Week 1 of The 50 Stitches Crochet Along

Welcome to week 1 of the 50 Stitches crochet along!

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.
I love the texture of the Seed stitch and is one of my favourite stitches. Its also a really simple stitch, so a great one for any beginners.

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

Single crochet (sc) = double crochet

Double crochet (dc) = treble crochet

The Pattern

For this square we’re using a 3.5mm hook.

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.

Start by making a foundation chain 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.

Row 1. In the 3rd chain from your hook, make a dc (your turning chain counts as a sc)

*Sc in the next stitch, then dc in the next stitch* repeat between *and* until the end of the chain, finishing with a dc – 30 stitches


Row 2. Chain 1 and single crochet in the first stitch (the chain 1 does not count as a stitch)

*dc in the next stitch then make a sc in the following stitch* repeat between *and* in each stitch across, ending with a dc – 30 stitches

Rows 3-20. Repeat row 2

Your square should now have roughly equal measurements on each side.

The Border

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 Border

Now we can add the interlocking border. This is the only square we add this border to without joining to another square.

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!

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.

23 thoughts

  1. 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

  2. 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

  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. 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!

  5. 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

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