Today I am excited to be joining The Blog Hop Crochet Along! Nine other bloggers and I are teaming up to a new afghan square pattern every day for a month. Crochet along with us and you will have a gorgeous new afghan just in time for the holiday season!
Here’s how it is going to work:
- Every day (M-F) a new square pattern will be posted on one of our ten blogs.
- You can join in the fun by crocheting each day’s square on that day whenever you have time.
- Share your progress and post photos of your squares in our facebook group.
- By the end of the Crochet Along you will have twenty 12″ squares all ready to be pieced together into a beautiful afghan just in time for the holiday season.
- Finally, we will be hosting some fabulous giveaways! You could win Lion Brand yarn to make your own afghan, $100 CASH money, OR our COMPLETED AFGHAN! That’s right, we are going to be piecing all of our squares together and shipping an afghan out to one very lucky winner.
We would love if you crocheted along with us. If you’d like to add a button to your blog or website you can grab this one here:
Bobble Stitch Afghan Square
(I apologize for the uncreative name, my brain is shot).
This pattern gets pretty repetitive pretty quickly, so I’m writing the pattern as a general guideline and not as a stitch by stitch. And since I’m changing colors every round, I am ending every round with an invisible join. Ok, so now you know.
Bobble stitch: it’s a dc5tog, really. Insert hook, pull yarn up, yarn over, pull through 2 loops. Do that until you have 6 loops on your hook, and then yarn over and pull through all loops on hook.
UPDATE: I used a G hook for this pattern. If ever in doubt with one of my patterns, use the G hook…it’s usually the only one I can find…
1. Start with a magic circle and work 12 dc in magic circle. Join and fasten off.
2. Flip your work so you are facing the wrong side of the first round.
3. With new yarn, ch2 and create 1 bobble stitch in the same stitch. Ch1. Work 1 bobble stitch followed by a ch1 in each stitch around. After the last bobble stitch, do not add the ch1 if you are using an invisible join. The join technique will add that extra stitch for you. (12 bobble stitches)
4. New yarn, or not. Work in the chain spaces from the previous round. Start off with a ch2, work a bobble stitch, followed by a ch1. In this round, you’ll start to define your corners. After you’ve worked 2 bobble stitches, the next stitch will be where you define the corner. A corner consists of bobble stitch + ch1 + bobble stitch + ch1 worked into the same stitch. For this round, you should have 4 corners and 2 bobble stitches along the sides, for a total of 16 bobble stitches.
Basically, from here on out until you reach approximately 12 inches wide, you will continue to work in the chain spaces from the previous rounds, add corners in the corner chain spaces of the previous corners and you’ll end up increasing the number of bobble stitches by 1 on each side.
At some point, you might feel that your work is curling up at the corners. If that’s the case, you can choose to add another bobble stitch on the stitches next to the corners, just to give the corner a bit of space to spread out. I did this on my Round 7 – you can see in the picture below that there are extra light purple bobbles in the center of the image.
Once you’ve hit 10 or 11 inches on each side, your next round will be the finishing border. Work 3 dc + ch2 in each chain space along side, and (3 dc, ch2, 3 dc, ch2) in the corners. If you need to, you can also add another round of border to reach the desired size.
You can find links to all the other patterns here. The links will be updated daily!