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Kickstart Your Creativity: 2024 Sampler Blanket CAL — Square One: Flower Bud Stitch

Welcome to the first installment of our 2024 Crochet Along Sampler Blanket Series! We're kicking things off with the beautiful Flower Bud Stitch, ideal for a variety of projects. This stitch offers a luxurious, dense fabric that beautifully showcases intricate details, making it perfect for cozy blankets, stylish accessories, or unique home decor.



Yarn Selection: For this blanket project, we've chosen the easy-to-work-with Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Merino, celebrated for its beautiful sheen and ultra-soft feel. This yarn is also machine washable, making it perfect for easy care.


For Square One, we selected color #75/Port Royale, a rich, deep hue that beautifully accentuates the intricate texture of the Flower Bud Stitch.


About the Flower Bud Stitch:The Flower Bud Stitch creates a unique, textured pattern that resembles tiny, budding flowers. It's especially effective for projects where you want a dense, cushiony fabric with a striking visual impact.


VIDEO TUTORIAL

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MATERIALS NEEDED

  • Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Merino or any Size 3/DK Weight Yarn of your choice

  • Crochet hook size G/6 - 4.25mm (or size needed to obtain gauge)

  • Scissors

  • Stitch Marker

  • Yarn or Tapestry Needle


KITS

Ready to dive right in? Elevate your crafting with our specially curated 2024 Sampler Blanket CAL Kits for this project. Each kit is designed to provide everything you need, ensuring a seamless and delightful crochet experience from start to finish. Order your kits HERE.


PATTERN OVERVIEW

Here’s a brief overview of what to expect when tackling this square:

  • Multiple Stitch Count: This pattern is in a multiple of 3 + 2.

  • Foundation and Setup: Start by creating a foundation chain, which will be the base for your Flower Bud stitches.

  • Row-by-Row Instructions: The pattern will guide you through each row, detailing where to place your stitches to form the distinct "bud" appearance.

  • Finishing Touches: We'll cover how to neatly bind off and weave in your ends for a professional finish.


LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this square, you will have mastered:

  • Working with a textured stitch pattern.

  • Managing yarn colors for maximum effect.

  • Applying finishing techniques to make your crochet work look seamless.

This stitch not only adds beautiful texture to your blanket but also enhances your crochet skills with a slightly more challenging pattern.


FLOWER BUD PATTERN:

  • Dimensions: 13 x 13 inches

  • Gauge: 18 groups per row - 39 rows

  • Stitch Abbreviations (US Terminology)

  • ch / Chain

  • st / Stitch

  • Sc / Single Crochet

  • Dc / Double Crochet


This pattern starts by chaining 56.

Row 1:

In the 3rd ch from the hook, [sc, 2dc] group

then skip the next 2 chs

*in the next ch [sc, 2dc] group, skip the next 2 chs*

Repeat * to * across the row, ending row 1 with a sc in the last ch. (Total 18 groups)

Row 2: 

Ch1, turn, in the first sc [sc, 2dc]

then skip the next 2 dc

*in the next sc make a [sc, 2dc] group

then skip the next 2 dc*

Repeat * to * across the row, ending every row with a sc in the last sc stitch. (Total 18 groups per row)

Row 2 - 39: Repeat Row 2 for the desired length of the project. No special last row instructions. Tie off your work and weave in your ends.


SIZE CHART

This Chart was created from a gauge using Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Merino Wool and Crochet Hook G/6 - 4.25mm

Size

Dimensions

Chains & Groups Per Row

Number of Rows

Approximate Amount of Yarn Needed for Size

Receiving Blanket

39 inches wide x 39 inches long 

Ch 164 54 Groups

117 Rows

1,971 yds

Crib

39 inches wide x 52 inches long 

Ch 164 54 Groups

156 Rows

2,628 yds

Small Throw

52 inches wide x 65 inches long

Ch 218 72 Groups

195 Rows

4,380 yds

Large Throw

65 inches wide x 78 inches long

Ch 272 90 Groups

234 Rows

6,570 yds

Twin

65 inches wide x 91 inches long

Ch 272 90 Groups

273 Rows

7,665 yds

Full

78 inches wide x 91 inches long

Ch 326 108 Groups

273 Rows

9,198 yds

Queen

91 inches wide x 91 inches long

Ch 380 126 Groups

273 Rows

10,731 yds

King

104 inches wide x 91 inches long

Ch 434 144 Groups

273 Rows

12,264 yds

BORDER SUGGESTIONS:

When using the Flower Bud Stitch for a blanket project, choosing the right border can enhance the beauty without overwhelming the intricate details of the stitch itself. For a clean and simple finish, a Single or Double Crochet border works wonderfully, adding a neat frame to your work without competing with the texture. If you're looking for a bit of subtle flair, a Picot border offers a delicate, decorative edge that complements the stitch without overpowering it. For those who prefer a tactile finish, a Crab Stitch border provides a robust, textured edge. Alternatively, adding a Fringe border can inject a fun and whimsical element, perfect for those who enjoy a more playful look.


Whether you're part of the Sampler Blanket CAL or incorporating this unique pattern into a personal project, I hope you enjoy crafting your very own Flower Bud Stitch. This is just the start, and I'm eager to see the stunning textures and colors you infuse into your crochet work. We'd love to see what you create! Share your projects on social media with #CWT2024CAL.


Stay tuned for Square Two - we have more exciting stitches to explore together in our 2024 Sampler Blanket Crochet Along!

2 Comments


Where can I buy this yarn?

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Trish
Trish
May 06

Love this stitch Tiffany and what a great chart! Thank you for everything!

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