Welcome to week 3 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 as well as the layout and where each piece will fit.
Week 3 Of The FrankenScrap Crochet Along
Our next piece of the FrankenScrap crochet along is made with the Bamboo stitch. For this piece you will need 104 meters of DK / Light Worsted yarn. Unfortunately the yarn I used for this piece was missing it’s label, which is a great shame as it really is a pretty multicolour thread with so many colours that end up working so well together. I’m pretty sure it was 100% cotton yarn though as it has a lovely smooth and silky texture to it that was lovely to crochet with. The majority of my stash is made up with cotton yarn, so it’s a pretty safe guess that’s the fibre this yarn is made from.
That’s the only problem with using scrap yarn for any project – sometimes you have no clue what type of yarn you are using. Labels get lost over time as yarn gets moved about especially if it’s a part used ball of yarn. But that’s how the FrankenScrap came about – the need to use up these unknown and odd bits of yarn that I’ve got taking up all the room in my yarn drawers.
The Bamboo stitch is a slanting stitch with an interesting way of constructing it. It’s almost like a cross between a puff and a berry stitch with the way it is made. But unlike those stitches which have a raised surface, the Bamboo stitch has a surface stays fairly flat. Each row slants in the opposite way to the row below, creating this zig zag look.
Making A Bamboo Stitch
- Ch = Chain
- Slst = Slip stitch
- Yo = Yarn over
- St = Stitch
- Sk = Skip
- Sp = Space
Yarn over and insert your hook into the stitch and pull up a loop. Then slst through the 1st loop on your hook only. This leaves 2 loops on your hook as in the picture below.
Next, yo and insert your hook into the same chain. Yo and pull up a loop. You will now have 4 loops on your hook.
Finally to finish your Bamboo stitch, Yo and pull through all 4 loops on your hook. You have now made a Bamboo stitch
Week 3 FrankenScrap Pattern
You will need 104 meters of yarn if you are sticking to my gauge of 16sc in 10cm, 19 rows in 10cm
Start by making a foundation chain of 33 using a 4mm hook
Row 1. In the 3rd ch from your hook *make a bamboo stitch (see the instructions above), ch1, sk the next ch* repeat between *and* Make a bamboo st in the last ch of your row – 16 bamboo stitches.
Your stitches should look like they are leaning to one side.
Row 2. Turn and ch2. Make a Bamboo st in the ch1 sp. It will look like the picture below.
*Ch1, make a Bamboo stitch in the next chsp* Repeat between *and* Make your last Bamboo stitch of the row in the ch2 sp after the last Bamboo stitch of the row below – 16 Bamboo stitches
Your stitches will be leaning in the opposite direction from those in the row below and fit in between the Bamboo stitches in the row below.
Rows 3 – 36. Repeat row 2 – 16 Bamboo stitches per row
Once you have completed row 36, you can cut off and weave in your ends. That is your week 3 piece of the FrankenScrap CAL complete! Now you need to join this piece to the previous 2 pieces.
Your finished piece should be 32 stitches wide. Each row of the Bamboo stitch is the equivalent to the height of a hdc, so counts as 54 stitches high for joining purposes. You can see how the pieces are joined together here. If you are following my gauge, then your piece will measure 20cm wide and 28.5cm high
The Bamboo stitch piece should be joined in line with the top of the Rug stitch on the right hand side, and is joined down the whole side of the Rug stitch piece, and will run down the next piece until it reaches row 4 of the single crochet piece.
Click here to see how to join your pieces with the single crochet join. They should line up stitch for stitch. Remember that each row of the Bamboo stitch should be counted as a half double crochet stitch in height. Which means that there should be 3 joining stitches per every 2 rows, totalling 54 joining stitches.
Once you have joined this weeks piece to the previous 2, that is it for week 3, I’ll be back next Friday for week 4 of the FrankenScrap crochet along at 8pm UK time.
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.