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Try This Stitch: Crochet

  • Try This Stitch: Thistle Crochet

    crochet stitch

    This simple crochet stitch is used as a block in the Try This Stitch Sampler Afghan. It is easy to memorize and works up quickly. It is a good alternative to single crochet if you're looking to keep the stitch simple, but add a touch more visual interest.

    As you work this stitch make sure you are not unintentionally adding stitches at the beginning or ends of the row. It is advisable to count every few rows. Also, take care to work the base chain rather loosely for this pattern.

    Materials

    The following materials are only necessary if you will be using this as a block in the Sampler Afghan. A yarn, hook, and gauge of your choosing will work with this stitch.

    Yarn: New Basic 175 in Grey
    Hook: J / 6mm
    Gauge: Approx. 3.5 sts per inch
    Finished Size: Approximately 10" x 10"

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  • Try This Stitch: Sample Afghan Progress

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    Progress report! Several weeks ago we introduced the Try This Stitch Sampler Afghan. This colorful piece is being worked from blocks using our Stitch Finder patterns. Each square measures approximately 10" x 10". The pieces are a mix of knit and crochet stitches, all of which use New Basic 175 yarn. (See each post page for additional details. Links are below.)

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  • Try This Stitch: Lace Stripes (Crochet)

    A square with this pattern will appear in the sampler afghan. To make it fit in with the other blocks, use New Basic 175 yarn paired with a "K" crochet hook. The finished size of the afghan blocks are approximately 10 x 10".

    Special abbreviation

    MB: make bobble (popcorn) -- 4dc into the next ch, remove the hook from the working loop, insert it under the top loops of the first of the dc sts just worked and draw the working loop through, prepare to cont to work right to left across the block.

    Foundation chain: Ch 32. (Increase the width by adding chains in multiples of 3.)
    Row 1 (right side): sc in 2nd ch from the hook, work 1 sc into each of the ch to the end -- 31 sts. Turn.
    Row 2: Ch 1, 1sc into each st. Turn.
    Row 3: Rep row 2.
    Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as 1dc), 1dc into the base of the ch, *skip 2 sts, [1dc, ch 1, 1dc] into the next st, rep from * 8 more times, skip 2 sts, 2dc into the top of the ch. Turn.
    Row 5: Ch 3 (counts as 1dc), 1dc into the next st, ch 1, skip 1 st, mb into the next ch, ch 2 * skip 2 sts, mb into the next ch, ch 2, rep from * 6 more times, skip 2 sts, mb into the next ch, ch 1, skip 1 st, 1dc into each of the next 2 sts. Turn.
    Row 6: Ch 3 (counts as 1dc), 1dc into the base of the ch, skip 1 st, 1dc into the next ch, *[1dc, ch 1, 1dc] into the next sp, rep from * 7 more times, 1dc, into the next sp, ch 1, 1dc into each of the next 2 sts. Turn.
    Row 7: Ch 2 (counts as 1sc), 1sc into each st. Turn.
    Row 8: Ch 3 (counts as 1dc), 1dc into each st. Turn.
    Rep rows 3 - 8 for pattern. End the last repeat with Row 7.
    Last Two Rows
    Next Row: Ch 2 (counts as 1sc), 1sc into each st. Turn.
    Last Row: Ch 3 (counts as 1dc), 1dc into each st. Turn.
    Fasten off yarn.


    Abbreviations

    CH = Chain
    DC = Double Crochet
    SC = Single Crochet
    YO = Yarn Over

    Pattern by permission from Crochet Blocks in a Box by Luise Roberts, St. Martin's Griffin, 2007

     

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