Here’s how the completed Clue 3 square looks.
Now let’s get on with Clue #4.
This clue introduces a new stitch that we haven’t used before – the half double crochet (hdc). For those who haven’t made this stitch before, you begin with yarn over hook from back of hook to front, insert hook under top two loops of next stitch, yarn over hook and draw a loop through (3 loops are now on hook), yarn over hook and draw through all 3 loops on hook to complete stitch. It’s very similar to a double crochet except you work all the loops off together at the end rather than in two’s as you do for the double crochet.
We’re also going to be using treble crochets (tr) in this square. A treble crochet is taller than a double crochet, so to begin the row we chain 4 to get us up to the proper height. (You may need to eliminate or reduce the gap caused by the thinness of the chain compared to the thickness of the treble crochet at the beginning of the row by working chain 3 or slip stitch and ch 3 in place of ch 4). To make a treble crochet, yarn over hook from back to front twice, insert hook under top two loops of next stitch, yarn over hook and draw a loop through (4 loops now on hook), (yarn over hook and draw through 2 loops) 3 times.
This is also the first square that uses several colors. To change colors you work to the last two loops of the last stitch in the row, drop the working color and work the last yarn over and draw through the last two loops with the new color. Be sure to clip the old color with a 3 ins [7.5 cm] long tail end so you can work over the tail or darn it in later.
Have fun making this colorful clue. I’ll be back next week with a photo of it and with Clue #5.
Until then – happy crocheting!