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 Gentain (87) which is one of 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
Row 4. Turn and chain 1. Make a sc in the first stitch. Sc in each stitch across – 30 stitches
Row 5. Turn and chain 1. Make a dc turning chain in the first stitch. *dc in next stitch, fpdc in the next stitch* repeat between *and* across the row. Make a dc in the last stitch. 14 fpdc in the row – 30 stitches in total
Your fpdc should appear between the fpdc of row 3. Your Alpine stitches will look staggered creating the signature look of this stitch.
Rows 6 – 27 Repeat rows 2 – 5
Your final row will be a dc and fpdc row.
Once your Alpine square is finished you should have 14 rows of dc / fpdc and 13 rows 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. I chose to use a contrasting colour. I used shade Turquoise (36) in Rico Creative Cotton Aran and I kept with the same 4mm hook size that I used to make the square itself.
For this square you need to make 2 sc in the side of each row of dc. Except for the first and last rows where you should make 2 sc in the side of the double crochet stitches. Ignore the sc rows. Add an extra sc in the corners for the turn.
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 Alpine square 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 4 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.