Master five unique stitch patterns in this richly textured crochet sampler blanket. Longer stretches of each stitch make this a relaxing and creatively satisfying afghan to make. Get the free pattern below or purchase the ad-free, printable PDF here.
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Are you ready to add five new beautiful crochet stitches to your repertoire? You’ll have plenty of long stretches to practice each one in this easy crochet sampler blanket pattern. The finished project is the perfect comfy lap blanket to drape over the couch for chilly mornings or cozy movie nights.
Gimme Some Texture!
One of my favorite things about crochet sampler patterns is that they often highlight one of the best aspects of crochet–the texture! If you’re a sucker for squishy bobbles, zigzagging herringbone and pretty “knots,” you’re gonna love this pattern!
My mom was the brains and hands behind this sampler and she picked out some really beautiful and simple stitches to include. If you like the sampler vibe, you might also like to check out The Crochet Sampler Pouf she designed a few years ago. It’s an actual piece of crocheted furniture and you’ll love how we got the “chunky” yarn look without breaking the bank. (And the free pattern for the Mudcloth Pillow in the foreground can be found here.)
Related Free Pattern: The Sampler Pouf ⇨
Crochet Stitches Used In This Sampler
In this crochet sampler blanket, you’ll get to practice the following stitches:
• Crumpled Grid Stitch
• Trinity Stitch
• Falling Leaves Stitch
• Grit Stitch
• Herringbone Half Double Crochet
You’ll work 14 rows of each stitch. All of these stitches are quite easy to memorize!
The Best Yarn for Fast Blankets
Can you think of a better yarn than Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick to whip up a quick crochet blanket? Me either.
Wool-Ease Thick & Quick is my go-to yarn for slippers, crochet boots with flip flop soles and chunky blankets. The stitch definition is this yarn is always really clear, which is perfect for making a crochet sampler blanket where you want the stitches to really shine.
The color we used for this blanket is called “Peanut,” but Thick & Quick comes in a ton of really nice colors. You can see them all here.
And in fact, Lion Brand put together a kit for the This and That Crochet Sampler Blanket that includes all the yarn you’ll need, plus a printable copy of the complete pattern. You can choose any color of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick for your kit that you’d like here.
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To Print This Sampler Afghan Pattern
If like me, you prefer to work from your couch with a printed copy of the pattern, I’ve created an ad-free PDF with large type that you can purchase on Etsy here and on LoveCrafts here. It’s formatted for easy printing and available for immediate download after you purchase.
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This and That Crochet Sampler Blanket
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• Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (Weight: 5 yarn weight – 106 yds, 6.0 oz, 170 g)
color: Peanut (#640-127) – 9 skeins [1430 g)]
• Tapestry needle
• Size P (12 mm) crochet hook*
*Size P crochet hooks can vary in size significantly, so be sure you’re using a 12 mm hook. While gauge is not important, a larger hook might increase the amount of yarn needed for your blanket.
38 x 50”
Because five stitch patterns are used, gauge is difficult to measure. Each section of pattern should measure approximately 9.5-11” high.
Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
ch – chain
chsp – chain space
cl – cluster
dc – double crochet
hbhdc – herringbone half double crochet
rep – repeat
RS – right side
sc – single crochet
sc3tog – single crochet 3 together
sk – skip
slst – slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
WS – wrong side
yo – yarn over
tch – turning chain
Overall Pattern Notes:
- RS and WS designation is just to help keep track of where you’re at in the pattern. Finished blanket does not have a specific wrong and right side.
- In sections 2-5, Row 1 is worked into final row of previous section.
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SECTION 1: Crumpled Griddle Stitch
Foundation Row: Ch 62
Row 1 (RS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *dc in next ch, sc in next ch, rep from * in each ch to end of row; turn. (60 st)
Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, *dc in next dc, sc in next sc, rep from * to end of row; turn. (60 st).
Rep Row 2 twelve more times for a total of 14 rows. Keep yarn attached.
SECTION 2: Trinity Stitch
- “Cl” refers to the cluster that’s created by working one sc3tog.
Row 1 (RS) Ch1, sc in 1st st, sc3tog by inserting hook in same place as previous sc and then in next 2 sts, * ch 1, sc3tog inserting hook in same st as the previous cl and then in next 2 sts; rep from * to end of row, 1 sc in same st as 3rd leg of previous cl; turn. (29 clusters)
Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, sc3tog inserting hook in same place as previous sc, then in top of the next cl and then in next ch sp, *ch1 , sc3tog, inserting hook in same place as 3rd leg of previous cl, then in top of next cl, then in next ch sp; rep from * to end of row working 3rd leg of last cl in last sc, 1 sc in 3rd leg of previous cl; turn.
Rep Row 2 twelve more times for a total of 14 rows. Do not fasten off.
SECTION 3: Falling Leaves Stitch
- “shell” is worked by placing (sc, 2 dc) in the designated stitch.
Row 1 (RS): Ch 1, shell in 1st sc, *sk 2 st, shell in next st, rep from * to last st, sc in last st; turn. (19 shells)
Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, shell in 1st sc, sk 2 dc, shell in next sc; rep from * to last sc, sc in last sc; turn.
Rep Row 2 twelve more times for a total of 14 rows. Do not fasten off.
SECTION 4: Grit Stitch
Row 1 (RS): Ch 1 (counts as 1st sc), 1 dc in 1st st, *sk next st, 1 sc and 1 dc in next st, rep from * to last 2 st, sk 1 st, sc in last st; turn. (59 sts)
Row 2 ( WS): Ch1 ( counts as 1 sc), 1 dc in 1st st, * sk next dc, 1 sc and 1 dc in next sc; rep from * tolast 2 st, sk next dc, 1 sc in turning ch; turn.
Rep Row 2 twelve more times for a total of 14 rows.
SECTION 5: Herringbone Half Double Stitch
- This video tutorial outlines the herringbone double crochet stitch, which varies just slightly from the half double crochet version. This video tutorial still serves to outline the basic concepts.
- “Hbhdc” (Herringbone half double crochet) is worked as follows: yo, insert hook into next stitch, yo and pull through ch and 1st loop on hook, yo and pull through both loops on hook.
- Ch 2 counts as 1 hbhdc.
Row 1 (RS): Ch 2, sk 1st st, *hbhdc in next st, rep from * to end of row; turn. (59 sts)
Row 2 (WS): Ch 2, sk 1st st, *hbhdc in each hbhdc to end of row working last hbhdc in tch; turn.
Rep Row 2 twelve more times for a total of 14 rows. Keep yarn attached for border.
BORDER: Crossed Single Crochet/Double Crochet Stitch
- When pattern says “dc in sk st,” this means you’ll work back into the stitch that was just skipped.
Turn blanket so Border can begin in final row of previous section.
Border (RS): Ch2 (counts as hdc), sk 1st st, sc in next st, dc in sk st, *sk next st, sc in next st, dc in sk st, rep from * to end of row, 2 hdc in corner st, work in pattern evenly around blanket piece working 2 hdc in each corner; slst to 2nd ch from beginning of round to join.
Fasten off and weave in remaining ends.
Cuddle up under your new blanket with the satisfaction of knowing you just added five new stitches to your crochet resume!