Week 1 of The 50 Stitches CAL – Seed/Lemon Peel Stitch

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.

The Seed Stitch also known as the Lemon Peel Stitch


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.

UK translation
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.

The Pattern

Video Tutorial for Week 1 of the 50 Stitches CAL


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.

Stitch marker in the 31st chain

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.

Your row should always end with a double crochet

Turn.

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)

Alternate turning chain which counts as a single crochet

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.

The interlocking join for the 50 Stitches crochet-a-long


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.

Slip stitch in each of the 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.

The squares will be joined by weaving the border through these loops

Your square is complete!
I recommend blocking your square now to enhance those beautiful stitches.

22 thoughts

  1. Wow.
    I’m happy and I just recently download a seed stitch on YouTube which makes things easier. Thank You
    What can I make using granny squares??
    I’m a beginner

  2. I have never worked with this tiny of a hook or yarn. I could not tell a double from a single. Frogged row 1 twelve times and could never get it right.
    I flunked out of class first block. First row. Man this was hard on the ego.

    1. I had a really hard time as well. One thing I did to help me was counting my stitches each row. 1 is sc 2 is double and from there you know all odd numbers should be a single and all even numbers should be a double. Once you’re a few rows in it gets easier to tell because the single crochet stitch from the previous row is a bit tighter and lower so you know that a double should be going there. Keep trying! Mistakes are proof you’re trying!

  3. Hi kelly , I have struggled with this square. But after 3 attempts, by jove I think I got it . Thank you for all your hard work in coming up with this and letting us all have a try at it .

  4. Hi i have completed 31 stitches but my chain measures just over 18.5 cm and the chain is tight how can i mske this right i ysed a 3.5 mm hook with 4 med acrylic yarn?? Help

  5. I’ve done all 3 squares, but have had to add rows to get close to a square. All mine kinda came out like rectangles. I stretched and will block, but they weren’t even close. Not sure if it’s my tension or my yarn. Anyway, you say there should be 32 stitches on each border side, but how many joining loops do you end up with per side? I want them to join properly, but with my modifications, the numbers are scrambling in my head. Thanks!

    1. Your squares coming out as rectangles will be due to your tension, but I wouldn’t worry about it. All of your squares will likely come out this way so they will still fit together nicely.

      There should be 6 loops on the border on each side x

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