Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Taraduff's 2015 CAL Sampler Afghan Square #14

July is almost over (sigh).  Back to school time is getting closer.  It always brings mixed emotions for me.  I get more done while my kids are in school, but I always end up missing them and having the typical 'mom' worries while they're there.  And somehow they get bigger and older every year!  My little ones are growing up!

Well, back to business now.  If you're just joining in, WELCOME!  Click on the following links to get caught up: Introduction, Square #1, Square #2, Square #3, Square #4, Square #5, Square #6, Square #7, Square #8, Square #9, and Square #10, #11, #12, #13  You can find links to all of them on pinterest here. And be sure to follow me on facebook and twitter to get updates when a new square pattern is posted.

Our colorwork block for July is a chevron stitch pattern.  There are many chevron stitch pattern variations, if you do a search on pinterest or google images you'll have a lovely assortment of chevron crochet eye candy for your viewing pleasure!  You can see one example in the bag below.  The Chevron Stripes Shoulder Bag uses a self-patterning yarn to highlight the striping pattern without having to switch your yarn.

Chevron Stripes Shoulder Bag
 Here's block #14!
taraduff's 2015 CAL sampler afghan square #14 chevron stripes

Block #14 Chevron Stripes  

Do not cut the yarn when switching colors, just drop it and pick up the next color. 

Pattern 

Foundation ch and row 1:  With C, ch 32.  Sc in second ch from hook and each remaining ch.  (31 sc)  Turn.
Row 2:  Ch 1.  Sc in each stitch.  (31 sc)  Turn.
Row 3:  Ch 4 (counts as first tr).  Skip first stitch. *Dc in next 2 stitches.  Hdc in next 2 stitches.  Sc in next stitch.  Hdc in next 2 stitches.  Dc in next 2 stitches.  Tr in next stitch.  Repeat from * 2 more times.  Turn.
Row 4:  With A, ch 1.  Make 2 sc in first stitch.  *Sc in next 3 stitches.  Sc3tog over next 3 stitches. Sc in next 3 stitches.** Make 3 sc in next stitch.  Repeat from * 2 times ending at ** on last repeat.  Make 2 sc in top of turning ch.  Turn.
Row 5:  Repeat row 4.
Row 6:  With C, ch 3.  (Counts as first dc).  Dc in first stitch.  *Dc in next 3 stitches.  Dc3tog over next 3 stitches.  Dc in next 3 stitches.**  Make 3 dc in next stitch.  Repeat from * 2 times ending at ** on last repeat.  Make 2 dc in top of last stitch.  Turn.
Row 7:  Repeat row 6.
Rows 8-17:  Repeat rows 4-7, ending with row 5.
Row 18:  With C, ch 1.  Sc in first stitch.  *Hdc in next 2 stitches.  Dc in next 2 stitches.  Tr in next stitch.  Dc in next 2 stitches.  Hdc in next 2 stitches.  Sc in next stitch.  Repeat from * 2 times.  Turn.
Row 19, 20:  Ch 1.  Sc in each stitch. (31 sc)  Turn.
Fasten off and weave in ends after row 20.

taraduff's 2015 CAL sampler afghan square #14 chevron stripes close-up
So I've been mulling around ideas for a 2016 crochet-a-long project.  I enjoy doing the squares since we get to do a new stitch each time and we'll have a nice throw at the end.  Shall I do another blanket?  Or something else perhaps?  I'd love to see your suggestions in the comments.  Please, don't be shy crochet friends, tell me all your crochet-a-long dreams ;-)