For the next two weeks, prior to the beginning of the next BIG SURPRISE CHALLENGE, we are giving you free reign to HAVE SOME FUN, while creating mucho squares!

BUT WAIT!  Hold your hat!  Or should I say; HOLD – THE – HATS!!

We have learned from Ronda and her crew that they have approximately 3 hats for every potential blanket!  We have been asked, for the time being, to please focus on squares rather than hats.  Might I suggest that, rather than making a hat, you make 3 squares instead?

As you can see from the photos that Ronda provided, they have A LOT of hats!

Lots of hats!                         


....and more hats!

SO, let's work on our fundamental purpose, MAKING SQUARES!!

As always, the greatest need is for plain jane squares!  But if you need some inspiration, here are some ideas for you!

Finish your UFOs (unfinished objects!)  If you are like me, you probably have a few partially done squares hiding away in your cupboards.  This is a great opportunity to finish up all of those squares that were started for a different challenge and never got finished!

Explore your creativity!  There are limitless possibilities for exploring your creativity.  Color is one of my favorite ways to do that!  Where to look?  A color wheel can help when trying new colors together!  

Fabric can give you some great color combos; I love perusing the fabric store for ideas!



Pump out some major PJs!!!    Wouldn’t it be awesome to see stacks and stacks of plain janes?!?!  Check out Susan Haines’ stack of 88 squares!

I hope you have some fun with our “Un-challenge”!  I can’t wait to see what you create!!

*****Laurie Fortier has graciously created a Pinterest page for the "Un-challenge"!  The link for that is here:

*****You can also find the photo albums for this challenge here:

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Here is another UFO, it was half of Anne's vest from the member's patterns for awhile. It measures 12-1/2 by 16-1/2 and has 5 inch armholes :). Not a real bright color, but very warm.

I'm really liking the relaxed feel of this non-challenge and keeping on using up a seemingly endless supply of small balls and 'difficult' yarns but I can't keep up with my main contributors. Bundled into 10s and shortly to leave these are their most recent efforts

First squares from the mess. A long way to go yet! 

This group is so amazing ... I just love all the creative squares that you have posted.

I did a few squares in school colors, starting with high school colors, purple and white.


I used the Corner Start Diagonal directions for the top square, but I obviously need some help with it, because the edges came out looking bad.   I added a couple rounds of border to clean it up a bit, but sure could use some advice on how to make neater edges.  Mary Anne and Robin seem to make these perfectly without borders, so I know there is a way.  

Continuing with school colors, here are some from the universities I've attended ...


Copper and verdigris ... not beautiful colors, but it is where I met my husband, so a sentimental favorite.












Blue and gold ... this combination seems to be very popular for school colors.  I think Jeanne mentioned it as her school colors, and it was the choice of two of the universities that I attended (we moved a lot, so there were lots of schools before all was done).

(sorry about that funky corner ... must be the camera lens, because it doesn't look so weird in real life)

A few experimental squares ...

The top square is actually a granny square, but a spike stitch granny rather than a traditional granny, which closes up the gaps a lot, and makes a slightly thicker, more textured square.












The top square is a simple shell stitch square, because someone mentioned that the colors in that yarn looked like the sea, and shells and sea go together. 

4 squares for October unchallenge

4 squares for October unchallenge

Added by Grace Weir on October 10, 2013.  Just moving these over from the Photo section

Here are my first UN-Challenge squares. All but the top 2 on the right are made with donated yarn, and all come from my existing stash!

Two more granny squares, using wool I bought for the Africa challenge - though the colours have not shown up too well here. 

I have been wanting to try this stitch for a while now, but because of the way the edges are it would be an absolute nightmare to stitch to another square.  The other day I was looking at one of my Tunisian crochet squares and I thought, "Hm-m-m, why couldn't I add a smaller Crocodile Stitch square to this?"  I couldn't think of any reason why I couldn't ... so I did !  Now the stitchers will be stitching the bottom square instead.  Problem solved :)

Crocodile Stitch square on top of Tunisian Crochet square

Here are a couple more squares for October, using the "school colors" idea!

October Unchallenge School colors

Four more squares and my oddments box is definitely getting emptier! 



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