This pattern is written in US terms, but the UK translation is below.
- Single crochet (sc) =Double crochet
- 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), Rose (00), Turquoise (36) and Gentain (87) of Rico Cotton Aran yarn, which are 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.
For this square you will need a 3.5mm hook
For this square don’t worry about your stitch count after making the foundation chain. It does change from row to row, but we will be adjusting our stitches in the sc border so we end up with the correct stitch count.
Start with a foundation chain of 31
Row 1. In the 3rd chain from your hook make a sc (turning chain counts as a stitch). Make a sc in each stitch across – 30 stitches
Row 2. Turn and chain 1. Make a dc turning chain in the first stitch. Make 2 dc in the same stitch as the turning chain. Skip the next 3 stitches and then make 4 dc in the next stitch. *chain 1, skip the next 4 stitches and then make 4dc in the next stitch*
Repeat between *and* make 3 dc in the last stitch.
Row 3. Turn and chain 1. Make a dc turning chain in the first stitch. Make a puff stitch (yarn over and pull up a loop 3 times, then pull your hook through all 7 stitches) in the next chain 1 space. * After pulling through all the loops on your hook, chain 1 and make 2 dc in the same chain space. Chain 1 and make a puff2tog (puff stitch two together)
Make your puff2tog on either side of the shell in the previous row, the first part of the puff is in the same chain space as the 2 dc. The second part is made in the next chain space in the row*
To get neat puffs, it helps to hold them while you pull your hook through all the loops
Repeat between *and* in the last chain space, chain 1, make 2dc, chain 1 and make a puff stitch but don’t chain 1 after pulling through all your loops. Make a dc in the last stitch – you will have 32 stitches in this row
Row 4. Turn and chain 1. Make a dc turning chain in the first stitch. Make 2 dc in the same stitch as the turning chain. *Chain 1 and make 4 dc in the middle of your puff2tog in the row below.*
Repeat between *and* chain 1 and make 3 dc in the last stitch.
Rows 5 – 15. Repeat rows 3 and 4
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.
For the side edges make 2 sc in the side of each row. Along the bottom make 1 sc in each stitch. Along the top make a sc in each stitch including in the middle of the puff2tog. Don’t make a sc in the puff stitches at either end of the last row or in the middle puff2tog.
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 27 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.