Welcome to Week 5 of the Sectional Blanket mystery crochet along! This week, we will crochet our fifth section, which I’ve called Xs and Os, using a combination of the crossed double crochet (also known as the x-stitch) and single crochet combined with chain spaces. This stitch combination creates an interesting look without being too lacy for our final blanket.
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Sectional Blanket Week 5: Xs and Os
Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter
Updated April 9, 2022
The Sectional Blanket is a mystery crochet along in 7″ x 9″ (18 cm x 23 cm) sections, the size preferred by our charity partner, Warm Up America. New clues will be released on Fridays through December 16, 2022. If you decide to donate sections locally or to Warm Up America directly, USE THIS FORM to track your donations and to enter a special Sectional Blanket giveaway through December 31, 2022!
- Throw Blanket, approximately 49″ x 63″ (124.5 cm x 160 cm) without borders.
- WeCrochet Brava Worsted yarn (100% acrylic, 3 oz/100 g, 218 yd/200 m): 18 skeins in your choice of colors, or approximately 3,750 yards/3,429 meters in any medium weight yarn.
- I am using the following colors for my version:
- Color A/28437 Marina,
- Color B/29246 Tidal Speckle,
- Color C/28454 Tranquil,
- Color D/29247 Snow Day Speckle,
- Color E/28422 Cornflower,
- Color F/28419 Clarity, and
- Color G/28451 Sky.
- I am using the following colors for my version:
- WeCrochet Majestic US Size I-9/5.5 mm crochet hook, or size that matches gauge or you prefer using with medium weight yarn.
- WeCrochet locking stitch marker set (optional, but helpful for marking the front and holding pieces together for seaming).
- WeCrochet bent-tip yarn needle.
- 20 dc = 6″ (15 cm) across. Exact gauge is not critical for this project. If you plan to donate your finished sections to Warm Up America, please note that finished sections must measure 7″ x 9″ (18 cm x 23 cm).
Sectional Blanket Pattern Notes
- Whenever possible, I recommend crocheting over your yarn tails as you work. Sometimes, a stitch pattern will be too lacy to effectively crochet over your yarn tails. In that case, I recommend weaving in ends.
- Fiber Flux has a helpful video tutorial for crocheting over your yarn tails as you work here.
- Stitches n Scraps has helpful video and photo tutorials for 3 ways of weaving in ends here. I use the yarn (tapestry) needle method.
- Color changes are only suggestions. You are welcome to change colors more or less often.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
- BL – back loop only – Fiber Flux has a helpful video for identifying the back loop here.
- cdc – crossed double crochet – Sk st, dc in next st, dc in skipped st. Each cdc counts as 2 sts. A helpful video tutorial for this stitch is available below.
- If you can’t see the video tutorial for the cdc above, click here to watch it on YouTube.
- CE – Color E
- ch – chain
- dc – double crochet
- hdc – half double crochet
- rep – repeat
- sc – single crochet
- sl st – slip stitch
- sp – space
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
-  Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.
- () Work instructions in parentheses into same stitch or space.
Notes for Section 5
- Ch 1 at beginning of Rows and Rounds and sl st joins do not count as a stitches.
- Color changes are only suggestions. You are welcome to change colors more or less often. For this section, my Color E is WeCrochet Brava Worsted yarn in 28422 Cornflower and I used approximately 75 yd (68.5 m).
- There are several ways to crochet into chain spaces. See four methods in the video below.
- If you can’t see the video above demonstrating how to crochet into a chain space, click here to watch it on YouTube.
Section 5: Xs and Os
- With CE, ch 21.
- Row 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, sc in next 20 ch. (20 sts)
- Row 2: Turn, ch 3 (counts as dc), cdc across to last st, dc in next st.
- Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across.
- Row 4: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, [ch 1, skip 1 st, sc in next st] across to last st, sc in next st.
- Row 5: Turn, ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, [sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in next st] across to last st.
- Rep Rows 2-5, ending after Row 2, 3, or 5 when section measures approximately 8″ (20.5 cm) tall.
- Next Row: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across.
- Begin working in Rounds for Border.
- Border Round 1: Turn, ch 1, sc in same st and in each st across Next Row, *ch 2, turn to work along long edge, evenly work 28 sc along long edge,** ch 2, turn to work along foundation row, sc in next 20 sts, rep from * to **, ch 2, join with sl st to first sc. (20 sts on each short side + 28 sts on each long side + 4 ch-2 sp)
- Border Round 2: Ch 1, starting in same st [scBL in next 20 sts, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch-2 sp, scBL in next 28 sts, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch-2 sp] twice, join with sl st to first sc. (22 sts on each short side + 30 sts on each long side + 4 ch-2 sp)
- Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 30″/76 cm) for seaming.