This is honestly and by far the most fun project I’ve ever crocheted! I’ve had a big smile on my face while working on it, and even now, typing up this post, I can’t help but grin …
I’m sure this is not hard to understand, I mean: just look at all the 26 fabulous sea creatures that designer-extraordinaire Pony McTate came up with!
Not only did she make fantastic looking and sometimes hilarious crochet versions of them, she also excelled in writing the sea creatures’ patterns: clear, crisp, with lots of clarifying photos, so now all of us can enjoy making them: win-win-WIN!
And, there is even more “WIN”, because, YES!: you can WIN this marvelous book: Pony has very kindly allowed me to give away a copy of “Crochet A-B-Sea”.
Now … who is Pony? She is a super-talented crochet designer from New Zealand, who has a distinct and unique style, plus a great sense of humor, all of which I really like.
You might have seen some of Pony’s cool work in crochet magazines (e.g. “Simply Crochet Magazine”), or have found her on Instagram / Facebook, / Pony’s blog. If so, you already knew about her ocean-themed granny squares, since she started sharing most of her sea creatures at the beginning of this year. Luckily for us, she quite quickly decided to write down all patterns, and publish them in a book: e-book (for sale here and here), as well as hard copy (for sale here).
In the book, Pony of course shows how to crochet your way through this wonderful underwater ABC: patterns for 26 awesomely accurate (and remarkably unusual) sea creature afghan squares are collected in it, as well as the background squares, and a border to finish the blanket off. The motifs are all cute, and – again – SO much FUN.
You can either create a one-of-a-kind ABC blanket, or use the versatile creature motifs to make all manner of distinctive embellishments, as shown here ↓ in Pony’s collage (or, crochet a few squares, and turn them into a cushion, as I did!).
As I said, most of the sea creatures are remarkably unusual, and this is one of the many details I love so much about the book: Pony’s quest for “different”. You will not find the rather obligatory ‘Dolphin’ under ‘D’, but a ‘Deep Sea Angler’ instead, and how about a ‘Narwhal’, a ‘Porcupine Puffer’, or – believe it or not – a ‘Humuhumunukunukuapua’a’ (!!): funky crochet at its finest.
Some details about “Crochet A-B-Sea”:
• Innovative patterns thoroughly explained with easy-to-follow instructions.
• Over 175 step-by-step photos to guide you.
• Written in UK crochet terms, with a conversion table to US terms; suited to crocheters familiar with the crochet basics; whether you’re an adventurous beginner or above: you’ll be fine.
• All techniques are fully detailed, along with the finishing tips and tricks you need to create your marine masterpiece – from anemone to zooplankton!
Although I know that one day I will crochet all squares, and complete the blanket, I was too eager to share the book with you, and time-wise had to resort to plan B for now. In plan B, I used a bulkier yarn (DMC Natura Just Cotton – Medium) and a bigger hook (6 mm), thus creating 20 cm x 20 cm squares, only needing 6 of them for my 40 cm x 60 cm-sized cushion.
For most of my creatures I used colors from my 100%-cotton stash, and crocheted these using 2 strands and a 5 mm hook. That worked really well: it made for perfectly scaled motifs in my 20 cm x 20 cm squares. I did crochet all background squares in off-white and grey, as per Pony’s instructions, but added a different colored frame around each grey circle. Those are the same colors I used to crochet my squares together with (using the so called zippered flat join), and they came back in the single-crochet border.
For the back of the cushion I made an envelope-style cover, using some frabric I found in my stash; white (for the front) and sea-blue – what else? 😉 – (for the back), after which I hand stitched my crochet cover onto that.
All in all I’m beyond pleased with how my “ABSea Cushion” turned out; I’ll list it in my shortly to be opened new webshop soon (if you cannot wait for that, you can email me to claim it as yours).
It will inevitably bring delight to whatever new home it may find: as I said before, it has been made with nothing but love, joy, and lots-and-lots of smiles!
Last but definitely not least: the giveaway! To win this gorgeous book, leave a comment underneath this post, telling me whether you prefer a digital or hard copy of “Crochet A-B-Sea”; you can win an extra entry to this giveaway by telling me what is wrong with the first Octopus-edition that I made (see photo ↑)- much to my relief, it was rather easily fixed ;-).
The giveaway will close Wednesday October 24, 2018 (24:00 CET), a random number generator will pick a winner. Make sure I can reach you via email – if I do not hear back from the winner within 24 hrs after notification, a new winner will be drawn.
Good luck to all!
edit: a winner has been drawn and notified! Thank you all for participating! xx