Monday, August 3, 2015

Glacial progress

I've sewn together 50 sets of squares to make 25 sets of pairs and 7 sets of squares. So now I'm starting phase 2 where I sew together 32 sets of pairs and squares to make 16 sets of 2, 3, or 4 squares. Then these 16 will be sewn together to make 8 sets, then 4, etc. It's taken me forever but it will be so worth it when it's done. In the top left corner is one set of pairs already sewn together. It takes less time to sew these than it does the single squares, because I've already figured out the orientation and pulled off the stray threads. But the progress is still slow. Not quite like a glacier, but it's hard for me to work on something that takes so long to finish.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Haste Makes Waste

Having finished 12 squares with wavy edges, I now understand why the edges were wavy. I have to rework those 12 squares. I've reworked three (outsides only) and have now made one correctly from the start.

I don't know how I got it in my head that I should add six stitches to each side for every round of double crochet and four for every round of single crochet. It's more like four for a round of double and two for a round of single. I made a sample swatch with different stitches, measured, did the math, and figured out that all my edges were wavy and all my corners were sharp points because I was adding too many stitches.

In this picture, left to right and top to bottom, are cosmos, carrots, poppy and daisy. The first three have been reworked. I have total of nine more squares to rework. It doesn't take long. The problem was only with the outer rounds that I added on to the squares to make them bigger. The directions in the book (Granny Square Flowers) don't produce wavy results, but I wanted 6 1/2 inch squares, so I've had to extend most of them, and that's where I went wrong.