It’s WEEK 15 of the Friends Around the World CAL and we’re heading to Denmark. When you think about Denmark you’ll probably come up with things like the Vikings, the Faroe Islands and the old Danish Monarchy. But did you also know that Denmark is the birthplace of Hans Christian Anderson, the Little Mermaid AND…
Mikkel Beck Hansen, a 31 year old Dane who is a kindergarten teacher by day and crochet designer by night! He’s from the lovely town of Herning, in the middle of the moors of Jutland. It just sounds breathtaking, doesn’t it?
A self- taught amigurumi and self proclaimed crochet geek, Mikkel began crocheting in 2012 when a friend was losing patience while teaching herself to crochet. In an effort to show him how difficult it was, Mikkel fell in love with crochet himself! Like so many of us, he finds it amazing and therapeutic.
After he had been crocheting for awhile, Mikkel’s family and friends encouraged him to do something more with it. Soon his blog, Unkeldesign was born. When you see it, you’ll know why! The photos are amazing and his amigurumi animals are OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! You can also find him on Facebook and Instagram.
Since Mikkel spends most of his time crocheting amigurumi animals and toys, designing a square for the Friends CAL was a challenge. He tells us he had to start over several times, partly because both of his grandparents passed away within two weeks of each other while he was designing. His design is a “Tribute” to them, each part representing a lifecycle. The center flower symbolizes growth while the remaining rounds represent their life…for better or for worse, till death do them part. Think of it as a love story!
Pattern Location: unkeldesign/Tribute
Video: Tribute/YouTube/Tania Leis
Check out our post on yarn requirements here. Here’s what the testers used for this square:
Lynette: Worsted/Aran, 127 grams
Marjolein: Stylecraft Special DK, 47 grams
Silvana: Herrschners Worsted 8, 97.1 grams
Aprille: Stylecraft Aran, 85 grams
Claire: Stylecraft Aran & Boyes Aran, 100 grams
Micki: Worsted, 98 grams
Additional Pattern Info
Don’t forget the extra three rounds you’ll need to do around each square to prepare for joining and finishing your blanket. Here is the link for directions on adding the extra finishing rounds.
This will be necessary to get your squares to the proper ending stitch count. It will vary slightly from week to week because the squares vary in ending stitch counts so be sure to follow the directions for each square. You may choose to add these extra rounds now or later.
We love seeing your pics! Please be sure to post them on the CAL – Crochet A Long Facebook group page!
Till next week!