Each set of stitches creates a block which is square, so perfect for making graphed out designs called graphgans which create a picture when used with multiple different coloured yarns. These can be created by drawing out your design on graph paper.
The C2C is made in diagonal rows, so you start by making a corner, and increase the number of blocks in each row until you have the length and width you need, then you start decreasing again until you finish with the last corner block.
The free pattern is below, but if you’d like the ad free printable version you can purchase it for £5 from Ravelry where you will receive all of the parts of the CAL as an instant download into your Ravelry library.
Double crochet = 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 shades Rose (00), Gentain (87), Turquoise (36) and Cardinal (11) which is are the 4 different colours I used to create my own 50 stitches blanket. I also used a 4mm 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 periods of time.
For this square you will need a 4mm hook
Row 1. Chain 6. In the 4th chain from your hook make a dc. Make a dc in the next 2 chains.
Row 2. Turn and chain 6. Make a dc in the 4th chain from your hook. Make a dc in the next 2 chains. Next you need to slst into the turning chain of the previous row (this should be sitting on the side furthest away from you). Chain 3, in the same turning chain that you made the slst into, make 3 dc.
Row 3. Turn, chain 6. Make a dc in the 4th chain from your hook. Make a dc in the next 2 chains. *Slst into the turning chain of the last block in the previous row. Chain 3 and in the same turning chain make 3 dc* repeat in the side of all squares from the previous row.
Rows 4-10. Repeat row 3
Row 11. This is where we start the decrease.
Turn and slst in the top of all 3 dc in the first square. Slst into the 2nd Square. *Chain 3 and in the same turning chain make 3 dc* repeat in the side of all squares from the previous row except the last one.
Repeat row 11 until you only have 1 block left.
You should have 10 blocks on each side of your square
If you want to change colour during your square, just attach your new colour during the last dc of any block, then just carry on as per the pattern.
Once you have completed your final block you can cut off and weave in your ends.
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. I chose to use Cardinal (11) in Rico Cotton Creative Aran yarn for my border colour, which I also used for the Interlocking border.
Join with a standing sc in the top of any dc. You need to make 3 sc in each block on each 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 square and join and you can tie off and weave in the ends
You can now add the interlocking border to join this weeks square to last two 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.