I am so excited for this week’s square by Chi Chi Allen. Chi Chi is an old friend who designed one of our first and most popular CALs, Around the Bases. You can find the link to it on her blog Keito Pallette.
Chi Chi grew up in a beautiful country side of suburban Tokyo, Japan. Only 30 miles (@50 km) away from the country’s capital, her hometown is surrounded by mountains and lakes. The town has been rezoned since She was a child and now belongs in the Midori (Green) District of Kanagawa Prefecture.
Chi Chi loves all kinds of crafts but especially enjoys playing with keito, which means yarn in Japanese. She learned to crochet when she was 7 from her aunt who was a crochet and knitting instructor and would make clothes for her and her sister. She would then frog them down the following year and make something else. It was a very economical way to give love to growing kids! She now crochets to relax and especially enjoys playing with colorful keito. Her Around-the-Bases Crochet Along (CAL) was made possible by love and support from many friends around the world. It continues to be her favorite project!
She moved to College Station, TX in 2005 to pursue a degree in school psychology. It’s the home of Texas A&M University and one of the friendliest towns in Texas. Although it is much hotter than her hometown in Tokyo, She loves all the flowers that blossom around the town, especially in the spring.
Chi Chi designed this square, thinking of all of these flowers. She named it Yoga Flower for her 73-year-old mother who always had flowers in their tiny house and who took up yoga in her 60’s. (As a matter of fact, yoga has gotten quite popular among the elderly in Japan.) She also cannot deny that she came up with the design while wearing her favorite yoga pants. Here’s the original prototype she designed. Clearly, you can find inspiration everywhere!!!
Chi Chi tweaked her original pattern to come up with her final designs. She is offering us two for the price of one! One pattern has leaves and there is one without! You can chose which one you’d like…or make both!
You can find the written pattern here: Yoga Flower by Chi Chi Allen
You can find the video here: Yoga Flower YouTube Video by Tania Leis
Check out our post on yarn requirements here. Here’s what the testers used for this square:
Lynette: Worsted/Aran, 119 grams
Marjolein: Stylecraft Special DK, 38 grams
Silvana: Herrschners Worsted 8, 93 grams
Aprille: Stylecraft Aran, 85 grams
Micki: Worsted, 101 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.
Yoga Flower 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 have another exciting square for you next week. We are loving seeing all of your pics…keep those pics coming! Share them here, CAL Facebook group page.
See you next week!