Saturday, 3 March 2018

Weekend Stitches - Double Crochet Square Complete

Block 1 complete

Hello, welcome to 'Weekend Stitches'. I hope that you are well. First of all, thank you very much for the encouraging comments that you've written last time on 'Weekend Stitches'. Some have already made a sampler blanket in the past, with different crochet stitches. Others are itching to 'have a go' at some new stitches. 

So how did you get on, did you have a go at the different variants of Double Crochet (dc) / US (sc). You'll notice below that I've blocked my first square. Apart from the fact that it's 'the done thing' for a more professional finish, it has made a real difference to the size and general lay of the square. The 3 middle sections overall, 
were looking narrow in width.

I measured the work, sprayed water on both sides of the crochet square, then pinned the work to dry. Despite the strange camera angle, it measures 20cm width and length.

First attempt at blocking

UK Terminology  (UK/US conversion chart below)

From last time - the bottom section in lime, 
10 rows in basic dc - with the hook in both parts of the V stitch. 
Next in cheviot, 10 rows dc back loop only. 
Then in gold, 10 rows dc front part only. 

Back and Front Loop Double Crochet  (Saxe) [light blue]

Row 1 *work 1 Back Loop dc, work 1 Front Loop dc 
repeat these alternate stitches to the end of the row, chain 1, turn* repeat for 8 more rows.
Row 10 work 1 Back Loop dc, work 1 Front Loop dc to the end, fasten off.

Double Crochet  (Cobalt)

Work 9 rows only in basic dc (as the lime section).

I measured my work (20 cm sq) and stopped on 9 rows for the last section. I may add a border later in a stone/cream colour to join the squares together. 
Below is a re-cap of the colours I've chosen and photos of  'where to put your hook' as a quick reminder. 

Materials used

Jarol Heritage DK,  Wool Rich 100g, 55% wool, 25% Acrylic, 20% Nylon.

Lime (137), Gold (140), Saxe (110), [light blue], Cobalt (148)

Jarol Heritage Tweed DK 100g, 50% Wool 20% Premium Acrylic 25% Nylon 5% Viscose 

Cheviot (02) [grey]

Hook size  - 4mm

Insert your hook here

Insert hook through both parts 

Insert hook through back part only

Insert hook through front part only

US/UK Crochet Terms.

single crochet (sc)double crochet (dc)
double crochet (dc)treble (tr)
half double crochet (hdc)half treble (htr)
triple crochet (trc)double treble (dtr)

If you have any questions, please leave a comment.
Thank you for visiting, do let me know if you've tried these stitches.



  1. Isn't it amazing how different the stitches look with just the slightest variations? ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

    1. Yes with just a slight change, a whole new stitch is made. Have a good week Teresa. Cx

  2. I am always amazed the effect blocking can have, particularly with a lacy pattern.

    1. Yes, tha blocking made a real difference. I'm just about to block some flowers. Have a good week, Cathy x

  3. I think it's a lovely idea to make a sampler blanket. I've made crochet blankets in the past but never a knitted one, scrappy blankets seem to be the in thing at the moment, knitting up squares from left over sock yarn. I've resisted so far but I must admit that I quite fancy starting one.

    1. I guess blankets both knitted or crocheted are always going to be popular. It promises coziness and relaxation in one, perfect. I look forward to seeing what you come up with Jo. I was thinking about your 'spice of life' blanket - if you did 1 or even 2 rows per week... it'd certainly get finished Cx

  4. Thank you for the great tutorial.

    1. Arh bless you Meredith, you are very kind. I've enjoyed seeing your lovely puppies, what gorgeous faces they have. Happy and full of mischief! Cx

  5. That looks lovely my favourite stitch is the Dc. Have a lovely week

    1. Thank you, that's very kind of you, thanks for commenting, Cx

  6. Hi Cathy, your square is lovely! I really like the look of that stitch, the neat squatness of it. I just saw your comment on my blog about sending me an email. I couldn't reply to your comment, it says you're a no-reply blogger. But I haven't received an email from you, I'm sorry. I'll keep watching for it, but nothing yet. Let me know if I can help.

  7. Hi Cathy, I got your new comment. I still can't reply back to you through it, though. You should be able to fix it through your profile, as you mentioned in your comment on mine. Your email address for me is correct, I really don't know why it's not appearing in my inbox. You could try sending a message through my Blogger profile, which is tied to the same email account.

  8. I can really see the difference after blocking, it’s not something I’ve really done, but I know I should. Lovely, easy to follow tutorial xx

  9. Cathy, I haven't received an email from you, only the comments on my blog. I'm sorry. I don't know why my email isn't working for you. You can email me here (take out the underscore): hays_jen at gmail dot com.

    1. Ok thanks Jennifer, I'll take a look tomorrow. It's midnight now. Just a thought - maybe it went straight into spam. Cathy x


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