The next project I am just finishing is a corner to corner afghan. It is very quick to do and looks great. Each square is four stitches and you are crocheting into the end stitch when making the following square.
You start at one corner and increase each row until you have the width of the afghan you want. Then you only increase on one side of the afghan until you have the length you want.
In this picture you can see that after the green stripe I started on the dark blue and decided that the project had reached width I wanted. To get the length I continued increasing on one side only. This created a corner on one side, but the bottom side keeps growing.
Once I have the desired length I stop increasing and as I am following a straight edge I actually start decreasing the length of the rows until I finish back in a corner. You can also just make out in the photo that you get a nice zig-zag when you change colours. I have tried to be random with the colour changes and thrifty with the yarn, but for a cleaner look you should change the colour at the end of the row.
All that is left is to sew in the ends.
This example is long and thin as I will be using it as a chair cover.
So you probably want these links to the corner to corner pattern and perhaps a video from Red Heart.com?
This pattern would look great on cushions. I am considering using up scrap wool to make a scarf this way.
tStitch-cation Summer Challenge
The next stitch I have learned during the Crochet Crowds Stitch-cation Summer Challenge is the Cross Stitch. It is so easy to do.
Basically you skip a stitch, do a treble into the next two stitches and then do a treble into the stitch you skipped. That creates the single cross stitch. You repeat this across the square. The first row is the cross stitch and the second row is a basic crochet stitch.
Note that this is not two stitches creating a cross but one stitch crossing over in front of the two stitches you just did. Simple.
I first did this in a single colour, but for my second square I alternated my colours every two rows. Alternating the colours made it easier to see where you were in the pattern, but between me and you sewing all those ends in is not something I enjoy. There is a reason I never took up sewing.
This is the view from the back.
Stich-cation Summer Challenge
On to the fourth new stitch. Using the back loop to create ridges.
This was a reasonably easy pattern to do. Once you get used to using only the back loop of the stitch you are crocheting into you can fly through the square easily.
Stitch-cation Summer Challenge
This was an interesting one for me as I miscalculated on the stitches. This meant I had extra posts, but by the time I realised I was doing something wrong I was a good way in to the square. That will teach me to read the pattern before watching the video.
What I liked about this square was that the pattern was only on one side.
Front Post Trebles
You will also see that I have tried to change the colour as I go.
Red Hearts Free Pattern for Peppermint Throw and Pillow look interesting.
I am not sure my skill is up to making it yet, but I see there is a training video for the patter. Which looking again at it is by Mikey from the Crochet Crowd.
This is one for my pattern book of future projects.
My next two crochet square from the challenge are Granny Squares. In this version you complete one row around a square and then turning the piece, you complete another row.
Pattern Details and Video Instruction can be found at the Crochet Crowd Website link for the Stitch-cation Summer Challenge.