Week 8. This post has been challenging to even get around to writing, because the pattern is beautiful, but getting through it was a huge challenge for me this week.
This week's square is called the Spring Pathways square created by CrochetALaDia. You can find the pattern HERE.
First off the bat, I was absolutely thrilled to see a square worked in rows and a solid color, because so many squares have been worked in the round, so I love the idea of changing it up so this blanket really looks patchwork-y. (Do you like that word? I just now invented it!)
What I did not realize on first glance was that this pattern was going to require some serious concentration. By row 3, I had already messed up and confused myself terribly. Once again, I had to consult the tutorial videos made for the CAL. I needed it for row 4 as well, although I think if I had been a little more patient with myself, I could have figured it out.
After row 4, I was good to go it seemed. It took me 3 days, but I finally finished my first square. I popped over to the Patchwork Mystery CAL Facebook group to see other crocheters' squares, and it was then that I noticed that I had completely skipped the middle section!
The square went in "time out" for the night, and I had intended to take a picture of my "finished" square purely for your amusement, but of course I forgot the next day until I had already frogged it back. It definitely looks much better with the entire pattern completed, I assure you!
My second Square came along much quicker, but still took me another two days to complete. I really like it in the gray. I think it shows the texture of this pattern much better than the cream does.
I didn't get around to blocking these this week, and I haven't finished my third square yet, but I'll forgive me. Perhaps week 9 will be another fast one, and I'll catch up. Maybe it will be super intricate and set me back a little more. That's the beauty of the Patchwork Mystery CAL. It truly is a mystery!
Until next week, Happy Hooking!