Week 12 of The 50 Stitches CAL – Loop Stitch

The Loop stitch is a popular in the making of amigurumi and rugs. If you cut the top of the loops it becomes the Fur stitch which creates beautiful shaggy fur for the amigurumi.

This stitch needs you to hold your yarn a different way to usual, and the end result looks different too, so don’t be worried about the odd looking stitch being created.

You can purchase the ad free, printable version of the pattern on Ravelry for just £2.40 which includes a weekly update with the next square

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-50-stitches-cal

This pattern is written in US terms, but the UK translation is below.

UK Translation

Single crochet (sc) = double crochet

The Pattern

I highly recommend watching the video to see how to form the loop.

You will need a 3.5mm hook

Make a foundation chain of 31

Row 1. Sc in the 3rd chain from your hook (turning chain counts as a stitch). Sc in each stitch across – 30 stitches 

Turn

Row 2. Chain 1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), sc in the first stitch Make a loop stitch in each stitch across. In final stitch sc.

To make a loop stitch, insert your hook into the next chain. Wrap the working thread around 2 fingers, or pull up a loop with your index finger. position your hook under the yarn closest to your work, (Yarn is laying on top of your hook, now) 

Catch the 2nd strand on your hook and draw both strands through your stitch. You will have 3 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all loops.

place your hook under the nearest strand
wrap the strand of yarn closest to your work around your hook
catch the yarn furthest away from your hook
catch the yarn furthest away from your work on your hook

Turn

Row 3. Chain 1 and sc in the first stitch. Sc in each stitch across – 30 stitches

Rows 4- 24. Repeat rows 2 and 3.

You will have 12 rows of single crochet and 12 rows of loops. Ending with a row of loops

The Border

The border

Sc in each stitch across the top and bottom. Make 1 single crochet in the side of each row except rows 1, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 24 where you will make 2 sc in the side of the row.

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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