Over 50 weeks we will be creating 50 separate pieces, each made with a different crochet stitch or technique. There are a variety of difficulties in the stitches we will be using, but each week there will be a photos to help you with the instructions as well as a video (there are left and right handed versions of each) to show how each piece is made.
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The Bobble stitch is a great stitch to use to add designs to your work, and is commonly used to add writing or an image onto the piece by laying out the bobbles in a carefully arranged pattern that spell out or outline the desired word or picture.
- 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 Rose (00) for my main colour and Cardinal (11) for my Bobbles, which are two 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
You will need a 3.5mm hook for this square.
Start with a foundation chain of 31.
Row 1. Start by making a sc in the 3rd chain from your hook (the turning chain counts as your first sc of the row). Sc in each chain across – 30 stitches
Row 2. Turn and chain 1. Make a double crochet turning chain in the first st. Make a dc in each of the next 2 stitches, joining your 2nd colour in the last 2 loops of the last stitch.
Make your first bobble in the next stitch. Remember to always carry the colour you’re not using at the front of your work, crocheting over the top of it so it won’t be seen in the finished square. You need to keep the carried yarn taught.
The bobble is made with dc5tog (double crochet 5 together). To do this start making by making a double crochet, but leave the last 2 loops on your hook. Then still working in the same stitch start another dc, but leave 3 loops on your hook. Carry on doing this until you have 5 half completed double crochet and 6 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all loops then pick up your first colour, drop the 2nd and make a chain 1.
*Double crochet in the next 5 stitches, then make a Bobble in the following st* repeat between *and* until you have 5 bobbles. Finish the row with a dc in each of the last 2 stitches.
You can cut off the colour you’re using for your bobbles, but keep the 1st colour joined. You will have 5 bobbles and 25 double crochet in the row
Row 3. Turn and chain 1. Make a single crochet in the first stitch, and make a single crochet in each stitch across the entire row, taking care not to make a stitch in the chain before the bobble where you changed colour.
In the next row we’re going to offset our bobbles so that they stagger up the rows.
Row 4. Turn and chain 1. Make a double crochet turning chain in the first st, then dc in the next 5 stitches. Bobble. *5dc, bobble* continue this pattern across until you have 4 bobbles in total and finish the row with a dc in the last 5 sc. You will have 4 bobbles and 26 double crochet in the row.
Row 5. Turn and chain 1. Make a sc in the first st, single crochet in each st across the row
Repeat rows 2-5 until you have 19 rows in total. You should finish with a row of single crochet.
Now you need to add the border to your 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.
Single crochet in each stitch across the top and bottom, adding an extra stitch for each corner.
Down the sides make a sc in the side of each sc, and 2 sc in the side of each dc – except in row 1 and row 19. In the side of the single crochet in these rows make 2 sc. 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)
I recommend blocking your square now before you join, so that you can see all that lovely stitch definition and make it easier to join your squares.
You can now add the interlocking border, joining this weeks square to last weeks as you go. You can see how to do this here both as a written guide and with a video 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.