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Kisses Square: Free Crochet Pattern

Kisses Square, a free crochet pattern, and part of the Creative Crossings Blanket.

Share the love of many kisses by combining an X-stitch and double crochet to create a simple, elegant layered square.

The Kisses Square is the second square that I designed as part of the Creative Crossings blanket. This was a collaborative project between 15 designers, as a token of appreciation for Lorene Eppolite is Cre8tion Crochet. We were lucky enough to be a part of her beta group in Cre8tion Business Academy.

You can find the first square, Tunisian Checkerboard Square, here.

The Kisses Square is a created in two “pieces” that can be made separately or simultaneously. This square would be great in two or more colors to coordinate for any blanket project, and it’s great practice of the X Stitch.

Does the X Stitch look familiar? It should since I’ve used it in a recent design, except this time there is no treble crochet between each X Stitch.

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Difficulty: Intermediate

Materials Needed:
Hook: Size H/5mm Furls Crochet Streamline Hook
Yarn: Red Heart Soft in Charcoal (A): 155 yards; Deep Sea (B), Berry (C) and Off White (D): 35 yards each stitch markers                                                                                                                                                                scissors
needle

Stitches Used:
ch= chain

sc = single crochet

FLdc = front loop double crochet          

tr = treble crochet

dc = double crochet 

sk = skip  

st = stitch(es)

sl st = slip stitch

first-dc = first double crochet

X St = X Stitch

First-dc = first double crochet

FL = front loop only

Additional Terms
Color A, B, C or D

First-dc: sc in first st, ch 2

X Stitch Row 1: Ch 4, *yo twice, pull up a loop in 2nd chain from hook, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, skip 2 ch, pull up loop in next ch, [yo, pull through 2 loops] 4 times, ch 2, yo, insert hook from right to left in middle of formed stitches, pull up a loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) twice. Repeat from * to last st, treble in last stitch, turn (4 X-stitches, 2 trebles)

X Stitch Row 2: ch 4, *yo twice, pull up a loop in 6th chain from hook, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, skip 2 ch, pull up loop in next ch, [yo, pull through 2 loops] 4 times, ch 2, yo, insert hook from front to back in middle of formed stitches, pull up a loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) twice. Repeat from * to last  st, treble in last stitch, turn

Continue X Stitch by repeating Row 2 

Gauge: 16 dc x 8 rows = 4 in (10 cm) x 4 in (10 cm);  4 X Stitch x 4 X rows = 4 in (10 cm) x 4 in (10 cm)

Measurements: 12 in (30.5 cm) x 12 in (30.5 cm)

Additional Notes:

  • Pattern is written in US terms
  • This square is made in two pieces, the background color first, and then the X Stitch rows are worked on top. It may be helpful to fold the square along the row of front loops that you’re working into so you do not catch other stitches.
  • Both pieces can be made at the same time by completing two rows of the background color followed by one row of X Stitch.
  • The final row of the background color is worked after completing the X Stitch rows.
  • First-dc is used to minimize the gap along the edges, but can be substituted with a ch 3. First-dc is alway placed in the first stitch after turning.
  • When changing colors in the X Stitch, try this method of color change

Instructions:

Background Square

Ch 42 with Color A

Row 1: Dc in the 4th ch from hook, dc in each ch across, turn.

Row 2: First-dc in first st, dc in next 2 sts, FLdc in each stitch until last 3 sts, dc in last 3 sts, turn.

Row 3: First-dc in first st, dc in each st across, turn.

Rows 4-19: Repeat Rows 2-3, do not fasten off; place stitch marker in loop

Row 20: After completing Row 9 of X St, First-dc, dc in next 2 sts, working through the st and the FL of X St, 34 dc, 3 dc in last 3 sts. Do not fasten off 

X Stitch Rows

Using Color B, make a slip knot leaving a long tail, and pull through and under the first front loop of Row 2 in the 4th st from the back.

Rows 1-3: Ch 4 (counts as tr), X St in FL across to last FL, tr in last FL, turn. Change to color C at the end of Row 3 (8 X St, 2 tr)

Row 4-6: Repeat Rows 1-3, change to Color D (8 X St, 2 tr)

Rows 7-9: Repeat Rows 1-3, fasten off and pull yarn tail through to the back to weave in.  (8 X St, 2 tr)

Remove stitch marker, and complete Row 20 of the background

Edging

Row 1: Using Color A, rotate square to work down side, ch 1, place 2 sc in each dc to corner, 3 sc in first st of bottom side to create corner, sc in each st to next corner, 3 sc in last st, place 2 sc in each dc along side to corner, sc in first st, change to Color B in last st, sl st to join, turn.

Row 2: ch 1, 2sc in first st, *sc in each st to corner, 3 sc in center st of corner. Repeat from * around the square, place last sc in the same space as first st (to make corner), change to Color C in last st, sl st to join, turn.

Row 3: ch 1, 2sc in first st, *sc in each st to corner, ch 1. Repeat from * twice, sc to next corner, change to Color D, ch 1, sl st to first sc to join, turn.

Row 4: ch 1, *(sc, ch 1, sc) in ch-1 space, sc in each st to next ch-1 space. Repeat from * around, sl st to join, fasten off. Weave in ends.

Kisses Square, a free crochet pattern, and part of the Creative Crossing Blanket.

Creative Crossing Blanket

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© 2018 Courtney Whitehead. This pattern is not to be duplicated or resold, and not to be reproduced commercially. You may sell finished products on Etsy, at farmers markets, and craft fairs, but please credit Courtney Whitehead as the pattern’s author. Thank you.

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