Creating the Chain-Link, Part 2

      This is Part 2 of How to Make Chain-Link. Click HERE to view Part 1...

We left off in Part 1 doing this step...
To give it a bit of strength, do ONE MORE SuperBrick stitch and pull it tight!
Now, let's continue with the Chain-Link...
Now for the MAGIC STITCH, the one that flips the next link sideways! Start by turning the work sideways...
We're going to create another SuperBrick stitch, but one that is 90 degrees off the last two we did. Forget about the Lilac and Grape strands, while you start with two loops made from the CENTRAL Apple Green strands.
We are going to use the Lilac and Grape strands as sideways strands now. I started with the Lilac strand on the upper-left of this shot, going OVER the first and UNDER the second Apple Green loops. Next, I took the Grape strand on the upper-right and went OVER the first and UNDER the second Apple Green loop, like this shot shows...
We now take the two Apple Green strands and weave them through. First, the one on the LEFT, then the one on the RIGHT.
Finish the stitch by weaving the Lilac strand at lower-left through, then the Grape strand at lower-right.
Pull this new stitch snug; NOT TIGHT. Notice how it doesn't quite look like the SuperBrick we're used to seeing. To me, it sort of looks like a lemon shape. ;-)
Do ONE MORE SuperBrick stitch and pull it TIGHT! Now that looks more like it! If you turn your work and look at it, you can see how we are now working at a 90-degree angle to the first loop we did.
Separate the strands into two groups of four again. This time, I'll be getting a group that uses two Apple Greens, one Grape, and one Lilac at the top, and an identical group at the bottom. We need to SPLIT the SuperBrick into TWO Square stitches again. (Scroll back UP to see how to do this again)
After creating a Square stitch on both sides, we're ready to start working on the SECOND link of our Chain-Link. Remember how many Square stitches we need on each side? That's right, 15 stitches exactly!
After completing the second set of 15 stitches on both sides.
You should now be able to see how the project is progressing to give the illusion of two links in a chain.
Line up your two Square stitch ends and make sure you have one central strand exiting the TOP, and the other exiting the BOTTOM. Remember, if they BOTH exit the TOP or BOTTOM of the stitch, you GOOFED. Either one side has too FEW, or the other side has too MANY stitches. You need 15 stitches exactly! (Actually, you simply need to have an ODD NUMBER of stitches on both sides, preferably the SAME ODD NUMBER!)
Bend the two central strands, so they become sideways strands again...
Make your two loops from your outside Apple Green strands...
Starting on one side, weave your strands through, OVER the nearest, UNDER the farthest. The first two...
...then the middle two (remember NOT to twist these; let them bend into the stitch)...
...and your last two.
Pull this new SuperBrick stitch snug; NOT TIGHT, then do ONE MORE SuperBrick stitch.
Pull this one tight!
Turn the work sideways, to get ready for the 'Magic Stitch'...
If needed, bend the four outside strands out of the way...
...while you make TWO loops from the central most strands (Apple Green).
After weaving all six strands through, check to insure they are all interlocked with each other...
...then pull the stitch SNUG, not tight.
Do ONE MORE SuperBrick stitch and pull it TIGHT! You're ready to split the stitch up into two more Square stitches. With these lengths, you'll have enough to do two more links. Go ahead and do them now...
...see how it's all set to make another link, offset by 90-degrees from the last link.
After completing the last link, do the two SuperBrick stitches to tie the link together, but do NOT do the 'Magic Stitch'. Instead, do ONE MORE SuperBrick stitch, but leave it loose, so you can do a Completion Stitch here.
I've used the phrase "training the boondoggle" before. We need to do it here as well. The links look a bit boxy or rectangular right now, but we can train the boondoggle to hold a more rounded look. You'll need to find some small cylindrical shaped objects, like magic markers or dowel rods. If you can find ones that make a tight fit into the loops, these are better. We want to shape the links a bit...

This shot shows how I've used my magic markers to aid in the training of the boondoggle. The longer you keep the markers inside the loops, the longer the loops will hold their shape. I highly recommend you leave the markers in place for at LEAST 24 hours; perhaps longer if you're storing the work in a hot, humid area.

A Chain-Link Project, properly completed!

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