A Crochet Sampler Afghan created for beginners.
Pattern by Teri Hanson © Jan 2020
Back in October of 2019 I ventured into the world of Crochet as a new creative outlet. What started as something to do in the evenings while watching TV has turned into a passion. It’s what I like to call a “couch craft” being that it doesn’t require a lot of tools.
As a beginner the multitude of stitches and projects available can be overwhelming. Not a practice square person, I wanted a way to learn new stitches and have some fun while doing so. I would much rather spend my time creating a complete project. It’s this reason that I decided to create this sampler stitch afghan. If you are of like mind, please feel free to join me and create your own sampler afghan! Bookmark this page and check back often as I update with new sections of stitches.
The plan was to create a striped afghan with various stitches in rows as well as color. Using colors in light to medium, as colors change so will the stitch. Rows will be repeated as many times as needed for the desired length of the afghan. This way you will not only learn a new stitch but practice it as well.
As we get started and continue along, please feel free to leave comments, ask questions, and offer tips using the comments section at the end of the post. You can find videos for all of the stitches used below and online. As this project was created for beginners, the more experienced might find more information here than they need.
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
Note: I wound up using about 1.5 skeins per color for this project
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
SECTION ONE ….
Begin with a Foundation Single Crochet worked in Misty Blue
Like most beginners, I struggled with creating the beginning chain. If possible I try to avoid it by using one of the foundation stitches. This combines your foundation chain stitch with the first row of pattern stitches – all worked at once. Learning these will change your life!!! This method can also be done with other basic stitches.
HOW TO: Foundation Single Crochet stitch …. (FSC) , Single Crochet and Berry Stitch
Foundation Single Crochet ….
- Work 120 FSC stitches with Misty Blue yarn. (you can change this based upon the desired width of your own project as long as its in multiples of 6).
Step 1 – begin: Ch 2.
Step 2 – Insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, yarn over and draw up a loop. This loop serves as the chain of the foundation stitch.
Step 3 – Yarn over and draw through 1 loop on hook (2 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through both loops on hook to complete the single crochet.
Step 4 – Insert hook in chain of previous foundation stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop.
Repeat Step 3.
Repeat last 2 steps until desired number of FSC stitches have been made.
Single Crochet: Insert hook, YO, pull through, YO, pull through both loops on the hook.
Berry Stitch: YO, insert hook, YO, pull through, YO pull through one loop on the hook, YO, insert hook, YO, pull through, YO, pull through all five loops on the hook.
Pattern . . . (after FSC has been worked – shown in video above)
Symbol * indicates to repeat stitches shown between the two * symbols.
- Row 1 – TRN, CH1, start in first stitch from hook and *work a SC in the next five stitches then 1 BS in next stitch*. Repeat * across entire row. You will wind up with 19 BS and end the row with a SC in each of the last six stitches.
- Row 2 – TRN, CH1, start in first stitch work a SC in each stitch to end of row.
- Row 3 – TRN, CH1, start in first stitch from hook and work a SC in each of the first two stitches then a BS in next stitch then *1 SC in each of next five stitches then a BS in next stitch*. Repeat * across the entire row. You will wind up with 20 BS and a SC in each of the last three stitches.
- Row 4 – repeat row 2.
- Row 5 – repeat row 1.
- Row 6 – repeat row 2.
STITCH NOTES ….. I found this to be a very fun stitch that adds nice texture to a project. You can easily adapt the stitch by adding additional rows, placing the berries closer together, decreasing or increasing the number of SC stitches between the berries. If you like the stitch experiment with it in a new project!
Now it’s time to change yarn to the Soft Taupe color. Use the video below to learn how if needed. This will create a divider row between the colors throughout the entire project. At the end of each section you will work a divider row in soft taupe.
How to change yarn color ….
- Row 7 – Work a SC in each stitch across the entire row with Soft Taupe to create the divider row. At the end of the row change over to the Plum color yarn. There should be 120 SC stitches across the row.
SECTION TWO ….
Half Double Crochet – Camel Stitch worked in Plum color yarn
We will actually be creating the Camel Stitch (CS) by alternating half double crochet stitches (HDC) first in the third loop on the backside and then in the back loop on the front side as you proceed back and forth for each row. The video below explains how this is done.
First lets look at how to work a Half Double Crochet. You will need to work one row of 120 HDC stitches to begin the Camel Stitch (CS) as shown in the next video.
Half Double Crochet: YO, insert hook into work, YO, pull through making a loop on hook (3 loops on hook), YO, pull through all three loops on hook. Repeat in next stitch.
As seen in the video above HDC in third loop and back loop are worked in the same manner with the exception of the loop you insert the hook in when beginning the stitch.
- Row 1 – TRN, CH2, work a single HDC in each stitch across the row
- Row 2 – TRN, CH2, HDC 3RDL in each stitch across entire row
- Row 3 – TRN, CH2, HDC BL In each stitch across entire row
- Row 4 – repeat row 2
- Row 5 – repeat row 3
- Row 6 – 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 Green Lagoon color yarn
Stay tuned for next weeks post – Part 02
Thanks for crocheting along!