Next Steps in Crochet: Make a Sampler Blanket

If you have started on your crochet journey, and patterns bemuse you, or if you are happy with the basics, but want to know more, then this is the course for you! Diana will be guiding you through the techniques and tips that she has picked up in a decade of crocheting that will make your crochet projects easier, quicker, and more enjoyable.
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Tutor Name(s): Diana Bensted
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Programme: On Demand Masterclasses
Duration: 3.5 hours
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Crochet a sampler blanket with confidence with the help of passionate crocheter, Diana Bensted. Be guided by the patterns of 10 different stitches and techniques to create your very own sampler blanket with a tulip border.
If you have started on your crochet journey, and patterns bemuse you, or if you are happy with the basics, but want to know more, then this is the course for you! Diana will be guiding you through the techniques and tips that she has picked up in a decade of crocheting that will make your crochet projects easier, quicker, and more enjoyable.
The patterns and worksheets provided can make a great sampler blanket and can be used in combination or on their own. Throughout the masterclass, you will also learn how to read a crochet pattern, starting with common words, though colour coding and finally as commercial patterns are written.
You will need to have crocheted before, but only need the basic skills, making a chain, dc, tr - the pattern uses basic stitches, repetitive stitch patterns, simple colour changes, and finishing.

Key Learnings:

  • Foundation and Shell Stitch
  • Granny Squares
  • Spike Stitch
  • Bobble Stitch
  • Babette Squares
  • Ripple Rows
  • Cable Stitch
  • 3D Flowers
  • Tunisian Entrelac
  • Creating a Border
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Session Overview
Session 1
Good Foundations and Shells

Learn how to work into the foundation chain, and the alternative foundation double crochet stitch, starting a pattern. Pattern repeats and shell stitch.

Key Learnings:

  • Foundation and Shell Stitch with Double Crochets.
  • How to Read a Pattern.

Materials & Preparation:

  • Each class will build upon the previous one, you will need the same hook and a selection of colours for each one.
Session 2
Granny Goodness

Starting in the round, choosing, and changing colour, standing treble, join as you go, weaving in ends.

Key Learnings:

  • Making Granny Squares.
  • How to Change Colour.
  • Work your first join as you go.

Materials & Preparation:

  • Each class will build upon the previous one, you will need the same hook and a selection of colours for each one.
Session 3
Spike Stitch

Working into the row/rows below. Double crochet, Straight edges.

Key Learnings:

  • How to go into the rows below.
  • How to make a neat edge.

Materials & Preparation:

  • Each class will build upon the previous one, you will need the same hook and a selection of colours for each one.
Session 4
Bobbling along

Using Double crochet, learn to make bobbles, working in rows.

Key Learnings:

  • Bobble Stitch.
  • Rows of double crochet.
  • Rows of treble crochet.

Materials & Preparation:

  • Each class will build upon the previous one, you will need the same hook and a selection of colours for each one.
Session 5
Babette square

Make a solid square in the round, finding the ‘hidden’ stitch and join as you go using a second method.

Key Learnings:

  • Babette Squares
  • Find the hidden stitch
  • Another join as you go method

Materials & Preparation:

  • Each class will build upon the previous one, you will need the same hook and a selection of colours for each one.
Session 6
Ripple Rows

Increasing and decreasing, reading your crochet and different height stitches (dc, htr, tr).

Key Learnings:

  • Ripples
  • Increases and decreases.
  • Height stitches

Materials & Preparation:

  • Each class will build upon the previous one, you will need the same hook and a selection of colours for each one.
Session 7
Curious about Cables

Learn about front post stitches, cable stitches and working sideways.

Key Learnings:

  • Front post stitches with half-trebles.
  • Working vertically.

Materials & Preparation:

  • Each class will build upon the previous one, you will need the same hook and a selection of colours for each one.
Session 8
The 3rd Dimension

Making a flower, using a magic ring, working in 3D, joining the background and a 3rd join as you go method.

Key Learnings:

  • Working flowers.
  • Magic ring in the flower
  • A third join as you go method.

Materials & Preparation:

  • Each class will build upon the previous one, you will need the same hook and a selection of colours for each one.

 

Session 9
Tunisian Entrelac

Using short rows of Tunisian simple stitch you will learn to crochet Entrelac. No need for a special hook!

Key Learnings:

  • Working in squares
  • Working across the blanket

Materials & Preparation:

  • Each class will build upon the previous one, you will need the same hook and a selection of colours for each one.
Session 10
Beautiful Borders

Finish your sampler blanket, working into row ends, the border base and tulip border, and back post stitches.

Key Learnings:

  • Creating a border
  • Making popcorns
  • Making flowers
  • Using back post for the edge.

Materials & Preparation:

  • Each class will build upon the previous one, you will need the same hook and a selection of colours for each one.
Materials & Preparation

Materials

  • A hook that you are happy using. Diana recommends a 4.5 or 5mm to be available.
  • Stitch Markers (10).
  • Up to 10 different coloured balls of Double Knitting yarn.
  • If you’d like to purchase a masterclass yarn pack direct from Diana, you can do so here:
    Masterclass Sampler Yarn Pack – Sunshine and Flowers £22.00 
    Masterclass Sampler Yarn Pack – Heathland £30.00 

Preparation

Each class will build upon the previous one, you will need the same hook and a selection of colours for each one. However, each section can also be worked as a standalone block to learn the techniques. It will be advantageous if you have crocheted recently before starting this course.

 

 

Meet the Master: Diana Bensted

Diana Bensted trained as a Primary School teacher and works as a freelance crochet pattern designer and teacher. She owned her own wool shop where she taught courses and honed her crochet skills. She has designed patterns for DMC, King Cole, Inside Crochet, Lets Knit and Women’s Weekly. Teaching for many years at the Knitting and Stitching shows and weekends away, as well as local yarn shops, she self publishes her designs on Hochanda, Ravelry and on her own website. Diana is known for her friendly, patient and knowledgeable approach to teaching Crochet.

Find out more about Diana Bensted:
Website: thecrochetchain.co.uk
Facebook: The Crochet Chain
Instagram: @thecrochetchain

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