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 ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ˜›

Now on to the temperature blanket crochet pattern!

 

Abbreviations :ย 

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 1ย 

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 2ย 

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 dcย  + 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 3ย 

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]

repeatย  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 ?ย 

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!

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 NEEDย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Moreover… it’s my birthday tomorrow! To thank you all for your support I am giving away my “Alex granny square” pattern forย free for 24 hours, starting at midnight CET. It’s going to be available on Ravelry only with code “SCDbdaySALE” at this link:ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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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Let the sun shine!

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Hello my dearest!

How has summer been there where you live? Here in Italy it was pretty awful weather-wise… It’s been raining a lot and almost everyday since june, and it’s been cold as well. Surprisingly, September has been quite good so far! Last sunday the sun was shining and we had almost 30ยฐC, and this week was very nice, though much chillier, especially in the mornings. Let’s hope that it will hold a bit longer, because I haven’t been able to sit in my garden for weeks now, since it has turned into a real swamp, to the point that I’ve spotted a dragonfly the other day! lol

I took a chance to finally enjoy the sun yesterday and I’ve been crocheting a bit in the garden. My Confetti blanket is growing slowly but constantly ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve reached 51 squares (out of planned 130) and I think it’s looking great, I love all those colours! I’m already thinking of what edging could go with it, probably something quite plain, since the granny squares are so “rich” already. What do you suggest?

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I’ve also been cooking quite a lot lately. I love cooking, but since I live on my own I don’t get to cook much just for myself. I have a real passion for making jams and maramalades though, and last week I’ve made peaches jam for the first time ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve often made cherries, strawberries, plums, oranges… so I wanted to try something new. I must say that this is one of the best jams I’ve ever made, it tastes soooo good! I can share the recipe if anyone is curious ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s a picture of the vases while they were cooling down ๐Ÿ™‚ I guess you can tell it’s good when the colour is nice, can’t you?

 

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I’ve also been drying chili peppers… we’ll see how it goes. I have a huge plant in my garden, but due to the terrible weather we had all over summer, this is all we got out of it, unluckily.

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Last but not least… It was Formula 1 Gran Prix last Sunday here in Monza, and I went seeing it for the first time in my life ๐Ÿ™‚ I enjoyed it so much, it’s been like a giant party!

My brother and I were rooting for Ferrari, of course, but it didn’t win, too bad ๐Ÿ™‚

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So how was your week?

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#crochetmoodblanket2014… catching up!

After much thinking and calculating I have realized that with the 54 squares I had planned to make I would have ended up with a *way* too small blanket… sigh! if you make a blanket, you might want to sneggle into it, no having to pull each corner hoping to fit in, don’t you?
On the other hand, I don’t need a double bed blanket. I MIGHT need one in the future, but definitely not in the next couple of years (unless I don’t meet mr Right and decide to marry straight away, but that seems unlikely!).
So I have decided to do what suits me best, which is I’m going to make 1 square a day until the blanket reaches the desired size and after one project is completed, I will start another. This way I should be able to make several smaller blankets in one year, which I’m planning to give away as presents to family and friends, or which eventually I’m going to sell.
I don’t know if I kind of “killed” the original prompt, but this way it sounds just like so much more fun! ๐Ÿ™‚
I had only made 4 squares when I took this decision, which means I have lots of catching up ahead of me! I have managed to get to 20 squares already, so I’m still missing 8 as of today… I hope I’ll be all caught up by the end of the week, so I can start with february just in time.
BTW, the blanket is now going to have 70 squares now!

#crochetmoodblanket2014 catching up!

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The “Carnivorous” blanket

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Ok, Ok, the name I gave to this blanket is a bit odd, but it came to my mind while reading “Life of Pi” a couple of weeks ago. I’m not going to go further into details in case someone hasn’t read the book or watched the film, but yes, this blanket has a literary background, lol

Anyway, I have recently found myself almost sinking in stash yarn, or to better say, in yarn leftovers. I have been crocheting many blankets in the past years, and I rarely get to use up ALL the yarn I buy, so it started piling up at some point. Therefore I decided to make a blanket, or a lapghan, or a bed throw… I am not sure about the categorization cause I haven’t actually set on a finished size, I’ll just go on until I have yarn left. AND, most importantly, I have decided I am not going to buy any new yarn for it, so if I ever run out of it, I’m simply going to wait until get some more leftovers, with the only exception of black, since it’s the joining colour.
But why “carnivorous”? Well, do you know of all those half finished projects, those tests, those swatches which seem to lay aroudn forever and never get looked at agin? Well, I’ve been patiently frogging them all and using them up again ๐Ÿ™‚ So basically I am crocheting a blanket and feeding it with other projects! lol

But now, on to more interesting details!

pattern is…

flower in a square

byย Sucrette

it’s super easy and doesn’t require too much counting, so you can just go on with your crocheting while watching TV. (always a plus, if you ask me).
As I said I didn’t make up a scheme, but I counted that to get a decent size blanket I’ll need to make AT LEAST 300 squares… lol
here are some pics for you to enjoy. How to you like it? I have joined about 120 squares so far ๐Ÿ™‚

I guess my inspiration might be back ;)

The "carnivorous" blanket
Here my cat was testing it and I think it passed ๐Ÿ™‚

The carnivorous blanket
Square #100!

The "carnivorous" blanket

The "carnivorous" blanket

I’m joining as I go… best invention ever, esp when you have 300+ squares ahead of you!
So this blanket is basically the reason why I am doing 52 squares for the crochetmoodblanket2014. I figured I would end up leaving one behind, and so far so good!

If you’re on Ravelry, you can see my project page HERE.

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CrochetMoodBlanket2014 – Week 2

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Hi everyone and happy sunday!
I’m trying to hold on to my resolution and post at least once a week. Luckily the CrochetMoodBlanket project will help me ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve had a super busy week. I started working again on jan 7th, and it’s been incredibly hectic ever since. The upcoming week will be even worse, so yay! Bless crochet ๐Ÿ˜€

I finally had the time to go buying yarn on Wednesday though. I really wanted to buy yarn in okra7curry colour, i had seen it earlier in September, but didn’t seem to be a suitable for a baby blanket I had to make, so I thought I’d leave it for something else, BUT! The yarn is apparently sold out! Sigh… i had already figured the blanket in my head, it was a bit hard to change direction.
I’ll show you my yarn colours next time, just to have a bit of suspance… lol

So here is my square for week 2. I have decided to use orange because it is a colour that often makes me feel nervous and uncomfortable. Since it is supposed to be a mood based blanket, I figured i might have felt somewhat like that during the year.

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As you can see, I also decided to join squares as I go. I actually think I invented a new joining method. Has anyone seen anything like that and can point me to a tutorial? i can’t really imagine no one thought I doing something similar yet, so before I write down a tutorial I’d like to make sure that it doesn’t exist yet ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Well, i guess that’s enough for today ๐Ÿ™‚ See you next week with square #3… and maybe a tutorial, lol
I have so many other projects and wip’s to show you, actually!

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CrochetMoodBlanket2014

Hi everyone and happy new year!
I know I have been a bad blogger and neglected you all for a long time, but life’s been hectic and complicated lately ๐Ÿ™‚ Blogging more often was definitely one of my new year’s resolutions, so here I am!

This year’s first post is dedicated to a crochet-a-long project called CrochetMoodBlanket2014… has anyone heard of it yet? or maybe is any of you participating? I’d love to know!
The rules are pretty simple: you’re supposed to crochet a granny square a day (or hexagon, or whatever shape you like) for a whole year, picking colours/patterns according to your mood that day. As a variation, you can crochet a square a week. At the end of year 2014 you should end up with a blanket that represents your year in a nice and creative way, either made of 365 or 52 squares. How nice is that?
The idea came from mummy_stacey on Instagram (check out her feed for more infos!) and thousands of people from all over the world have joined in less than a week.

Since I am already busy with a 300+ squares project (more details about that in another post), I decided to go for the 52 squares blanket. Actually 54, since 52 is a weird number, so I’ll make a 6×9 lapghan, which always comes in handy ๐Ÿ™‚

Picking a pattern, I must admit, was the hardest part! each time I would make my mind up about something, I’d see another pattern that looked more appealing! lol But in the end I have decided to go for something vintage looking, and – surprise – not as colourful as usual.

Retro Circles Blanket

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I have been experimenting with colours and hook sizes because I needed to finish with a blanket of a decent size and with only 54 squares it is not to be taken for granted! As for colours… well, I haven’t bought any new yarn yet, but I’m surely going for neutral colours, maybe okra, orange and dark green, with a beige edging.

Here is my square for Week 1. I’m so so happy with it! When my fave yarn store re-opens on jan 7th I’m definitely going to get me all the yarn I need! I can’t wait, I hate being on a yarn diet.

BTW, if someone else is participating and is a member of Instagram, feel free to friend me and I’ll friend you back! I’m sakuraxdreaming.

I’ll do my best to update this blog weekly about this project ๐Ÿ˜‰