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!

Flat Braid Join

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Celtic Lace Join

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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:

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Then, look at this beauty! And what a gem, she wrote up a chart for the lace edging – seen below.
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 Now, we’re getting creative! Things are heating up!

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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!

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Shreescrochet – These colors are giving me life!

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

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

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

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

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giabets – And another beauty! This palette is amazing.

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

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

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

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

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

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Complete your chain, chain 2 more, and SC in center stitch of 5 DC group.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Quarter-Motif

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.

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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!
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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!!
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Half-Motif

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.

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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.

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Flip entire work as before, and line up, getting ready to join.
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Here’s a close-up of what you should be looking at. We’re about to do some fancy footwork with this join!
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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! 🙂

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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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