Friday, June 17, 2011

Sampler Square #12 - Rowan Berry Stitch

Designed by Laurinda Reddig of ReCrochetions

Special Stitches /Techniques:
Rowan Berry Stitch (RB):
Insert hook into last stitch used, Yo, pull out of stitch, Yo, insert hook into next stitch, Yo, pull out of stitch; Yo, pull through all four loops on hook.

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.

Notes: Working in 2 stitches makes the stitches much wider so we do not need as many stitches across. It also causes the stitches to form in more of a grid than regular crochet stitches, with the stitches directly above one another instead of slightly offset from the row before.

This stitch is my own variation. I have not found anyone who recognizes it as an established stitch, so I decided to name it after the small orange berries that can be found on a Rowan Tree (or Mountain Ash). My craft studio looks out at the Rowan Tree in the small memorial garden we planted for our daughter Rowan. When we started looking for the berries we realized that rowan trees are very common in our little town, in the parks, and the greenbelt just behind out house.

I cannot believe we are 3/4 of the way through the Afghan pattern already! Just four more weeks and we can start sewing those squares together. Do NOT start sewing them together now, or you will have the problem I did with my 2nd blanket, and all of the textured squares at the end are in the same row. At this point I should admit that I have caught up to my tester (and the other one had a baby a month ago), so please let me know if you notice any typos or need clarification. Thank you to all those who have joined the Crochet Along, I hope you are having fun!

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