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The Dolphin Stitch Square FREE Pattern

CAL Crochet Dolphin Stitch Free Pattern Pattern Release

Straight Hooked Dolphin Stitch Square

Hello, my friends!

Can you believe it is almost March and I have hardly posted anything new this month? I am very sorry for the lack of new content, but I do have some good news for you- today I have a brand new FREE pattern to share with you, and my amazing testers are finishing up their notes on another great pattern that will be coming in the next couple of weeks!

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Sunflower Cottage Crochet Friendship Blanket CAL

Have you been participating in the Friendship Blanket CAL hosted by my friends at Sunflower Cottage Crochet? I really hope you have. I have designed 2 squares for the blanket, and today is the release of my first square!

If you have missed any of the previous squares, or you just want to have all of the patterns at once, you can purchase the entire bundle through my affiliate link for just $10 HERE

Friendship Blanket CAL Dolphin Stitch Square Straight Hooked

My first square, The Dolphin Stitch Square, features my signature stitch. The Dolphin Stitch is my own innovation, and is so fun to work up and super versatile. You can use the Dolphin Stitch with any size yarn or hook, and it creates some amazing texture! Here are some of my other patterns I have designed using the Dolphin Stitch:

 

 

These are just a few of the great things you can make using the Dolphin Stitch. The Ice Cap Beanie and Stars and Stripes Head Wrap also utilize the Dolphin Stitch, and both patterns are available for FREE right here on the blog!

 

I have also created a tutorial video for the Dolphin Stitch Square right HERE

(please note: the video will be available SOON; If you get confused, don't give up- I am here for you! Bookmark this site and check back later for the video tutorial)

***Due to technical difficulties, the "pretty" video is delayed a bit. I have posted a Facebook live video in the Straight Hookin' Crochet Community group. Please feel free to join the group!***

 

You can download the ad-free PDF below:

Dolphin Stitch Square PDF download

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Straight Hooked Friendship Blanket CAL Dolphin Stitch Square

And now, the FREE Dolphin Stitch Square pattern:

Materials:

Worsted weight (4) yarn

5.5mm hook

Stitch markers

Finishing needle

Scissors

 

 

Abbreviations:

mr- magic ring

sc-single crochet

ch-chain

dst- Dolphin Stitch

incdst- Increase Dolphin Stitch

slst- slip stitch

st-stitch

 

 

Gauge: 2” square after Rnd 3

 

Special Stitches:

Dolphin Stitch (dst):
The Dolphin Stitch is a modified cluster of tc, dc, hdc, and sc across 4 sts:

Step 1: yo 2x, insert hook in first st,(or in ch- space if indicated) yo, pull up a loop,[yo, pull through 2loops] twice. (2 loops on hook)

Straight Hooked dst

Straight Hooked dst Step1

Step 2: yo, insert hook in next st, (or in ch- space if indicated) yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops. (3loops on hook)

Straight Hooked dst Step2

Step 3: yo, insert hook in next st, (or in ch- space if indicated) yo, pull up a loop (5 loops on hook)

Straight Hooked dst Step3

Step 4: (This step is your anchor stitch) Insert hook in next st, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through all 6 loops, ch 3 to complete stitch.

Straight Hooked dst Step4Straight Hooked dst Complete 

Increase Dolphin stitch (incdst):

You will be placing 2 dsts in one st.

Begin the first 3 steps in the top of the dst below (5 loops on hook) and place your anchor loop in the ch3 sp (6 loops on hook) and complete the st.

Then work your next dst as normal, beginning with your first 3 steps in the same ch3 sp as your anchor loop from the first part of the incdst, and then placing your anchor loop in the loop made when completing the dst below.

Straight Hooked incdst Step1Straight Hooked incdst Step2 

Notes:

This pattern is worked in the round, but you will turn after each round as indicated.

You may wish to place a stitch marker over the ch3 in between each incdst to help you remember where the corners are. Note: do not place your stitch marker in a loop, but rather over the entire ch3 so your marker is able to be slid across the ch3

 Straight Hooked Dolphin Stitch Square with stitch markers

Pattern Instructions:

Rnd 1. Begin with mr, ch1, sc 12 in mr, slst to first sc (12)

Straight Hooked Dolphin Stitch Square Rnd1
Rnd 2. ch2, dst around, placing your first loop in the same st as your last loop from the previous dst, slst to top of first dst,
turn. (4 dst)

Straight Hooked Dolphin Stitch Square Rnd2 step1

Straight Hooked Dolphin Stitch Square Rnd2 step2

Straight Hooked Dolphin Stitch Square Rnd2 step3

Straight Hooked Dolphin Stitch Square Rnd2 step4

Straight Hooked Dolphin Stitch Square Rnd2 dst complete

Straight Hooked Dolphin Stitch Square Rnd2 complete

Rnd 3. ch2, beginning in the top of the dst where you made your slst, incdst around, slst to ch2, turn. (8 dst)

Straight Hooked Dolphin Stitch Square Rnd3 incdst

Straight Hooked Dolphin Stitch Square Rnd3 complete

Rnd 4. ch2, *dst, incdst* 4x, slst to ch2, turn. (12 dst)

Straight Hooked Dolphin Stitch Square Rnd4

Straight Hooked Dolphin Stitch Square Rnd4 complete

Rnd 5. ch2, dst, *incdst, dst 2* 3x, incdst, dst, slst to ch2, turn. (16 dst)


Rnd 6. ch2, dst 2, *incdst, dst 3* 3x, incdst, dst, slst to ch2,
turn. (20 dst)

Rnd 7. ch2, dst 2, *incdst, dst 4* 3x, incdst, dst 2, slst to ch2, turn. (24 dst)

Rnd 8. ch2, dst 3, *incdst, dst 5* 3x, incdst, dst 2, slst to ch2, turn. (28 dst)

Rnd 9. ch2, dst 3, *incdst, dst 6* 3x, incdst, dst 3, slst to ch2, turn. (32 dst)

Rnd 10. ch2, dst 4, *incdst, dst 7* 3x, incdst, dst 3, slst to ch2, turn. (36 dst)

Rnd 11. ch2, dst 4, *incdst, dst 8* 3x, incdst, dst 4, slst to ch2, turn. (40 dst)

Rnd 12. ch2, dst 5, *incdst, dst 9* 3x, incdst, dst 4, slst to ch2, turn. (44 dst)

Rnd 13. ch1, sc around, placing 3 sc in each ch3 sp and 1 sc in the top of each dst. (sc 2, ch2, sc 2) in each corner. slst to 1st sc, finish off and weave in ends. (180 sc)

And now you have a completed Dolphin Stitch Square to add to your Friendship Blanket!

Sunflower Cottage Crochet Friendship Blanket CAL

****If you get stuck, there is a tutorial video available now in my Straight Hookin' Crochet Community facebook group. Click HERE to join the group and see the video!****

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Until next time,

Happy Hooking!

~Malena


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  • Malena on

    Hi Carolyn, Yes the pattern is available in the bundle. Here’s my affiliate link: https://sunflowercottagecrochet.thrivecart.com/friendship-blanket-squares-bundle/?affiliate=straighthookedus
    If you would prefer to download just this pattern, please read my FAQ page which may answer all of your questions. If you are still having trouble, please feel free to send me an email malena@straighthooked.com so I can assist you further :)

  • CAROLYN DRESSLER on

    Hi. I have not been able to download a copy of pdf of your Dolphin Square for Sunflower Cottage CAL. It looks like it would be a beautiful addition to the blanket.
    If you can help me figure out what’s going on, I will appreciate it.
    Is your pattern in the bundle download? Thanks in advance. CD


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