Week 21 of The 50 Stitches crochet along features the X stitch. The X stitch is made up of sets of crossed double crochets arranged in a diagonal lattice.

If you would like to know how to crochet the X stitch for any size project, you can see how here

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

For this square you will need a 3.5 mm hook

Start by making a foundation chain of 32

Row 1. In the 5th chain from your hook make a dc (turning chain counts as a stitch). For your next stitch you’re going to be working behind the dc you just made, in the 4th chain of the turning chain make a dc.

How to make the X stitch
Where to place your hook to make the 2nd part of the X stitch

*skip a stitch and make a dc. In the skipped stitch and working behind the dc you just made but inserting your hook into the front of the chain, make a dc* repeat between *and* across the row. Dc in the last chain – 30 stitches

This first row is the most difficult. When you start row 2 it will become much easier to get your hook into the stitches.

Turn

Row 2. In the first stitch make the alternate turning chain. Dc in the next stitch. *skip a stitch and make a dc. In the skipped stitch and working behind the dc you just made, make a dc* repeat between *and* across the row. Dc in the last 2 stitches – 30 stitches

Staggered placement of the stitches in each row
The stitches in each row are staggered

Turn

Row 3. In the first stitch make the alternate turning chain. *skip a stitch and make a dc. In the skipped stitch and working behind the dc you just made, make a dc* repeat between *and* across the row. Dc in the last stitch

Turn

Rows 4-14 repeat rows 2 and 3

The Border

Make a sc in each stitch across the top and bottom.

For the sides make 3 sc in the side of rows 1 and 14, and 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.

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