Introducing: Granny Square “Abby”

maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-10It’s with much pleasure – and some anticipation – that I’m introducing granny square “Abby” to you today! The anticipation stems from a mix of feelings (“will other people like her too”, “what if I overlooked a mistake in the – gazillion times checked – pattern”, “will the tutorial be clear enough”), however, the pleasure wins: I’m simply very happy and proud to publish and share this granny square.
maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-12The inspiration for the pattern was found in an old “Teleac”-craft course (early 80’s), that my mother gave me some time ago. “Teleac” being a paper version of today’s online classes, like “Craftsy”, would explain this best, I think.
maRRose - CCC --- granny square Abby-102Where the filet-technique is usually found in large pieces of crochet (like these, or here), I immediately liked the little center piece of filet in combination with the kind of stitches you’d normally crochet a granny square with. Not being able to find a stitch glossary in my mom’s book, and what’s more, not even recognizing the symbols used, I just started doodling.
maRRose - CCC --- Granny Square Abby-106After much fun, but time-consuming doodling, I finally came up with “Abby” as she looks right now.
She premiered in my “Les Tourettes Shawl” (link to that post, here) – and I loved how that turned out.
maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-42While crocheting this shawl, I thought “Abby” might be a great square to make a cushion cover with as well, and so I made these two.

maRRose - CCC --- cushion cover Margriet-06 maRRose - CCC --- cushion cover Margriet-10For the blue/red one, named “Bram”, I simply crocheted 4 “Abby”-squares, blocked them into shape (essential) and machine sewed them onto the gingham and striped cover I made.
maRRose - CCC --- cushion cover Bram-02Now the white/yellow cushion – “Margriet” – has 4 squares as well, but I’ve added two rounds of dc’s once the squares were all joined. I really like the fact that – even after blocking – this cushion does not have the bit more stretched look of “Bram”, but this is just a personal preference.
maRRose - CCC --- cushion cover Margriet-04Both “Bram” and “Margriet” are for sale in my Etsy shop – for a sweet, festive price!

The pattern/tutorial for “Abby” can be found here (link to pdf), and/or here (via the “Tutorial/DIY”-tab on my homepage).
It goes without saying that I’d love to see your “Abby”-squares, so please tag them with #maRRosegrannysquareabby if you’re posting pictures on social media.
maRRose - CCC --- cushion cover Margriet-05 maRRose - CCC --- cushion cover Bram-07Have fun, and have a great weekend!

Love,
Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday – “Les Tourettes Shawl”

maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-41In the long list of wips that needed to be completed these past months (more here), this shawl played a significant part. The funny thing is, my “Les Tourettes Shawl” has been finished since May or June, and been worn many an occasion. With much pleasure, I might add!
maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-18While working on it, I only showed a few progress pictures on my Instagram and Facebook, which resulted in lots of lovely people asking for the pattern. Now thàt only existed in my head, so I promised to write it down, and make a tutorial (including how to join the squares).
maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-35 maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-34Somehow I knew it would be wise to make a pact with myself to not show the “Les Tourettes Shawl” here, or via other social media, before the pattern writing malarkey was done.
In Dutch we have a saying:  “een stok achter de deur hebben”, and this pact was the perfect “stok achter de deur” for me.
Haha …… I just found out there’s no translation for that saying in English! It means as much as, that I did not allow myself the pleasure of showing (off) my shawl, unless I had finished both pattern and tutorial, fearing otherwise I would never get it done…….
maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-20maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-17maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-21Despite the pact, it took embarrassingly long before I could cross this wip off my list, but it’s finally done (yay!), and – just so this post won’t be too lengthy – I’ll share “Abby” and her pattern/tutorial here on the blog tomorrow!

So, what was the origin of this shawl? It started with me buying a colorful top, that I really fell in love with the minute I saw it. However, the first time I wore it, it left me with a cold neck and so I decided to crochet a shawl that would deal with that.
maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-25Trying to pick out one or two colors from my cotton stash, I realized I had all colors that were in the top ……
Not too sure whether color blocking‘s still fashionable, but I went with “all the colors” ;).
maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-28This project accompanied me when I traveled to Bétaille/Les Tourettes (hence the name) for my yoga retreat in France and I finished it rather quickly after that, really loving wearing it.
maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-15The 100% cotton proved to be the perfect choice, the top being a summery garment – I think a shawl with a more woolly look would not have been as enjoyable to wear, nor as pretty to look at …..
maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-40 maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-14I’m all geared up to share granny “Abby” with you tomorrow, showing you not only how to crochet (and join) her, but also how versatile this sweet old lady can be!

Love,
Marianne xx