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2015 Crochet Along Afghan Sampler | The Inspired Wren

It's the 2015 Afghan Sampler! Crochet two squares per month and have a finished blanket in one year.
  • The 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.
  • New squares will be posted on the Last Tuesday of the month. All squares have been posted.
  • 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.*
  • You can stitch the squares in any order, but START WITH SQUARE 1. There you will find information on yarn amounts and color schemes.
*You may also opt to make a monochromatic afghan, one color is also a lovely look. OR maybe you want to go multicolored and use ten, or even twenty, colors. The choice is yours; I'll be working tri-color.

Crochet 2 squares a month and have a completed Afghan Sampler in one year's time! | 2015 Crochet Along Afghan Sampler | The Inspired Wren



Looking for answers? Size? Rows? Border count? Visit Frequently Asked Questions!



SHARE YOUR PROGRESS

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.

Are you finished? YAY! Be sure to add your finished piece to the Link Party so we can all cheer with you!




Ren Murphy writes for The Inspired Wren.

53 comments:

  1. Cant wait for the March squares.... are they coming soon :)

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    1. Each square will post on the last Tuesday of the month. I know that means the month is basically over by the time Square of the Month is posted -- but the math will still work out and we'll be done by December.

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  2. Me too! I've finished the January and February squares. I can't wait to see what the March squares look like!

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  3. I'm very late to the party but I'm joining in! I'm a newbie at this stuff so I'm using the practice to perfect my stitches!

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    1. So excited you've joined in! Can't wait to see your final afghan.

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  4. Started with the February square using worsted weight and a g hook. I have a perfect t square after 24 rows instead of 27. If I leave it as 24 will it still line up properly with the other squares? Excited to complete this as a present for a relative. Thanks for the pattern!

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    1. I'm sorry for the delayed response. Yes, you can always crochet fewer rows if it will equal the 9" by 9" square, BUT! you still must work the border with 38 stitches on each side of every square. We will be matching up those 38 stitches to the next square.

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  5. Renée sorry for being a late starter (recently found this) but can you clarify the instruction "Each square will be a solid color, and each sample-stitch will be completed in two colors."?

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    1. No need to apologize -- late starters always welcome! To answer your question: you will do a complete square of the sample stitch for the month in one color, finish it off, label it, and set it aside. THEN you will do the same stitch and square again but in a different color. So each for each month you'll make two squares: 10 months X 2 colors = 20 squares for the afghan.

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  6. Came across this in Pinterest and wish I had found it sooner. I am going to hurry to catch up. Love a challenge, and learning new stitches. Grateful to be able to do something more than just granny square afghans! :P

    I have on hand 5 colors that I plan to use, 3 of which are the exact same as yours, so it should be similar.

    I wonder, do you have this in PDF anywhere? I don't always have access to internet when working and was wanting to have an offline version. I am currently making one, but wondered. :)

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    1. Peggy, I'm so glad you're joining us. No, I do not have this in PDF at this time...mostly because I'm honest when I say I'm making it up as I go. My plan is to put the entire sampler into one PDF pattern in January once the crochet along is finished. I realize that doesn't really help you now. Sorry.

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  7. Have i missed the November instructions somewhere? Cant seem to find them...

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    1. lori, They are up now. My apologies for the delay.

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  8. On Square 10, October, you posted "Next month (Tuesday, November 24, to be exact), we will be talking about joining all our squares together -- the pattern, square orientation, and joining method -- and adding a border, too." However, I cannot seem to find these instructions anywhere...really eager to complete my Crochet Along Afghan. :) When will these instructions be posted?

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    1. They are up now. My apologies for the delay.

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  9. I have squares for four afghans waiting to be put together. They are planned for Christmas gifts. If it wasn't for that I wouldn't be posting this request. I'm getting very anxious. Please advise if I need to make other plans for gifts or if the instructions are going to be posted soon. I hope all is well with you and yours.

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    1. It's up now. My apologies for the delay.

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  10. I just found this crochet along today. I love these squares and will start this as 2016 project.

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    1. YAY! I'm going to set up a link party without end so you can add your afghan when it's finished!

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  11. I know I;m late for the CAL but I am in love with this sampler afghan. I want to make one for each of my step-sons. I am gonna make one in similar colors as yours ( 2 blue shades and grey) but I'm stuck on 3 colors for the other. I like maroon and brown oe black. Or something like that. What do you think? Any ideas? Thanks for posting this. I think it's great. I can't wait to complete it.

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    1. I'm very late responding to this, sorry. What color did you end up with?

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  12. Thanks so much for the year-long fun and stitch lessons! I started my afghan in January, intending it to be a gift for my yet-to-be-born grandson (due in May). My squares went with me to many hospital visits for my father through the year - keeping my mind occupied while waiting in a variety of chairs. I've been sharing what a "crochet-along" is to the many strangers who have asked me, "What are you making?" along the way. So I've thought about my grandson (much before I even met him) during this adventure and have spent much time praying over my stitches for my father (who is doing well). My afghan is finished and will be a Christmas gift for my 7-month-old grandson, who is a snuggler. Yippee!!! It's not perfect, but it feels like a piece of family history already.

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    1. Oh that warms my heart! Thank you so much for crocheting along and for sharing.

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  13. Just found your site this morning. What a great idea! I have recently got back into crochet and think this is perfect for me. I am excited to get my yarn and get started (probably won't get finished by January--but that is ok! :-) Will you be doing another crochet along for 2016?

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    1. Good question. To be honest I'm a little burned out from this one. I expect to do some smaller projects this year (2016) and I like the idea of a striped-sampler afghan (instead of squares), but I want to be sure it's mostly completed before I start a crochet along -- unlike 2015 where I really did make it up as I went. I am hopeful that CAL would begin January 2017.

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  14. Hi Ren. I loved this Crochet Along, Thanks!! Will you be posting another one for 2016? Thanks!

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    1. I hope she does! I just found this CAL and I'd love to do one for 2016!

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    2. I hope she does! I just found this CAL and I'd love to do one for 2016!

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    3. Thanks! To be honest I'm a little burned out from this one. I expect to do some smaller projects this year (2016) and I like the idea of a striped-sampler afghan (instead of squares), but I want to be sure it's mostly completed before I start a crochet along, unlike 2015 where I really did make it up as I went. I am hopeful that CAL would begin January 2017.

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  15. Just found this 3 days ago. Thank you! I am whipping right through it. I do hope you do another next year!

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    1. Thanks! To be honest I'm a little burned out from this one. I expect to do some smaller projects this year (2016) and I like the idea of a striped-sampler afghan (instead of squares), but I want to be sure it's mostly completed before I start a crochet along, unlike 2015 where I really did make it up as I went. I am hopeful that CAL would begin January 2017.

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  16. I know in the September post there was something about a link party to share our finished projects but I'm not seeing anything on the blog about it yet... Just curious, is it still happening?

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    1. Yes. It *should* go up this coming Thursday. I still am not sure if there'll be prizes, but definitely a place here on The Inspired Wren for people to share completed Afghan Samplers.

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  17. A friend linked this and it looks amazing! I was wondering though - you say in the first post you started with 3 skeins of each colour, but could you share how much you actually ended up using please? Just so I can figure out how much yarn I might need! Thanks in advance!

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    1. Excellent question. I didn't use the full 3 skeins of each color, but definitely needed all three. In fact I ended up buying a fourth skein of Color A though I didn't use all of that one either.

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  18. I just found this crochet along today, one year late, lol! I'm going to follow along anyway!

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    1. Excellent. I can't wait to see your finished Sampler!

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  19. A friend and I are starting tomorrow! Can't wait!

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  20. I have done 2 of the Jan square and they aren't 'square' should I reduce the number of rows to make sure they come out as actual squares?

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  22. Sooooo pumped to start this pattern. Making it in red shades for my mom's birthday :)

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  23. Can the whole afghan be found someplace? I just discovered it a LITTLE late!

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  24. I am going to make this blanket! If you have a pdf of the entire project I would be willing to pay money for that!

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  25. I am wondering if we can still join in on this Crochet Along?

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  26. Just finished 2 square ones for May, going to start share 2 for june!

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  27. These are marvelous!! Must get started. By the way, Shellie, this was 2015 so all is done and there.

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  28. are you doing a 2016 crochet along?

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  29. On the 25th of june I finished my version of the Afghan blanket. At first I planned to make it exactly the same, but my squares turned out to be a lot smaller. Therefore I decided to add some more patterns and while shifting with the squares, the colours were a lot better if I sorted them in line, one color at a time. I added a picture on my pinterest Cissy Bok and added a picture to the Share page of this website (only bags there?)
    I did half a year over this work. I am so proud of myself!
    Thank you for the inspiration.

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  30. still working my way through this - loving the patterns - thank you

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  31. Just discovered this pattern. I am starting on it now. Thanks so for leaving this posted.

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  32. How can I subscribe to this Crochet website please... can't find a subscribe anywhere.

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  33. I'm starting on my 2nd afghan. I had so much fun making the 1st one. Lots of learning curves. With my 2nd, I am using the same type of yarn you used. My squares are still coming out to 10", using a size H hook. Would it make much difference if the squares came out to be 10" insead of 9? Or do you think I should tear it out and use a size G hook?

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