There has been a lot of hype about the May Crochet-along. What can I say, I’m excited about this one! If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you were given a sneak peek at the project we will be working on in May, one of the advantages for following me! Don’t worry if you’ve missed it, this post will include everything you will need to complete the crochet scrapghan.
My inspiration for this scrapghan came from Pinterest, of course. Although I have written my own instructions and recorded a video tutorial, I cannot take credit for the design itself.
So here it is, the beautifully simple scrapghan we will be crocheting in the month of May!
What is a B.hooked Crochet-Along?
The B.hooked Crochet monthly crochet-alongs are an easy and fun way to complete projects. Basically, I pick a project for us to work on together over the course of a month and we share our pictures along the way. I provide the free pattern and video tutorial so crocheters of all levels can participate! Anyone and everyone is encouraged to join in. There is no sign up but I do encourage you to share your pictures with me on my Facebook page or Instagram #bhooked or #bhookedcrochet.
Gather your supplies…
- Scrap yarn
- Crochet hook that coordinates with yarn
- Darning needle
Since we are making a scrapghan, yarn textures and brands will vary. I recommend you use the same weight yarn throughout your project. I will be using various super value yarns, which are worsted weight, and a 6.00mm crochet hook. Since there will be some variation in sizes of yarn, you will want to choose a hook that works with the yarn you choose. A good rule of thumb is that a 5.5mm hook will work perfectly for most worsted weight yarns so if you aren’t sure what size to use, I’d use this one.
What to expect…
There is no size recommendation for this scrapghan. Everyone will have a different amount of scraps for their project and how much they have available will determine how many squares they should make. To give you an example, I will be working with 7 different colors of scraps and I have nearly one skein of each color. In addition to the scraps, you will need to pick a dominant color. I am following along with the picture and using white as my dominant color. I will be purchasing the yarn to use as I go along. At this point, I’m not sure how many squares I can create with the scrap colors I have so I am playing it by ear! If I had to make a guess, I’d say I will probably need 3-4 skeins of the dominant color total (at 355yds per skein).
This doesn’t just have to be a scrapghan! If you are low on scraps or only purchase yarn as you need it, you may need to purchase yarn to complete this scrapghan. No matter what your situation, I really encourage you to join us in this crochet-along, the scrapghan turns out so beautifully! The amount of yarn you purchase will depend on the size of afghan you wish to create. We will be using less of the colors than we will the dominant color so I would start out with 1-2 skeins of each color you want to use plus 3-4 of your dominant color and purchase more as you need it.
You can add your own personality to this design by playing with color choices. The idea is to have two different colors in addition to the dominant color for each square. Be creative! Use as many or as few color combinations as you like! You can pair two colors up and use only those two for every square or you can follow along with the picture and mix and match every color. At the time I filmed the video tutorial, I had planned on taking a more organized approach and using alternating color pairs for all of my squares but I have since changed my mind! Now I am using random pairing of colors and I love how it’s working up!
Take these steps…
- Prepare all scraps that you wish to use
- Decide on a dominant color and come up with a color pattern
- Watch the May crochet-along video tutorial for instructions
- Crochet as many squares as you can to reach desired afghan size
- Weave in all of your ends
- Wet block your squares (optional)
- Crochet your squares together and weave in ends
- Admire your hard work!
This tutorial is also available in a left-handed version! Click here do be directed to the left-handed tutorial on YouTube.
This pattern is suitable for crocheters of all levels. We will basically be crocheting the traditional granny square with a single crochet border so intermediate-advanced crocheters won’t need to watch the video. However, if you are a beginner the video will give you every instruction you will need to complete this project.
- Chain (ch)
- Single Crochet (sc)
- Double Crochet (dc)
- Slip Stitch (slst)
Create your slip knot and ch 3. Join with a slst to the first chain to form a ring.
Round 1: Color choice 1
Ch 5. Dc 3 times into center of ring; Ch 2; Dc 3 times into center of ring; Ch 2; Dc 3 times into center of ring; Ch 2; Dc 2 times into center of ring and join with the 3rd chain. Bind off.
Round 2: Dominant color
Bind on at the corner chain 2 space. Ch 5; Dc 3 times into the same chain 2 space; Ch 1; in next chain 2 space: Dc 3, Ch 2, Dc 3. Ch 1; in next chain 2 space: Dc 3, Ch 2, Dc 3. Ch 1; in next chain 2 space: Dc 3, Ch 2, Dc 3. Ch 1; Dc 2 times into the first chain 2 space (these two Dc pair with the chain 3 to for a 3 Dc group). Join with a slst to the 3rd chain. Bind off.
Round 3: Color choice 2
Bind on at the corner chain 2 space. Ch 1; Sc 1 time into the same chain 2 space. Sc into each of the next three stitches. Sc once into the chain 1 space from the previous round. Sc into each of the next three stitches. In the next chain 2 space: Sc 2, Ch 2, Sc 2. Sc into each of the next three stitches. Sc once into the chain 1 space from the previous round. Sc into each of the next three stitches. In the next chain 2 space: Sc 2, Ch 2, Sc 2. Sc into each of the next three stitches. Sc once into the chain 1 space from the previous round. Sc into each of the next three stitches. In the next chain 2 space: Sc 2, Ch 2, Sc 2. Sc into each of the next three stitches. Sc once into the chain 1 space from the previous round. Sc into each of the next three stitches. In the first chain 2 space: Sc 2, Ch 2, Join with a slst to the chain 1 where you binded on.
Once you have crocheted as many squares as you can with your scraps, weave in your ends and wet block them if you wish. Crochet your squares together using the single crochet method into the back loops only of the crochet squares.