Crochet “join as you go”: single crochet method

Last week I posted a tutorial on how to join crochet squares as you go with a slip stitch method. Today I am going to show a slightly different method that will give a different effect, though it is just as easy! Your squares will be joined through a neat braid that will add texture to your work! It works at its best when you’re joining colours are the same, but as you will see it is fine also using different colours, be creative!

Single crochet join as you go method

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Start by making your first square in any pattern you have chosen (SQUARE A, the green one, in my case). Make a second square (SQUARE B) and crochet until you reach the last round: your are going to make the last round and simultaneously join one of the 4 sides with the previously made square.

First of all, crochet square B until you reach the FIRST CORNER. My corner is made of 2dc, 2ch, 2 dc. So make the first 2 dc in the ch2 space from the previous round, slip stitch into the ch2 space of square A, ch 1:

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Now make the first of the other 2 dc of corner space, DO NOT REMOVE HOOK FROM LOOP, insert it in the back loop of the first corner dc of square A

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Yarn over and draw hook though the back loop of square A (two loops on hook)

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yarn over (3 loops on hook), draw hook through two loops

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Work every stitch the same way until you get to the corner again, after you work the first 2 dc in corner space, slip stitch into ch 2 space of square A, ch 1 ad continue working as normal. your joined squares will look like this:

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Here is another example of a finished round:

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Crochet “join as you go”… slip stitch joining method

I love crocheting and I can go on for hours without stopping… nevertheless I am a lazy person, so I always try to make myself things easier. One thing that I usually try to spare me is sewing squares together! On the one side, I find sewing tedious, on the other I like to see how my blankets are coming together while my crocheting progresses.

There are many “join as you go” methods, and you can find many tutorials online. I  would like to share with you my two favorites. The first one is a simple “slip stitch” join, it is very popular and yet I have never found a nice tutorial explaining how it works (not that mine is particularly fancy, but I tried!). The second one is a “single crochet” join, which makes a nice “braid” texture, and I came up with it while trying to figure out the first one by myself… lol I will post the second tutorial in the next few days!

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Crochet Slip stitch joining method

This method is super easy and yet gives your work a nice finishing touch, which looks quite much like sewn blankets. I made two small squares, but it works with just any size, what is important is that the squares you intend to join have the same amount of stitches on each side.

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Start by making your first square in any pattern you have chosen (SQUARE A, the green one, in my case). Make a second square (SQUARE B) and crochet until you reach the last round: your are going to make the last round and simultaneously join one of the 4 sides with the previously made square.

First of all, crochet square B until you reach the FIRST CORNER. My corner is made of 2dc, 2ch, 2 dc. So make the first 2 dc in the ch2 space from the previous round, slip stitch into the ch2 space of square A, ch 1:

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Now make the first of the other 2 dc of corner space, remove hook from loop, insert it in the back loop of the corresponding corner dc of square A and then in the loop from square B that you just dropped, draw hook through the back loop:

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Work every stitch the same way until you get to the corner again, after you work the first 2 dc in corner space, slip stitch into ch 2 space of square A, ch 1 ad continue working as normal. your joined squares will look like this:

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Pay attention to your tension while crocheting, if the yarn is too loose it will look weird, if it is too tight your squares will wrinkle… it gets better with practice!

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Temperature crochet blanket pattern

Since I have joined the “Temperature blanket” group on Facebook I have received quite some compliments about the pattern I have chosen for mine. I have been asked to post a free pattern for my square, so here it is! BTW, if you don’t know what a temperature blanket is I suggest you check the FB page… you’ll find all the infos you need and lots of inspiring pictures 🙂

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I just wanted to make a square with not too many holes (it was my bf’s only request, he says that blanket with loops look “cold” lol), but that still would add a bit of texture to my crochet blanket. I don’t know if this pattern already existed in any copyrighted version, if it does please let me know and I’ll remove this post.

It’s such an easy and simple pattern that I have just pictured and written down the first 3 rounds. You can make as many or as few as you want, depending on how big your blanket (or other item) is meant to be. My squares consist of 7 rounds and are about 13 cm wide using a 4 mm hook. If I had to remake my blanket I would consider making lesser rounds, as it gets boring sometimes… especially when you’re 3 months behind and desperately want to catch up! But that’s another story 😛

Now on to the temperature blanket crochet pattern!

 

Abbreviations : 

ss = slip stitch

ch = chain

ch3 = chain 3 – takes the place of a dc at the beginning of every round

st = stitches

dc = double crochet

fpdc = front post double crochet (free tutorial available here: http://www.crochetspot.com/how-to-crochet-front-post-double-crochet-fpdc/)

Pattern:

Make a magic loop/ring (4 tutorials available here: http://www.wikihow.com/Crochet-a-Magic-Ring)

Round 1 

ch3 (counts as first dc), 2dc, ch2, 3dc, ch2, 3dc, ch2, 3dc, ch2, join with ss to 3rd ch of beginning ch3

{3 x dc along each side, 4 x 2 ch corner spaces}

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picture shows the first round completed

Round 2 

ch 3 (counts as first dc), fpdc in next stitch (central dc of the 3 from round one), dc in next stitch, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in 2 ch space, first side and corner complete

dc in next st, fpdc in next st (central dc of the 3 made for round one), dc in next st, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in 2 ch space, second side and corner complete

dc in next st, fpdc in next st (central dc of the 3 made for round one), dc in next st, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in 2 ch space, third side and corner complete

dc in next sts, fpdc in next st (central dc of the 3 made for round one), dc in next st, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in 2 ch space, fourth side and corner complete, join with a ss to 3rd ch of beginning ch3

{7 dc  + 1 fpdc along each side, 4 x 2 ch spaces}

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picture shows where you should insert the hook when making a fpdc

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picture shows round 2 once completed. you can see the 4 fpdc’s (one on each side)

Round 3 

ch 3 (counts as first dc), fpdc in next stitch (fpdc from the previous round), 1 dc in the next 2 st, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in 2 ch space [corner]

*1 dc in the next 2 st, fpdc in next stitch (fpdc from the previous round), 1 dc in the next 2 st, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in 2 ch space* [corner]

repeat  from * to * two more times,

1 dc in st before beginning ch3, join with a ss to 3rd ch of beginning ch3

{10 dc + 1 fpdc along each side, 4 x 2 ch spaces}

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picture shows where you should make the fpdc in every round… just work around the fpdc from the previous round… you can’t miss it!

Rounds 4 to ? 

Depending how big you need your square, continue as for round 3. You will have 4 extra dc along each side each round you do.

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you’ll soon start seeing the “diamond shape” in the making!

Have fun! and in case you have questions… feel free to ask!

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I’ve got 4x100g skeins of self striping Ice Yarn in sweet pastel colours and a super cute set of crochet stitch markers by Modellare I Sogni – handmade with love all ready for you to enjoy!

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Confetti baby blanket

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Hi everyone!
I have lots to write about, but as usual I am super busy with work… I am currently writing a chapter for a book and my brain is just overloaded with information lol
To avoid losing my mind I’ve been crocheting like crazy… crochet is definitely like yoga.
So well, I’ve finally finished my Confetti baby blanket last night! I still have to weave a couple thousands ends in, to wash it an block it, but I am so excited that I wanted to share some photos with you. Better pictures to come soon!
Here it is in all it’s glorious beauty, plus progress shots I took along the way. Enjoy!

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Detail

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the 100 squares milestone 🙂

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Almost there… approaching 130 squares!

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Crocheting the edging, my favourite part

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And yay! All finished… what will I do with myself now? I NEED a new project to work on!!

I always get sad when I finish crocheting a blanket… it’s like reading a good book, you get so much into it that you rush to the end page and just can’t put it down till it’s over, but once you get there you start feeling totally melancholic. Can you relate to that?

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100.000 views!!!

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OMG, HUNDRED THOUSAND VIEWS!!!!

When I first started this blog, back in 2009, it was a cold and rainy day and I had just started learning how to crochet… I thought it would be nice to keep a diary of my progress (if ever! lol). I would have never imagined that just some years later I would have had almost 300 followers on WordPress, 4000+ on Facebook and that this blog would reach 100.000 hits! Thank you very much to all of you, wherever you are, I hope you enjoyed your visit 🙂

Moreover… it’s my birthday tomorrow! To thank you all for your support I am giving away my “Alex granny square” pattern for free for 24 hours, starting at midnight CET. It’s going to be available on Ravelry only with code “SCDbdaySALE” at this link: http://bit.ly/1z3sEUS

So, the last 10 days have been pretty good, although I have been feeling poorly through the whole past weekend, which on the other hand meant lots of time to knit and crochet! lol

As I had anticipaed, I visited Venice 🙂 I had only been there once more than ten years ago, so I was happy to visit the city with different eyes. Here are some pics for you to enjoy 🙂 I must admit that I liked it much more than the first time I went there, and the weather was so nice!

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There so many tourists and the streets were packed, so we decided to spend most of out rime in a quarter called Dorsoduro, which is not so touristic and much more authentic, so most of the pics were taken there.

I have also already received my birthday present and I am enjoing playing with it like a crazy crocheter… a yarn winder! I’ve been compulsively making yarn cakes at least for the past 3 days… lol

 

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I have completed the raglan part in my sweather and I am currently knitting the body, while I’m at square 84 of my Confetti baby blanket, but the weather is horrible and it’s impossible to get nice pictures, so you’ll get an update in my next post! BTW… going to Berlin soon! I can’t wait!

Be happy!

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bye september – hello october!

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Hi everyone!
How are you? I’ve been very busy with work again, I have so many deadlines, papers to write, conferences to attend… I definitely would like to have a break, and indeed I am going to Venice for the weekend! I’ve been there only once, and many years ago, so I’m eager to visit the city again and spend a couple of days just relaxing and wandering about.

So, September is over… it was definitely a good one 🙂 Yay for October! Only 12 more days to my birthday!

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I haven’t crocheted/knitted much lately, but I have managed to reach square #61 on my Confetti baby blanket! It’s going to look great once it is finished, and I hope to have enough yarn left to make a super cool and wide border. So… 69 squares left, though I’m using 13 yarn colours it’s getting hard to find new colour combos and not repeat any 🙂

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I’ve also started knitting my pullover/tunic/dress (don’t know yet) with the purple yarn. I am using seed stitch for the front and back, and stockinette stitch for the sleeves. I think I am going to change to st st for the whole garment at some point. This is where I’ve got by now, it’s about 5-6 cm, but I’m only wotking on it during lunch breaks.

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I have actually taken inspiration from a pattern I saw on ravelty (not free, sorry). Here it is, just in case you are curious:

Harrison

I totally adore her choice to knit it in yellow!

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