July 28, 2015

Square 7! Crochet Along Afghan Sampler (July)

Crochet along to make a contemporary afghan sampler over the course of one year -- have a finished blanket in time for Christmas giving.

It's time again! Square 7 (July) of the Crochet Along Afghan Sampler, Bobbles, is here. Get ready to hook!


Welcome back, crochet friends! If you're just now finding us, we are crocheting a contemporary afghan sampler; hooking one stitch into two separate squares each month. There's still plenty of time to join in and finish a blanket by the end of the year. You can stitch the squares in any order, but be sure to read Square 1, January first -- it explains the color scheme and overall process.


Bobble Stitch, Square 7 of 10 for the Crochet Along Afghan Sampler on The Inspired Wren


My apologies to those of you who have asked questions in the comments that I have yet to reply. With The Peanut out of school, this summer has found me more pool-side than computer-side. I am thrilled that others have stepped up and helped with answers of their own! Keep it up: keep asking and answering questions and I'll do my best to jump-in when I can, too.

Likewise, many thanks to those of you who catch my mistakes! You rock for pointing them out so I can get them corrected as quickly as possible. Clearly I'm a one-woman show in desperate need of a crochet-knowledgeable editor -- thank (anonymous) you for coming forward and helping out.



SQUARE 7, JULY

This month we are working square 7 of 10 (woo hoo!), a repeating bobble stitch. Like previous squares, this fabric is reversible with bobbles worked from both sides. In fact this square is based on Knit Picks' Little Leaves Crochet Dischcloth Pattern; I've used a larger hook and changed the beginning chain count to achieve our nine-inch square, but otherwise it's the same. The fabric is made with one bobble plus one chain repeated across, where each bobble falls into the chain-space of the previous row. Like so...


Bobble Stitch, Square 7 of 10 for the Crochet Along Afghan Sampler on The Inspired Wren



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

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


Stitch 
st: stitch
ch: chain
sc: single crochet
ch-1 sp: space created by chain stitch of previous row
dc: double crochet

Bobble: [yarn over and insert hook into stitch, yarn over and draw loop through stitch, yarn over and draw through first 2 loops on hook] repeat within [] 3 times total all into the same stitch leaving 4 loops on hook, yarn over and draw loop through all 4 loops on hook to complete one bobble; counts as 1 stitch throughout


CONSTRUCTION

Row 1: Working in Color A, ch 36; 36 stitches

Row 2: Begin in 4th ch from hook (3 ch counts as 1 st), bobble 1, [ch 1, skip st, bobble 1], repeat within [] across; 34 stitches

Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as st, here and throughout), turn, bobble 1 in first available ch-1 sp, [ch 1, skip st, bobble 1 in ch-1 sp], repeat within [] across ending with last bobble worked in turning ch; 34 stitches

Rows 4-18: Repeat Row 3; 34 stitches each

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 B for a second, separate square.


HOMEWORK

Keep on hooking! The next square (Square 8) will release on Tuesday, August 25 -- I've got my eye on some crochet waves (must be the ocean influence). Don't forget you can now subscribe to The Inspired Wren to get new posts delivered right to your in-box -- no need to search out the next square, it'll come right to you.

Remember to upload your progress to our Flickr Group and tag your Instagram shots with #afghansampler so we can all cheer each other on and answer questions as they come up. Is anyone working in one color? I love my colors, but I'm still wishing I had also done a monochromatic version and I'd love to see one; if you're out there, share!



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Other questions? Size? Rows? Border Count? Visit Frequently Asked Questions!



Ren Murphy writes for The Inspired Wren.

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6 comments:

  1. Do you have a video of this one? i find it quite difficult

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    1. I'll see what I can do -- I may not be able to get to it until next week when The Peanut will be in day camp. In the meantime, you can seek out a bobble stitch tutorial on YouTube; it's a standard stitch so I'm sure there are a few to choose from.

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  2. I love this stitch, it may be my favourite!! I was late starting this CAL but have almost caught up now. Yarn A was out of stock so I made all the squares with B and C from January to June. Then when A came I got stuck in and just had one more square to do in colour A when you posted the July square. I liked the look of this so much that I did it straight away in colour B, which is my favourite of the three, so now just June and July in A them I'm up to date. Thanks for doing this, I don't usually do crochet as I'm a knitter really but have enjoyed the challenge of learning to do the stitches and I'm looking forward to the finished Throw.

    Lynn x

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    1. YAY YAY YAY! I love that you're excited to join us and working in yarn outside of your knitting comfort zone. Can't wait to see the finished afghan!

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  3. cannot seem to find the square posted on Aug 25th??? I have been away and was not able to get it on the day.

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    1. That's because it was delayed -- there was however a post with that information on the 25th. The square you're looking for went live today, so you should be able to access it now. For future reference, you can find all the available squares (and any pertinent messages) under the "Crochet Along" tab on the menu.

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