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Lasting Links Crochet Blanket Square – Friendship Blanket CAL 2021

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The Lasting Links Crochet Blanket Square is a 9″ square with a unique take on the “Jacobs Ladder” stitch pattern.

For this square, the “ladder” is worked diagonally rather than vertically! And once all each set of chains has been linked, they are secured with a single crochet stitch – these are links that can’t be undone 🙂

This square is part of the Friendship Blanket Crochet Along, hosted by Sunflower Cottage Crochet.

Read on to find out all about the CAL and to get this little square pattern.

Friendship Blanket CAL

The Friendship Blanket 2021 is currently underway over at sunflowercottagecrochet.com.

Three times a week from Jan – April 2021, a new 9″ square pattern is released.

If you have missed any squares, or simply want access to the entire blanket at once, you can grab a discounted bundle containing ALL the Blanket Square PDFs, and finish your blanket in your own time 🙂

Scroll down to find the DOWNLOAD button and get the PDF for the Lasting Links blanket square for free!


Yarn for your crochet blanket square

For my square, I used Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran – a #4/worsted weight acrylic yarn. This yarn was co-incidentally the same yarn that Helen from Sunflower Cottage Crochet used for her entire blanket (pictured above!).

Lasting Links Square

Crochet Blanket Square Pattern



Notes

Skill Level

Pattern Notes

  • This square is worked in rows.
  • Once you have finished the row section, your square will measure approx. 8.5” x 8.5” / 21.5cm x 21.5cm. The border round will give a total measurement of 9” x 9” / 22.75cm x 22.75cm.
  • Stitch count is given in [ ] at the end of each row.
  • Stitch count does not include ch-14 loops.
  • Ch 1 at the start of a sc row does not count as a st.
  • Ch 3 at the start of a dc row does count as a stitch i.e. you work the first dc of each row into the second st.
  • The pattern PDF contains step-by-step pictures for each row.

Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • ch = chain                      
  • sk = skip               
  • st = stitch                      
  • sp = space
  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • beg = beginning              
  • rem = remaining
  • RS = Right Side
  • WS = Wrong Side

Finished Measurements

9” x 9” / 22.75cm x 22.75cm


Gauge

14 sts x 10 rows = 4″ x 4″ / 10 cm x 10 cm measured over alternating rows of dc/sc.


Materials

Hook: 5mm (H-8) crochet hook (or hook required to meet gauge).

Yarn: Any #4 / Worsted / Aran weight yarn. The amount given here is for Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran (184m/201yds per 100g skein; Weight 4/Aran; 100% Acrylic).

9” Square: 91 yds / 83m (45g)

Misc.

  • Yarn needle

Written Pattern

Ch 32.         

ROW 1 (RS): Dc in fourth ch from hook and in each of next 7 chs (beg ch-3 counts as 1 dc), ch 14, sl st to first ch of ch-14 just made to form a loop, [dc in each of next 6 chs, ch 14, sl st to first ch of ch-14 just made to form a loop] 3 times, dc in each of last 3 chs, turn. [30 dc]

ROW 2 (WS): Ch 1 (does not count as a st, here and throughout), keeping ch-14 loops to the back, sc in each st across, turn. [30 sc]

ROW 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc, here and throughout), [dc in each of next 6 sts, ch 14] 4 times, dc in each of last 5 sts, turn.         

ROW 4: Repeat ROW 2.            

ROW 5: Ch 3, dc in each of next 4 sts, ch 14, [dc in each of next 6 sts, ch 14] 3 times; dc in each of last 7 sts, turn.         

ROW 6: Repeat ROW 2.            

ROW 7: Ch 3, dc in each of next 8 sts, ch 14, [dc in each of next 6 sts, ch 14] 3 times; sl st to first ch of ch-14 just made to form a loop, dc in each of last 3 sts, turn.

With RS facing, pull each ch-14 loop through the one directly beneath it to connect them. On the next row, you will secure the open ch-14 loop on the right-hand side with a sc.

ROW 8: Ch 1, keeping ch-14 loops to the back, sc in each st across until 3 sts rem, insert hook into next st AND the ch-14 loop at the back of your work, yarn over and work 1 sc, sc in each of last 2 sts, turn.

ROW 9: Repeat ROW 3.            

ROW 10: Repeat ROW 2.           

ROW 11: Repeat ROW 5.            

ROW 12: Repeat ROW 2.           

ROW 13: Repeat ROW 7.           

With RS facing, pull each ch-14 loop through the one directly beneath it to connect them. On the next row, you will secure the open ch-14 loop on the right-hand side with a sc.               

ROW 14: Repeat ROW 8.           

ROW 15: Repeat ROW 3.           

ROW 16: Repeat ROW 2.           

ROW 17: Repeat ROW 5.           

ROW 18: Repeat ROW 2.

ROW 19: Ch 3, dc in next st and each st across, turn.             

Ensure that all ch-14 loops are connected. On the next row, you will secure each open loop with a sc.                

ROW 20: Ch 1, sc in first st and each of next 8 sts, work 1 sc through next st AND ch-14 loop,                

3 times, sc in each of last 2 sts, turn.         

ROW 21 (RS): Ch 3, dc in next st and each st across, do not turn.               

BORDER ROUND (RS): Ch 1, sc evenly all around the edge of your work (working 1 sc for each sc row and 2 sc for each dc row). At each corner, ch 2 to turn the corner. End with a ch 2 and sl st to join to beg sc.               

Cut yarn and fasten off. Weave in ends.

All done!


I hope you have enjoyed this pattern, if you have questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me. And be sure to tag your finished project on Instagram or Facebook using @nedandmimi or #nedandmimi!

Happy crocheting!

Sarah

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