March Knot, from 2023: A Year of Celtic Knots
These loops look like hearts to me, and I considered using them for February but it also reminds me of a clover so I figured it could fit in the month of March with St. Patrick’s Day.
This “holiday” always felt important to me as a kid because it meant my birthday was exactly 6 months away. Plus, my mom liked to point out that we have Irish blood in us. And Scottish. And Danish. And then there’s my dad’s side (mostly German with a heavy dose of Russian and English).
I suppose that makes me a typical Canadian (with a blend of ancestors).
Jump to the counting stitches section for information on the center-out squares.
Important news this month: I have updated the way the interlocking crochet charts look and have included a chart-reading key. January and February Knot have been updated with this addition as well.
I sure am loving it when people share their knot squares in my Facebook group! It has been so encouraging to hear that some people have just learned interlocking or mosaic crochet and are now creating cool things like the rest of us!
Plus, it’s really great seeing all the color options!
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Last month I got a bit distracted making a bunch of mini-squares. I did my interlocking February Knot square. I finished my overlay mosaic, center-out February Knot square. And I did a bunch of tiny squares in both techniques.
This month caught me a bit off guard. Did you know February is a short month? It has been that way for my entire life, but somehow it surprised me this time!
In 2022, when I was designing these squares, I started a few of the designs using scrap yarn I had laying around. Once my designs were finalized I bought yarn so that my squares would all match.
I have this white and blue (Red Heart Super Saver, Macaw) for all my interlocking crochet squares.
And I have this black and brown for all the mosaic squares.
But, last month, when I got distracted with all the mini-squares, I didn’t have time to make February Knot with my “official” brown and black yarn. I finished up the scrap yarn version instead.
When I suddenly realized it was the end of February and I only had a few days left to get my March Knot square completed I also realized I still had a half-done February Knot attached to my yarn.
And I couldn’t just use the other black and brown yarn I have because I have a half-done September Knot attached to that yarn. September is my birthday and I wanted to do it first. Clearly I got distracted with other, more exciting, projects.
So I was met with the sudden rush of finishing my squares in less time than I had anticipated.
Please laugh with me at my silliness. This is just how life goes sometimes.
I am so thankful that I have so many amazing testers – we still have lots of finished squares to look at!
“2023: A Year of Knots” series of interlocking and overlay mosaic crochet squares tested by Anonymous, Anonymous Squirrel, Crochetcarob, cyncitycrochets, Heather Passmore, MadeByMrsJones, Maja Serec, Margaret Maillet, Marijke Laenen, Mona Rae Hill, Pleva, ScorpiosHook, & Wolsalon.
One Square or Twelve
The “Year of…” series of squares have been designed to have 12 different squares.
However, I also think it looks pretty awesome to make the same square a few times and create a blanket.
I like to time myself when I work. Sometimes just for fun, sometimes to schedule how much needs to be done by what time, and sometimes just to see how fast I am compared to others.
It’s not a race, and there’s no winners for being faster, but I just like to know. You know?
With the interlocking crochet squares, it’s easy to see when you’re halfway done because each row is the same width.
With the center-out overlay mosaic crochet squares, it’s not as simple as saying, “there are 38 rounds, so halfway is row 19” because we are progressively making larger and larger rounds.
For example, round 5 has 7 stitches per side plus the 3 stitches in each corner, which means we are crocheting 40 stitches to finish round 5.
But, round 38 has 85 stitches per side, plus the 3 stitches in each corner, so each round is 352 stitches!
We are actually 25% done the square in the middle of round 20.
We reach the halfway point near the end of round 28.
And the three-quarter mark is reached in round 34.
Maybe this will help you budget your time (if you do that sort of thing). I sure found it eye-opening!
Interlocking Crochet Charts
I’ve had a chart explanation included in my mosaic files for a long time now, but I’ve shied from doing an interlocking one.
I have a YouTube tutorial on how to use the charts, and I no longer feel that is sufficient.
So, I’m now including a chart explanation for the interlocking crochet technique as well!
I’ve also improved how the interlocking charts are numbered. All the Celtic Knots designs will have this new file with the better charts.
I will be updating other patterns as needed. Please let me know if there’s something you’d like me to do sooner rather than later.
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