We’re so thrilled by how many of you have joined us on our new Hook ‘n’ Learn crochet-along. But if you missed out on issue 68, or your subscription starts from issue 69, then fear not! We’ve decided to make the first part available for free for a limited time so you can all catch up and get on board!
This is the very first pattern in our Hook ‘n’ Learn blanket crochet-along, and we’ll be running it over the next year. Perfect for beginners and fun for more experienced stitchers, you’ll learn how to do 12 attractive stitches, then we’ll show you how to put it all together in the last issue. Choose between the beautiful soft shades of Stone Washed XL, or the bright tones of Colour Crafter (or go mad and make both!). The first part features the Block stitch, which is the perfect stitch for newbies to master – it’s simple to learn and looks fab worked in two zingy colours, whichever yarn you choose.
Stone Washed XL
■ Scheepjes Stone Washed XL
(70% cotton, 30% acrylic, 50g/75m) 3 balls of Rhodochrosite (875)
1 ball of Larimar (868)
■ A 5.5mm (US I/9) hook
■ Stitch marker
For yarn stockists for both versions visit Scheepjes at www.scheepjes.com/en
Part 1: 40x40cm (16x16in)
14 tr and 11 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over Block Stitch using a 5.5mm hook
■ Scheepjes Colour Crafter (100% acrylic, 100g/300m), 1 ball of each:
■ A 4mm (US G/6) hook ■ Stitch marker
Part 1: 32x32cm (121⁄2×121⁄2in)
16 tr and 13 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over Block Stitch using a 4mm hook
For a full list, see page 92 of Simply Crochet
All even rows are worked on the RS.
Each odd row is worked in alternate directions, dropping the working yarn and picking it up on the next odd row. Do not fasten off odd rows.
The instructions for the Colour Crafter blanket are shown in brackets.
Using a 5.5mm (4mm) hook and Rhodochrosite (Dordrecht), ch55.
Row 1 (RS) Tr in fourth ch from hook and each ch across, do not fasten off. Remove hook from working yarn and keep a live loop, securing it with a stitch marker. [53 tr]
Row 2 (RS) With RS facing, join Larimar (Gouda) in sp after first tr, ch1 (does not count as st), dc in same sp, *ch2, skip next 3 tr, dc in sp before next tr; repeat from * across working last dc into sp before last tr, turn, fasten off. [18dc and 17 ch-2 sps]
Row 3 (WS) With WS facing, insert hook in live loop at end of last odd row, ch3 (counts as tr), *skip next dc, 3tr in next ch-2 sp; repeat from * across to last dc, skip last dc, tr in top of beg ch-3 of previous odd row, do not fasten off. Remove hook from working yarn and keep a live loop, securing it with a stitch marker.
Row 4 (RS) Repeat Row 2.
Row 5 (RS) With RS facing, insert hook in long loop at end of last odd row, ch3 (counts as tr), *skip next dc, 3tr in next ch-2 sp; repeat from * across to last dc, skip last dc, tr in top of beg ch-3 of previous odd row, do not fasten off. Remove hook from working yarn and keep a live loop.
Rows 2-5 set pattern.
STONE WASHED XL VERSION ONLY Rows 6-45 (or until piece measures 40cm)
Rows 6-45 (or until piece measures 40cm ending with an odd row) Repeat Rows 2-5 10 more times.
COLOUR CRAFTER VERSION ONLY
Rows 6-39 (or until piece measures 32cm ending with an odd row) Repeat Rows 2-5 eight more times, repeat Rows 2-3 once more. Fasten off.
And don’t forget, you can also join our Hook ‘n’ Learn Facebook group where you can share your in-progress photos, get help with any tricky bits and generally chat about this exciting crochet-along! And it’s also not too late to take advantage of our extra-special LIMITED TIME offer! Subscribe to Simply Crochet today and you’ll receive a 9 ball bundle of Scheepjes Colour Crafter yarn – enough to make the blanket, PLUS you’ll pay just £29.99 every 6 issues – saving you over £1 every issue! Don’t miss out – Click here to order