©ChiChi Allen 2015
Victory is near but don’t put your baseball cleats away just yet as we will be adding spikes this week! This week’s stitch is inspired by Spike Stitch from the “Crochet Step by Step” book by Sally Harding.
If you are an experienced crocheter and would like to add more rows from the previous innings and/or skip this week at your own risk, a couple of tips can be found at the end of this post.
Please read through all the instructions before starting. This is the week 14 of the 16-week CAL. The patterns for the first 13 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.
My Tropical Garden Sample Colors:
We are again staying with the same team as in the previous two innings.
Examples: 151, 163, 175, 187, 199, 211, 223, 235, 247, etc. per side
Examples: 155, 167, 179, 191, 203, 215, 227, 239, etc. per side
Both teams will work on 4 rows and add 6 stitches per side (Rows 59 – 62).
Row 59 (will add 2 st per side)
Row 60 (will add 1 st per side)
On this row, you will be working into stitches from Rows 58 (the last row of the last inning) and 59 (the first row of this week’s inning). Work slowly on this row, making sure not to skip any stitches. Your stitches should stand straight up.
(You can also follow Esther’s video tutorial here.)
Team A ONLY
Row 61 (will add 2 st per side)
Team B ONLY
Row 61 (will add 2 st per side)
Row 62 (will add 1 st per side)
Total # of stitches added for Week 14 = 6
Adding Extra Rows
If you want to make your afghan bigger by repeating your favorite innings, and if you consider yourself an experienced hooker, the end of this inning and/or the next inning is a good place to do so. But please note that this has not been tested and you will be adding stitches at your own risk. (Ever so talented Esther added a few rounds. You can see it here.)
Remember some stitches in this CAL rippled the afghan a little (for example, block stitch from the 3rd inning) while others pulled it in (for example, star stitch from the 4th inning) – you may need to repeat a few innings together in order for your afghan to stay flat with appropriate angles.
You will also need to adjust your stitch count at the beginning and end of your additions. Starting stitch counts needed were noted at the beginning of each inning and noted below. Generally speaking, you can adjust your stitch count by adding or skipping stitches in the corners. Just as you prepared your starting center block, adjust your stitch counts before repeating your desired innings. (Tips on increasing stitches)
Here are the stitch counts for each of the previous innings:
End your addition with an odd number of stitches per side as the 15th inning will require an odd number of stitches to start.
Next week, we will claim victory!!
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.
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American Terms – 14th Inning
Dutch Translation – For Dutch translation of the PDF pattern, please visit Esther at It’s All in a Nutshell.
Please note that the pattern has only been tested using the American terms. If there is a discrepancy between any of the other versions, please refer to the American terms.
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