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Free Pattern: Rectangular Sampler Blanket

Rectangular Sampler Blanket, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

I’m a huge fan of granny squares, but sometimes I like to make granny projects in one piece rather than joining a bunch of squares together at the end. For the Crochetville National Crochet Month blog tour in 2013, I designed the pattern for the Rectangular Sampler Blanket. It combines different stitch patterns into a granny-style rectangle project that makes a great stroller or baby blanket. These work up pretty quickly and you can make them larger by continuing the repeats at the end. Enjoy!

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Rectangular Sampler Blanket Crochet Pattern

by Underground Crafter

03-intermediate US terms 504-medium 50This rectangular sampler is a twist on the traditional granny square pattern.

Rectangular Sampler Blanket, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Finished Size: 34” x 29” (86 cm x 74 cm).

Materials:

  • Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash (100% superwash wool, 3.5 oz/100 g/220 yds/201 m) – 4 skeins 1960 Pacific (CA), 2 skeins 1914 Alaska Sky (CB), and 1 skein 863 Cordovan (CC), or approximately 1,540 yards (1,408 m) in any medium weight yarn
  • J-10/6 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge
  • Yarn needle

Gauge: First 4 rounds in pattern = 9.5” (24 cm) x 4” (10 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this
project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern: 

  • BL - back loop only
  • CA – color A
  • CB – color B
  • CC – color C
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • FPsc – front post single crochet - Insert hook from front to back around post of next puff st from previous row, yo and draw up a loop around post, yo and draw through 2 loops, sk st behind FPsc.
  • puff – 4-repeat puff stitch - Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop, (yo, insert hook in same st, yo and draw up a loop) 3 times, yo and draw through all 9 loops.
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • RS – right (front) side
  • sp – space
  • sk – skip
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated

Pattern Notes: Entire project is worked in the round with the right (front) side facing. Always join new color to first corner of short edge of rectangle.

Pattern Instructions:

Granny Rectangle

  • With CA, ch 26.
  • Rnd 1: (RS) Sk 3 ch (counts as dc here and throughout), (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch,   *(ch 1, sk 1 ch, dc in ea of next 3 ch) around to last 2 sts, ch 1, sk 1, [(3 dc, ch 2) twice, 3 dc] in next ch. Working on opposite side of foundation ch, rep from * around to last ch, ch 1, join with sl st to top of first ch 3. Fasten off.
  • Rnd 2: Join CB with sl st in corner ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same ch-2 sp, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp)** around to corner ch-2 sp, [(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in next ch-2 sp] twice, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp. Rep from * to ** around, ch 1, join with sl st to top of first ch 3. Fasten off.
  • Rnd 3: Join CA with sl st in corner ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same ch-2 sp, ch 1, *(3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) around to corner ch-2 sp,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in next ch-2 sp. Rep from * 3 times, ending last rep at **, join with sl st to top of first ch 3. Fasten off.
  • Rnd 4: With CC, rep Rnd 3.
  • Rnd 5: Join CA with sl st in corner ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same ch-2 sp, ch 1, *(3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) around to corner ch-2 sp,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in next ch-2 sp. Rep from * 3 times, ending last rep at **, join with sl st to top of first ch 3.
  • Rnd 6: Sl st in ea of next 2 sts and in ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same ch-2 sp, ch 1, *(3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) around to corner ch-2 sp,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in next ch-2 sp. Rep from * 3 times, ending last rep at **, join with sl st to top of first ch 3. Fasten off.
  • Rnds 7 & 8: With CB, rep Rnds 5 & 6.
  • Rnds 9 & 10: With CC, rep Rnds 5 & 6.

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Rectangular Sampler Blanket, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Alternating V-Stitch

  • Rnd 11: Join CA with sl st in corner ch-2 sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same ch-2 sp, *ch 1, [(dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch-1 sp] to last ch-1 sp before corner ch-2 sp, (dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-1 sp, ch 1,** (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * 3 times, ending last rep at **, join with sl st to top of first ch 3.
  • Rnd 12: Sl st in next st and in corner ch-2 sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same ch-2 sp, *dc in ea st up to ch-1 sp, sk ch-1 sp, ch 1, [(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch-1 sp, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp] to last 2 ch-1 sps before corner ch-2 sp, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk ch-1 sp, dc in ea st to corner ch-2 sp,** (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * 3 times, ending last rep at **, join with sl st to top of first ch 3. Fasten off.
  • Rnd 13: Join with CB in corner ch-2 sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same ch-2 sp, *dc in ea st up to ch-1 sp, sk ch-1 sp, ch 1, [(dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch-1 sp] to last 2 ch-1 sps before corner ch-2 sp, (dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk ch-1 sp, dc in ea st to corner ch-2 sp,** (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * 3 times, ending last rep at **, join with sl st to top of first ch 3.
  • Rnd 14: Rep Rnd 12.
  • Rnds 15 & 16: With CA, rep Rnds 13 & 12.
  • Rnds 17 & 18: With CC, rep Rnds 13 & 12.
  • Rnds 19 & 20: With CA, rep Rnds 13 & 12.

Granny Rectangle

  • Rnd 21: Join CB with sl st in corner ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same ch-2 sp, *[ch 1, sk 3 sts, 3 dc in next st] around to first ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk ch-1 sp, (3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) around to last ch-1 sp of side, sk ch-1 sp, [3 dc in next st, ch 1, sk 3 sts] around to corner ch-2 sp,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * 3 times, ending last rep at**, join with sl st to top of first ch 3. Fasten off.
  • Rnds 22-25: With CA, rep Rnds 5 & 6, do not fasten off. Rep Rnd 6 again, do not fasten off. Rep Rnd 6 again.

Rectangular Sampler Blanket, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Staggered Puffs

  • Rnd 26: Join CC with sc in corner ch-2 sp, (2 sc, ch 1, 3 sc) in same ch-2 sp, *sc in next st, puff in next st, [sc in next 3 sts, (including ch), puff in next st] around to st before next corner ch-2 sp, sc in next st,** (3 sc, ch 1, 3 sc) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * 3 times, ending last rep at **, join with sl st to top of first sc. Fasten off.
  • Rnd 27: Join CA with sc to corner ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 2, sc) in same ch-1 sp, *scBL in next 4 sts, [FPsc around puff st, scBL in next 3 sts] around to st before corner ch-2 sp, scBL in next st,** (sc, ch 2, sc) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * 3 times around, ending last rep at **, join with sl st to top of first sc.
  • Rnd 28: Sl st in ch-2 sp, ch 1, *(sc, ch 2, sc) in corner ch-2 sp, sc in next 2 sts, [puff, sc in next 3 sts] around to last st before corner ch-2 sp, sc in next st. Rep from * 3 times, join with sl st to top of first sc.
  • Rnd 29: Sl st in ch-2 sp, ch 1, *(sc, ch 2, sc) in same ch-2 sp, scBL in next 3 sts, [FPsc around puff st, scBL in next 3 sts] around to last 2 sts before corner ch-2 sp, scBL in next 2 sts. Rep from * 3 times, join with sl st to top of first sc. Fasten off.

Rectangular Sampler Blanket, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Granny Rectangle

  • Rnd 30: Join CB with sl st in corner ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same ch-2 sp, sk 3 sts, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next st, sk 3 sts) around to corner ch-2 sp,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in next ch-2 sp, sk 3 sts. Rep from * 3 times, ending last rep at **, ch 1, join with sl st to top of first ch 3.
  • Rnd 31: Rep Rnd 6, do not fasten off.

Edging

  • Rnd 32: Sl st in ea of next 2 sts and in corner ch-2 sp, ch 1, 5 sc in same ch-2 sp, *[(sc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch-1 sp, sk 3 sts] around to corner ch-2 sp,** 5 sc in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * 3 times, ending last rep at **, join with sl st to top of first sc. Fasten off.
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends. Spray or steam block if necessary.

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© 2013, 2014 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use it to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2014/08/27/free-pattern-rectangular-sampler-blanket/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Hispanic Heritage Month 2012 Interview Series: Paola Navarro from Delicious Crochet

This post is part of my 2012 Hispanic Heritage Month interview series.

Today, I’m interviewing Argentinian crochet designer Paola Navarro, also known as Delicious Crochet.  She has been selling her signature style of amigurumi patterns in her Etsy shop since 2007, and can also be found on Ravelry (as DeliciousCrochet and on her designer page), as well as on her website, Flickr, Craftsy, and Twitter.  All pictures are used with Paola’s permission.

 

Underground Crafter (UC): How did you learn to crochet?

Paola: When I was a kid, my mom and grandma taught me the basic crochet stitches. But back then, I wasn’t too interested in crocheting or knitting.  Then, as a teenager, I became more attracted to this craft and some years ago, I just completely felt for it!

 

UC: When did you first become interested in amigurumi?
Paola: I always loved designing toys! Even as a kid, I used to sew some dolls and teddies! Then, just by accident, I stumbled across amigurumis and discovered they were just perfect for me, because they give me the possibility of combining two passions: crochet and toy design.

 

Randy the Raccoon by Delicious Crochet. (Click for pattern link.)

UC: What inspired you to start designing?

Paola: In fact, I always did my own designs, and not just for crochet. And everything inspires me, specially my hubby and nieces.

 

American Bison by Delicious Crochet. (Click for pattern link.)

UC:  Tell us about crochet in Argentina.

Paola: In Argentina, both crochet and knitting are almost exclusively practiced by women. Most women learned from a family member, like their grannies, moms, or old aunts. And to a lesser extent, at school.

A couple of years ago, some yarn sellers started teaching adults and kids how to crochet and knit in their stores on Saturday afternoons and this was a great success. Also, you can see some grown women crocheting in doctor’s waiting rooms, parks, while waiting in bank lines, and even in buses!  (UC comment: I crochet on the subway all the time, so I guess I’d fit in if I moved to Argentina!) Not so the young women. They prefer crocheting or knitting in their homes.  Just some people know how to do both, but knitting is more common among Argentinian women.

Caveman by Delicious Crochet. (Click for pattern link.)

UC: Can you tell me about your decision to offer your patterns in English and Spanish?

Paola: Well, as I can speak both, I thought this was a great idea to help my designs reach more people across the world. Most of my buyers are used to crochet patterns written in English, but Spanish speakers are somewhat reluctant to use patterns in a foreign language, specially if they are crochet beginners. And having the possibility of using a pattern in their own language gives them more confidence.

Angie the Pig by Delicious Crochet. (Click for pattern link.)

 

UC: Your pattern photos have a signature style with a white outline and a solid background. How did you start using that style?

Paola: This is a way of giving my photos, as well as my amigurumis, the same signature style and more consistency to my shop. Then, when someone sees an amigurumi photo with this style, they will think: this MUST be from DeliciousCrochet.

Coquena the Llama by Delicious Crochet. (Click for pattern link.)

UC: You have over 15,000 Etsy sales. (WOW!)  Can you share some tips for new Etsy sellers?

Paola: All my designs are original and have my own style. When you see one of my designs, you know its mine even before seeing its name or my signature elsewhere. I think finding your own personal style instead of trying to imitate others and printing it in your creations is something buyers really value.

There are no secrets for running a shop. Just do what you love the best way possible and always take good care of your buyers.

Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing, Paola!

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