February 24, 2015

Crochet Square 2, February of the Crochet Along Afghan Sampler

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

It's time for Square 2 (February) of the 2015 Afghan Sampler! Crochet along with us and you will have a finished blanket by the end of the year. This month: Basket Weave.

First, a quick reminder of where we're at:

  • The Sampler Afghan will be comprised of twenty 9-inch squares.
  • There will be five rows made up of four squares each. [Final size: approx. 36" x 45"]
  • We will crochet ten sample-stitches.
  • We will complete two squares each month using one sample-stitch.
  • Each square will be a solid color, and each sample-stitch will be completed in two colors.
  • The final blanket will have a total of three colors.*

*Unless you've opted for a monochromatic or multi-color look as we discussed previously.

At this point you should have two finished January Squares in colors A & B. 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.


How are your squares coming? What yarn did you choose? What color palette? I'd love to see, so I've set up a Flickr Group where anyone working on the 2015 Afghan Sampler can share and discuss their progress so far. Join us! And don't forget to use the #afghansampler hashtag on Instagram.

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


February's Square is the Basket Weave. This stitch is completed using front-post double crochet and back-post double crochet. You achieve the weaved look by alternating four post stitches on the front of the fabric, then four post stitches on the back for three rows; then work the next three rows starting with four post stitches on the back followed by four post stitches on the front. The fabric is made by continuing those 6 rows until the size desired. Easy, right? Here's how it looks formally written up...

Basket Weave: Square 2 (February) of the 2015 Afghan Sampler -- Crochet along and have a finished blanket at the end of the year! | The Inspired Wren

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

Colors B and C -- For me that means Caron Simply Soft in Light Country Blue (Color B) and Country Blue (Color C)


Row 1: Working in Color B, ch 38, dc in third stitch from hook and each ch across OR 36 fdc; 36 stitches
Row 2: ch 2 (does not count as stitch, here and throughout), turn, [fpdc 4, bpdc 4], repeat within [] to end; 36 stitches
Row 3: ch 2, turn, [bpdc 4, fpdc 4], repeat within [] to end; 36 stitches

4:  ch 2, turn, [bpdc 4, fpdc 4], repeat within [] to end; 36 stitches
Row 5:  ch 2, turn, [fpdc 4, bpdc 4], repeat within [] to end; 36 stitches
Row 6:  ch 2, turn, [bpdc 4, fpdc 4], repeat within [] to end; 36 stitches

Row 7:  ch 2, turn, [bpdc 4, fpdc 4], repeat within [] to end; 36 stitches
Row 8:  ch 2, turn, [fpdc 4, bpdc 4], repeat within [] to end; 36 stitches
Row 9:  ch 2, turn, [bpdc 4, fpdc 4], repeat within [] to end; 36 stitches

Rows 10-27: repeat within *** three times; 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 C for a second, separate square.


You now have a total two stitches and four squares to work on in three colors between now and March 31 (and that gives you an extra week to work on them!). I suggest you start labeling your squares as you complete them ("Square 1, Color A"; "Square 1, Color B"; etc.) so that when we go to assemble the final blanket you won't have to spend time identifying each one first.

Be sure to upload your progress to our Flickr Group and tag your Instagram shots with #afghansampler, then meet me back here next month for Square 3.


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 2/24/15 after publication to correct Rows 7-9 in the pattern -- with thanks to eagle-eyed Tamara of Ninja Designs.

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  1. I'm a bit late starting but I just went and chose my colours. Very excited to get started and catch up but I'm missing a 5mm hook. Love the squares so far!

    1. YAY, Abigail! I can't wait to see how yours comes out!

  2. Looking great. Although I'm not crocheting along (I don't know how to crochet), I'm definitely excited to see how this progresses!

  3. Finished both January squares... starting on February square tomorrow while my daughters dance at competition. Excited to try the basket weave!

  4. finished the Jan. and Feb. square but have more yarn so I made more. Guess I will have either two afghans or one really big one. : )

  5. I have also started ... but would just like to know where is March's square?

    1. It went up on March 31 -- posted to the homepage. I hope you see it now.

      For future reference each square is posted on the LAST Tuesday of the month. Hope that helps!

  6. Thank you so much for this pattern, I came across it several months ago and was keen to have a go even though I am a knitter and don't usually do crochet. The idea that at the end I would have a finished Afghan and would have learned many different stitches appealed to me. However I'm in the UK and couldn't find a local stockist of Caron yarns so I tried to find a substitute but struggled to find an aran weight yarn that had 3 colours that would work together and match my colour scheme. Well, I finally found an on-line supplier for Simply Soft and 2 of the colours arrived 2 days ago but the other is out of stock at the moment. Eager to make a start I made 1 of the month 1 squares and will do another when the other colour arrives. Square 2 proved to be a bit more tricky but after several attempts and some YouTube videos I now understand about 'front post' and 'back post' but I'm still not entirely happy with how it's turning out. Row 2 states -

    ch 2 (does not count as stitch, here and throughout), turn, [fpdc 4, bpdc 4], repeat within [] to end.

    If you don't count the turning chain as a stitch and then still do fpdc 4, you get a group of 5 stitches so when you come back on the next row you are left with a group of 5 at the end instead of 4. If I ignore this turning chain at the end I get a bulge on the end of alternate rows which makes the edges uneven. I've found some instructions for Basket Weave stitch which state that the turning chain should be counted as the first stitch in the group of 4. Could you give me your advice on this as I'm still learning and want to get it right.

    Thanks, Lynn x

  7. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gcL4HA50i3s
    This is the video I used after getting confused. I'm one post short on one side but it looks ok and the sides are nice and straight as opposed to the first one I did using the end posts as well (I'm learning too). Ren maybe on holidays I hope this helps

  8. Thanks Anonymous, I've watched the video even though I've now completed my Basket Weave squares and what becomes apparent is that there are various ways to do this stitch. The guy in the video actually tells you how to deal with the turning chain when you get back to it on the next row. What I did though was to include this turning chain in the pattern so I only did the chain then 3 dc's (either front or back) and I got 9 groups of 4 which looks really neat. After doing the edging only 3 show on the sides but this looks just like Ren's so I'm happy with that.

    Lynn x

  9. Im having trouble... how do I evenly crochet the edge with 38sc when I have only 27 rows?

    1. I just worked them into all the little spaces wherever i found them along the sides...well...not every space as that would be too many. But you can just sortof count as you go and skip a few here andbthere to endbup with 38

  10. No one else understands how excited and amazing and freeeee i felt when i learned to fsc and fdc....!!!! No moooore chains!! Love this crochet along...starting now and just working the squares at a leisurely pace. Finished january over the weekend...going to finish february this week. Enjoying the variety of this project!!

  11. I am so excited to make this blanket for my niece as a wedding gift. I'm hoping to get it done by May! Unfortunately, the yarn I bought is worsted weight and uses an I hook so it is different amounts of stitches so I have to recalculate everything. I am new to crochet so I'm not exactly sure how to do this. I figured it out for the first square and thought that the rest would be starting with the same amount of foundation chains so I would go from there. I now see that isn't the case so I am at a loss. Any ideas or has anyone asked you about this? I read a few comments but not all, and didn't see any solutions.

    1. Since it's an afghan, square size isn't as important as it would be for a clothing item. I'm making a baby blanket, so I'm using a smaller needed with baby yarn. I started by doing the first one and then kept going on rows until it was the same length as the width. It's running about 8 inches.

  12. Each square is supposed to be 9x9 - so I would measure out my starting chain to be 9" and go from there

  13. It's 2017 and I've got 3 squares completed. Love this. Learning so much. ;)

  14. Hi I'm working on my squares, only issue I'm having is the 38 sc around the square, it seems simple but it is taking me longer to figure this out then the different stiches each square uses......Any suggestions? Thanks. Happy Hooking ! ��

  15. My squares are not the same size. My 1st squares do not match the length or the height (smaller) than the basket weave square. Any tips?