When I received the opportunity to design a crochet afghan square for the Friendship Blanket CAL, I was beyond excited. Not only is it always a pleasure to work with other crochet designers and build new or stronger friendships with them, but Helen of Sunflower Cottage Crochet specifically requested that we create texture in our squares. You know I LOVE texture! With yarn and hook in hand, I set off designing the Fellowship Square, using one of my favorites: the crossed double crochet stitch.
I absolutely love the crossed double crochet stitch, as you’ve probably seen in both my Something New Baby Blanket and my In Bloom Asymmetrical Triangle Shawl. The crossed double crochet stitch creates a lovely, somewhat lacey texture without being too open – making it perfect for blankets. When Helen asked us for squares, I couldn’t wait to use my favorite stitch in an easy square.
The crossed double crochet stitch is an incredible stitch to use in all sorts of designs.
The Something New Baby Blanket pattern features the crossed double crochet stitch, and is absolutely gorgeous in a tencel or cotton blend yarn.
The In Bloom Asymmetrical Triangle Shawl brings an adult twist to the baby blanket classic. Beautiful in a cotton/acrylic blend yarn, this shawl is perfect for spring and summer.
Need to know a little more about The Friendship Blanket CAL?
The Friendship Blanket CAL is an event hosted by Helen and Sara of Sunflower Cottage Crochet. They’ve invited a bunch of lovely designers to design 9 inch x 9 inch squares that will end up being sewn together to create a lovely afghan (or anything else you can think of!). There are 41 squares total and you won’t want to miss any of them!
You can find more in depth information on my blog post for The Friendship Blanket CAL. This includes all the squares that have been released so far as well as information you might need such as yarn, hook sizes and where to find the patterns.
There is also a bundle of all 41 squares available to purchase! If you’d prefer to get all 40 patterns at once so you can get to making or if you’d rather all 40 patterns be in one PDF instead of having a bunch of them to work through, I recommend you check out The Friendship Blanket crochet afghan square bundle.
The bundle goes for $10 (USD). With 41 patterns in the bundle, the cost per pattern is only $0.25. Most of these patterns will go for between $1 to $2 a piece, so you’d be saving time and money going with the bundle.
Of course, there is never any push to purchase the bundle, but I do recommend checking it out if you’d like to get all the patterns faster. 🙂
If you need any help working this stitch, you can check out my crossed double crochet stitch video tutorial. There’s a photo tutorial in the PDF, but sometimes watching a video is a better way to learn. It’s linked in the PDF, too!
Additionally, if you’d like to work your Fellowship Square and the other crochet afghan squares in this CAL with a fun and supportive group, you can join my Facebook group where the Fox Family hangs out, supports each other and have good laughs all around. 🙂
Okay, okay, tired of me talking about how great this crochet afghan square is and ready to just get the pattern already!?
Easy – This pattern requires knowledge of how to chain, slip stitch, single crochet and double crochet. The special stitch, the crossed double crochet stitch, is explained in detail.
MATERIALS & TOOLS
- You will need approximately 1.5 oz or 80 yards of Medium (4) yarn.
- I used: I Love This Yarn in Sand Dunes
- I Love This Yarn is on the heavier side of the medium weight yarn. If you’re using a lighter weight yarn, you may need to alter the pattern. See the notes section for more information.
- 5 mm hook – I used my gorgeous Furls Streamline Swirl in Cookies and Cream
- Tapestry Needle
- Stitch Markers, if you prefer them
16 crossed double crochet stitches x 10 rows as written in pattern = approximately 4 inches x 4 inches.
Follow the pattern as written for 16 stitches and 10 rows. You should have approximately 4″ x 4″.
Approximately 9 inches x 9 inches square
In US terms;
- ch – chain
- sc – single crochet
- dc – double crochet
- cdc – crossed double crochet * See Special Stitches
SPECIAL STITCH – Crossed Double Crochet
To work a crossed double crochet, you will: skip 1 stitch and place a double crochet in the next. Now, find the stitch you skipped and place a double crochet in that skipped stitch. You will work this second stitch around the post of the first. So you don’t have to do anything special here, just insert your hook into the stitch, and complete your double crochet as normal.
When you see the pattern say “work 14 cdc across the row”, this means you will complete the steps outlined in the paragraph above 14 times.
- Be sure to match gauge before starting the square to ensure your square will be 9″ x 9″. Follow the pattern as written for 16 sts and 10 rows. You should have approximately 4″ x 4″.If you do not, try a larger or smaller hook as necessary.
- Ch 1 at beginning of rows never counts as a stitch.
- Ch 2 at beginning of rows always counts as a stitch.
- This stitch pattern requires an EVEN number of stitches. If you need to change the stitch count because your square will be too big or too small, that is totally fine. Just make sure you have an EVEN number of stitches so that the stitch pattern works correctly.
- Because we start our first row in the second chain from the hook, you will want to chain an odd amount of chains for an even number of stitches.
How to Make this Crossed Double Crochet Stitch Square
R1 – sc in 2nd ch from hook and each st across. (30)
R2 – ch 2 (counts as dc), turn. Work 14 cdc across the row. Place 1 dc in last st. (2 dc, 14 cdc – 30 total stitches)
R3 – Ch 1, turn. sc in same stitch and in each st across. (30)
R4 through 21 – Repeat Rows 2 and 3 in sequence. R21 should be a repeat of R3
R1 – ch 1, turn. Place 1 sc in each stitch across the row. At the end of the row, ch 2, turn your work 90 degrees to work along the raw edge. Place 1 sc in the side of each sc and 2 sc in the side of each dc. At the end, ch 2 and turn. Repeat the previous steps around the square. At the end, ch 2, slip stitch to first sc close. You should have 122 sc.
R2 – ch 2, do not turn. Place 1 hdc in each stitch around the square. When you reach a ch 2 space, place 3 hdc. At the end of the round, slip stitch to first hdc close. You should have 134 stitches.
*If you notice your square getting too big with R2 of the border, you can switch the hdc’s out for single crochets or completely leave it off. 🙂
Finish off, weave ends – you’re all done! 🙂
That’s it for this one! I hope you love how this crossed double crochet stitch square works up and I hope you love all the other squares that come with the Friendship Blanket CAL. Don’t forget – if you have any questions or need any help, you’re welcome to reach out to me and I’ll be happy to assist! I am most active in my Facebook Group, so you’re likely to find me there. We’d love to have you join us!
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Want to use your new Crossed Double Crochet Stitch skills on something other than an afghan square?
Check out my patterns that use this stitch to create lovely, fun texture:
Something New Baby Blanket
In Bloom Triangle Shawl