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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Thank you for looking 🙂

 

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!

Pattern of the week: thinking of… a crochet chain necklace!

You have surely seen them around.

I have spotted many of them in retail stores, as well as on Instagram… chain necklaces with crochet details!

I must admit that I totally love the idea and I’d be eager to give it a try!

I am sharing 2 patterns, one of them is in Dutch, but definitely straight forward if you want to get an idea of the process behind it.

Enjoy!

ps: I have decided to make my blog bilingual (english and italian) as much as possible 🙂 i hope you won’t mind!

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Sicuramente le avete già viste in giro.

A me è capitato di vederne in alcuni negozi di moda, ma ce ne sono un sacco anche su internet e su Instagram… collane a catena con inserti fatti all’uncinetto!

A me piacciono tantissimo e mi piacerebbe provare a farne qualcuna!

Condivido due pattern, uno dei quali è in olandese, ma è comunque facile capire il procedimento anche solo guardando le foto.

Divertitevi!

DIY: Crochet Chain Necklaces

by Miss P.

This pattern is not from ravelry, but you can access it here: http://bit.ly/14LLRZY

Crochet chain necklace

picture by Ravelry User “margotta”

Greta Stitch – Photo tutorial

I have been asked by some people lately, to provide a better explanation of the Greta Stitch I used for my Greta’s Blankie Pattern, which I have posted on this blog some years back already.

Therefore I have decided to write photo tutorial 🙂

The stitch is actually not difficult itself, but I understand that reading a written pattern can get tricky somehow, so i hope this will help.

Here is the stitch I am talking about

"Greta stitch"... Photo tutorial coming soon!

As you can maybe already notice, it is nothing else than a 3dctog (3 double crochet stitches worked together), which repeatedly worked on the wrong and right side produce this kind of wavy pattern.
Using a relatively think yarn and a hook slightly bigger than it would call for, will also give to the end product this soft and “spongy” look.

In this case, I have worked a yarn that calls for a 3-4 mm hook, with a 6 mm hook instead.

Now, on to the photo tutorial. You will find two kinds of directions, since the first row (after the foundation chain) is worked differently than the rest of the pattern.

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below and I will get back to you asap!

Greta Stitch photo tutorial

GRETA STITCH

by Giulia Pezzi

PATTERN IS WORKED ON A MULTIPLE OF 3 PLUS 2

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 1

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

yarn over, insert hook into 3rd chain from hook

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

yarn over, insert hook into *GS* cluster from the previous row

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 2

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

yarn over

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

yarn over

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 3

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

pull up a loop

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

pull up a loop

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 4

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

yarn over, pull yarn through 2 loops

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

yarn over, pull yarn through 2 loops

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 5

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

2 loops left on hook

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

2 loops left on hook

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 6

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

Repeat steps 1-4 inserting hook in the next chain, 3 loops left on hook

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

Repeat steps 1-4, 3 loops left on hook

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 7

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

Repeat steps 1-4 once more, inserting hook in the next chain, 4 loops left on hook

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

Repeat steps 1-4 once more, 4 loops left on hook

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 8

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

yarn over, pull yarn through all 4 loops, chain 1

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

yarn over, pull yarn through all 4 loops, chain 1

psssss! if you click on the pictures you will get redirected to a bigger version on Flickr! enjoy! 😀