Hello again!  How did you get on with week 1?  Have you got a lovely gingham square and basket weave rectangles done?  If you’re a bit behind, don’t give it a second thought. This is your cal, go at your pace. More importantly, how’s  your Yorkshire accent doing?!  Hope last weeks poem helped with that?! 

 

This week we are making 8 squares,  with lovely 3D flowers (see above) and 4 made on the diagonal creating a pretty little riverside effect 

When I make a few of the same squares I like to work them all at the same time so that the pattern for each section is fresh in your mind, I find it quicker that way, so I make 4 of round 1 then carry on and do round 2 on each etc. You might like to make each one individually in it’s entirety, that’s completely your choice. 

 

 

The first couple of rounds are nice and simple. I do remember when I started crocheting I had trouble identifying first and last stitches.  Using stitch markers can be a huge help. If you are unsure, mark your first stitch.  Round one tells you to 8dc into the ring and slip stitch into the first dc to join.  You could mark your first stitch to identify it or you could count back from the stitch you just made and when you get to 8, that’s the first stitch.  

 

Round 3 

Here we are making petals, so we are putting lots of stitches in each ch spaces made in the last round.  You start each petal with a slst into the ch sp then ch3 which counts as a treble.  Then all in the same ch sp  work a tr, a dtr (which is yarn over twice, pull through two, pull through two, pull through 2) another tr and then another ch3 which again counts as a tr and a slst to finish of the petal before a a ch1 and a slst in to the next ch 2.  Don’t forget the ch1 after  the slst at the end of the petal.  I forgot this many, many times!!! 

 

 

 

 

Round 4 

 

Work this round from thfront, but fold your petals forward so you can see what you are doing! This round is just creating a frame for the next lot of stitches to go into and it helps to push your petals up and out a bit too. 

 

 

 

 

Round 6 

The first ch3 counts as a stitch.  This round alternates between 2 trs in a stitch and single 1 tr in the next st.  The last st you make will be a single tr.  You should have 36 tr at the end of this round, 

 

Round 8 

 This threw me a little bit!  After joining D with a ch2 in the ch sp, we are working FPdtr in to the 2 missed stitches in round 6.  These are the two posts in between the dcs done in colour F (Bluebell).  Join your yarn to the right side within the ch sp as we also have to fit in the 2FPdtr’s and a htr all in the ch sp  

Remember that FRONT post stitches are worked by going around the post from the FRONT.  This makes that stitch appear on the front of your work 

 

Round 9 

In this round we start squaring off the circle.  The first stitches form a corner.  Pick any two of your front post stitches from the last round and start in the left hand side one. 

 

 

Once you have worked one repeat, the next corner will again be created in the second of the two posts.  This is a good way to check that you have got all your stitches in the right place. 

 

Round 10 

Make sure you don’t miss the first stitch…I find myself saying this a lot!  It’s because that stitch is often a bit hidden and it was always the one I would miss when I started crocheting! If you are struggling to see it, just slide your corner stitches over to the right a bit and the top of the first stitch should pop out! 

 

 

Now this stitch looks a bit complicated! FPtrtr3tog! Phew!  It’s fine, relax, breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth!  Lets do that three times together to keep on point 

 

Here is where this big beast of a stitch is going, where my needle is… 

 

 

Ok, so it’s a FRONT post stitch, so we insert our hook from the front, but it’s a trtr so we are going to yarn over 3 times first, and it’s a 3tg stitch, so we do not complete the stitch until we have done it three times.  Here we go…yarn over 3 timesgo around the post, yarn over pull through 2, pull through 2, pull through 2, stop.  And same again. Yarn over 3 times, around the post, pull through 2, pull through 2, pull through 2, stop. And one last time, yarn over 3 times, around the post, pull through 2, pull through 2, pull through 2. You should now have 4 loops on your hook, pull though all four stiches and you have completed your FPtrtr3tog! Woohoo! Well done!  Now you can breath and stop for a biscuit, or just carry on whilst you can still remember the stitch! 

 

This is what it should look like 

 

 

Beautiful ain’t it?! 

 

Before you carry on with the 11 dc’s make sure you miss a stitch to the back of the big beastie stitch! 

 

Round 11 

There are FPdtr stitches in this round…doddle!  They are not ‘together’ stitches, so you complete each stitch fully before starting the next one, it is 3 single FPdtr stitches around one post – the left of the pair of posts from round 8 (in Grass Green). Then you go straight to the next post stitch –  the first post of the pair from round 8.  Miss 5 stitches to the back and make your next dc. 

 

 

 

I don’t think you will have any trouble with the final two rounds.  If you have any worries about stitch placement in round 12, refer to Eleanora’s excellent tutorial pictures at the end of this week’s pattern.   

 

So make four of those and give yourself a big pat on the back! You will have created some beautiful squares!  I would say it’s a solid contender for Granny Square Day if you take part in that!! 

 

The River scene squares are next and they are really straight forward, there are no big scary stitches to negotiate.  My only tip would be to use stitch markers at the beginning and end of each row especially on the decrease rows.  That really will help you to keep everything in the right place. 

Well done indeed for getting to the end of this week’s blog and as a special reward, I am going to give you some sheep facts!  You’re welcome! 

 

Sheep! 

We can’t talk about Yorkshire without mentioning sheep!  There are more than 15 million sheep in the UK and more than 2.1 million of them are in Yorkshire & Humber!  

We have many breeds grazing on the dales, but one traditional Yorkshire sheep is the Swaledale (pictured below) which is a hardy mountain breed, another is the Wensleydale. 

 

 

I find it amazing to think that England’s wealth was built on exporting wool in medieval times and much of our wool is still exported today but keeping sheep purely for wool isn’t going to make you rich these days!  

The wool from Yorkshire sheep is collected by the Bradford depot of The British Wool Marketing Board where they handle 6 million kilos of wool a year from 16,000 farms across the north of England!  The amount paid to farmers often barely covers the cost of shearing, but shearing is a necessity for the wellbeing and health of all sheep. 

When I first moved to the countryside, I thought a sheep was a sheep and didn’t understand all the different terms I heard my farming friends using, so in case this is also you, here is a list! 

 

Ewe or Yow – a female sheep capable of producing lambs 

Tup or Ram – an intact male  

Gimmer – a female sheep, before she has had her first lamb 

Draft ewe – a female sheep that is too old for rough grazing (eg moorland) and is moved to better grass land 

Lamb – a sheep up to a year old 

Pet lamb – an orphaned lamb raised on a bottle 

Hogget or hogg – a young sheep between 9 – 18 months 

Yearling – a sheep between 1 and 2 years old  

Shearling – a yearling sheep before its first shearing 

Shornie – a freshly shorn sheep 

Springer – a sheep close to lambing 

Weaner – a young sheep that has been weaned up to about a year old 

Gummer – a sheep so old she has lost all of her teeth! 

 

I’m sure that there are lots of different ‘local’ terms all over the UK and the world beyond for all the different stages of a sheep’s lifebut you now know far more than you thought you needed to know about sheep!  Might come in handy at your next pub quiz or game of scrabble! 

I do know that we are completely surrounded by sheep here in Yorkshire and they are integral to the management of our landscape.  Our countryside would look very different without them! 

 

See you next week my lovelies! 

 

Julie xx