Week 15 of The 50 Stitches crochet along features the Jacobs Laddder stitch. This is a stitch with a difference. The braided ladder makes for a lovely cable effect that is created by threading loops of chains together.

You can find the links for all the squares in the crochet along here. The free pattern is below, but if you’d like the ad free printable version, it is available either as part of my Lifetime Pattern Pass, or you can purchase it on its own for £5 from Ravelry

This pattern is written in US terms, but the UK translation is below

UK translation

Double crochet (dc) = treble crochet

The Pattern

You need a 3.5mm hook for this square

Start by making a foundation chain of 32

Row 1. Dc in 4th chain from your hook (turning chain counts as a stitch), then dc in next 5 stitches. Chain 10 and then slip stitch around the post of the dc you’ve just made (get your hook into the gap between the top loops and that thread just below) – this is your first loop, dc in next 7 stitches and make another loop. Dc in next 2 stitches and make a loop then dc in next 7 stitches and make a loop, then dc in last 7 stitches.

30 dc stitches in the row.

TIP – you can reduce or increase the number of chains in your loop if you find they are too loose or too tight when you braid them together

Slip stitch back into the same dc
Slip stitch your chain back into the dc you started it


Row 2. Alternate turning chain in first stitch, then dc in next 6 stitches then make a loop. dc in next 7 stitches and make another loop. In next 2 stitches make a dc and make a loop. Dc in next 7 stitches and make a loop. Dc in last 7 stitches.


Rows 3 – 12 – repeat row 2

Row 13 – Make an alternate turning chain in first stitch. Dc in next 6 stitches.

If your loops are on the wrong side of your square, you can just pull them through with your hook onto the right side. They should be facing you when you start row 13. 

Join together all your loops in the first ladder. Do this by taking the loop in row 1, twist then thread the loop in row 2 through it from back to front. Repeat this for every loop until you reach the top. Make a slip stitch into the top of the final loop (the slip stitch doesn’t count as a stitch when making your border)

Braiding the loops together
Braid your loops together from the bottom to the top
Slip stitch your ladder into place
Slip stitch into the top loop to secure the ladder in place

The Border

Sc in each stitch across the bottom

Sc in all the dc across the top. The slip stitches don’t count.

In the sides make 3 sc in rows 1, 4, 9 and 13. Make 2sc 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

You can now add the interlocking border, joining this weeks square to last weeks as you join. You can see how to do this here

If you have any questions about the pattern or the CAL, then come on over to the Facebook group – 50 Stitches where you can show us your completed squares too.

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