This week we are traveling to Ghent, Belgium with Véronique Blockeel aka, Brietna. As you know, Belgium is a small country in Europe, between The Netherlands, France and Germany where one half speaks Dutch, the other half speaks French. Brietna lives in Ghent, a medieval city that is worth a visit.
In “real” life she is known as Véronique and works as a payroll consultant, but in the craft world, she is simply, Brietna. Véronique is also on our Dutch translation team. Her biggest inspiration has been her grandmother. Since her childhood she watched her working on projects and seems to have inherited her skills and passion for
In addition to crochet, she is passionate about a variety of interests. First and foremost is her family (husband, 2 children, a dog and cats). She loves all sorts of crafts including knitting, sewing, quilting and embroidery. She also enjoys ballroom and latin dance!
Brietna has been crafting for many years and has recently started to create some of her own designs. She has a strong interest in history and the fantasy world, which inspires much of her work. She is the owner of the craft community ‘Vive handwerkclub’ on facebook. This is a Dutch speaking group for people interested in sharing their passion for crafting.
When we asked Brietna what inspired her to create her Diamond Earth square she told us she looked at the classical elements of water, fire, earth and air. She chose earth as it refers not only to the element but also to our planet, which she considers more valuable than a diamond. She shared with us these words to help us understand her inspiration a little more…
“Tomorrow’s in our hands now,
Find the words that matter
Say them out loud
And make it better somehow.
Looking down form up on the moon
It’s a tiny blue marble
Who would’ve thought the ground we stand on
could be so fragile
This is a love song to the Earth
You’re no ordinary world
A diamond in the universe
Heaven’s poetry to us
Keep it safe, keep it safe, keep it safe
‘Cause it’s our world, it’s our world.”
Diamond Earth is a wonderfully designed square that beautifully represents these words. It will surely add a little sparkle to your FATW3 blanket!
You can find the written pattern here: Diamond Earth by Brietna
You can find the video link here: Diamond Earth YouTube by Tania Leis
Breitna can be found on social media at the following sites:
Check out our post on yarn requirements here. Here’s what the testers used for this square:
Lynette: Worsted/Aran, 116 grams
Marjolein: Stylecraft Special DK, 40 grams
Silvana: Herrschners Worsted 8, 83 grams
Aprille: Stylecraft Aran, 85 grams
Micki: Worsted, 106 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.
Diamond Earth 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 to end of side. *(Sc, ch2, sc) in corner chsp. Sc to end of side* repeat from * to * 2 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 to end of side* 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 to end of side* repeat from * to * 3 more times. Slst to beginning sc (48 sts, ch 2 per side)
We’re starting to wind down with our CAL…can’t believe how fast the weeks have flown by! Keep sharing your pics on our CAL Facebook group page.
See you next week!