I'm making a scarf using the interlocking block stitch with four colors to make it look like buffalo plaid.
I'm using Caron Simply Soft in black, light grey, dark grey, white and a size "h" hook from Boye.
Here's the pattern:
Start with a base chain of multiples of 6, then add 3. (You'll see this written in other patterns as 6 + 3)
Row 1: With black, dc in the 4th chain from the hook, (the first 3 chains you are skipping are counted as your first dc), do one more dc in the next chain. Then chain 3, skip over three chains, and dc in the next 3 chains. You are creating blocks and spaces of 3. Repeat this to the end. (The last 3 stitches should be dc)
Switch to light grey yarn color, chain 3 and turn
Row 2: dc into each of the chains on the base chain row, skipping over the dc you just made from the row before. you are filling in the blocks. (in the example above, you started with black, now you are using light grey) (Can you see how they line up next to each other?)
(If this is confusing to you, I have a video that shows how I dc into the row below to fill in the space. Sometimes this is called a dc spike stitch. It simply means you are inserting your hook one row down.) (This clip shows what you will be doing throughout, but for this one time only, to get started you will dc into the base chains)
When you get to the end of the row, (your last space is filled with 3 dc) chain 3 and slip stitch into the top of the turning chain 3. Make sure you change yarn color before you pull through the slip stitch. I changed to dark grey here.
Row 4: Chain 3 with your dark grey color, (this counts as your first dc) dc into the top of the next two dc, (on top of the black) chain three, skipping over the light grey blocks, dc into the top of the next 3 black blocks. When you get to the last three dc, change color to white and turn. (the very last dc will be into the base of the chain 3 that counts as a dc, try and find that space where the yarn was switched and the dc you work into that spot will cover it and also help secure it)
Row 5: With the white color, chain 3, skip over the block of dark grey, and do 3 dc into the light grey, then chain three, repeat to the end, doing a slip stitch just like in row 3. (remember to change color before pulling through, or another way to say it is pull through that slip stitch with the new color)
You will be repeating rows 4 and 5, changing colors until you get the scarf as long as you'd like.
Here is a video clip of me changing colors at the end of a dc row, notice how I don't complete the dc fully, I change yarn color then complete the stitch:
To recap on color changes:
Start with Black, change to light grey, then to dark gray, then to white, back to black. Keep in this order. It helps to have your yarn lined up in this order until you really can see the pattern forming.
Final note: THE ENDS!! I tried crocheting over them and they showed through and ruined the look of the plaid. (Maybe if you are using different yarn than me, they would hide better?) But, I couldn't get them to hide.
My plan, since I haven't completed the scarf quite yet, is to pull them tight, maybe knot a few together, and then crochet around the whole scarf in black over all the ends. I hope that it works! I think it will, but I will come back and do an edit and let you know.
If it doesn't, I guess I will be weaving in for the next ten years! ha!
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