FREE crochet pattern: the reversible Secret Handshake block

I’m excited to again be part of Moogly’s annual CAL. It’s super fun to see each new block and how different they all are. There is so much creativity in our crochet community!

Thank you for inviting me to design for you again, Moogly.



Introducing the…

FREE crochet pattern for the reversible Secret Handshake block

Secret Handshake block, right side

Why do I love this block?

For starters, it looks great on both sides, which is always fun.

But I really love how the stitch pattern comes together without having to cut the yarn. You’ll be switching between colors in a super clever way. No need to weave in 7 million ends. Yay!

Let’s get to it.

MATERIALS

Yarn: Red Heart Yarns, With Love (100% acrylic, 198 g, 338 m/370 yds)

  • Colour A – Oxford
  • Colour B – Celtic

Hook: Furls Crochet 6 mm hook

Notions: stitch markers, yarn needle

Gauge: 11 tr x 3 tr rows (6 rows in pattern) = 4 in/10 cm (this pattern is more easily measured on the wrong side)

Finished size: 12 in/30 cm sides

Secret Handshake block, wrong side



Abbreviations:

  • Beg-dc – beginning double crochet
  • Ch(s) – chain(s)
  • Dc – double crochet
  • Hdc – half-double crochet
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Sl st(s) – slip stitch(es)
  • St(s) – stitch(es)
  • Tr – treble crochet

Notes:

  • Beg-dc: (without ch 1) (sc, ch 2) in 1st st.



INSTRUCTIONS

With A, ch 30.

Row 1. Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next, *ch 7, skip 4 chs, sc in next 3 chs, repeat from * across, ending last repeat with sc in last 2 chs, change to B, turn. (13 sc, 4 chain spaces)

Row 2. (You will not be working in or around the chain spaces; make sure to let them ‘float’ behind your work.) Ch 1, sc in next 2 sc, *dc in 4 skipped chs, sc in next 3 sc, repeat from * across, ending last repeat with sc in last 2 sc, turn. (13 sc, 16 dc)

Row 3. Ch 1, sc in each st across, change to A, turn. (29 sc)

Row 4. Beg-dc in 1st sc, dc in next, *ch 3, sc around chain-7 3 rows below, ch 3, skip 4 sc, dc in next 3, repeat from * across, ending last rep with dc in last 2 sc, turn. (13 sc, 4 (ch 3, sc, ch 3) repeats.

Row 5. Ch 1, sc in next 2 dc, *ch 7, skip (3 chs, sc, 3 chs), sc in next 3 dc, repeat from * across, ending last repeat with sc in last 2 dc, change to B, turn. (13 sc, 4 chain spaces)

Row 6. (You will not be working in or around the chain spaces; make sure to let them ‘float’ behind your work.) Ch 1, sc in next 2 sc, *tr in 4 skipped sts 2 rows below, sc in next 3 sc, repeat from * across, ending last repeat with sc in last 2 sc, turn. (13 sc, 16 tr)

Row 7. Ch 1, sc in each st across, change to A, turn. (29 sc)

Rows 8-27. Repeat Rows 4-7 five times.

Row 28. Repeat Row 4.

Row 29. Ch 1, sc in next 2 dc, now working in back loops only *loosely sl st in next [3 chs, sc and 3 chs], now working in both loops sc in next 3 dc, repeat from * across, ending last rep with sc in last 2 sts, finish off A, change to B, turn. (13 sc, 16 sl sts)

Row 30. Ch 1, sc in next 2 sc, *tr in 4 skipped sts 2 rows below, sc in next 3 sc, repeat from * across, ending last repeat with sc in last 2 sc, turn. (13 sc, 16 tr)

Row 31. Ch 1, sc in each st across. Finish off B.

Border

Crochet tip from Felted Button – optional: for a neater border, work a row of sl sts across both raw edges as follows:

With Right Side facing, join B to work in row ends. Make 1 sl st in row ends, all the way across. (31 sl sts)

Finish off. Repeat on other side.

Weave all ends in before working the border round.

With right side facing, join B to 1st st of Row 31.

Round 1. Ch 1 (counts as 1st st), sc in each st across, sc again in last sc, ch 1, rotate to work into sl sts, sc in each sl st across, ch 1, rotate to work under 30 starting chs, sc in each ch across, sc again in last ch, ch 1, rotate to work into sl sts, sc in each sl st across, ch 1, sl st in 1st ch to close. Do not turn. (124 sc, 4 chs)

Round 2. Ch 1, [hdc in each st across, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in ch-1 sp] 4x, sl st in 1st hdc to close. Finish off, weave last end in. Block to size. (132 hdc, 4 chs)

There you have it! Your Secret Handshake block is finished.

xo Julie





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