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In the Technique Corner: The Bean Stitch Crochet Block

In the Technique Corner it's time to start working on the Novo Block Afghan! This gorgeous sampler afghan features nine different stitch blocks. During season 11 of Knit and Crochet Now! every other episode will feature a new crochet stitch for the afghan.

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In episode one, Lena Skvagerson demonstrates the bean stitch. She shows us how to stretch up the loops of each stitch to create the fun puffy texture. Then she explains how to add borders to neaten the block and make it easier to join to other blocks. Don't miss her tips for crocheting the border evenly at the row edge of a block!

Learn More Stitches With More Sampler Afghans

Sampler afghans are so much fun because you get to try out so many stitches, and the variety keeps the project interesting. Check out these other sampler afghans from Annie's Craft Store.

Gansey Block Knit Afghan
One of the most popular knitted projects right now is the Gansey Block Knit Afghan by Lena Skvagerson for Annie's Signature Designs. Composed of nine different blocks, this afghan is both cozy and beautiful.

Gansey Block Knit Afghan

Rhapsody Afghan
The Rhapsody Afghan six-part video series shows you how to combine exciting colors and stitches. Expert Lena Skvagerson guides you through each step of this fun and fabulous crochet project.

Rhapsody Afghan

Patchwork Trio Afghan
Another fun exploration of knit stitches is the Patchwork Trio Afghan. Seed stitch, stockinette and cable blocks are joined into a pretty checkerboard arrangement.

Patchwork Trio Afghan

Stitch Sampler Afghan
Learn over a dozen new crochet stitches with the gorgeous Stitch Sampler Afghan. Every block is different!

Stitch Sampler Afghan

Knit Sampler Afghan
Are you ready to try your hand at bobbles, twisted stitches and other textured knit stitches? The Knit Sampler Afghan incorporates all of these fun stitches plus a fancy fringe.

Knit Sampler Afghan

Get Sampler Kits Delivered to Right to Your Door

If you haven't yet discovered how convenient Annie's kit clubs are, now is the perfect time to look into it!

Crochet Striped Afghan Club
For crocheters, Annie's offers the Crochet Striped Afghan Club. Learn 30 new stitches over 11 months, and make this afghan in textures and colors inspired by the sea.

Crochet Striped Afghan Club

Annie's Knit Afghan Block-of-the-Month Club
For knitters, a fabulous option for a sampler afghan is Annie's Knit Afghan Block-of-the-Month Club. Membership brings you the convenience of all the materials and instructions you need delivered directly to you. You also get access to video instructions and tutorials.

Knit Afghan Block-of-the-Month Club

Learn More About Circular Afghans & Sampler Stitches

Do you want to learn more about circular afghans and sampler stitches? Be sure to check out the free trial membership on Annie's Creative Studio. On Annie's Creative Studio you can access patterns and how-to videos for an extensive variety of projects, stitch patterns and techniques. You can also view all of the other Knit and Crochet Now! episodes and find inspiration for so many other craft projects.

Don't forget that Annie's Creative Studio will begin airing the all-new season 11 the first week of August!

Wishing you lots of fun in your crocheting, knitting and circular afghan adventures!

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As a Master Hand Knitter certified by The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA) and a Master of Advanced Stitches and Techniques certified by the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA), Mary Forte loves designing, researching and sharing new techniques and projects in both of her favorite crafts. Mary is lucky enough to live in California's San Luis Obispo County, where evenings are conveniently cool for scarf and sweater lovers.

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