Week 6 of the 50 Stitches CAL – Waffle Stitch

A heavily textured stitch that is popular for baby blankets, and guess what? It looks like a waffle!

This stitch is made in multiples of 3 plus 1

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

UK Translation

Double crochet (dc) = treble crochet

Front post double crochet (fpdc) = front post treble crochet

The Pattern

You need a 4mm hook

Chain 32

Row 1. DC in 4th chain from hook (the turning chain counts as your first stitch), dc in each stitch across

Turn

Row 2. Turning chain, fpdc in next stitch, *dc in next 2 stitches, fpdc* continue across row. In last stitch make a dc

Turn

Row 3. Turning chain. *Dc in next stitch, fpdc in next 2 stitches* repeat across the row, in last 2 stitches make a dc

Row 4-15. Repeat rows 2 and 3

End on a repeat of row 3

The Border

Make 2 sc in the side of each row of dc. Add an extra sc in each corner for the turn. Sc in each stitch across the top and bottom. You should have 124 sc in total.

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 seed stitch loop. 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 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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