Announcing the Rectangular Sampler Blanket CAL!

I’m really excited to announce the lastest crochet-a-long for one of my  patterns.  You may remember the Rectangular Sampler Blanket as the free pattern I released on my second blogiversary.

This is a quick pattern for baby, stroller, or charity blankets. You can use up scraps with a stashbuster, or you can used planned colors, like I did in the sample.

blog Rectangular Sampler flat

This blanket is a twist on the traditional granny square pattern. It uses different stitch patterns (a granny rectangle, an alternating v-stitch, staggered puff stitches, and an edging) to keep things interesting. I’ve rated the pattern intermediate, not because it is difficult to make, but because it really helps if the crocheter is able to “read” her/his stitches when switching between the different patterns.

The finished size is 34” x 29” (86 cm x 74 cm), but it is pretty easy to size the blanket up by adding repeats to any of the different stitch pattern sections.

My sample is made with Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash. I used 4 skeins of 1960 Pacific (CA), 2 skeins of 1914 Alaska Sky (CB), and 1 skein of 863 Cordovan (CC). (You’ll need 1,540 yards (1,408 m) in any medium weight yarn.) I used a J-10/6 mm crochet hook, but I tend to be a tight crocheter, so you may want to use a smaller hook.

blog Rectangular Sampler angle view

The CAL will start tomorrow on Friday, May 10, 2013 and will run in the Underground Crafter Ravelry group here.  If you’re not on Ravelry, feel free to share your progress on my Facebook page, through a link in the comments here on the blog, or via Twitter.

And because everything is more fun with a giveaway…

Rectangular Sampler Blanket prizes Leisure Arts

everyone who shares a finished picture of their blanket via any of the links above by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Friday, May 31, 2013 will be entered for a chance to Everything the Internet Didn’t Teach You About Crochet and the Crochet Stitch Guide, courtesy of Leisure Arts!

I’m looking forward to seeing your variations, and do let me know if you have any questions about the pattern!

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