Thursday, July 5, 2018

Twists & Turns Square - Moogly CAL



I love checking out the new squares coming out in Moogly's Crochet Along Afghan each month from so many talented designers, and am excited to be a part of it for the second year. As I was working on this square in Red Heart With Love alongside my 92 year old Grandmother Diana, who was working on a plastic canvas house, she told me why she loves Red Heart Yarns: 

“Some time ago I decided that I would never buy anything but Red Heart because I can always match the colors…. Another thing about Red Heart is the yarn is all the same weight, you buy another brand and it’s not quite what you were working with.” – Diana Smith, 92.


Twists & Turns Square
Designed by Laurinda Reddig of ReCrochetions.com

Just a few twists and turns create this fun textured square including chain loops twisted into braids, taller stitches worked into a previous row, and post stitches for a basket weave border.


Downloadable version now available on Ravelry including Stitch Diagram. Download HERE


Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Finished Size: 12” by 12”

Yarn Used
5 Colors Worsted Weight Yarn. Sample shown in Red Heart With Love 100% Acrylic yarn.
Colors Used in Sample: Boysenberry (A), Mango (B), Jadeite (C), Taupe (D), Peacock (E)
(Moogly's version is at the top of the page, I love the colors she chose! Note that the center twists slightly to the right on hers and to the left on mine, because I am left-handed)

Notions
J/6.0mm hook or size to obtain gauge
Yarn needle


Gauge
Rounds 1-3 measures approximately 3 ¾” by 3 ¾”.

Note: You may also add additional rounds of single crochet to reach 12”.

ABBREVIATIONS USED
   (also see special stitches)
Chain (ch)
Double Crochet (dc)
Half Double Crochet (hdc)
Loop (lp)
Previous (prev)
Repeat (Rep)
Single Crochet (sc)
Skip (sk)
Spaces (sps)
Stitch (st)
Treble Crochet (tr)
Yarn Over (yo)

SPECIAL STITCHES
Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc): Yo, insert hook around post from front of next st, yo, pull up a loop, [yo, draw through 2 lps on hook] 2 times.
Back Post Double Crochet (bpdc): Yo, insert hook around post from back of next st, yo, pull up a loop, [yo, draw through 2 lps on hook] 2 times.
Front Post Double Crochet (fphdc): Yo, insert hook around post from front of next st, yo, pull up a loop, yo, draw through all 3 lps on hook.
Back Post Double Crochet (bphdc): Yo, insert hook around post from back of next st, yo, pull up a loop, yo, draw through all 3 lps on hook.
PATTERN NOTES
·       Chain-8 spaces at corners will be twisted and looped together after completing Round 8, creating the raised braid at each corner.
·       Taller stitches are worked 2 rounds down, into stitches that were skipped on the previous round. Insert hook keeping the hook in front of the stitches worked on the previous round so yarn overs do not wrap around the stitches of the round above.
·      Inserting hook from back to front at the end of ribbing rows allows you to work around the beginning chain, bringing the chain forward to create the look of a front post stitch.

PATTERN
With Color A, ch 4, join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), 2 dc in ring, [ch 8, 3 dc in ring] 3 times, ch 8, join with sl st in top of beg ch – 12 dc, 4 ch-lps.
Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same st as join, [*sk next dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 8**, 2 dc next dc] 3 times; Rep * to ** once, join with sl st in top of beg ch – 20 dc, 4 ch-lps. Finish off Color A.
Rnd 3: Join Color B with sl st in same st as join, ch 3, dc in same st as join, [*tr in skipped dc from Rnd 1, sk dc behind tr, dc in next dc, tr in same dc from Rnd 1 as prev tr, sk dc behind tr, 2 dc next dc, ch 8**, 2 dc next dc] 3 times; Rep * to ** once, join with sl st in top of beg ch – 28 sts, 4 ch-lps. Finish off Color B.
Rnd 4: Join Color C with sl st in same st as join, ch 3, dc in same st as join, [*tr in skipped dc from Rnd 2, sk dc behind tr, dc in next 3 sts, tr in next sk dc on Rnd 2, sk dc behind tr, 2 dc next dc, ch 8**, 2 dc next dc] 3 times; Rep * to ** once, join with sl st in top of beg ch – 36 sts, 4 ch-lps. Finish off Color C.
Rnd 5: Join Color B with sl st in same st as join, ch 3, dc in same st as join, [*tr in skipped dc from Rnd 3, sk dc behind tr, dc in next 2 sts, sk next dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next tr, tr in next sk dc on Rnd 3, sk dc behind tr, 2 dc next dc, ch 8**, 2 dc next dc] 3 times; Rep * to ** once, join with sl st in top of beg ch – 44 sts, 4 ch-lps. Finish off Color B.
Rnd 6: Join Color A with sl st in same st as join, ch 3, dc in same st as join, [*tr in skipped dc from Rnd 4, sk dc behind tr, dc in next 2 sts, tr in next sk dc on Rnd 4, sk dc behind tr, dc next dc, tr in same dc from Rnd 4 as prev tr, sk dc behind tr, dc next 2 sts, tr in next sk dc on Rnd 4, sk dc behind tr, 2 dc next dc, ch 8**, 2 dc next dc] 3 times; Rep * to ** once, join with sl st in top of beg ch – 52 sts, 4 ch-lps. Finish off Color A.
Rnd 7: Join Color D with sl st in same st as join, ch 3, dc in same st as join, [*tr in skipped dc from Rnd 5, sk dc behind tr, dc in next 2 sts, tr in next sk dc on Rnd 5, sk dc behind tr, dc in next 3 sts, tr in next sk dc on Rnd 5, sk dc behind tr, dc in next 2 dc, tr in next sk dc on Rnd 5, sk dc behind tr, 2 dc next dc, ch 8**, 2 dc next dc] 3 times; Rep * to ** once, join with sl st in top of beg ch – 60 sts, 4 ch-lps.

Twisted Loop Braids
*Beginning with any ch-8 lp on Rnd 1, [twist loop once to right, pull loop from next rnd up through loop from back to front] 5 times; Rep from * on each corner. (Refer to Moogly’s video on Braiding Crochet Loops: https://www.mooglyblog.com/braiding-crochet-loops/ )

Rnd 8: Ch 3, dc in next dc, [*tr in skipped dc from Rnd 6, sk st behind tr, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next sk dc on Rnd 6, do NOT sk dc behind, sc in next 5 sts, dc in next sk dc on Rnd 6, sk dc behind tr, hdc in next 2 dc, tr in next sk dc on Rnd 6, do not sk dc, dc next 2 dc, twist next ch-8 sp, (2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc) in twisted ch-8 sp**, dc next 2 dc] 3 times; Rep * to ** once, join with sl st in top of beg ch – 88 sts. Finish off Color D.

Basket Weave Border
Rnd 9: Sk beg ch, join Color E with sl st in next dc, ch 2 (counts as first hdc).,, *hdc in each st across to ch-1 at corner, (2 hdc, ch 1, 2 hdc) in corner ch-1 sp; Rep from * 3 more times, hdc in last 3 sts, join with sl st around beg ch, inserting hook from back to front – 104 sts.
Rnd 10: Ch 2 (counts as first dc here and throughout), fpdc around each of next 2 hdc, [bpdc around next 3 hdc, fpdc around next 3 hdc] 2 times, *bpdc around next 3 hdc, fpdc around next 2 hdc, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next corner ch-sp, fpdc around next 2 hdc**, [bpdc around next 3 hdc, fpdc around next 3 hdc] 3 times; Rep from * 2 more times; Rep from * to ** once, bpdc around next 3 hdc, join with sl st around beg ch, inserting hook from back to front – 112 sts.
Rnd 11: Ch 2, fpdc around each of next 2 fpdc, [bpdc around next 3 bpdc, fpdc around next 3 fpdc] 2 times, *bpdc around next 3 bpdc, fpdc around next 3 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next corner ch-sp, fpdc around next 3 sts**, [bpdc around next 3 bpdc, fpdc around next 3 fpdc] 3 times; Rep from * 2 more times; Rep from * to ** once, bpdc around next 3 bpdc, join with sl st around beg ch, inserting hook from back to front – 120 sts.
Rnd 12: Ch 2, fphdc around each of next 2 fpdc, [bphdc around next 3 bpdc, fphdc around next 3 fpdc] 2 times, *bphdc around next 3 bpdc, fphdc around next 3 fpdc, hdc in top of next dc, fphdc around post of same dc, dc in next corner ch-sp, fphdc around post of next dc, hdc in top of next fpdc, fphdc around post of same fpdc, fphdc around next 2 fpdc**, [bphdc around next 3 bpdc, fphdc around next 3 fpdc] 3 times; Rep from * 2 more times; Rep from * to ** once, bphdc around next 3 bpdc, join with sl st around beg ch, inserting hook from back to front – 128 sts. Finish off Color E.
Rnd 13: Join Color A with sc in next fphdc, ch 1, *sc in each hdc across to dc in corner, (2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc) in corner dc; Rep from * 3 more times, sc in each st across, sc in top of sl st of prev rnd, join with sl st in first sc – 144 sts. Finish off and weave in all ends.

Hope you enjoy making this square as much as I enjoyed designing it. Note that your gauge may vary, and you can always work a taller stitch like half double or double crochet in the final round, or even add a second round of single crochets. If you prefer reading a diagram to a written pattern, I will be adding a stitch diagram when I upload the printer-friendly version of the pattern to RavelryEnjoy!




© 2018, Designed by Laurinda Reddig aka ReCrochetions. All Rights Reserved. This design, the pattern, and the images are property of ReCrochetions. You may use this pattern for personal use and charity. No part of this document may be reproduced, altered, or distributed in any form, or by any means, without express written permission from Laurinda Reddig. 

1 comment:

  1. My row counts are not matching yours. row 7 was correct, row 8 I had to cheat to get correct, row 9 was ok, row 10 I am coming up with 27 st per side from the written directions, then row 11 has 29 st/side. when I add up the stitches for row 8 I get 21 st, not 22

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