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 used the shade Turquoise (36) which is one 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
Week 1 Of The 50 Stitches Pattern
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For this square we’re using a 3.5mm hook.
If you find this hook size uncomfortable with aran/worsted yarn then go up to a 4mm, but you must also increase your hook size by 0.5mm for every square in the CAL if you do this.
Start by making a foundation chain of 31. I recommend putting a stitch marker in the first loop from your hook as the turning chain will count as a single crochet.
Row 1. In the 3rd chain from your hook, make a dc (your turning chain counts as a sc)
*Sc in the next stitch, then dc in the next stitch* repeat between *and* until the end of the chain, finishing your row with a dc in the last chain – 30 stitches
Row 2. Turn and chain 1. Make a single crochet in the first stitch (the chain 1 does not count as a stitch)
*dc in the next stitch, then make a sc in the following stitch* repeat between *and* in each stitch across, ending your row with a dc in the last stitch – 30 stitches
Rows 3-20. Repeat row 2
Your square should now have roughly equal measurements on each side, and have a stitch count of 30 stitches by 30 rows
To make my border on this piece I chose to use a contrasting colour. I used shade Gentain (87) in Rico Creative Cotton Aran and I kept with the same 3.5mm hook size that I used to make the square itself.
To add the single crochet border. Make a standing sc in any stitch on the top or bottom. Sc in each stitch across. When you get to the corner make 3sc in the same stitch – this counts as the final stitch of that row, a stitch for the corner, and the first stitch of the next side.
Start work down the side of the square. In the side of each dc make 2 sc, in the side of each sc make 1 sc.
When complete you can cut off your yarn and weave in your ends
The Interlocking Border
Now we can add the interlocking border. This is the only square we add this border to without joining to another square.
Use a 4mm hook for this. As this is the first square you will add this border on all sides.
Start in a corner and make a standing single crochet. Single crochet in all 3 corner stitches.
Slip stitch into each of the 3 corner stitches
*Chain 4, skip 3 stitches and single crochet in the next 2 stitches* repeat this across until you reach the corner. Make a single crochet in each of the 3 corner stitches, then repeat the pattern on the next side. Do this for all 4 sides.
The squares will be joined by weaving the border through these loops
Your square is complete!
If you have any questions about the pattern or the CAL, then come on over to the Facebook group – 50 Stitches where you can show us your completed squares too.