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! If you’d like to take a look at my previous squares, click here to go back to Week one.
This is part 2 of week 8 due to two different patterns, Tropical Delight and Cat’s Claw, being made. I apologize it’s a little late, Hurricane Irma got us here in GA and I ended up without power for a few days. The experience was NOT a tropical delight, but here we go!
Cat’s Claw – Week 8 Part 2
Last week, I showed you the first pattern, which the CAL required one square of. The Tropical Delight design was pretty intense, that being one of the reasons I decided this week needed two parts. For the remaining squares, it called for two of Cat’s Claw designed by Margaret MacInnis.
Not quite as intense as Tropical Delight, this one did have its own intricacies. Namely, it about used every stitch marker
I could find I owned! Normally I make a round on all squares one after another, assembly line style. Due to the incredible amount of markers needed, I had to get each one through the stitch marker rounds before I could go onto the next square.
I finally got to take all those out on the next round when I started making the claws. From front post doubles all the way to front post quadruple trebles (there’s my trebles again!) the claws stretched towards the center of the square.
I love this one in both colorways I made it in, but you can see the claws much easier on the darker square.
Before I show you anymore of this one, I want to mention whenever possible I start with a magic circle or loop instead of a joined chain. I just think it looks so much nicer in the end. You can definitely see the difference when I do start this way. I didn’t for any of the Le Vesinet (9 circles in the center) squares and I wish I maybe had. They would’ve been much more uniform, although the finished square wouldn’t have been as airy.
Below is the darker square and you can really see that the darker claws standout much better.
When art mimics art
The whole time I was working on these, I kept thinking of a quilt block called Bear’s Paw. I also quilt, though has fallen to the wayside in the last five years or so. More due to lack of space than anything else. Cat’s Claw and Bear Paw have some similarities besides just being fiber projects.
I did borrow this picture off of another website, this is not my work. So I do also want to show you the entire quilt that teal Bear Paw went into. I think Wendy of Wendy’s Quilts and More did a fantastic job, I love the bright colors!
Sorry back to crochet, that’s what happens when you have way too many interests and hobbies!! So you can see with the finished blocks together, the pattern does look better in darker colors. However, I love both of these. The muted colors with the small bright accent is wonderful and maybe what the finished afghan will need to help tone it down a little.
And now for the grid of finished squares! We are getting so much closer now, 11 squares of 5 designs left. I’m getting excited to bind them altogether!
Cat’s Claw Pattern can be found on Ravelry!
Keep creating. I know I will!
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