September 2, 2015

Square 8! Crochet Along Afghan Sampler (August)

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 for Square 8 (August) of the Crochet Along Afghan Sampler, hooking friends! Grab your hooks and get ready for some Waves.

Welcome back! This month's square has been on my to-do list from the start, Crochet Waves. I wavered (get it?) on including it because the front and back are not mirror images, therefore it's technically not reversible like previous squares. However, the back has an interesting texture of its own, and I really wanted to give this wavy one a go.

Wave Stitch (front & back), Square 8 of 10 for the Crochet Along Afghan Sampler on The Inspired Wren
Crochet Wave Stitch: front (l) and back (r)

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.



SQUARE 8, AUGUST

This month we are working square 8 of 10 (getting close now!), Crochet Waves. I originally found this square at Mom's Crochet; here I use the slip-stitch version and started with a count of 36. The pattern is formed with four rows of alternating slip-stitch and half-double crochet all worked into the back loop, like this...

Wave Stitch, Square 8 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 B and C -- For me that means Caron Simply Soft in Light Country Blue (Color B) and Country Blue (Color C)


Stitch (in US crochet terms)
st: stitch
ch: chain
sl st: slip stitch
hdc: half double crochet



CONSTRUCTION

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

Rows 2: Starting in second ch from hook, sl st 5, [hdc 5, sl st 5], repeat within [] across; 35 stitches

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Begin working all stitches in Back Loop Only for remainder of square!
Rows 3: Ch 1, turn, sl st 5, [hdc 5, sl st 5], repeat within [] across; 35 stitches

Rows 4 & 5: Ch 2, turn, hdc 5, [sl st 5, hdc 5], repeat within [] across; 35 stitches

Row 6: Ch 1, turn, sl st 5, [hdc 5, sl st 5], repeat within [] across; 35 stitches
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Rows 7-41: Repeat within *** nine more times; 35 stitches each row

Border: *work 38 sc (not in back loop only) 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.

Wave Stitch, Square 8 of 10 for the Crochet Along Afghan Sampler on The Inspired Wren

HOMEWORK

Keep on hooking! Square 9 will release on Tuesday, September 29. 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.



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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!



Ren Murphy writes for The Inspired Wren.

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13 comments:

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    1. Viewing the blog on a desktop (or in desktop view on a mobile device) you will see "Subscribe to The Inspired Wren" near the top of the right-hand column.

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  2. Ooh. I like this one ;) Finally caught up. I'll have to work on it tomorrow!

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  3. Not quite caught up yet so only just doing the August squares. I was struggling to get the edges straight so have looked at a few YouTube demos for this Wave Stitch. Most seem to advise working only 4 stitches in the first group as the turning chain is considered to be the first stitch and this certainly helps to keep the edges straight. Are both methods used by experienced crocheters as I'm a novice and learning as I go.

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    1. Good question. This is my very first time using the wave stitch, but I've found with many crochet stitches there are multiple approaches and no single correct way. I always use what works for me, and so my advice is use what works for you.

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  4. I'm having problems with this one, the count of 36 stitches does not give me 9", help what should I do?
    I'm new to reading patterns,

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    1. Does it give you more or less than 9"? First, complete a few rows before you measure the width to be sure you're measuring the stitch and not just your chain row. Second, consider creating a looser (or tighter) chain to start with. Finally, switch hook size -- if you're too small, use a larger hook; if too large, a smaller one.

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    2. I started on the project really late (like February 2016 late) and am up to this block now. I had the same trouble with not getting even close to 9-inches. I was getting a scant 8-inch and knew that even with blocking before assembly I would not get the 9 to 9-1/2 inch of all the other blocks. Even with switching to an "I" hook it's still coming in just under 9-inches.

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    3. In one blanket I did I added 10 stitches to it and it came out 9" just barely. For some reason the next two I have done they have come out as 9". I don't know what I did differently on the next two as opposed to the first one I did.

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  5. This is the first time I have seen this. Was wondering how do I find the other months.?

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  6. This is the first time I have seen this. Was wondering how do I find the other months.?

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    1. If you read the entire blog post there is a link to the first one. It is right under the picture of the front and back of this stitch.

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  7. If you crochet looser and get ten inch squares, you might have to add an extra stich to the hdc sets. It makes the pattern slightly different but not by much. Every other wave row is just a slightly larger wave than the other. But it makes a perfect ten inch square for this month's pattern.

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