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Staggered Corduroy Grid
Article © MAIL User: RunVitki

Of all of the Staggered Corduroy patterns I've created, Staggered Corduroy Grid is easily my favorite. The row itself is alternating high/low and large/small, so a pattern that moves left/right in another direction and flips the alignment of small rings on alternate rows - while not losing the original point - was quite an accomplishment for me. The pattern will require at least three rows of Staggered Corduroy With Japanese Overlay (SCR); ring sizes and wire gauges are shown in that article. I have not attempted this with the Japanese Overlay (Staggered Corduroy With Japanese Overlay); those who wish to try, please message me with info on your results.

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1) Lay out (at least) three strips of SCR, small connector rings on the bottom. I recommend starting with rows only five large-rings-long. On the row in the middle, align the large rings with the 4-in-1 segments on the other rows, and flip it over so that the large rings are on the top.

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2) Open up the end ring on the middle segment and connect it to the 2 rings of the 4-in-1 segments, as shown, on the rows above and below it. When completed, this large ring will be on the same "level" as the small rings on the other two rows.

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3) Open the large rings above and below the first 4-in-1 segment of the middle row and connect them to the matching two small rings on each side. You can already see how the large ring on the bottom (second in from the right) is already above the large ring to its upper-left.

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4) Repeat steps 2 and 3 on the next section - connect the middle large ring to those 4-in-1s above and below it, and connect the middle 4-in-1 cluster left of that to the large rings above and below it.

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5) Once the simple section is completed, it will look like this. Advanced users might want to start by connecting five rows together to start with; this, of course, depends on the final product and an overall familiarity with the pattern.

Now, with this small patch, one must expand width-wise (adding more rows) and lengthwise (making the rows longer). I add the definitions to these terms to help with explanations later. The pictures here have width expansions that are oriented up-and-down, and should not be confused with the length.

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6) Add 4-in-1 clusters as shown to the bottom row of large rings. There isn't a cluster on the last ring to the right because of the pattern - it will become clearer later.

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7) Connect one large ring to the 4-in-1 cluster above it, and to two of the rings in the recently added cluster to the left. If the large ring directly above the one you are adding is below the small connector (as it is here), do the same with the rings you are connecting to.

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8) Continue this pattern with the other clusters as shown - the large rings should be connecting with three clusters - the one in the offset row above, and the ones to each side.

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Adding the endring onto the last cluster completes the row. It has been widened from 3-rows to 4-rows.

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9) Rotate the patch ninety degrees to work on the pattern's length. Connect one cluster of 4-in-1 to a large ring on the very left.

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10) Add a large ring to that cluster, linking to the 4-in-1 group above it. Leave that large ring open.

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11) Add another cluster for the next ring as shown in step 9. Connect it to the open large ring (you can close it now) and add another large ring to the end, or continue until you get to the edge.

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Continuing the pattern from there is very easy, and lends itself well to speedweaving if you can keep focus on having clusters attached that would be used later. In the end, every large ring (in the center) is attached to four clusters. However, since the pattern is stable, the ratio of large rings to small rings remains 1:5 - except for when the pattern is terminated.

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