Crochet-Along (Week 1)

Welcome to Week One of our Mystery Crochet-Along! For the next 15 weeks each Friday we will release 3-4 squares a week that will come together to create a sampler afghan.

We suggest Mary Maxim Starlette Yarn in any colors you desire. When the blanket is completed, we will give a suggested layout but you are free to adjust for the look you desire as all squares will be the same size.

Gauge: Each finished square should measure 7″ using an H (5.00 mm) hook or ANY SIZE HOOK needed to obtain this gauge.

Just beginning with crochet? See the end of this post for our beginning crochet playlist!

STITCH GUIDE:

PS – Puff Stitch: [Yo, insert hook in st or space indicated, yo and pull up a loop even with hook] 4 times, yo and draw through all 9 loops on hook, ch 1 to close. *Note: In the video below the number of loops is different, but the technique is the same.

FPDC – Front Post Double Crochet: Yo, insert hook, from front to back to front, around post of next st, yo and pull up a loop even with last stitch worked and complete as dc.

SQUARE 1 –

Ch 26 loosely.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch to end. (25 sc)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across. (25 sc)

Repeat Row 2 until square measures 7” [18 cm]. Fasten off.

SQUARE 2 –

Ch 26 loosely.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch to end, ch 1, turn. (25 sc)

Row 2: Sc in each of the first 4 sc, *PS in st, sc in each of the next 3 sc; rep from *across to last sc, sc in last sc, ch 1, turn.( 5 Puff Stitches)

Row 3: Sc in each st to end, ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Sc in each of first 2 sc, PS in next sc, *sc in each of next 3 sc, PS in next sc; rep from * across to the last 2 sc, sc in each of last 2 sc, ch 1, turn (6 Puff Stitches)

Row 5: Sc in each st to end, ch 1, turn.

Repeat Rows 2-5 until square measures 7” ending with Row 5.

SQUARE 3 –

Ch 25 loosely.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 2, turn – 24 sc.

Row 2: Hdc in first sc and in each sc across, ch 2, turn, – 24 hdc.

Row 3 and all odd rows: Sc in each st across, ch 2, turn.

Row 4: Hdc in each of the first 2 sc *[Fpdc around post of st below next sc] twice, skip next 2 sc behind Fpdc (now and throughout), hdc in each of next 5 sc; rep from * across to last sc, hdc in last sc, ch 2, turn.

Row 6: Hdc in each of first 3 sc, *[Fpdc around post of st below next sc] twice, hdc in each of next 5 sc; rep from *across, ch 2, turn.

Row 8: Hdc in each of first 4 sc, [Fpdc around post of st below next sc] twice, *hdc in each of next 5 sc, [Fpdc around post of st below next sc] twice; rep from * across to last 4 sc, hdc in each of last 4 sc, ch 2, turn.

Row 10: Hdc in each of first 5 sc, [Fpdc around post of st below next sc] twice, hdc in each of next 5sc, [Fpdc around post of st below next sc] twice; rep from * across to last 3 sc, hdc in each of last 3 sc, ch 2, turn.

Row 12: Hdc in each of first 6 sc, [Fpdc around post of st below next sc] twice, *hdc in each of next 5 sc, [Fpdc around post of st below next sc] twice; rep from *across to last 2 sc, hdc each of last 2 sc, ch 2, turn.

Row 14: Work as Row 10.

Row 16: Work as Row 8.

Row 18: Work as Row 6.

Row 20: Work as Row 4.

Row 22: Hdc in first sc and in each sc across.

Row 23: Sc in first hdc and in each hdc across.

Come back next week for the next set of squares! Please subscribe to the blog to get all of the crochet along send directly to your inbox and be sure you never miss a week.

 

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Kendra Sagash

Kendra has been crocheting for over 20 years. She became obsessed and enthused with crochet when she realized it was a great way to interact with people. She enjoys sharing her love of crafts with her two beautiful daughters. Kendra also paints in her free time.

Kendra joined Mary Maxim in 2013. She is the crochet instructor at the Mary Maxim retail store in Port Huron. She assists customers with our pattern support team and is the Social Media Assistant.

28 CommentsLeave a comment

  • One tip I’ve employed when I’ve done these types of sampler afghans – cut out a 7″ square out of cardboard. That way, it will be easier to measure each square as you complete it.

  • I have chosen the same colours you are using. Just as a cross reference, the pictures (and the visual aids are wonderful) are showing green. Is this the darker green of the two greens? Is this green your primary colour?
    Thanks again for this wonderful adventure.

  • starts off simple enough…if we want to do your color scheme or our own how do we know which colors you are using? It isn’t posted as use color A, B, C on the patterns

  • I must have missed where it shows the total yardage. When I order the yarn for this project, I don’t won’t to have to order over and over, since I only want to pay shipping once. How much yardage will I need for the total afghan?

    • Sorry Janie, that was in the intro post, we will add it in to each one since there was some confusion 🙂 1620 yards of Starlette in as many or as few colors as you wish.

  • Is anyone on square # 2 yet? I have 5 puff stitches with 3 between each, but after the 5th puff stitch, I still have 4 stitches left. Pattern reads there should only be one? Or are 3 of those 4 the follow up after the 5th puff stitch? Help & thanks!

  • I figured out my problem from the comment above — Those last 4 stitches are the 3 after the puff and then the final stitch — making the 4 (just like at the beginning of the row)

  • I’m having trouble getting square 3,I can do the Fpcd but not understanding which sc to skip.Wondering if someone can explain it.Thanks!!

  • Hi Betty. I am skipping the 2 sc right after the last hdc that I made. I have had to look behind the the fpcd to find them, but it seems to work. So basically, you should have hdc, hdc, sk, sk, hdc, hdc, etc

    Judi in Phoenix

  • Thanks Jodi,I was having difficulty trying to get that square done,it’s working for me now.
    Betty Eason
    Newfoundland,Canada.

  • Off to a late start, just finished the second square and 10 are listed already. Oh well, not a race, right. Enjoying it so far, while waiting for Spring in Maine.

      • Thank you Heather, I did notice the archives so I knew they would be around for a long while. I am also printing them out, I prefer working from a sheet of paper, going to save them all, as I can imagine doing this again with another color. Depending on how it goes at the end, the assembling. Hopes are up!

  • With square #2, when I finish row 2, there are now 30 stitches across the top. Where did those extra 5 stitches come from, and how do I make row 3 go back to 25 stitches?

  • Never got an answer to my first inquiry….

    I too can’t get #2 figured out. I end up with too many stitches. After you sc in the first 4 sc, do you PS in that last sc (the fourth one?) or the next one?

    • Sally we will get a video together to post for you to help with the square. It should be up by tomorrow, if you send your email address to heather@marymaxim.com I will send a copy of the video link directly to you 🙂

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