Frog the Patriarchy Keychain on the Ground (HDC Ribbing Stitch Version)

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Please tell me you were able to figure the easter egg clues for this month’s block! If you guessed it is inspired by our favorite 10-minute song, you guessed correctly. I sprinkled lyrics throughout the intro and the end of the post. Was that too on the nose for easter eggs? Well this month’s clue will be just a wee bit more challenging.

I knew from the beginning of starting this project last year that I wanted the Red block to look like a knitted scarf, inspired by that scarf. Whether the scarf is metaphorical or it is still sitting in his drawer, it will always remind us of All Too Well. So how do you make a crocheted block look like a knitted scarf? It’s easier than you might think!

We’ll use what’s called a half double crochet ribbing stitch. It’s commonly used to make cuffs and bands on crocheted clothing, but it also looks nice on blankets. It alternates rows of half double crochet slip stitches and rows of slip stitches, all done in the back loops only. The colors I chose are very obviously inspired by both the new and old album art (as well as the title) but also by the album’s whole fall vibe.

Alright, now go grab your hook & yarn and get started! Don’t forget to share your finished blocks in our Eras Crochet Along Facebook group! I just love seeing all of your different versions and yarn choices!

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Frog the Patriarchy Keychain on the Ground
(HDC Ribbing Stitch Version)

Difficulty

Easy

Materials

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Tools

Measurements

The finished block will measure approximately 6″ by 48″ with the blanket yarn.
It will measure approximately the same using two strands of #4 medium-weight yarn.
This stitch tends to pull the yarn tighter so you will need to go up one or two hook sizes.
The primary goal is for your blocks to be close in width to each other for joining.

Gauge

9, back loop only half double crochet slip stitches = approximately 4 inches
11, back loop only, alternating half double crochet slip stitch and slip stitch rows = approximately 4 inches

Special Stitches

Half double crochet slip stitch:
Yarn over, insert hook, yarn over and pull up a loop. 3 loops on hook. Do not complete the half double crochet. Instead, pull that 3rd loop through the other 2 loops like you would with a regular slip stitch.
Back loop only:
Insert your hook only into the back loop of a stitch, instead of both the front and back loops of a stitch.

Instructions

Using a 9.00mm or 10.00mm hook instead of an 8.00mm, Chain 109.

Row 1: Single crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook. Single crochet into each chain across. (108 single crochets)
Chain 1, turn.

Row 2: The chain 1 does not count as the 1st stitch. Half double slip stitch into the back loop only of the 1st stitch at the base of the chain 1. Half double crochet slip stitch into the back loops only of each stitch across. Chain 1, turn. (108 half double slip stitches)

NOTE: It is essential that you count your stitches at the end of each even or half double slip stitch row. It’s extremely easy to miss or skip a stitch with this stitch pattern. Do yourself a favor and put a stitch marker into the very last stitch of this row. Future you will thank you.

Row 3: Slip stitch into the back loop only of the 1st stitch and each stitch across. Chain 1, turn. (108 slip stitches)

NOTE: The very last stitch of the row, #108, will be tricky to find and easy to skip or miss if you didn’t use a stitch marker. Are you thanking past you for marking it? If you miss this last stitch enough, the edge of this block will start to form an angle instead of a straight line.

Row 4: Half double slip stitch into the back loop only of the 1st stitch. Half double crochet slip stitch into the back loops only of each stitch across. Chain 1, turn. (108 half double slip stitches) Don’t forget that stitch marker for the last stitch!

Row 5: Slip stitch into the back loop only of the 1st stitch and each stitch across. Chain 1, turn. (108 slip stitches)

Row 6: Half double slip stitch into the back loop only of the 1st stitch. Half double crochet slip stitch into the back loops only of each stitch across. Chain 1, turn. (108 half double slip stitches)

Row 7: Slip stitch into the back loop only of the 1st stitch and each stitch across. Chain 1, turn. (108 slip stitches)

Row 8: Half double slip stitch into the back loop only of the 1st stitch. Half double crochet slip stitch into the back loops only of each stitch across. Chain 1, turn. (108 half double slip stitches)

Row 9: Slip stitch into the back loop only of the 1st stitch and each stitch across. Chain 1, turn. (108 slip stitches)

Row 10: Half double slip stitch into the back loop only of the 1st stitch. Half double crochet slip stitch into the back loops only of each stitch across. Chain 1, turn. (108 half double slip stitches)

Row 11: Slip stitch into the back loop only of the 1st stitch and each stitch across. Chain 1, turn. (108 slip stitches)

Row 12: Half double slip stitch into the back loop only of the 1st stitch. Half double crochet slip stitch into the back loops only of each stitch across. Chain 1, turn. (108 half double slip stitches) Have you been using those stitch markers?

Row 13: Slip stitch into the back loop only of the 1st stitch and each stitch across. Chain 1, turn. (108 slip stitches)

Row 14: Half double slip stitch into the back loop only of the 1st stitch. Half double crochet slip stitch into the back loops only of each stitch across. Chain 1, turn. (108 half double slip stitches) If you used a 10.00mm hook with blanket yarn, you can likely skip to Row 17. Just make sure your block is approximately 6 inches long.

Row 15: Slip stitch into the back loop only of the 1st stitch and each stitch across. Chain 1, turn. (108 slip stitches)

Row 16: Half double slip stitch into the back loop only of the 1st stitch. Half double crochet slip stitch into the back loops only of each stitch across. Chain 1, turn. (108 half double slip stitches)

Row 17: Single crochet in the back loop only of the 1st stitch and each stitch across the entire row. Make sure you have 108 single crochet stitches before you cut, tie off, and weave in your ends.

Cut, tie off, and weave in ends.

NOTE: Once you have crocheted Row 4, measure the block width against your previous block and with a tape measure to make sure it is close in size. This will help you determine if you need to go up or down a hook size. Again this stitch pulls very tight so it reduces the block width significantly.


I am so curious to see what you think of this block! I think it is deceptively simple. Sure, the basic stitches are easy, but getting the tension and stitch sizing right proved to be a huge challenge for me. I had to remake all 4 blocks at least 8 times until I got them all to work correctly with the other blocks. So if you have to frog a few times, just sing “frog the patriarchy” to make it more enjoyable, lol.

Don’t forget to look for clues for next month’s block stitch! I’ll give you a hint: You can see the clue on every block’s post so far…

The ad-free, paid version of the pattern that includes both abbreviated and unabbreviated instructions as well as a pattern chart will be live soon. In the meantime, I can’t wait to see your version of the block!

Have You Seen the Other Eras Crochet Along Blocks?
Sea Green Era: Just Another Pattern to Burn
Golden Era: Romeo, Take Me Somewhere We Can Buy Some Yarn
Amethyst Era: You Are the Best Hook That’s Ever Been Mine
Crimson Era: Frog the Patriarchy Keychain on the Ground ⇦ You Are Here
Sky Blue Era: I Could Show You Incredible Skeins

Thanks for stopping by!
Please let me know if you have any questions or need help with your block!
See you next month!
– Marie

2 thoughts on “Frog the Patriarchy Keychain on the Ground (HDC Ribbing Stitch Version)”

  1. Hi Marie! I am wondering about the transition between rows 1 and 2… At the end of row 1 or says to chain 2, but at the beginning of row 2 it says that the chain 1 does not count as the first stitch. Can you clarify, please, how many chains there should be? Thank you!

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