Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Grandma Squares

I've joined the huge group contributing squares for Grandma Purl's comfortghan. You can read all about it here. Tons of Laurie's friends and admirers from the internets have signed up to participate.
I've finished 3 squares. Thanks to Kristy for organizing this effort for Crazy Aunt Purl's Grandma!

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Crocheted, Red Heart "Soft" Yarn, Diagonal Stitch, "H" Hook

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Crocheted, Red Heart "Soft" Yarn, Up-Down Stitch, "H" Hook

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Knitted, Red Heart "Soft" Yarn,

Double Moss Stitch with Herringbone Half-Double Crochet Border,

Size 8 Needles



At 3:37 PM PDT, Blogger MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

Dang. You didn't waste any time at all, did you?! I just got started today. It's a nice break from the more difficult projects. :) And the thought of Grandma Purl and Mr. Hakim being snuggly-buggly is just too endearing.

At 3:43 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I love the neutral richness of the colors you used. Nice work!


At 8:03 PM PDT, Blogger Danielle said...


I absolutely love the up- down stitch. Can you give me a quick how to with the multiple?


Danielle from the Atwater-Silverlake SnB.

At 10:42 AM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Hi Danielle,
I learned the "Up-Down" stitch from Brandi, manager of the Stitches From The Heart Store.

Basically, you chain as many stitches as you'd like. Then you just alternate single and double crochet stitches across. For the subsequent rows, you single crochet on the doubles and double on the singles from the row below. At the beginning of a row, if your first stitch is supposed to be a dc, then, as always, chain 3 as your first dc. If, at the beginning of a row, your first stitch is supposed to be a sc, the, as always, chain 1 stitch and then sc.

One of my favorite designers, Melissa Leapman, uses this stitch often in her sweater designs. I'm not sure what she calls it, but I've always called it the "Up-Down" stitch.

Good luck! Be sure to post your results!

At 10:42 AM PDT, Blogger Jennifer said...

this isn't in relation to your post, but someone sent me this link and it made me think of you and your ukelele lessons...

At 11:50 AM PDT, Blogger Kristy said...

Oh Ellen!!! Your squares just arrived and the are really, really stunning. So soft and cozy and perfectly 8" by 8". Thank you!

FYI: You are the 2nd person to get squares to me which means that there is a prize in your future!!

At 12:28 PM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

On Yeah! Have Miss Laurie throw some Patons Up Country my way, please!!!

At 12:09 PM PDT, Blogger WineGrrl said...

Golly, what nice squares! So even and pretty....

I've made one so far, and it is a bit deformed.

At 10:40 AM PDT, Blogger LadyLinoleum said...

Those are gorgeous. I have to try the RH soft yarn. It works up nicely.

How many squares do you think she'll get?


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