Month: January 2016

Crochet Motif – Melissa Square

Melissa Square Related Links Vibrant Vintage main info page (2016) Quick-download Vibrant Vintage Blanket PDF (Etsy) – The entire VVCAL 33-squares collection, condensed and updated for clarity, in a tidy 20-page PDF, along with my preferred joining method and the updated wide lace VVCAL border. Yes, all of these patterns are available separately for free linked below, but the updated and condensed printable PDF has everything for the Vibrant Vintage Blanket in one easy-to-print place for a small fee of $4. (Includes charts and written instruction.) You may also find this PDF on Craftsy, if you prefer. VVCAL Ravelry ebook – Neat photos of all 33 squares, each with a link to its blog post. Favorite the patterns, add them to your queue, see others’ projects, and more! VVCAL Facebook Group – Vibrant Vintage CAL (official) My main FB group – CypressTextiles Tree Huggers This CAL has been rebooted! (2018) Here is a link to the VVCAL Reboot Main info page. Have fun! Those squares coordinate with these. Go wild! Recommended Yarns Try this CAL …

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Crochet Motif – Darlene Square

Darlene Square Related Links Vibrant Vintage main info page (2016) Quick-download Vibrant Vintage Blanket PDF (Etsy) – The entire VVCAL 33-squares collection, condensed and updated for clarity, in a tidy 20-page PDF, along with my preferred joining method and the updated wide lace VVCAL border. Yes, all of these patterns are available separately for free linked below, but the updated and condensed printable PDF has everything for the Vibrant Vintage Blanket in one easy-to-print place for a small fee of $4. (Includes charts and written instruction.) You may also find this PDF on Craftsy, if you prefer. VVCAL Ravelry ebook – Neat photos of all 33 squares, each with a link to its blog post. Favorite the patterns, add them to your queue, see others’ projects, and more! VVCAL Facebook Group – Vibrant Vintage CAL (official) My main FB group – CypressTextiles Tree Huggers This CAL has been rebooted! (2018) Here is a link to the VVCAL Reboot Main info page. Have fun! Those squares coordinate with these. Go wild! Recommended Yarns Try this CAL …

Crochet Motif – Nicolas Square

Nicolas Square Related Links Vibrant Vintage main info page (2016) Quick-download Vibrant Vintage Blanket PDF (Etsy) – The entire VVCAL 33-squares collection, condensed and updated for clarity, in a tidy 20-page PDF, along with my preferred joining method and the updated wide lace VVCAL border. Yes, all of these patterns are available separately for free linked below, but the updated and condensed printable PDF has everything for the Vibrant Vintage Blanket in one easy-to-print place for a small fee of $4. (Includes charts and written instruction.) You may also find this PDF on Craftsy, if you prefer. VVCAL Ravelry ebook – Neat photos of all 33 squares, each with a link to its blog post. Favorite the patterns, add them to your queue, see others’ projects, and more! VVCAL Facebook Group – Vibrant Vintage CAL (official) My main FB group – CypressTextiles Tree Huggers This CAL has been rebooted! (2018) Here is a link to the VVCAL Reboot Main info page. Have fun! Those squares coordinate with these. Go wild! Recommended Yarns Try this CAL …

SC JAYG – with PLT Join

Let’s celebrate the PLT Join by putting it to good use in our Vibrant Vintage CAL! Today I’m going to show you how to do a regular join-as-you-go method, in case you don’t feel ready to take the Continuous JAYG plunge 🙂 If you are feeling adventurous or are already familiar with the CJAYG, then wait for that post! I do recommend the continuous join. Only a few ends to weave in (versus 2 per square), and adds great integrity to the piece since it forms kind of a “net” of stability. I will be using the CJAYG version for my piece, and I’ll show it on the Joining post when we get there. If you’re making squares ahead of time (you’ve edged all your squares in DC), and you want to start joining, then go ahead! Enjoy! 🙂 SC Join-As-You-Go – featuring PLT Join Work first motif complete: Start by joining yarn with a slip stitch in any corner DC. All in same stitch: (SC, Chain 2, SC) – corner made SC in all …

PLT Join

Update!! Instagram user (and crochet friend!) @StitchGwen has made an excellent mini demo video of this join on her feed – go check it out! Her motions are exactly how I do it, so two thumbs up! IG StitchGwen PLT demo link See all of the projects where I’ve used PLT join HERE – over 100 blankets! What can I say about this join? When I started to teach myself crochet as a way to pass the time in college, I came across the work of Priscilla Hewitt. Often, I refer to her as my Crochet Idol, because her methods really intrigued me. I loved that her patterns were so innovative and complex, and I wanted to use them as a springboard into my own spin on the craft. Through working some of Priscilla’s patterns, I developed the PLT (or Pull Loop Through Join. Back then I didn’t have a name for it, and the closest I could come to describing it to everyone who asked was that it’s “like a flat braid join, but …

VVCAL – Edging Squares

Every 8 weeks during the VVCAL (as indicated in the weekly schedule on the Main Post) we will edge the granny squares that we’ve made so far with a DC round. You can also do this after you make them every week! I prefer to edge mine in batches. *********************************************************** The pattern to edge your squares is as follows: Beg DC = (SC, Chain-1) DC Round: Join new yarn with a slip stitch in any corner SC. In same St as join, (Beg DC, 2DC), **DC in all sts across to corner st, 5DC in corner st, repeat from ** 3 times more, DC across all sts to first corner, 2DC in first corner to complete it. Join with a slip stitch to top of Beg DC and cut yarn/finish off. (104 DC sts total) *********************************************************** What color should I use? One edging color option is to mix and match from the colors you’re using for your squares like I’ve done below – if you’re using even just 12 balls of Stylecraft Special DK for the squares, you’ll still have enough for all …

Crochet Motif – Cecilia Square

Cecilia Square Related Links Vibrant Vintage main info page (2016) Quick-download Vibrant Vintage Blanket PDF (Etsy) – The entire VVCAL 33-squares collection, condensed and updated for clarity, in a tidy 20-page PDF, along with my preferred joining method and the updated wide lace VVCAL border. Yes, all of these patterns are available separately for free linked below, but the updated and condensed printable PDF has everything for the Vibrant Vintage Blanket in one easy-to-print place for a small fee of $4. (Includes charts and written instruction.) You may also find this PDF on Craftsy, if you prefer. VVCAL Ravelry ebook – Neat photos of all 33 squares, each with a link to its blog post. Favorite the patterns, add them to your queue, see others’ projects, and more! VVCAL Facebook Group – Vibrant Vintage CAL (official) My main FB group – CypressTextiles Tree Huggers This CAL has been rebooted! (2018) Here is a link to the VVCAL Reboot Main info page. Have fun! Those squares coordinate with these. Go wild! Recommended Yarns Try this CAL …