The X Stitch – Week 21 of The 50 Stitches CAL

The X Stitch

The X stitch is made up of sets of crossed double crochets arranged in a diagonal lattice. This stitch is made in multiples of 2.

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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

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Chain 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.

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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