Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Growth Square

A few years ago my aunt died. The one that taught me to crochet and to love art and to be creative. She was more like my sister than my aunt.  I wrote a pattern for a 12 inch square that is not written in rounds nor rows but in stages of growth in life. I then made and afghan mixed with another square named it Debra's TearDrops and gave it to my mother. Her and My aunt Debra were close. At this time I want to reshare this square many people have lost a loved one and this helped me tremendously through the years I still read this. I have printed the pattern and picture of the square and shared with others through time.  Read this pattern through and remember the ones you have lost. I just realized the hook size is not written. I normally Use and H Hook I crochet loose.

Created in Memory of Deborah Vaughn “Debber”
By Aundie

Growth Square

The growth square was designed for the growth in Debber’s life. It is green to represent a growth cycle.

Row 1:  The birth: CH 6 slip stitch in beginning to form a ring

Row 2:  Growing Up: CH 13, SC  in circle of life, *Ch 12, sc in ring* 6 more times (You will have 7 loops)  Ch 6, triple stitch in beginning CH 13 CH.

Notice the loops have now formed as a young life. Each petal goes in many directions. Now it is time for life to begin taking form.

Row 3Settling down. Ch 6, SC in next loop, *CH 5, Sc in next loop* around connecting in the beginning CH of first Ch 6.

After we settle down in life there are ups and downs. Often these are the years when our children are young and then when they get older.

Row 4:  Ups and downs of young children: Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc in beginning loop, ch 3, *triple cluster in next ch 5 loop. Ch 3, 3 dc, ch3, 3 dc in next loop (Forming the corner), ch 3* rep around joining the round in the top of the ch 3.

Now as you look at the square you can see the big ups and downs of having small children in your life

Although the next round is a little more even it seems to take more work to get through events our older children bring into our life.

Row 5:  Ups and downs of older Children:  Sl to Ch 3 of corner, 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc in beginning loop, ch 3 * Double cluster in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, dc in cluster, ch 1, double cluster in next st, Ch 3, 3 dc, ch3, 3 dc in next loop (Forming the corner), ch 3* rep around joining the round in the top of the ch 3.

The final cycle is when our children are gone, and although there are ups and downs in our life, time passes slower as we look back over life.

Row 6:  Final Cycle:  CH3, dc in next 2 dc, 3 dc, ch3, *3 dc in next loop (Forming the corner), dc in next 3 dc, 3 dc in ch 3 sp, dc in double cluster, dc in space, dc in dc, dc in top of dc cluster, 3 dc in ch 3 space* repeat around joining in the top of chain three. Finish off cycle has been completed.

Although the cycle has ended we can now look back over the events of Debber’s life and see the good she brought and this square will be something that will continue to touch others lives as she watches from above.


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