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Alicia Stitch Free Instructions

This cluster stitch pattern is from the year 1917 but is just as useful today. I've rewritten and added to the crochet instructions. It was called an "Alicia Stitch" in the 1917 needlecraft publication.

Directions by Sandi Marshall -
Materials Used In Example:
Worsted Weight Yarn
Crochet hook size G

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
chs = chains
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch

Note: I've given a starting chain for a practice piece. You could easily make this width into an afghan square or you could crochet many more rows to make a long piece for use as a scarf. When finished, do one round of single crochet on the outside edge to give it a finished look (remember to do multiple stitches on the corners so those will not curl). To use this stitch to make other items, make a longer length of starting chain, according to the project you have in mind.

This pattern uses clusters made up of two double crochet in each cluster.

How To Make A 2-dc Cluster: Yarn over hook, insert hook in next stitch, pull yarn through the stitch, yarn over hook, pull yarn through two loops (this is a double crochet with the last loop of the dc left on the hook), yarn over hook, insert hook in the next stitch, pull yarn through the stitch, yarn over hook, pull yarn through two loops, pull yarn through all three loops on hook (you have just completed two double crochet stitches, where the last loop of each dc was left on the hook, then the yarn is pulled through these remaining loops all at once). Next, chain 1 to close the cluster. 2-DC Cluster Photo How-to

Starting Chain - Ch 22.
Row 1: Yarn over hook, insert hook in the 3rd ch from the hook, pull yarn through the ch, yarn over hook, pull yarn through two loops (this is a double crochet with the last loop of the dc left on the hook), yarn over hook, insert hook in the next ch, pull yarn through the ch, yarn over hook, pull yarn through two loops, pull yarn through all three loops on hook (you have just completed two double crochet stitches, where the last loop of each dc was left on the hook, then the yarn is pulled through these remaining loops all at once). Next, chain 1. * As before, dc in each of the next two chains, with the last loop of ea dc left on the hook, wrap yarn over hook and pull loop through the 3 loops that are left on the hook, chain 1 **, repeat from * to ** as many times as needed to reach the end of the row. At end of row, on last repeat, do not chain 1 and, also, work one extra dc in same place as last dc made. Chain 3 to turn.
Row 2: * Dc in next stitch, keeping last loop of dc on hook, dc in chain-1, keeping last loop of dc on hook, yarn over hook, pull yarn through the 3 remaining loops on the hook. Next, chain 1. Repeat from * across. At end of row, on last repeat, work the cluster in the next stitch and in the chain-3 at the end of the row, then instead of a chain 1, chain 3 to turn.
Row 3: * Work a cluster in the ch-1 and the next stitch, then chain 1. Repeat from * across. After last repeat, dc in the ch-3 at end of row. Chain 3, to turn.
Repeat Rows: Repeat Row 3 as many times as needed to achieve the length you want.

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