May 26, 2015

Square 5! Crochet Along Afghan Sampler (May)

Solid Scallop: Square 5 (May) of the 2015 Afghan Sampler -- Crochet along and have a finished blanket at the end of the year! | The Inspired Wren

It's time for Square 5 (May) of the Crochet Along Afghan Sampler, Solid Scallop. Square five of ten -- we're halfway there! WOO HOO! 

If you're just finding the Crochet Along Afghan Sampler, don't let that halfway mark discourage you, there is plenty of time to join in! We're hooking up 20 squares in 10 stitches by the end of the year. Be sure to START HERE to plan your yarn and color scheme, then feel free to crochet the squares in any order you please. Just be sure to carefully label your squares as you go so it will be easy peasy, lemon squeezy to join them at the end.

Smart! Label crochet squares as you go. Crochet along Afghan Sampler 2015 | The inspired Wren
The more squares we hook, the more important it is to label as you go!


This fifth square is another reversible fabric with a lovely hooking rhythm. I love me those stitches I can create without incessant counting. And I'm on a mission now to keep each square reversible. I discovered the solid scallop at Lion Brand Yarns Stitchfinder and did not vary from their stitch except for length and height counts. The fabric creates lovely fans without a lacy appearance, and has a soft drape similar to the baby bubbles of Square 3. It is worked with five double crochet in one stitch, skip two, single crochet...and repeat. The fans of one row will nest in the single crochet stitches of the previous, and the single crochet stitches will land on top of the fans. Like so...

Solid Scallop: Square 5 (May) 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)

st: stitch
ch: chain
sc: single crochet
dc: double crochet


Row 1: Working in Color B, ch 3838 stitches

Row 2: sc in second ch from hook, [skip 2 chains, 5dc in one st, skip 2 chains, sc], repeat within [] 6 times; 37 stitches

Row 3: ch 3 (counts as st here and throughout), turn, 2 dc in one st, [skip 2 st, sc, skip 2, 5dc in one st], repeat withing [] 5 times, skip 2 st, sc, skip 2 st, 3dc in one st; 37 stitches
Row 4: ch 1 (does not count as st here and throughout), turn, sc, [skip 2 st, 5dc in one st, skip 2 st, sc], repeat within [] 6 times; 37 stitches

Rows 5-25: repeat Rows 3-4; 37 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.

Solid Scallop: Square 5 (May) of the 2015 Afghan Sampler -- Crochet along and have a finished blanket at the end of the year! | The Inspired Wren


Keep on hooking! To keep up, you'll want to have ten (10!) finished squares (in five different stitches) completed by Tuesday, June 30 (release date for Square 6, June). Note, there's an extra Tuesday in June but the square will still release on the last Tuesday -- that gives you an extra week to catch up if you need it. See, totally doable. As advertised. Don't forget to upload your progress to our Flickr Group and tag your Instagram shots with #afghansampler so we can all be impressed by your fabulous crochet skills!


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!

PS -- If you finish fast and need another project, be sure to check out these crochet planter covers; quick little projects that don't take a year to finish, unlike a certain sampler afghan.

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  1. I believe that rows 3 and 4 are reversed. When I tried it as written it came out really wonky. I looked at the photo and it appears that If you reverse the order and do row 4 and then row 2 it comes out right.

    1. Cheryl, I just took a moment to compare my directions to the Lion Brand directions & chart in the link above. My row numbers are different from those directions because I count the chain as a row here, but otherwise they align. Remember on Row 3 the first set of double crochet in one stitch should happen in the very first stitch (the single crochet from the previous row). In fact every set of 2 or 5 in one stitch will align with the single crochet below it, and every single crochet will land on the middle stitch of a group of 5. I hope that helps.

    2. On Row 3, don't miss the 2 dc in one st that is written before the bracket repeat. That will throw you off.

    3. Also in normal double crochet rows, after you chain 3 at the beginning of a new row you would not normally crochet into that first stitch right after the chain 3. But in this pattern, that stitch is the single crochet from the previous row so you must do your 2 dc into it or the stitches won't fall where they need to.

  2. Oh! I just found your crochet along today! I love all of the patterns, I want to crochet along. Must catch up! Funny, I had these exact colors sitting in my basket for another project that I never started I go!

    1. YAY YAY YAY!!! It's meant to be.

  3. Hello,
    I used this stitch to create a crochet top, thank you for the lesson!
    I blogged about it here:

  4. I just found your crochet along last week and am working on this afghan for 2016! I already have 5 squares complete (I am not exactly crocheting in order!) each square from the different pattern ends up completely different sizes... But the census is roughly 10.5", not 9". And my wavy crochet ended up exactly 9", way smaller than the other sizes, so I had to dc 2 rows for border for it to even out. Thoughts?

    1. I have had to adjust my hook size on a few of them. I do a few rows then measure. I try and get around 8 3/4 inches. The other 1/4 is for the border.

  5. I just completed 25 rows on the May square. It is MUCH smaller than January - March. Can anyone help? Thank you