Abstract Queen CAL: Interlocking Part 1

September 1, 2020: Part 1 – Foundation to Row 24

Crocheted by Emily Harmon using the interlocking crochet technique

And so it begins! It isn’t quite midnight, but it’s close enough to September 1; I have been waiting too long!

You will see this same introduction on each part of the CAL. Scroll down to find the pattern instructions you’re looking for.

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Interlocking Information

  • US crochet terminology
  • Chart is 359 x 321 = 115,239 stitches!
  • Finished size 90” x 80” (Queen plus drape)
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (8250 yards)
    • Main color (black in chart) – 4100 yards plus 50 yards for optional SC border
    • Accent color – 4100 yards
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”

Key for Interlocking Crochet

RS = right side: the side of your work that will show the finished design
WS = wrong side: the back of your project
Front = the side currently facing you
Back = the side not facing you
Ch = chain
Sp = space
Sk = skip a stitch
SC = single crochet
DC = double crochet
F = DC in front, then CH 1
B = DC behind, then CH 1
ES = DC into the last window space
EF = end stitch in front: using AC, DC into the last AC window, working in front of MC
EB = end stitch in back: using AC, DC into the last AC window, working behind MC
ACF = bring the AC yarn to the side facing you
ACB = put AC yarn to the side facing away from you

Notes

  • If you chain tighter than me you may need to Ch 4 where I Ch 3
  • Don’t confuse RS / WS with Front / Back
  • Remember, each color is worked into itself only and there is a chain space between each DC
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Foundation Rows (161 MC stitches, 160 AC stitches)

  1. Using MC create 160 windows. I prefer the chainless technique using triple/treble crochet but alternatively you can Ch 321+ 3 (or 4 if you chain tighter than me), then DC in 6th (or 7th) Ch from your hook. *Ch 1, Sk 1, DC* repeat until the end. Place stitch marker so your work doesn’t unravel.
  2. With your AC, Ch 321+1 (or 2 if you chain tighter). Place MC windows on top of this chain (make sure the end with the stitch marker is at your left) and pull the tail of your AC through the window on the right end (see picture by the Key). DC through the back of the next window into the 6th (or 7th) Ch from your hook.
  3. *Ch 1, Sk 1, DC through back* repeat to end. Place stitch marker so your work doesn’t unravel. Both stitch markers should be on the same end.

WS – ACB (wrong side facing you, AC to back)

4 MC – Ch3, (1B, 1F) x2, {(2B, 1F) x2, 1B, 5F, 1B, 3F, 1B, 5F, 1B, 1F, (2B, 1F) x2, (1B, 1F) x4} x4, 3B, ES

5 AC – Ch3 in back, {1F, 1B, (2F, 1B) x3, 4F, 6B, 4F, 1B, (2F, 1B) x3, 1F, 2B} x4, 1F, 1B, 2F, 1B, 1F, EB

RS – ACF (right side facing you, AC to front)

6 MC – Ch3, 1F, 4B, {1F, (1B, 1F) x2, 13B, 2F, 3B, 2F, 13B} x4, 2F, ES

7 AC – Ch3 in front, 1B, {3F, 1B, 1F, 2B, 1F, 1B, 3F, (2B, 1F) x2, 2B, 3F, 4B, 3F, (2B, 1F) x2, 2B, 3F, 1B, 1F, 2B, 1F, 1B, 3F, (2B, 1F) x2, 2B, 3F, 4B, 3F, (2B, 1F) x2, 2B} x2, 3F, 1B, 1F, EF

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WS – ACB

8 MC – Ch3, 1B, {1F, 1B, 2F, 1B, 1F, (2B, 1F) x2, 3B, 2F, 1B, 2F, 3B, 1F, (2B, 1F) x2, 1B, 2F, 1B, 1F, 3B} x4, 1F, 1B, 2F, 2B, ES

9 AC – Ch3 in back, 2B, (1F, 12B, 2F, 2B, 2F, 12B, 1F, 6B) x4, 1F, 3B, EB

RS – ACF

10 MC – Ch3, 2F, {1B, (1F, 3B) x2, (1F, 1B) x2, (2F, 1B) x2, 2F, 2B, 3F, 2B, (2F, 1B) x3, 1F} x4, 1B, 1F, 2B, 1F, ES

11 AC – Ch3 in front, 1B, {1F, (1B, 1F) x2, 2B, 1F, (1B, 1F) x2, (2B, 1F) x3, 2B, 4F, (2B, 1F) x3, 2B} x4, 1F, (1B, 1F) x2, EF

WS – ACB

12 MC – Ch3, 3B, (1F, 1B, 12F, 3B, 12F, 1B, 1F, 7B) x4, (1F, 1B) x2, ES

13 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, {1F, 2B, 1F, 3B, (2F, 1B) x2, 2F, 4B, (2F, 1B) x2, 2F, 3B, 1F, 2B, 1F, 4B} x4, 1F, 2B, 1F, 1B, EB

RS – ACF

14 MC – Ch3, 2F, {(5B, 1F) x2, 2B, 1F, 1B, (2F, 1B) x2, 5F, 1B, (2F, 1B) x2, 1F, 2B, 1F} x4, 4B, 1F, ES

15 AC – Ch3 in front, {(1B, 1F) x3, 2B, (1F, 1B) x3, 24F} x4, (1B, 1F) x3, EF

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WS – ACB

16 MC – Ch3, 5B, {1F, (1B, 1F) x2, (2B, 1F) x6, (1B, 1F) x2, 11B} x4, 1F, 1B, ES

17 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, {1F, 1B, 1F, 2B, 1F, 1B, (2F, 1B) x7, 1F, 2B, 1F, 1B, 1F, 4B} x4, 1F, 1B, 1F, 2B, EB

RS – ACF

18 MC – Ch3, 1F, 6B, 1F, 7B, {1F, 21B, (1F, 7B) x2} x3, 1F, 21B, 1F, 6B, 1F, ES

19 AC – Ch3 in front, 1B, 1F, {(1B, 1F) x2, 2B, (1F, 1B) x4, 3F, (2B, 1F) x4, 2B, 3F, (1B, 1F) x2} x4, (1B, 1F) x2, EF

WS – ACB

20 MC – Ch3, 1B, {1F, 5B, 1F, 1B, 2F, 1B, 1F, (2B, 1F) x4, 1B, 2F, 1B, 1F, 5B, 1F, 3B} x4, 1F, 5B, ES

21 AC – Ch3 in back, (1F, 2B, 1F, 1B, 1F, 2B, 1F, 18B, 1F, 2B, 1F, 1B, 1F, 2B, 1F, 2B) x4, 1F, 2B, 1F, 1B, 1F, EB

RS – ACF

22 MC – Ch3, 1F, 4B, {1F, (1B, 1F) x2, 7B, (1F, 1B) x2, (2F, 1B) x3, 2F, (1B, 1F) x2, 7B} x4, 2F, ES

23 AC – Ch3 in front, {(1B, 1F) x3, 2B, 1F, (1B, 1F) x5, (2B, 1F) x5, (1B, 1F) x2} x4, (1B, 1F) x3, EF

WS – ACB

24 MC – Ch3, 1B, (1F, 1B, 1F, 5B, 1F, 1B, 15F, 1B, 1F, 5B, 1F, 1B, 1F, 3B) x4, 1F, 1B, 1F, 3B, ES

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