Clover Center Granny Square – Option for Step 4 of CAL

This square can be used in Step 4 of your MysterySquare2014 CAL!

Alright! Now is a pattern for a granny square that you can use to go around your center piece. You will see that after several rounds, the square instructions split into our “Celtic Lace Joiners” and our “Flat Braid Joiners.” Remember, either way, you are joining these squares onto the blanket perimeter with Flat Braid Join.

Clover Center Granny Square

Chain 3 and join to form a ring.

Into Ring: (SC, chain 4) 3 times, SC, chain 2, DC in first SC. This acts as your fourth loop, but puts you in the center, this way you can end up in the corner.


Rnd 2: (SC in place, chain 2) counts as a TR, DC, HDC, SC all in same chain loop. In next 3 loops, (SC, HDC, DC, TR, DC, HDC, SC), SC, HDC, DC all in first half of beginning chain loop to finish that “petal” and join to top of first TR.


Rnd 3: (SC, chain 3, SC) all in joining stitch. **(Chain 3, SC in HDC) 2 times, Chain 3, (SC, chain 3, SC) in corner TR stitch. Repeat from ** 3 times, joining in beginning SC.


Rnd 4: Slip stitch in first corner space, SC, chain 4 (counts as first DC and chain 3), 2 DC in same corner space, **(chain 1, DC in next chain space) 3 times, (2 DC, chain 3, 2 DC) in corner space. Repeat from ** 3 times around, stopping in beginning corner to add an additional DC to complete the corner. Join in top of beginning DC. (You can plainly see in my photo below that I forgot to add my additional DC! So my top right corner is incomplete! I fixed it by adding in an extra DC later on hehe)

Rnd 5: 3 SC in corner space, and SC in all stitches and chain spaces around, making sure to put 3 SC in all corners. Join to beginning SC.


Rnd 6: Slip stitch in 1 SC so that you are able to work into the corner stitch. In corner stitch, (SC, chain 2) counts as TR stitch. In same stitch, 2 DC. DC in all stitches around, working (2 DC, TR, 2 DC) in all corners. Work 2 DC in your beginning corner to complete it. Join to top of first TR.


Rnd 7: In joining stitch, (SC, chain 4) counts as (DC, chain 3). 2 DC in same stitch. **(Chain 1, skip 1 stitch, DC in next stitch) 8 times, chain 1, (2 DC, chain 3, 2 DC) in corner stitch. Repeat from ** around until you are at the beginning corner. DC in first corner to complete it. Join in top of first DC.


Rnd 8: 3 SC in corner space, SC in all stitches and chain spaces around, making sure to put 3 SC in corners. Join to beginning SC.

Rnd 9: Slip stich in 1 SC so you are able to work into the corner stitch. In corner stitch, (SC, chain 4) counts as (DC, chain 3). DC in same stitch. DC in all stitches around, making sure to put (DC, chain 3, DC) in corners. Join in beginning DC.


Here is where you will work a different round depending on the way you joined in Step 3!

If you worked Celtic Lace Join, work as follows:

Rnd 10: (SC, chain 4, 3 DC) in same corner, skip 1 stitch, **(DC, chain 3, DC) in next stitch, skip 2 stitches – repeat from ** across to make 8 “v stitches”. (3 DC, chain 3, 3 DC) in corner. Repeat around to beginning, and 2 DC in beginning corner to complete it. Join in top of first DC.


Joining Round

Rnd 11: (SC, Chain 3, SC) in first corner space, Chain 3 and SC in center DC of 3 DC group, (chain 3, SC in chain 3 loop) 4 times, Chain 3, SC in between V stitches, (chain 3, SC in next chain 3 loop) 4 times, chain 3, SC in center DC of 3 DC group, chain 3, (SC, chain 1, work flat braid join in center loop of completed blanket as you can see in the top right corner of the granny square below, chain 1, SC in same corner space. Working your SC stitches and chain loops exactly as your first side, flat braid join as in the photo below. Work remaining 2 sides and join in beginning SC. Finish off.

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If you are used Flat Braid Join on Step 3, then use the instructions below.

Rnd 10: In first corner space, (SC, chain 3, SC), ** (Chain 3, skip 2 stitches, SC) 8 times, chain 3, SC in corner space, (SC, chain 1, flat braid join this corner with the chain loop that you marked with a hook or a finger before on your completed center piece, Chain 1, SC in same corner space). Working flat braid join, join across this side. Work remaining 2 sides and join in beginning SC.


Once you have your first square attached on one side, you can use Flat Braid Join to add in all of the squares around, joining 2 sides where needed. All corners will be immediately joined instead of leaving some corners unworked like in the FBJ tutorial on Step 3 of this CAL.

MysterySquare2014 – Step 4

In this step, you will add granny squares around the perimeter of your piece using the Flat Braid Join technique.

The first step in Step 4 is to lay your foundation round around your completed center piece from Step 3 – it is a super-easy round of chain loops.

Start in one corner with an (SC, Chain 3, SC). Chain 3, and SC in the next “loop” – What I mean is that when you are done with Step 3, the outside of your work looks like a lot of loops, but it’s actually just a bunch of DC and TR, going all around. Around all of these stitches, you’ll make SC, chain 3. See my photos below.

The example in the photo is for the Celtic Lace Join.


See in the photo how I have my finger in one spot and my hook in the another spot? Those 2 spots mark where each of your smaller granny squares will be joined. So one side of your granny square will fit between these spots, with the corners joined where my finger and hook are. You can use any granny square pattern, or even a mixture of several different patterns to mix it up! You just need to make sure that when you add a round of (SC, Chain 3, skip 2 stitches), you have the correct amount of chain loops for your square to fit.

I have written 2 patterns for squares that you can use for your blanket Step 4: Clover Center Granny, and Mini Victorian Lattice Square.

Adjacent square corners will both be joined into the same loop, either in a space like where my finger is, or in a space like where my hook is.

For the Celtic Lace Join, you need a square with 12 loops between corners, or 38 stitches between corners. If your square has fewer stitches, or more stitches, you can just make sure to make 12 loops “evenly spaced” between your two corners.

If you used Flat Braid Join to join your pieces together on Step 3, then you’ll have 9 chain loops between corners on your granny squares. In other words, when you put your finger and hook in the spots like below, you’ll have 9 loops between them instead of 12. You should have 29 stitches between corners, approximately.

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Gorgeous VLS – All joined up!

Just look at how the amazing CAL IG community is doing on their blankets! Getting ready for Step 4 🙂 My favorite part has been checking out the different color combinations and seeing how folks have tweaked the pattern so it’s perfect for them!

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Celtic Lace Join







CAL Spotlight: Joyce Herrmann

Miss Joyce Herrmann (catch her on IG) should be a guest host for this CAL, hehe! Once the Victorian Lattice Square really took off, Joyce was there, ready to dedicate an entire month to the pattern. During her exploration, she mixed in a lot of her own design elements and color theories, and I can truly say, Miss Joyce is an artist! She even wrote up the chart that is now included in the Victorian Lattice Square pattern – a thousand thank yous!

It all started with this hot pink lusciousness:


Then, look at this beauty! And what a gem, she wrote up a chart for the lace edging – seen below.


 Now, we’re getting creative! Things are heating up!


One of my favorites is featured as a main photo on the Ravelry page for this pattern, and with good reason. Wow is this ever pretty. I am in awe of how the contrast back panel peeks through the lace eyelets – genius! Talk about perfect for the holidays.


Reminds me of Frozen! How the mood can change just by flipping the switch on the color choice. This is also when I knew Miss Joyce was committed to exploring every possible color combination that she wanted to dream up – it’s just that addictive of a design!


Just wow! What a bright and joyous piece that would brighten any space.


The piece de resistance – an Autumn mix of lush muted tones are just perfection. I fell in love with this when Joyce used the Celtic Lace Join. It just really suits the pattern very well.



I’m craving pumpkin pie after seeing these colors! And how warm is this vibe? Fall palette plus a revival of the traditional white lace crochet equals total comfort.


Joyce’s latest VLS work – What will this turn into? Can’t wait to see 🙂

Thank you Miss Joyce! For letting me feature you on our little site, and for dedicating a month to this glorious pattern – perfection!


Featured CAL Artists

Take a look at these fantastic stacks of lush Victorian Lattice Squares and partial squares. I am so proud of everyone who is working along with us! This square is utterly captivating and seeing everyone’s interpretation of the design is what truly makes this project come to life for me.

Go on and browse through the #MysterySquare2014 tag (now over 300 posts!) and you’ll see there is so much more than what is simply featured in this post. Just precious work – pure happiness!


Shreescrochet – These colors are giving me life!


Angelala242 – Lovely mix of color! I’m feeling Autumn in the air!


creativemau – Getting funky with the palette – I’m with it!


Monicacrochets – The most adorable stack of VLS I’ve ever seen 🙂


giabets – The first of her VLS CAL pics – loving the blues


giabets – And another beauty! This palette is amazing.


bvchrochet – how gorgeous is this mix? The sandy neutral granny squares is genius!


aureliaslittleroom – This makes me want to walk in the grass and soak up the sun!


deafmutesew – pretty pastels rule! The touch of color on the edge is so beautiful.


anniedesigncrochet -Another wooden deck that has me nudging my husband’s arm.. Beautiful and just the right place to crochet these beauties!


larissakatherine_ – Blown away by this monochrome beauty – can’t wait to see it completed!


larissazini – And this fabulous combo – I’m feeling this retro vibe! Gives the square a whole new look.

Time to Join! Celtic Lace Join (Part 2)


Celtic Lace Join is one of my favorites!

Here is a link to the original CLJ post from my website.

You may want to take a peek at Option No. 1 – Flat Braid Join. It is an easier join, and you’ll be able to see how the diagonal pieces come  together with the partial squares.

Again we will be using the layout and joining order in the diagram below.


To begin, take square #1.

Round 1 (SC round): Join yarn with a slip stitch in any corner loop. 3SC in same loop. SC through back loop only all around, putting 3SC in each corner loop. Join to beginning SC and finish off. Note: When I work through back loop only, to make a more secure stitching, I also grab the horizontal bar located behind the stitch.

Round 2: SC in center stitch of corner. Chain 4, 2DC all in same stitch. DC in next stitch, **skip 3 stitches, (DC, Chain 3, DC) all in next stitch (V-stitch made). (skip 3 stitches, V-stitch) 6 more times, skip 3 stitches, DC in next stitch, (2DC, Chain 3, 2DC) for corner. Repeat from ** 3 more times around to beginning. DC in same stitch as first corner, and join to first chain of initial chain 4.


Round 3: SC in corner chain loop, Chain 4, 3DC in same chain loop. 5DC in each v-stitch as below, make (3DC, Chain 3, 3DC) corner.


  Repeat around to beginning, 2DC in beginning corner to complete it. Join in first chain of the initial chain 4.


Round 4: SC in the first corner loop, Chain 5, SC in same corner loop. (Chain 5, SC in center DC of 5DC group) 7 times, Chain 5, (SC, chain 5, SC) in corner loop.


 Repeat around to beginning, and join to beginning SC. Finish off.

Take square #2, and work rounds 1-3 like normal. Work one side of round 4 up through 2 chains of the 5-chain second corner. Line up the motifs ready to join. See photo below.
Release the loop from your hook, insert hook in the corner loop of motif #1, put the loop back on your hook. Finish the 3rd chain stitch in your corner, Chain 2 more.
SC in same corner of motif #2, chain 2, perform join by releasing loop from hook, inserting hook in corresponding loop on completed motif, and putting the loop back on your hook.

Here is a zoomed out photo of where you should be.
And here is a zoomed in shot. Here, you’re ready to complete your center chain of the 5-chain loop. This is how your joins will be performed. I’ll label it as FBJ from now on, since it is the same process as the Flat Braid Join.
Complete your chain, chain 2 more, and SC in center stitch of 5 DC group.
Chain 2, FBJ to next loop on completed motif, Chain 2, SC in center stitch of next 5DC group. Continue in this manner until all 7 chain loops are joined up. SC in corner loop, Chain 5, SC in same corner loop.
Now, work down the third side, joining all 7 loops. (SC, Chain 5, SC) for final corner, work side 4 plain, join in beginning SC, and finish off.
Notice which corners are joined and which are not. The un-worked corners will be picked up by their diagonal buddies when those squares are joined.


Row 1: with right side facing, Join yarn in first corner loop. 3SC in same corner, SC through back loop only across, 3SC in final corner, turn work.

Row 2: SC in center stitch of corner. Chain 4, 2 DC in same stitch, DC in next stitch, (skip 3 stitches, V-stitch) 7 times, skip 3 stitches, DC in next stitch, (2DC, chain 3, DC) in center stitch of corner. Turn work.

Row 3: SC in chain 3 loop, chain 4, 3 DC in same chain loop, 5 DC in all 7 V-stitches across, (3DC, Chain 3, DC) in final chain loop. Turn work.

You can see I have now flipped the entire work so I can join the partial motif, since this row is worked with wrong side facing. You can hardly tell the difference, and it saves so many yarn ends to just turn the work!
Row 4: SC in chain loop, chain 5, SC in same chain loop, (chain 2, FBJ, chain 2, SC in center stitch of next 5DC group) 7 times to join all loops. (SC, chain 5, SC) in final corner, finish off. Flip work to right side and admire your work!!

Row 1: With right side facing, join yarn with a slip stitch in first corner loop. 3SC in loop, SC through back loops only in all SC, putting 3SC in following 2 corners, turn work.

Row 2: SC in center SC of corner, Chain 4, 2DC in same stitch, **DC in next stitch. (Skip 3 stitches, V-stitch in next stitch) 7 times, skip 3 stitches, DC in next stitch, (2 DC, chain 3, 2DC) in corner stitch, repeat from ** to end, putting (2DC, chain 3, DC) in final corner. Turn work.

Row 3: SC in corner chain, chain 4, 3 DC in same corner chain, 5 DC in all V-stitches across, (3DC, chain 3, 3DC) in corner chain, 5 DC in all V-stitches across, (3DC, chain 3, DC) in final corner. Turn work.

Flip entire work as before, and line up, getting ready to join.
Here’s a close-up of what you should be looking at. We’re about to do some fancy footwork with this join!
It may be a little tough to see in the photo, but I have pulled the loop from the left hand motif *through* the center loop, that way when I join the half-motif, the center loop won’t be left un-worked.

SC in the corner loop, chain 2, FBJ in the loop that you pulled through, chain 2, work down this side as you have been, up to the center corner.

Work the 5-chain corner, pausing to FBJ on the center chain. Remember, you are working on the wrong side of the piece, so on the front side, you need to have vertical corner joins lying on top.

To make this happen, scoop up that un-worked corner loop from the motif below, and insert your hook in it from behind the horizontal corner join  you can see this in the photo below. The chain is ready to be pulled through the completed loop for the FBJ.


Work back up the other side of the half-motif, and leave the final corner loop un-worked because it will be picked up when you attach your next half-motif.

Pay attention in the photo below to which corners are worked and which aren’t. In the photo, I have flipped the work back to the right side facing.. You can see that the join where we pulled the loop through is worked, and the rest are awaiting their diagonal counterparts.

Don’t forget that the vertical joins need to be lying on top when you cross your corners. You could also put all of the horizontal joins on top – the main point is to make them all the same.


I hope y’all enjoy this join! I just love it, and although joining partial motifs and this diagonal business seems intimidating, it’s truly a new way to freshen and appreciate the square motif!

I have had a very long love affair with the hexagon, to the point where squares just didn’t do it for me anymore. But now, by turning the square on the diagonal and chopping motifs up into partial motifs, I’m in love with the square once again!

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