Four crochet squares, different colors.

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It’s time for some fancy basics.

However, you may well ask: “And what are fancy basics, pray tell?” Of course, I shall endeavour to explain. To summarize, a fancy basic is a fundamental (basic!) crochet project that has been made fun and unique. In brief, here, these are crochet squares with a floral motif that are then developed using amazing central rosettes. Thus, each of these fairly common building blocks becomes a little gem that will be the highlight of another project, or a little jewel all on its own. Moreover, they are also simple projects, so that you don’t have to reach too deep into your arsenal.

Felicitas Afghan Square

To begin with, this square has a lovely, contrasting central flower that gives it an almost 3D texture. Consequently it’ll be a great center piece on a flat blanket or throw.

Skills: easy      Designer:  Diana Krenz

fec8c187 felicitas afghan square

The full article about this pattern is here:

Felicitas Afghan Square

Kinnedy Nichelle Square Free Crochet Pattern

However, there are many ways to approach this theme. Thus this crocheted square with a floral motif is one in which the central flower looks like it’s floating in a petal-shaped pool.

Skills: easy      Designer:  Pam Knighton-Haener

Kinnedy Nichelle Square

The full article about this pattern is here:

Kinnedy Nichelle Square

Merlin Square

Although 3D flowers are fancier, here is a crochet square with a floral motif that shows they aren’t essential. In fact, this 2D flower actually gives a wonderful illusion of depth and movement.

Skills: easy      Designer:  Lisa Mauser

Merlin square

The full article about this pattern is here:

Merlin Square

more info about Louisa Maria’s project here.

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