# How to join irish squares

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The simple and elegant way to join irish crochet squares

Since last year's visit to Ireland, I've fell in love with the real crochet lace, that I've seen, touched and had a chance to study. And so leaving most of my WIPs from Maxi and Violet behind, I've decided to conquer it and grabbed size 50 thread and 0.6 mm hook. And traditionally for me started inventing a bike. Traditionally irish crochet lace squares are crocheted individually in Clones and Roslea, and then, once the required amount is done, placed on a template and joined together with chains and picots. But I prefer to do it as it goes and join them in the last row. And ran into a problem, that these squares are actually hexagons, and once they are joined, there are gaps in corners. Of course you can place a smaller flowers in between, but that is pretty annoying. So I had to strain my spatial imagination, recall the rarely used technique of Y shaped trebles and it solved a problem. And I invented a filling that Maire Treanor called "wee shamrocks". In fact it does look like a four leaf shamrock.

So we have a square with irish rose in a center. It is exacty the same as in Maire Treanor's book, page 109, with the last row missing

And the other three squares that already joined by one side to each other

To get to the last row, I use a set of slipstitches to get to the top of the loop

Do the set or double picot loops to the bar in the corner. There are two double picot loops on each bar, that can be joined to another loop of a two squares so we make a first one as usual. For the second one, make a picot, one chain

and a slipstitch to a related loop of a neighbouring square right betweet picots

Make 4 chains

and loop a picot into a second chain, then 2 chains and a slipstitich into a bar

Repeat for each loop, until you reach to the next bar. Now you can see the gap I was talking about. And the good point is, that in this gap we have 8 picots, 2 from each square. Now it is time for us to virtually divide and label our squares anti-clockwise, so we have a current square N1 in the right bottom of a picture, the one we have just joined it to, the top right - N2, left top N3 and left bottom N4

For the second loop on a bar, make 4 chains

Turn the work to the wrong side and do 4 yarn-overs

Do 1 treble to a picot of a first square using the first yarnover, make another yarn over and do a treble into a picot of a second square. Now we have 2 stitches, 3 yarnovers and 1 stitch

Work both trebles as one

And make another treble using a yarnover on a hook. We have 1 stitch, 2 yarnovers and one stitch

Make another YO

And crochet another up-side-down Y shaped set of trebles, this time into picots of a second and a third square. We have 2 stitches, 2 yarnovers, 1 stitch

Make th same for the third-fourth square

Work three stitches together

Make 1 treble with a yarnover that we had on a hook, and make another YO

Treble into the spare picot of a fourth square.

Complete the treble and mak one chain

make a slipstitch into a second chain of a chais, this would be an imitation of a picot. Turn the work to the right side

Chain and a slipstitch into the loop that we have just used with picot. The rest of the work is done the same way as was shown in the beginning of this lesson. Complete the square as usual

As a result we hava a nice lucky four-leaved shamrok

Алёна Салимова

## Máire Treanor

Sorry to hear that you will not be attending the 24th Annual Clones Lace Summer Workshop June 10-15th 2014. We hope to see you in 2015:)

There are still places available, if anyone else wants to attend this year!

## Alyona

Hopefully we'll meet in 2015, and Tonya will join too!

## Nora Corallo

I always give lot of value to the creativeness of others to solve problems.

Thank you very much for your time in sharing this with us. Next time I need, I will surely come back to this place to follow your instructions!

My best regards from Argentina

Nora