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Week 29 of the Ray Of Hope crochet along features the X Stitch. A pretty lace type stitch that adds a nice bit of detail to 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

  • Single crochet (double crochet) = sc
  • Double crochet (treble crochet) = dc
  • Treble crochet (double treble crochet) = tr

The Pattern

You will need a 3.5mm hook for this piece.

With Colour A, make a chain of 22

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

Row 2. Turn, chain 1, make the alternate turning chain2tog. Dc in each stitch across until you have 2 stitches left. Make a dc2tog in last stitch – 18 stitches

Row 3. Turn, chain 1, make the treble alternate turning chain in the 1st stitch. Tr in the next 2 stitches. 

Make an X stitch (skip 2 stitches and make a treble crochet. Chain 1, then go back to the 1st skipped stitch. You want to make a tr by going behind the 1st tr, but you will be inserting your hook from the front of the stitch) 

then make another 3 X stitches. Tr in each of the last 3 stitches – 18 stitches

Row 4. Turn, chain 1. Sc in the first stitch. Sc in each stitch across, including in the chain 1 spaces in the X stitches – 18 stitches

Row 5. Turn, chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in each stitch across – 18 stitches

Row 6. Turn, chain 1, make the alternate turning chain2tog. Dc in each stitch across until you have 2 stitches left. Make a dc2tog in last stitch – 16 stitches

Row 7. turn, chain 1 and make the treble alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Tr in the next stitch. Make 4 X stitches. Tr in the last 2 stitches – 16 stitches

Row 8. Turn, chain 1. Sc in the first stitch. Sc in each stitch across – 16 stitches

Row 9. turn, chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in reach stitch across – 16 stitches

Row 10. Turn, chain 1, make the alternate turning chain2tog. Dc in each stitch across until you have 2 stitches left. Make a dc2tog in last stitch – 14 stitches

Row 11. Turn, chain 1 and make the treble alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Tr in the next 3 stitches, make 2 X stitches. Tr in the last 4 stitches – 14 stitches

Row 12. Turn, chain 1, sc in the 1st stitch. Sc in each stitch across – 14 stitches

Row 13. Turn, chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in each stitch across – 14 stitches

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

Row 15. Turn, chain 1 and make the treble alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Tr in the next 2 stitches, make 2 X stitches. Tr in the last 3 stitches – 12 stitches

Row 16. Turn, chain 1, sc in the 1st stitch. Sc in each stitch across – 12 stitches

Row 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 1 slst into the side of every sc row, 2 slst into the side of every dc row, and 3 slst into the side of every tr row.

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 28

To see how to join the pieces together click here

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