Give Me A Clew is a square filet crochet grid with a surface crochet design based on the Roman mosaic labyrinth found at Caerleon, Wales.
A 'clew' is a thread to guide a person in a labyrinth, like that given by Ariadne to Theseus to guide him back through the labyrinth at Crete.
Give Me a Clew is based on a reconstruction drawing from The British Maze Guide by Adrian Fisher and Jeff Saward (Minotaur Designs ISBN 0-9517468-0-4). It is of a Roman maze discovered in Wales.
This type of maze is known as a labyrinth. It has one meandering pathway which leads from the entrance to the centre. This is a unicursal (one pathway) maze. Mazes using the same basic design are found in many parts of the world but their origin and purpose still remain a mystery, though many theories exist.
The afghan consists of a filet crochet square grid for the background and walls applied with surface crochet. The labyrinth could also be applied to an existing square grid such as a blanket, or other square mesh fabric.
Children love to play with large scale mazes, tracing the walls or running cars along the roads. However, this is not recommended as a baby blanket or for anyone else who might be in danger from getting their fingers caught in the holes.
Any yarn can be used for the background though the yarn chosen might affect the overall size.
The walls can be made of any textured yarn. It could be the ideal solution for that exotic yarn you can’t find any other use for.