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Week 23 of the Ray Of Hope crochet along features the Zig Zag Puff stitch. This beautiful braided chunky puff stitch looks stunning and will look fabulous as part of any project.

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

If you would like to follow my colour scheme, you can find the list of colours in both Scheepjes Softfun and Stylecraft Special DK in this document here

The pattern is written in US terms, but the UK translation is below in brackets along with the abbreviations we will be using

  • Double crochet (treble crochet) = dc

The Pattern

You will need a 3.5mm hook for this piece.

With Colour C make a chain of 22

Row 1, in the 4th chain from your hook make a dc (your turning chain counts as the first dc) dc in each chain across – 20 stitches

Row 2. Turn, chain 1, make the alternate turning chain2tog over the first 2 stitches. Dc in next 5 stitches, chain 2, skip the next 2 stitches then dc in the next 2 stitches. 

Chain 2, skip the next 2 stitches then dc in each of the next 5 stitches until you have 2 stitches left. Make a dc2tog over the last 2 stitches – 18 stitches

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Row 3. Turn, chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in next 5 stitches. 

Between the 2 dc before the chain space in the row below

make a puff (yarn over and pull up a loop 5 times – 11 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through 10 loops. Yarn over and pull through last 2 loops)

Make 2 dc in the chain space, then between the next 2 dc make a puff. Dc in the last 5 stitches – 18 stitches

Rows 4- 5. Turn, chain 1, make the alternate turning chain. Dc in the next 5 stitches. Make 2 dc in space before the puff in the row below. 

Make a puff around the post before the space. Make 2 dc in the space before the next puff, then make a puff around the post of the dc before the puff. Dc in the last 6 stitches – 18 stitches

Row 6. Turn, chain 1, make the alternate turning chain2tog. Dc in the next 4 stitches. Make 2 dc in space before the puff in the row below. Make a puff around the post before the space. Make 2 dc in the space before the next puff, then make a puff around the post of the dc before the puff. Dc in the next 4 stitches until you have 2 stitches left. Make a dc2tog in last stitch – 16 stitches

Rows 7-9. Turn, chain 1, make the alternate turning chain. Dc in the next 4 stitches. Make 2 dc in space before the puff in the row below. Make a puff around the post before the space. Make 2 dc in the space before the next puff, then make a puff around the post of the dc before the puff. Dc in the last 5 stitches – 16 stitches

Row 10. Turn, chain 1, make the alternate turning chain2tog. Dc in the next 3 stitches. Make 2 dc in space before the puff in the row below. Make a puff around the post before the space. Make 2 dc in the space before the next puff, then make a puff around the post of the dc before the puff. Dc in the next 3 stitches until you have 2 stitches left. Make a dc2tog in last stitch – 14 stitches

Rows 11-13. Turn, chain 1, make the alternate turning chain. Dc in the next 3 stitches. Make 2 dc in space before the puff in the row below. Make a puff around the post before the space. Make 2 dc in the space before the next puff, then make a puff around the post of the dc before the puff. Dc in the last 4 stitches – 14 stitches

Row 14. Turn, chain 1, make the alternate turning chain2tog. Dc in each stitch across. When you have 2 stitches left. Make a dc2tog over the last 2 stitches – 12 stitches

Rows 15 – 17. turn, chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in each stitch across – 12 stitches

Row 18. Turn, chain 1, make the alternate turning chain2tog over the first 2 stitches. Dc in the next 8 stitches. Make a dc2tog over the last 2 stitches – 10 stitches

Rows 19-21. turn, chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in each stitch across – 10 stitches

Row 22. Turn, chain 1, make the alternate turning chain2tog over the first 2 stitches. Dc in the next 6 stitches. Make a dc2tog over the last 2 stitches – 8 stitches

Rows 23-25. turn, chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in each stitch across – 8 stitches

Row 26. Turn, chain 1, make the alternate turning chain2tog over the first 2 stitches. Dc in the next 4 stitches. Make a dc2tog over the last 2 stitches – 6 stitches

Rows 27-29. turn, chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in each stitch across – 6 stitches

Row 30. Turn, chain 1, make the alternate turning chain2tog over the first 2 stitches. Dc in the next 2 stitches. Make a dc2tog over the last 2 stitches – 4 stitches

Rows 31-33. turn, chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in each stitch across – 4 stitches

Row 34. Turn, chain 1, make the alternate turning chain2tog over the first 2 stitches. Make a dc2tog over the last 2 stitches – 2 stitches

Rows 35-37. turn, chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in the last stitch – 2 stitches

Row 38. Turn, chain 1, make the alternate turning chain2tog over both stitches- 1 stitch

Row 39. Turn, chain 1, make the alternate turning chain. Cut off and weave in your ends.

The Border

Change to a 4mm hook for the border. Join Colour E (your joining colour) into the side of any stitch. Make 2 slst into the side of every dc.

When you get to the tip of the ray, make 2 slst into 1 side, but when you turn only make 1 slst into the other side of the stitch. Continue to make 2 slst into the side of all other stitches.

You don’t need to add any extra stitches for the corners.

You should have 78 slst down one long side and 77 down the other, and 20 slst across the bottom.

Weave in your ends, and join the piece to week 22

To see how to join the pieces together click here

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