Raised Group Stitch – Week 18 of The 50 Stitches CAL

This stitch is also known as Crystal Waves and has a 3d type texture that carries through to both sides. It creates a warm but breathable fabric, perfect for cowls and scarves

You can purchase the ad free, printable version of the pattern on Ravelry for just £2.40 which includes a weekly update with the next square

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-50-stitches-cal

This pattern is written in US terms, but you can find the UK term translation below

UK Translation

Double crochet (dc) = treble crochet

front post single crochet = front post double crochet

The Pattern

You will need a 4mm hook.

Chain 32

Row 1. In 4th chain from your hook make 2 dc. *Skip 3 stitches and sc, chain 3 and make 3 dc in the same stitch as the sc* repeat the pattern between the *and* sc in the last stitch.

Row 2. Alternate turning chain in the first stitch, and make 2 dc in the same stitch. *In the 3rd dc of the group of 3 in the previous row, front post single crochet. Chain 3 and in the chain 3 space from row 1 make 3 dc* repeat the pattern across the row, ending in a front post single crochet in the last dc of the previous row.

Rows 3-15. Repeat row 2

Row 16. Chain 5. Slip stitch into the top of the 3rd dc of the cluster. *chain 3, slip stitch in the top of the 3rd dc of the cluster* repeat until the end of the row and tie off

The Border

The bottom edge – make 3 sc over each chain of 3 skipped stitches, and 1 sc in the bottom of each cluster of sc and 3 dc. There will be an extra sc in the bottom of the turning chain.

Sides – Make 2 sc in the side of each rows.

The top – make 4sc in each chain 3 space. Make an extra sc in the top of the first and last dc.

Add an extra sc in each corner 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 then 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, then 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, and 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 then 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 then 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

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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