Join the crochet along to learn 12 different crochet stitches. Video tutorial and written patterns will be provided over the course of 12 weeks (all summer!) At the end of the summer, you will have either a blanket or a dozen dishcloths/washcloths.
What are we crocheting?
Each week, I will release a written crochet pattern along with a video tutorial to teach you a different crochet stitch.
You can make these sample swatches with cotton yarn to use them as dishcloths/washcloths OR work them up in acrylic yarn to ultimately make a blanket made of 12 sample swatches.
Of course, you can get creative and do whatever you’d like with your samples!
When and How to Sign Up
This crochet along starts June 5th. You can sign up here to receive emails when it starts and for each week I release a new stitch tutorial. After the crochet along, you will no longer receive emails from me unless you are subscribed to my regular newsletter.
Crochet alongs primarily live on my Facebook group page – Maria’s Yarn Friends. It’s where we share, encourage, and ask questions. It is not required for you to be in the group to crochet along.
You can chose to make dishcloths/washcloths with cotton yarn OR use acrylic yarn to put all the samples together in the end as a blanket.
For my samples (that you will see in the video tutorials), I am using Knit Picks Dishie. I find this yarn to be my go to for dishcloths and washcloths. They hold up well and it’s nice to work with.
The sizes of my dishcloths are roughly 8-9″ squares.
For the sample swatches in acrylic yarn, I used Paintbox Simply DK. I used 2 skeins of each of the following colors: Rich Teal, Jewel, Taupe, and Paper White. I used an additional white skein for the border.
*I typically use the Paintbox Simply Aran which is worsted weight vs DK, but I accidentally ordered the wrong weight so I decided to just use the DK. *
You can use any yarn for these swatches that you would like to make into a blanket. Scrap yarns and leftover skeins of yarn would work very well for this.
I made my acrylic swatches 12″x12″ so I can have a good sized blanket. Each skein of Paintbox Simply DK made 3 squares with some left over.
Check out last year’s Summer Stitchin’ CAL to see the stitches and projects we crocheted.
2022 Summer Stitchin’ Crochet Along
Notes for Blanket Option:
You can use any yarn weight and an accompanying crochet hook size as you will be choosing what size to make your squares and measuring as you go.
The dimensions of your blanket is your choice. I made my squares 12” x 12” and arranged the squares 3 x 4 to get a 36” x 48” lapghan.
Be sure to make each square the same size. It may be impossible to get the exact measurement for some stitch samples, but it will still work if it is within 1/2”. Once joined, they will stretch out uniformly.
For each sample, chain up the stitch multiple provided for each stitch until it is the width desired. Be sure to measure after crocheting the first row to be sure the measurement is still the same. Continue crocheting until the height is the same as the width desired.
JOINING FOR BLANKET
Using a 6.00mm hook and yarn (I used white), join squares by crocheting them together.
I faced the wrong sides of the squares together and then single crocheted them together. You can see a tutorial on how to crochet together squares here. This creates a bump/texture of where the squares are joined so each square looks outlined in white.
There may not be an even amount of stitches on each square, but do your best to crochet them together evenly. I used stitch markers to “pin” the beginning, middle, and end of the squares together – some may need a little stretching. For some squares, I had to skip or add stitches while joining.
PDF Crochet Sampler Blanket Pattern 2022
Rule of thumb (I follow this loosely):
1 stitch on the side of single crochet row
2 stitches on the side of a double crochet row
2 stitches on the side of 2 half double crochet rows
With white yarn, crochet two rows of double crochets around the border. Make 3 double crochets in each corner.