Watch how to crochet the crosshatch stitch (video and written instructions)

The crosshatch stitch is a clever pattern that gives the impression you are constantly switching yarn colors, though in fact it is built up in solid rows. Add a third color to the mix for a seriously impressive effect.
The crosshatch is ideal for blankets and throws, but would also make a fun scarf or even a sweater. You'll only need to know the double and single crochet stitches, so it's suitable for a novice crocheter.
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Watch the crosshatch stitch video tutorial:
Materials
You can use any yarn for the crosshatch stitch, and it would look effective in a chunky weight and delicate in a fingering yarn. This is a great stash-busting stitch as you can use up all your oddments of yarn. Be sure to use yarns of the same weight, though, to get the best effect. Check your manufacturer's band for hook size suggestions. You'll also need a pair of scissors and a tapestry needle for weaving in ends.
Abbreviations
* repeat from here as required
ch chain
dc double crochet
rep repeat
sc single crochet
sk skip
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Written instructions
Start off by creating a foundation chain in your first color, in multiples of 7, plus 4.
Row 1: in 1st color, sk 2 ch, 2 dc into next ch, *skip 3 ch, 1 sc into next ch, 3 ch, 1 dc into each of next 3 ch. Rep from * to last 4 ch, skip 3 ch, 1 sc into last ch, turn.
Row 2: in 2nd color, 3 ch, 2 dc into first sc, *sk 3 dc, 1 sc into first of 3 ch, 3 ch, 1 dc into each of next 2 ch, 1 dc into next sc; rep from * finish by sk 2 dc, 1 sc into top of turning ch, turn.
Repeat row 2 until project reaches your desired length, alternating rows using 2, 3 or more colors as desired.
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