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 Rose (00) 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 4.5mm 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 will need a 4.5mm hook for this square
Start by making a foundation chain of 32
Row 1. In 4th chain from your hook make a dc (the turning chain counts as the first stitch of your row) *Skip the next 2 chains then make 5 dc all in the same stitch. Skip the next 2 chains then make a dc in each of the next 2 stitches* Repeat until the end of the row – 30 stitches
Row 2. Turn and chain 1. Make a dc turning chain in the first stitch. In between the two dc of the row below make 2 dc. * In between stitches 2 and 3 of the set of 5 dc in the row below make a dc, then make another dc between the 3rd and 4th dc of the set of 5dc of the row below. In between the set of 2 dc in the row below make 5dc*
Repeat the pattern between * and *.
End the row with 2dc in between the set of 2 dc in the row below, then make a final dc in the top loops of the last dc in the row below.
you will have 29 stitches in this row, your stitch count will return to 30 in the next row
Make your stitches between the stitches of the row below instead of through the top loops
Row 3.Turn and chain 1. Make a dc turning chain in the first stitch. In between the first two dc of the row below make 1 dc. * In between the set of 2 dc in the row below make 5dc. In between stitches 2 and 3 of the set of 5 dc in the row below make a dc, then make another dc between the 3rd and 4th dc of the set of 5dc of the row below*
Repeat the pattern between * and *.
End the row with a dc between the last 2 dc in the row below, then make a final dc in the top loops of the last dc in the row below. The final stitch of the row should be made in the top loops – 30 stitches
Rows 4 – 13. Repeat rows 2 and 3. You will finish your square with a repeat of row 3
Now you need to add the single crochet border to your week 13 Thistle 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 Cardinal (11) 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 Thistle square you need to make:
- Make 1 sc in each stitch across the top edge
- Across the bottom – make a sc in the bottom of each stitch, and 2sc around the 2 skipped stitches
- The sides – Make 3sc in the sides of rows 1, 4, 9 and 13. Make 2sc in the sides of all 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 13 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.