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Learn the Plowing Seeds Stitch: Sampler Blanket CAL Week 2

Welcome back to Week 2 of our 2024 Crochet Along Sampler Blanket Series! This time around, we're shining a spotlight on something special—the Plowing Seeds Stitch, also known as the Slip Stitch Texture Stitch. Perfect if you're aiming to inject your work with lush textures that stand out. Imagine wrapping a newborn in a soft blanket or adding sophistication to your living room with an elegant throw—this stitch introduces another richly textured pattern to our Sampler Blanket CAL project, adding variety and beauty.


Slip Stitch Texture Stitch

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 Two, we chose color #01/Cream, a warm off-white neutral that beautifully highlights the Plowing Seeds stitch.


About the Plowing Seed Stitch: The Plowing Seed Stitch features a repetitive pattern that alternates between Slip Stitches and Half Double Crochet (Hdc) Stitches, each worked in the Back Loop Only (BLO). This technique forms a wavy stitch pattern with distinctive oval pockets.


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 10 + 6.

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

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


LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

  • Working this unique textured stitch pattern.

  • Applying finishing touches 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 and stitch placement.


PLOWING SEEDS PATTERN:

  • Dimensions: 13 x 13 inches

  • Gauge: 62 Rows with Rows 3-6 Repeat

  • Stitch Abbreviations (US Terminology)

  • ch / Chain

  • st / Stitch

  • sl st / Slip Stitch

  • sc / Single Crochet

  • Hdc / Half Double Crochet

  • BLO / Back Loop Only


This pattern starts by chaining 56. 


Row 1:

sc in the 2rd ch from the hook and in each ch across

Row 2: 

Ch1, turn, sl st BLO in the first 5 sts (keep your stitches loose)

Hdc BLO in the next 5 sts, sl st BLO in the next 5 sts, Hdc BLO in the next 5 sts

Repeat * to * across row ending row 2 with 5 sl st BLO (Total 55 sts) 

Row 3:

ch 2, turn, (ch 2 counts as your first Hdc st and will take the first st spot)

Hdc BLO in the next 4 sts, *sl st BLO in the next 5 sts, hdc BLO in the next 5 sts*

Repeat * to * across row ending row 3 with one Hdc BLO in the last 5 sts

Row 4:

ch 2, turn, (ch 2 counts as your first Hdc st and will take the first st spot)

Hdc BLO in the next 4 sts, *sl st BLO in the next 5 sts, hdc BLO in the next 5 sts*

Repeat * to * across row ending row 4 with one hdc BLO in the last 5 sts

Row 5:

Ch 1, turn, sl st BLO in the first 5 sts

Hdc BLO in the next 5 sts, sl st BLO in the next 5 sts

Repeat * to * across row ending row 5 with one sl st BLO in the last 5 sts

For row 5 you will be making your sl st BLO on top of hdc sts, and make hdc BLO on top of sl sts. 

Row 6:

Ch 1, turn, sl st BLO in the first 5 sts

Hdc BLO in the next 5 sts, sl st BLO in the next 5 sts

Repeat * to * across row ending row 6 with one sl st BLO in the last 5 sts. 

Row 7 - 62: Repeat Rows 3-6 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 166 165 stitches

186 Rows

1,827 yds

Crib

39 inches wide x 52 inches long 

Ch 166 165 stitches

248 Rows

2,436 yds

Small Throw

52 inches widex 65 inches long

Ch 226 225 stitches

310 Rows

4,060 yds

Large Throw

65 inches widex 78 inches long

Ch 276 275 stitches

372 Rows

6,090 yds

Twin

65 inches widex 91 inches long

Ch 276 275 stitches

434 Rows

7,105 yds

Full

78 inches widex 91 inches long

Ch 336 335 stitches

434 Rows

8,526 yds

Queen

91 inches widex 91 inches long

Ch 386 385 stitches

434 Rows

9,947 yds

King

104 inches widex 91 inches long

Ch 446 445 stitches

434 Rows

11,368 yds

BORDER SUGGESTIONS:

To enhance the Plowing Seeds Stitch and make it truly stand out, consider adding a detailed border. Experiment with various border styles such as a Fan or Shell pattern, a Corkscrew border, or something airy and lacy. Adding intricate designs to the texture of your Plowing Seeds Stitch can take your project's look to a whole new level.


Whether you’re participating in the Sampler Blanket CAL or integrating this unique pattern into your own project, I hope you’ve enjoyed learning the Plowing Seeds Stitch. This is the second stitch in our series, and I’m excited to unveil the next ten unique stitches! We’d love to see your creations—please share your projects on social media using #CWT2024CAL.


Keep an eye out for Square Three as we continue our journey through more thrilling stitches in our 2024 Sampler Blanket Crochet Along!

3 commentaires


Asha JV
Asha JV
18 mai

Tiffany, you are so well organized. I have OCD. After years of following Lilla Bjorn - very complicated mandalas in blankets - I decided to jump in for my first CAL which has not started yet. I'm not sure if I'll have my head in one piece. But your's is simpler & I'm going to try this beautiful Plowing Seeds Stitch. Thank you. Phew! 😅



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I am overjoyed to have you join in on this CAL project! Sometimes, after a massive project the best thing to do is make something easier to revive the crojo. 🤗❤️🧶

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I love this pattern and as always your tutorials are very well described and easy to follow. I have just a general question regarding turning to start the next row. I turn my work the same as you, but have seen others turn in a different direction. Does the direction matter in making the pattern design?

Thank you in advance. Sharon

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