We’ve made it to the final row section! At the end of this month, we will add our border and be done.
If you are new here, all this year we are working on a row-by-row crochet stitch sampler throw. We will learn approximately 30 new stitches to use on future projects and have a beautiful keepsake too. You can find out all about this crochet along here. It’s not too late to join!
Troubleshooting Sizing and Wonky Edges
Before we get going I want to make a quick note about sizing. I have seen some people comment in the group that theirs is ending up longer or narrower than they want and I want to offer a couple of solutions if your blanket fits in one of these categories.
If it’s too long, you could certainly end it early. There is no hard and fast rule that says you need to make the whole thing. It will still look complete no matter what row you leave off.
Another thing you could do is to add to the edges so the width balances out the length. To do that pick a stitch and work rows along each raw edge until it’s a width you are comfortable with, keeping in mind we are also adding a border. You could also make some solid or traditional granny squares and sew them on one or both edges. This would take longer but I think would be a fun twist. These ideas also work if your blanket is just plain too narrow.
If your blanket weaves in and out at the edges (this is mine! My bottom edge is 6 inches bigger than my top edge). If you are just making a cozy couch blanket and aren’t too worried about the evenness, just leave them how they are.
If you want to straighten it out, you can pin out your blanket to blocking mats, or to a mattress, or whatever you can find that’s big enough and steam block it. This is what I am planning on doing to my blanket.
THE STITCHESThis month’s stitches are the grit, crossed cable, and offset v-stitch.
First up we are adding the Grit Stitch to our blanket. A single and double crochet are worked in the same stitch to create this slightly textured stitch pattern. Fun fact: the very first baby blanket I made used this stitch.
Next up is the Crossed Cable Stitch. This stitch is similar to the crossed double crochet but instead of crocheting over 1 double crochet into the skipped stitch, you are crocheting over 3 of them. I have a photo tutorial here for you to follow. For this stitch, we did add a stitch to get the counts to work out correctly.
Our last “new” stitch is the Offset V-Stitch. Instead of making v-stitches (dc, ch 1, dc) in the chain 1 space from the row below, they are offset by working into one of the double crochets. You can see a tutorial for this stitch here.
Finally, I ended the blanket with 2 rows of double crochet stitches just like we started with.
Video Tutorials for these stitches can be found here. (not every stitch has a video tutorial. I try to make them for the more complicated stitches and/or find videos from others to share)
Materials and Pattern Information
- Your chosen worsted-weight yarn
- 5.5mm crochet hook
- Scissors and yarn needle
Gauge: 6 dc x 4 rows = 2 inches
This is a little tricky, given it is such a mix of stitches. I would say the stitching part of the gauge is easier to get correct for this particular project. As long as your first 2 rows are measuring approximately 42 inches across you should be good.
- US Terminology
- St(s): stitch(es)
- Ch(s): chain(s)
- Sc: single crochet
- Dc: double crochet
- Sc2tog: single crochet 2 together, single crochet decrease
- I’ll note my color changes, but feel free to change color wherever you see fit.
- Ch 3 counts as a stitch, unless otherwise noted
- Ch 1 does not count as a stitch, unless otherwise noted.
- Odd rows are wrong side, even rows are right side
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Part 10 Written Instructions
Yarn Color: Smoke
Row 125-128: Ch 1, (sc, dc) in same st as ch 1, *skip 1, (sc, dc) in next repeat from * across until 2 sts remain. Skip 1. Sc in last. Turn. (121 sts)
Crossed Cable Stitch
Yarn Color: Pale Gray
Row 129: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1 and in each st across, choose 1 stitch within the row and make 2 sc in it so your count is correct for the next row. Turn. (122 sts.)
Row 130: Ch 3 (counts as dc), *Skip 1 st. Dc in next 3. Long dc in previous skipped stitch. Repeat from * across. Dc in last st. Turn.
Row:131: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1 and each st across. Turn.
Row 132: As row 130
Row 133: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1, sc2tog (to fix stitch count), sc in each stitch across. Turn. (121 sts)
Yarn color: Golden Beige
Note: When counting skipped stitches, count ch-1 as 1.
Row 134-135: Ch 4 (counts as dc + ch 1), dc in same st as ch 4, *Skip 2, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, repeat from * across until 3 sts remain. Skip 2. Dc in last. Turn
Final Double Crochet Section
Yarn Color: Barley
Row 136: Ch 3, dc in next st and each st and ch-1 space across. Turn. (121 sts.)
Row 137: Ch 3, dc in next st and each st across. Finish off. Weave in ends.
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