Week 14 of the Ray Of Hope crochet along features the Linked Double Crochet stitch. This stitch makes a dense, hole free fabric so is the perfect stitch for warm clothing and snuggly blankets. It is a flat stitch, but with a lovely ribbed look.
The free pattern is below, but if you’d like the ad free printable version, it is available either as part of my Lifetime Pattern Pass, or you can purchase it on its own for £5 from Ravelry
If you would like to follow my colour scheme, you can find the list of colours in both Scheepjes Softfun and Stylecraft Special DK in this document here
The pattern is written in US terms, but the UK translation is below in brackets along with the abbreviations we will be using
- Linked double crochet = Linked treble crochet
You will need a 3.5mm hook for this stitch
With Colour N make a chain of 17
Unlike most of our other pieces, the turning chain in this stitch doesn’t count as a stitch
Row 1. In the 2nd chain from your hook pull up a loop. Insert your hook into the 4th chain from your hook and pull up a loop. Complete as a normal dc.
*insert your hook into the horizontal bar half way down the previous stitch
and pull up a loop.
Insert your hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop.
Complete as a dc* repeat between *and* until you reach the end of the row – 14 stitches
Rows 2-40. Turn, chain 2. Working into your turning chain, insert your hook into the 2nd chain from your hook and pull up a loop (you may find it easier to work into the chain before you turn)
Insert your hook into the first stitch of the row below and pull up a loop. Complete as a dc
*insert your hook into the horizontal bar half way down the previous stitch and pull up a loop. Insert your hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop. Complete as a dc*
repeat between *and* until you reach the end of the row – 14 stitches
change to a 4mm hook
With colour E (your joining colour) join into any stitch on the outer edge with a slst.
Make 2 Slst into every row down the long edges. You don’t need to add any extra stitches in the corners.
Down the short sides, make 1 slst into each sc
When you get back around to where you started, slst into the first stitch. Cut off and weave in your ends. You should have 80 slst on each long side, and 14 on each short side
Weave in your ends, and join the piece to week 13
To see how to join the pieces together click here
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