5th Inning – Team A

Throughout this crochet-along, there will be several innings when we are going to split into different “teams”, depending on the stitch count per side.  I know it was a little hard to count stitches during the 4th inning but everyone should now have 52 more stitches (per side) more than you did on your starting center block.  If your stitch count is off, please feel free to “fudge” it, meaning you can add or skip a stitch to make the stitch count correct.  (I usually do this with the first hidden stitch).

Please be extra careful and select the right “team” you belong to.

Team A

Team A is starting the 5th Inning with a {multiples of 4} number of stitches per side.

Examples: 68, 80, 92, 104, 116, 128, 140, 152, etc. per side

Stay here if you are starting with {multiples of 4} stitches per side.

Team B

Team B will start the inning with {multiples of 4 + 2} stitches per side.

Examples: 62, 74, 86, 98, 110, 122, 134, 146, 158, etc. per side

Click here if you are starting with {multiples of 4 plus 2} stitches per side.

ATB CAL – 5th Inning – Team A

©ChiChi Allen 2015

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

Week 5 cover

Please read through all the instructions before starting. This is the week 5 of the 16-week CAL.  The patterns for the first 4 innings/weeks can be found:

Read the tips for this CAL here.  For more on stitch count, blocking, and adjusting stitches, check out this page.

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

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


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

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

  • Row 21: Light Green
  • Row 22: Pink
  • Row 23: Light Turquoise

5th Inning – Team A – starting with {multiples of 4} per side,

Examples: 68, 80, 92, 104, 116, 128, 140, 152, etc. per side

Week 5 consists of 3 rows (Rows 21 – 23) and will add a total of 12 stitches per side.

Week 5 Team A

Special Note on Stitch Count – This is another inning that it is a little hard to count the exact number of stitches. This week, we are only counting dc’s and sc’s and not chains. But please don’t get too stressed over the stitch count – just follow the pattern. As long as you are in the right “team”, your stitch count will work out at the end.

Corner Chains – The corner chains are a little hard to spot in this inning. I have marked the chains that constitutes the corner chains in bold blue letters. Place a stitch marker or a piece of yarn as you crochet the corners so you can find them easily in the subsequent rows.

Row 21 (front side) – work in the back loop of st indicated (will add 5 st per side):

  1. (sc, ch 2, 2dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner,
  2. Skip 2 st (including the first hidden st),
  3. ** In the back loop of the next st, (sc, ch 2, 3dc), skip 3 st ,**
  4. ** Repeat 3 ** until you reach the end of side (you should have 1 st left that you will skip at the end of the row)
  5. Repeat 1 through 4 for all 4 sides,
  6. sl st to the first (standing) st          [added 5 st per side]

Row 22 (back side) – on this row, you will be working on the back side of your afghan (will add 4 st per side):

  1. Turn your afghan over so you are facing the back side of your afghan,
  2. (sc, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner 2-ch sp,
  3. Skip the corner 2 dc from the previous row,
  4. **(sc, ch 2, 3 dc) in the 2-ch sp from the previous (indicated by the green arrow in the photo) **Week 5.A
  5. ** Repeat 4**
  6. Repeat 2 through 5 for all 4 sides,
  7. sl st to the first (standing) st          [added 4 st per side]

Row 23 (front side) (will add 3 st per side):

  1. Turn your afghan back over to the front side of your afghan,
  2. (hdc, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner,
  3. Skip the corner 2 dc from the previous row,
  4. **(sc, hdc, dc, tr) in 2-ch sp**
  5. ** Repeat 4**
  6. Repeat 2 through 5 for all 4 sides,
  7. sl st to the first (standing) st          [added 3 st per side]

Team A – Total # of stitches added for Week 5 = 12

Examples: 80, 92, 104, 116, 128, 140, 152, 164, etc. per side

Next inning is going to be an inning of perseverance (aka a little boring)….

Week 6 sneak peek

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  (You can also remove images or change the text size!)

UK Terms – courtesy of Lynnette Wilkie – 5th Inning (UK 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, by visiting Esther of 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.

3 comments on “5th Inning – Team A

  1. Gail van Dyk
    September 6, 2015

    Where can one obtain the pattern from the beginning? I have missed out and would love to crochet this.


  2. isabelle jannel
    September 9, 2015

    Bonjour Parlez vous francais.. Do you speak french I have make 5 Inning


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