#CIJParty 2015 – Tutorial: Motif Blanket

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

“Tutorial For Join As You Go Motif Blanket” – Becky Simmons from fantisticmio

Introduction

Crocheters love making motifs. Joining them together, however, is a whole other story! In this tutorial you will learn a way to take a join-as-you-go method and apply it continuously. Not only is this a quick and easy way to join motifs together, it cuts down on the number of ends you’ll have to weave in!

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In this picture you can see the difference between regular join-as-you-go and the continuous method we will be covering today:

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Please note: this tutorial assumes you already know how to join-as-you-go granny squares.

Materials Used

This tutorial is geared specifically to traditional granny squares, but the technique can be used with any join-as-you-go technique.

Tutorial Directions

The first thing you need to do is decide on a layout for your squares. Here is a layout of 6 squares with a schematic for a general overview of what we’ll be doing:

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Take the square from the top right corner and crochet around three sides:

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Take the square that goes *below* that corner square and put it next to the square you were just working with. Work 3dc into the corner of the second square:

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Now rotate that second square up and join it along that side to the first square:

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Crochet around two more sides of this second square:

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Continue adding squares down the column by repeating how you added the second square.

The last square of the column is slightly different! Only crochet along one more edge after the joining edge:

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Take the first square at the bottom of the second column and put it next to the last square of the first column. 3dc into the corner:

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Rotate the new square so that you can join that edge to the previous square. When you get to the corner of the square you’re working on, work 3dc in the corner, ch1, slip stitch to the adjacent space, or in this case since they line up, around the join of the adjacent two squares:

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ch1, then take the next square up in the second column and start joining it to the previous column:

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Do this with all of the squares in the second column so that you end up with something like this:

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It’s time to finish the edging on the second column now, which will work almost exactly the same way as the first column.

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Go all the way around the first square. When you reach the spot where four squares meet, ch1, join to the square directly across from the one you’re edging with a slst in the corner space, ch1, then start edging/joining the next square.

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Continue in this manner until all of your squares are joined.

All that will be left is to work across the bottom and up the right side of the blanket.

There are a few ways to do this to get it to look “normal”. I tried a few of them before settling on “3dc in the corner of the first square, ch1, sc between the edging on the two squares, ch1, 3dc in the corner of the next square”:

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Conclusion

I like to work a second round of edging (as each of the internal squares looks like it has two rounds of edging), and when I get to the bottom and right edge, I work a group of 3dc into the sc.

Here is the blanket before the extra outside border:

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Here it is with an extra round:

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The difference is subtle, but I like it!

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