Quadrilha by Nickie Chapin


March 2020
DK (11 wpi) ?
5.0 mm (H)
6000 - 6200 yards (5486 - 5669 m)
one size
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Toward the end of 2019 I was struggling with designing. I spent the first part of the year in a creative frenzy that all came crashing down in September. Nothing worked. I hated everything that came off my hook. It was all so tired and done before. I lost every bit of my crojo. I was adrift in my fog of zero creativity. Christmas rolled around and I felt the need to get out my hook and try again. This time I was going to try something new.

This design played on my feelings that everything was tired and done before. If I was going to be stuck in a rut I was going to use it to my advantage. The plan was to take my favorite, most visually appealing design elements from my previous designs and make them play together in what my mind wanted to call a square dance.

This dancing square grew and grew. It pleased my eyes and settled my mind. It helped me find that passion for the big, ultra textured crochet blanket designing I fell in love with. While this one is nothing new or groundbreaking in my little niche of the crochet world, it is not the same old same old flowery mandala piece. There are no loops, no swirls, no curves, no picots. Only sharp angles and crisp lines.

Included with the pattern are alternate block border instructions for rectangular and square finish.

Hook size- 8/H 5 mm
Yarn- Cascade Noble Cotton (100% mercerized cotton; 3.5 oz, 220 yds)
Yardage- 6,140 total yards

Color 1- Dark Shadow (37) 1,190 yds.
Color 2- Chili Pepper (08) 1,380 yds.
Color 3- White Sand (17) 1,200 yds.
Color 4- Chinchilla (20) 1,150 yds.
Color 5- Black (38) 1,220 yds.

Finished size- Approximately 74 inches across unblocked