Welcome to week 2 of the FrankenScrap crochet along, the ugliest and scrappiest crochet pattern that you ever did see!
Over the next 49 weeks, we are going to be making 53 different crochet stitches, each in a different piece of this patchwork blanket. The FrankenScrap was designed as a scrap project, so dive into your yarn stash and clear out those odds and ends that you’ve just not been sure what to do with.
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The FrankenScrap is a completely free crochet along. Each week the next piece of the pattern will be published on my blog, but if you want the concise and add free pdf delivered to you each week that will remain in your Ravelry library, you can purchase that for just £5 here. This is a one off payment that covers the entirety of this CAL.
If you want to prep ahead, you can find out how much yarn you need for each week here
This weeks stitch is the single crochet. Most crocheters tend to crochet this stitch much tighter than most other stitches, which means that you need to use this week to see how much you need to either relax your tension or how many hook sizes you need to increase.
There are several single crochet based stitches within the FrankenScrap crochet along, so you will need to use what you learn with this stitch with those other pieces too.
Week 2 will fit directly below week 1. So the width of your single crochet piece should be the same as your week 1 piece. If it comes out significantly smaller, you need to change your hook size (go up a hook) or relax your tension.
Week 2 Of The FrankenScrap Crochet Along
Our next piece is made with the single crochet stitch.
I know, the simplest stitch possible, where is the fun in that! But this piece is going to help you judge how much you need to adjust your tension for other single crochet based stitches for the rest of the FrankenScrap CAL.
Although last weeks Rug stitch is single crochet based, it doesn’t work up as tightly because we worked twice into each stitch. This weeks piece will work up much tighter if your tension is tight. So this piece is a really good way of finding out how you need to adjust either your tension or your hook size going forward – and won’t be as frustrating to frog if you need to do it again as some of the other more complex stitches will be
For this piece I used Lana Grossa Cotone DK 321 – a 100% cotton yarn, that comes in solid shades and in several multicolour shades too. It is mercerised so has a silky texture and doesn’t split easily. This also means that it gives really good stitch definition as the yarn keeps its shape.
I love how the colours in this yarn work up. I must admit that I avoid using variegated yarns a lot of the time simply because I’m unsure how they will look when worked up and they can obscure the detail of some stitches. But used with such a simple stitch as the single crochet, I think the effect of this yarn is just divine.
You can see how it turned out more in the picture below – which also shows what I mean about tension. My tension here is so tight that the piece curls. I had to remake it with a much more relaxed tension before I could attach this piece to last weeks Rug stitch as my original single crochet attempt was that much smaller in width.
You will need 30 meters of yarn if you are sticking to my gauge of 16sc in 10cm, 19 rows in 10cm
Week 2 FrankenScrap Pattern
You can see how to make the Single Crochet stitch in the video below, along with the stitch and row counts if you prefer to follow by video
You will need a 4mm hook and 30 meters of light worsted / DK yarn
Start by making a foundation chain of 37
Row 1. In the 2nd ch from your hook make a sc. Then make a sc in each chain of your foundation – 36 sc
Row 2. Turn and ch1. In the first st make a sc. Make a sc in each st across – 36 sc
After row 2, check your length against last weeks Rug piece. If they are not the same length, or at least close to it then you need to change your hook size or remake the piece with much looser tension. If the two pieces are significantly different in length then you may have to go up 2 hook sizes
Rows 3 – 18. Repeat row 2.
After you have completed row 18, you can cut off your yarn and weave in your ends. Your Single Crochet piece should be 36 stitches long and 18 stitches high and match the length of your Rug stitch piece from last week. If you are following my gauge then your piece will measure 22.5 cm wide and 9.5 cm high
That is week 2 of the FrankenScrap crochet along complete. You now need to join this piece with last weeks piece. Week 2 is joined directly underneath week 1 and the 2 pieces should be the same length as each other as they both have the same stitch count in each row.
Click here to see how to join your pieces with the single crochet join and connect your 2 pieces together with the top of your Single Crochet piece to the bottom of your Rug piece. They should line up stitch for stitch.
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In the meantime, why not come and join our Facebook group – Froggity Frog’s Ribbit And Stitch and show us your completed Single Crochet pieces. Our super friendly community where you can ask all of your crochet questions, share your latest make and connect with your fellow FrankenScrappers and make new crochet friends. Come join us now right here and join in the conversation.