This pattern is written in US terms, but the UK translation is below.
- Double crochet (dc) = treble crochet
- Single crochet (sc) = 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 Rose (00), Cardinal (11), Turquoise (36) and Gentain (87) of Rico Cotton Aran yarn, which are all 4 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.
For this square you will need a 3.5mm hook
Start by making a foundation chain of 32.
Row 1. Make a dc in the 4th chain from your hook (the turning chain counts as your first stitch of the row). Make a dc in each stitch across – 30 stitches
Row 2. Turn and chain 1. Make a dc turning chain in the first stitch. Make a dc in each stitch across – 30 stitches
Cut off and weave in your ends. Make 12 of these strips in the colour combination of your choice.
We’re going to join all the strips together by using the sc border for the whole square.
Start by laying one strip across, then arrange 6 of the strips in lengths, alternating them on top and below the strip you laid across like in the picture below.
Now we will crochet them together with sc stitches. Each strip going down in the picture above needs 5 sc in the side (3sc in the side of 1 dc row, 2 in the other). For the strip going across in the picture there will be a sc in each stitch – 30 sc in total
You will be going through both strips with each sc you make. Use a standing sc to make your first stitch.
Join all the strips together. When you get to the end, add an extra sc in the corner for the turn, then turn the strips and lay another strip down arranging the rest of the strips in the same alternating pattern as the first side. Join them all in the same way adding an extra sc for the turn at the end of the row.
You should now have all your strips joined on at least 1 side.
On the 3rd side we need to start weaving the strips together before joining the edges. Make sure each strip is weaved under and over before joining then at the edges. Add an extra stitch in the corner for the turn.
Repeat the same for the 4th side. Some of your strips may need a tug to stretch, but they will be long enough. Add an extra sc for the turn before joining into the standing sc on the 1st side.
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 19 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.