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Hi and welcome to week five of the Erie Waters Crochet Along with Rich Textures Crochet! Congratulations! You’ve made it to week five! I have been having so much fun with this crochet along, and I hope that you have been enjoying it too! If you haven’t already, please jump over to Rich Textures Crochet on Facebook, join the event pinned to the top of the wall, and share some photos of your progress! I have loved seeing everyone’s work so far. Your blankets are turning out gorgeous! I’ve been having so much fun with this that I am already in the planning stages for my next CAL – maybe in the fall??
So, now as we are wrapping up our tour of Lake Erie, there is one thing that I have left out: driftwood!
Over the years we have found some great pieces of driftwood on the beach we like to go to on Lake Erie. It comes in all shapes and sizes and after a good storm there are sometimes piles of it like in the photo above.
The kids like to look “for treasure” in it, my dog loves to fetch it amoung the waves.
So the block this week reminds me of the driftwood with it’s cable stitches drifting over top of the stitches and picots below!
I love this stitch pattern (I’ve already worked a couple of new pattern that you will see in the Fall using it!). It is probably the most complicated pattern of all of the blocks thus far. But don’t worry, the video should help you see it a little better!
If you missed the first four weeks of the crochet along, following the pattern you will find direct links to each of the blocks. After this week all you will have left to do is join the blocks together and make a simple edging (tutorials will be available in one week!).
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
Cl – Cluster
Dc – Double Crochet
Frtr – Front Raised Triple Crochet
Frtr2tog – Front Raised Triple 2 together – For the first leg of your stitch, *yarn over twice, insert your hook from right to left around the post of the first stitch indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through two loops on your hook twice. Now for the second leg of your stitch, yarn over twice, insert your hook from right to left around the second stitch indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through two loops on your hook twice, yarn over and draw through last three loops on your hook)
Lp – Loop
Lps – Loops
Psc – Picot Single Crochet (insert hook in the stitch indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop, [yarn over and draw through 1 loop] 3 times, yarn over draw through both loops on your hook. Push picot chain to the front of loop)
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 a multiple of 4 sts + 1.
Row 1: Sc in the 2nd chain from hook and each ch st to the end. Turn. (41 sts)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in the first 4 sts, *Psc in the next st, sc in the next 3 sts; rpt from * to last st, sc in last st. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), sk first st, dc in each st across. Turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in the first 2 sts, *Psc in the next st, sc in the next st, Frtr2tog over the next st by inserting the hook around the post of the 3rd sc from row 2 for the first leg and around the 7th sc of the same row for the second leg (NOTE: When working this stitch you will always be skipping 3 sts – the sc, Psc, sc – between the two legs of the stitch – see video), sc in the next st; rpt from * across to last 3 sts, Psc in the next st, sc in each of the last 2 sts. Turn.
Row 5: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), sk first st, dc in each st across. Turn.
Row 6: Ch 1, sc in the first 2 sts, Frtr of the first raised Cl two rows below, *sc in the next st, Psc in the next st, sc in the next st**, Frtr2tog by inserting your hook around the same cl as the last raised st for the first leg and around the top of the next raised cl for the 2nd leg; rpt from * ending last rpt at ** (3 sts will remain), frtr in the same cl as last raised st, sc in each of the last two sts. Turn.
Row 7: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), sk first st, dc in each st across. Turn.
Row 8: Ch 1, sc in each of the first two sts, Psc in the next st, sc in the next st, Frtr2tog by inserting hook around the same cl as last raised st for the first leg and around the top of the next raised cl for the 2nd leg, sc in the next st; rpt from * across to last 3 sts, Psc in next st, sc in each of the last two sts. Turn.
Rows 9 – 26: Repeat rows 5 – 8.
Row 27: Ch 1, sc in each st across.
Fasten off. 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. When you place those four squares with the rest of your project you should have a total now of 20!
Congratulations! You have now completed the fifth square for the Erie Waters Throw! Stay tuned for the final piece – how to join them together and work the edging – to be revealed ?
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Did you miss the first three of weeks of the Erie Waters Crochet Along? You will find each of the previous patterns below:
Erie Waters Throw CAL – Introduction and Materials
The Erie Waters CAL – Week One
The Erie Waters CAL – Week Two
The Erie Waters CAL – Week Three
The Erie Waters CAL – Week Four
This pattern is now also available as a single PDF which can be purchased (and added to your library!) for $2.50 CAD from my Ravelry and Etsy Shops:
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