Nuts About Squares Crochet Along – Week 5 “Rachel”

Rachel Crochet Square designed by Melissa Green from the Nuts About Squares CAL arranged by Esther at ItsAllInANutShell.com
Rachel Crochet Square designed by Melissa Green from the Nuts About Squares CAL arranged by Esther at ItsAllInANutShell.com
Rachel Crochet Square designed by Melissa Green from the Nuts About Squares CAL arranged by Esther at ItsAllInANutShell.com
Rachel Crochet Square designed by Melissa Green from the Nuts About Squares CAL arranged by Esther at ItsAllInANutShell.com
Rachel Crochet Square designed by Melissa Green from the Nuts About Squares CAL arranged by Esther at ItsAllInANutShell.com
Rachel Crochet Square designed by Melissa Green from the Nuts About Squares CAL arranged by Esther at ItsAllInANutShell.com
Rachel Crochet Square designed by Melissa Green from the Nuts About Squares CAL arranged by Esther at ItsAllInANutShell.com
Rachel Crochet Square designed by Melissa Green from the Nuts About Squares CAL arranged by Esther at ItsAllInANutShell.com

Nuts About Square Crochet Along – Week 5 – Rachel

In case you’re just joining me on the Crochet Along, Esther from It’s all in a Nutshell put together this gorgeous project and I jumped in! The squares she chose are amazing and I’m learning a ton of new techniques! Week 5 is the “Rachel” square designed by Melissa Green.  If you’d like to take a look at my previous squares, click here to go back to the beginning.

At the time I was creating these squares, I was taking a break from the blog, so I didn’t think to take any “in progress” pictures.  Last week’s post was the same way and I’m trying to be more mindful while working on Week 6.  So I apologize for that.  I like seeing the in progress pics, as it’s amazing to see some of these going from one shape to another.  It definitely gives me a greater appreciation for the designers.

So since the only pictures I have are of the finished squares, here we go:

Square One

Rachel Crochet Square designed by Melissa Green from the Nuts About Squares CAL arranged by Esther at ItsAllInANutShell.com
Rachel Crochet Square #1

I think square one is my favorite this week, though two would have been if not for the weird variegation again.  Square #1 shows off my big mistake of the week very well.  If you look at the center to where the blue meets the pink, you’ll see the black lines circling my petals.  Yeah, those aren’t supposed to show that much.  Instead of wrapping around the little tiny post stitch, I wrapped around the entire thing.  I realized my mistake in later squares, but decided instead of reworking it, I’d just keep doing it the same way. You know, continuity and all that, lol.  In hindsight, I wish I would’ve corrected it.  Oh well, live and learn!

Square Two

Rachel Crochet Square designed by Melissa Green from the Nuts About Squares CAL arranged by Esther at ItsAllInANutShell.com
Rachel Crochet Square #2

Square two brings back the ghastly color variegation.  I’m really trying to like it, but it’s just too much for me.  I honestly feels that it ruins the gorgeous work on these designs.  And the patterns are gorgeous, the yarn choice just isn’t doing them justice.

Square Three

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No weird color changes in square three and this one is growing on me a lot.  If I keep looking at it, it’s going to end up being my favorite after all.  All in all, I do really like each square.  The borders are what do it for me, I just really love all those back post treble stitches!

And here’s all the currently finished squares:

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Best thing though…

these patterns are all free.  I am so appreciative of the ladies that designed these squares, gave permission for their use in the CAL,  and Esther for putting it all together.  Amigurumi is also regularly on my hook and today in my inbox, a Ami-Along came through.  It was a really cute idea I thought, until I saw the $5 price tag on a pattern that I wasn’t thrilled about.  Especially after working this amazing CAL with it’s free patterns.  Now don’t get me wrong, I totally think the Nuts About Squares patterns are very worthy of paying for and I would do it in a heartbeat.

Recently, I found a cute free pattern online that also offered a paid version to download and print.  After working up the free version, I knew I’d make it again, so I paid the small $2 asking price.  It was just a little way I could say thank you for a design I really enjoyed.  And I have paid over $5 for patterns before and not thought twice because it looked like a great design.  But I have a whole other post planned around that argument, so I’ll save it for later!

When you need a break from your WIP:

An adult coloring book for Crocheters and Knitters!
An adult coloring book for Crocheters and Knitters!

I’ve discovered there is a “yarn-y” coloring book available on Amazon!  It’s cute and I hope this is the start of a lot more of these types of things for Crocheters, Knitters, and Crafters in general, to come!  It’s on my wish list, but won’t be staying there long!  I may have to put my cuss word coloring book aside for awhile, lol.  *That’s what I did for stress relief while working tech support :D*

Week 6 is currently on my hook, the Bavarian Beauty.  I only have one little preview pic so far that mostly showcases my glass of wine, but I’ll leave it with you anyway!  If you haven’t tasted a White Merlot, you must!  It’s my favorite.

White Merlot and Bavarian Beauty, not sure which one is better!
White Merlot and Bavarian Beauty, not sure which one is better!

Keep creating. I know I will!

Rachel pattern can be found in Melissa Green’s Ravelry Store.

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12 thoughts on “Nuts About Squares Crochet Along – Week 5 “Rachel”

  1. I love this CAL Trudy!! The color variegation does go a little weird on square 2 but I can see the lovely stitch patterns so it’s only a tiny distraction. Regarding paid patterns – I appreciate the work that designers do to publish the patterns but with literally thousands of free patterns available I would need to be really wowed by something before I would ever buy another pattern. I very recently bought a pattern just to support a friend’s daughter on her first paid pattern publication but it was way less complicated than the free squares you have in your post. I hope you do a post someday on this topic. I think it’s a great subject to explore!
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    1. It’s definitely a good topic, and I’m sure controversial. I know there’s a few (maybe recently purchased, lol) patterns that I didn’t think were really worth it if I weren’t selling the finished item. Luckily, I always make the pattern cost back. Reverse engineering is a no go when you want to sell it or showcase a pattern on your blog :D.

    1. The texture of the designs is really what lured me into doing this big of a project. Normally I would never consider something that would take almost a year to work up, but I couldn’t resist!

    1. I have to admit, I wish I was finished with them just so I could see the complete afghan. Seeing them all together like that just gets me so excited!

    1. Amber, the textures and stitch designs in this CAL are worth every moment. I highly suggest it! I would love to see the ones you’re currently working on too.

    1. I’m really enjoying the designs and the raised textures just make these squares pop. I wonder sometimes if my color choices do them justice so it’s nice to hear someone likes them!

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