Hi and welcome to week two of the Erie Waters Crochet Along with Rich Textures Crochet! There is something wonderful about reaching the shores of the Lake Erie, removing your sandals, and taking that first step in the warm white sands.
Today, when I headed down to our local beach, I noticed that the water was much calmer than it had been. It was a beautiful shade of blue. And the sand had been nicely warmed by the sun.
While I don’t think the dog thinks very highly of it, my kids also love the warm sand, and I think most kids do. Throwing down their sand buckets and shovels they immediately set to work – sand castles and moats, walls and towers.
I am quite happy just to sit in it, bury my toes and pull out a good book.
The shoreline’s sand is the inspiration for this week’s block. Sometimes called the “faux popcorn” stitch, this block displays a soothing texture. It’s not jarring or rough, it’s simple, subtle and warm.
I think that you’ll enjoy it’s simplicity. We will use the triple and single crochet stitches from the pattern in last weeks block (did you miss it? You’ll find week one of this crochet along here: The Erie Waters CAL – Week One), but work them in a different pattern.
Below you will find the instructions, both written and video, for this second block in the Erie Waters Throw. I will continue releasing a portion of the pattern once a week for the next five weeks. Following the crochet along I will have a PDF version available in my Etsy and Ravelry shops.
Did you miss the post about the introduction and materials for the project? You may jump over to it here: Erie Waters Throw CAL – Introduction and Materials.
To complete the blanket to the size shown, you will need to make four of this block. If you have chosen four different colours/shades as I have, you will make one of these blocks in each colour.
Stitches and Abbreviations:
Ch – Chain
Dc – Double Crochet
Lp – Loop
Lps – Loops
Tr – Triple Stitch
Rpt – Repeat
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl st – Slip stitch
Yo – Yarn over
– Pattern is written in American English
– Weave in ends as needed.
Square Measurements: 11 inches x 9.5 inches (NOTE: If your blocks are turning out slightly smaller or larger, don’t worry! It may be simply that we differ in how tightly we make our stitches, or in the type of yarn used. Going forward, simply make sure that all of your blocks are roughly the same size.)
Row 1: Sc in the 2nd chain from hook and each each ch st to the end. Turn. (41 sts)
Row 2: Ch 1, Sc in the first st, *tr in the next st, sc in the next st; rpt from * across. Turn. (41 sts)
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn. (41 sts)
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in the first 2 sts, * tr in the next st, sc in the next st; Rpt from * to last st, sc in the final st. Turn. (41 sts)
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn. (41 sts)
Rows 6-35: Rpt rows 2-5 until a total of 35 rows OR until block measures 9.5 inches.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Edging (Worked in rnds):
(NOTE: If you needed to add or subtract stitches around your edging due to the size of your square, make sure on the squares going forward that you have the same number of stitches around each – You will want them to be the same in order to make joining them easier.)
With the right side facing, join yarn with a sl st in the top right corner.
Rnd 1: Sc in the same st as joining and in each st across the next 39 sts, work 3 sts in the corner st. Working along the side of the square, evenly work 35 sc across, work 3 sc in the corner st, sc 39 across, 3 sc in the corner st, work 35 sc evenly across, work 2 sc in final corner. Join with a sl st in first sc.
Fasten off, weave in ends.
Repeat the above steps three more times so that you have a total of four squares.
Congratulations! You have now completed the second square for the Erie Waters Throw! Stay tuned for the next piece to be revealed 🙂
**Week Three is now available: Erie Waters CAL Week Three
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