The Feather Stitch – Week 22 of The 50 Stitches CAL

The Feather stitch makes a thick fabric with a beautiful pattern. It would be perfect for thick snoods and blankets.

This stitch is usually made up in an odd number of stitches, but I’ve adjusted our pattern to get the stitch count we need for our squares.

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

UK Translation

Half double crochet (hdc) = half treble crochet

The Pattern

For this square you will need a 3.5mm hook

Start by chaining 32

Row 1. In 4th chain from your hook (turning chain counts as a stitch) make a hdc. Hdc in each stitch across (30 stitches)

Turn

Row 2. Chain 1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. *Chain 1, skip a stitch, make a hdc* repeat the pattern between *and* across the row. Make a hdc in the last stitch.

Turn

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Row 3. Chain 1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. 

Next we are going to make our first feather. Yarn over and pull up a loop in the same stitch as the turning chain. Yarn over and pull up a loop between the 2 hdc in row 1. Yarn over and pull up a loop in the next ch1 space. Yarn over and pull through all 7 loops on your hook. Chain 1.

This first feather will dip lower than the rest, as this is an additional feather to get our stitch count right.

The first feather

For the next feather. *Yarn over and pull up a loop in the same chain space as the one you completed the last feather in. Yarn over and pull up a loop in the skipped stitch in row 1 directly below. Yarn over and pull up a loop in the next chain 1 space. Yarn over and pull through all 7 loops on your hook. Chain 1*

The stitches you make each feather in

Repeat the pattern between *and* across the row. Your final feather will finish in the last chain space, then chain one and make a hdc in the final stitch

The final feather of row 3

Turn

Row 4. Chain 1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch.  Yarn over and pull up a loop in the chain space. Yarn over and pull up a loop in the chain space in the row below. Yarn over and pull up a loop in the next chain space in this row. Pull your hook through all 7 loops then chain 1.  

Where your hook goes for feathers in row 4 upwards

*Yarn over and pull up a loop in the same chain space as the one you completed the last feather in. Yarn over and pull up a loop in the skipped stitch in row 1 directly below. Yarn over and pull up a loop in the next chain 1 space. Yarn over and pull through all 7 loops on your hook. Chain 1* finish the row with a hdc in the last stitch

Turn

Rows 5- 19. Repeat row 4

Turn

Row 20. Chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Hdc in each stitch across – 30 stitches

The Border

Along the top and bottom, make a sc in each stitch. In the sides alternate between 2sc and 1sc in each row.

Add an extra stitch 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

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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