This pattern is written in US terms, but you can find the UK term translation below
- Double crochet (dc) = treble crochet
- front post single crochet = front post double 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 Gentain (87) of Rico Cotton Aran yarn, which is 1 of the 4 different colours I used to create my own 50 stitches blanket. I also used a 4mm 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 will need a 4mm hook for this square
Start by making a foundation chain of 32
Row 1. In the 4th chain from your hook make 2 dc (the turning chain counts as your first stitch of the row). *Skip the next 3 chains and then make a sc. Chain 3 and make 3 dc in the same stitch as the sc* repeat the pattern between the *and*. Make a sc in the last chain of the row.
Row 2. Turn and chain 1. Make a dc turning chain in the first stitch, and then make 2 dc in the same stitch. *In the 3rd dc of the group of 3 in the previous row, make a front post single crochet. Chain 3 and in the chain 3 space from the row below make 3 dc* repeat the pattern across the row, ending in a front post single crochet in the last dc of the previous row.
Rows 3-15. Repeat row 2
Row 16. Turn and chain 5. Slip stitch into the top of the 3rd dc of the cluster. *chain 3, slip stitch into the top of the 3rd dc of the cluster* repeat until the end of the row.
Now you need to add the single crochet border to your week 18 Raised Groups 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 turquoise (36) 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.
Across the bottom edge make 3 sc over each chain of 3 skipped stitches, and make 1 sc in the bottom of each cluster of sc and 3 dc. There will be an extra sc made in the bottom of the turning chain.
For the sides make 2 sc in the side of each row. Across the top make 4sc in each chain 3 space. Make an extra sc in the top of the first and last dc.
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 18 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.