March 31, 2015

Square 3! Crochet Along Afghan Sampler, March

Crochet 2 squares a month and have a finished afghan by the end of the year! | The Inspired Wren

It's time! Square 3 (March) of the Crochet Along Afghan Sampler is Baby Bubbles. Not to be confused with bobbles or popcorn, these tiny bubbles hook up in a lovely rhythm.


SHARE YOUR PROGRESS

*tap tap taps on microphone* Is this thing on? Are you out there? Can you hear me? The Flickr Group, where anyone working on the 2015 Afghan Sampler can share and discuss their progress, has just one other set of squares so far (shout out to SassySeamstress!). Join us! And don't forget to use the #afghansampler hashtag on Instagram -- right now it's just me and that's kind of lonely.

Join the Afghan Sampler Flickr Group and share your progress as you crochet along! | The Inspired Wren


SQUARE 3, MARCH

At this point you should have four finished Squares in three colors. If you're just joining us, don't panic! The squares work up quickly and you can easily catch up: be sure to START HERE.

March's Square is what I'm calling the Baby Bubble stitch. I learned this one from Daneen St Amour's Bubble Baby Blanket. To create the stitch, work one single crochet and two double crochet into one stitch, then skip two stitches and do it again ...all the way across. It creates a lovely, squishy, reversible fabric; the original Bubble Baby Blanket pattern is worked with two strands of yarn and I'm sure is even cuddlier squishy. Here we'll work with one strand and an H hook. Formally written up like so...

Baby Bubbles: Square 3 (March) of the 2015 Afghan Sampler -- Crochet along and have a finished blanket at the end of the year! | The Inspired Wren


Hook
H/8 - 5.00MM, or size needed to obtain 9"x 9" square

Yarn
Colors C and A -- For me that means Caron Simply Soft in Country Blue (Color C) and Grey Heather (Color A)


Stitch 
st: stitch
ch: chain
dc: double crochet


CONSTRUCTION

Row 1: Working in Color C, ch 38; 38 stitches
Note: When I chain 38 I somehow end up short a stitch, however the math says you should start with 38. I have started each of my blocks for Square 3 with ch 39 -- clearly I can't properly count chains or "chains from the hook" (that should instill confidence in those of you following along, right?). The important part is to have 12 sets of stitches at the end of Row 2.

Row 2: In second ch from hook [sc and 2dc in same st; skip 2 st]; repeat within [] 12x; skip 2, sc, turn; 36 stitches

Row 3: ch 2, 2dc in first st, skip 2 st; [sc and 2dc in same st; skip 2 st]; repeat within [] 11x; skip 2, sc, turn; 36 stitches

Rows 4-31: Repeat Row 3; 36 stitches each row

Border: *work 38 sc along one side of the square, ch 1 (does not count as stitch); repeat from * on each side of the square. Yarn off, and weave in ends

Repeat with Color A for a second, separate square.


HOMEWORK

Get hooking! You now have three stitches and six squares to complete by Tuesday, April 28 (release date for Square 4, April)! Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Don't forget to label your squares! Then upload your progress to our Flickr Group and tag your Instagram shots with #afghansampler (please, please, pretty please). 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Looking for the rest of the squares? Click on the Crochet Along tab a the top of this site!
Other questions? Size? Rows? Border Count? Visit Frequently Asked Questions!



Smart! Label crochet squares as you go. Crochet along Afghan Sampler 2015 | The inspired Wren
Label the crochet squares as you go and you won't get confused when we finally put them all together.

Note: Edited 5/29/15 to correct Row 3 in the pattern.



PS -- If you finish fast and need another project, be sure to check out these crochet planter covers; quick little projects that don't take a year to finish, unlike a certain sampler afghan.

Spiral Crochet Planter Cover | The Inspired WrenBunny Crochet Planter Cover | The Inspired Wren


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32 comments:

  1. There certainly are people doing this with you - I am really enjoying learning new stitches and 2 squares a month seems do-able even in my busy life. Many thanks x

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  2. YAY thank you for square 3 :-)

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  3. Maybe I'm not doing this properly but I ended up with an extra chain at the end of row 1... Also for rows 3-30 it says to repeat row 3, but the directions to row 3 are to repeat row 3. Please help!

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    1. Thanks for the heads up! You are right, the rows were clearly numbered incorrectly (and I've now edited them to reflect the change). As for the extra chain, go ahead and start with 38 chains then -- the important part is to have 12 sets across, however you get there will work.

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  4. I'm a tad behind (struggling with the basket weave) but this is giving me the kick up the rear. I can't let myself start March before completing February!

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    1. You can do it! Are you having trouble with the stitch? I'm left handed so I can't exactly make a video for you, but it's a classic stitch -- this video looks like a good one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28ilbmzmDGM

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  5. wow!!!! I have been trying to find my next project and wanted to make an afghan using squares as usually do 1 big afghan and wanted a change....your sampler is perfect!!!! I cannot wait to go and buy my wool tomorrow and spend my Easter Monday trying to catch up!!!! thanks!!!

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  6. I was wondering if in step 3 we are supposed to skip two stitches between the ch 2, 2 dc in first stitch & the brackets? Thanks for your help!

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    1. I'm so very sorry for the delayed response -- I've been travelling without internet connection. I have not stitched this one up since early March and my memory fails me. However when I graph it out by hand it appears you are right. I'm going to stitch up the first few rows this evening before I update the instructions posted above though.

      Did you work it out on your own? What did you do in my absence?

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    2. Updated the pattern. Thanks for point it out!

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    3. Ahh - that's why mine didn't look like yours! I ripped it all back yesterday cos I couldn't work out what was wrong. I'm a bit behind but I will get there.....eventually lol.

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    4. Anne -- I'm sooo sorry. That's miserable. I wish I had an editor or tester, so this wouldn't happen. But as I said in the first post, I'm making this up as I go. I'm glad you're sticking with it anyway!

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    5. Don't worry, it's ok :) I might even get round to uploading some photos one day ........

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  7. Just found out about this CAL and I love learning new stitches. Can't wait to get started.

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  8. Sorry to bug you, but I'm so confused on step two. Regardless of how many times I do it, I wind up with 25 stitches. 24 from the 12 sets of sc/dc and 1 from the final sc. When I skip 2 am I supposed to be chaining 1 stitch?

    I don't know if I'm just going insane or what, but I can not seem to figure this out. I'd appreciate any help I could get.

    Thank you!

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    1. Lindsey,
      Questions are never a bother!
      I think you're missing the 2nd DC -- each stitch has 1 single crochet and 2 double crochet in one stitch: 1+2=3; 3x11=33; 2 double crochet in first stitch + 33 + 1 single crochet at end = 36!

      Does that help?

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    2. Completely. My brain combined 2dc into just double crochet!

      Thank you for the help! I'm trying to get caught up but foolishly decided to make 4 blankets with 3 for each pattern instead of 2... But I'm loving all of the squares so far and am looking forwards to the future ones!

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  10. I'll post pictures of my progress soon! In row 3, do the 2dc in the first stitch go in the same stitch as the ch2 or in the next stitch? The end of the rows aren't working out for me. Thanks!

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  11. I just found this blog. Even though is 2015 it is on my hook now. What a great idea for a sampler. I have got my 4 squares done. I am using this blanket to destash. Thanks for sharing in 2015 and giving me something to do in 2016!

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  12. I am not sure what I am doing wrong, but not only are my squares different sizes but the basket weave stitch and this bubble stitch don't look quite right compared to your photos.

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  13. Always late for a party! I just found this, never too late for a blanket I suppose. I am working on this square and I can't seem to get the edges straight. They're all lumpy and jagged and not the little lumpy that can be fixed with a border, this is crazy off by 1" or more. It looks rounded at the end of every turn row. I could use help please. :)

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    1. Did you complete the sc at the end of your row? sc,2dc in the same stitch then skip 2 & end with a sc. Turn & chain 2.

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  14. I'm so glad I found this post...it gives me the patterns, new stitches & squares I was searching for! I started random squares (1 1/2 completed) but lost track of the correct # of stitches! Whoops...that's what happens when I don't have a pattern! Haha So today I've decided to start over & follow your square designs & directions just with a few more colors.....can't wait to try these new stitches!! Thank you for all your posts!

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  15. Just found this sample afghan, I'm new to crocheting and wanted to try lots of different stitches.....this will teach me heaos. Thanks so much :)

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  16. Just found this sample afghan, I'm new to crocheting and wanted to try lots of different stitches.....this will teach me heaos. Thanks so much :)

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  17. i know this is an old blog but i just found it as well and am doing it in 2016 your instructions are so simple for me to understand!

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  18. Hola: existen patrones para hacerlos o clases online, está preciosa la manta.gracias

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