This is the Newsletter I wrote after 911
September 14, 2001
Greetings from the
Chez Crochet Gazette,
With this week’s tragedies on the East Coast of the US, I debated for hours on what to do with this newsletter. I wrote & discarded three different versions.
In the end, I came to this: One Granny Square does not an Afghan make; the USA is but one Granny Square in the Afghan known as Earth. As a WORLD we must come together in Unity and stand shoulder to shoulder against this enemy who truly does threaten us all. We must be the joined squares of an Afghan blocking out the cold of Hatred and Inhumanity.
My tiny contribution to this disaster is a plea for Unity, and to those ends, I offer four patterns that are the Religious Symbols for different beliefs around the world. I believe that the Inner Core beliefs of all major religions are respect, harmony and love. With those threads to bind us together, I hope that we can overcome the differences that prevent us from acting as one against these despicable acts, and those who have such wanton disregard for human life.
May God bless us with his comfort to ease our pain, with strength to face the days to come, with patience and perseverance to finish what we start, and the wisdom to know the best course of action.
Owner & Designer of ChezCrochet.com
All of these were done with worsted weight yarn and an H sized hook
Islam- Crescent and Star
Ch 15. Sl st into 1st ch. 1 Sc into next 2 chs. 2 Hdc into next ch. 2 Dc into next 6 chs. 2 Hdc, into next ch. 1 Sc into next 2 ch. Sl st into last ch. End off and weave threads.
Ch 5 and connect to form circle.
Star ARM: Ch 5. In 2nd ch from hk, 1 Sc. Hdc in next st. Dc into last 2 sts. Sc into circle. Repeat ARM- 4 more times.
Connect to base of 1st ARM. End off weave threads.
Judaism-Star of David
Ch 15, connect to form a circle. *Work 8 Hdc into circle. Ch 2. Repeat 2 more times to create Triangle. Connect to beg ch. End off and weave threads.
Leave a tail about the length of your little finger. Ch 22. DO NOT CONNECT TO MAKE A CIRCLE. In 2nd ch from hk, 1 Hdc. 2 Hdc in next 6 Chs. Ch 1. (2 Hdc in next 7 sts. Ch 1) 2 times. DO NOT END OFF.
Weave this part of the star around the completed triangle, by pulling the 'long tail' through the middle of the completed triangle. Pull it- first under then over one side, and back into the center. Then pull it under and over the next side-and back into the center. Finish the weaving by pulling the 'tail' under the first side, and matching this end up with the other end. Connect both ends with sl st into top of of beg ch. End off. Use hook to pull Beginning tail through the bottom of the Beg Ch, then tie off with other tail. Weave threads.
Ch 6 connect to form circle.
Arms 1, 3 & 7: Ch 4, put your thumb over those 4 chs. Work Triple Picot St.
Hdc into each ch back to center circle (4 hdc). Sc into loop.
Arms 2, 4, 6 & 8: Ch 2, put your thumb over those 2 chs. Work Triple Picot St.
Hdc into each ch back to center circle (2hdc). Sc into circle.
Arm 5: Ch 6, put your thumb over those 4 chs. Work Triple Picot St.
Hdc into each ch back to center circle (6 hdc). Sc into loop.
Alternate between Odd numbered and Even numbered Arms. Connect into base of Arm 1, end off and weave threads.
Spanish Cross Motif (added March 2005)
Ch 4, connect to form ring.
Arm: Ch 2 . Put thumb over those chs. Ch 5, sl st into 5th ch from hk. Ch 5. Sc in 2nd ch from hk. Trc in next 2 chs. Sc in last ch. Ch 5, sl st into base of Sc just worked. Work 1 Dc into each ch of beg ch of Arm- working towards ring. Sc into ring.
Repeat Arm 3 more times to form Cross. Sl st into beg ch of Arm 1, end off and weave threads.
Cross and Crown Granny (moved to this page 2007)
Ch 5. Connect to form ring.
Arm 1: Ch 6. Dc in 2nd ch from hk and in all other chs. Sc into center ring.
Arm 2, 3, 4: Repeat Arm 1.
After completing Arm 4, sl st into base of Arm 1. End off and weave threads.
Ch 15, connect to form ring. Ch 1, (3 Sc into ring. Ch 2.) 10 times. There should be 30 Sc and 10 Ch 2 sps. Connect to beg ch. End off.
Lay Crown on top of Cross. Pull Top Arm and 1 Side Arm through the center of the Crown. Pin in place if necessary.
Attach Edge Color to any Arm.
Round 1: Ch 1, Sc into same st. *Ch 3. Trc into a Ch2 Sp of Crown. Ch 2, Trc into same Ch2 Sp. Ch 3. Sc into top of Next Arm. Repeat from * around square. Connect to beg ch.
Round 2: Ch 3 (serves as 1st Dc.) *Work 4 Dc into Ch 3 Sp. 2 Dc, Ch 2, 2 Dc into corner Ch 2 sp. 4 Dc into next Ch 3 sp. Sk Sc in top of Arm. Repeat from * around square. Connect to beg ch. End off and weave threads.