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
Micki: Worsted, 98 grams
Important Additional Pattern Info
Don’t forget you will need to add an extra three rounds to your square to achieve the final 48 st/side count which is necessary for joining. You can find the instructions for all squares here. Translations for these additional rounds can be found here. The extra rounds 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.
This square ends with a 40 stitch count on each side. You will need to add an additional 8 stitches per side for a total of 48 stitches per side.
Rnd 1: Begin with a standing sc (stsc) in any corner chsp. Ch2, sc in same corner, sc in each of the next 40 sts. *(Sc, ch2, sc) in corner chsp. Sc in each of the next 40 sts* repeat from * to * 3 more times. Join with slst to beginning stsc. (42 sts, ch2 per side)
Rnd 2: Slst to corner ch2, *(sc, ch2, sc) in corner chsp. Sc in each of the next 42 sts* repeat from * to * 3 more times. Slst to beginning sc. (44 sts, ch2 per side)
Rnd 3: Slst to corner ch2, *(2sc, ch2, 2sc) in corner chsp. Sc in each of the next 42 sts* repeat from * to * 3 more times. Slst to beginning sc (48 sts, ch 2 per side)
We love seeing your pics! Please be sure to post them on the CAL – Crochet A Long Facebook group page!
Till next week!