This technique weaves together crochet strips to create a double thickness pad perfect for using as trivets, hotpads and placemats. If used for any heat protection purpose then you should use 100% cotton yarn as it is heat resistant and won’t melt.
There is no set multiples for this stitch, you can make the strips as long and as wide as you need. Just make sure all of them have the same number of stitches.
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This pattern is written in US terms, but the UK translation is below.
Double crochet (dc) = treble crochet
Single crochet (sc) = double crochet
For this square you will need a 3.5mm hook
Start by making a chain 32.
Row 1. Make a dc in the 4th chain from your hook (the turning chain counts as a stitch) dc in each stitch across
Row 2. Alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in each stitch across.
Tie off and weave in ends. Make 12 of these strips.
We’re going to join all the strips together by using the sc border.
Start by laying one strip across, then arrange 6 of the strips in lengths, alternating them on top and below the strip you laid across.
Now we will crochet them together with sc. Each strip going down in the picture above needs 5 sc in the side (3sc in the side of 1 dc row, 2 in the other). For the strip going across in the picture there will be a sc in each stitch – 30 sc in total
You will be going through both strips with each sc you make. Use a standing sc to make your first stitch.
Join all the strips together. When you get to the end, add an extra sc in the corner for the turn, then turn the strips and lay another strip down arranging the rest of the strips in the same alternating pattern as the first side. Join them all in the same way adding an extra sc for the turn at the end of the row.
You should now have all your strips joined on at least 1 side.
On the 3rd side we need to start weaving the strips together before joining the edges. Make sure each strip is weaved under and over before joining then at the edges. Add an extra stitch in the corner for the turn.
Repeat the same for the 4th side. Some of your strips may need a tug to stretch, but they will be long enough. Add an extra sc for the turn before joining into the first sc on the 1st side
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.