Where do I begin with this amazing project? This pattern changed the way I crochet, and really set me on a path to the crochet addict I am today.
When I started crocheting, I learnt (as most people do) to do a basic granny square. And I took that knowledge and started experimenting with different yarns and hook sizes etc. But I pretty much stuck to basic granny square style stitch. Until I found Sophie’s Universe!
in 2016, I was a new Mum, I had a one year old daughter and I was looking for something I could do for me! So I decided to give crochet a go again. I joined a few facebook groups and in one of those, I saw it… Sophie’s Universe.
Sophie’s Universe is a pattern designed by Dedri from Look at What I Made. It was the 2015 Crochet A Long for Scheepjes.
When I first saw this pattern, I wasn’t sure I would be able to pull it off, but thankfully for me, there is also an entire video series from Esther at It’s All In a Nutshell. These videos were fantastic and using them along with the pattern instructions, I found I was starting to get a handle on the pattern.
My first Sophie’s Universe took me approximately five years (I was working it on and off over that time). For a while I used it as a blanket, but the cheap yarn wasn’t holding up too well, so I had a brainwave one day and turned it into a wall hanging.
This beautiful wall hanging now hangs pride of place over our bed and I absolutely love it!
The centre square of this pattern is called Sophie’s Garden. I love the way that the Universe portion changes the orientation a number of times before bringing it back out to square again.
I have made Sophie’s Garden a number of times, I made a couple of them as baby blankets. I even did to the end of Part 1 as a fascinator for my hair once.
This year (2020) marks Sophie’s Universe’s 5th birthday. To celebrate Dedri and Scheepjes held another Crochet A Long. This has led to me starting not one but two new Sophies. One in Scheepjes Colour Crafter in really earthy tones.
The second is out of Colour Crafter Velvet – this one is going to be a similar colour way to the Bamboo Soft way that was released as part of the birthday celebrations.
I will share my progress on both of these projects as we go along.
Check out my gallery for pictures of my other Sophies.