This stitch creates a cable across a group of dc. It is created by pulling up a loop in a stitch several stitches back and pulling it across the dc already created.
This stitch is made in multiples of 4 plus 2.
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This pattern is written in US terms but you can find the UK translation below
Double crochet (dc) = treble crochet
Single crochet (sc) = double crochet
You will need a 4mm hook
Row 1. Sc in 3rd chain from hook (turning chain counts as a stitch) sc in each stitch across – 30 stitches
Row 2. Alternate turning chain in first stitch. skip the next stitch and dc in next 3 stitches. Go back to the skipped stitch and make a cable
(Yarn over, insert hook into the skipped stitch you made before the 3 dc and pull up a long loop across the 3 dc so the loop is the height of the other stitches. Complete the stitch as you would a normal dc – this is your cable stitch)
*Skip the next stitch, dc in next 3 stitches. Go back to the skipped stitch and make a cable* repeat the pattern between * and *
Dc in last stitch (30 stitches)
Tip – if your cable gets twisted, just run your nail down the middle and it will straighten itself out.
Row 3. Chain 1, sc in first stitch. Sc in each stitch across
Rows 4 – 17. Repeat rows 2 and 3. End in a repeat of row 3.
You will have 8 rows of cables and 9 rows of sc.
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Make 3 sc in the side of every other row of cables, make 2 sc in the other cable rows. 1sc in the side of the sc rows except row 17 where you make 2sc.
Sc in each stitch across the top and bottom and add an extra sc in the corners for the turn.
The Interlocking Border
If you are joining as you go, we need to add the interlocking border and weave it into the border of the previous square so they are joined together. Use a 4mm hook for this part of the border on all squares.
Start the border in the extra corner stitch on the bottom left hand side with a standing single crochet, and single crochet in the next corner stitch.
*Chain 4, skip the next 3 stitches, single crochet in the next two stitches* repeat this pattern across the bottom edge until you reach the next corner (you should have 6 loops). Make a single crochet in all 3 corner stitches. Carry on the pattern above. Do this for 3 sides.
When you get to the top left corner, single crochet in the 3 corner stitches then chain 4. Pull up a loop, then insert your hook into the top right loop of the previous square. Hook the loop from your chain 4 and pull it up through the loop on the adjoining square. Pull your loop tight, skip 3 and single crochet in the next 2 stitches of the adjoining square.
You should have joined the first 2 loops together. Repeat this for all 6 loops until you get back to the bottom left hand corner. Single crochet in the corner stitch, and join into the standing stitch.
You can now tie off and weave in your ends.
If you would like to close the gap between the corners of your squares, you can do this with a single stitch. I show you how in this video
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