This is block #12 of our 2021 Stash Busting Crochet Along. The Helix Inspired Square was designed by Rose over at Yarn Craftee.
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Here is the original square made by Rose. Mine is pictured below.
You can see that Rose’s square has more defined tall and short areas mine are less defined because instead of double crochets for the tall areas I accidentally did half double crochets. Whoops.
There was a small typo in the pattern that led me down this path and when I realized my mistake, I was already done with the square. Obviously, it all worked out ok though!
Sizing: I had to square off my octagon 2 rounds earlier than stated in the pattern to stay on track with size. Personal crochet tension and yarn choice all play a part in that. It did make it a little tricky to square off but I’ll outline what I did for you. It was a fun little puzzle. My square ended up pretty flat and did not need blocking.
Here’s what I did:
Besides completely messing up the stitch I did not count the chains as stitches at the beginning of the round (this is just my personal preference). I’ll outline my color changes and the early squaring off below.
Rnd 1-2: Fisherman
Rnd 3: Taupe
Rnd 4-5: Fisherman
Rnd 6: Silver Gray
Rnd 7-8: Linen
Rnd 9: Silver gray
Rnd 10-11: Fisherman
Rnd 12: Taupe
Rnd 13-14: Linen
Rnd 15: Silver Gray
I skipped Rnd 16-17
Rnd 18: Because I had less stitches to work with than if I went all the way to rnd 17 I had to change this round a little so it would square off nicely.
I repeated this sequence around my octagon starting in the same stitch as ch 2. (DC, 2SC), (ch 1, skip 3, 3 SC in next)2 times, ch 1, skip 3 (DC, 2SC) in next, Ch 1, skip 3, (2 TC, DTC) in next, Ch 1, skip 3 (2 TTC, QTC), ch 3, skip 1, (QTC, 2TTC) in next, ch 1, skip 3 (DTC, 2TC), ch 1, skip 3.
Please keep in mind that the instructions above only work with the stitch count after rnd 15.
I also omitted the rnd 19 as written due to size and did 2 rnds of single crochet to finish it off .
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