Welcome to week 1 of the 50 Stitches CAL!
I’m so excited to finally be getting started and sharing this fabulous project with you.
This weeks square is the seed stitch, which is also known as the lemon peel stitch. It is a really easy stitch and has a beautiful, gentle texture that is popular for using to make dishcloths and facecloths.
I love the texture of this and is one of my favourite stitches. Its also a really simple stitch, so a great one for any beginners.
To make this stitch you only need single and double crochet and we’ll be alternating between the 2 throughout the entire square.
Single crochet (sc) = double crochet
Double crochet (dc) = treble crochet
For this square we’re using a 3.5mm hook, and it needs approx 35 metres of yarn.
If you find this hook size uncomfortable with aran/worsted yarn then go up to a 4mm, but you must also increase your hook size by 0.5mm for every square in the CAL if you do this.
Start by making a foundation row of 31. I recommend putting a stitch marker in the first loop from your hook as the turning chain will count as a single crochet.
Row 1. Double crochet in the 3rd chain from your hook. Repeat this pattern across the row *sc, dc* repeat until the end, finishing with a double crochet.
Row 2. Chain 1 and single crochet in the first stitch (the chain 1 does not count as a stitch and is part of the alternate turning chain)
dc in the next stitch then *sc, dc* across. End with a dc
Repeat row 2 until you have 20 rows.
Your square should now have roughly equal measurements on each side.
To add the single crochet border. Make a standing sc in any stitch on the top or bottom. Sc in each stitch across. When you get to the corner sc 3 in the same stitch – this counts as the final stitch of that row, a stitch for the corner, and the first stitch of the next side.
Start work down the side of the square. In the side of each dc make 2 sc, in the side of each sc make 1 sc.
When complete you should have 32 sc on each side.
Now we can add the interlocking border. Use a 4mm hook for this. As this is the first square you will add this border on all sides. Start in a corner and make a standing single crochet. Single crochet in all 3 corner stitches.
*Chain 4, skip 3 stitches and single crochet in the next 2 stitches* repeat this across until you reach the corner. Make a single crochet in each of the 3 corner stitches, then repeat the pattern on the next side. Do this for all 4 sides.
Your square is complete!
I recommend blocking your square now to enhance those beautiful stitches.