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.
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.
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…
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!
Click here for the free pattern for the Recantgular Sampler Blanket.
If you’re new here, welcome! I’m a crochet (and knitting) teacher, designer, and blogger. In addition to sharing my own projects and news on my blog, I also do a lot of interviews (I’ve even won a few awards) and book reviews. I’m really honored to be part of A Tour Through Crochet Country. To celebrate National Crochet Month and my blogiversary, I’ll be sharing a free pattern below. But first I’d like to talk about how important the CGOA has been to me.
As many of my regular readers know, my grandmother taught me to crochet. After she passed away in 2007, I didn’t have any important people in my real life to talk with about crochet. Through my membership in CGOA and my involvement in the CGOA Professionals listerv, I’ve had the chance to virtually meet many wonderful crocheters who share the same passion for the hook as I do.
Back in 2009, I had the honor of being introduced to a wonderful mentor, Mary E. Nolfi, through the CGOA mentoring program. When I was first exploring design, Mary guided and encouraged me. Her primer is a great intro for aspiring crochet designers. I still remember my excitement at emailing her when my firstdesigns were selected for publication. I’m also grateful to Michelle Maks, yesterday’s stop on the the tour, for taking a chance on me when she was the editor of Crochet World. I’m thrilled to have another mentor, Marty Miller (March 13’s stop on the tour), who is helping me explore tech editing.
Now I’m paying it forward by volunteering to write book reviews for the CGOA newsletter and blog, and by serving as a mentor to another designer.
And, of course, CGOA membership has other benefits, even if you aren’t a professional (or aspiring professional) in the industry. You get a subscription to Crochet! magazine and discounts at national retailers as well as on CGOA educational offerings. You can also participate in your local chapter. (I’ve been a member of the NYC Crochet Guild for years and in addition to great monthly meetings where I can hang out with fellow crocheters, they also offer classes and local discounts.)
I’d like give a shout out to a some other CGOA members I’ve met (in real life or virtually) who have been very helpful to me in the past few years.
If you’ve made it this far, your probably asking yourself, “Didn’t she promise a freebie?”
Charity Crochet for Project Night Night – The Rectangular Sampler Blanket
Early in my career, I worked for an organization that provided temporary housing for hundreds of homeless families, so the tour’s featured charity, Project Night Night, is really close to my heart. I wanted to create a project that was beautiful to look at but also fun to make.
The Rectangular Sampler is a variation on the traditional granny square that incorporates a stitch sampler to keep things interesting. There’s a granny rectangle, an alternating v-stitch, staggered puff stitches, and a fun edging.
Click here for the Rectangular Sampler Blanket pattern!
This makes a great stroller blanket or play mat, or even a baby or comfort blanket. I plan to donate my sample to Project Night Night, and I hope you’ll consider making one to donate to Project Night Night or a local children’s charity.
I crocheted the sample with Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash in Pacific, Cordovan, and Alaska Sky. None of these pictures really do justice to the Alaska Sky, which is a pale, sky blue. I like using non-traditional colors for children’s blankets because I think it gives them a longer life cycle when they can be displayed in more settings.
And now back to a A Tour Through Crochet Country
Here’s the schedule for the rest of the tour. I’ve actually had the pleasure of interviewing several of the CGOA pros on this list, so I’ve also included the links to those interviews below. I hope you will stop by and check out all the posts (and tutorials, giveaways, and discounts) the other participants have to offer. Enjoy the rest of National Crochet Month!