Welcome to the final installment of the Patchwork Mystery CAL! This is the rewarding light at the end of the tunnel, such a satisfying feeling coming to the end of a big project! I am still so very grateful that I had the opportunity to come together with an amazing group of designers to bring you all such wonderful project! This week the designers will share how they joined and bordered their squares. It is completely up to you on how you would like to finish your project. You can use one of the designs provided by us, get creative and make up your own or a combination of the two. Show us all the creativity, we want to see it!I had a really hard time deciding on a join for my squares. I searched through blogs and books for inspiration. I tried at least a dozen and actually joined ALL OF THEM once before changing my mind and frogging it all! I wanted something simple that created a bold frame between each square. I choose to use my darkest colour of the three, the end result reminds me of picture frames show casing each square.
To start with I added two rows to each square before joining them. The first row is simple single crochet around, the second row is half double crochet around. If any of your squares are not 38 sts per side, the single crochet round is a good time to increase or decrease a stitch or two to easily correct your stitch count.
Once you have the two rounds added to each square you are ready to join your squares. I like to lay out my squares and rearrange them a few times to see what looks best. My hubby has a good eye for symmetry and balance so I thankfully have his help too!
To finally join my squares, I hold the squares with the wrong side facing each other and using a darning needle whip stitch in the 3rd loop of the half double crochet round. The result is a double knit-like stitch, that creates a frame around each square. In the corners, I whip stitched the chain stitches to close any gaps in the intersections.
Once all of the squares are joined, its time to add the final details to tie everything together. I knew from the get go I wanted the border to be simple, to emphasize the beautiful squares and not take away from them with too much detail. I loved the look created with the 3rd loop join and wanted the border to incorporate the same concept. The first 2 rounds are worked in the 3rd loop to achieve the look. After that, each row is simply single crochet incorporating simple colour changes to create a stripe. I finished off the last row with crab stitch, it really makes the edge look neat, tidy and complete.
Find pattern abbreviations in this post.
Add 2 rounds to each square.
Rnd 1: Sl st to join in a corner space, sc in ch space, *sc in each st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in the corner ch space,* rep from * around, on the last round sc in the the ch space, ch 2, sl st to join the the first st. (40 sts per side)
Rnd 2: ch 2, hdc in the same st, *sc in each st around, (hdc, ch 2, hdc) in the corners* rep from * around. (42 sts per side)
Hold the squares with wrong sides facing, whip stitch in the 3rd loop of the hdc sts to sew the squares together.
For the first round, a stitch is worked in each sts and ch space – although it is not imperative that your stitch count is exact so don’t fret if it’s off by a sts or two.
Start with your colour A (dark blue).
Rnd 1: Sl st to join in a corner space, *hdc in the 3rd loop of each st and each ch space, (hdc, ch 2, hdc) in the corners,* rep from * around, join to the first st (132 sts on the short sides, 176 sts on the long sides)
Rnd 2: ch 1, sc in the third loop of each st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in the corners,* rep from * around, join to the first st (134 sts/178 sts)
Note: If you want a really simple boarder, you could stop here with just two rows, as shown in photo below.
Rnd 3: ch 1, sc in each st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in the corners,* rep from * around, join to the first st (136 sts/180 sts)
Rnd 4: with colour B (med blue), rep row 3 (138 sts/182 sts)
Rnd 5: with colour A (dark blue), rep row 3 (140 sts/184 sts)
Rnd 6: with colour C (light blue), rep row 3 (142 sts/186 sts)
Rnd 7: with colour A (dark blue), rep row 3 (144 sts/188 sts)
Rnd 8: with colour B (med blue), rep row 3 (146 sts/190 sts)
Rnd 9: with colour A (dark blue), rep row 3 (148 sts/192 sts)
Rnd 10: with colour A (dark blue), reverse sc in each sts, 2 stst in the corners, sl st to join, FO, weave in ends.
There you have it, mission complete! I couldn’t resist sharing a picture of my favorite littles snuggled up in my labor of love! I want to give a huge thank you to everyone who participated in the Patchwork Mystery CAL project, the makers and designers! It was an incredible experience, making new crochet friends, learning so much and sharing my love of yarn with you all. Head over to our Facebook group to see the Patchwork Blanket in an array of different colours. If the Patchwork Mystery CAL is new to you, you can find the links to all the patterns over HERE. Once the CAL is over, the free Patterns will stay up on our blogs for you to enjoy. Thanks again everyone for the support, we all greatly appreciate it!
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