Where is the Full Pattern?
During the Crochet-along (CAL) you will be able to get the written and chart instructions as well as the HD Video tutorial for the next step in the Crochet Stitch Sampler Blanket every Tuesday and Thursday. The full pattern will not be posted until the end of the CAL.
Get a little help from your friends!
Follow along and complete each step with my help as well as the wonderful group of other Marly Bird CAL members in the Facebook Group. In the group you can post pictures, ask questions and get general crochet support.
I’m ready! Let’s get this party started!
I chose the 1 x 1 Double Crochet Ribbing square as the first square because I think it is the perfect ‘whet your appetite’ square. It uses the basic double crochet stitch for the entire square but the texture is created by the placement of the double crochet.
We will work these double crochets in the front post and the back post of the stitches. By doing post stitches the square will be more 3d with great texture and reversible stitches.
Click on the stitch below If you need a quick refresher on how to do it.
CROCHET STITCH SAMPLER BABY BLANKET
Yarn: Red Heart, “With Love” (100% Acrylic; 315 yds/170g): 1 skein of 4 different complementary colors and 2 skeins of main color.
Designer NOTE: Original was made with a discontinued yarn–STITCH NATION by Debbie Stoller™ “Washable Ewe™”: [for sample size blanket] 2 balls each 3903 Strawberry, 3540 Currant, 3501 Robin Egg, 3652 Clover; 3 balls each 3365 Earth.
Hooks: you will need a variety of different sized hooks for this blanket. Use the hook size that will get you the desired square size. Some squares will require a smaller hook and others a larger hook depending on the stitch pattern. For the sample I used G/7 and H/8.
Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle
Each Full Size Square: 11” x 11″ [27.94 X 27.94 cm]
Each stitch count given for the full square will result in approximately the same size square as long as you adjust hook size when necessary. YOU decide how large you want your squares to be. Once you choose the size for your blanket just make sure that each square will measure that.
Designer NOTE: To make sure each square I made was the same size, I washed and blocked each square as I made it. Doing so made it so I knew right away if my stitches were too tight or too loose.
This is the full list of abbreviations used for all the patterns. I will be sure to add this to each pattern so you don’t have to go searching for it as your working on the square.
beg – begin(ning)
bpdc – back post double crochet
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
fpdc – front post double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
rep – repeat
rnd – round
RS – right side
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
sp – space
st – stitch
tch – turning chain
tr – treble crochet
WS – wrong side
yo – yarn over
Symbol Key for Crochet Charts
This is the symbol key for all the charts used for all the patterns. I will be sure to add this to each pattern so you don’t have to go searching for it as your working on the square.
Here is the layout of the sample blanket in case you want to follow along with the same placement and color sequence. It should help you in choosing when to use a particular color for your blanket as well. But please remember, you can mix and match any way you wish; you _do not_ have to use my same layout!
Why are there two different chain amounts? Well, for each square stitch pattern you decide if you are going to learn the stitch first with the in class block size or if you are a dare devil and want to jump in and start on the full size block.
Either way, choose the correct chain amount below.
1 x 1 Double Crochet Ribbing Square (Blue in sample):
Using one of the 4 complementary colors.
If you wan to use this pattern stitch for another pattern you need to know how many chains are used for the foundation. For the 1 x 1 Double Crochet Ribbing–Foundation chain is a multiple of 2 sts.
In class block: Ch 22, continue to row 1.
This is the foundation chain amount I do in the HD Video tutorial. This ‘in class block’ is a great way to get familiar with the stitch pattern before you commit to a larger square. It is also a good way to test out your gauge.
Full size block: Ch 48, continue to row 1.
This is the foundation chain amount I did for the full square in the sample blanket. This number of stitches will give you the same size squares as long as you use the correct hook size to get the size you want.
Designer NOTE: This square tends to pull in a bit so I suggest using one of the larger size hooks so that the finished square will be the correct size you want.
Row 1 (WS): Sk 3 ch (counts as 1 dc), dc in next ch and each ch to end.
Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), sk 1st st, * fpdc around next st, bpdc around next st; rep from * to end, dc in tch.
Rep row 2 only until the block is approx. square.
Designer NOTE: After you complete row 2 you should be able to just read your crochet to know what stitch you are to work. Meaning, if the stitch you are working in to is a front post double crochet then you will do a front post double crochet…if the stitch you are working in to is a back post double crochet then you will do a back post double crochet. I talk about this on the HD Video.
1 x 1 Double Crochet Ribbing
For this chart you will notice that the numbers on the sides count the rows. You can also use these numbers to let you know from which side you will begin reading that row of the chart. For example: Row 1 will be read from the left to the right.
Each of the charts provided in this pattern are written with the same number of foundation chain stitches as the ‘in class block’. I did this so that you have a full chart that allows you to see exactly what stitches go where for the entire swatch.
To use the charts for the full size block you will simple repeat the stitches and rows as indicated in red on the chart.
Designer NOTE: I find it easier to read a chart like this one (where the symbols NEARLY look identical) by shading in the symbols. If you use a colored pencil and shade in just the back post stitches or just the front post stitches you will be able to quickly see what the stitch is without having to strain to see if the symbol has the little bar pointing in towards the circle or out away from the circle. Something like the picture below.
Learn this stitch pattern either with the in class block or the full size block. Once you feel like you have it, make your square for the blanket and get ready for the next square. It will be released on Thursday.
Don’t forget, if you have questions or need help we are here to help you. Well, not here but over in the facebook group dedicated to the Marly Bird CAL sponsored by Red Heart Yarns. Come and join us!