TUTTI FRUTTI SQUARE JOINING
The Tutti Frutti Square Joining is the 2nd last part – where we join each of the 9 squares made in my Mystery Make Along.
Join me in the magical, surprise crochet journey of a mystery make along (MMAL) which is a similar to a crochet along (CAL). The difference is that you do not know what the end project will look like. The Tutti Frutti Baby Blanket is made up of small, fun to make squares, that will then be joined together and with a border added.
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I have had to change my main colour from green to blue because I am not able to purchase more of the green yarn due to my county being in lock down and so I am using up what I have in my stash. You can continue using the same colours or you can add colours.
MMAL STARTS THE 1 APRIL 2020
Size initial square: is approximately 16 x 16 cm / 6.2 x 6.2 inches
Size after adding border to square: is approximately 25.5 x 25.5 cm / 10 x 10 inches
Skill: confident beginner/intermediate
What you will crochet: joining the 9 squares
- 50 g Kartopu Baby One (A) – I managed to find some more green
- 3.5 mm hook (4.5 mm hook)
- Sewing needle
You are welcome to make the pattern in any yarn however depending on the yarn and your tension the size of the finished item may vary from mine.
NOTES & TIPS
- My pattern uses US terminology
- Crochet skill level – easy/confident beginners (and if you struggle there are photo tutorials to help you)
- I have also included helpful hints along the way which are in italics
- There are also links to photo tutorials for special stitches and techniques
- Use your stitch marker as often as you can, to help with stitch counting
- And lastly, COUNT your stitches and have loads of FUN
- Please note that this pattern has not been tested so if you find a typo or an error please let me know so I can correct it.
|Back post double crochet||bpdc||Yarn over and insert hook from back to front and then front to back around the post of the stitch you are working in from the row below. Yarn over and draw up a loop (you will have 3 loops on your hook), yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through 2 loops.|
|Chain||ch||Yarn over, pull through.|
|Half double crochet||hdc||Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through three loops.|
|Needle join||nj||When you have finished your last stitch, do not join instead cut the yarn and pull it right through the last stitch. Using a needle, insert into both loops of the first actual stitch of the same round or row. Go back into the back loop only of the last stitch of the round or row, and gently tighten the join, and it will form a “loop” on top of the stitch and look just like a regular stitch. Link to my tutorial.|
|Repeat||rep||Repeat the stitches between *.* the required number of times.|
|Slip stitch||ss||Insert hook, yarn over, pull through both stitch and loop on hook.|
|Space/s||sp/s||The space between the stitches.|
|Stitch/es||st/s||The stitch itself.|
|Standing half double crochet||Link to my tutorial|
Tutti Frutti Square Joining
PATTERN – TUTTI FRUTTI SQUARE JOINING
Repeat this border around each of the 9 squares already made.
Using colour (A) yarn join in any ch corner.
*[hdc, ch 2, hdc], bpdc around next 38 sts*, rep *.* 3 more times, ss into 1st st, cut yarn, weave in ends.
Stitch count: 38 bpdc per row
Corner count: hdc, ch 2, hdc
Joining – using a 4.5 mm hook
Helpful hint: I went up an entire hook size when I joined the squares which prevents the sides from pulling. Slip stitches tend to pull tight.
I joined my squares in the following order – but you can join in any order you like:
I joined my squares using the flat zipper or flat slip stitch join method but you can use which ever method you prefer. If you would like to use the join I used, which lies nice and flat, you can find a photo tutorial here or you can watch a YouTube tutorial here.
JOIN VERTICALLY FIRST
I attached squares 1 and 8 together first, then added squares 2 and 9, then added squares 7 and 6 – first vertical join, then I attached squares 8 and 4, then squares 9 and 3 and finally squares 6 and 5 – second vertical join.
Pull the slip stitch loop through both loops
With the working end of your yarn underneath your work, pull the loop on your hook slightly so that it is a bit loose
Continue until you get to the next two squares, place them side by side
JOIN HORIZONTALLY SECOND
Turn your work so that squares 4, 3 and 5 are closest to you, then attach squares 4 and 3, then 8 and 9, then squares 1 and 2 – first horizontal join, then attach squares 3 and 5, then squares 9 and 6 and lastly squares 2 and 7 – second horizontal join.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU JOIN THE SQUARES HORIZONTALLY
For questions and sharing your progress making your Tutti Frutti Square Border Part 2 which is part of the Mystery Make Along Tutti Frutti Baby Blanket:
We will be making the border next week, which is the last part of the MMAL, I am having such fun and I hope you are too – I have no idea what the border will look like yet, will just pick up the yarn and the hook and see where it takes me.
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