Joining Squares and Adding a Border for the Patchwork Mystery CAL Afghan

Jo’s Crafty Hook’s Patchwork Mystery CAL Afghan

This is it, the end of the Patchwork Mystery CAL, well it’s ALMOST over!  In today’s post I will be sharing the Joining Squares and Adding a Border for the Patchwork Mystery CAL Afghan that I did.   Don’t worry because if you just joined us for the CAL or are behind, the schedule will stay up in the group and our patterns will remain FREE on our websites or blogs!  If you are just coming across our CAL, you can find our Facebook Group Patchwork Mystery CAL here!

Joining my Afghan Squares was a challenge, with SO many different techniques out there it was hard to choose from, but I find one perfect for mine!  I used a DC techniques to Join my afghan squares.  Below is a picture on my Join and a Video Tutorial to show you exactly what I did.

DC Join

DC Border around whole Afghan

Once I joined all of my Afghan Squares, I added a DC Border around the whole Afghan.  After I did this I searched and searched Pinterest until I found the perfect decorative border I was looking for.  I call it the “Lollipop” technique.  lol  The actual pattern came from My Crafts which can be found here.

I also made a Video Tutorial of my “Lollipop” Border and you can find it below which is from my YouTube Channel.

And here is my finished Patchwork Mystery CAL Afghan!  I hope you like it and are able to find the perfect Join and Border for your Patchwork Mystery CAL Afghan!  Be sure to finish your Afghan and enter it in our Contest for a chance to win prizes!  You can find more about the Contest inside our Facebook Group Patchwork Mystery CAL here!

Jo’s Crafty Hook’s Patchwork Mystery CAL Afghan

Thank you for joining us these past 12 weeks!  It has been an amazing journey for all of us.  Most are new Fiber Artists and being asked to participate in this awesome CAL has been a Fabulous Ride!  I can’t wait to watch these designers as they create more Fiber Art for all of us to enjoy!  (Myself Included) lol  I am VERY thankful I got to be a part of your lives as well!  Thank you!

Here are links to a few of the other designers in the group that posted how they joined their blankets:

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Jacob’s Ladder Square for the Patchwork Mystery CAL

YaY!!  You all made it to Week 12 and the last Square in the Patchwork Mystery CAL!  Today starts the last week of our Facebook Group the Patchwork Mystery CAL!  Week 12 showcases my Square, the Jacob’s Ladder Square.  The Jacob’s Ladder Square is last one of 12 afghan blocks featured in the Patchwork Mystery CAL!

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Jacob’s Ladder Square


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Here is my story behind the Jacob’s Ladder Square:

    “I had just finished my Jacob Ladder Hat and Scarf Set, which can be found here, when I was approached by the members of the Patchwork Mystery CAL group, asking me if I would be interested in joining and designing a 12×12 Square.  I was literally jumping for joy when I was asked!  Of course I said YES!  lol  The other 11 Fiber Artists have been Great!  Joining the Group and designing the Square has been Amazing-ly AWEsome!”

The Jacob Ladder Square was designed with my son in mind.  He had been told he was going to be deployed in April 2019 and I was constantly praying for him.  My son is a MP in the Army National Guard and as a mother, I asked God to watch over him while he was away.

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Jacob’s Ladder Square

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Naming the square Jacob’s Ladder made me think of the ladder Jacob, from the Bible.  Jacob had a dream about where angels were ascending and descending a ladder that reached up to the Heavens.  This made me think about all the trials and tribulations we go through in life.  Designing the square gave me hope knowing God is with us through all of our ups and downs, side to sides, front and back, on the ladders of life.  I believed God would also be with my son no matter where he is at because Jacob is also a child of God!

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So, without further ado you can find the pattern for FREE below or you can get a PDF copy of my Jacob’s Ladder Square at my Ravelry Store Jo’s Crafty Hook Designs and my Etsy Shop JosCraftyHook.  The PDF crochet pattern can be purchased from my Ravelry Store here or from my Etsy Shop here!

Jacob’s Ladder Square

Jacob’s Ladder Square-Patchwork Mystery CAL

Materials:
US Hook I/5.50 mm
2-3 ounces of #4 Medium Worsted Weight Yarn
Scissors
Tapestry Needle

Gauge:
US Hook I/5.50 mm
4 HDC x 2 Rows = 1 inch

Size:
12” Length
12″ Wide

Abbreviations:
CH = Chain
SS = Slip Stitch

Notes:
SC = Single Crochet Ch 1 does NOT count as a DC (Double Crochet)
FDC = Foundation Double Crochet FDC instructions from my YouTube Channel here
FPDC = Front Post Double Crochet FPDC instructions on from my YouTube Channel here
BPDC = Back Post Double Crochet BPDC instructions from my YouTube Channel here
FPTRC = Front Post Triple Crochet FPTRC instructions from my YouTube Channel here

Special Stitches:
Front Post Double Crochet – Double Crochet going around the Front Post of the DC in the Previous Row.
Back Post Double Crochet – Double Crochet going around the Back of the DC in the Previous Row.
Front Post Triple Crochet Front Post Triple or Treble Crochet–Yarn over (YO) hook two times.  Insert hook behind post of stitch (st). YO hook, pull up a loop, four loops on hook.  YO hook, pull through 2 loops, 3 loops on hook. YO hook, pull through 2 loops, 2 loops on hook.  YO hook, pull through last two loops.
Alt Ch 3 – I am using an Alternative Ch 3 in place of the Ch 3 some begin their Rows with.  My Alt Ch 3 is Chain 1 then DC in the same stitch. You may use any of the variations of the Alt Ch 3 methods out there.

Jacob’s Ladder Square

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R1:  FDC 38 or Chain 41, dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in the next 38 ch.  Turn (38 dc)

R2:  Alt Ch 3, dc in the next 37 st.  Turn (38 dc) 

R3:  Alt Ch 3, dc in the next st, fpdc in the next 2 st, skip 2 st, fptrc in the next 2 st, fptrc in each of the previous 2 skipped stitches, dc in the next 2 st, skip 2 st, fptrc in the next 2 st, fptrc in each of the previous 2 skipped stitches, dc in the next 2 st, skip 3 st, fptrc in the next 3 st, fptrc in each of the previous 3 skipped stitches  dc in the next 2, skip 2 st, fptrc in the next 2 st, fptrc in each of the previous 2 skipped stitches, dc in the next 2 st, skip 2 st, fptrc in the next 2 st, fptrc in each of the previous 2 skipped stitches, fpdc in the next 2 st, and dc in the last 2 st. Turn (4 FPDC + 12 DC + 22 FPTRC = 38 stitches)

R4:  Ch 3 Alt, dc in the next st, bpdc in the next 6 st, dc in the next 2 st, bpdc in the next 4 st, dc in the next 2 st, bpdc in the next 6 st, dc in the next 2 st, bpdc in the 4 st, and dc in the next 2 st, bpdc in the next 6 st, and dc in the last 2 st.  Turn (12 dc + 26 bpdc = 38 stitches)

R5-R21:  Repeat R3-R4 ending with R3 

R22:  Alt Ch 3, dc to the end.  (38 dc) Turn

R23:  Ch 1, sc in same sp and each st remaining.  (38 sc)

Border:
If your Square isn’t wide enough you can adjust the Border.  You can replace the sc with dc on the Sides of your Square. The places where you can replace the sc are in ().

At the end of your last Row, chain 1 and put 1 sc (dc) in the end post of the last row you worked.  

Add 1 sc (dc) in the dc space and 1 sc (dc) in the end posts (The Alt Ch 3 will not have a post) until you get to a corner.  You should have 38 sc (dc) on the side of your Square.

Once you are at the corner, chain 1 , turn slightly, then add 1 sc in each stitch until you come to the next corner.  You should have 38 sc across the bottom of your Square. 

Once you are at the corner, chain 1, add 1 sc (dc) in the end post of dc, then add 1 sc (dc) in each of the dc and end posts until you get to the last corner.  You should have 38 sc (dc) on the side of your Square.

SS to 1st sc to join.  

Fasten off.

Weave in ends.  


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