Throw in progress inspired by Zellige terracotta tile work as seen in Moroccan Architecture, especially the cities of Fès and Meknes. In this ancient art form, terracotta tiles are covered in enamel and chips are set into plaster to create the most beautiful geometrical patterns. The art of Zellige dates back to the 14th century and was historically a statement of luxury (homes) and sophistication (inhabitants).
Yarn: Vinnis Nikkim and Vinnis Bambi. I am using 16 different shades of blue and grey with old gold as an accent to lift the palette. The squares and the throw will be edged in Stone.
Each square measures 17x17cm
Tip: Remember to turn around the work for the bobble rows, the wrong side should face you so that the bobbles are pushed to the front (right side). All other rounds are hooked as usual.
Thank you for the e-mails I have received regarding this project. I have amended the posting to include a link to the PDF pattern in addition to the Ravelry link and also added a tip above. Rachele of BabyLoveBrand demonstrates an interesting joining method for this square. I will not be using this method, but it is beautiful nonetheless. Since I would like to stay as close as possible to a Zellige look and feel, I will simply single crochet around each square as per original pattern and join with a slip stitch at the back.
This is a very, very special throw. I am making it for my (still highly active) dad for his 70th birthday. He loves fiddling with his fingers and I chose a pattern with texture as I know he will rub and roll the bobbles between his fingers all the time. He absolutely loves blue and furthermore has a great passion for measurements and figures. It is second nature for him upon entering any space to immediately calculate floor area and volumetric dimensions!
As soon as he receives his blanket, he will analyse every square, calculate the number of stitches and ponder the yardage of the yarn used. To keep him even more busy, I am going out of my way to ensure that every square is unique with regard to the color combination. My dad enjoyed his travels to Arabia and looking towards Islamic design for inspiration came naturally to me. With this design process, I am able to create something that will always be a reminder of the special bond that exists between the two of us.
See my previous posting about our travels to Morocco.
I will resume conversations about my love affair with Paris and Istanbul in a later posting where I will show you more of my yarn shopping (the Pierrot French Linen and newly launched bamboo/cotton Imagine yarns available from I love Yarn).
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!