A Life Inspired is made up of 12 squares, and over the next 12 issues of Crochet Now Magazine, you will find the pattern for one square, you will need to make 3 of squares 1 to 11, and just 2 of square 12.
As each square is published I will add to this blog post, so bookmark this page to be able to come back with each pattern release.
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Square 1 – Guiding Light
We all have an inner voice that guides us through life, all we need to do is stop and listen.
Guiding Light is an easy square to start with.
A few clusters to start and then front post stitches to give an embossed star surrounded by crossed stitches.
Hint: Make sure the front post/Raised front stitch in round 9 goes around both legs of the point to keep it neat.
Some of the beautiful squares made by my testing team
Square 2 – Written in the Stars
Maybe we have some control over our lives, or maybe everything we experience is predestined, or written in the stars?
For this square you will be making both front and back post stitches. You will also work into the back loops to add definition to the central star, and there is a very pretty round of star stitch, which is one of my favourite stitches.
Hint: Unfortunately there is a bit of an oooopsie in the magazine, this is the instruction for the Star Stitch and Beginning Star Stitch.
Beginning Star Stitch. Join with a standing *htr in any ch-2 corner space, ch 1 to form “eye”, insert hook into eye and draw through a loop, repeat in the bottom of htr post, in ch-2 corner space, and in the next 2 sts.
You will now have 6 loops on your hook, yarn over and draw through all 6 loops.
Ch 1 to close the stitch and form the “eye” of the star.
Star Stitch. (Insert hook in the “eye” of previous star st and pull up a loop, repeat in the last “spoke” of the star, in the same stitch of R10 that the spoke of the last star is in, and the next 2 sts, [6 loops on hook], yo and draw through all 6 loops, ch 1 to close).
Here are some of the beautiful squares made by the testing team.
Square 3 – Don’t Fence Me In
There are many times in life that we can feel restricted by events or people, but we are always able to find a gate to open.
The only real restrictions in life are those which we impose on ourselves.
Starting with a circle of clusters and again working with front and back post stitches, we create a trellis after the solid centre.
Don’t Fence Me In by my awesome testers.
Square 4 – Time Frames
In this busy, modern world we all seem to have to work to time frames, sometimes we pull it together and other times it slips away.
This is the first of the slightly more advanced technique squares. You will be working puff stitches, long stitches and a combined stitch worked both in the top of the stitch and around the post of the same stitch to form the effect of ripples in time.
Time Frames by my wonderful testing team.
Square 5 – Star of the Show
You are always the star of your own show!
Folding stitches and popcorns give a 3D effect to this beautiful square.
Star of the Show by the fabulous testing team
Square 6 – Changing Direction
No matter what path you think you are on in life, the compass will spin and you will be off in another direction before you know it.
Embrace the change.
The testing team Changing Direction
Square 7 – Opening Doors
When one door closes there is always another waiting for you to open it.
There are clusters and bead stitches to make in this square and the clever use of chain spaces and working behind them is what gives the effect of rows of doors.
The testing team Changing Direction
Square 8 – My Cup Runs Over
When we look for the joy in life and practice an attitude of gratitude, we come to see how many blessings we have in life.
Another more advanced square with a cup in the centre created by working between stitches to make them bend and overflow.
Hints and tips
R6. Hint: this round is fiddly, keep your work tilted slightly forward, and take it slowly.
The chain 2 space is just behind the bpsc [US]/bpdc[UK] from R5.
R8. Fold R7 back you will be able to get into the dc/tr easily.
The testing teams My Cup Runs Over