Thank you to everyone who has sent me pictures of their lovely squares this past week. I’m so pleased to have some company on my sampler blanket project!
This week I thought we could try track stitch. This is a pleasing combination of 2 stitches: double crochet and triple treble. I’ve taken the basis of the pattern from ‘The Harmony Guide to Crochet Stitches’ (1986, Lyric Books Ltd) and it’s written in UK terms.
For this stitch you can use a foundation chain of any number allowing + 1 for the base chain. I’ll be using a chain of 25 (24+1) as last week. This way the width of the square should be the same as for the herringbone half treble. For this pattern we don’t work into the turning chain except for at row 5. Also the triple treble is made into the second stitch along but the first dc of each row is made into the first stitch. This is because the turning chain in double crochet doesn’t actually count as a stitch whereas the ch 5 turning chain for triple treble does count as a stitch. Slightly confusing but it creates a very good opportunity to practise counting your stitches!! You should have 24 on every row.
NB to make a triple treble (trtr) loop the yarn around the hook 3 times then put the hook through the stitch, grab some yarn and pull it back through so that you have 5 loops on your hook, grab yarn and pull through two loops, repeat 3 more times (so grabbing yarn and going through 2 loops four times in total)
Row 1 – dc in second chain from hook and every chain along (24 dc)
Row 2 – 1 ch, dc into first stitch and every stitch along, not including the turning chain
Row 3 – 1 ch, dc in first stitch and every stitch along, not including the turning chain
Row 4- 5 ch, trtr into second dc and every stitch along, not including the turning chain
Row 5 – 1 ch, dc into first stitch and every stitch along, including the 5th chain of the turning chain
Row 6- 1 ch, dc in first stitch and every stitch along, not including the turning chain
Row 7- 1 ch, dc in first stitch and every stitch along, not including the turning chain
Repeat rows 4- 7 twice more
This should make it the same length as your herringbone half treble square but if you have a difference in size I would suggest adjusting the number of rows of dc that you finish with. For mine the 3 rows was perfect so fingers crossed yours will be the same!
So that’s a square of track stitch! Let me know how you get on with yours 🙂