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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Like it? Comment and share the crochet love!

Thank you for looking πŸ™‚

 

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 πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ˜›

Now on to the temperature blanket crochet pattern!

 

Abbreviations :Β 

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 1Β 

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 2Β 

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 dcΒ  + 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 3Β 

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]

repeatΒ  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 ?Β 

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!

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 πŸ™‚ 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

byΒ 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 πŸ™‚

I guess my inspiration might be back ;)

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

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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

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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

picture byΒ IfYouSaySoΒ Β Flickr

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 πŸ˜‰

Pattern of the week: thinking of… tiles!

Hi everyone!

Sorry for the quite long break… I’ve been as usual very busy with woking and studying, and most of all, I’m extremely tired 😦 but I’m finally going on holidays in 10 days or so… yay! I am most probably going to visit Barcelona, in Spain. It will be fun!

Has anyone of you been there? It’s going to be my first time visiting mainland Spain actually. Do you maybe have any yarn/craft stores in the area to recommend? Tips? things that can’t be missed? If so, please let me know! i’d love to hear about that.

Anyway, the upcoming holiday has finally put me in a crocheting mood again. I have also sold a couple of baby blankets in the past 2 weeks, so i’ll have to make something new for my Etsy store. i have been looking for inspirational patterns and came across this one. I had actually been looking for a *free* pattern for something similar for ages, so yay! I am going to buy some new yarn in the next days, i have already picked some palettes, but not a pattern. i will surprise you with some new pattern πŸ˜‰

And now, on to this week’s pattern!

Cascade Afghan

byΒ Craft Yarn Council of America

 

A simple pattern that actually creates a textured effect which reminds me of mosaics and coloured tiles! I am definitely loving it and it looks nice just in any colour combination!

here are some more examples taken from Ravelry

 

by ElinElla

 

by dahlofwool

So how do you like it?

a new baby blanket and Ishbel 2.1

Hi everyone!

Long time no see! Not much going on here actually, I am just mainly working an studying. It’s been extremely warm here lately, so I’ve also taken a chance to travel a bit around during the weekeneds and search for a more comfortable temperature.

Knit/crochet-wise, I have finally started working again on some projects. First, I have started a baby blanket which is a custom order due in october. It’s a solid colour blanket… I am not sure I am liking the outcome so far though. What do you think? It’s not that I don’t like it… i was just feeling like trying some new granny square patterns, but we already had selected a solid colour yarn, so i’ll have to go with it. Pattern is Greta’s Blankie πŸ™‚

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Moreover, I was feeling like knitting lately, so i decided to give a third try at the Ishbel pattern, by Ysolda Teague. I have frogged the one I had made a while back, cause it turned out to be too small (see this post) and my cat had destroyed part of it, and i have started it all over. i have now picked the bigger size and i have finished the first lace pattern repeat.

It’s a bit hard to photograph cause it is curling a bit, but here is a picture I took some days ago. In the meantime i already came to the orange/brown shade. i love love love self striping yarn!

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I am planning to go buying some new colourful yarn soon. I actually can’t wait for the cold season to start crocheting regularly again! I hope to get new custom orders in soon, they are my fave ones, it’s a nice feeling when you can make a customer happy πŸ™‚

baby blanket “try again”

A friend of mine asked me to make him a baby blanket, since one of his best friends is having a baby soon.

I had a lot of grey wool, so i decided to go for an easy patter with a nice texture. I usually make very colourful blankets cause i am a colour freak and I secretly wish i could keep them all for myself (lol), so this time I though I’d go out of my comfort zone and try something classy πŸ™‚

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First of all, I decided it would be a knit blanket, to do something different from the usual πŸ™‚ I started knitting on one of the fist warm and sunny days in may and I chose the seed stitch, which gave a nicely textured yet “squishy” effect.

I had to put the project by side for a couple of weeks though, cause I was busy studying for my PhD defensio. The nigh before the big day I started working on it again so I could relax a bit… I ended up knitting some 25 cm of it in total… It was looking so nice!

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BUT the day after I woke up to a not-so-nice surprise… Sissi, my devilish kitty and actually the *real* craftykitty, had managed to open the sealed bag I had stored my project in and had been playing with it the whole night, creating a series of holes, loopy strands and overall making a mess out of it.

I know all pets’ parents believe that their animals are special, but believe me… mine is VERY special. She is a real wool lover, to the extent that I have to buy skeins specifically for her, so that she can play with them without ruining mines. Anyhow, she won’t accept them if I just give them to her… she doesn’t want HER skeins, she wants MINES! So i need to set up all kind of possible situations where she can steal the skein from me, though it’s actually meant for her. I would usually knit or crochet a couple of rows and leave the skein freely moving on the floor so that it catches her attention. Moreover, she only likes 100% wool yarn… blends or acryclic are no option for her, she wants the expensive stuff!

Say “Hi” to my small moster! πŸ™‚ look at those eyes… clearly craving for mum’s wool! lol

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Anyway, It took me a week to overcome the trauma and finally frog that poor thing which once was going to be a blanket, cut ruined yarn strands and try to save as much of it as possible…

I have now started crocheting a new blanket. I was looking for a pattern I hadn’t tried yet and I came across this one, which looks pretty neat and is definitely an easy one:

Baby Blanket

And here is my version… I’m loving the texture and using a hook size 6 (J) Β it’s also working up pretty fast!

I wanted to crochet the edging in a different colour though, as in the original pattern, but I can’t decide which colour! What do you suggest? it’s going to be for a baby boy πŸ™‚

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