Bavarian Beauty – Week 6
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 6 is the “Bavarian Beauty” square designed by Heather Gibbs. If you’d like to take a look at my previous squares, click here to go back to Week one.
This design again was a lot of fun. While I love the texture in all of the designs, the techniques I’m learning are amazing. Working with eight loops on the hook at a time was interesting and I think I’m about ready for Tunisian crochet now!
Throughout this CAL, I’ve mostly used my 4.0 mm hook. The wear and tear on it is evident, I slipped the casing right off during this set. As a result, I decided to try out the Susan Bates hooks and see if they worked with me a little better. It definitely took some getting used to and I definitely need more practice with this one before I build speed back up. However, I don’t believe it’s better or worse than the Amure (knock-off) hooks I have been using.
The biggest difference between them is the Susan Bates version uses an in-line hook, while the Amure has a tapered one. The shaft is also much longer than I’m used to and I’m having to learn to hold the hook further back, slowing me down more. I do believe once I get used to the differences, I’ll be able to bounce back and forth between versions like a pro! Craftsy has a great article on hooks, outlining the names of the parts, what the differences between brands are, and how to choose the best one for you!
I really loved the colors in this block and for once the variegation didn’t distract me. In fact, I think it added a touch of depth to the pattern. There I go calling it a block again, it’s the quilter in me, I just can’t help it! Consequently, bringing those diamonds square was an interesting experience that gave me so much insight into design.
Square 2 brought in a little of the black/silver variegation that tends to put me off. It’s that one colorway that I’m really not fond of. I believe that if it wasn’t always such a drastic difference, it would be fine. Maybe longer color changes, I don’t know. I do know I’ll be a lot more careful in the future, but I don’t dare change it out now!
Once again, except for the black/silver variegation, I love this square. On this one, I would’ve liked the black to carry on more, as it adds a tremendous contrast to the tan.
My squares are starting to attract a bit of attention. They’ve been featured on a few other sites and I’m always highly appreciative when they are. Please give both recent featuring sites a visit!
Finally, my favorite part: the grid!
We’re getting so many squares here, I’m going to have to start making that grid four across! And there’s still six weeks of designs to go, that means the grid will double in size before I’m done. All these squares are 12″, I choose the biggest size thinking I might end up making two smaller Afghans instead of one large one. That will be 36 squares in all. Therefore, we’ll have to see what happens towards the end with them!
Bavarian Beauty Pattern can be found at Keep Calm and Crochet on UK.
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