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Striped Stitch Sampler : Quick Help

The striped Afghan - Stitch Sampler pattern help page will, guide you thru working and completing the Afghan pattern.

The pattern consists of fairly straight stitches, used in some fun combinations to create your next crochet blanket.

This is not a step-by-step tutorial, it is just a condensed overview to assist with some of the various patterns that are found within the pattern.

Striped Stitch Sampler : Quick Help
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Working a new pattern can be very daunting.

This pattern walk thru or stitch thru will guide you thru working and completing the Striped Afghan Stitch Sampler. The pattern consists of fairly straightforward stitches, used in some fun combinations to create your next crochet blanket. This is not a step by step tutorial, it is just a condensed overview to assist with some of the various patterns that is found within the pattern.

This pattern has evolved from a simple afghan into multiple variations of blanket sizes.  

All stitch count allocations for each size are available in the downloadable print versions, always check your desired pattern total stitch count and row count to ensure your blanket works to the required size.

Different row counts are required for each pattern size
The row counts are indicated at the start of the table and also color-coded on the body of the table.
Follow the row instructions for your required size, if you wish to make your blanket longer, simply continue with the next row or rows, the row pattern follows one another so just continue along.Please note that you might have to adjust your border to accommodate longer or shorter lengths. 

 

 

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Let's start by understanding the starting stitches.

Every row has a standard count starting stitch(es) and ending stitch(es). The pattern repeats within these stitches. Always check your allocated start and end stitch(es) for each blanket size as indicated in print version of your pattern.

For example 

The actual type of straight stitch depends on what kind of stitch pattern is followed within the start and end straight stitches, it can vary between single stitch, half double crochet, or double crochet.

Some pattern sizes have more and others less, so always make sure you have the correct beginning and end stitch counts for your project rows.

The foundation chain count includes the start and end straight stitch count for each blanket size and is allocated in the downloadable pattern.

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What you might need for completing this project

I add these pattern requirements as a simple guide to what I have used in the example pattern as well as some suggestions that I might think will work if the required materials are not obtainable. I often get requests on what yarn I have used and what color, so I hope this section helps.

    Any type of DK Yarn of your choice 

    The above-mentioned yarn is not a requirement for the pattern, you can use any yarn of your choice, just note that using more lightweight yarn and a smaller hook, the blocks and blanket size will be overall smaller, and using a heavier yarn and larger hook, the squares will be larger and the overall blanket size will be larger.

    Suggestions for yarn substitutions:

    This pattern is a stash buster so pick a yarn that you enjoy working with.

    I prefer a lightweight yarn, as this makes the blanket not too heavy, but the final choice is simply your preference. 

    Hooks

    But feel free to use the hook that suits your preferred yarn.

    I would suggest sticking to the same hook and yarn across all squares this will ensure that they all match up.

    This pattern is written using standard US crochet terminology.

    Striped Stitch Sampler : Quick Help

    How to join colors in this pattern

    For this pattern we use a new color for each row.

    Join new color into the top stitch space of the last stitch worked from the previous row, with a slip stitch, 

    • push hook thro loop, yarn over, pull thru loop, yarn over, pull thru loop, ( slip stitch),

    Work 1 sc, over the slip stitch to secure the yarn, and complete the join.

    • push hook thru loop again, yarn over, pull back thru stitch, (two loops of hook, yarn over, pull thru both loops), sc st,

    Now chain as many chains as the pattern require.

    • yarn over , pull thru loop, (chain)

    For example,  

    • ch 2 if you need a 2ch start for hdc
    • ch 3 if you need a 3ch for a dc start.
    A quick tip for keeping track as to which direction the next row needs to be in is;

    Always start your row on top of the tail from your previous row, meaning, if you finished your row, ended off your color, and your tail is left, when you turn your work, your joining stitch will be on the stitch with the ending tail, the ending tail will sit on your right when you are working towards your left.



    Striped Stitch Sampler : Quick Help

    Foundation Row

    Foundation row

    1. Start with your foundation chain,
    2. foundation chain count is determined by stitch count per row, 
    3. stitch count per row is allocated for each blanket size in the printed pattern, available here,
    4. Chain foundation chain,
    5. Chain 2, then from 3rd chain from hook,
    6. work 1hdc - half double crochet stitch into chain, work 1 hdc into each chain stitch back on the foundation row.
    7. Count your stitches again, to ensure that your stitch row count matches the final row count allocated for your blanket size in the pattern.



    Striped Stitch Sampler : Quick Help

    Starting and ending each row with Straight Stitches

    Let's start by understanding the starting stitches.

    • Every row has a standard count starting stitch(es) and ending stitch(es).
    • The pattern repeats within these stitches.
    • Always check your allocated start and end stitch(es) for each blanket size as indicated in print version of your pattern.
    • The actual type of straight stitch depends on what kind of stitch pattern is followed within the start and end straight stitches, it can vary between single stitch, half double crochet, or double crochet.
    • Some pattern sizes have more and others less, so always make sure you have the correct beginning and end stitch counts for your project rows.
    • The foundation chain count includes the start and end straight stitch count for each blanket size and is allocated in the downloadable pattern.

    Below is an example of how this works.

    Pattern layout croche

    ssst :

    • Every row starts with an allocated ssst-
    • Starting straight stitches , this is either 2, 3, 4 or 5 stitches which forms a straight border on each side of the row. ssst count is allocated under counts for each size.
    • Each ssst counts include the first chain leg for each row.
    • If you wish to not use ssst, you can only work 1 stitch on each side of row to accomodate for the first chain row.
    •  

    starting set:

    • this is the first set for this pattern, ensure you stick to the starting set especially the first stitches of each row as shown in the diagram

    repeat set :

    • this set repeats in over the total row, until the last ending set. ending set- this is the last set for this pattern, ensure you stick to the ending set especially the last stitches of each row as shown in the diagram

     esst :

    • Every row ends with an allocated esst-
    • Ending straight stitches , this is either 2, 3, 4 or 5 stitches which forms a straight border on each side of the row.
    • Esst count is allocated under stitch counts for each size.
    • Each esst counts include the first chain leg for each row. For turning your work.
    • If you wish to not use esst, you can only work 1 stitch on each side of row to accomodate for the first chain row.

     



    Striped Stitch Sampler : Quick Help

    Making waves with standard crochet stitches

    Join a new color with a slip stitch, work one sc over the slip stitch to secure the yarn, after the join, chain2 ,count a first 3ch, work starting straight stitch count(sssc) as allocated in the printable pattern,

    Ch3, * work into 6dc shells from row before, dc into the first st of shell, hdc into next st of shell, sc into next st of shell , hdc into next st of shell, dc into next st, tr into last st of shell, skip sc ,repeat from * until first stitch of (essc) starts. Skip last sc, work 1dc into each remaining stitch, until end and finish off.

    Crochet-waves-stitches

    Working the next row of waves, join a new color with a slip stitch, work one sc over the slip stitch to secure the yarn, after the join, chain2 ,count a first 3ch, work starting straight stitch count(sssc) as allocated in the printable pattern,

    Ch3, * work in sets of 6 sts per set, 1hdc into dc st, 1dc into next  hdc st, 1tr into next sc st, 1dc into next hdc st, 1hdc into next dc st, sc into next tr st ,repeat from * until the first stitch of (essc) starts, work 1dc into each remaining stitch, until end and finish off and so the wave alternates between the first set of wave rows and the second set of wave rows.



    Striped Stitch Sampler : Quick Help

    Add some Flower Power in Pattern Rows

    Add some flower power to your pattern by using a row of V-Stitches followed by a row of 5dc-clusters.

    Working with V- Stitches in rows for this pattern.

    Join a new color with a slip stitch, work one sc over the slip stitch to secure the yarn, after the join, chain2 ,count a first 3ch, work starting straight stitch count(sssc) as allocated in the printable pattern, skip the first stitch after (sssc),, V-Stitch, (1dc, ch1, 1dc), into next stitch, * skip 2st(s), V-Stitch, (1dc, ch1, 1dc), into next stitch, repeat from * until just before the first stitch of the (essc) starts. Skip this stitch, work 1dc into each remaining stitches, until end and finish off.

    Flower Power Crochet Pattern Rows

    Working with 5dc-dc stitches in this pattern.

    Join a new color with a slip stitch, work one sc over the slip stitch to secure the yarn, after the join, chain2 ,count a first 3ch, work starting straight stitch count(sssc) as allocated in the printable pattern,  *ch1, 5dc-cluster into 1ch-space , repeat from * until the first stitch of the (essc) starts. Chain1, work 1dc into each remaining stitch, until end and finish off.

    How to 5DC-Cluster 

    The 5dc-cluster crochet stitch is basically just working 5dc, stitches into the same stitch, in this pattern case it is worked into the one chain space from the row before the trick is to leave the last loop of every stitch on the hook, so when you have worked all 5 dc's you should have 5 loops left on our hook, you then just yarn over and pull the hook thru all five loops and tighten it all together with a slip stitch, this pattern calls for a chain one after ever 5 dc cluster.



    Striped Stitch Sampler : Quick Help

    6 Double Crochet Shell Flower Pattern

    This pattern is worked in two rows, the first is a row of V-stitches , the second is a row of 6dc (double crochet) row.

    The first row of V- Stitches.

    1. Join a new color with a slip stitch,
    2. work one sc over the slip stitch to secure the yarn,
    3. ch2 ,count a first 3ch,
    4. work starting straight stitch count(sssc) as allocated in the printable pattern,
    5. skip the first stitch after (sssc),
    6. V-Stitch, (1dc, ch1, 1dc), into next stitch,
    7. * skip 2st(s), V-Stitch, (1dc, ch1, 1dc), into next stitch,
    8. repeat from * until just before the first stitch of the (essc) starts.
    9. Skip this stitch, work 1dc into each remaining stitches, until end and finish off.

    Second row of dc-shells

    1. Join a new color with a slip stitch,
    2. work one sc over the slip stitch to secure the yarn,
    3. ch2 ,count a first 3ch,
    4. work starting straight stitch count(sssc) as allocated in the printable pattern, 
    5. *1sc into first 1ch-sp of first V-stitch from row before,
    6. 6dc-shell into next 1ch-space ,
    7. repeat from * until the last 1chain-space of V-stitch of row before, ,
    8. work 1dc into each remaining stitch, until end, finish off.



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