Monday, June 16, 2014

Day 10: Learning and Quilt Squares: Part 1

Before we jump into the Quilt-Inspired Afghan Projects found in Reversible Color Crochet, let's have a better look at the 28 individual square projects included in the book...

Learning and Quilt Squares: Part 1:
Reversible Color Changes in Upright Stitches

I really like the idea of learning a new technique in the form of a Sampler, each square building on the skills taught in the previous squares. I put the squares in each of the Square Chapters in order from easiest to most difficult, so you can get more comfortable with the technique as you progress through the squares.

Square # 1: Four Square
'Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start...' I wanted to start with just 2 colors for Square #1, to encourage crocheters new to colorwork to give it a try. By easing into working with more and more colors it is easy to become comfortable with the simple "Yarn Flip" that makes the fabric reversible when working upright hdc stitches.
Square # 2: Nine-Patch
This is one of the few of my original 12 "sampler squares" that was changed for the book. Once I decided to add in traditional Quilt Blocks, it seemed logical to change Square #2 to still teach working half double crochet stitches in 3 colors, while creating a very common simple quilt block pattern.
Square # 3: Step Up
This is the very first square to introduce the technique worked in double crochets with four colors, again using only upright stitches, and adding one more color bobbin to the mix. There are subtle changes to how you will work the "Yarn Flip" in double crochet, which have not been published anywhere until this book.
Square #4: Log Cabin

I decided that as long as I was adding quilt squares to the mix, it made sense to end each section of "Learning Squares" with a Quilt Square that practices the skills you have learned in the previous squares of that section. The log cabin seemed like a must-have when it comes to traditional quilt squares. Although it is a fairly common quilt theme seen in crochet and knit patterns, it would typically be worked from the center out, with each section stitched out from the center square. With intarsia we are able to work it back and forth, creating smoother and sharper lines between the sections.

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