Nuts about Squares CAL – Week 2

I have seen many lovely Esme squares that you all made for part 1 of Nuts about Squares. You should all be incredibly proud of your achievement! Today we continue with part 2 and I am sure that many of you know the contributing designer for this week. This week we are making Spiro Star designed by Helen Shrimpton from Crystals and Crochet.

Resources

The pattern is published on Ravelry. If you are not a member of this platform you can make a free account or download the pattern as a guest. Ravelry is a large platform with thousands of free, legal patterns.

*Important note: There is a small mismatch between the video and the written pattern on Round 16. This is because of an update in the pattern that was made after the video was recorded. My apologies for any confusion this may cause. You will be fine if you have 44 stitches at the end of the extra round added to the squares.

There is a print-friendly button at the bottom of this post. You can use this button to print/save the info for each part.

NEDERLANDS / Dutch

Het patroon staat op Ravelry. Als je nog geen lid bent van dit platform kun je een gratis account aanmaken of als gast een patroon downloaden. Ravelry is een groot platform met duizenden gratis patronen.

*Belangrijke opmerking: Er is een klein verschil tussen de Nederlandse en Engelse versies van dit patroon in Toer 16. Het is belangrijk dat je aan het eind van de extra Toer 17 44 steken hebt, dan komt alles goed. Mijn excusses voor enige verwarring dat zou kunnen ontstaan.

Er is aan de onderkant van deze post een “Print & PDF” knop waarmee je deze post kunt printen of opslaan.

Yarn kits

There are three colorways available for Nuts about Squares

available as kits from Wool Warehouse,  Deramores,  Caro’s Atelier or your favorite Scheepjes stockists. Thank you for supporting my work by buying your yarn through the links on my blog.

Color chart

The colors for each row are given in the Color Chart Week 2 for each of the three colorways or you can follow the general colorway in the table below.




Instructions Nuts about Squares week 2

© Esther Dijkstra 2017. All rights reserved. The pattern is in US Terms.

Use the following hook sizes to make your squares or the hook size you need to get the correct size (this is the same hook size as last week):

Work Rounds 1 to 16 according to the written pattern or video tutorial using the color chart for week 2. Use option 1 for Round 16. Work 3 squares in total.

If you used the written pattern you will have 40 stitches at the end of Round 16. Work an extra round to bring the final stitch count to 44 stitches per side. Round 17 using color A, attach yarn with a standing hdc or ch2 in any ch2-corner space, 1hdc in same space, ch2, and 2hdc in same corner space. This is your new corner made. *Work 1hdc on each of the next 42 st, (2hdc, ch2, 2hdc) in next ch2-space. Repeat from * 3 more times, omitting the last corner on the final repeat. Join to the first st with a ss. [44 hdc per side]

If you used the video instructions you will have 42 stitches at the end of Round 16. Work an extra round to bring the final stitch count to 44 stitches per side. Round 17 using color A, attach yarn with a standing hdc or ch2 in any ch2-corner space, ch2, and 1hdc in same corner space. This is your new corner made. *Work 1hdc on each of the next 42 st, (1hdc, ch2, 1hdc) in next ch2-space. Repeat from * 3 more times, omitting the last corner on the final repeat. Join to the first st with a ss. [44 hdc per side]

Repeat Round 17 for all 3 squares. Block your squares to the following sizes:

  • Color Crafter – 25cm (10in)
  • Stone Washed – 22cm (9in)
  • Sunkissed – 20cm (7.5in)

Nederlandse Instructies (Dutch Instructions) voor Nuts about Squares week 2

© Esther Dijkstra 2017. Alle rechten voorbehouden.

Gebruik de volgende maat haaknaald om je vierkantjes te maken, of de maat haaknaald dat jij nodig hebt om de juiste maat vierkantje te krijgen (dit is dezelfde maat als vorige week):

  • Color Crafter – 4.0mm
  • Stone Washed – 3.5mm
  • Sunkissed – 3.0mm

Werk Toer 1 tot 16 volgens het geschreven patroon van Spiro Star of gebruik de Engelstalige instructie video met de kleurverdeling zoals gegeven in de Kleurkaart voor Week 2. Gebruik optie 1 voor Toer 16. Maak in totaal 3 vierkantjes.

Als het goed is heb je 42 steken per kant aan het eind van Toer 16. (Als je iets anders hebt, pas dan deze laatste toer aan zodat je 44 steken hebt.) Werk nu een extra toer om je vierkantjes heen om tot 44 steken per kant te komen. Voor Toer 17 hecht kleur A aan met een staand hst of 2l in enige 2l-hoek, 2l, 1hst in dezelfde 2l-hoek. Dit is je nieuwe hoek. *Werk 1hst in ieder van de volgende 42 steken, (1hst, 2l, 1hst) in volgende 2l-ruimte. Herhaal vanaf * nog 3 keer waarbij je de hoek overslaat bij de laatste herhaling. Sluit met 1hv op de eerste steek en hecht af. [44 hst per kant]

Herhaal Toer 17 voor alle vierkantjes. Ik laat Toer 17 ook zien in deze Engelstalige instructievideo. Span je vierkantjes op op de volgende maaten:

  • Color Crafter – 25cm
  • Stone Washed – 22cm
  • Sunkissed – 20cm


Video tutorials

If you appreciate a visual support to the pattern, you can follow the video for Spiro Star. This video shows you how to make the original square.

After you have completed the original pattern you need to add an extra round using Color A to bring your total stitch count to 44 stitches. I also show you how to do this in a short video.


Share your squares

When you have completed your 3 Spiro squares and have added the extra row you are finished for this week. At this point you will have 6 squares that look just amazing together. If you would like to share your work you can do so in the Official CCC Social Group on Facebook, share it on my Facebook page or tag me in your post on Instagram. If you use the hastag #NutsAboutSquares it will help me find it.

I hope to see all of you next week for part 3 of Nuts about Squares CAL when we make jet another beautiful square.

With love,

Esther

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Nuts about Squares CAL – Week 1

It has been a long wait for some of you, but good things come to those who wait! It is time for the very first part of Nuts about Squares CAL. I love all the squares that are part of Nuts about Squares CAL, but the square for week 1 is one of my favorites. This week we are making Esme’s Winter Cottage designed by the fabulous Dedri Uys from Look at what I made.

Resources

There is a print-friendly button at the bottom of this post. You can use this button to print/save the info for each part.

NEDERLANDS / Dutch

Er is aan de onderkant van deze post een “Print & PDF” knop waarmee je deze post kunt printen of opslaan.

Yarn kits

There are three colorways available for Nuts about Squares

available as kits from Wool Warehouse,  Deramores,  Caro’s Atelier or your favorite Scheepjes stockists. Thank you for supporting my work by buying your yarn through the links on my blog.

Color chart

The colors for each row are given in the Color Chart Week 1 for each of the three colorways (i.e. specified per color for Earth, Sea and Sky) or you can follow the general colorway in the table below.



Instructions Nuts about Squares week 1

© Esther Dijkstra 2017. All rights reserved. Pattern is in US Terms.

Use the following hook sizes to make your squares or the hook size you need to get the correct size:

Work Rounds 1 to 17 according to the written pattern or video tutorial using the given colorway. Work 3 squares in total.

Work an extra round to bring the final stitch count to 44 stitches per side. Round 18 using color A, attach yarn with a standing hdc or ch2 in any ch2-corner space, ch2, and 1hdc in same corner space. This is your new corner made. *Work 1hdc on each of the next 42 st, (1hdc, ch2, 1hdc) in next ch2-space. Repeat from * 3 more times, omitting the last corner on the final repeat. Join to the first st with a ss. [44 hdc per side]

Repeat Round 18 for all 3 squares. Round 18 is also shown in THIS VIDEO. Block your squares to the following sizes:

  • Color Crafter – 25cm (10inch)
  • Stone Washed – 22cm (9inch)
  • Sunkissed – 20cm (7.5inch)

Nederlandse Instructies (Dutch Instructions) voor Nuts about Squares week 1

© Esther Dijkstra 2017. Alle rechten voorbehouden.

Gebruik de volgende maat haaknaald om je vierkantjes te maken, of de maat haaknaald dat je nodig hebt om de juiste maat vierkantje te krijgen:

  • Color Crafter – 4.0mm
  • Stone Washed – 3.5mm
  • Sunkissed – 3.0mm

Werk Toer 1 tot 17 volgens het geschreven patroon van Esme’s Winter Cottage of gebruik de Engelstalige instructie video met de kleurverdeling zoals in de Kleurkaart voor week 1. Maak in totaal 3 vierkantjes.

Werk nu een extra toer om je vierkantjes heen om tot 44 steken per kant te komen. Voor Toer 18 hecht kleur A aan met een staand hst of 2l in enige 2l-hoek, 2l, 1hst in dezelfde 2l-hoek. Dit is je nieuwe hoek. *Werk 1hst in ieder van de volgende 42 steken, (1hst, 2l, 1hst) in volgende 2l-ruimte. Herhaal vanaf * nog 3 keer waarbij je de hoek overslaat bij de laatste herhaling. Sluit met 1hv op de eerste steek en hecht af. [44 hst per kant]

Herhaal Toer 18 voor alle vierkantjes. Ik laat Toer 18 ook zien in deze Engelstalige instructievideo. Span je vierkantjes op op de volgende maaten:

  • Color Crafter – 25cm
  • Stone Washed – 22cm
  • Sunkissed – 20cm


Video tutorials

If you appreciate a visual support to the pattern, you can follow the video for Esme’s Winter Cottage. This video shows you how to make the original square.

After you have completed the original pattern you need to add an extra round using Color A to bring your total stitch count to 44 stitches. I also show you how to do this in a short video.


Share your squares

When you have completed your 3 Esme squares and have added the extra row you are finished for this week. If you would like to share your work you can do so in the Official CCC Social Group on Facebook, share it on my Facebook page or tag me in your post on Instagram. If you use the hastag #NutsAboutSquares it will help me find it.

I hope to see all of you next week for part 2 of Nuts about Squares CAL.

With love,

Esther

 

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Sophie’s Universe: THE BOOK!

When I heard that Dedri was publishing her fabulous Sophie’s Universe as a book, my mind went to The Lord of the Rings were one purpose brought Elves, Dwarfs, Men and Hobbits together and united them despite their differences. Somehow Sophie’s Universe has done the same. I wouldn’t be surprised if more than a million people have and still are making a Sophie; a million people from ten thousands of families, thousands of nations and hundreds of countries. How wonderful that one blanket can bring us all together.

sophie's universe the book

My journey with Sophie

It has been almost two years to the day that I asked Dedri if I could make video tutorials for her Sophie’s Garden. I asked Dedri for permission for Sophie’s Garden, NOT Sophie’s Universe. At this point I had only done video tutorials for Marinke’s CAL in 2014 and I had little on my Crochet CV. Dedri took an enormous leap of faith when she said “yes” to my request. To this day I think Dedri didn’t quite read my email properly, because she replied saying that she would love for me to make video tutorials for Sophie’s Universe. I thought to myself “ok…, that was more than I bargained for!”

Sophie’s Universe put me on the crochet map, after Sophie I have done more fabulous projects and worked with many talented designers. Dedri blessed me when she gave me permission to make the video tutorials for her, and I believe that my tutorials have blessed her in return. I will always treasure my signed copy with a personal note from Dedri.

sophie's universe book

My Sophie’s

My first Sophie is currently living with her creator; Dedri has the Sophie I made in rainbow colors with Scheepjes Cotton 8 yarn.

sophie's universe in rainbow colors

I am currently working on a second Sophie in pure white, my Snow White Sophie. My second Sophie is a summer holiday project because I only work on her during the summer holiday. Inevitably this means that it is going to take me a few years to finish her. She is currently in storage till the next summer holiday, but for somethings as special as Sophie The Book she is allowed out of her winter hibernation.

Sophie and book

Where to get your copy

I know that many of you are wanting to have a copy of Sophie’s Universe The Book. The book is available from Wool Warehouse, Deramores, Bol.com (NL) and many other bookshops and yarn retailers. The first print was sold out in record time, but happily a new print is now available.

Win a copy of Sophie’s Book

I have two copies of Sophie’s Universe The Book to give away to two lucky people. Go to my Facebook page, and below the post about this book share a photo of your Sophie’s Universe or if you don’t have a Sophie of your own then share a Sophie that you love. I will randomly choose two lucky people in the comments and announce the winner on March 30th, 2017.

Sophie's Universe Book

With love,

Esther

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My love for lace shawls

Many of you may not know this because I don’t really talk about it, but I LOVE lace shawls and wraps. I don’t make them nearly as much I as I would like to, but now I have the perfect excuse. I treated myself to luxury yarn when I was at Unravel a few weeks ago and I am going to make a lovely lace shawl with it.

I bought many goodies at the fair, more on the other goodies later, for now I show you this rightly named Scrumptious 4ply yarn by Fyberspates. It is a 4-ply/sport superwash merino/silk blend yarn and I have it in the colors Charcoal, Gold, and Oyster. This is the kind of yarn that you just want to pet, it’s SO soft and pretty. I’ll be honest, it did put me back a bit, this yarn does not come cheap. But on the other hand, I only visit yarn fairs once or twice a year and there is no fun going to a fair if you can’t buy yarn! Unless of course you go with other people and help them to buy yarn 😀

So what am I going to make with it? I have bought myself a fabulous pattern by a lady I really admire for her lace shawls, Bernadette Ambergen. She makes the most delicate designs with great eye for detail; her designs are exquisite. She has both crochet and knit designs, showing her limitless skills. I can’t even knit socks, so a knitted lace shawl is out of my league at the moment, but I still had a hard time choosing which of the crochet designs I would choose. I love Mila, Misitu, Wisteria, and Ilvy too. What a problem, I love ALL of them!

I finally chose Sammy because the design consists of 3 parts that I can use with the 3 colors of yarn I have. Once color for the solid section, one for the first lace edge and one for the second lace edge. Now comes the next hard decision, which to use where….

Sammy lace shawl by Berniolie (Bernadette Ambergen)

I will work in the background on this shawl and will show you when I have it finished. But first, Nuts about Squares!

With love,

Esther

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