Week 5 of the 50 Stitches Crochet Along

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Week 5 of the 50 Stitches crochet along features the Alpine stitch. The alpine stitch creates a really thick texture, great for bags and baskets. Anything that requires sturdy sides, would suit this stitch.

This stitch is done in multiples of 2 +1. You will need a 3.5mm hook

You can find the links for all the squares in the crochet along here. 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

UK translation

  • Single crochet (sc) = double crochet
  • Double crochet (dc) = treble crochet
  • Front post double crochet (fpdc) = front post treble crochet

The Pattern

Chain 32. 

Row 1. Dc in 4th chain from your hook (this is your 2nd stitch, as the turning chain counts as your first stitch) dc in each chain across – 30 stitches

Turn

Row 2. chain 1, make a single crochet in each stitch across – 30 stitches

Row 3. Alternate double turning chain (counts as your first stitch)  front post double crochet in next stitch (yarn over and insert your hook in the post of the double crochet directly below in row 1 from right to left. Pull through a loop, now complete your dc as normal). *Dc in next stitch, fpdc* repeat across the row. Dc in last 2 stitches. 14 fpdc in the row – 30 stitches

Turn

alpine 1
                          A front post double crochet is made around the post of the double crochet in the row below

once you’ve pulled your hook back through the post, you will have 3 loops on your hook. Complete the double crochet as you normally would
alpine 2
A ridge will develop on the back of your work while making the fpdc, dc rows
alpine 3
Your row of fpdc/dc will look like this. Always start and end with a dc

Row 4. chain 1, sc in the first stitch. Sc in each stitch across – 30 stitches

Turn

Row 5. alternate turning chain, *dc in next stitch, fpdc in next stitch* repeat across the row. Dc in last stitch. 14 fpdc in the row – 30 stitches

Turn

Rows 6 – 27 Repeat rows 2 – 5

Your final row will be dc and fpdc

You should have 14 rows of dc/fpdc and 13 rows of sc

The Border

Make 2 sc in the side of each row of dc. Except for the first and last rows where you should make 2 sc in the side of the double crochet stitches. Ignore the sc rows. Add an extra sc in the corners for the turn.

You should have 30 sc down each side, plus an extra stitch in each corner for the turn. This will make your stitch count as 32 stitches across each side and 124 stitches total (remember the extra stitch corner stitch is counted in the stitch count for both sides)

You have now finished your square and join and you can tie off and weave in the ends

You can now add the interlocking border, joining this weeks square to last weeks as you join. You can see how to do this here

If you have any questions about the pattern or the CAL, then come on over to the Facebook group – 50 Stitches where you can show us your completed squares too.

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