Hi and welcome to week four of the Erie Waters Crochet Along with Rich Textures Crochet! Let’s make some waves!
Don’t you just love listening to the sound of waves? There is something soothing, almost mesmerizing, about them.
I enjoy watching them too. I have fond memories of jumping through them with my family as kids (I grew up in Nova Scotia and am very familiar with the Bay of Fundy, Northumberland Strait and Atlantic Ocean!).
Of course, along with their beauty, they can harbour a danger. Waves that look harmless on the surface, can be strong underneath. An undertow can easily knock you off your feet.
Because of the shallowness of Lake Erie, the condition of the waves can change quickly. Because of the sheer size of the Great Lakes, they can also force their own unpredictable weather conditions.
The block this week reminds me of the unpredictable waves. It is made of up a stitch that is sometimes referred to as the “Crossed Ripple Stitch.” It is a little more complicated than the stitches learn over the last three weeks, but don’t worry, there will be a video tutorial below!
Because of the nature of the stitches composition, this block may benefit from some light blocking – it has a tendency to curl a bit. But don’t worry, even, once the block is completed, a bit of stretching the block out helps. And when you apply the edging and join it to the other blocks, it will pull the block flat also.
Did you miss the first three of weeks of the Erie Waters Crochet Along? You will find each of the previous patterns below:
The instructions for this week’s block will be found in full below. Following the written instructions you will also find the link for a free video tutorial.
To complete the blanket to the size shown, you will need to make four of this block. If you have chosen four different colours/shades as I have, you will make one of these blocks in each colour.
Stitches and Abbreviations:
Ch – Chain
Dc – Double Crochet
Frdc – Front Raised Double Crochet (Yarn over, insert hook from the front right to left around the post of the dc in the row below, then complete the dc in the usual way. For further assistance, see the video tutorial below.)
Lp – Loop
Lps – Loops
Rpt – Repeat
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl st – Slip stitch
Yo – Yarn over
– Pattern is written in American English
– Weave in ends as needed.
– Ch 3 at beginning of row counts as dc
Square Measurements: 11 inches x 9.5 inches (NOTE: If your blocks are turning out slightly smaller or larger, don’t worry! It may be simply that we differ in how tightly we make our stitches, or in the type of yarn used. Going forward, simply make sure that all of your blocks are roughly the same size.)
*Note: if you would like to change the multiple of your square (make it larger or smaller) chain and odd number of chains, plus one.
Row 1: Sc in the 2nd chain from hook and each each ch st to the end. Turn. (41 sts)
Row 2: Ch3 (counts as dc here and throughout), sk first sc, * sk next 2 sts, dc in next st, ch 1, now working in the first of the 2 sts previously skipped work 1 dc; rpt from * to last st, dc in last st. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st and ch-1 sp across. Turn. (41 sts)
Row 4: Ch 3, sk first st, * sk next 2 sts, dc in next st, ch 1, frdc around the dc below the first of the two sts previously skipped; rpt from * to last st, dc in last st.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each st and ch-1 sp across. Turn. (41 sts)
Rows 6-31: Rpt rows 4 and 5 until a total of 31 rows OR until block measures 9.5 inches.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Edging (Worked in rnds):
(NOTE: If you needed to add or subtract stitches around your edging due to the size of your square, make sure on the squares going forward that you have the same number of stitches around each – You will want them to be the same in order to make joining them easier.)
With the right side facing, join yarn with a sl st in the top right corner.
Rnd 1: Sc in the same st as joining and in each st across the next 39 sts, work 3 sts in the corner st. Working along the side of the square, evenly work 35 sc across, work 3 sc in the corner st, sc 39 across, 3 sc in the corner st, work 35 sc evenly across, work 2 sc in final corner. Join with a sl st in first sc.
Fasten off, weave in ends.
Repeat the above steps three more times so that you have a total of four squares.
Congratulations! You have now completed the third square for the Erie Waters Throw! Stay tuned for the next piece to be revealed 🙂
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