A Crochet Sampler Afghan created for beginners.
Pattern by Teri Hanson © Jan 2020
Materials – Yarn is listed in order of use except Soft Taupe which has been used as a divider color and in the border. I’m using a 5.5mm crochet hook because I tend to have tighter tension. The yarn suggests 5mm to 5.5mm based upon tight or loose tension. Choose what you are most comfortable with as it will not affect the stitches, only the finished size of your project.
- Misty Blue
- Green Lagoon
- Soft Taupe
Stitch Guide ….
- FSC – foundation single crochet
- YO – yarn over
- TRN – turn your work
- CH – chain stitch
- SC – single crochet
- BS – berry stitch
- HDC – half double crochet
- HDC BL – half double crochet in back loop
- HDC 3RDL – half double crochet in third loop
- DC – double crochet
- ZZP – zig zag puff stitch
- HHDC – herringbone half double
- CS – cluster stitch
- MS – mesh stitch
- SS – shell stitch
Symbol * indicates to repeat stitches shown between the two * symbols.
SECTION SEVEN ….
Mesh Stitch worked in Green Lagoon
- row 1 – TRN, CH1, work a SC in each stitch across entire row.
- row 2-5 – TRN, CH1, work mesh stitches across entire row as seen in the video above.
- row 6 – repeat row 1
Row 7 – With Soft Taupe work a SC in each stitch across entire row to create the divider row. At the end of the row change over to the Smoke color yarn.
SECTION EIGHT . . .
Shell Stitch worked in Smoke color yarn
- Row 1 – begin in first stitch from the hook and work a SC in each stitch across entire row.
- Row 2 – repeat row 1
- Row 3 – TRN, CH1, work a SC in the first stitch from hook, skip two stitches, work 5 DC stitches in the next stitch, skip two stitches, work a SC in the next stitch, skip two stitches, work 5 DC in the next stitch. Continue on to the end of the row. You will end with a SC in the last stitch.
- Row 4 – TRN, CH3, work 2 DC in the same stitch (first stitch), skip two stitches, work a SC in next stitch, skip two stitches, work 5 DC stitches in the same stitch. Continue on to the end of the row. End the row by working 3 DC in the last stitch.
- Row 5 – TRN, CH1, repeat row 1.
- Row 6 – TRN, CH1, repeat row 1.
Row 7 – With Soft Taupe work a SC in each stitch across entire row to create the divider row.
SECTION NINE …..
Single and Double Crochet stitches worked in all colors
- Row 1 – CH1, work a SC in each stitch across entire row with Misty Blue color yarn
- Row 2 – TRN, CH2, work a DC in each stitch across entire row with Plum color yarn
- Row 3 – repeat row 1 with Green Lagoon color yarn
- Row 4 – Repeat row 2 with Smoke color yarn
- Rows 5 – repeat row 1 with Misty Blue color yarn
- Row 6 – repeat row 2 with Plum color yarn
- Row 7 – repeat row 1 with Green Lagoon color yarn
- Row 8 – repeat row 2 with Smoke color yarn
- Row 9 – repeat row 1 with Misty Blue color yarn
Row 10 – With Soft Taupe work a row of SC in each stitch to create the divider row.
You have now completed the first eight rows plus the alternate row. To continue, return to the beginning 01 post and repeat all eight rows. If you stop there you will wind up with a lap size afghan. Add another alternate row and another set of the eight rows for a larger size afghan.
As you can see from the image below, I worked two sets of the eight stitch rows and two of the divider, 9th rows then five of the eight row set. At this point the size was perfect for me so I stopped. I’m now ready to add a border.
No matter which border you decide to use on your afghan, you need to do a bit of prep work first. Watch this video to see how you should finish off your afghan and then we will go on to the border.
You should now have an idea of how to finish off your afghan using a SC stitch around the entire outside edge. Let me say that I do my corners a bit different in that I add two SC stitches, a CH1, and then two more SC stitches in each corner. For me it seems to keep edges flatter. Also please note that you won’t be able to stay consistent in where you place the stitches on the long edges. The best you can do is to match up where you place stitches with each row – working the same amount of stitches in the same places for rows that are of the same stitch. Hopefully that will make sense. In the end, don’t stress about it a ton, just do your best and it will work out fine!
Here’s a look at my finished corner . . .
For me, a lot of blankets just need a simple border that doesn’t take away from the design. This happens to be one of those blankets and I decided on two rows of SC was all that it needed.
Once your afghan is finished – if you used the Impeccable brand yarn – throw it in the wash on delicates or gentle, wash then dry in dryer on delicates. It will wash up beautifully and come out soft.
I hope you enjoyed the project and that you learned some new stitches along the way. Hopefully you will also be encouraged to try some other new stitches and larger projects.