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The “Rustic Lace Square”

maRRose - CCC: Rustic Lace SquareIf you follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook it’s hard not to have noticed I have a new love…….a new love for a crochet pattern that is.
I first saw the particular square in Magda’s beautiful ig-feed (link here) and later on her equally beautiful blog (link here).

Her throw is already finished and my-oh-my, how gorgeous is it (link here and here)!
Via Magda, I also found Cornel’s delightful ig-account (link here) and blog (link here) and she too has reached the finishing stage of her blanket (more here).
I can highly recommend visiting these talented ladies’ blogs, trust me you will not be disappointed.
maRRose - CCC: Rustic Lace Square

For some reason the beauty of this design is being seen by a whole lot of crocheters, because it kind of went Instagram-viral and it’s so wonderful to search under “#rusticlacesquare” and see so many wonderful squares. Very, very inspirational!
I know everybody is keen on finding and giving credit to the original source/designer of the square – so am I – but so far to no avail. Latest news is that it was published in the “Para Ti – Guia de Puntos”-magazine, but as far as I know the source/designer has not been tracked down yet. If you have more information, please share!
maRRose - CCC: Rustic Lace Square

In the meantime the lovely Susan, a dear ig-friend, has a copy of the pattern in her feed (link here) and graciously allowed me to link back to this here. I also found the chart on Pinterest (link here), so there’s no keeping you back!

Given the total crush I have for this square I’ve decided that this will be my long term project: I’m going to make a bedspread for our double bed (200×240 cm).
This blanket doesn’t know yet, but it will have to make room for my “Rustic Lace Square”-blanket …… eventually.

I’m working on square 10 as we speak, so yes, very long term project ……
Instead of having to join my squares at the very end, I decided to join-as-I-go and a lot of people have asked me to show how I do this, hence the little photo tutorial that you’ll find below.

(Photo) Tutorial join-as-you-go “Rustic Lace Square”:

maRRose - CCC: Rustic Lace Square
—————Photo collage A—————

Photo collage A:
Joining your square to the next one starts in a (any) corner, right where the pattern asks you to chain 10 to make the big loop.
You chain 4 and slip your hook into the loop of the square you want to attach this one to; make a slip stitch (equals chain 5 of 10) and crochet the remaining 5 of the 10 chains. Continue with the pattern, crocheting 5 double crochets (UK: trebles); slip stitch into the 5th stitch (= 5th double crochet) of the square you’re attaching to, continue the remaining 5 dc’s.

maRRose - CCC: Rustic Lace Square
—————Photo collage B—————

Photo collage B:
Chain 3 and make a slip stitch into the first stitch of the “trellis” part of the square you’re attaching to, in this case the purple one – this is a double crochet stitch.
Crochet the first pole of the V (the V consisting of: 1dc, 2chains, 1dc) you need to crochet, in other words: crochet 1 dc, and then: 1 chain and slip stitch into the first V-space of the purple square; dc the last leg of your V: first V completed and attached!

maRRose - CCC: Rustic Lace Square
—————Photo collage C—————

Photo collage C:
Continue attaching the (yellow) trellis part to the purple trellis: crochet your 1 double crochet of your V, chain 1, slip stitch into (purple) V-space (this slip stitch equals the 2nd chain of the V-stitch as per the pattern), finish your V by crocheting the last double crochet.
After you’ve completed your last V-stitch, you’ll want to slip stitch one more time and do this in the last double crochet of the V-stitch from the trellis of the square you’re attaching your new square to – in this case – the purple square. Kind of like you did when you first started attaching the yellow trellis to the purple one, slip stitching into the very first double crochet of the purple square; at this point you’ll slip stitch in the very last double crochet.
When you’re done with your trellis, you should have 8 attaching slip stitches (see photo C 1 and/or image below).
maRRose - CCC: Rustic Lace Square

It was not until I was joining my 8th square that I was finally happy with the trellis part. At first I did not also slip stitch into the very first and very last double crochets of the V’s I was joining my square to. By creating 8 joints, the squares are finally attached to my liking, but of course that’s a personal preference.

Ok, now onto the very last part. As per the chart: chain 3, crochet 5 double crochets, slip stitch into the 5th double crochet of the purple square, 5 double crochets.
maRRose - CCC: Rustic Lace Square

You’ve come full circle now – making the big chain loop, ready to attach it to the next corner of the next square, in this case slip stitching in the off-white loop (after which I continued joining my yellow square to the bright blue one).
maRRose - CCC: Rustic Lace Square

It seems like we always need a lot of words to explain something rather simple – I sure hope this is clear enough for you so zoom-join your pretty rustic lace squares!

maRRose - CCC: Rustic Lace SquareOk, I’m off to crochet squares 11, 12, 13 ……..

Marianne xx

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