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Heart of Friendship

This is an idea that has been going around in my mind for months.

“If you’re alone, I’ll be your shadow.
If you want to cry, I’ll be your shoulder.
If you want a hug, I’ll be your pillow.
If you need to be happy, I’ll be your smile..
But anytime you need a friend, I’ll just be me.”
Author unknown

Last year I made a few Afghans with large squares, the first was with a “Sophie’s Garden” designed by Dedri Uys of Lookatwhatimade.net.

Then I started playing with large “Granny” squares…

At the beginning of this year I started with two ideas, one was just a huge square Afghan, more about that another day, the other has evolved into “Heart of Friendship“.

I wanted to design a large central square and then also smaller ones to surround it, using elements of the central square for the smaller ones and for the border.

Everything I create has meaning, it’s not just a bunch of stitches, there is a purpose and a significance or symbolic meaning behind my designs.

So the centre starts with a cute little cushion and moves into “hearts” which to me represent the unconditional love of true friends, or the friendships that are formed with new friends through the love of a shared interest.

Within the hearts is a six pointed star, the meaning of the six pointed star is “creation” and faith. When we create with love and shared joy with our friends we are able to spread an amazing amount of joy and positivity.

Next come the dual coloured fans, when we blend and merge our differences everything fits together perfectly.

And the twelve pointed star, who’s points touch the outer circle, represent completion, and the joining together of all our different aspects.
The twelve pointed star also represents manifestation.

Next there are many rounds and stitches which interlink and cross over each other, which represents the magical weaving of thoughts, ideas and different personalities that make many friendships so special to us all.

Then come the three smaller squares…
The first represents the unbreakable links we form with true friends.
The second with it’s soft, squishy, cushioned centre represents the comfort and safety we feel with our friends.
And the third, with hearts, represents that our friends are the heart of our lives.

Finally the border… the two main features here are the small hearts and the “friends holding hands” that surround us and link us all together.

I want to express my heart felt gratitude to the amazing women who have tested this pattern for me, for the love of the craft, for the laughs and support and for the shared frustrations.

Thank you.
Kay Crone, Terena Todd, Melissa Gutherie Hayes, Amanda Jackson, Christina Reitz, Lynda Hernandez, Christina Wright, and Venetia Smith who has taught me so much about pattern writing.

For the smaller Pink and Grey Afghan I used Stylecraft Special Double Knit.
Colours: Candyfloss, Fondant, Bright Pink, White, Silver, and Graphite.
Three balls of each colour was ample.
I used a 4 mm hook and the finished size is 152 cm / 60 inches/5 feet, square.

 

For the larger Purples Afghan I used Caron Simply Soft which is an Aran/light worsted weight yarn. (approx. 5670 yards/5184m)
Colours: Off White, Blackberry, Passion, Raisin, Orchid, and Iris.
Three balls of each is ample. Passion is now discontinued, please use Plum Perfect instead.
Finished Size: 193 cm / 76 inches/ 6 feet 4 inches, square.

And here are some of the amazing afghans made by my awesome testers…

Made by Kay Crone

Kay used

Stylecraft Special DK. Colours: Petrol, Denim, Storm Blue, Silver, Parchment, and Cream.

Made by Terena Todd

Terena used Stylecraft Special. Colours: Petrol, Cream, Graphite, Grey, Teal, Turquoise.

Made by Melissa Guthrie Hayes

Made by Lynda Hernandez

Aren’t they just gorgeous 🙂

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