Cables and Columns by Bonnie Barker

Can you believe we’re just about half way through the Friends Around the World 3 CAL?For week 16, we’re traveling Stateside for a visit with Bonnie Barker in Gaithersburg, Maryland just north of Washington DC.  Bonnie, a devout hockey fan, was quick to tell us that she is proud to be from the same area as the 2018 Stanley Cup Champions, the Washington Capitals.

Bonnie is no stranger to the Friends Around the World CAL.  We were honored to have her record some of the earlier squares of the CAL and introduced you to her in week 4. For more about Bonnie, see our earlier post here.

Bonnie and her husband at the Washington Mall
Bonnie is a huge fan of the Washington Caps hockey team!


This week’s square, Cables & Columns, is a snapshot of what Bonnie loves best about  CABLES! Bonnie is well known for her cable designs so be sure to checkout her website Bonnie Bay Crochet for links to her books and patterns. She hopes that by making this square that you discover how easy and fun these can be to crochet! This weeks video also includes a tutorial for the extra base rounds for joining the squares.

Written pattern: Cables and Columns by Bonnie Barker/

Video:  Cables and Columns by Bonnie Bay Crochet on YouTube


Extra Stuff

Yarn Requirements

Check out our post on yarn requirements here.  Here’s what the testers used for this square:

Lynette:  Worsted/Aran, 109 grams

Marjolein:  Stylecraft Special DK, 35 grams

Silvana:  Herrschners Worsted 8, 75.4 grams

Aprille:  Stylecraft Aran, 71 grams

Micki: Worsted, 90 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.

We hope you enjoy this week’s, Cables and Crosses…who want’s to guess where we’re headed to next?

See you next Friday!


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