Dove Tail Stitch
This is a really neat Dove Tail Stitch that has three dimensions to the appearance. The fans appear to have different depths making it really neat. Best of all, it’s really not a complicated stitch once you master the repeat pattern.
This stitch can be found on a baby sampler afghan that is free for all to use. Get the free pattern for the entire afghan, Baby Sampler Squares Afghan.
For those who love this idea for a stitch, there is a proper multiple count to keep on the first chain should you want to do something bigger than the square in the original pattern. See details below.
To Make Different Sizes
Multiple of 8 sts + 4.
Remember the + number at the end of the sentence means that you are to add chains at the very end to maintain the pattern as written.
You can use the recommended pattern as your guide and just use your own multiples if you would like to do something more with this stitch.
Row 1: 3 dc in 4th ch from hook (beginning ch counts as dc), [sk next 2 ch, dc in next 2 ch, sk next 2 ch, 3 dc in next 2 ch] 4 times, sk next 2 ch, dc in next 2 ch, sk next 2 ch, 3 dc in next ch, dc in last ch, turn—42 dc.
Row 2 (RS): Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), dc in next dc, [sk next 2 dc, (FPtr, 2 dc) in next dc, (2 dc, FPtr) in next dc, sk next 2 dc, dc in next 2 dc] 5 times, turn.
Row 3: Ch 3, [(2 dc, BPtr) in next st, sk next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, sk next 2 sts, (BPtr, 2 dc) in next st] 5 times,
dc in last st, turn.
Row 4: Ch 3, [dc in next st, sk next 2 sts, (FPtr, 2 dc) in next st, (2 dc, FPtr) in next st, sk next 2 sts, dc in next st] 5 times, dc in last st, turn.
Rows 5-20: Repeat Rows 3 and 4 eight times.
Round 21 (RS): Work 41 sc evenly across row, do not turn at end of row; work 3 sc in corner, working in ends of rows, work 41 sc evenly across side edge; work 3 sc in corner, work 41 sc evenly across opposite side of foundation ch, work 3 sc in corner; work 41 sc evenly across other side edge, work 3 sc in corner, work 41 sc evenly across; join with sl st in first sc.