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How to Make a Square Crochet Motif using X-Stitches FREE Pattern

How to Make a Square Crochet Motif using X-Stitches FREE Pattern

How to Make a Square Crochet Motif using X-Stitches FREE Pattern
by Kristin Omdahl

Scroll to the bottom of this free pattern page to watch the YouTube tutorial video for learning this motif pattern.

Materials:
Be So Brave Yarn; 100% American Merino Wool, #4 worsted weight; 120 yds (109m) per 2oz (56g); colors shown: Picket Fence, Cape Cod Bay & Plymouth Rock
H/8 (5mm) crochet hook

Gauge: not critical for this project

Finished size:

Special Stitches:

Beg X stitch: ch4 (counts as tr) [lower right leg of X st], skip next 3 sts, yo twice, insert hook in next stitch  and pull up a loop. (yo, pull through 2 loops)x3 [lower left leg of X st]. Ch7 (counts as tr, ch3) [upper right leg of X st], yo twice, insert hook into top horizontal thread of both lower legs of X and pull up a loop. (yo, pull through 2 loops)x3 [upper left leg of X st]. 

X stitch: yo 5 times, insert hook in next stitch and pull up a loop. (yo, pull through 2 loops)x2 [lower right  leg of X st]. There are still 5 loops on hook. Skip 3 sts, yo twice, insert hook in next stitch and pull up a loop. (yo, pull through 2 loops)x2,  [lower left leg of X st], yo, pull through 3 loops [bottom legs are joined]. There are still 4 loops on hook. (yo, pull through 2 loops)x3 [upper right leg of X st]. Ch3, yo twice, insert hook through top horizontal thread of both lower tr legs of X and pull up a loop. (yo, pull through 2 loops)x3 [upper left leg of X st].

Corner X stitch: yo 5 times, insert hook in same st as last lower leg of prev X st, (yo, pull through 2 loops) x3. There are still 4 loops on hook. Yo twice, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop. (yo, pull through 2  loops)x3. There are still 4 loops on hook. (yo, pull through 2 loops)x3. Ch8, yo twice, insert hook through top horizontal thread of both lower tr legs of X and pull up a loop. (yo, pull through 2 loops)x3.

Instructions:


Ch5, slst to 5th ch from hook to form a ring.

Round 1: Work 1 Beg X-Stitch, Corner X-stitch, *X-stitch, Corner X-stitch. Rep from * 2 more times. Slst to top of 4th ch of ch7 of beg st to join. -- 8 X-stitches (1 beg, 3 reg, 4 corner)

Round 2: ch1, *sc in st, 3sc in next ch3 sp, sc in next st. Sc in next st, 8sc in next ch8 sp, sc in next st. Rep from * around. Slst to first st at beg of round to join. -- 60 scs

NOTE: you could end after this round and have a beautiful 5" square motif after blocking.

Round 3: Beg X-stitich, X-stitch, Corner X-stitch, X-stitch. *2 X-stitches, 1 Corner X-stitch, X-stitch. Rep from * around. Slst to top of 4th ch of ch7 of beg st to join. -- 16 X-stitches (1 beg, 11 reg, 4 corner)

Round 4: ch1, *(sc in st, 3sc in next ch3 sp, sc in next st)x2, sc in next st, 8sc in next ch8 sp, (sc in next st)x2, 3sc in next ch3 sp, sc in next st. Rep from * around. Slst to first st at beg of round to join. -- 80 scs

NOTE: you could end after this round and have a beautiful

Round 5: Beg X-stitch, 2 X-stitches, Corner X-stitch, 2 X stitches. *3 X stitches, Corner X stitch, 2 X-stitches. Rep from * around. Slst to top of 4th ch of ch7 of beg st to join. --  24 X-stitches (1 beg, 20 reg, 4 corner)

Round 6: ch1, (sc in st, 3sc in next ch3 sp, sc in next st)x3, sc in next st, 8sc in next ch8 sp, sc in next st. (Sc in next st, 3sc in next ch3 sp, sc in next st)x2. *(sc in next st, 3sc in next ch3 sp, sc in next st)x3, sc in next st, 8sc in next ch8 sp, sc in next st, (sc in next st, 3sc in next ch3 sp, sc in next st)x2. Rep from * around. Slst to first st at beg of round to join. -- 140 scs

Round 7: Beg X-stitch, 3 X-stitches, Corner X-stitch, 3 X-stitches. *4 X-stitches, Corner X-stitch, 3 X-stitches. Rep from * around. Slst to top of 4th ch of ch7 of beg st to join. -- 32 X-stitches (1 beg, 28 reg, 4 corner)

Round 8: ch1, (sc in st, 3sc in next ch3 sp, sc in next st)x4, sc in next st, 8sc in next ch8 sp, sc in next st. (sc in next st, 3sc in next ch3 sp, sc in next st)x3. *Sc in next st, 3sc in next ch3 sp, sc in next st)x4, sc in next st, 8sc in next ch8 sp, sc in next st, (sc, in next st, 3sc in next ch3 sp, sc in next st)x3. Rep from * around. Slst to first st at beg of round to join. -- 180 sts

NOTE: At the end of round 8, this square blocks to a" square motif.

You could continue in the established pattern and make an entire afghan from this one square! That's what I would love to do with it!

Enjoy!

xoxo, Kristin

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