We’re going to crochet a blanket and learn some things!
I’m Edie Eckman, and I so excited to be hosting this Crochet Along for Plymouth Yarn.
I’ve designed this afghan in five panels, each with a different stitch pattern. We’ll be doing a different panel in each installment, and in the final installment we’ll be putting the panels together and adding a complementary border.
You’ll need to be comfortable with chain, single crochet and double crochet. Along the way I’ll show you tips and tricks to make your crocheting go more smoothly.
Why Crochet in Panels?
The handy thing about working in panels is that you can crochet along on one panel, but if you aren’t keeping up with the crochet along (or you just get bored), you can simply start on the next panel whenever you want.
Crocheting in panels means that the project is portable. You don’t have to carry a ginormous blanket with you as you work; you just have a long strip of crochet that fits nicely inside your project bag.
How Are the Patterns Written?
The patterns for each panel are written in standard crochet-speak using American crochet terminology, but I’ll be working along with you in a video. You can watch me do the stitches, and I’ll explain a lot as I crochet. Be sure to watch each lesson for helpful hints.
In addition to the written text instructions, each stitch pattern includes a chart. If you’ve never used a chart before, it’s well worth the effort to learn, as crochet stitch diagrams can explain the locations of stitches and their relationship to each other much more clearly than words can.
How Does the Crochet Along (CAL) Work?
Each Wednesday for seven weeks (starting today), a new piece of the pattern will be released. You can find it here on the Plymouth Yarn Magazine blog.
You can also find it as a free pattern download on Ravelry. The pattern will be updated each week, so the instructions are cumulative. The newest version of the pattern will include all the parts that have been released up to that point. At the end of the CAL, the complete pattern will be available.
Where Do I Ask Questions?
If you have questions, ask them in the comments below. I’ll be monitoring this page and do my best to answer every day until after the CAL is over.
Whether you are just starting out on your crochet career, or you are an experienced crocheter, you’re sure to learn something and have fun as we crochet along together. Gather your materials now, so you’ll be ready to join me on Panel 1, beginning January 29, 2020.
Plymouth Yarn Encore (75% acrylic/25% wool, 200 yds/183 m)
Color 703 Amber Blush (A) – 6 balls
Color 704 Desert Rose (B) – 5 balls
Color 702 Purple Dusk (C) – 2 balls
Color 701 Glacier Grey (D) – 2 balls
Size H [5 mm] crochet hook or size to obtain correct gauge
5 locking stitch markers or pieces of waste yarn for markers
What Other Colors Could I Use?
Use anything that suits your style! Watch this welcome video for more information. The colors shown in the video are listed below.
Color 1415 Fawn Mix
Color 560 Cranberry Mix
Color 6006 Latte Heather
Color 218 Champagne
Color 469 Storm Blue
Color 460 Golden Glow
Now go get your yarn, and let’s get started!
I’m trying to download the pattern for the 5-Panel Blanket Crochet Along and it won’t download the pattern. All I get is this page. Am I doing something wrong? Or is it not available yet?
Sorry you are having trouble. Are you clicking the green “Download the PDF” button? It should link to a Ravelry page which will allow you to download the pattern. I just tried it in a private window with Firefox and in Chrome and it’s working for me. Can you please try again? Maybe try clearing your cache first.
I cannot find the pattern either. The download is just 2 pages of what you need, no instructions.
What is available so far is the materials you need to gather. Instructions for Panel 1 will appear on Wednesday. This is just a heads-up so you can get your yarn and be ready to go when Panel 1 of the panel is released.
Every Wednesday a new part of the pattern will appear here on the blog, and as a download from Ravelry.
Is there another preferred yarn to use? I am allergic to wool. so it will need to be cotton or acrylic.
100% Cotton would make a very heavy blanket, so you would do better with an acrylic or a cotton/acrylic blend.
I can’t fine the Encore colors. I would like to see other color choices. I must be having a senior moment. Thanks for your help.
Watch the video about yarn. I show a couple of other options there. Of course, you can choose any 4 colors that you like. You can also order the yarn online if you want those same colors.
Today is January 28, 2020 and I still can only get the first two pages pm Ravelry. Where do we get the first part of the pattern????
Panel 1 will be released tomorrow. The first part was just the information you needed to get your yarn and be ready to start on the 29th.Look for it by 10:00 am Eastern Wednesday morning.
Are you releasing the panels left to right as in picture? Thanks!
Yes, but wouldn’t you like to be surprised? 😉
Where can I find the written/charted pattern?
Panel 1 will be released tomorrow. Check back here at about 10:30 am Eastern, or go to the Ravelry link. Each new part of the pattern will be released on Wednesdays by noon, for the next several weeks.
I am doing that CAL and I am inexperienced crocheter. My question is concerning how many stitches I should have on ea row .
Are you on Panel 1? Have you worked a gauge swatch? If you are matching the pattern gauge, you’ll have 31 dc at the end of the Foundation Row of Panel 1.
How many stitches should I have after each row
You will be maintaining the same number of stitches on every row. If a new number is not given at the end of a row, you can assume that the stitch count does not change.
Just saw this on WEBS Facebook page. Will I be able to catch up? Is it too late?
My crocheting skills are beginner+
You can absolutely catch up! Join us! Be sure to watch the helpful videos, and ask your questions here.
I am excited about working through this beautiful pattern as a crochet-along! Thank you!
Hi Deborah! I’m so glad you’ve joined us!