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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