In this post you can find all information about Around the Bases Crochet Along designed by ChiChi Allen. In Around the Bases we make a stitch samples blanket around a central square of your choice. Because everyone uses a different center square, each blanket is unique. I used a square from the Scheepjes CAL 2014 as my center square.
- Add the pattern to your Ravelry library
- Free Written English pattern
- Free Written Dutch translation
- All English instruction videos one YouTube playlist
- Color Chart for Around the Bases by It’s all in a Nutshell
The amount of yarn you need is dependent on the size of the center square you use, hence all yarn amounts are estimates only. I used Scheepjes Linen Soft yarn and a 3.5mm crochet hook to make my blanket. You will need in the order of 18 balls of yarn, depending on how many colors you want to use and the weight of you yarn.
I just about used all the available colors in the range You can find a full list of all the colors I used in my color chart, including the extra rounds I added at the end of part 14.
All video tutorials for Around the Bases is available in one YouTube playlist on my channel.
Center base for Around the Bases
Just one note on using this square. The stitch count of the original square is not correct for Around the Bases. The original square has a stitch count of 39 stitches per side. You need a stitch count of multiples of 6 – 2 for ATB. The closest to this is a stitch count of 40 stitches. To get the 40 stitches I have replaced the original corner in round 9 which is [2dc, ch2, 2dc] with [3dc, ch2, 2dc]. This way you add 1 stitch to the last row. ChiChi gives detailed instructions for preparing your base square here.
My Around the Bases
My version of Around the Bases is bright and bold. The yarn is sturdy yet cool, which makes it very suitable for a summer evening outside.
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