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Say hello to the Art Square. This one is the square for April in my 2022 Corner to Corner CAL.

April 15th is World Art Day. It was started in 2019 to celebrate fine art – but let’s face it, there are so many forms of art that are recognised and appreciated today!

NEW TO CORNER TO CORNER??

If you have never worked corner to corner before, don’t worry …. I have a full and comprehensive mini course which includes a free complete pattern. Learn how to Corner to Corner here.

Why April 15th?

Fun fact – April 15th is Leonardo de Vinci’s birthday!

Much like with music (that was celebrated in my March’s square) art traverses all societies, cultures and abilities. It encourages discussion, appreciation and understanding of others.

As soon as I found that World Art Day was celebrated in April I knew that was the day I would represent in my square! The difficult thing was deciding what to create – an easel? A paint tray? A representation of a famous piece of art?

At only 25 x 25 squares the scope of what I could accurately reflect was limited. I also wanted it to be fairly easy for beginners with not too many colour changes or ends to weave in but still fun and identifiable!

What do you think … Did I manage it?

PDF Pattern Links

If you would prefer to have the pdf pattern for this square you can find it in the following places:

MATERIALS NEEDED FOR THE ART SQUARE

For this square you will need :

#4 weight yarn in whatever colors you choose! I designed this in 6 colours to really use some of those smaller scraps but you can change them out quite easily.

5mm hook

Scissors

Tapestry needle

Blocking mats and pins (optional)

Sizing: Gauge does not matter as long as you are consistent. If you use HDC your block will be approximately 12” square depending on tension. If you opt for DC blocks then you will find that it will typically be between 16-18″

To work out how much yarn you will need you will need to do a sample swatch with the stitch you intend to use (HDC or DC) and then measure how much yarn you used per stitch multiplying that by the number of stitches of that color and adding some for the tails to be worked in at the end.

Color charts with stitch totals are listed under the graph below.

The Art Square Graph

Written instructions for the Art Square:

↙ Row 1: (purple) x 1 (1 square)

↗ Row 2: (purple) x 2 (2 squares)

↙ Row 3: (purple) x 3 (3 squares)

↗ Row 4: (purple) x 4 (4 squares)

↙ Row 5: (purple) x 4, (blue) x 1 (5 squares)

↗ Row 6: (blue) x 2, (purple) x 4 (6 squares)

↙ Row 7: (purple) x 4, (blue) x 3 (7 squares)

↗ Row 8: (blue) x 4, (purple) x 4 (8 squares)

↙ Row 9: (purple) x 4, (blue) x 5 (9 squares)

↗ Row 10: (green) x 1, (blue) x 5, (purple) x 4 (10 squares)

↙ Row 11: (purple) x 4, (blue) x 5, (green) x 2 (11 squares)

↗ Row 12: (green) x 3, (blue) x 5, (purple) x 3, (orange) x 1 (12 squares)

↙ Row 13: (orange) x 2, (purple) x 2, (blue) x 5, (green) x 4 (13 squares)

↗ Row 14: (red) x 1, (green) x 4, (blue) x 6, (yellow) x 2, (orange) x 1 (14 squares)

↙ Row 15: (orange) x 1, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 1, (blue) x 6, (green) x 4, (red) x 2 (15 squares)

↗ Row 16: (red) x 3, (green) x 4, (blue) x 6, (White) x 2, (purple) x 1 (16 squares)

↙ Row 17: (White) x 3, (blue) x 6, (green) x 4, (red) x 4 (17 squares)

↗ Row 18: (grey) x 1, (red) x 4, (green) x 4, (blue) x 5, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 3 (18 squares)

↙ Row 19: (White) x 3, (yellow) x 2, (blue) x 4, (green) x 4, (red) x 4, (grey) x 2 (19 squares)

↗ Row 20: (grey) x 3, (red) x 4, (green) x 4, (blue) x 3, (orange) x 1, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 4 (20 squares)

↙ Row 21: (White) x 4, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 2, (blue) x 2, (green) x 4, (red) x 4, (grey) x 3, (burgundy) x 1 (21 squares)

↗ Row 22: (burgundy) x 2, (grey) x 3, (red) x 4, (green) x 4, (blue) x 1, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 2, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 4 (22 squares)

↙ Row 23: (White) x 5, (orange) x 1, (yellow) x 3, (green) x 4, (red) x 4, (grey) x 3, (burgundy) x 3 (23 squares)

↗ Row 24: (burgundy) x 4, (grey) x 3, (red) x 3, (yellow) x 1, (green) x 4, (yellow) x 3, (blue) x 1, (White) x 5 (24 squares)

↙ Row 25: (White) x 5, (blue) x 2, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 1, (green) x 4, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 1, (red) x 2, (grey) x 3, (burgundy) x 5 (25 squares)

Corner at both sides

↗ Row 26: (burgundy) x 5, (grey) x 3, (red) x 1, (orange) x 2, (yellow) x 1, (green) x 4, (White) x 2, (blue) x 1, (White) x 5 (24 squares)

↙ Row 27: (White) x 7, (green) x 5, (orange) x 2, (yellow) x 1, (grey) x 3, (burgundy) x 5 (23 squares)

↗ Row 28: (burgundy) x 5, (grey) x 3, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 2, (green) x 4, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 6 (22 squares)

↙ Row 29: (White) x 5, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 1, (green) x 3, (red) x 1, (orange) x 1, (yellow) x 1, (grey) x 3, (burgundy) x 5 (21 squares)

↗ Row 30: (burgundy) x 5, (grey) x 4, (red) x 2, (green) x 2, (orange) x 2, (White) x 5 (20 squares)

↙ Row 31: (White) x 4, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 2, (green) x 1, (White) x 1, (red) x 1, (grey) x 4, (burgundy) x 5 (19 squares)

↗ Row 32: (burgundy) x 5, (grey) x 4, (White) x 2, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 2, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 3 (18 squares)

↙ Row 33: (White) x 2, (green) x 1, (orange) x 2, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 2, (grey) x 4, (burgundy) x 5 (17 squares)

↗ Row 34: (burgundy) x 5, (grey) x 3, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 3, (yellow) x 1, (green) x 1, (White) x 2 (16 squares)

↙ Row 35: (White) x 1, (green) x 2, (White) x 3, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 1, (grey) x 2, (burgundy) x 5 (15 squares)

↗ Row 36: (burgundy) x 4, (yellow) x 1, (grey) x 1, (orange) x 1, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 5, (green) x 1 (14 squares)

↙ Row 37: (White) x 5, (orange) x 2, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 1, (orange) x 1, (burgundy) x 3 (13 squares)

↗ Row 38: (burgundy) x 2, (orange) x 1, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 1, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 1, (grey) x 1, (White) x 4 (12 squares)

↙ Row 39: (White) x 3, (grey) x 2, (White) x 2, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 2, (burgundy) x 1 (11 squares)

↗ Row 40: (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 2, (White) x 3, (grey) x 1, (White) x 3 (10 squares)

↙ Row 41: (White) x 6, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 1, (yellow) x 1 (9 squares)

↗ Row 42: (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 1, (burgundy) x 1, (White) x 5 (8 squares)

↙ Row 43: (White) x 4, (burgundy) x 2, (yellow) x 1 (7 squares)

↗ Row 44: (White) x 1, (burgundy) x 1, (White) x 4 (6 squares)

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February’s C2C square for our 2022 scrap busting CAL is the Cancer Ribbon Square.

February 4th is World Cancer Day. At some point in our lives we will have a friend or relative who we support as they go through treatment for Cancer or maybe we will be the warrior fighting for our lives.

This is a cause Sunflower often gets behind! For the last few years Sunflower Cottage Crochet has been honoured to participate in the Crochet Cancer Challenge which is held during October.

You can find more about how Cancer impacted both Sara and I in our blog post here.

Did you know that each year World Cancer Day has a theme?

For 2022 the theme is ‘Realising the Problem’. This year the focus is on identifying and realising the inequalities in cancer diagnosis and care around the world.

If you would like to know more you can find get more information on the WorldCancerDay.org website here.

The Cancer Ribbon Square

The great thing about this cancer ribbon square is that you can choose any colour to represent any particular cancer that has touched your life. For my square I went with burgundy.

The Burgundy ribbon can represent carers of Cancer patients. I think that we can all agree that the patients themselves are absolutely awesome individuals with a strength and willpower I can only imagine. In my square I chose to represent those equally strong individuals and groups who provide the day to day care for these warriors. Carers deserve so much more recognition than they get. Watching a loved one (or anyone) fight cancer is traumatic, exhausting and so very brave! The mental toll this can have on a carer can be severe. Often their lives are put on hold.

The heart in the centre is an added touch that I thought you may like.

What colour will you make your Cancer Ribbon Square?

Below is a chart of the common cancer ribbon colours. Pick your colour and make your square. If you are undecided what about a light purple or lavender colour (which represents all cancers)?

PDF Pattern links

If you would like a pdf copy of this pattern you can find it in any of the shops below:

Ideas for your square:

If you do not want to make all of the blocks for the 2022 CAL here are some ideas of what you can create with afghan blocks:

Use double crochet (treble in UK terms) to create an 18″ throw pillow

Make lots of these squares with different colour ribbons to represent more types of cancer. (Would’t this idea make a great donation to your local Cancer unit or treatment centre?)

Sew a few together to make a table runner

Make it in cotton and use it as the from of a library or market bag

Turn it into a wall hanging.

The chart and written pattern for the Cancer Ribbon Square

Colour

No of Sts

White (w)

446

Pink (pi)

179

↙ Row 1: (w) x 1 (1 square) ↗ Row 2: (w) x 2 (2 squares) ↙ Row 3: (w) x 3 (3 squares) ↗ Row 4: (w) x 4 (4 squares) ↙ Row 5: (w) x 5 (5 squares) ↗ Row 6: (w) x 6 (6 squares) ↙ Row 7: (w) x 4, (pi) x 2, (w) x 1 (7 squares) ↗ Row 8: (w) x 1, (pi) x 2, (w) x 5 (8 squares) ↙ Row 9: (w) x 5, (pi) x 2, (w) x 2 (9 squares) ↗ Row 10: (w) x 2, (pi) x 2, (w) x 6 (10 squares) ↙ Row 11: (w) x 6, (pi) x 2, (w) x 3 (11 squares) ↗ Row 12: (w) x 3, (pi) x 2, (w) x 7 (12 squares) ↙ Row 13: (w) x 7, (pi) x 2, (w) x 4 (13 squares) ↗ Row 14: (w) x 4, (pi) x 2, (w) x 8 (14 squares)

↙ Row 15: (w) x 8, (pi) x 2, (w) x 5 (15 squares) ↗ Row 16: (w) x 5, (pi) x 2, (w) x 9 (16 squares) ↙ Row 17: (w) x 9, (pi) x 2, (w) x 6 (17 squares) ↗ Row 18: (w) x 6, (pi) x 2, (w) x 10 (18 squares) ↙ Row 19: (w) x 7, (pi) x 11, (w) x 1 (19 squares) ↗ Row 20: (w) x 1, (pi) x 13, (w) x 6 (20 squares) ↙ Row 21: (w) x 4, (pi) x 15, (w) x 2 (21 squares) ↗ Row 22: (w) x 2, (pi) x 16, (w) x 4 (22 squares) ↙ Row 23: (w) x 4, (pi) x 10, (w) x 9 (23 squares) ↗ Row 24: (w) x 9, (pi) x 3, (w) x 3, (pi) x 5, (w) x 4 (24 squares) ↙ Row 25: (w) x 4, (pi) x 3, (w) x 6, (pi) x 2, (w) x 10 (25 squares)

Corner from both sides

↗ Row 26: (w) x 9, (pi) x 3, (w) x 6, (pi) x 2, (w) x 4 (24 squares)

↙ Row 27: (w) x 3, (pi) x 2, (w) x 7, (pi) x 2, (w) x 9 (23 squares)

↗ Row 28: (w) x 8, (pi) x 3, (w) x 6, (pi) x 2, (w) x 3 (22 squares)

↙ Row 29: (w) x 2, (pi) x 2, (w) x 7, (pi) x 2, (w) x 8 (21 squares)

↗ Row 30: (w) x 8, (pi) x 2, (w) x 6, (pi) x 2, (w) x 2 (20 squares)

↙ Row 31: (w) x 1, (pi) x 5, (w) x 3, (pi) x 3, (w) x 7 (19 squares)

↗ Row 32: (w) x 7, (pi) x 2, (w) x 3, (pi) x 5, (w) x 1 (18 squares)

↙ Row 33: (w) x 1, (pi) x 4, (w) x 3, (pi) x 2, (w) x 7 (17 squares)

↗ Row 34: (w) x 6, (pi) x 2, (w) x 3, (pi) x 2, (w) x 3 (16 squares)

↙ Row 35: (w) x 2, (pi) x 2, (w) x 3, (pi) x 2, (w) x 6 (15 squares)

↗ Row 36: (w) x 5, (pi) x 3, (w) x 2, (pi) x 2, (w) x 2 (14 squares)

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