Is your yarn stash getting a little out of control? Do you enjoy learning new stitches? If you answered yes to either of these questions keep reading to learn about our 2019 Stash-Busting Sampler Afghan Crochet Along (CAL).
If you’ve been here a little while you probably know about my love affair with learning new crochet stitches. So I came up with this fun idea to make a sampler afghan using a new crochet stitch for each square of the blanket.
I brought this project idea up to my Facebook group last week and everybody seamed really interested in participating. Which of course made me even more excited about it, so we are getting started right away.
How does this crochet along work?
In total we will have 24- 12” squares each featuring a different crochet stitch pattern. I will publish 2 square patterns on my blog each month on Wednesdays for all of 2019 (I’ll put a schedule below). Each pattern will include written and photo instructions.
Part of what makes doing a CAL fun is sharing with other crocheters who are also participating. I invite you to join my crochet group on Facebook, this is a great place to share your progress, ask questions and participate in other fun yarny shenanigans.
At the end of 2019 we will join our squares and add a border.
- #4 Worsted Weight Yarn
- 5.5 mm Crochet Hook
No shopping is required for this CAL! Dive into that over flowing yarn stash and grab your favorite colors and get started.
A word of caution, be sure to use worsted weight yarns that have similar qualities. For example: Red Heart Super Saver, Bernat Super Value and Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice would all work well together.
But I would not try and mix yarns like Caron Simply Soft with ones like Red Heart Super Saver. Your squares will end up not being the same size and the textures will be off too.
I will be using mostly Bernat Super Value with some Red Heart Super Savor and With Love Thrown in for mine.
I am not sure exactly how much yarn you will need for this project yet as I will be crocheting as we go along but just from doing a little research of other sampler afghans I am anticipating needing about 4500 yds. This not an exact number but will be a good starting point.
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I will release a free square pattern on my blog every other Wednesday starting next Wednesday, January 16, 2019. As each square is released I will add the link to the schedule listed below to make them easy to find. .
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Materials and Info: Today
Square 1: 1/16/19
Square 2: 1/30/19
Square 3: 2/13/19
Square 4: 2/27/19
Square 5: 3/13/19
Square 6: 3/27/19
Square 7: tbd
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Square 24: tbd
Joining and Border: tbd
Join the crochet group on Facebook and show us what colors and yarns your using!! I can’t wait to see all your pretty squares.