Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Square Motif Pattern 100514B

by M. J. Joachim




Step 1: Chain 4, join with a slip stitch to 1st chain to make a ring

Step 2: Chain 1, make 16 sc in center of ring; join with a slip stitch to 1st sc in round

Step 3: Chain 4 (counts as 1st stitch); make (1 dc + chain 1) in each sc around; join with a slip stitch to 3rd chain of 1st chain 4 in round

Step 4: Slip stitch in next chain 1 space; chain 4

Step 5: Make a triple crochet cluster (tr cl) in same space

Triple Crochet Cluster
a. yo (twice)
b. insert hook in space
c. yo, draw up a loop
d. yo, draw through 2 loops (twice)
Repeat Steps a - d until you have 10 loops on your hook
e. yo, draw through all 10 loops on hook, chain 1 to secure cluster

Step 6: Chain 3, make (1 tr + chain 1) in next 2 chain 1 spaces; make 1 tr in following chain 1 space

Step 7: Chain 3, make 1 tr cl in next chain 1 space

Repeat Steps 6 & 7 around, ending with chain 3 and joining with a slip stitch to top of 1st tr cl

Step 8: Chain 3, make (1 dc + chain 2 + 1 dc in same space

Step 9: Chain 1, make 7 dc in 2nd tr from hook

Step 10: Chain 1, make corner (2 dc + chain 2 + 2 dc) in top of next tr cl

Repeat Steps 9 & 10 around, ending with chain 1 and joining with a slip stitch to top of 1st chain 3 in round

Step 11: Slip stitch into next dc and next chain 2 space; chain 4 and repeat Step 5 in chain 2 space (beg. tr cl mad in corner)

Step 12: Skip 2 dc at corner; chain 3; make (1 tr + chain 1) in each of next 6 dc; make 1 tr in las dc of 7 dc from previous round

Step 13: Chain 3, make tr cl in next chain 2 space at corner

Repeat Steps 12 & 13 around, ending with chain 3 and joining with a slip stitch to top of 1st cluster

Step 14: Chain 1, make 3 sc in same space

Step 15: Make 3 sc in next chain 3 space; make 1 sc in next tr

Step 16: Chain 2, make 1 sc in next tr (6 times)

Step 17: Make 3 sc in next chain 3 space and 3 sc in top of next tr cl

Step 18: Slip stitch into next sc; chain 3, make (1 dc + chain 1 + 2 dc) in same stitch

Step 19: Skip 1 sc, make 1 dc in each of next 4 sc

Step 20: Chain 2, make 1 dc in each sc (6 times)

Step 21: Make 1 dc in each of next 3 sc; skip 1 sc, make corner (2 dc + chain 1 + 2 dc) in next sc

Repeat Steps 19 - 21 around, ending by joining with a slip stitch to top of 1st chain 3 in round

Step 22: Slip stitch into next dc and chain 1 space; chain 4

Step 23: Make (1 tr + chain 1 + 2 tr) in same corner space

Step 24: Skip next 2 dc; make (chain 1 + 1 tr) in each of the next 13 dc

Step 25: Chain 1, make corner (2 tr + chain 1 + 2 tr) in next chain 1 space

Repeat Steps 24 & 25 around, ending with chain 1 and joining to top chain of 1st chain 4 in round

Note: The clusters tend to make this square bunch up a bit when working it. Once you relax the stitches by steaming or blocking it, it will lay flat.

Thanks so much for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches today. I hope you enjoy this new pattern. Please note that this is an original pattern and design. Links to my posts are highly encouraged, but copying content from here is strictly forbidden. All patterns posted are for your pleasure and personal use only.

M. J.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Square Motif Pattern 100514A and Thanks a Million!

by M. J. Joachim


It all started as an original book of crocheted squares I was writing, which I hoped to publish and share with all of you. That was last fall; my hopes were to finish the book by the end of the year which came and went in a hurry, a bit of a flurry and to put it mildly was all rather blurry. Kids moving out, kids moving in - life has been busier than I ever had planned.

One of those days in the last two months when I found a moment to log in and check my blogs, I noticed this blog had reached more than a million page views. I smiled. Tears filled my eyes. I sighed about the book I’ve been working on for you, the one that needs so much more time before being ready to publish. I scratched my head and for a few weeks mulled over what to do.

I can’t hold out on all of you amazing followers any longer. The book will be dismantled. The original patterns will be turned into blog posts for you. It’s part of my personal philosophy anyway, you know, the one that says, “Don’t hold out on your friends. Follow the path of least resistance and trust your heart to let love lead the way.”

And now without further ado, here’s the very first pattern.

Square Motif Pattern 100514A (©2015 All Rights Reserved)

Step 1: Chain 4, make 1 sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each of next 2 chain stitches

Step 2: Chain 1, turn; make 1 sc in 1st stitch and 1 sc in each of next 2 stitches

[Repeat Step 2 one more time]

Step 3: Chain 4 (counts as chain 1 + 1 dc), make 1 dc in 1st chain of chain 4

Step 4: Chain 1, make 2 more dc in same stitch

{Note: Steps 3 & 4 make first corner}

Step 5: Chain 2; slip stitch into next corner of sc from steps 1 & 2

[Repeat Steps 3 & 4 to make next corner; Repeat Step 5 (2 more times) to make all 4 corners of square, ending with chain 2 and slip stitching to bottom of chain of 1st chain 4]

Step 6: Slip stitch around 1st chain 4; chain 3, make 1 dc around same chain 3

Step 7: Chain 1, make (2 dc + chain 1 + 2 dc) in next chain 1 space

Step 8: Chain 1, make 2 dc in next chain 2 space

Step 9: Chain 1, make 2 dc around next chain 3

[Repeat Steps 7 - 9 around, ending with chain 1 (omitting last 2 dc in Step 9), and slip stitching to top of 1st chain 3 in round

Step 10: Chain 3, make 1 dc in next dc; chain 2, make (2 dc + chain 1 + 2 dc) in chain 1 space of next corner

Step 11: Chain 2, make 1 dc in each of 3rd & 4th dc from hook, followed by 1 dc in each of next 2 dc

Step 12: Chain 2, make (2 dc + chain 1 + 2 dc) in chain 1 space of next corner

[Repeat Steps 11 & 12 around, ending with 1 dc in each of the 3rd & 4th dc from hook, and joining with a slip stitch to top chain of 1st chain 3 in round]

Step 13: Chain 3, make 1 dc in next dc

Step 14: Chain 3, single crochet in next chain 2 space, chain 3

Step 15: Make corner (2 dc + chain 1 + 2 dc) in chain 1 space of next corner

Step 16: Repeat Step 14; make 1 dc in each of next 4 dc

[Repeat Steps 14 - 16 around, ending with 1 dc in each of last 2 dc from previous round; join with a slip stitch to top chain of 1st chain 3 in round.

Finish off.

This blog wouldn’t be what it is without all of you, so thank you for being such amazing followers, people who have encouraged and inspired me every step of the way!

M. J.

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