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Celtic Lace Join


I originally made this join for my 13th Textured Circles piece, but I ended up re-working that to attain my final measurement.

This join can be used for any type square! Use any yarn. I like Scheepjes Colour Crafter! It’s economical, soft and sturdy, and perfect for everyday projects. Read more about this yarn on my Crafter site. Enjoy!

**I have relocated this post to my crafter site to further organize my free pattern library. Thank you!

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60 thoughts on “Celtic Lace Join

  1. How many stitches does a square need to have on its edges so this join comes out evenly? Also, can you join squares that have different numbers of stitches?

    1. Michelle, I just started using this beautiful edging on a wedding afghan using 3 different patterns for the squares. The main thing is to make sure you have the same number of V stitches on each square. For mine I have 9 on each side. Since my squares didn’t all have the same number of stitches I had to skip 4 stitches instead of 3 between a few V stitches for them to all be the same. I hope that helps.

      1. Im still confused join the motif …can u make a video please..,cos its a beautifull motif lace…

  2. Your pattern so enticed me, I had to give join-as-you-go a shot! My first go-around came out beautifully (I joined two squares on three sides to make a handbag) … but I’m a bit confused at this point:

    After joining at the first corner …

    Chain 2, Join to next chain space of completed motif, chain 2, SC in center DC of next 5DC group.

    Do I join by taking my hook out of the loop and inserting into the next chain space, like I did for the initial join?

    Or do I just put my hook straight into the chain space and go on with the next ch 2 without removing my hook until I reach corners?

    Thanks for your help! I love how this works up so quickly and elegantly. šŸ™‚

    1. Hi there! You need to remove your hook each time you join. Pull the stitch through and keep chaining. So the chain stitch made will “encase” the chain loop from the completed motif. Hope that helps! Glad you like it – you’re making me want to do some lace again!

      1. Thank you so much! I tried it again last night, taking the hook out each time and it looks so nice! Just to make sure I’m getting the chains right, am I counting right:

        On the first motif the joining spaces are 5 chains each. The remaining motifs get a total of 4 chains for their joining spaces: 2 chains, slip out of the hook, slip into the 5-ch sp, back into the hook, then 2 chains.


        Oh, and while I’m here, I would love to feature this join on my blog. May I link to your tutorial? šŸ™‚

        Thanks again for making my crochet world so so so pretty!


      2. Well I would say the joining blocks still get 5 joining chains – the “center” chain is the “joining” chain. So you’ll feel like you’re doing 2 chains, then 3.

        But you’ve probably done so much and I’m sure it looks wonderful!! šŸ™‚

        And of course, thank you so much for the linky love šŸ™‚

        Looking forward to seeing pics!

  3. I am having a hard time understanding how to join after the first motif. Is there a you tube video to watch? This is a beautiful stitch hoping I can get it figured out.

    1. Hi there! Yeah you break the yarn on each motif. Sorry I am not so technological to make a video šŸ˜ But, hopefully I can help! Even send pics of your motif if needed to babylovebrand@ gmail .com

  4. I absolutely love this edging. I’m making a rose (three dimensional) bed throw. Alternating a plain cream colored square with a rose square. This edging is making the whole thing just “pop”. What a beautiful way to “frame” the roses. I haven’t yet joined the squares, so we’ll see if I need some help, but in the meantime, thanks for such a beautiful edging!

  5. Reblogged this on Brasch Elegance and commented:
    Wow, guys, I think i’m going to have to make this blanket! I saw the photo of this blanket all joined up on, and gasped because it’s so beautiful! I’ve always hated joining granny square (or any squares for that matter) because the sewing takes forever, but this? TOTALLY worth it! (and it looks quick and fancy, too!)

  6. thank you so much for this with the clear photos. i’m making a lacy pattern of grannies that had instructions for joining that were so vague a genius couldn’t have figured it out, not to mention i went out and tried to find some kind of book about joining that was clear and failed. this is exactly what i needed.

  7. I want to thank you for this lovely join. I am making a king size bedspread with three dimensional roses in every other square. I didn’t like the join provided in the pattern. One day I stumbled across this Celtic Lace join. At first I thought it would be too difficult for ! me to do, but I decided to give it a try anyway. Your instructions are so well written that I was easily able to do this. It has added a very nice accent to the roses. I love it. Thank you so much! I’m sure my daughter in law will love this.

  8. Absolutely beautiful pattern! I am a little confused and was wondering if you can help me. I’m on the secon row and am having a hard time figuring out how to connect the second loop (in photo #6 above)? I hope that makes sense.

  9. This is the most beautiful joining method I have ever used. Super easy when you get the hang of it. I’m doing lacy white squares joining with black[ my daughter’s favorite colors ] This will be a Christmas gift this year for her. Thanks so very much for sharing this!

      1. I will share when I get a little more done. spring time here is busy and I usually only crochet in the evenings, so it takes a while for my projects to get finished.

  10. Is there a video anywhere that could give me an idea of adding squares after the second square?? I have two weeks to finish a baby blanket:(. I love this join!!!!

  11. I am so enamoured with this Celtic Chain joining and am so grateful that you posted this tutorial with photos. I think I get it, but I am wondering what happens to the 5 chain loop at the very corners of the blanket. Do you omit those loops? Or are they picked up by the final border of the blanket? How do you do it? Thanks so much for your help.

    1. What I do is this: option 1) at the very corner of the blanket, work chain 3 instead of chain 5.. Or what I most often do: option 2) when you work the first round of the border, work (SC, Chain 3, SC) all in the Chain 5 corner so that the second border round you’ll have chain 3 in the corners instead. Either way works! Thank you for your kind words! šŸ™‚ Happy crafting to you!

  12. Hi, my name is Jill, and I made the Celtic border for 20 “Crown Jewel” squares . Almost done but for weaving in ! I love it, but did you block the blanket to open up the lace , and if so, what method did you use for the blocking? Thank you for sharing this elegant pattern, Jill

  13. I was wondering where the pattern for the final boarder it, that is shown around it in a different picture, I have looked for it but couldn’t see it. I have made a king single sized blanket and joined it with the Celtic boarder and just wanted to finish it off a little more.

    1. I can’t remember what the border was! But I have a few free patterns for borders under the menu -> pattern guide -> borders

      Hope you find one you like! šŸ™‚
      Happy crafting,

  14. took a break from knitting and crocheting for a few years, then Covid had me scrounging for all the leftovers, and now adding more colors that will work for granny squares. Now, almost done, I was thrilled to see the Celtic Lace join. I will have to go back to Michaels for some skeins of cream to finish. Thank you after 50 years, I am renewed and having so much fun while I shelter in place most of the time.

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