Step 3 of our CAL: Time to Join! (Part 1)

Welcome back to the MysterySquare2014 CAL!

Now it’s time to join our squares.¬†And it’s a Choose Your Own Adventure ūüôā (Remember those books??) Today, I will go over the first option for joining: the Flat Braid Join. In Part 2 of this installment, I’ll demonstrate the other two joining options: Celtic Lace Join and Continuous Flat Braid Join.

Here is a photo of the Flat Braid Join. If you love it, then follow along with me today! If you love it, and you’re also feeling adventurous, then wait for the Continuous version of this join, which I’ll show tomorrow.

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And here is an example of the Celtic Lace join I’ll show tomorrow – of course if you’re following along with me, you’ll have motifs oriented diagonally. Choose your join wisely… just kidding! Go wild!!

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Made by Instagram user Butterfly26964

Okay, so here we go.

Flat Braid Join

I think everyone has their squares and partial squares all arranged? Here is a drawn diagram with the placement and numbers labelling the joining order.

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Round 1 (SC round): Attach joining yarn with a slip stitch¬†in any corner. 3SC in same corner loop, SC through back loop only around in all stitches, putting 3SC in each corner loop. Join in first SC. Note: When I work through back loop only, I also pick up the horizontal bar that lies behind the stitch, for added support. It looks identical, but it’s much stronger.

Also, polvorones (sugar-coated shortbread cookies) help immensely with the joining process ūüôā

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 Round 2 Рfirst motif only (Chain loop round): SC in same stitch as join. **Chain 5 (corner chain), skip 1 stitch, SC in next stitch. (Chain 3, skip 2 stitches, SC in next stitch) 5 times, Chain 3, skip 1 stitch, SC in next stitch, (Chain 3, skip 2 stitches, SC in next stitch) 5 times, repeat from ** 3 times. Join in beginning SC. Finish off.
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Close-up of the side
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Motif #1 complete!
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Motif #2: Work round 1 as before.

Work one side of round 2 as before, up through 2 chains of the 5-chain corner. Line up your motifs as below, keeping in mind the placement in the diagram above.
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Here is how your¬†make the joins in your Flat Braid¬†Join.¬†I’ll¬†call¬†this maneuver “FBJ” from¬†now on: ¬†Take off the loop from your hook, insert your hook in the opposing chain loop from the completed motif, and put the loop back on your hook.

In the photo below, I have done all 3 steps described above. (Release loop, insert hook, re-place loop.)
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Now, pull that loop through and complete your chain “around” the completed chain loop.
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Complete the corner chain by making 2 more chains, skip 1 stitch, and SC in the  next stitch just like Motif #1.
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Keep going around Motif #2, finishing Round 2 as before.
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Motif #3: Work same as Motif #2

Motif #4: Work round 1 as normal, and work round 2 up through the first side, plus, complete the second 5-chain corner, SC, and chain 1. FBJ in the first chain-3 loop just like in the photo below. Make 1 more chain to complete the chain-3 loop.

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Work across, making your chain-3 loops, stopping to FBJ in each loop as below. When you get to the top corner, make the 5-chain loop, but leave it un-joined for now.

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Work side 3 of Motif #4 as below, and work the fourth chain-5 corner, leaving it un-joined (see below). Work final side as normal.

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Motif #5: Join just like Motif #4, but when you work the second 5-chain corner loop, FBJ the 3rd chain of the loop to the 4th corner of Motif #4. Leave the 1st corner of motif #2 un-joined. Work side 3 of this motif, joining it to Motif #3.

All subsequent motifs (#6 Р#13) will be worked in this manner. Some join to only 1 side, some join to 2 sides. Leave corner loops un-joined until the diagonal corner loop comes along to FBJ. Make sure to keep the vertical joined loops on top when you pick up diagonal loops.

Join in Half-Motifs

First half-motif

Row 1: With right side facing up, attach joining yarn with a slip stitch in the first 3-chain corner. 3 SC in same corner loop. SC through back loop only as before, putting 3 SC in next 2 corners. Turn work. Flip entire blanket over, as you will be joining these motifs with the wrong side showing.(See below)

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Row 2: SC in first stitch, chain 5, skip 1 stitch, SC in next stitch, chain 1, FBJ in corresponding loop, chain 1, skip 2 stitches as normal, SC in next stitch. Continue down side 1, SC and chain 2 for corner loop.

Look at the photo below. I am pulling up the free diagonal loop from under the horizontally joined loops. This is because when I flip the piece back over, the vertical loops are on top.

FBJ in this loop as below, chain 2, skip 1 stitch, SC in next stitch to complete corner.

Work side 2 of motif.

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Here is the half-motif all joined in. take note of which¬†corner loops are joined, and which aren’t.

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Close-Up

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Join in Quarter-Motifs

First Quarter-motif

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

Flip the whole piece over as before.

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Row 2: Work across, making FBJ to connect all the chain-3 loops.

When you approach the second corner, SC, chain 2.

Now you should be looking at something like the photo below.

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It’s a little hard to tell in the photo, but what I’ve done is, using my fingers, pull¬† the right side loop through the center loop. In the photo below, you can see it done.

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Now, FBJ into that loop you pulled through, chain 2, SC in to final stitch. Corner complete.

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Now, I have flipped the piece back over and situated the corner join so that it is centered correctly. You can see below that the center loop crosses around the horizontally-joined corners.

This is how you will join the corners on all remaining half- and quarter-motifs around the perimeter. Once you have all partial motifs joined in, there will be no un-joined corner loops.

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Take great care to make sure your corner loops are joined correctly, with the vertically-join corners lying on top.

More pics tomorrow!

To read more about the Flat Braid Join, see this tutorial!

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CAL Step 2: Victorian Lattice Quarter-Square Pattern

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Victorian Lattice: Quarter-Square (Make 4)

Update! I have changed these patterns to reflect the language of the original Victorian Lattice Square pattern! I have also addressed the issue regarding the trouble with shaping the partial pieces that some folks are having. I did not change my photographs, so the photos still reflect my original instructions. We are working on having the partials translated into chart form, so that should help!

Ch-3, join with slip stitch to make a ring.

Row 1: All in Ring: SC, Ch-1, (DC, Ch-1) 3 times, DC all in Ring, turn work. 5 DC. (Wrong Side)

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Row 2: (SC, Ch-1, DC) in first chain space. Ch-2, (DC2TOG in next chain space, Ch-2) 2 times, DC2TOG in final chain space, turn work.

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Row 3: SC in first DC. Ch-6, SC in first chain space. (Ch-3, SC in next chain space) 2 times, Chain 3, TR in final chain of row below, turn work.

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Row 4: SC in top of TR, Ch-3, 5 DC in Ch-3 space, SC in next chain space, Ch-4, SC in next chain space, 5 DC,  Ch-2, DC in second chain from beg SC of row below, turn work.

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Row 5: SC in top of first DC, Ch-3, 2 DC in chain space, DC in next 4 stitches, skip 1 DC, Ch-4, SC in chain space, Ch-4, skip 1 DC, DC in next 4 stitches, 2 DC in final chain space, Ch-2, DC in second chain from beg SC of row below, turn work.

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Row 6: SC in top of first DC, Ch-3, 2 DC in chain space, DC in next 4 stitches, skip 2 DC, (Ch-4, SC in next chain space) 2 times, Ch-4, skip 2 DC, DC in next 4 stitches, 2 DC in final chain space, Ch-2, DC in second chain from Beg SC of row below, turn work.

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Row 7: SC in first DC, Ch-2, 2 DC in chain space, DC in next 6 stitches, 2 DC in next chain space, Ch-4, SC in next chain space, Ch-4, 2 DC in next chain space, DC in next 6 stitches, 2 DC in final chain space, Ch-2, DC in second chain above beg SC on row below, turn work.

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Row 8: SC in first DC, Ch-3, 2 DC in first chain space, DC in next 10 stitches, 2 DC in next chain space, Ch-1, 2 DC in next chain space, DC in next 10 stitches, 2 DC in final chain space, Ch-2, DC in second chain before beg SC in row below, turn work.

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Row 9: SC Ch-3, SC in first DC, SC in all stitches across (including Ch-1), end with (SC, Ch-3, SC) in final chain space.. Finish off! ūüôā

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Alternate finishing for Row 9 to make a more professional join:

Cut yarn after Row 8. Re-join yarn with Row 8 facing up. Work Row 9 and finish off. Both Row 8 and 9 will be on the right side, for a nicer look when joining.

CAL Step 2: Victorian Lattice Half-Square Pattern

 

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Victorian Lattice: Half-Square

Update! I have changed these patterns to reflect the language of the original Victorian Lattice Square pattern! I have also addressed the issue regarding the trouble with shaping the partial pieces that some folks are having. I did not change my photographs, so the photos still reflect my original instructions. We are working on having the partials translated into chart form, so that should help!

Ch-3 and join with Slip Stitch to make a Ring.

Row 1: All in ring: SC, Ch-3, (DC, Ch-1) 6 times, DC, turn work. 8 DC (Wrong Side)

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Row 2: (SC, Ch-1, DC) in first chain space. Ch-2, (DC2TOG in next chain space, Ch-2) 5 times, DC2TOG in final chain space, turn work.

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Row 3: SC in first DC. Ch-6, SC in first chain space. (Ch-3, SC in next chain space) 2 times, Ch-7, SC in next chain space, (Ch-3, SC in next chain space) 2 times, Chain 3, TR in final chain of row below, turn work.

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Row 4: SC in top of TR, Ch-3, 5 DC in Ch-3 space, SC in next chain space, Ch-4, SC in next chain space, 5 DC, Ch-3, 5 DC all in Ch-7 space, SC in next chain space, Ch-4, SC in next chain space, 5 DC in next chain space, Ch-2, DC in second chain from beg SC of row below, turn work.

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Row 5: SC in top of first DC, Ch-3, 2 DC in chain space, DC in next 4 stitches, skip 1 DC, Ch-4, SC in chain space, Ch-4, skip 1 DC, DC in next 4 stitches, (2 DC, Ch-3, 2 DC) in Ch-3 space, DC in next 4 stitches, skip 1 DC, Ch-3, SC in next chain space, Ch-3, DC in next 4 stitches, 2 DC in final chain space, Ch-2, DC in second chain from beg SC of row below, turn work.

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Row 6: SC in top of first DC, Ch-3, 2 DC in chain space, DC in next 4 stitches, skip 2 DC, (Ch-4, SC in next chain space) 2 times, Ch-4, skip 2 DC, DC in next 4 stitches, (2 DC, Ch-3, 2 DC) in Ch-1 space, DC in next 4 stitches, skip 2 DC, (Ch-4, SC in next chain space) 2 times, Ch-4, skip 2 DC, DC in next 4 stitches, 2 DC in final chain space, Ch-2, DC in second chain from Beg SC of row below, turn work.

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Row 7: SC in first DC, Ch-2, 2 DC in chain space, DC in next 6 stitches, 2 DC in next chain space, Ch-4, SC in next chain space, Ch-4, 2 DC in next chain space, DC in next 6 stitches, (2 DC, Ch-3, 2 DC) in next Ch-1 space, DC in next 6 stitches, 2 DC in next chain space, Ch-4, SC in next chain space, Ch-4, 2 DC in next chain space, DC in next 6 stitches, 2 DC in final chain space, Ch-2, DC in second chain above beg SC on row below, turn work.

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Row 8: SC in first DC, Ch-3, 2 DC in first chain space, DC in next 10 stitches, 2 DC in next chain space, Ch-1, 2 DC in next chain space, DC in next 10 stitches, (2 DC, Ch-3, 2 DC) in chain space, DC in next 10 chain stitches, 2 DC in next chain space, Ch-1, 2 DC in next chain space DC in next 10 stitches, 2 DC in final chain space, Ch-2, DC in second chain before beg SC in row below, turn work.

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Row 9: SC Ch-3, SC in first DC, SC in all stitches across (including Ch-1), putting (SC, Ch-3, SC) in next 2 corners. Finish off.

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Another way to finish the final row is to cut after Row 8, join yarn with Row 8 facing up as the Right Side, and work Row 9. This gives a much more finished look although it adds 2 ends to sew in.

 

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How many Half-Squares do I make??

Your 13 squares, if you are following my pattern, will be arranged in a formation as in the photo below. My 13 squares are in laboratory experimentation mode for joining class on Sept 1, so I used some granny squares that I had around!

If you’re following my pattern, you have to make 8 half-squares, 2 for each side, as you can see from the half-triangle spaces below. Make as many as you need to fill your blanket spaces!

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Round ’em Up: Part 2!

 

Hey guys! Destany here!

Just wanted to drop in and say hi and see how things are going. I am completely blown away with all the love you are giving the Victorian Lattice Square (aka MysterySquare2014)!

You all are making some beautiful squares and pieces. Here are a few for your viewing pleasure! (:

LOVE this square in my favorite color! From @peekaboo415

LOVE this square in my favorite color! From @peekaboo415

From @shreescrochet - loving all the colors! The tops ones remind me of Easter (:

From @shreescrochet – loving all the colors! The tops ones remind me of Easter (:

Bet this one is super soft! @virkatmedtiina is using alpaca for her squares!

Bet this one is super soft! @virkatmedtiina is using alpaca for her squares!

Can't go wrong with bright pink! Really makes the design stand out (: From @storiesandstitchn

Can’t go wrong with bright pink! Really makes the design stand out (: From @storiesandstitchn

5 down, 8 to go! @monicacrochets squares are beautiful!

5 down, 8 to go! @monicacrochets squares are beautiful!

 

Just gorgeous!!

Can’t wait to see more of your Victorian Lattice squares!!

Don’t forget to tag your photos on Instagram with #MysterySquare2014 and #VictorianLatticeSquare for a chance to be featured here on Scrappy Blanket Love!

Happy hooking (:

Beautiful Makes: Victorian Lattice Square

Some stunning inspiration for your Victorian Lattice Squares! You’ll be starting a new project in no time – don’t we all need another WIP? ¬†ūüėČ

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bvcrochet – check out the perfect solid granny square pairing!

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knottyhookercrochet – wowie! wonderful blanket in the works

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diephotographin – crisp and clean in these gorgeous colors

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joycelovescrochet – look at the beautiful border! chart is on her instagram

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sherlock1372 – blue check is a bold and lush showcase for this design!

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sibelliya – amazing cushion in stunning grey and mint

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butterfly26964 – simply exquisite pastel and white baby blanket (uses “Celtic Lace Join” free tutorial at CypressTextiles.net)

Round ’em up!

In this¬†li’l round-up, take a look at some of the luscious squares that y’all are starting on! I am just in love and I can’t wait to see how everyone progresses!

Great job, y’all!

giabets – showing her WIP and her baby bump! ūüôā

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angelala242 – gorgeous pale colors make this design sing!

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bvcrochet – using delightful “I Love This Cotton” yarn

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debbbbra – pinkalicious squares are lovely!

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artsee_fartsy – a smaller version in gorgeous ivory

 

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cayennejalapeno – admin destany! using gorgeous color

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ceyhan65 – just gorgeous against that lovely fabric

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anniedesigncrochet – lush lace with a beautiful flower!

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deafmutesew – so crisp in a perfect white

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emsfive – perfect purple for this lace beauty

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crochet4cali – eeeek! adoring this in a bright yellow

New CAL: Mystery Square 2014!!

Mystery Square CAL

It’s mid July and this Scrappy li’l site is a bit dusty! But never fear – my little corner of the internet is just rushing with folks trying out this square by Destany of Instagram feed CayenneJalapeno. When I saw the square, I was so inspired that I just HAD to write up a pattern for it! Now Destany has written up her pattern, named it “Victorian Lattice Square,”¬†and made it available on Ravelry! How great is that?!

Lots of crafty folks have been enjoying this pattern – enjoying it so much, in fact, that I think it merits a Crochet-A-Long!

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CAL Details!

I’m playing with some design samples – this one has the featured square for the center, a round of smaller squares, and then about 6″ of fan and V stitch, plus a border (don’t quite know what border yet)! I’ll be working it in turquoise – YUM!

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I am still working out the complete¬†pattern that we’ll be following, but below, you can see the schedule that I have so far. On Instagram, tag progress pics as #mysterysquare2014. Along the way, Admin Destany and I will be checking in on your progress and reporting your beautiful creations! If you’d rather not follow along with my blanket, then feel free to do whatever you’d like with the Victorian Lattice Square! Once in a while, we’ll do a round-up of your unique piece progress for inspiration.

Mystery Square CAL – Schedule

Step 1:¬†¬†August 1 – Make 13 Victorian Lattice Squares.¬†My first square is pictured below ūüôā I did make a couple of adjustments to Destany’s pattern, just because I can’t ever leave a pattern alone!

Step 2: August 15 –¬†Make¬†half-motifs and quarter-motifs. I have a huge obsession with partial motifs,¬†because they provide so much visual interest. On my post for this day, I’ll teach a bonus¬†lesson on how I create partial motifs for hexagons, circles,¬†and squares. (Edit: I’ll be making separate posts for this lesson!)

Step 3: September 1 РWork continuous join to piece everything together for the center square.

Join Option #1: Flat Braid Join

Join Option #2: Celtic Lace Join

Step 4: September 24 – (You have an extra week in here to catch up and join your center panel!) Attach smaller granny squares all around center motif.

Here is the Main Post for Step 4

Suggested Patterns for Smaller granny squares:

1: Clover Center Granny Square

2: Mini Victorian Lattice Granny Square

Step 5: October 7 – Work wide lace panel

Step 6: October 21 – Edging! Woo-hoOO!

PS: Check out our Members List!

And the Victorian Lattice Square Finished Object Gallery!! Woooo!

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Thanks to everyone following along! – Admin Rachele