Friday, May 13, 2011

Sampler Square #7 - Crosshatches

Designed by Laurinda Reddig of ReCrochetions

Stitches Used: single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc)
Special Stitches:
Three Double Crochet Shell (3-dc shell):
Work 3 dc in one stitch or space.

New Techniques:
Working in Chain 2 Space (ch-2 sp):
Rather than inserting your hook into the top of the next stitch, you will insert your hook inside the space created by each ch 1 in the previous row, where indicated.

Pattern:This pattern is now exclusively available in the ReCrochetions Presents: Rowan’s Learn to Crochet Sampler Afghan Book. Available in Right and Left-handed Editions (see links -->). The book also contains 4 more simple baby blanket patterns and a newborn hat, and 30 complete step-by-step tutorial.

Pattern Reading Tip: All stitches within [squared brackets] should be worked in the same stitch or space.

Notes: I love the look and feel of the Crosshatch stitch. I have made entire baby afghans using this stitch, and it is farely easy for beginners once they understand where the stitches should go. A few of the beginning crocheters who made several afghans for our first donation in 2009 tried this pattern after they got tired of plain double crochets.

This week I am continuing working with the cotton yarn. As a variation of the basic pattern, I am changing the color for the edging after I finish the square. Because the cotton squares come out a bit smaller, I am working 2 rows of edging in a solid color around each square. This is the first blanket where I am using a multicolored yarn for some of the squares, and the colors turn out really neat looking with some of the patterns, including the Crosshatch. Give it a try with a multicolor or "ombre" yarn!


  1. Ok I must be crazy because I don't get it ...I feel like I am missing something some where. I understand rows 1 and 2 and ithink I understand three but it doesn't jive from there. :/

  2. Oh my goodness! Totally my fault. I was fiddling with the pattern before I posted it last week and accidentally reversed the instructions inside the brackets for Row 3 and the Last Row.

    I fixed it now. Please give it another try and let me know if it makes more sense now. :) Thanks for joining us! Do I have you on the list of people participating yet on the main Crochet Along Page?

  3. I'm confused. How do I get 7 shells in row 2 on 29 sc in row 1? I got 5 shells with 3 extra sc. By the way, my name is Julie, and I started following along last week. It's been fun so far!

  4. Aha! Wow, I really did mess this one up, fixing now. So sorry. It should read "(ch 2, 3-dc shell in SAME sc, skip 3 sc, sc in next sc)". Each Shell+sc takes 4 sc. 4x7=28+1sc=29! Try it again. Thanks for joining us Julie!

  5. Eager to try this one

  6. This is a fun one once you get going. Everyone's always surprised how neat it looks. Nice simple pattern stitch for an entire blanket that looks more complicated than it is. Thanks for joining us!

    1. Hi! It's Heather from down the street! In my quest to learn how to crochet I came across your blog! I love this baby blanket and I have figured it out up to this point but I am stuck here at #7. Do you have any pictures of where the ch-2 space is. I don't think I'm doing it right because it is coming out all wrong.