I hope you’ve been having lots of fun with your January Squares (and don’t forget to tag me so I can see your amazing handiwork!). The February square is actually the easiest of all of the interlocking squares I’ll be releasing this year. You won’t even need to do back stitches at all for this square! Just like last month, I’ve also included a video tutorial to walk you through the pattern. Enjoy!
**Update** All 12 patterns have no been released, and you can see all of them here – Interlocking Tiles Blanket. There are also video tutorials showing how to join the squares and how to make an interlocking crochet border. Enjoy!
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You can get the free pattern below, or you can purchase a printable PDF copy of this pattern from Ravelry or Etsy using the links below!
You can use any weight yarn and appropriate hook for these squares, though it will affect the finished size. For reference, my two samples were made in a Worsted or an Aran weight, both with an H hook, and the Aran ended up about an inch larger than the worsted. Here’s what I used in my versions:
- WeCrochet’s Wool of the Andes Worsted in Gull, Shire Heather, and Claret Heather, up to 30g each color (I was able to get two squares with one ball of each color, but I definitely played a little bit of yarn chicken toward the end of the second square).
- Lovecrafts’ Paintbox Simply Aran in Mustard Yellow, Midnight Blue, and Stormy Gray (the squares measure closer to 10″ for me using this yarn)
- Size H crochet hook – I love these Odyssey hooks from Furls Crochet!
- Stitch Markers
- Yarn/Tapestry Needle
In this particular square, you won’t need to use bdc or bc, but I left them in the list since you’ll need them in the other squares in the set.
- ch chain
- st(s) stitch(es)
- ss slip stitch
- sc single crochet
- dc double crochet
- blsc back loop single crochet
- fdc front double crochet
- bdc back double crochet
- fc front corner
- bc back corner
This square uses interlocking crochet in the round. (This technique is also known as interwoven, intermeshing, or double filet crochet). In interlocking crochet, every dc has a ch1 between it and the next dc. Corner stitches will have a ch4 between dc’s.
Except for the last row, each color only ever works into stitches of its own color. This effectively forms two meshes. The meshes are woven around each other as you work by changing whether you work stitches from the front of the work or the back of the work.
For an introduction to interlocking crochet, you can see this tutorial, though it is worked in rows rather than in the round.
There is also a video tutorial for this specific square (scroll down) in case you prefer video instruction. The first few rounds in the instructions below have notes telling what time in the video that round starts.
It is very important as you work to make sure that you are skipping the dc’s of the opposite color rows – 2dcs of the same color will always have a dc of the opposite color worked between them.
I recommend that instead of making your turn ch at the start of the next row, you make it at the end of the previous row so that you can more easily place stitch markers and make sure your starting chains are in the correct location, either in the front or the back of the work (this is noted in the instructions). Placing a stitch marker in the loop that would go on your hook when not in use will help to make sure you don’t accidentally unwind your work when not using that color.
Ch4’s at the start of a row count as fdc (they count as the dc and the ch1)
There is a chart at the end of the PDF for you to use. There are two versions – one with letters written on to identify front or back stitches, with row markings in bold every other row, and one that is blank.
In my example, color A is blue (or yellow in the video), and color B is gray.
Front Double Crochet (fdc): Working in front of the other color, double crochet into the dc on the same color row below, then ch1.
Front Corner (fc): Working in front of the other color, work (dc, ch4, dc, ch1) into the ch4 space of the same color row below.
YouTube Video Tutorial
How to Make the February Interlocking Crochet Square
If you like to work with charts, you can download two different versions of this chart. The first version is a blank, color-only chart. The second one has f or b written on each stitch to designate which type of stitch you are doing, as well as having every other row marked in bold to help you keep your place.
0/1A (set up rounds) [Video 1:15]
With color A, make a magic ring (or ch3 and join to form a ring). In the ring, ch7 (counts as first dc and ch4), dc, (ch1, dc, ch4, dc) 3 times, ch1, join to the third st of starting ch. Ch4, place stitch marker. (8dc and four ch4 spaces for corners).
With color B, ch8, join to form a ring, then ch4.
Starting from the front of your work, Insert the B color ring between the two A color dc’s, just to the right of the working yarn of A color. Your ring will be in the back, with your working B color yarn in the front. You may want to pin the ring in place with stitch markers until you have finished half of row 1B.
Round 1B [Video 3:32]
[place working yarn of color A to the front] Working with color B, in ring, fc, (fdc, fc) three times, join to third st of starting ch. Ch4, place a stitch marker. (12dc)
2A [Video 8:35]
[place color B in front] With A, fc, (fdc 2, fc) three times, fdc, join to 3rd st of starting ch. Ch4, place a stitch marker(16dc)
2B [Video 11:45]
[place color A in front] With B, fdc, fc, (fdc 3, fc) three times, fdc, join to 3rd st of starting ch. Ch4, place a stitch marker. (20dc)
3A [Video 15:00]
[B in front] With A, fdc, fc, (fdc 4, fc) three times, fdc 2, join to 3rd st of starting ch. Ch4, place a stitch marker. (24dc)
[A in front] With B, fdc 2, fc (fdc 5, fc) three times, fdc 2, join to 3rd st of starting ch. Ch4, place a stitch marker. (28dc)
[B in front] With A, fdc 2, fc, (fdc 6, fc) three times, fdc 3, join to 3rd st of starting ch. Ch4, place a stitch marker (32dc)
[A in front] With B, fdc 3, fc (fdc 7, fc) three times, fdc 3, join to 3rd st of starting ch. Ch4, place a stitch marker (36dc)
[B in front] With A, fdc 3, fc, (fdc 8, fc) three times, fdc 4, join to 3rd st of starting ch. Ch4, place a stitch marker (40dc)
[A in front] With B, fdc 4, fc, (fdc 9, fc) three times, fdc 4, join to 3rd st of starting ch. Ch4, place a stitch marker (44dc)
[B in front] With A, fdc 4, fc (fdc 10, fc) three times, fdc 5, join to 3rd st of starting ch. Ch4, place a stitch marker (48dc)
[A in front] With B, fdc 5, fc (fdc 11, fc) three times, fdc 5, join to 3rd st of starting ch. Ch4, place a stitch marker (52dc)
[B in front] With A, fdc 5, fc, (fdc 12, fc) three times, fdc 6, join to 3rd st of starting ch. Ch4, place a stitch marker (56dc)
[A in front] With B, fdc 6, fc (fdc 13, fc) three times, fdc 6, fc, join to 3rd st of starting ch. Ch4, place a stitch marker (60dc)
[B in front] With A, fdc 6, fc, (fdc 14, fc) three times, fdc 7, join to 3rd st of starting ch. Ch4, place a stitch marker (64dc)
[A in front] With B, fdc 7, fc, (fdc 15, fc) three times, fdc 7, join to 3rd st of starting ch. Ch3, place a stitch marker (68dc)
[B in front] With A, fdc 7, fc, (fdc 16, fc) three times, fdc 8, join to 3rd st of starting ch. Tie off A color. (72dc)
9B [Video 18:03]
This row is the last row of the square (hooray!). At the end of row 8B you should have done a ch3 instead of a ch4. Instead of making a chain between each double crochet, you are going to work blsc into the opposite color dc. So for this row, all dc’s are worked from the front into the B color dc below, and all blsc’s are worked into the A color dc below. This connects the two colors and makes a smooth edge!
Note: For this row only, do not do a chain after the dc for fdc and bdc stitches, since you will be doing blsc in between the dc’s.
Here’s row 9B: blsc, (fdc, blsc) eight times. To work corner – fdc over B color chain, sc over A color ch, fdc over B color chain, blsc over A color ch, fdc over B color chain (there should be five stitches total over the corner), *blsc, (fdc, blsc) 17 times, work corner as above. Repeat from * twice more, blsc, (fdc, blsc) eight times, join to top of starting ch, finish off and weave in ends.
Congratulations, you’re done with your February interlocking crochet square! Make a bunch into a unique blanket, or stay tuned for the rest of the squares to make a sampler blanket. I’d love to see your creations! (tag me @kickincrochet on instagram!)
If you missed last month’s square, you can check it out here, and don’t forget to subscribe to the YouTube channel and email list to get notified of future releases! If you liked this interlocking crochet square pattern, you may also like the Cobblestone Scarf Pattern or the Zigzag Cowl.
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