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4th Inning (UK Terms)

Around-the-Bases CAL – 4th Inning

©ChiChi Allen 2015

Center block credit: Tropical Delight published in Herrschener’s More Blue Ribbon Afghans.  Pattern is available at Mellie Blossom.

Week 4


This post is written using UK crochet terms (courtesy of Lynnette Wilkie). For the post in American crochet terms, please click here.  

Please read through all the instructions before starting. This is the week 4 of the 16-week CAL.  The patterns for the first 3 innings/weeks can be found:

PDF print button as well as links to the video tutorial, American term pattern, and Dutch translation can be found at the bottom of this page.


Pattern written in UK crochet terms

Abbreviations:

  • st = stitch
  • dc = double crochet
  • htr = half treble crochet
  • tr = treble crochet
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch = chain
  • yo = yarn over
  • sp = space

4th Inning – Star Stitches

Starting the 4th inning, you should have {multiples of 3 + 2} stitches.

Examples: 53, 59, 65, 71, 77, 83, 89, 95, 101, 107, 113, 119, 125, 131, 137, 143, 149, etc. per side

Special Note on Stitch Count – It is a little hard to count stitches during this inning.  I recommend counting the stitches before starting this inning and after, and not get too stressed during.  Starting the 4th inning, you should have 43 more stitches than your starting base block, per side.  Your afghan should also be laying pretty flat (except for the corners that may look a little too crowded or pointy) and not look too wavy or wonky.  For a little more info on this topic, please read this post.

Week 4 consists of 2 sets of 2 rows (total of 4 rows, Rows 17-20) and will add 9 stitches.


Star Stitches – There are a few varieties in making star stitches and the one we use here uses htrs in the corners as well as on the second round on the reverse side. If this does not make sense, no worries! There will be photo tutorials in the instructions below (you can click on the photos to make the images bigger). Please also note that the photo tutorials have trs in the base stitches (row in yellow) but you will actually be working on dcs from the previous week.

Esther’s video tutorial can be found at It’s All in a Nutshell and is going to be super helpful this week, especially if you have never made star stitches before.  Please note that I made a small change in row 18 since the time Esther created the video tutorial so there is a slight difference between the written pattern and the video.  The finished look is the same, so please just follow whichever the instructions you are reading or watching.


“Crochet in back loops with no holes” – Some folks have found this post by Tatsiana helpful in making back loops.  I do something similar on star stitches and catch an extra loop from somewhere close to the back loops.  It secures the stitches better so your stitches are not hanging off one strand of loop.


Colours – Try this week’s pattern in just one or two colours. If using 2 colours, as in my sample above, use one colour for Rows 17 & 18 and a different colour for Rows 19 & 20.

My Tropical Garden Sample Colours (pictured at the top of the page):

  • Row 17: Turquoise
  • Row 18: Turquoise
  • Row 19: White
  • Row 20: White

(Rows 17 & 18 as a set make star stitches and will add 5 st per side)

Row 17 (front side) – on this row, you will be making star bottoms. All loops made of dc from the previous row are worked in the back loops only:

  1. (2 htr, ch 2, 2 htr) in the corner,
  2. In the back loop of the first st (green arrow in Photo A), insert your hook and draw up a loop (Photo B).
  3. Week 4.A-D_edited-1In the back loop of your next st, insert your hook and draw a loop (Photo C). Do this 3 more times until you have 6 loops on the hook (Photo D). Make sure your loops are not too tight – they should be about the height of a htr.
  4. Yarn over (Photo E), pull through (Photo F), chain 1 (Photo G) – one star bottom made, creating an eyelet space (green arrow in Photo G).
  5. Week 4.E-FPull 3 loops as indicated by the green arrows in the picture below: a loop in an eyelet space (1 in Photo), a loop in between the last two loops (2 in Photo), and a loop in the st that the last loop was made in (3 in Photo).
  6. Week 4.5Pull a loop in the back loops of the next 2 st (make sure you count 6 loops on your hook), yarn over, pull through, ch 1,
  7. Repeat 5 & 6 until you reach the end of side,
  8. Repeat 1 through 7 for the remaining 3 sides,
  9. sl st to the first (standing) st.

Row 18 (back side) – on this row, you will be working on the back side of your afghan, you will NOT be starting with corner stitches, and you are putting htrs only in the eyelet spaces made in the previous row (3 eyelets shown in the picture below) plus in between the 2 htrs from the previous row’s corner stitches:

Week 4, Row 18

  1. Turn your afghan over so you are facing the back side of your afghan,
  2. sl st to the first eyelet space (which should be your next st), ch 2, htr
  3. 2 htr in each eyelet space until the end of the row,
  4. 2 htr in the last htr of the row (between the corner 2 htrs from row 17) ** (see note below),
  5. (2 htr, ch 2, 2 htr) in the corner,
  6. skip st, 2 htr in the second st (between the corner 2 htrs from row 17),
  7. Repeat 3 through 6 for the remaining 3 sides,
  8. sl st to the second chain of the first ch 2.        [Rows 17 & 18 combined added 5 st per side]

** If this leaves too much space for your liking, feel free to put 1 htr each in the corner htrs from row 17, making sure you are still only adding a total of 2 htrs after your last star stitch and the corner stitches


Please note that Rows 17 & 18 are not identical to Rows 19 & 20.

(Rows 19 & 20 as a set make star stitches and will add 4 st per side)

Row 19 (front side):

  1. Turn your afghan back to the front side of your afghan,
  2. (2 htr, ch 2, 2 htr) in the corner,
  3. Draw a loop in between the 2 htrs just made (similar to arrow 2 in step 5 photo in Row 17),
  4. Draw a loop in the back loop of the first (hidden) st,
  5. Draw a loop in the back loop of the next 3 st, yarn over, pull through, ch 1 (first star bottom made),
  6. Repeat steps 5 and 6 from the Row 17 to the end of the row,
  7. Repeat steps 2 through 6 for the remaining 3 sides,
  8. sl st to the top of the first corner htr.

Row 20 (back side) – again, working on the back side of your afghan:

  1. Turn your afghan over so you are facing the back side of your afghan,
  2. sl st to the first eyelet space, ch 2, htr
  3. 2 htr in each eyelet space until the end of the row,
  4. 1 htr in the last htr of the row (between the corner 2 htrs from row 19),
  5. (2 htr, ch 2, 2 htr) in the corner,
  6. skip st, 1 htr in the second st (between the corner 2 htrs from row 19),
  7. Repeat 3 through 6 for the remaining 3 sides,
  8. sl st to the second chain of the first ch 2.         [Rows 19 & 20 combined added 4 st per side]

Total # of stitches added for Week 4 = 9

Examples: 62, 68, 74, 80, 86, 92, 98, 104, 110, 116, 122, 128, 134, 140, 146, 152, 158, etc. per side


Next week, we will learn to cross hatch!

Week 5 sneak peek

Enjoy!


Support Groups:

CAL – Crochet A Long‘s ATB CAL event page on Facebook – Very active group where you can find all sorts of inspirations and support!  Share your photos with the group.  Ask questions.  Be tempted by other members’ gorgeous work and numerous CALs that are introduced each week.

Around-the-Bases CAL group on Ravelry – Share your project photos and questions & answers. It is not as frequently moderated as the FB CAL – Crochet A Long group but themed discussions make it easy to navigate in this friendly group.


Looking for a PDF version to print?  Click on Print & PDF powered by printfriendly.com  (You can also remove images or change the text size!)

American Terms – 4th Inning (American terms)

Dutch Translation – For Dutch translation of the PDF pattern, please visit Esther at It’s All in a Nutshell.

Video – Watch the video tutorial (in American terms), by visiting Esther of It’s All in a Nutshell.

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