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 Turquoise (36), 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, so doesn’t make your hands tired when crocheting for periods of time.
For this square you will need a 4mm hook
Start by making a foundation chain of 32
Row 1. In the 5th chain from your hook make a dc (your turning chain counts as your first stitch), chain 1 then make a dc in the same stitch as the first dc (this forms your first V stitch). Skip 2 stitches and make your second V stitch (dc, chain 1, dc – all in the same stitch).
*Skip 2 chains, V stitch* repeat this across the chain until you have 3 chains left. Skip 1 stitch and dc in each of the last 2 stitches. (30 Stitches in the row)
Row 2. Turn and chain 1. Make a dc turning chain in the first st then make a dc in the next stitch. V stitch into the chain space of the V stitch below in row 1. Make a V stitch into every chain space in the row. ( 9 V stitches in total) Finish the row by making a dc in the last stitch.
Row 3. Turn and ch1. Make a dc turning chain in the first stitch. Make a V stitch in every chain space of the V stitch in the row below. Dc in each of the last 2 stitches.
Rows 4-13. Repeat rows 2 and 3. End with a repeat of row 3. There should be 9 V stitches in each row and 30 stitches in total
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 used shade Gentain (87) in Rico Cotton Creative Aran yarn for my border colour, which I also used for the Interlocking border.
For this piece you need to make a sc in the post of the V and 2 sc in the gap of each V on the top and bottom edges. For the sides make 3 sc in the side of rows 1, 4, 9 and 13, 2 sc in the side of all other rows.
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 before joining this piece to your previous pieces with the Interlocking border.
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. Once you have joined your V Square, that is week 7 of the 50 Stitches Crochet Along complete!
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.