I received the news that I had been chosen to become one of Nurturing Fibres Brand Representatives whilst on holiday in Guatemala and as you can imagine, I have been giddy with joy and excitement ever since.
On my return from holiday I found my first Yarn parcel waiting for me, carefully chosen and wrapped by Carle, it had come all the way from South Africa.
Cheering myself up coming home to gloomy weather and in the midst of unpacking suitcases I couldn’t wait to delve into my parcel and was greeted by a ray of exploding colour. I felt like a child in a sweet shop and found it almost impossible to restrain myself from getting out my hook immediately. Yesterday I couldn’t wait any longer and thinking of the many inspirational impressions from my holiday, I spent the day hooking away.
This was the result
The Maya Cross Square – inspired by my visit to Quirigua in the Peten Region of Guatemala and the many Mayan Stone carvings found there.
What you need:
Nurturing Fibres Eco Cotton – 10g = 25m per square – I used colours Emerald, Old Gold and Ruby Pink for samples.
4mm Crochet Hook
How To: (UK Terms)
Start with a magic ring and then work:
Ch3 (counts as tr), 2tr into ring, 5ch, [3tr, 5ch] x 7 into ring, join with ss to beg. ch.
Pull magic ring tightly to close.
Rnd 1: Ss to first 5ch sp, 3ch (counts as tr), [2tr, 2ch, 3tr] in same sp, *5ch, skip next 5ch-sp, [3tr, 2ch, 3tr] in next 5ch-sp; rep. frpm * twice, 5ch, skip next 5ch-sp, join with ss to beg. ch.
Rnd 2: Ch3 (counts as tr), 1tr in each of next 2sts, *[2tr, 2ch, 2tr] in 2ch corner, 1tr in each of next 3sts, 5ch, **1tr in each of next 3sts; rep. from * twice and from * to ** once more, join with ss to beg. ch.
Rnd 3: Ch3 (counts as tr), 1tr in each of next 4sts, *[2tr, 2ch, 2tr] in 2ch corner, 1tr in each of next 5sts, 3ch, 1dc in missed 5ch-sp from magic round and at the same time enclosing ch’s made in rnds 1 & 2, 3ch, **1tr in each of next 5sts; rep. from * twice and from * to ** once more, join with ss to beg. ch.
Rnd 4: Ch2 (counts as htr), 1htr in each of next 6sts, *3htr in 2ch corner, 1htr in each of next 7sts, 2tr in 3ch-sp, 1dtr in dc from prev. rnd, 2tr in 3ch-sp, **1htr in each of next 7sts; rep. from * twice and from * to ** once more, join with ss to beg. ch.
Fasten off and weave in all ends.
At this point your work will be a bit uneven and wobbly at the edges so it is important to block in order to achieve beautifully shaped squares. I use a granny block station that I purchased in The Netherlands HERE , but you can use any other method that you might prefer.
I will write about my holiday another day and share some of the many photos I took with you. For now I hope you will enjoy trying out this new square and celebrate my wonderful news with me.