Stitch Story Crochet Along | Design 6 – The Ladder of Life


SSCAL-Block6

It’s time for a brand new block on the  Stitch Story CAL – can you believe we are already climbing up to block 6? This next block is a fun one creating a unique design as we work our rows that I think you will enjoy.

If this is the first you are hearing about this CAL you can find the full schedule and Scheepjes yarn amounts here and a link to the crochet along page here. Would you like to see photos and specification all at once? Then click here for the Pinterest Board!

So let’s just quickly run through some of the pattern particulars…

Pattern:

This pattern will be free here on the blog but it’s also available in an e-book on Ravelry.  There is a small charge for the downloadable 46 page PDF e-book (payable once). The booklet will be released in instalments, along with the CAL, so as not to spoil anyone’s fun. This PDF has the full pattern descriptions, charts and information all in one place without adverts (as requested).

Through the course of this crochet-along I will provide you with patterns to make twelve different blocks, each in two different sizes. Which one you make is totally up to you! Make all one size or mix and match, whatever takes your fancy!  However to give you a helping hand I have included some schematics which you can see on this post here.

Support:

  • The KCACO-UK Community Facebook Group  is a great source of support and helpful tips from fellow Crochet-a-longers.
  • A Dutch translation will be available by Iris from Een Mooi Gebaar (and a Dutch e-book will be coming soon to Ravelry). Link to Part 6 here.
  • For support with the Stitch Story CAL on  Ravelry there is a thread facilitated by Reimy.
  • Accompanying CAL videos are being created by Esther from It’s All in a Nutshell. Link to Part 6 will be available shortly.

Social Media Links:

The hashtag for this years CAL is #SSCAL18 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Stitch Story…

The Ladder of Life represents the stages of our life from birth to death. Let the rungs of the ladder equal your successes and the hardships you overcome as you climb through life.

Design 6: The Ladder of Life

Hook: 4 mm / US size G or size needed to obtain 15cm /6” square 

Abbreviations (same for both blocks):

  • Chain (Ch)
  • UK Half Double Treble / US Half Double Crochet (htr/hdc)
  • UK Front Post Treble / US Front Post Double Crochet (FPtr/FPdc)
  • UK Back Post Treble / US Back Post Double Crochet (BPtr/BPdc)
  • WS = Wrong Side
  • RS = Right Side

Stitch Guidance (same for both blocks):

  • UK Half Double Treble / US Half Double Crochet (htr/hdc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • UK Front Post Treble / US Front Post Double Crochet (fptr/fpdc): Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of indicated stitch below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally in front of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • UK Back Post Double Treble / US Back Post Treble (BPdtr/BPtr): Yarn over twice and insert your hook from back to front around the post of the indicated stitch of the row below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally behind the st  that you’re working around), yarn over pull through two loops (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops (two loops on hook), yarn over pull through remaining two loops left on hook.

15cm / 6 inch block:

Block6-01-SML

Note: Ch1 doesn’t count as a st

Row 1: (WS) Ch26, 1htr/hdc in 2nd ch from the hook and in each st along, turn (25sts)

Row 2: (RS) Ch1, 1htr/hdc in the same st as the ch1 and the next 4 sts, 1FPtr/FPdc in the next 5 sts, 1 htr/hdc in the next 5 sts, 1FPtr/FPdc in the next 5 sts, 1htr/hdc in the last 5 sts, turn.

Row 3: Ch1, 1htr/hdc in the same st as the ch1 and the next 4 sts, 1BPtr/BPdc in the next 5 sts, 1 htr/hdc in the next 5 sts, 1BPtr/BPdc in the next 5 sts, 1htr/hdc in the last 5 sts, turn.

Row 4: Repeat row 2

Row 5: Ch1, 1htr/hdc in the same st as the ch1 and the next 4 sts, 1BPtr/BPdc in the next 5 sts, 1 FPtr/FPdc in the next 5 sts, 1BPtr/BPdc in the next 5 sts, 1htr/hdc in the last 5 sts, turn.

Row 6: Repeat row 2

Row 7: Repeat row 5

Row 8: Repeat row 2

Row 9: Repeat row 5

Row 10: Repeat row 2

Row 11: Repeat row 5

Row 12: Repeat row 2

Row 13: Repeat row 5

Row 14: Repeat row 2

Row 15: Repeat row 5

Row 16: Repeat row 2

Row 17: Repeat row 3

Row 18: Ch2, 1htr/hdc in each st along (25sts)

Finish off and weave in ends.

Block6LRG-SSCAL-CHART

30cm / 12 inch block:

Hook: 4mm / US size G or size needed to obtain 30cm/12” square 

Block6_LRG-SSCAL18

Note: Ch1 doesn’t count as a st

Row 1: (WS) Ch51, 1htr/hdc in 2nd ch from the hook and in each st along, turn (50sts)

Row 2: (RS) Ch1, 1htr/hdc in the same st as the ch1 and the next 4 sts, *1FPtr/FPdc in the next 5 sts, 1 htr/hdc in the next 5 sts, 1FPtr/FPdc in the next 5 sts * 1 htr/hdc in the next 10sts, then repeat from * to * once more, 1 htr/hdc in the remaining 5 sts,  turn.

Row 3: Ch1, 1htr/hdc in the same st as the ch1 and the next 4 sts, * 1BPtr/BPdc in the next 5 sts, 1 htr/hdc in the next 5 sts, 1BPtr/BPdc in the next 5 sts * 1 htr/hdc in the next 10sts, repeat from * to * once more, 1 htr/hdc in the remaining 5 sts, turn.

Row 4: Repeat row 2

Row 5: Ch1, 1htr/hdc in the same st as the ch1 and the next 4 sts, *1BPtr/BPdc in the next 5 sts, 1 FPtr/FPdc in the next 5 sts, 1BPtr/BPdc in the next 5 sts * 1 htr/hdc in the next 10 sts, repeat from * to * once more, 1htr/hdc in the remaining 5 sts, turn.

Row 6: Repeat row 2

Row 7: Repeat row 5

Row 8: Repeat row 2

Row 9: Repeat row 5

Row 10: Repeat row 2

Row 11: Repeat row 5

Row 12: Repeat row 2

Row 13: Repeat row 5

Row 14: Repeat row 2

Row 15: Repeat row 5

Row 16: Repeat row 2

Row 17: Repeat row 5

Row 18: Repeat row 2

Row 19: Repeat row 5

Row 20: Repeat row 2

Row 21: Repeat row 5

Row 22: Repeat row 2

Row 23: Repeat row 5

Row 24: Repeat row 2

Row 25: Repeat row 5

Row 26: Repeat row 2

Row 27: Repeat row 5

Row 28: Repeat row 2

Row 29: Repeat row 5

Row 30: Repeat row 2

Row 31: Repeat row 5

Row 32: Repeat row 2

Row 33: Repeat row 3

Row 34: Repeat row 2

Row 35: Ch1, 1htr/hdc in each st along; finish off and weave in ends.

Block6SML-SSCAL-CHART

Edging for all blocks: 

On the right side of your work evenly work dc/sc along each side of your block working 3 dc/sc in each corner (25sts for smaller block / 50sts for larger block).  Fasten off and weave in ends.

You do not need to use the same number of stitches I have for each square, you just need to evenly spread the single crochet border along the rows and edges.  Whatever number edging you use just keep the same number of stitches for ALL of your blocks – with the same count of single crochet border on each edge then they will line-up when its time to turn them into a finished blanket.

And that’s it!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Stitch Story Crochet Along | Design 5 – The Institution of Marriage


SSCAL-Block5

It’s time for part 5 of the Stitch Story CAL and I’m a big fan of this next block – I think there’s a lot to be said to the old adage ‘less is more’ sometimes.

If this is the first you are hearing about this CAL you can find the full schedule and Scheepjes yarn amounts here and a link to the crochet along page here. Would you like to see photos and specification all at once? Then click here for the Pinterest Board!

So let’s just quickly run through some of the pattern particulars…

Pattern:

This pattern will be free here on the blog but it’s also available in an e-book on Ravelry.  There is a small charge for the downloadable 46 page PDF e-book (payable once). The booklet will be released in instalments, along with the CAL, so as not to spoil anyone’s fun. This PDF has the full pattern descriptions, charts and information all in one place without adverts (as requested).

Through the course of this crochet-along I will provide you with patterns to make twelve different blocks, each in two different sizes. Which one you make is totally up to you! Make all one size or mix and match, whatever takes your fancy!  However to give you a helping hand I have included some schematics which you can see on this post here.

Support:

  • The KCACO-UK Community Facebook Group  is a great source of support and helpful tips from fellow Crochet-a-longers.
  • A Dutch translation will be available by Iris from Een Mooi Gebaar (and a Dutch e-book will be coming soon to Ravelry). Link to Part 5 here.
  • For support with the Stitch Story CAL on  Ravelry there is a thread facilitated by Reimy.
  • Accompanying CAL videos are being created by Esther from It’s All in a Nutshell. Link to Part 5 is below:

Stitch-Story-Part5-Video-Link

Social Media Links:

The hashtag for this years CAL is #SSCAL18 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Stitch Story…

Block 5 of the Stitch Story CAL represents the institution of marriage. The zig-zagging texture represents the ups and down and trials and tribulations of love and relationships.

Design 5: The Institution of Marriage

Hook: 4 mm / US size G or size needed to obtain 15cm /6” square

Abbreviations (same for both blocks):

  • Chain (Ch)
  • UK Half Double Treble / US Half Double Crochet (htr/hdc)
  • UK Front Post Treble / US Front Post Double Crochet (fptr/fpdc)
  • UK Back Post Double Treble / US Back Post Treble (BPdtr/BPtr)
  • RS = Right Side

Stitch Guidance (same for both blocks):

  • UK Half Double Treble / US Half Double Crochet (htr/hdc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • UK Treble / US Double Crochet (tr/dc): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • UK Front Post Treble / US Front Post Double Crochet (fptr/fpdc): Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of indicated stitch below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally in front of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • UK Back Post Double Treble / US Back Post Treble (BPdtr/BPtr): Yarn over twice and insert your hook from back to front around the post of the indicated stitch of the row below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally behind the st  that you’re working around), yarn over pull through two loops (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops (two loops on hook), yarn over pull through remaining two loops left on hook.

15cm / 6 inch block:

Block5SML-SSCAL

  • Note: Ch1 doesn’t count as a st
  • Note 2: Do not work your post stitches too tightly

Row 1: Ch26, 1htr/hdc in 2nd ch from the hook and in each st along, turn (25sts)

Row 2-8: Ch1, 1htr/hdc in the same st as the beg. ch1 and in each st along until end.

Row 9: (RS) Ch1, 1 dc/sc in the same st as beginning ch and in the next 3 sts, miss 5sts of row 7, FPdtr/FPtr in the next st, miss st behind FPdtr/FPtr, dc/sc in the next 3 sts * FPdtr/FPtr in the same st as the previous FPdtr/FPtr of row 7, miss 3sts of row 7, FPdtr/FPtr in the next st, miss st behind FPdtr/FPtr, dc/sc in the next 3 sts *  repeat from * to * twice, FPdtr/FPtr in the same st as the previous FPdtr/FPtr of row 7, miss next st, dc/sc in the remaining 4 sts.

Row 10: Ch1, 1htr/hdc in the same st as the beginning ch1 and in the next 3sts, BPdtr/BPtr in the next st (around the FPdtr/FPtr of row 9), htr/hdc in the next 3 sts, * BPdtr/BPtr around the 2 FPdtr/FPtr in one st of row 9, miss next st, htr/hdc in the next 3 sts * repeat from * to * until last FPdtr/FPtr, BPdtr/BPtr in the next st (around the FPdtr/FPtr of row 9), htr/hdc in the last 4 sts.

Rows 11-12: Ch1, htr/hdc in each st along

Row 13: Repeat row 9 but working your FPtr/FPtr on row 11

Row 14: Repeat row 10 but working your BPdtr/BPtr on row 13

Row 15-19: Repeat row 2, finish off and weave in ends.

Block5SML-SSCAL-CHART

30cm / 12 inch block:

Hook: 3.5 mm / US size E or size needed to obtain 30cm / 12” square 

Block5_LRG-SSCAL18

  • Note: Ch1 doesn’t count as a st
  • Note 2: Do not work your post stitches too tightly

Row 1: Ch51, 1htr/hdc in 2nd ch from the hook and in each st along, turn (50sts)

Row 2-8: Ch1, 1htr/hdc in the same st as the beg. ch1 and in each st along until end, turn

Row 9: (RS) Ch1, 1 dc/sc in the same st as beginning ch and in the next 3 sts, miss 5sts of row 7, **FPdtr/FPtr in the next st, miss st behind FPdtr/FPtr, dc/sc in the next 3 sts * FPdtr/FPtr in the same st as the previous FPdtr/FPtr of row 7, miss 3sts of row 7, FPdtr/FPtr in the next st, miss st behind FPdtr/FPtr, dc/sc in the next 3 sts *  repeat twice, FPdtr/FPtr in the same st as the previous FPdtr/FPtr of row 7, miss next st,** 1 dc/sc in the next 8sts, miss 12sts of row 7 (from the last FPdtr/FPtr in the same st made), repeat ** from ** twice, dc/sc in the remaining 4 sts.

Row 10: Ch1, 1htr/hdc in the same st as the beginning ch1 and in the next 3sts, **BPdtr/BPtr in the next st (around the FPdtr/FPtr of row 9), htr/hdc in the next 3 sts, * BPdtr/BPtr around the 2 FPdtr/FPtr in one st of row 9, miss next st, htr/hdc in the next 3 sts * repeat from * to * until last FPdtr/FPtr, BPdtr/BPtr in the next st (around the FPdtr/FPtr of row 9)** 1 htr/hdc in the next 8sts, repeat ** from **, 1htr/hdc in the remaining 4 sts.

Rows 11-12: Ch1, htr/hdc in each st along

Row 13: Repeat row 9 but working your FPtr/FPtr on row 11

Row 14: Repeat row 10 but working your BPdtr/BPtr on row 13

Rows 15-16: Ch1, htr/hdc in each st along

Row 17: Repeat row 9 but working your FPtr/FPtr on row 15

Row 18: Repeat row 10 but working your BPdtr/BPtr on row 17

Rows 19-20: Ch1, htr/hdc in each st along

Row 21: Repeat row 9 but working your FPtr/FPtr on row 19

Row 22: Repeat row 10 but working your BPdtr/BPtr on row 21

Rows 23-24: Ch1, htr/hdc in each st along

Row 25: Repeat row 9 but working your FPtr/FPtr on row 23

Row 26: Repeat row 10 but working your BPdtr/BPtr on row 25

Rows 27-28: Ch1, htr/hdc in each st along

Row 29: Repeat row 9 but working your FPtr/FPtr on row 27

Row 30: Repeat row 10 but working your BPdtr/BPtr on row 29

Rows 31-32: Ch1, htr/hdc in each st along

Row 33: Repeat row 9 but working your FPtr/FPtr on row 31

Row 34: Repeat row 10 but working your BPdtr/BPtr on row 33

Rows 35-40: Ch1, htr/hdc in each st along. finish off and weave in ends.

Block5LRG-SSCAL-CHART

Edging for all blocks: 

On the right side of your work evenly work dc/sc along each side of your block working 3 dc/sc in each corner (25sts for smaller block / 50sts for larger block).  Fasten off and weave in ends.

You do not need to use the same number of stitches I have for each square, you just need to evenly spread the single crochet border along the rows and edges.  Whatever number edging you use just keep the same number of stitches for ALL of your blocks – with the same count of single crochet border on each edge then they will line-up when its time to turn them into a finished blanket.

And that’s it!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Stitch Story Crochet Along | Design 4 – Pilgrim’s Pathway


SSCAL-Block4

It’s time for part 4 of the Stitch Story CAL and if you’ve been crocheting along with us this block means you are a quarter of the way done already! And if you love texture as much as me you are going to love this next block! However if this is the first you are hearing about this CAL you can find the full schedule and Scheepjes yarn amounts here and a link to the crochet along page here. Would you like to see photos and specification all at once? Then click here for the Pinterest Board!

So let’s just quickly run through some of the pattern particulars…

Pattern:

This pattern will be free here on the blog but it’s also available in an e-book on Ravelry.  There is a small charge for the downloadable 46 page PDF e-book (payable once). The booklet will be released in instalments, along with the CAL, so as not to spoil anyone’s fun. This PDF has the full pattern descriptions, charts and information all in one place without adverts (as requested).

Through the course of this crochet-along I will provide you with patterns to make twelve different blocks, each in two different sizes. Which one you make is totally up to you! Make all one size or mix and match, whatever takes your fancy!  However to give you a helping hand I have included some schematics which you can see on this post here.

Support:

  • The KCACO-UK Community Facebook Group  is a great source of support and helpful tips from fellow Crochet-a-longers.
  • A Dutch translation will be available by Iris from Een Mooi Gebaar (and a Dutch e-book will be coming soon to Ravelry). Link to Part 4 here.
  • For support with the Stitch Story CAL on  Ravelry there is a thread facilitated by Reimy.
  • Accompanying CAL videos are being created by Esther from It’s All in a Nutshell. Link to Part 4 is below:

Stitch-Story-Part4

Social Media Links:

The hashtag for this years CAL is #SSCAL18 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Stitch Story…

Block 4 of the Stitch Story CAL represents the Pilgrim’s Path. The straight lines with ups and downs represent a meaningful journey to a place of spiritual significance.

Design 4: Pilgrim’s Path

Hook: 4 mm / US size G or size needed to obtain 15cm /6” or 30cm / 12” square 

Abbreviations (same for both blocks):

  • Chain (Ch)
  • UK Half Double Treble / US Half Double Crochet (htr/hdc)
  • UK Treble / US Double Crochet (tr/dc)
  • UK Front Post Treble / US Front Post Double Crochet (fptr/fpdc)
  • W3L – Working in the 3rd loop
  • WS = Wrong Side

Stitch Guidance (same for both blocks):

  • UK Half Double Treble / US Half Double Crochet (htr/hdc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • UK Treble / US Double Crochet (tr/dc): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • UK Front Post Treble / US Front Post Double Crochet (fptr/fpdc): Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of indicated stitch below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally in front of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • Working in the 3rd Loop (W3L): Working in the 3rd Loop means that you should work into the loop  directly behind the usual top 2 sts, this pushes the top sts forward (see photo below).

    W3L-only

15cm / 6 inch block:

Block4SML-SSCAL

Note: This block does have a slight tendency to curl in on itself, blocking may help but joining it to other blocks at the end (when you make up your full blanket) will stop any curling.

Row 1: (WS) Ch27, 1tr/dc in 4th ch from the hook and in each st along (25sts)

Row 2: Ch2 (counts as 1st htr/hdc) then W3L; 1htr/hdc in each st along until last st, htr/hdc in last st

Row 3: Ch2 (counts as 1st htr/hdc), FPtr/FPdc in each st along until last st, htr/hdc in last st

Row 4-18:  Repeat row 2 & 3 for pattern until end, finish off and weave in ends.

Block4SML-SSCAL-CHART

30cm / 12 inch block:

Block4_LRG-SSCAL18

Note: This block does have a slight tendency to curl in on itself, blocking may help but joining it to other blocks at the end (when you make up your full blanket) will stop any curling.

Row 1: (WS) Ch 52, 1tr/dc in 4th ch from the hook and in each st along (50sts)

Row 2: Ch2 (counts as 1st htr/hdc) then W3L; 1htr/hdc in each st along until last st, htr/hdc in last st

Row 3: Ch2 (counts as 1st htr/hdc) FPtr/FPdc in each st along until last st, htr/hdc in last st

Row 4-36:  repeat row 2 & 3 for pattern until end, finish off and weave in ends.

Block4LRG-SSCAL-CHART

Edging for all blocks: 

On the right side of your work evenly work dc/sc along each side of your block working 3 dc/sc in each corner (25sts for smaller block / 50sts for larger block).  Fasten off and weave in ends.

You do not need to use the same number of stitches I have for each square, you just need to evenly spread the single crochet border along the rows and edges.  Whatever number edging you use just keep the same number of stitches for ALL of your blocks – with the same count of single crochet border on each edge then they will line-up when its time to turn them into a finished blanket.

And that’s it!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Stitch Story Crochet Along | Design 3 – Diamond Pop


SSCAL18-Blanket-in-the-meadow

Hi crochet-along-ers you all ready for block 3 of the Stitch Story CAL? If this is the first you are hearing about this CAL you can find the full schedule and Scheepjes yarn amounts here and a link to the crochet along page here. Would you like to see photos and specification all at once? Then click here for the Pinterest Board!

So let’s just quickly run through some of the pattern particulars…

Pattern:

This pattern will be free here on the blog but it’s also available in an e-book on Ravelry.  There is a small charge for the downloadable 46 page PDF e-book (payable once). The booklet will be released in instalments, along with the CAL, so as not to spoil anyone’s fun. This PDF has the full pattern descriptions, charts and information all in one place without adverts (as requested).

Through the course of this crochet-along I will provide you with patterns to make twelve different blocks, each in two different sizes. Which one you make is totally up to you! Make all one size or mix and match, whatever takes your fancy!  However to give you a helping hand I have included some schematics which you can see on this post here.

Support:

  • The KCACO-UK Community Facebook Group  is a great source of support and helpful tips from fellow Crochet-a-longers.
  • A Dutch translation will be available by Iris from Een Mooi Gebaar (and a Dutch e-book will be coming soon to Ravelry). Link to Part 3 here.
  • For support with the Stitch Story CAL on  Ravelry there is a thread facilitated by Reimy.
  • Accompanying CAL videos are being created by Esther from It’s All in a Nutshell. Link to Part 3 is below:

Stitch-Story-Part3

Social Media Links:

The hashtag for this years CAL is #SSCAL18 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Stitch Story…

Block 3 of the Stitch Story CAL represents the diamond and a blessing for wealth and
plentiful success in life.

Design 3: Diamond Pop

Hook: 4 mm / US size G or size needed to obtain 15cm /6” or 30cm / 12” square 

Abbreviations (same for both blocks):

  • Chain (Ch)
  • Slip Stitch (Sl St)
  • UK Double Crochet/US Single Crochet (dc/sc)
  • UK Half Double Treble / US Half Double Crochet (htr/hdc)
  • UK Treble / US Double Crochet (tr/dc)
  • Popcorn (PC)
  • Bobble (BO)
  • RS = Right Side
  • WS = Wrong Side

Stitch Guidance (same for both blocks):

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • UK Double Crochet/US Single Crochet (dc/sc): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • UK Half Double Treble / US Half Double Crochet (htr/hdc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • UK Treble / US Double Crochet (tr/dc): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Popcorn Stitch (PC): Work 5 tr/dc in indicated st, remove hook completely, insert hook in 1st tr/dc (1st tr/dc of the 5), insert hook in loop that you just removed your hook from (5th tr/dc of the 5), yarn over and pull through both loops on hook.
  • Bobble (bo): Yarn over (as you would a tr/dc) and pull up a loop 3 times in next st. Yarn over and pull through 6 loops. Yarn over and pull through last 2 loops on hook – bobble made.

15cm / 6 inch block:

Block3SML-SSCAL

  • Note: Ch1 doesn’t count as a st

Row 1: (WS) Ch26, 1htr/hdc in 2nd ch from the hook and in each st along (25sts)

Row 2: (RS) Ch 1, 1 htr/hdc in the same st as the ch 1 and in each st along until end, turn.

Note: If using DK yarn on the next row instead of dc/sc work htr/hdc until end.

Row 3: Ch 1, 1 dc/sc in the same st as the ch 1 and in each st along until end, turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, 1 htr/hdc in the same st as the ch 1 and in the next 11 sts, 1 PC in the next st, 1htr/hdc in the remaining 12 sts, turn.

Row 5: repeat row 2

Row 6: Ch 1, 1 htr/hdc in the same st as the ch 1 and in the next 8 sts, 1 PC in the next st, 1htr/hdc in the next 5 sts, 1 PC in the next st, 1htr/hdc in the remaining 9 sts, turn.

Row 7: repeat row 2

Row 8: Ch 1, 1 htr/hdc in the same st as the ch 1 and in the next 6 sts, 1 PC in the next st, 1htr/hdc in the next 9 sts, 1 PC in the next st, 1htr/hdc in the remaining 7 sts, turn.

Row 9: repeat row 2

Row 10: Ch 1, 1 htr/hdc in the same st as the ch 1 and in the next 4 sts, 1 PC in the next st, 1htr/hdc in the next 6 sts, 1 BO in next, 1htr/hdc in the next 6 sts, 1 PC in the next st, 1htr/hdc in the remaining 5 sts, turn.

Row 11: repeat row 2

Row 12: repeat row 8

Row 13: repeat row 2

Row 14: repeat row 6

Row 15: repeat row 2

Row 16: repeat row 4

Row 17: repeat row 3

Row 18-19: repeat row 2 ending by working a wrong side row, turn your work over to edge on the right side, finish off and weave in ends.

Block3SML-SSCAL-CHART

30cm / 12 inch block:

Block3_LRG-SSCAL18.jpg

  • Note: Ch1 doesn’t count as a st

Row 1: (WS) Ch51, 1htr/hdc in 2nd ch from the hook and in each st along (50sts)

Row 2: (RS) Ch 1, 1 htr/hdc in the same st as the ch 1 and in each st along until end, turn.

Note: If using DK yarn on the next row instead of dc/sc work htr/hdc until end.

Row 3: Ch 1, 1 dc/sc in the same st as the ch 1 and in each st along until end, turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, 1 htr/hdc in the same st as the ch 1 and in the next 11 sts, 1 PC in the next st, 1htr/hdc

in the next 24st, 1 PC in the next st, 1 htr/hdc in the remaining 12sts, turn

Row 5: repeat row 2

Row 6: Ch 1, 1 htr/hdc in the same st as the ch 1 and in the next 8 sts, 1 PC in the next st, 1htr/hdc in the next 5 sts, 1 PC in the next st, 1htr/hdc in the next 18st, 1 PC in the next st, 1htr/hdc in the next 5 sts, 1 PC in the next st, 1htr/hdc in the remaining 9 sts, turn.

Row 7: repeat row 2

Row 8: Ch 1, 1 htr/hdc in the same st as the ch 1 and in the next 6 sts, 1 PC in the next st, 1htr/hdc in the next 9 sts, 1 PC in the next st, 1htr/hdc in the next 14st, 1 PC in the next st, 1htr/hdc in the next 9 sts, 1 PC in the next st, 1htr/hdc in the remaining 7 sts, turn.

Row 9: repeat row 2

Row 10: Ch 1, 1 htr/hdc in the same st as the ch 1 and in the next 4 sts, 1 PC in the next st, 1htr/hdc in the next 6 sts, 1 BO in next, 1htr/hdc in the next 6 sts, 1 PC in the next st, 1htr/hdc in the next 10st,1 PC in the next st, 1htr/hdc in the next 6 sts, 1 bo in next, 1htr/hdc in the next 6 sts, 1 PC in the next st, 1htr/hdc in the remaining 5 sts, turn.

Row 11: repeat row 2

Row 12: repeat row 8

Row 13: repeat row 2

Row 14: repeat row 6

Row 15: repeat row 2

Row 16: repeat row 4

Row 17: repeat row 3

Rows 18-20: repeat row 2

Row 21: repeat row 3

Rows 22-34: repeat rows 4–16

Rows 35: repeat row 3

Rows 36-37: repeat row 2, finish off and weave in ends.

Block3LRG-SSCAL-CHART

Edging for all blocks: 

On the right side of your work evenly work dc/sc along each side of your block working 3 dc/sc in each corner (25sts for smaller block / 50sts for larger block).  Fasten off and weave in ends.

You do not need to use the same number of stitches I have for each square, you just need to evenly spread the single crochet border along the rows and edges.  Whatever number edging you use just keep the same number of stitches for ALL of your blocks – with the same count of single crochet border on each edge then they will line-up when its time to turn them into a finished blanket.

And that’s it!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Stitch Story Crochet Along | Design 2 – Moss Stitch


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Are you all ready and waiting for block 2? I’ve really enjoyed being tagged to see all the wonderful first blocks you’ve made! However don’t worry if this is the first you are hearing about this CAL you can find the full schedule and Scheepjes yarn amounts here and a link to the crochet along page here. Would you like to see photos and specification all at once? Then click here for the Pinterest Board!

So let’s just quickly run through some of the pattern particulars…

Pattern:

This pattern will be free here on the blog but it’s also available in an e-book on Ravelry.  There is a small charge for the downloadable 46 page PDF e-book (payable once). The booklet will be released in instalments, along with the CAL, so as not to spoil anyone’s fun. This PDF has the full pattern descriptions, charts and information all in one place without adverts (as requested).

Through the course of this crochet-along I will provide you with patterns to make twelve different blocks, each in two different sizes. Which one you make is totally up to you! Make all one size or mix and match, whatever takes your fancy!  However to give you a helping hand I have included some schematics which you can see on this post here.

Support:

  • The KCACO-UK Community Facebook Group  is a great source of support and helpful tips from fellow Crochet-a-longers.
  • NEW! There is now a Ravelry thread for support with the Stitch Story CAL facilitated by the lovely Reimy.
  • A Dutch translation will be available by Iris from Een Mooi Gebaar (and a Dutch e-book will be coming soon to Ravelry). Link to Part 2 here.
  • Accompanying CAL videos are being created by Esther from It’s All in a Nutshell. Link to Part 2 is below:

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Social Media Links:

The hashtag for this years CAL is #SSCAL18 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Stitch Story…

Block 2 of the Stitch Story CAL represents carrageen moss which is a type of seaweed found on the Irish Coast. The stitch symbolises abundance, growth and nature.

Design 2: Irish Moss

Hook: 4 mm / US size G or size needed to obtain 15cm /6” or 30cm / 12” square 

Abbreviations (same for both blocks):

  • Chain (Ch)
  • Slip Stitch (Sl St)
  • UK Half Double Treble / US Half Double Crochet (htr/hdc)

Stitch Guidance (same for both blocks):

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • UK Double Crochet/US Single Crochet (dc/sc): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • UK Half Double Treble / US Half Double Crochet (htr/hdc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.

15cm / 6 inch block:

Block2-01-SML

  • Note: Ch1 doesn’t count as a st
  • Note2: Don’t pull your sl st’s too tight

Row 1: Ch26, htr/hdc in 2nd ch from hook * sl st in the next, htr/hdc in the next st * turn (25sts)

Row 2: Ch1, sl st on top of the htr/hdc, * htr/hdc on top of the sl st, sl st on the htr/hdc of the previous row* repeat from * to * until end, turn.

Row 3: Ch1, htr/hdc in the same st as the ch1 * sl st in the next st, htr/hdc in the next st * repeat from * to * until end, turn.

Row 4-30:  repeat row 2 & 3 for pattern until end, finish off and weave in ends.

Block2SML-SSCAL-CHART

30cm / 12 inch block:

Block2_LRG-SSCAL18

  • Note: Ch1 doesn’t count as a st
  • Note2: Don’t pull your sl st’s too tight

Row 1: Ch51, sl st in 2nd ch from hook *htr/hdc in the next st, sl st in the next * repeat from * to *ending with a htr/hdc on the last st, turn (50sts)

Row 2: Ch1 * sl st in the next st, htr/hdc in the next st, * repeat from * to * until end, turn.

Row 3– 60: repeat row 2 for pattern until the end, finish off and weave in ends.

Block2LRG-SSCAL-CHART

Edging for all blocks: 

On the right side of your work evenly work dc/sc along each side of your block working 3 dc/sc in each corner (25sts for smaller block / 50sts for larger block).  Fasten off and weave in ends.

You do not need to use the same number of stitches I have for each square, you just need to evenly spread the single crochet border along the rows and edges.  Whatever number edging you use just keep the same number of stitches for ALL of your blocks – with the same count of single crochet border on each edge then they will line-up when its time to turn them into a finished blanket.

And that’s it!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Stitch Story Crochet Along | Design 1 – Gauge Square


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Let’s get this CAL up and running shall we! It’s time for block 1 and I’m very excited to get started – how about you? However don’t worry if this is the first you are hearing about this CAL you can find the full schedule and yarn amounts here and a link to the crochet along page here. Would you like to see photos and specification all at once? Then click here for the Pinterest Board!

Pattern:

This pattern will be free here on the blog but it’s also available in an e-book on Ravelry.  There is a small charge for the downloadable 46 page PDF e-book (payable once) and the booklet will be released in instalments along with the CAL so as not to spoil anyone’s fun. This PDF has the full pattern descriptions, charts and information all in one place without adverts (as requested).

Through the course of this crochet-along I will provide you with patterns to make twelve different blocks, each in two different sizes. Which one you make is totally up to you! Make all one size or mix and match, whatever takes your fancy!  However to give you a helping hand I have included some schematics which you can see on this post here.

Support:

Stitch-Story-Part1

Social Media Links:

The hashtag for this years CAL is #SSCAL18 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook pageor Facebook group and Pinterest.

Right let’s get started!

Design 1: Gauge Swatch

Hook: 4 mm / US size G or size needed to obtain 15cm/6” or 30cm / 12” square 

Abbreviations (same for both blocks):

  • Chain (Ch)
  • UK Double Crochet/US Single Crochet (dc/sc)
  • UK Half Double Treble / US Half Double Crochet (htr/hdc)
  • UK Alternating Half Double Treble / US Alternating Half Double Crochet (Alt htr/Alt hdc)

Stitch Guidance (same for both blocks):

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • UK Double Crochet/US Single Crochet (dc/sc): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • UK Half Double Treble / US Half Double Crochet (htr/hdc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • Alternating Half Double Treble / Alternating Half Double Crochet (Alt htr/Alt hdc): This stitch is worked exactly like a normal htr/hdc but you work the stitches in the back and front loops; alternating from one to the other as you work. When you start the next row your first st should be the SAME as your last st e.g. if you have worked in the BLO, you will start in the BLO

15cm / 6 inch block:

Block1SML-SSCAL

Note: Ch1 doesn’t count as a st

Row 1: Ch26, 1htr/hdc in 2nd ch from the hook and in each st along, turn (25sts)

Row 2: Ch1, starting in the front loop; 1 Alt htr/Alt hdc in the same st as the ch 1 and in each st along until end, turn.

Row 3-18:  repeat row 2 for the pattern until end, finish off and weave in ends.

Block1SML-SSCAL-CHART

30cm / 12 inch block:

Block1_LRG-SSCAL18

Note: Ch1 doesn’t count as a st

Row 1: Ch51, 1htr/hdc in 2nd ch from the hook and in each st along, turn (50sts)

Row 2: Ch1, starting in the front loop; 1 Alt htr/Alt hdc in the same st as the ch 1 and in each st along until end (ending in the back loop), turn.

Row 3: Ch1, starting in the back loop; 1 Alt htr/Alt hdc in the same st as the ch 1 and in each st along until end, turn.

Row 4-36:  repeat rows 2 and 3 for the pattern until end, finish off and weave in ends.

Block1LRG-SSCAL-CHART

Edging for all blocks: 

On the right side of your work evenly work dc/sc along each side of your block working 3 dc/sc in each corner (25sts for smaller block / 50sts for larger block).  Fasten off and weave in ends.

You do not need to use the same number of stitches I have for each square, you just need to evenly spread the single crochet border along the rows and edges.  Whatever number edging you use just keep the same number of stitches for ALL of your blocks – with the same count of single crochet border on each edge then they will line-up when its time to turn them into a finished blanket.

And that’s it!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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KCACO-UK Afghan CAL 2015 -Block 1


Yay so it’s time for block 1!!! How exciting!!!  AND it’s my first design for 2015 so super exciting!!!  You can tell how excited I am by the abundance of exclamation marks!!!

Yes I thought that I would have a go at designing the first block for the CAL, I wanted it to be fun, yet simple to ease us into the CAL process.  Believe it or not this was the first 12 inch square I have EVER made or designed and it was sooo enjoyable after designing many 6 inch ones.  It seemed huge too but, I tell you what, it some how seemed so much more satisfying when I’d finished it.  Hope you enjoying hooking it up too – I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!!

This square will be available as a free Ravelry download forever or scroll down the page to where I have also posted the pattern below.

Don’t forget to stay tuned for the next block to be released on January 21st (or 22nd)

Moroccan Window 12″ Square by Heather C Gibbs

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Notes:

  • Hook: UK 5.5 mm / US Size I
  • Yarn: Aran / 10 ply / Worsted / Weight #4
  • Colours: Works best in at least 4-5 different colours.  For ease I have noted colour changes on each round referred to in this  pattern as YARN A, B, C and D
  • Pattern uses UK and American crochet terms: see the following link for a printable conversion chart: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/70437470329344/ 
  • Specialist stitch: UK Front Post Double Crochet / US Front Post Single Crochet (FPSC) – see a good video tutorial here if you are not sure how to do this stitch; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvdqqR2Kkho
  • You will also need:  A Yarn Needle 

Gauge:    7 tr/dc = 2 inches / 5 cm

Size: 12 inch x 12 inch / 30.5cm x 30.5cm

These measurements are approximated, and actual subjects may vary. Pattern will work in other yarns though gauge/size will be different.  CHECK YOUR GAUGE, use any size hook to obtain gauge.

Abbreviations:

  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp = space
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch(s) = chain  
  • dc/sc = UK double / US single crochet
  • htr/hdc = UK half treble / US half double crochet
  • fpdc/fpsc = UK Front Post double crochet / US Front Post single crochet
  • tr/dc  = UK treble / US double crochet
  • dtr/tr = UK double treble / US treble

Pattern:

(Updated 12/02/2015)

Rnd 1: With YARN A; either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 3, (doesn’t count as a st), crochet 16 htr/hdc into the ring / 3rd ch from hook then sl st to top of 1st htr/hdc to join, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary. Finish off with an invisible join and weave in ends  (16 sts).

Rnd 2: With a sl st attach YARN B to any st then ch 3 (counts as a tr/dc), add a [tr/dc, ch 2, 2 tr/dc] in the same st as your beginning ch 3, * ch 1, skip the next st, 1 tr/dc in the next st, ch 1, skip the next st, [2 tr/dc, ch 2, 2 tr/dc] in the next st * repeat from * to * twice, ch 1, skip the next st, 1 tr/dc in the next st, ch 1, then sl st to top of 1st tr/dc to join. Finish off and weave in ends (20 sts + (4x)ch 2 sps and (8x)ch 1 sps).

Rnd 3: With a sl st attach YARN A to any ch 2 sp corner;  ch 3 (counts as a tr/dc), add a [tr/dc, ch 2, 2 tr/dc] in the same sp, * 1 tr/dc in the next 2 sts, 1 dtr/tr in the skipped st of rnd 1,  1 tr/dc in the next st, 1 dtr/tr in the skipped st of rnd 1, 1 tr/dc in the next 2 sts, work [2 tr/dc, ch 2, 2 tr/dc] in the next ch 2 sp * repeat from * to * twice, 1 tr/dc in the next 2 sts, 1 dtr/tr in the skipped st of rnd 1,  1 tr/dc in the next st, 1 dtr/tr in the skipped st of rnd 1, 1 tr/dc in the next 2 sts, sl st to top of 1st ch 3 to join. Finish off and weave in ends (44 sts + (4x)2ch sps).

Rnd 4: With a sl st attach YARN B to any ch 2 sp  corner;  ch 1, 1 dc/sc in same sp, ch 2, 1 dc/sc in same sp, * 1 dc/sc in the next 4 sts, 1 fpdc/fpsc in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next st, 1 fpdc/fpsc in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next 4 sts, [1 dc/sc, ch 2, 1 dc/sc in the next ch 2 sp], * repeat from * to * twice, then 1 dc/sc in the next 4 sts, 1 fpdc/fpsc in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next st, 1 fpdc/fpsc in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next 4 sts, sl st to top of 1st dc/sc to join. Finish off and weave in ends (52 sts + (4 x)ch 2 sps).

Rnd 5: With a sl st attach YARN A to any ch 2 corner; ch 2 (counts as first htr/hdc), 1 htr/hdc in same ch 2 corner, ch 2, 2 htr/hdc in the same ch 2 corner * 1 htr/hdc in the next 13 sts, [2 htr/hdc, ch 2, 2 htr/hdc in the next ch 2 corner], * repeat from * to * twice, 1 htr/hdc in the next 13 sts, sl st to top of 1st ch 3 to join. Finish off and weave in ends (68 sts + (4 x)ch 2 sps).

Rnd 6: With a sl st attach YARN C to any ch 2 sp     corner;  ch 3 (counts as first tr/dc), 1 tr/dc in same sp, ch 2, 2 tr/dc in the same sp *  1 tr/dc in the next 2 sts, ** ch 1, skip next st, 1 tr/dc in next st **  repeat from ** to ** five times, ch 1, skip next st, 1 tr/dc in the next 2 sts, [2 tr/dc, ch 2, 2 tr/dc in the next sp], * repeat from * to * twice, then ** to ** once more, ch 1, skip next st, sl st to the top of 1st ch 3 to join. Finish off and weave in ends. (56 sts + 28 x ch 1 sps and 4 x ch 2 sps).

Rnd 7: With a sl st attach YARN A to any ch 2 corner; ch 3 (counts as first tr/dc), 1 tr/dc in same ch 2 corner, ch 2, 2 tr/dc in the same ch 2 corner * 1 tr/dc in the next 4 sts, ** 1 dtr/tr in the skipped st of rnd 6, 1 tr/dc in the next st ** repeat from ** to **five times, 1 dtr/tr in the skipped st of rnd 6, 1 tr/dc in the next 4 sts, [2 tr/dc, ch 2, 2 tr/dc in the next sp] *  repeat from * to * twice, then ** to ** once more, 1 dtr/tr in the skipped st of rnd 6, 1 tr/dc in the next 4 sts, sl st to the top of 1st ch 3 to join. Finish off  and weave in ends. (100 sts +   (4x) ch 2 sps).

Rnd 8: With a sl st attach YARN C to any ch 2 sp  corner;  ch 1, 1 dc/sc in same sp, ch 2, 1 dc/sc in same sp, * 1 dc/sc in the next 6 sts, ** 1 fpdc/fpsc in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next st ** repeat from ** to ** six times, 1 dc/sc in the next 6 sts, [1 dc/sc, ch 2, 1 dc/sc in the next ch 2 sp] *  repeat from * to * twice, then ** to ** once more, 1 dc/sc in the next 5 sts, [1 dc/sc, ch 2, 1 dc/sc in the next ch 2 sp], 1 dc/sc in the next 6 sts, sl st to top of 1st dc/sc to join. Finish off and weave in ends (108 sts + (4x) ch 2 sps).

Rnd 9: With a sl st attach YARN A to any ch 2 corner; ch 2 (counts as first htr/hdc), 1 htr/hdc in same ch 2 corner, ch 2, 2 htr/hdc in the same ch 2 corner * miss next st, 1 htr/hdc in the next 26 sts, [2 htr/hdc, ch 2, 2 htr/hdc in the next ch 2 corner], * repeat from * to * twice, miss next st, 1 htr/hdc in the next 26 sts, then finish off with an invisible join to top of 1st ch 2 to join and weave in ends. (120 sts + (4x) ch 2 sps).

Rnd 10: With a sl st attach YARN D to any ch 2 corner; ch 3 (counts as first tr/dc), 1 tr/dc in same ch 2 corner, ch 2, 2 tr/dc in the same ch 2 corner * 1 tr/ dc in the next 4 sts, ** ch 1, skip next st, 1 tr/dc in next st ** repeat from ** to ** 10 times, 1 tr/dc in the next 3 sts, [2 tr/dc, ch 2, 2 tr/dc in the next sp], * repeat from * to * twice, then 1 tr/dc in the next 4 sts, next repeat ** to ** eleven times, 1 tr/dc in the remaining 3 sts, then finish off with an invisible join to top of 1st ch 3 to join and weave in ends. to join. (88 sts + (44x) ch 1 sps and (4x) ch 2 sps).

Rnd 11: With a sl st attach YARN A to any ch 2 corner; ch 3 (counts as first tr/dc), 1 tr/dc in same ch 2 corner, ch 2, 2 tr/dc in the same ch 2 corner * 1 tr/ dc in the next 6 sts, ** 1 dtr/tr in in the skipped st of rnd 10, 1 tr/dc in the next st ** repeat from ** to **10 times, 1 tr/dc in the next 5 sts, [2 tr/dc, ch 2, 2 tr/ dc in the next sp] * repeat from * to * twice, then 1 tr/dc in the next 6 sts, next repeat ** to ** 11 times, 1 tr/dc in the next 5 sts, then finish off with an invisible join to top of 1st ch 3 to join and weave in ends. to join. (148 sts + (4x) ch 2 sps).

Rnd 12: With a sl st attach YARN D to any ch 2 sp corner; ch 1, 1 dc/sc in same sp, ch 2, 1 dc/sc in same sp, * 1 dc/sc in the next 9 sts, ** 1 htr/hdc in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next st ** repeat from ** to ** 10 times, 1 dc/sc in the next 8 sts, [1 dc/sc, ch 2, 1 dc/sc in the next ch 2 sp] * repeat from * to * twice, then 1 dc/sc in the next 9 sts, next repeat ** to ** 10 times, 1 dc/sc in the remaining 8 sts, finish off with an invisible join to top of 1st dc/sc to join and weave in ends. (156 sts).

This square will need blocking to pull it into the 12 inch x 12 inch square;

Blocking afghan squares:

To steam block an afghan square pin the square evenly on a flat surface. Set your steam iron (or hand held steamer) on the lowest setting that will produce steam.  Once you have a good steam going, hold the iron or steamer close to the crochet and work in a circular motion over the entire piece until every inch is evenly dampened. DO NOT touch the iron on the yarn! If you find that you must lightly press the square cover it with a cloth first to protect the yarn from the hot metal plate. Allow the pieces to dry  thoroughly before unpinning.

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