2nd Inning

Wow!  What an exciting week this past week has been!  Thank y’all for posting pictures of your base block and 1st inning on FB CAL – Crochet A Long and Ravelry Around the Bases CAL groups. It has been so much fun to browse through all the photos! I also love all the support everyone is providing to each other on both groups.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Who else was tempted by every beautiful picture? I wanted to make them all!  I did manage to refrain myself on most but “had to” give in and start “just one more”, after seeing this beautiful center block made by Gerrie on FB.

Here is my copy of Gerrie’s base block made with 4 panels of Kata (pattern by Penny Davidson).  I am using gorgeous Stone Washed yarn, courtesy of Scheepjeswol.

Stone Washed 1st Inning

New to the Group?

If you are just joining us, welcome!  We are about to start on the 2nd week of our 16-week CAL.  You can get the general information about the CAL on this introduction page and find additional information and pictures of the sample finished afghan here.

  • 1st Inning – the pattern for the first week can be found here (now in both American and UK terms!  Yay!!)

IMPORTANT – Before starting this CAL, please read this Tips page as well as Design Disclaimer, Center Block Credit, Pattern Use, and Conflict of Interest Notice.

Around-the-Bases CAL – 2nd Inning

©ChiChi Allen 2015

Center block credit: Tropical Delight published in Herrschener’s More Blue Ribbon Afghans.  Pattern is available at Mellie Blossom.
Week 2 darker

Pattern written in American crochet terms by a right-handed crocheter


  • st = stitch
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • slst = slip stitch
  • ch = chain
  • yo = yarn over
  • sp = space

My Tropical Garden Sample Colors:

  • Row 5: Pink
  • Row 6: Pink & White
  • Row 7: Pink
  • Row 8: Orange
  • Row 9: Orange

Starting and Finishing a Row:  For this CAL, unless otherwise noted, instructions on each row start with corner stitches and end with a slip stitch (sl st) into the first (standing) st.  For more information, please see this Tips page.

2nd Inning – Buy Me Some Peanuts and Cracker Jacks and Don’t Forget Popcorns!

Week 2

You will start the 2nd Inning with {multiples of 6 + 3} stitches.

  • Examples: 21, 27, 33, 39, 45, 51, 57, 63, 69, 75, 81, 87, 93, 99, 105, 111, 117, etc. per row

If you have followed the pattern for the 1st Inning, your stitch count should be right on!  I recommend that you count your stitches after every side/row and write them down.

Week 2 consists of 5 rows (Rows 5 – 9) and will add a total of 11 stitches per side to your base block.

Special Stitch:

5-hdc PopcornMake 5 hdc’s in the same stitch. Carefully remove your hook, insert it into the first hdc of the 5 hdc’s, pick up the loop you dropped, and pull it through all the way. Ch 1.

For a picture tutorial, see here but please note we will be using hdc’s instead of dc’s.


You can make the entire afghan for the CAL in just one color. But if you are using more than one color for the CAL, this week’s pattern looks best if you use 3 colors: one color for rows 5 through 7, another color for the popcorns, and yet another color for rows 8 and 9.

Additionally, rows 8 and 9 will look best when made in a color that contrasts with the color you used for row 7.

Please watch Esther’s video if you are not familiar with popcorn stitch or how to change colors within a single row.

(If video streaming is not available and you would like to see a photo tutorial, this website shows a similar method. It is not exactly the same as what we are doing, however, as the tutorial shows bobble stitch and not popcorn stitch.)

Extra Tips for the 2nd Inning:

Tension – Watch your tension this week so they are not too loose on Row 6 and not too tight on Rows 8 & 9.  Your afghan should lay flat without buckling at the end of this inning.

Corner Chains for Rows 5, 6, 7 – Some of the testers (myself included) had slightly bigger “holes” in the corners for Rows 5, 6, and/or 7.  Watch your tension when making corner chains but do not hesitate to change the corner stitches to (dc, ch 2, dc) for Rows 5 and 7 and (hdc, ch 2, hdc) for Row 6, if you prefer.

“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.

Row 5 (will add 2 st per side):

  1. (dc, ch 3, dc) in the corner,
  2. dc in the back loops of the previous row,
  3. Repeat 1 & 2 for all 4 sides,
  4. sl st to the first (standing) st              [added 2 st per side]

Row 6 (will add 2 st per side) – you will be making popcorns in this row and may want to use more than 1 color.

  1. (hdc, ch 3, hdc) in the corner,
  2. hdc in next 5 st,
  3. **make a 5-hdc popcorn in next st, hdc in next 5 st**,
  4. Repeat ** to **,
  5. Repeat 1 through 4 for all 4 sides,
  6. sl st to the first (standing) st              [added 2 st per side]

Row 7 (will add 2 st per side):

  1. (dc, ch 3, dc) in the corner,
  2. dc in each st including the top of the popcorn (there should be 5 dc’s between the stitches on top of popcorns)
  3. Repeat 1 & 2 for all 4 sides,
  4. sl st to the first (standing) st             [added 2 st per side]

I recommend you count your stitches for each side of Row 7. It is easy to add an extra stitch or skip a stitch on this row. From the number you started this week, you should have added 6 stitches per side after Row 7.

 Examples: 27, 33, 39, 45, 51, 57, 63, 69, 75, 81, 87, 93, 99, 105, 111, 117, 123, etc. per row

For Rows 8 & 9, be sure you do not make your sc too tightly. You may want to use a hook one size bigger.

Row 8 (will add 2 st per side) – may look the best using a color that contrasts from the color used for Row 7:

  1. (sc, ch 2, sc) in the corner,
  2. sc in each st,
  3. Repeat 1 & 2 for all 4 sides,
  4. sl st to the first (standing) st              [added 2 st per side]

Row 9 (will add 3 st per side):

  1. (2sc, ch 2, sc) in the corner (notice there are 2 sc’s on one end and 1 sc on the other),
  2. sc in each st,
  3. Repeat 1 & 2 for all 4 sides,
  4. sl st to the first (standing) st             [added 3 st per side]

Total # of stitches added for Week 2 = 11

Examples: 32, 38, 44, 50, 56, 62, 68, 74, 80, 86, 92, 98, 104, 110, 116, 122, 128, etc. per side

Next week, we will make block stitches.

Week 3 Sneak Peek


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PDF  –

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

Video – Watch the video tutorial, courtesy of Esther of It’s All in a Nutshell.

9 comments on “2nd Inning

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  3. Roslyn
    August 16, 2015

    Thanxs so much for the pattern…


  4. kathy
    August 16, 2015

    please will you list your stone washed yarn colours? Many thanks


    • ChiChi
      August 18, 2015

      Colors are lilac Quartz, deep amethyst, rose quartz, corundum ruby, moon stone and Canada Jade. I also have garnet I used for the second inning but that is very similar in color to corundum ruby.


  5. sharonblignaut
    August 26, 2015

    Will you be listing your colours for the stone washed squares? I absolutely love this look 🙂


    • ChiChi
      August 30, 2015

      Colors are in the comment below but here it is again: lilac Quartz, deep amethyst, rose quartz, corundum ruby, moon stone, Canada Jade and garnet. This is probably my favorite yarn right now!


      • sharonblignaut
        September 12, 2015

        Sorry, didn’t see the colours listed below (I think my excitement makes me blind!!!), but thank you so much. Really beautiful.


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