Well, it's time for the big reveal. This is what I've been working on for the past few weeks:
It's another magic square, this time made with onion rings. If you've been following along with my last two posts, you will remember that I started with a small square and then connected it into four squares. The last step was to redesign the middle to enable it to be tatted in one pass. Here are the three images together. Can you see how one builds off of another?
This is only a small version of the square, and it can be built up to any size from here. There is also another square hidden within this pattern. My next post will show the hidden square and then I will work on completing another magic square based off of the hidden square.
I received several guesses in my previous posts about what I was making. People were very close, and the guesses of a square doily, mat, or shawl are technically correct because this pattern can be used to make all of those things. However, I was thinking about the design in more of a conceptual way, and less so as a finished project.
My end goal is to compile a post showing how to design a magic square. I think it's a really interesting concept and would love to see other magic square designs pop up, though I know that's wishful thinking!
I will also be sharing the pattern on my blog so keep an eye out for that. It should be ready in the next month or two and will be available as a free pattern.