Skein Passion

Luscious 'fioro' hand died merino-silk yarn skeins from The Yarn Bowl in the shades sepia rose, abalone and plum purple As Valentines day approaches sprinklings of pink hearts and cutesy romance sayings start popping up all over the place. Yarn sales are overflowing with red and pink colourways and patterns are dotted with love knots.  But I want to talk about Passion. That deep intense desire you experience when you touch that divine squishy yarn skein, you know the one I'm talking about, that skein that makes your heart sing. It's a magic colour, squishing it is like touching a cloud with the lustre of angels. The yarn of your dreams. Where were you when you had that experience the first time? In a specialty yarn store looking at the silk-alpaca blends? I'm willing to bet it wasn't, more likely it was at the discount store passing the bargain aisle and this little ball of fluff caught your eye and you sighed and squished it and wished you had the skill to turn

Eivor's Crochet Granny Square Pattern

I was googling for some inspiration for a few crochet projects I have in mind when I stumbled across Annette's crochet bed-throw over at My Rose Valley. It was made for her by Eivor and has to be seen to truly be appreciated.

Annette's story inspired me to try and recreate the pattern based off the pictures she shares over on her blog. There was a lot of zooming in and stitch counting so I could get the square just like Eivor made her squares.

The pattern Eivor used is based off a Venetian square crochet pattern from 1915. There are links in the comments over at My Rose Valley if you would like to try your hand at that pattern.

This is the pattern I've developed from looking at the pictures of Eivor's own work which includes extra rows to the center latice work as well as a border.

This yellow square was my first attempt and I only used two chain stitches for the picots - you really do need 3 chains - there's a few other little mistakes in this yellow square, but it turned out not too bad for a first attempt don't you think?

It's hard to tell but I think Eivor may have run a second row of single crochet around her stitches -see row 11 - and then whip stitched her squares together.

I have no real way of knowing how similar or different it is to the original without further investigation. I asked if it would be alright to name the pattern after Eivor, which I have done and hope that Annette is okay with that.

Eivor's granny square pattern 

US crochet terms used 

Row 1

ch 19, use a stitch marker to mark the end of your row

Row 2

ch 3 up, ch 2, dc into 16th stitch from start (3 back from your stitch marker), *ch 2, skip 2 dc into next, repeat from * 4 more times to end, turn

Row 3

ch 3 up, *ch 2, dc into post of previous row, repeat from * to end, turn

Row 4-7

repeat row 3

Row 8

sc 3 into chain space, sc 2 into next ch space,


ss into post, ch 7, skip 5 [chain space, post, chain space] and slip stitch into next post, turn work

continue row 8

working into ch spaces of the stitches you just skipped (under the loop) sc 2,  sc 2, turn (for bulkier yarn I find it beneficial to chain 1 then turn) and then continue your work into the loop space

continue loop

sc, picot (ch3), sc2, picot, sc 2, picot (top of loop), sc 2, picot, sc 2, picot sc 1 (total of 10sc and 5 picot)

continue row 8

sc 2, sc 3, that completes the first side of row 8
repeat 3 more times, ss to finish row

Row 9

sc into corner, *ch 6, sc into second picot, ch 8, sc into 4th picot, ch 6, sc into corner of square, repeat from * 3 more times, ss to finish row

Row 10

*sc 8, sc 10 into next chain space, sc 8 into next chain space, repeat from * 3 more times, ss to finish row

Optional row 11

sc all the way around adding one extra stitch at the point of each corner 

Vintage crochet granny square pattern

The step by step visual tutorial for how to crochet this pattern is now available.

updated 4th April 2016