G'morning! Hoping you are all enjoying the weekend, snuggled up with something warm, cosy and colourful?! The weather here is truly grim, we have horizontal rain bashing against the house and a howling wind whistling down the chimney. It is in fact the perfect weather for a Sunday when there is colourful crochet to hand - I'm still in my jammies and am thinking I may well stay that way all day if I can get away with it. I'll be lighting the fire after lunch and yup, you will find me right there in front of the hearth, hook in hand and my Sunny yarn cheering up the gloom.
I am enjoying these log cabin squares very much, oh they are really giving me a very satisfying colour-fix. Every time I sit down with my yarn pegs to plan the next square, my heart dances a little jig at the deliciousness of this kind of colour-play. Cool blues and greens singing to the hot reds and pinks, it is a certain kind of wonderful visual song!
In truth, there is a lot of concentration involved in choosing the colours for each square. Lots to consider with every selection - the placement of the hot/cold shades, making sure no two colours will appear to close to each other when the squares are in their "setting", making sure also that I am using every colour an equal number of times (this is quite tricky as I'm doing it by eye at the moment). But I am still absolutely love love love loving it. I do love a good colour challenge!
Now that the first two squares have been done, I thought we might chat a little bit about size and tension. As I've already mentioned, my squares are coming out at approx. 34cm (I use a 4.5mm hook). Via social media (Facebook etc) I gather that many of you have gone down to a 3.5mm or even 3mm hook and are still finding that your squares are coming out bigger - more like 36 or 37cm. This is OK - I don't think 2 or 3cm will make much difference to the blanket size or the amount of yarn used. Remember that we do have 1800g of yarn in the Sunny Pack to play with, so I'm hoping that all will be well and that we don't need to stress over exact centimetres (providing you are not hooking up an absolute whopper of a square).
Right - on with the crochet!
Remember, if you need to refresh your memory about the order in which to work each colour strip, please do go back to the Log Cabin pattern. It's important that you place each colour strip in the correct position.
Also remember to use a stitch marker or piece of yarn to mark the top/first strip and leave it there even when you have finished crocheting. And lastly - once your square has been blocked, please remember to identify it by number (use stickers on the reverse, or tie little labels to the corner of each square etc)
Here is the colour info and placement for Squares 3 and 4....
SQUARE 3 (pattern HERE)
♥ 1. Aster ♥2. Plum ♥ 3. Wisteria ♥ 4. Bright Pink ♥
♥5. Turquoise ♥ 6. Lipstick ♥ 7. Violet ♥ 8. Fondant ♥
♥ 9. Lime ♥ 10. Claret ♥ 11. Petrol ♥ 12. Shrimp ♥
♥ 13. Meadow ♥ Spice ♥15. Sage ♥ 16. Magenta ♥
SQUARE 4 (pattern HERE)
♥ 1. Petrol ♥ 2. Claret ♥ 3. Lipstick ♥ 4. Violet ♥
♥ 5. Meadow ♥ 6. Bright Pink ♥ 7. Spice ♥ 8. Aster ♥
♥ 9. Sage ♥ 10. Shrimp ♥ 11. Fondant ♥ 12. Turquoise ♥
♥ 13. Wisteria ♥ 14. Plum ♥15. Magenta ♥ 16. Lime ♥
And here is the colour list for the Sunny Granny Stripe Part 3 (picture above)
You can find the pattern HERE.
The colours are listed from the bottom to the top, as follows:
♥ 37. Meadow ♥ 38. Wisteria ♥ 39. Violet ♥ 40. Claret ♥ 41. Spice ♥
♥ 42. Fondant ♥ 43. Magenta ♥ 44. Turquoise ♥ 45. Petrol ♥ 46. Lime ♥
♥ 47. Bright Pink ♥ 48. Shrimp ♥ 49. Plum ♥ 50. Lipstick ♥ 51. Gold ♥
♥ 52. Citron ♥ 53. Sage ♥ 54. Aster ♥
Remember that every stripe is crocheted in two rows.
Wishing you a heart-skippy week full of colour and sunshine, where ever you are in the world and whatever the weather is throwing at you.
Useful links ::
♥ Sunny yarn pack - 18 x 100g Stylecraft Special DK.