Follow-up Friday – The “Rustic Lace Square”-blanket

maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-41Follow-up Fridays that have a big “ta-dah” are great ones generally speaking, but today’s one might be the very best ever, because, you guys: the “Rustic Lace Square”-blanket is finished!!
I’m so incredibly excited, happy and proud of this blanket – I’ve loved making all my blankets, but the “Rustic Lace” is extra-extra special.maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-39maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-42What strikes me most is that up until the last square, I have loved crocheting it.
Usually I’m a little bored and “done” with a project this big when I’m nearing the finish line – most certainly not this time. All credit for that goes to the – unfortunately still unknown – maker of this extremely pretty square.
Whoever you are: thank you for such a gorgeous pattern (that you can find the link to here)!maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-15 maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-16

I’ve written about the beginning of my infatuation with the “rustic lace” before (right here), around the time when I started this project, well over a year ago. In that post you can read about who started the “rustic lace square”-hype (lovely Cornel and Magda), and if – like me – you can’t get enough of this square, you definitely need to check out the #rusticlacesquare on Instagram! It will give you almost 2.000 posts to drool over ….maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-43

This was my very first square, and 121 more were to follow ……
Usually I had no problem picking out colors, but sometimes I went through the Design Seeds-feed for inspiration. I learned along the way, that being (obsessively) picky about the same colors sitting too close each other wasn’t necessary, nor effective. Since my blanket was one big color bomb anyway, it really didn’t matter.

I was a good girl this time around and sewed in all my yarn ends as soon as I had finished a square. Also, not looking forward to joining all my squares at the very end, I’m extremely happy with the “join-as-you-go” I came up with early on (tutorial here), that too worked like a charm.maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-60Halfway through mine, I started seeing “rustic lace square”-blankets that only had colorful hearts and neutral colors on the outside (like this one, or as seen here).
I truly liked these as well (maybe even more), but I was way past the turning point with mine.

Maybe *cough* a next “Rustic Lace Square”-blanket?

Once I had finalized crocheting all 122 squares, I put the blanket on its final destination: our bed. Such a happy sight!maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-57 maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-56I always thought it would need a border – looooved Nerissa’s design – but seeing it spread out in all its glory, I wasn’t too sure anymore.
For a whole day I would walk in, stare at it, sometimes carrying a ball of cotton in a certain color, to see whether inspiration would strike, but no…. nothing.
I simply liked it – lacy and frilly as it was, and decided it did not need a border at all.
Besides, should I ever change my mind, all I have to do is pick up my hook again, and start crocheting.maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-47

Some stats:
* size: 242 x 242 cm (approx. 95 x 95 inches);
* weight: circa 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs);
* pattern: “Rustic Lace Square” – “joined-as-you-go”;
* yarn: all 100% cottons, “Katia Capri”, “ByClaire”, “Durable”, “DMC”, “Catania”, “Hema”, “Scheepjes”
* hook size: 3,5 mm (US: 4/E, UK: 9).

maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-48Wishing you all a happy weekend!
Love,
Marianne xx

PS: thank you, Quinn & Carter for being my patient photo shoot assistants :)

Follow-up Friday

Happy Friday to all of you! The past week was a mixed bag of ups and downs (just like life in general, wouldn’t you say?), but luckily the “ups” outweighed the “downs”, so all’s good.

A big, rather personal, “up” was my mother turning 85 years old on Tuesday. She invited our small family for a celebratory “rijsttafel”-dinner in our favorite Indonesian restaurant, “Djago”. We just had a delightful time, enjoying each other’s company, as well as the excellent food.
maRRose - CCC - Lien's Birthday - 85 maRRose - CCC - Lien's Birthday - 85-02Another “up” was the sunny spring weather that mother nature finally sent us – first outdoor crocheting of the season was a fact, hurray!maRRose - CCC - Spring 2016-05You know how much I love my daily walks with Mila the Wonderdog, but seeing nature wake up at this time of year, is definitely a bonus. Oh, and speaking of our beloved Mila: she turned 1 on April 12th.maRRose - CCC - Mila the Wonderdog-50

As I told you last Tuesday, I’ve picked up my “Rustic Lace Square”-blanket again; very happy to report I’ve made great progress. Twelve more squares were added to the 54 that I was up to this past Sunday.
maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-25maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-24 maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-26At that time I thought I needed a total of 143 squares, but after doing some proper measuring&calculating this morning, I think 132 squares will be enough, which means: I’m half way through – yay!!
I “just” need to keep the momentum going …….maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-28

You might remember this little thing in black and white?maRRose - CCC --- geo blanket-01 maRRose - CCC --- geo blanket-04I’ve worked on that on and off over the last few weeks, having enough pieces to assembly them in either a cushion cover, or maybe a bag? What do you think?
In a little “Rustic Lace Square”-lull, I played around a bit, which resulted in this colorful surface crochet – fun to do!maRRose - CCC --- geometric crochet black and white-01 maRRose - CCC --- geometric crochet black and white-03

And lastly there’s Haafner’s test-mandala, that I’ve been meaning to turn into a cushion cover. How about finding this perfect matching blue in my stash? I’m looking forward to finishing it.maRRose - CCC --- Mandala Haafner-10 maRRose - CCC --- Mandalas-28While going through my stuff/stash, I also found this long lost Instagram pouch – made almost 3 years ago, following this free pattern by “Haak & Smaak”.maRRose - CCC --- Instagram pouch

In between all this, I’ve been working hard on my May-project for CraftKitchen, while my second one – a diy to make cute little treasury boxes – went live on the CK-site yesterday – busy, but exciting times!
The tutorial (in Dutch ànd English) will be available here on Monday.
maRRose - CCC - CK-schatdoosjes-66Wishing you a wonderful weekend,
love,
Marianne xx

Treasury Tuesday

maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Pretty in Pastel-Crochet-03I can’t believe a full 7 days have gone by since my last blog post! This past week didn’t even have a proper “Follow-up Friday”, and it was most certainly not because of a lack of crochet to follow-up on……
Some projects can’t be shown yet, like some of the beautiful patterns that will be in Janneke‘s book (and that I had the privilege of testing), other projects were made in preparation of my CraftKitchen work. One of them will be published on the CraftKitchen-site (in Dutch) coming Thursday – both tutorials (in Dutch ànd English) will be available here on “maRRose” as of next Monday.

maRRose - CCC --- Mandalas-24Super-crochet-talent Sandra asked me last week to test one of the mandala designs she’s contributing to a book; such a delightful task. In this case I was allowed to share the project via social media, don’t you agree that this is a wonderful pattern? I love it – another book that I can’t wait to be published for!maRRose - CCC --- Mandalas-25

Over the weekend I decided it was about time to pick up my “Rustic Lace Square”-blanket again. I added 6 squares, and I’am up to a total of 54 squares. Not even half way …… maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-22 I simply had to make a “rustic lace square” in “Sophie”-colors …….maRRose - CCC --- granny square Sophie-35

I’m still madly in love with this blanket-to-be, and I’m resisting following-up on all kinds of new crochet stuff that keeps popping up in my head – dedicated to keep working on the “Rustic”, and finish it in the not too far future.maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-20For no reason at all, “pastel” was the crochet I was looking for to fill this week’s “Treasury Tuesday” – don’t they all look fresh and spring-like?

This blanket is my ab-so-lu-te favorite this week:maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Pretty in Pastel-Crochet-01

as are these pretty bracelets:maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Pretty in Pastel-Crochet-02

Wishing you a happy new week,
love,
Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday – The “Hetti” Cushion

maRRose - CCC --- the Hetti cushion cover-18It’s another happy “Follow-up Friday”: last night I finished my corner-to-corner cushion in red, white and blue. So, hot off the hook&needle, here’s my “Hetti” cushion!

maRRose - CCC --- the Hetti cushion cover-03I started it about a month ago, got side-tracked by amongst others the “Happy Bag”, and to tell you the truth, I’m delighted it’s on the ex-wip-list.

maRRose - CCC --- the Hetti cushion cover-11maRRose - CCC --- the Hetti cushion cover-07No matter how much I loved working on it, I don’t think I’ll easily start another one. You wouldn’t say, since there are “only” 3 colors used, but the color changes were countless – not to mention the ends…….. Dealing with ends normally does not bother me at all (part of the crochet deal, right?), but I don’t think I’ve ever sewn in this many!maRRose - CCC --- the Hetti cushion cover-16maRRose - CCC --- the Hetti cushion cover-05There was a slightly scary moment, when I was about to wash the crochet part: would the red start bleeding?? This had happened before with my “I love Holland”-cushion, and (while I panicked) only some quick and adequate internet searching by my husband kind of solved that. I remembered using vinegar as a good tip, and that’s what I did now as well.maRRose - CCC --- the Hetti cushion cover-01I added 1 cup of vinegar to a bucket of cold water, and then my crochet. I gently stirred every 10 minutes or so, and after an hour I rinsed the cushion top, and machine washed it (gentle cycle) with Eucalan: perfect!

So all in all: I’m very satisfied with how it turned out, but this cushion cover’s not very likely to have any siblings soon.
maRRose - CCC --- the Hetti cushion cover-20maRRose - CCC --- the Hetti cushion cover-10maRRose - CCC --- the Hetti cushion cover-17I’ve named it after the designer of the pretty cross stitch pattern following which I’ve crocheted this cushion, the lovely Hetti, who graciously shares a lot of her beautiful patterns for free.

Another project that I’ve spend quite some time on lately, is my “Rustic Lace Square”-blanket. I soooo love working on it again.
maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-15maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-19When I picked this wip up, I counted 24 finished and joined squares, 3 squares that just needed to be joined, and 11 finished hearts. In addition to these, I’ve crocheted and joined 10 squares from scratch, so after 10 days the blanket now has 48 squares: woohoo!
maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-18 maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-17I’m determined to keep working on it – at least 62 more squares are needed; I’ll keep you updated in my “Follow-up Friday”-posts!
maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-16Have a great weekend!
Love,
Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday – “The Candy Cushion”

maRRose - CCC - The Candy Triangle Cushion-20Ahhh….. the happy feeling of another “ta-dah” and being able to tick one more old wip off the list! Presenting the latest triangle cushion, my “Candy Cushion”; to tell you the truth, I’m quite chuffed with how it turned out ……

I used my own tutorial to make the triangles, and crocheted 7 double ones, 6 single ones and 4 double half ones – if that makes any sense.
Making the double ones saved considerable time and effort in the sewing department (not my favorite when it comes to assembling triangles). I now “just” had so sew the diagonal sides together.
maRRose - CCC - The Candy Triangle Cushion-01The black border is one round of single crochets (UK dc) and one round of double crochets (UK trebles). I then crocheted pom-poms in all 7 colors I used for the triangles, leaving the black out.
maRRose - CCC - The Candy Triangle Cushion-02maRRose - CCC - The Candy Triangle Cushion-06The cushion cover is machine sewed (using this fantastic tutorial, as always; it’s in Dutch, but Google Translate is your friend) and hand stitched the crochet part onto that.
Finally, I listed it in my Etsy-shop, hoping it will find a good home soon ;).
maRRose - CCC - The Candy Triangle Cushion-04Other than completing the “Candy Cushion”, I managed to crochet some more “Rustic Lace Square”-hearts, a total of 12 is now waiting to get their last rounds and to be joined to the blanket.
maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-12 maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-13Plus …… I’ve picked up the next old wip, my Crochet Mood Blanket that I started back in 2014. This past week I’ve joined 27 rectangular grannies to it, and have only some 80 more to go, haha!
maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Mood Blanket-20 maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Mood Blanket-23I’m also in the process of translating one of Heike’s (MadewithLoops) most recent – and gorgeous, I can assure you – designs, to be released September 19th (more info here). All very exciting!
maRRose - CCC --- Moya Star Shaw-06 maRRose - CCC --- Moya Star Shaw-07To add even more excitement to this week’s summary is the fact that I noticed my “Bétaille Blanket” receiving some more love on Dutch KreaDoe’s homepage, so pleased with that!
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-35And last but most definitely not least, I want to thank you so much for your sweet comments and well wishes for Carter, here, on IG and FB – all so very much appreciated! He’s home since last Saturday, and slowly getting a bit better – meaning in less pain – and able to go short distances using his crutches and iWalk.
maRRose - CCC --- Colorful HeartsHave a fabulous weekend!
Love,
Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday

maRRose - CCC --- Rustic Lace Square-blanket-22And yet another week has flown by ….. a week filled with lots of ER/hospital visits, and not too much crochet, I’m afraid. Luckily the hospital visits led up to Carter having his big reconstructive foot surgery today (as I type this message, actually……).
The external frame will be removed, and all things necessary to make his foot as good as new will be taken care of as well.
Despite the long road ahead of him, we’re confident he’ll eventually be A-OK again.
maRRose - CCC --- Triangle Cushion-01I was able to work a bit on two old wips, the first one being the triangle cushion cover – the second one the ” Rustic Lace Square”-blanket.
maRRose - CCC --- Triangle Cushion Cover-01Almost all triangle pieces are done, so assembly is the next (and last) step.
maRRose - CCC --- Rustic Lace Square-blanket-20As far as the rustic lace squares are concerned, I’ve finished 3, and have 4 incomplete ones. Spending the next couple of days with Carter in the hospital, I’m assuming I’ll be adding quite a few more ……
maRRose - CCC --- Rustic Lace Square-blanket-21Wishing you a fun weekend,

love,
Marianne xx

The “Rustic Lace Square”

maRRose - CCC: Rustic Lace SquareIf you follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook it’s hard not to have noticed I have a new love…….a new love for a crochet pattern that is.
I first saw the particular square in Magda’s beautiful ig-feed (link here) and later on her equally beautiful blog (link here).

Her throw is already finished and my-oh-my, how gorgeous is it (link here and here)!
Via Magda, I also found Cornel’s delightful ig-account (link here) and blog (link here) and she too has reached the finishing stage of her blanket (more here).
I can highly recommend visiting these talented ladies’ blogs, trust me you will not be disappointed.
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For some reason the beauty of this design is being seen by a whole lot of crocheters, because it kind of went Instagram-viral and it’s so wonderful to search under “#rusticlacesquare” and see so many wonderful squares. Very, very inspirational!
I know everybody is keen on finding and giving credit to the original source/designer of the square – so am I – but so far to no avail. Latest news is that it was published in the “Para Ti – Guia de Puntos”-magazine, but as far as I know the source/designer has not been tracked down yet. If you have more information, please share!
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In the meantime the lovely Susan, a dear ig-friend, has a copy of the pattern in her feed (link here) and graciously allowed me to link back to this here. I also found the chart on Pinterest (link here), so there’s no keeping you back!

Given the total crush I have for this square I’ve decided that this will be my long term project: I’m going to make a bedspread for our double bed (200×240 cm).
This blanket doesn’t know yet, but it will have to make room for my “Rustic Lace Square”-blanket …… eventually.

I’m working on square 10 as we speak, so yes, very long term project ……
Instead of having to join my squares at the very end, I decided to join-as-I-go and a lot of people have asked me to show how I do this, hence the little photo tutorial that you’ll find below.

(Photo) Tutorial join-as-you-go “Rustic Lace Square”:

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—————Photo collage A—————

Photo collage A:
Joining your square to the next one starts in a (any) corner, right where the pattern asks you to chain 10 to make the big loop.
You chain 4 and slip your hook into the loop of the square you want to attach this one to; make a slip stitch (equals chain 5 of 10) and crochet the remaining 5 of the 10 chains. Continue with the pattern, crocheting 5 double crochets (UK: trebles); slip stitch into the 5th stitch (= 5th double crochet) of the square you’re attaching to, continue the remaining 5 dc’s.

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—————Photo collage B—————

Photo collage B:
Chain 3 and make a slip stitch into the first stitch of the “trellis” part of the square you’re attaching to, in this case the purple one – this is a double crochet stitch.
Crochet the first pole of the V (the V consisting of: 1dc, 2chains, 1dc) you need to crochet, in other words: crochet 1 dc, and then: 1 chain and slip stitch into the first V-space of the purple square; dc the last leg of your V: first V completed and attached!

maRRose - CCC: Rustic Lace Square

—————Photo collage C—————

Photo collage C:
Continue attaching the (yellow) trellis part to the purple trellis: crochet your 1 double crochet of your V, chain 1, slip stitch into (purple) V-space (this slip stitch equals the 2nd chain of the V-stitch as per the pattern), finish your V by crocheting the last double crochet.
After you’ve completed your last V-stitch, you’ll want to slip stitch one more time and do this in the last double crochet of the V-stitch from the trellis of the square you’re attaching your new square to – in this case – the purple square. Kind of like you did when you first started attaching the yellow trellis to the purple one, slip stitching into the very first double crochet of the purple square; at this point you’ll slip stitch in the very last double crochet.
When you’re done with your trellis, you should have 8 attaching slip stitches (see photo C 1 and/or image below).
maRRose - CCC: Rustic Lace Square

It was not until I was joining my 8th square that I was finally happy with the trellis part. At first I did not also slip stitch into the very first and very last double crochets of the V’s I was joining my square to. By creating 8 joints, the squares are finally attached to my liking, but of course that’s a personal preference.

Ok, now onto the very last part. As per the chart: chain 3, crochet 5 double crochets, slip stitch into the 5th double crochet of the purple square, 5 double crochets.
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You’ve come full circle now – making the big chain loop, ready to attach it to the next corner of the next square, in this case slip stitching in the off-white loop (after which I continued joining my yellow square to the bright blue one).
maRRose - CCC: Rustic Lace Square

It seems like we always need a lot of words to explain something rather simple – I sure hope this is clear enough for you so zoom-join your pretty rustic lace squares!

maRRose - CCC: Rustic Lace SquareOk, I’m off to crochet squares 11, 12, 13 ……..

Love,
Marianne xx