Whispers from the Past Part 8

Whispers from the Past Part 8

Welcome to part 8 of Whispers from the Past.

This week we make our corner squares, Alana, and make the final joins.

Alana was the nickname my Uncle used to call my Mum, back in the 1940's and 50's.

mum

 

Here is another photo of Mum...

but, when she was a teenager, in the 50's.
Everything was handmade in those days, and techniques, and crafts were passed from Mother to Daughter. And it delights me to know that, though I have no children, I can still pass on the amazing skill of the women who came before me.

 

 

Though this was a time of simplicity, it was also a time of great change. This weeks square is again a simple twist on some basic stitches, and our two joining techniques are also basic joins. I particularly like the flat surface slip stitch join, which gives a very neat, yet, effective join.

Many years ago, surface slip stitch was the only type of surface crochet I ever did.... boy how things have moved forward!

 

♥ Useful Stuff

Alana square video tutorial
Surface Slip Stitch Join video tutorial.
Whip Stitch Join Video Tutorial
Just click on any of the links and it will take you to a short video tutorial, with some handy hints.

There is lots of help available, on the CAL Crochet A-Long group on Facebook, in my Ravelry Group, or on the Crystals and Crochet Facebook page.

Please remember this is my design and is covered by copyright law. You may share a link to this page with anyone, you may print off the photo or written tutorials for your own use, but please do not alter or change in any way.
Please love and respect me, as I love and respect you.

If you haven't read the introduction post, then please find it here. You will find all the information on Yarn Packs, how much yarn you will need, hook sizes, the finished size of your blanket and all the resources available.

It is worth book marking the main Whispers from the Past page as it will contain all the posts about the project and each weekly part.

 

♥ PDF downloads

US terms

Written Pattern with small picture.
Photo Tutorial

♥ UK terms

UK-Terms -photo tutorial
Please note: Round 5 should read tr clusters, not dtr.

♥ Chart

Part 8 chart

♥ Translations

For the translated versions of the CAL, please click on the links here and it will take you straight to your preferred language. With no need to scroll down further on this page.
And another HUGE thank you to the awesome team of translators, from the CAL - Crochet A Long Facebook group, for the fantastic job they have done with all the translations.

Afrikaans
Danish - Dansk
Dutch - Nederlands
Finnish - Suomi
French - Français
German - Deutsche
Greek - Ελληνικα
Hebrew - עברית
Korean - 한국어.
Persian - فارسی
Spanish - Español
Swedish -Svenska

 

Part 8.

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Make 4

Colours per round for yarn packs

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US terms used throughout

 Abbreviations

Whispers abreviations[] Hints: Are typed in italics and coloured purple, they are to help and guide you and hopefully make life a little easier, especially for beginners.

Reference to photos is [P] with the relevant photo number

* * Repeat instructions between asterisks the amount of times specified.
This is normally a repeat for a complete side and will consist of multiple instructions.

() Repeat instructions between parentheses the amount of times specified.
This is a lower level repeat.

Special Stitches

Beginning Dc Cluster: Chain 2, yarn over, place hook in st/sp to be worked, and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through two loops, 2 loops on hook.
Yarn over, place hook in same st/sp, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, 3 loops on hook. Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.

Dc Cluster: Yarn over, place hook in stitch or space to be worked, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, 2 loops on hook. Yarn over, place hook in same st/sp, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, 3 loops on hook. Yarn over, place hook in same st/sp, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, 4 loops on hook. Yarn over and pull through all 4 loops.

Fptr3tog: 2 times around your hook, hook around front post of next st, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops twice, leaving 2 loops on hook, repeat for other 2 legs of st and then yarn over and pull through all 4 loops.

Fpdtr3tog: 3 times around your hook, hook around front post of next st, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops 3 times, leaving 2 loops on hook, repeat for other 2 legs of st and then yarn over and pull through all 4 loops.

 

1. Starting with a magic ring, make a beginning dc cluster, [P1]

(ch 2, dc cluster[P2]) 7 times, ch 2.

Join to beginning dc cluster, fasten off, and secure ends.
Stitch count: 8 dc clusters, 8 ch-2 spaces.
Hint: leave the centre slightly open.

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2. Join with a standing sc in any ch-2 space, [P1]

*fpsc around next cluster, in next ch-2 space (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc), fpsc around next cluster, sc in next ch-2 space[P2]. *

Repeat from * to * 4 times, omit last sc.
Join to standing sc, fasten off, and secure ends.
Stitch count: 4 sc, 8 fpsc, 24 dc.

r2

3. Join with a standing bldc in dc before any ch-2 corner space, [P1]

*in ch-2 corner space (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) [P2], bldc in next 3 sts, fpdtr3tog over next 3 sts, bldc in next 3 sts[P3,4]. *

Repeat from * to * 4 times, omit last bldc.
Join to standing bldc with a sl-st.
Stitch count: Per side: 4 dc, 6 bldc, 1 fpdtr3tog.

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4. Ch 3 [counts as dc] [P1], dc in next 2 sts,

* in ch-2 corner space (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) [P2], dc in next 11 sts[P3]. *

Repeat from * to * 4 times, omit last 3 dc.
Join to top of ch-3, fasten off, and secure ends.
Stitch count: Per side: 15 dc.

r4

5. Make a beginning dc cluster in any ch-3 corner space, (ch 3, dc cluster) in same space, [P1,2,3,4]

*(ch 2, fptr3tog over next 3 sts) 5 times[P5,6], ch 2, in ch-3 corner space (dc cluster, ch 3, dc cluster). *

Repeat from * to * 4 times, omit last corner group.
Join to beginning dc cluster with a sl-st.
Stitch count: Per side: 2 dc cluster, 5 tr3tog, 6 ch-2 spaces.

r5

6. Ch 1 and fpsc around same cluster, [P1]

*in ch-3 corner space (sc, ch 3, sc) [P2], fpsc around next cluster, sc in next ch-2 space, (fpsc around next fptr3tog, 2 sc in next ch-2 space) 4 times, fpsc around next fptr3tog, sc in next ch-2 space[P3,4], fpsc around next cluster. *

Repeat from * to * 4 times, omit last fpsc.
Join to 1st fpsc, fasten off, and secure ends.
Stitch count: Per side: 12 sc, 7 fpsc.

r6

7. Join with a standing tr in any ch-3 corner space, (ch 3, tr) in same space, [P1,2]

*(ch 2, skip next st, sc in next st, ch 2, skip next st, tr in next st[P3]) 4 times, ch 2, skip next st, sc in next st, ch 2, skip next st, in ch-3 corner space (tr, ch 3, tr) [P4]. *

Repeat from * to * 4 times, omit last corner group.
Join to standing tr with a sl-st.
Stitch count: per side: 5 sc, 6 tr, 10 ch-2 spaces.

r7

8. Ch 1, and sc in same st, [P1]

*in ch-3 corner space (sc, ch 2, sc) [P2], (sc in next tr, ch 1, tr in next sc, ch 1[P3]) 5 times, sc in next tr[P4]. *

Repeat from * to * 4 times, omit last sc.
Join to 1st sc with a sl-st.
Stitch count: per side: 8 sc, 5 tr, 10 ch-1 spaces.
Hint: your work will curl up at this point.

r8

9. Ch 6 [counts as tr plus ch-2] [P1], sc in next sc[P2], ch 2,

*in ch-2 corner space (tr, ch 3, tr) [P3], ch 2, sc in next sc, (ch 2, tr in next sc, ch 2, sc in next tr) 5 times, ch 2, tr in next sc, ch 2, sc in next sc, ch 2[P4]. *

Repeat from * to * 4 times, omit last tr, ch-2, sc, ch-2.
Join to 4th ch with a sl-st.
Stitch count: per side: 7 sc, 8 tr, 14 ch-2 spaces.

r9

10. Ch 1 and sc in same st[P1], ch 1, tr in next sc, ch 1, sc in next tr,

*in ch-3 corner space (sc, ch 2, sc) [P2], (sc in next tr, ch 1, tr in next sc, ch 1[P3]) 7 times, sc in next tr. *

Repeat from * to * 4 times, omit last sc, ch-2, tr, ch-2.
Join to 1st sc, fasten off, and secure ends.
Stitch count: per side: 10 sc, 7 tr, 14 ch-1 spaces.
Hint: your square will curl up at the corners.

r10

11. Join with a standing dc in last st before any ch-2 corner space, [P1]

*in ch-2 corner space (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) [P2], skip next st [hidden st] [P3],
(dc in next st, dc in next ch-1 space) 14 times, dc in next 2 sts. *

Repeat from * to * 4 times, omit last dc.
Join to standing dc with a sl-st.
Stitch count: per side: 34 dc.

r11

12. Ch 3 [counts as dc] [P1], dc in next 2 sts,

*in ch-3 corner space (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) [P2], dc in next 34 sts

Repeat from * to * 4 times, omit last 3 dc.
Join to top of ch-3, fasten off, and secure ends.
Stitch count: per side: 38 dc.

r12

Block all squares using same method as with Winnie’s Flower square, start by pinning the centre square, then the mesh area, then the outer edge. Do not over stretch!

Approx.. size:
Double knit with 4mm hook – 9 inches/23cm
Aran with 5.5mm hook – 11 inches/28cm

 

Continue for joining…….

Join 1 square to each end of short side panels, using whip stitch as before.

Join long side panels using same method to form a rectangle.

Hint: make sure as you join the panels together ROW 1 of panels is right side up and facing centre/inside of rectangle.

 alana-join

Joining panels to main piece.

This join will be a surface slip stich join.

Hint: Although I am normally a pencil hold girl… I find it much easier to switch to knife hold to do this join.

Ensure your yarn is under your work at all times.

Continue…..

With right sides up, start in any corner, working in back loops only, place hook through back loop of corner ch space of Alana square and back loop of ch-2 corner space of main piece, pick up loop and pull through both loops, [P1,2,3,4]

 

Place hook through back loops only of next 2 sts, yarn over and pull through all 3 sts, making a sl-st, continue working through matching sts on both pieces across to next corner, do not make a st through corner spaces of middle Eileen square or in join. [P5,6]

Hint: make sure you do not skip the 1st and last st of panels [marked sts].

 At corner the last st will match with marked st of panel, match corner to corner and 1st sts will match on panel and next side. [P7,8,9]

join

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End part 8. See you next week

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You may share a link to my website or Ravelry store with anyone, you may print the PDF for your own use, but please do not alter, change or share in any way.
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5 Responses

  1. MJ

    I am out of shrimp – not enough to join the panels to the main piece. Will violet work just as well?

    • Helen Helen

      yes use any colour you like 🙂

  2. Dear Crystal, I’d like to check the instructions (or the Finnish translation ) for lines 7 to 10.
    The long stich is “tr” in English (US) but translated as Dtr in Finnish (pp3).
    The same stich combination has been with tr in all other parts. Do I understand something wrong?

    • Helen Helen

      I will get the translation team to check, but yes in US terms it is tr as you have done in other parts 🙂

  3. So lovely. Can’t wait to make this. Thank you for all the beauty you have been providing.

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