As you can see I have finally finished my socks. I cast off the first one a little tightly but they both fit and are lovely and soft.

I especially like the way if I choose to turn them down the top of the turnover is the same colour as the toe on each sock.

As my granddaughter has been here, I haven’t been doing much crochet but I did decide it would be a good time to make a couple of sample squares for Rachell’s CAL to check my tension. So I made the first two squares in some yarn I have that I am letting myself use for samples.

Both of these squares have been made in DK yarn with a 4mm hook. The first one came out 6.5 inches square but in spite of this I decided to make the second square with the same hook and it came out the expected 6 inches square.

I then decided to crochet another one of the squares that are worked diagonally (as the basic pattern is the same – just a different arrangement of colours), this time with a 3.5mm hook.

As you can see it came out smaller but still a little larger that the beige square.

I don’t especially like the fact that the middle square (in the picture above) is even firmer in feel than the one on the right that is itself firmer than the beige one.

So I can’t decide with the CAL whether to

Use the smaller hook (or an even smaller one),

Cheat and crochet less rows,

Make it but not use the diagonal ones (there are only three in the whole book I think) in any final blanket.

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I LOVE the socks! Your squares have turned out well! I tried the first one but it has turned out suspiciously diamond shaped…

Did you count the stitches? After the first half of the first one which turned out miraculously correct, I had to count the stitches at the end of every row to check I had the right number becaue it started going wrong. I even undid a few rows. I don’t really like those squares.

My first square also turned out significantly larger than the second one (same wool, same hook). I also don’t like crocheting on the slant like that, so might ditch those ones along the way. But it’s good to try something different.

I think Jan Eaton is relying on ‘blocking’ to make the squares fit. No1. Does seem to work out biggest. Now I am on the Stylecraft yarn my squares are getting a more even size.

I LOVE the socks! Your squares have turned out well! I tried the first one but it has turned out suspiciously diamond shaped…

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Did you count the stitches? After the first half of the first one which turned out miraculously correct, I had to count the stitches at the end of every row to check I had the right number becaue it started going wrong. I even undid a few rows. I don’t really like those squares.

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Yeah but it was going a funny shape as I made the first half :S I undid it three times and I still couldn’t get a right angle!

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Hello!! I will say do what will be easier for your hands, they will thank you π

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it’s not really my hands that are the problem. Though using a hook smaller than 3.5mm might be!

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lol, I love thread so I have used smaller needles…

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I love your socks!! I can’t wait til I learn how to make those too!!

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Well it’s the yarn that really makes them and it is a bit pricey but so soft.

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Loe your socks, they are awesome!!

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My first square also turned out significantly larger than the second one (same wool, same hook). I also don’t like crocheting on the slant like that, so might ditch those ones along the way. But it’s good to try something different.

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Oh just wait till you see my post about #1 & #2!

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Oh just wait till you see my post about #1 & #2!

Very impressed with your swatches, v professional.

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No1 square turned out 8″ for me, and No2 was 6×8 rectangle π¦ I’ve decided to use the pattern as “inspiration” π

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I think Jan Eaton is relying on ‘blocking’ to make the squares fit. No1. Does seem to work out biggest. Now I am on the Stylecraft yarn my squares are getting a more even size.

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