Welcome back to the Checkerboard Textures Throw Crochet-Along! This week we will be working on the Popcorn Square (LW4132-4), which you can find here.
Also, join us on Facebook to enter for a chance to win a Red Heart Yarns prize pack ($125 Retail Value) to go along with our Checkerboard Textures Throw Crochet Along. Please fill out the short entry form with your name and email address. We’ll be choosing a new winner every two weeks!
We post pictures of how to do each stitch pattern and crochet a very small sample as an example. Use the stitch counts in the actual pattern to make the square big enough for an afghan.
To start, chain 36 loosely and then do a row of single crochet so you have 35 stitches. Chain 3, which counts as a double crochet, and then do two more double crochet stitches as normal.
To start making the popcorn, do 4 double crochet stitches into the same single crochet stitch.
Make the loop on your hook slightly larger than normal so you won’t lose it, then remove your hook from the loop. Take your hook and insert it from front to back into the first double crochet of the 4 you did into the same stitch, and then put the loop back on the hook as normal so you have the loop and the fabric on your hook. Pull the loop through the fabric so you have just the loop on your hook, and then do a chain stitch.
Do three double crochets into the next three stitches as normal, and the popcorn will “pop” out from the fabric.
Continue across the row, doing a popcorn and then three double crochet stitches.
Do a row of single crochet, doing a single crochet stitch into each double crochet stitch and into the chain-1 space at the top of each popcorn. Each popcorn counts as one stitch on the single crochet row.
The second popcorn row has the same idea as the first one, but the popcorns will be offset from each other. You’ll chain 3, which counts as a double crochet stitch, and then immediately do a popcorn. Continue the pattern of doing 3 double crochet in between each popcorn, and you’ll see how the popcorns on the second popcorn row are centered in between the popcorns on the first popcorn row.
Continue repeating the pattern of Row 2-5: first popcorn row, single crochet row, second popcorn row, single crochet row. The popcorns will arrange themselves in a nice pattern.
You’ll be doing the same border we have done for the previous textured squares. You’ll crochet along the top, down one side, across the bottom, and back up the other side and fasten the border with a slip stitch. In each corner stitch you’ll do a single crochet, chain 3, and another single crochet to make the corner lay flat.
To make sure you have 33 stitches on the sides of the square, the designer suggests marking the ends of rows 5, 13, and 19. As you make these rows put a stitch marker at either end of the row. When you go along the side for the border, do a single crochet into the end of every single crochet row except the rows you marked and do a single crochet into the top of and around the post of every double crochet. (Make sure you remove your stitch markers as you go!)
Now you’re finished! (Go have a treat!) We’ll release the next square on April 2, 2014. You will need 10 Granny Squares and one each of the other squares for the finished afghan, so if you’re starting late you can get started on making those squares.
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