The Limpet stitch isn’t seen very often, but adds interesting detail to your projects. This stitch needs extending double crochets to give your limpets the height needed to curl.
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.
Double crochet (dc) = treble crochet
Extended double crochet (edc) = extended treble crochet
For this square you will need a 3.5mm hook
Row 1. In the 4th chain from your hook make a dc (your turning chain counts as your first stitch) dc in each stitch across (30 stitches)
Row 2. Chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in the next 4 stitches.
In the next stitch make a Limpet stitch.
The Limpet needs you to use extending double crochet (edc) This is where you yarn over, insert your hook into the stitch, yarn over, pull through the first loop only, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, then yarn over and pull through the last 2 loops.
To make your limpet – All in the same stitch make (2edc, chain 1, edc, chain 1, edc, chain 1, edc, chain 1, edc, chain 1, 2 edc)
then take your hook out of the loop and insert it into the top of the 1st edc of the Limpet. Hook back into the working loop and slip stitch.
This will join both sides of your limpet together. You may have to fold the limpet under to form the shape.
Dc in the next stitch (this will be hidden under the sides of the Limpet). Dc in the next 17 stitches, then make another Limpet. Dc in the last 5 stitches.
Row 3. Chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the 1st stitch. Dc in each stitch across – 30 stitches
Row 4. Chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the 1st stitch. Dc in the next 11 stitches. In the next stitch make a Limpet. Dc in the next 4 stitches then make a Limpet. Dc in the next 12 stitches.
Row 5. Chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the 1st stitch. Dc in each stitch across – 30 stitches
Row 6 – 13. Repeat rows 2 – 5
Sc in each stitch across the top and bottom.
For the sides make 3 sc in the side of rows 1, 4, 8 and 13. Make 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
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.