Nuts About Squares Crochet Along – Week One

Esme's Winter Cottage Designed by Dedri Uys. Used in the Nuts About Squares CAL arranged by Esther of ItsAllInANutShell.com
Esme’s Winter Cottage Designed by Dedri Uys. Used in the Nuts About Squares CAL arranged by Esther of ItsAllInANutShell.com
Esme's Winter Cottage Designed by Dedri Uys. Used in the Nuts About Squares CAL arranged by Esther of ItsAllInANutShell.com
Esme’s Winter Cottage Designed by Dedri Uys. Used in the Nuts About Squares CAL arranged by Esther of ItsAllInANutShell.com
Esme's Winter Cottage Designed by Dedri Uys. Used in the Nuts About Squares CAL arranged by Esther of ItsAllInANutShell.com
Esme’s Winter Cottage Designed by Dedri Uys. Used in the Nuts About Squares CAL arranged by Esther of ItsAllInANutShell.com

Earlier, I told you about the Nuts About Squares Crochet Along and then fell flat, lol.  My niece had a tonsillectomy that was pretty severe and came to stay with me for a week during the day while her mom worked.  The following week, we had Spring Break and my niece, my step-daughter, and my son all joined me at home.  Then Easter…but I’m back and only really missed one week of blogging thanks to scheduling out posts two weeks in advance but I’ve run out my queue, so time to get back at it!

Now back to the CAL.  I made a mistake, new patterns are released weekly NOT every other week.  Then I discovered (much to my horror), not only were the patterns weekly, but you had to make three squares from each pattern.  Shit!  Why is this so horrible for me?  Well, I’m a seriously slow crocheter.  Like, turtle slow.  It’s taking me about an average of 45 minutes for each round per square.  There’s 18 round times 3 squares times 45 minutes = a really long time.  SO I’m going to change up this little series and I’ll update you on progress weekly, however I don’t promise that update will include the finished squares each time.

Week One Nuts About Squares CAL All Three Squares
Week One Nuts About Squares CAL – All Three Squares

Now for the FUN part.  I really am loving the patterns!!  I mean they’re absolutely gorgeous!!  I was going for a muted colorway, thinking the grays would take over, but it’s the jewel tones that are stealing the show.  At least for this week.  I really wasn’t expecting that and it’s a great surprise.

The most amazing thing about the project is that with every round, my favorite square changed.  At first it was the one with the teal center:

Week One Nuts About Squares CAL - Square 2 in progress
Week One Nuts About Squares CAL – Square 2 in progress

A few rounds later, I was loving the one done in mostly tans.

Week One Nuts About Squares CAL - Square 3 in progress
Week One Nuts About Squares CAL – Square 3 in progress

In the end, the square I liked the least while working on it, ended up being my overall favorite:

Week One Nuts About Squares CAL - Square 1 Finished
Week One Nuts About Squares CAL – Square 1 Finished

These all are going to need some seriously blocking.  The term makes me shake my head.  I started fiber arts with quilting where you make blocks and “square them up”, if needed.  Now in my fiber art journey, I’m crocheting squares and blocking them out.  Just makes me giggle, it’s all the same thing.  So I may bounce back and forth in my terminology, just forewarning.  I still mean I’m making my finished piece even on all sides, lol.

This square is named Esme’s Winter Cottage and I love her description of it: “Esme’s Winter Cottage has a busy center, surrounded by less and less ‘busy’.  It is like the calm after the storm for me and I wanted something that was busy but also quiet and peaceful.”  It reminds me of the beginning of winter, cold and harsh but softening out towards Spring.  Although honestly with my color choices, there really isn’t much calmness anywhere.

Square three close up - Nuts About Squares Crochet Along Week One
Square three close up – Nuts About Squares Week One

Especially sometimes with my variegated yarn.  Normally I stay away from it, because I’m too controlling with my work to be comfortable with spur of the moment color changes.  And I’ll admit, in some of these squares, it had me grinding my teeth.  Like this one, the white spots in the black border are from the Stormy Weather ombre by Caron Simply Soft.  Then I looked at these spots and realized the colorway was very aptly named.  When we have a bad storm approaching, there will be a gray overcast sky with a “shelf” of dark clouds rolling in.  Every once in a while, you’ll also see pockets of white or blue where the clouds just aren’t reaching.  And because of that visual, I was okay with this.  Besides, the Caron Rosewood ombre also caused my two-toned diamonds which I absolutely love!

The Nuts About Squares CAL is going all year-long and it’s really not that difficult, if you’re interested in joining me.  It is all crochet, none of that is embroidered.  For us novice crocheters, there are video tutorials. At times it was difficult to figure out from the written pattern exactly which stitch I was supposed to work into.  I admit, I used the video and it was a lifesaver.  I knew right away if I was working it correctly instead of finding out at the end and having to frog the round.

I will be beginning week 2 this evening and will show what I have done of it off next Wednesday.  I also have a Hairbow Holder in my post queue!  I actually made it awhile ago and decided to bring it here because it’s so cute and easy.  Tomorrow, I’ll be taking photos and writing up the recipe for some yummy Orange Cranberry muffins.  So until next time.

Keep creating. I know I will!

Esme’s Winter Cottage Pattern can be found at Look What I Made.

Esme's Winter Cottage - CAL Week 1
Esme’s Winter Cottage – CAL Week 1

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20 thoughts on “Nuts About Squares Crochet Along – Week One

  1. Trudy these are gorgeous! I love how all of the colors are working together and I was surprised when you said this was easy crochet – it does’t look like easy stitches! Now I’m tempted to take a peek at it and maybe do an occasional square! I can’t wait to see your muffin recipe. I love cranberry and orange together. I always make up some orange cranberry mayo to put on turkey burgers!

    1. They are easy surprisingly, I was a little shocked. I’ve actually worked much harder patterns. And the video tutorial makes them a breeze. Now if I could just learn to work faster!

    1. Thank you! I almost didn’t join because I was unsure of choosing my own colors without really knowing how they’d work up. There are suggestions and a kit, of course, but the kit was always sold out when I went to purchase and I wasn’t sure I wanted mine to look the same as everyone else’s anyway. I’m really happy that teal is popping.

  2. These squares are beautiful. I assume you can do the CAL at your own pace, it may take a little longer but the results will be worth it. Thanks for sharing at #HandmadeMonday

    1. You can definitely do them at your own pace. I’m about two weeks behind the pattern releases right now, besides internal pressure, I’m not worried about catching up.

  3. Wow these squares are beautiful and very well crocheted. So many different colour changes they must be time consuming. Beautiful work. Keep going I think in the end it will be well worth it!

    1. Thank you so much Leanna. I’m a very slow crocheter in the first place and each set of three is taking me between 10 and 14 hours a week to complete. I’m already behind the others participating (and getting more so every day!) but you’re right, I think the finished product is going to be very worth it.

    1. Thank you Janet. The complexity of these patterns are what attracted me to the CAL. They’re just so gorgeous, I needed to figure out how to make my hands do that!

  4. They turned out beautifully, love the colors you chose. I’ve always wanted to learn you to crochet so I was surprised to read that you’re a novice. I’m going to have to check those videos out, they sound great. Thanks so much

    1. I’m very much a novice though I do have an entire lifetime of a crafting background. I look the designs that other crocheters come up with and I just have no idea where to start. There’s some great beginner videos on YouTube and they helped me a ton! And of course, there’s videos for this CAL as well. Thank goodness or I’ll admit it would be over!

    1. I’m really enjoying it and learning so much. I saw the Hygge earlier and I almost took that one up instead. I love the meaning behind the word.

  5. Wow Those are beautiful! I thought they were knit at first but they look more complex in crochet. Thanks for sharing with use are Creatively Crafty #ccbg 🙂

    1. Thank you Lydia. The intricacy of the patterns are what caught my eye. I’m learning so much with them.

    1. Ann, six colors are used throughout the afghan. Caron Simply Soft Ombre in Teal Zeal, Stormy Weather and Rosewood. Lion Brand Heartland in Great Smoky Mountains, Deborah Norville Everyday in Toasted Marshmallow, and finally, Big Twist Sincerely in Soft Cloud which I think they have renamed to Gray Denim. You can see all of them here: https://www.designingus.com/spring-projects/

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