Announcing the Crochet-Along Afghan Sampler!

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

I am going to crochet a contemporary afghan sampler over the course of the year to be finished in time for Christmas 2015; perfect for giving away or cuddling under. And I'm going to make it up as I go. Join me! 


Don't panic, I have plans to work from -- the 2015 Afghan Sampler will not be entirely made up. Here's what I know:
  • 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.
  • 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 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 (but the image below makes me want to do a monochromatic one at the same time). 

EXAMPLES

Crochet 2 squares a month and have a finished afghan by the end of the year! | The Inspired Wren
Tri-color sampler versus monochromatic sampler; the 2015 Afghan Sampler will have squares proportional to the left. [Source and source.]


LAYOUT

The schematic below is the plan I will be using to be sure the stitches compliment each other and that we are working in the correct colors. On the last Tuesday of each month I will announce the Square of the Month and instruct you on the stitch- and row- counts to achieve your two 9" squares. I'll also let you know which two colors you'll need for the month. Soon, you'll see a new Crochet Along tab at the top of the blog where you can find all the information about the 2015 Afghan Sampler in one place.

Crochet 2 squares a month and have a finished afghan by the end of the year! | The Inspired Wren
The numbers here indicate the sample-stitch or Square of the Month, and the color illustrates a tri-color layout.


YARN

Ready to get started? You'll need a color scheme and yarn.

Have I mentioned I'm making this up as I go; this means I'm am making my best educated guess as to how much yarn we will need. I believe we are going to need two 6 oz (or 315-yard) skeins of each color, for approximately 12 oz (or 630) yards of each color (based on the amounts needed for this sampler). Personally, I am starting with three of each to be safe: Caron Simply Soft in Grey Heather (Color A), Light Country Blue (Color B), and Country Blue (Color C).

Edited 2016: The final sampler used three 6 oz (of 315 yard) skeins of Colors A and C, and four 6 oz (of 315 yard) skeins of Color B. I used Caron Simply Soft [affiliate link] in Grey Heather (Color A), Light Country Blue (Color B), and Country Blue (Color C).


Easy Square 1 (January) of the 2015 Afghan Sampler -- Crochet along and have a finished blanket at the end of the year! | The Inspired Wren

SQUARE ONE, JANUARY

The January Square is a classic ridged fabric made using the basic single-crochet stitch. You'll achieve this look by working in the back loop only. There's not a lot to these directions, so here we go:

Hook
H/8 - 5.00MM, or size needed to obtain 9"x9" square

Yarn
Colors A and B (See under Yarn above for my choices)

Stitch 
st: stitch
ch: chain
fsc: foundation single crochet
sc blo: single crochet back loop only


CONSTRUCTION
Row 1: Working in Color A, ch 39, sc in second stitch from hook and each ch across OR 38 fsc; 38 stitches

Rows 2-55: ch 1 (does not count as st), turn, sc blo in each st across (including 1st st); 38 stitches

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. 

[Full disclosure: I've spent my time planning and putting together this post, and as I hit publish I have yet to complete my Color B January square!]


HOMEWORK

Now go out and get yarn -- gather up those coupons, find the sales, spin some wool, trade your best work, whatever it takes. Then hook up your two January Squares and meet me back here on February 24th for Square 2. Of course I can never not brag about my work in progress, so if you need a sneak peek I'm sure you'll find one on Instagram (or Facebook) under the #afghansampler hashtag.



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