I didn’t have the yarn in the two shades of purple. I love Jan Eaton’s crochet blocks and had crocheted a sample of this square in the shade of purple I had on hand. But then I found I had the two shades of blue and made up some samples and fell in love with the blue/turquoise blend. So I may keep this one and crochet another one in shades of purple for my sister-in-law. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Easy square to crochet and it looks so pretty. I’m only crocheting the first five rounds for my throw. I’m going to crochet six squares by six. Haven’t decided how I will join them. Either I will crochet another round and join as I go or I will crochet them together with a slip stitch. And I aways add a pretty edging.

8-5-14: All 36 squares are finished. Have about 14 that need ends weaved in and then I will join them.

8-9-14: I chose a continuous three-chain Flat Braid join method for the squares. I found a Three-Chain written pattern (link: http://gourmetcrochet.blogspot.co.nz) and an excellent video on a Five-Chain Flat Braid (link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foQB6X8q2a0) that I watched over and over until I finally “got” the join in the corners. I hand drew a diagram to show what order to continuous join the 36 squares. I love this join. It’s my first time using it. The Three-Chain lies flatter than the Five-Chain but it’s tighter in the corners to join. I have to change to a smaller hook (Hook F) to pull the yarn through the two squares’ corners to join. What I like is that the corners of the squares don’t have any open holes in them. It’s a nice tighter weave.

8-10-14: The edging is from Edie Eckman’s “Around the Corner Crochet Borders” book, #38 Pages 92 & 93. It’s a three round edging but I didn’t do the third round. I felt it was too much and I liked the look of the first two rounds with this lap throw. Lovely edging sets the body off nicely. I like this one so much I’m crocheting another one in deep purple and lavender blue for my sister-in-law. I know the stitches by heart now.

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July 12 2014
August 11 2014
 
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100% Acrylic
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  • Project created: July 19, 2014
  • Finished: August 11, 2014
  • Updated: August 14, 2014
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