So continuing our saga of making a market bag using patches made from specific stitches. The material is still a cotton yarn and I am stil using an I hook. This time the cotton yarn is more natural in color with flecks of green, tan (or maybe it is closer to a burnt umber or orange) and brown.
This pattern utilizes x stitches which is a convoluted stitch that looks like an X without using crossed stitches. To make an X stitch, you do the following:
– yarn over (yo) twice, insert hook in next st, yo, draw yarn through the stitch, yo and draw through only 2 loops on the hook. When you are done, you will have 3 loops left on the hook.
– sk next st, yo, insert hook in next st, yo, draw yarn through st, (yo, draw yarn through 2 loops only) you do this for a total of 4 times to create an inverted ‘y’
– you are not yet done with the stitch. Ch1, yo, insert hook through 2 strands at center of ‘y’ stitch you created, yo, draw yarn through stitch, (yo, draw through 2 loops) twice. That makes your ‘X’ stitch. Don’t forget that ch1 at the start of this step. It gives the space at the top of the ‘X’ that the skip st gives at the bottom of the ‘X’. That is the X-st.
Now for the pattern.
Row 1: sc in 2d ch from hook, sc across, turn.
Row 2: ch 4 (counts as a tr), skip st, * X-st which uses up 3 st across. Repeat the X-st across until you get to the last st, tr in last st, turn.
Row 3: ch1, sc in each tr, ch, and part of X-st across ending in 4th ch of the ch4 that started Row 2. Turn.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 four times. Make sure you end with Row 3.
Here is the completed patch: