This pattern is written in US terms, but you can find the UK translation below.
Double crochet (dc) = treble crochet
For this square I used Rico Cotton Creative Aran which is a 100% cotton non mercerised yarn. I chose this yarn as I love the feel of cotton, and it has a good selection of colours to choose from. This yarn does tend to split a little bit especially if you frog it a couple of times, so if this type of yarn is something you struggle to crochet with, I would choose a different brand.
I used the shade Cardinal (11), Turquoise (36) and Gentain (87) of Rico Cotton Aran yarn, which are 3 of the 4 different colours I used to create my own 50 stitches blanket. I also used a 3.5mm hook – I recommend using Clover Amour hooks. A cost effective hook that is comfortable in your hands thanks to their ergonomic design, so doesn’t make your hands tired when crocheting for long periods of time.
You need a 3.5mm hook for this square
Start by making a foundation chain of 32
Row 1. In the 4th chain from your hook make a dc (the turning chain counts as the first stitch of your row). Make a dc in each of the next 5 stitches. Chain 10 and then slip stitch around the post of the dc you’ve just made (get your hook into the gap between the top loops and that thread just below – like in the picture below) – this is your first loop. Now make a dc in each of the next 7 stitches and then make another loop. Then make a dc in the next 2 stitches and make a loop then dc in each of the next 7 stitches and make a loop. Finish the row by making a dc in each of the last 7 stitches – 30 dc
TIP – you can reduce or increase the number of chains in your loop if you find they are too loose or too tight when you braid them together
Row 2. Turn and chain 1. Make a dc turning chain in the first stitch, then make a dc in each of the next 6 stitches then make a loop. Make a dc in each of the next 7 stitches and make another loop. In each of the next 2 stitches make a dc and then make a loop. Then dc in each of the next 7 stitches and make a loop. To finish the row make a dc in each of the last 7 stitches – 30 dc
Rows 3 – 12. Repeat row 2
Row 13. Make a dc turning chain in the first stitch. Make a dc in each of the next 6 stitches.
If your loops are on the wrong side of your square, you can just pull them through with your hook onto the right side. They should be facing you when you start row 13.
Join together all your loops in the first ladder. Do this by taking the loop in row 1, twist then thread the loop in row 2 through it from back to front like in the picture below. Repeat this for every loop until you reach the top. Make a slip stitch into the top of the final loop (the slip stitch doesn’t count as a stitch when making your border)
Now you need to add the single crochet border to your week 15 Jacobs Ladder square before we join this one to last weeks square with the Interlocking border. We’re going to be making a round of single crochet around our square. I’ve chosen to do this in a contrasting colour for each of my squares, but you can use a complimenting or same colour as your square if you want. I chose to use Rose (00) in Rico Cotton Creative Aran yarn for my border colour, the same colour that I also used for the Interlocking border.
Use a 4mm hook for the border stitches.
Make a sc in each stitch across the bottom and in each st across the top. The slip stitches don’t count,, so don’t work into them.
Down the sides make 3 sc in rows 1, 4, 9 and 13. Make 2sc in the side of all the other rows.
You should have 30 sc down each side, plus an extra stitch in each corner for the turn. This will make your stitch count as 32 stitches across each side and 124 stitches total (remember the extra stitch corner stitch is counted in the stitch count for both sides)
You have now finished your Week 15 square of the 50 Stitches Crochet Along and can now cut off and weave in your ends before joining this piece to your previous pieces.
You can now add the interlocking border to join this weeks square to last weeks. You can see how to do this here both as a written guide and with a video to help you too.
If you have any questions about the pattern or the CAL, then come on over to the Facebook group – Froggity Frog’s Ribbit And Stitch where you can show us your completed squares too and join the chat and meet your fellow hookers.