the ‘homely blanket’ quest – square 33

dear diary,

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Happy second Advent! I hope you are all beginning to feel a little festive and are enjoying some special ‘me’ time with your crochet or knitting? I am trying to finish my last handmade present for a dear friend, as well as some translation work that pays the bills.

This week’s square is staying in tune with the festive spirit. I am calling it ‘festive stripes’ and introducing the spike stitch (sps)…

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Spike stitch (sps): insert hook 1 row below next stitch and pull up loop of yarn, insert hook into that same next stitch the usual way and pull up loop, yarn round hook and draw through all three loops.

I used: A=green, B=white and C=red

Chain 30 with A

Set-up row: (RS) 1dc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch along – turn

Row 1: 1ch, 1dc in each st along – turn

Rows 2-3: rep. row 1 – break off A

Row 4: Join B, 1ch, 1dc in each of next 2sts, *sps in next st, 1dc in each of next 3sts; rep. from * to last 2sts, 1dc in each of those 2sts – turn

Rows 5-7: rep. row 1 – break off B

Row 8: Join C, 1ch, 1dc in each of next 4sts, *sps in next st, 1dc in each of next 3sts; rep. from * to last 4sts, 1dc in each of those 4sts – turn

Rows 9-11: rep. row 1 – break off C

Row 12: Join B and rep. row 4

Rows 13-15: rep. row 1 – break off B

Row 16: Join A and rep. row 8

Rows 17-19: rep. row 1 – break off A

Row 20: Join B and rep. row 4

Rows 21-23: rep. row 1 – break off B

Row 24: Join C and rep. row 8

Rows 25-27: rep. row 1 – break off C

Row 28: Join B and rep. row 4

Rows 29-31: rep. row 1

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

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Have a lovely week and enjoy this square x