Welcome to the first square of the Checkerboard Textures Throw Crochet Along! This week we’ll be doing the Cross-Stitched Square. You can download the pattern here. Enter for a chance to win a Red Heart Yarns prize pack by going to our Facebook page and putting your name and email in the entry form. We’ll be choosing a new winner every two weeks!
We’ll be posting pictures of how to do each stitch pattern and will be making a very small sample square as an example. Use the stitch counts in the actual pattern to make the square big enough for an afghan.
To create the first row, you’ll be single crocheting into only the back loops of the chain. Working into the back loops ensures a smooth edge for you to crochet the border over later.
The second row starts off with a chain 3 to count as the first double crochet. Since it counts as the first double crochet, as usual you do not crochet into the stitch at the base of the chain. You will then skip the next stitch and do two regular double crochets.
After each cross-stitch pattern row, you do a row of regular single crochet. Continue to alternate rows of the pattern and rows of the single crochet until you have done 27 rows total.
The border is a simple single crochet border. Instead of fastening off, you’ll create a corner, crochet along the top, down the side, across the bottom (where you made the smooth edge at the start of the square), and then up the final side and slip stitch the border closed.
And you’re finished! You’ve completed the Cross-Stitched Square for the Checkerboard Textures Throw (LW4132). Join us on February 5, 2014 when we’ll release the next square for this afghan.
Introduction to the Crochet Along
Back Loops Square
Front Post Treble Crochet Square
Raised Crochet Treble Square
Front Post Double Crochet Square
Back Loop & Front Loop Square
Front Post Double Crochet around Single Crochet Square
Shells with Front and Back Post Stitches Square
Double Crochet & Slip Stitch Square