This stitch needs you to hold your yarn a different way to usual, and the end result looks different too, so don’t be worried about the odd looking stitch being created. I recommend you watch the video to see how this stitch is formed. The Loop stitch needs to be made in the way stated so that the loops don’t unravel when pulled and stay secured in place. You can make your loops smaller by wrapping the yarn around a pencil instead of your fingers.
This pattern is written in US terms, but the UK translation is below.
- 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 Cardinal (11) of Rico Cotton Aran yarn, 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, so doesn’t make your hands tired when crocheting for long periods of time.
I highly recommend watching the video to see how to form the loop for this stitch as it needs to be made in a different way to most stitches.
You will need a 3.5mm hook for this square
Start by making a foundation chain of 31
Row 1. In the 3rd chain from your hook make a sc (the turning chain counts as your first stitch of the row). Make a sc in each stitch across – 30 stitches
Row 2. Turn and chain 1. Make a sc in the first stitch then make a loop stitch in each stitch across. In the final stitch of the row make a sc.
To make a loop stitch, insert your hook into the next chain. Wrap the working thread around 2 fingers, or pull up a loop with your index finger. position your hook under the yarn closest to your work, (Yarn is laying on top of your hook, now)
Catch the 2nd strand on your hook and draw both strands through your stitch. You will have 3 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all loops. Wrap the strand of yarn closest to your work around your hook
catch the yarn furthest away from your work on your hook
Row 3. Turn and chain 1. Make a sc in the first stitch. Make a sc in each stitch across – 30 stitches
Rows 4- 24. Repeat rows 2 and 3.
You will have 12 rows of single crochet and 12 rows of loops. You will finish your square with a row of loops
Now you need to add the single crochet border to your week 11 Bead 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.
For your week 11 Loop square you need to make a sc in each stitch across the top and bottom edges. Make 1 single crochet in the side of each row except rows 1, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 24 where you will make 2 sc in the side of the row instead.
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 12 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.