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How to Crochet the Tunisian Crossed Stitch

How to Crochet the Tunisian Crossed Stitch

We’re getting close to the end with today’s stitch: the Tunisian Crossed Stitch.  I love the pattern this creates and there are many ways you can “shake” up this stitch.  To get started though, I want to keep it simple! How to Crochet the Tunisian 

The Friendship Blanket CAL

The Friendship Blanket CAL

The Friendship Blanket CAL is here! I can hardly believe it. This is something that I have been thinking about for almost a year, and have been working on since September. Yet it seems to have come round so quickly! Why call it the Friendship 

The Friendship Blanket –  Friendship Square

The Friendship Blanket – Friendship Square

We are so excited to be kicking off the Friendship Blanket CAL today with the Friendship Square!

We have teamed up with no less than 29 of our designer friends to bring you this CAL. Each designer has designed at least 1 square that should be 9″ square and easily assembled to make this blanket. Of course, you can use the squares for whatever you desire. You can find out more about how this CAL works here

The theme for the blanket is texture, and I hope you agree that this square certainly ticks that box!

Skill level – beginner

It is a simple square so is suitable for a beginner as long as you can sc. hdc and dc. If you are new to front and back posts we have a video tutorial to show you how to do this. By the time you have done a row you will be a pro at the post stitches!

Use it as a washcloth?

So you don’t want to make the blanket? That’s OK! Use this square as a washcloth or a dishcloth! There are other ideas of things that you can make with these squares which will be posted nearer the end of the CAL but I will link it here.

 

Don’t forget you can sign up for our Events and CALs emails and never miss a square or one of our events! Just click the button below

 

If you are making this as part of the CAL please use the code from our roundup post and if you have the code you can download it using the buttons below!

 

Pattern links

You can get a pdf version of this pattern in all of our shops:

Ravelry here

Our shop here

Etsy here

 

 

Let’s get started!

Materials:

  • 100 yds #4 weight yarn of your choosing.
  • 5.00mm hook
  • Stitch markers (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

 

Gauge

8 sts and 7 rows = 2 inches

This is important if your square is to be 9″ If it works out slightly smaller you can always block it.

 

Abbreviations

  • Ch(s)–chain(s)
  • St(s)–stitch(es)
  • rep–repeat
  • sk—skip
  • sc – single crochet
  • YO—yarn over
  • FO—fasten off
  • Sc – single crochet
  • FPDC – front post double crochet
  • BPDC – back post double crochet
  • Fdc – foundation double crochet

Pattern Notes:

  • Written in US terms.
  • Ch1 stitches at the beginning do not count as a st unless otherwise stated.

 

Special Stitches:

Fhdc –

You can find our tutorial on the foundation stitches:

You can find the left handed version at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqkTFzCja-A

I find this has a more aesthetically pleasing finish than the chain starts to projects, but it is not necessary to start this project!

 

FPDC –

YO and insert hook between the posts of the previous st and the one you want to work and bring the hook back to the front (between the posts of the stitch you want to work and the next st).The hook should not be positioned horizontally behind the dc that you are working. YO and draw the yarn around the post of the stitch. You now have 3 loops on your hook, YO and draw the yarn through two loops on the hook, yo and draw yarn through the last two loops. Stitch is complete.

You can find our left handed YouTube video on this stitch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biHxNSKo5Vw&t=10s 

 

BPDC – 

YO and insert your hook from the back to the front between the posts of the first and the second dc on the row below, and then from the front to the back again between the posts of the second and the third stitches, The hook should now be positioned horizontally in front of the dc that you are working. YO and draw the yarn around the post of the stitch. You now have 3 loops on the hook, YO and draw through 2 loops on the hook, yo and draw through 2 loops on the hook. Stitch completed.

You can find our YouTube video tutorial on this stitch on our YouTube Chanel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTPKAPQblkE&t=51s

 

Pattern:

Row 1 –           Fdc 35

OR

Ch 37 dc in third ch from hook (ch3 counts as a st) and each ch across.

 

Row 2 –            Ch1, turn, sc in the first st, *fpdc in the next st, bpdc in the next st * Rep from * to * until you reach the last st, sc in last st.

 

Rows 3-24      Repeat row 2 until square measures 9” in height.

 

 

FO and sew in ends if desired (depending on what you are using the square for!)

 

It really is that easy. And isn’t it an effective texture? I love it!!

 

Dont forget to share your Friendship blanket kinship square with us as you make them!

 

 

Mixed Toffee Cowl

Mixed Toffee Cowl

At the end of November 2019 we hosted our first CAL with the Mixed Toffee Cowl. All of our CALs are currently done on our FB Community page. It was great fun! The interaction with the members of our community page was great, and we