The Braided Crochet Stitch is a stitch that uses simple rows of double and half double crochets One little change is stitch placement creates a really neat braided ribbed look across the rows. This stitch would be great for almost any project; scarves, blankets, hats, shawls, pillow covers to name a few.
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How to do the Braided Crochet Stitch
This one is super-duper easy. The only slightly tricky thing is that you’ll have to know how to crochet into the back loop (BLO) of a stitch. (here’s a video tutorial if you need). To start this stitch you’ll chain any number you want and then add 2 more.
Row 1: Start in the 3rd ch from your hook and make a double crochet. Double crochet in each chain across and turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, and make row of hdc starting in the same st as ch 1. Turn
Row 3: This is where the back loop double crochets come in. Ch 2 and BLO double crochet in that same st and in each st across. Turn.
See, wasn’t that easy! Just repeat rows 2 and 3 until your project is the size you want. I love ribbed crochet stitches that aren’t the typical single crochet. it just shows how versatile this art is.
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Materials and Info for Block #10
-#4/Worsted Weight Yarn – Bernat Super Value used in sample
-5.5mm crochet hook
-Needle to weave in ends
Gauge and Sizing
-Gauge: 6 stitches x 4 rows in pattern = 2 in
-Finished: 12 x 12
-I use US Terminology
-Dc: double crochet
-Hdc: half double crochet
-BLO: back loop only
-Sc: single crochet
-Sl st: slip stitch
-Ch 1 and 2 do not count as a stitch
-Chain any number plus 2 to make this square bigger or smaller
Braided Crochet Stitch Square Free Crochet Pattern
Ch 37 to start
Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn (35)
Row 2: Ch 1, hdc in same st as ch 1 and in each st across. Turn (35)
Row 3: Ch 2, working in BLO, dc in same st as ch 2 and in each st across. Turn. (35)
Row 4-24: repeat rows 2 and 3. Stop when your block is square. Do not turn if you end on a dc row do not turn and continue to border. If you end on a hdc row, turn and continue to border.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1 and evenly around placing 3 sc in each corner stitch. Join to top of 1st sc with sl st.
Repeat rnd 1 until block measures 12 x 12. I did 2 border rounds in sample.
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