Crochet Apache Tears Swatch + Scrap Yarn Blanket Project

I am obsessed with this stitch! The moment I saw Sarah London’s apache tears crochet tutorial I knew I had to give it a try. This stitch has it all. The complete crochet stitch package, if that is a thing. Haha. I mean….let’s go through the list of awesome things this stitch has to offer. Stash busting abilities….check! Crazy awesome colors…check! A geometric pattern that makes me a little dizzy when I look at it too long…check!! I used the 8dc spacing pattern for my swatch and love the results!
I haven’t had much time for personal knitting or crochet projects lately so it was nice to work on something just for fun and learn a new stitch at the same time. I also love any opportunity to put my scrap yarn pile to good use. 

My apache tears crochet swatch combined with two recent discoveries inspired my latest project idea.

First, I spotted this beautiful crochet square patchwork blanket on Pinterest. A few days after falling in love with the blanket I found this book on Amazon. Even though I can’t really work on big projects at the moment, I always manage to find a lot of joy in a little crochet swatch. So, I am going to work my way through all 50 stitch patterns in this book and make a patchwork blanket of my own! I can’t wait to learn new stitches, use up my scrap yarn stash, and hopefully have a pretty blanket to enjoy. I thought about working on a new swatch a week for the 52 weeks in a year and just find two other stitch patterns to fill it out. I will definitely share my progress as my square collection gets a little bigger.

For me, staying inspired always comes from trying new things.

What projects are you working on at the moment? Have you tried the apache tears stitch yet?

  1. Maddy says:

    I love this post! I’ve always wanted to crochet myself a giant afghan, and when I saw you post the Apache Tears stitch last week I already had it in my head, but your idea of doing one swatch a week (totally do-able!) is a really good one too. It’s hard to stay inspired when you’re only knitting for a shop or, in your case, for work! :)

  2. Becca says:

    Love your swatch, fabulous contrasting colours

  3. Becca says:

    Such a gorgeous stitch! I hope I can hone my crochet skills well enough to give this a try sometime! Thank you for sharing :)


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  4. Courtney says:

    Made my own “patchwork” afghan not too long ago. I found a bunch of different square patterns and ended up putting them all together into one blanket. It turned out really lovely
    Take a look!

    That apache tears stitch is fantastic- going to have to try that :)

  5. Mana says:

    I am currently having knitters block, I think I might need to teach myself to crochet, buy a pile of yarn in different colors and start making a patch blanket, I’ve always wanted to, and finishing a square seems like it would be quick and satisfying.

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  6. Bunny Moreno says:

    Omg love the colors-just stunning! xox

  7. Stokesy says:

    I love the apache tears. I think my original inspiration came from winkieflash’s groovy ghan. The difference being that sarah’s is worked using a treble (aussie dtr) as the drop down stitch 3 rows below, and wink’s using a dc 2 rows below. Love them both. I have plans for an awesome hippie handbag after I finish my blanket of course :)

  8. I love your swatch! I have also been wanting to try this and make a stash buster blanket with it. I dunno when I would be able to start it though because I have so many projects I’m trying to finish right now and I told myself no more new projects until I finish my wips!

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  9. nice..wanna learn from the beginning

  10. OOOH wow, that looks so amazing. I only recently learnt how to crochet, so that is just pretty and amazing to look at now.

  11. yoojin says:

    Such a great and inspiring project! LOVE the idea! :) And love the patchwork blanket, so pretty!! :)

  12. SClubBethan says:

    Love the square! The finished blanket is going to look amazing!

  13. Love the blanket idea, so simple but it will be so impressive and effective! Does the book have pattern diagrams? I find the written pattern harder to follow than I should probably admit!!

  14. nisacatbo says:

    Thank you so much for this post! I inherited an unfinished blanket from my Grandmother and thought someday, I’ll figure out the stitch and add to it. It’s Apache Tears so now I can. >^.^<

  15. Michelle says:

    I’ve been wanting to use my knitted swatches for a patchwork blanket, but I’m so terrible about not swatching before a project that I’d never have a blanket at this rate. Trying crochet stitch swatches in order to learn is a good idea because I want to learn and am a complete newbie at it.

  16. Wow, that is AMAZING. Such an amazing effect, thanks for sharing!

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  17. llamachick says:

    I like the stitch but the name of it is off putting to say the least.

  18. Wow! That stitch is amazing. I’ve never seen anything like it. I love the colors you chose!

  19. love this, can’t wait to try it out :)

    I have a pinboard of samples which i love. nice to display them too.

    Barnicles x

  20. oh! I was inspired by that picture for my sofa covering. In my project I used patchwork
    here is my sofá in its new look

  21. Kate says:

    I pinned that blanket the second I saw it too. Divine!
    And I also crocheted a kind of cotton version earlier this year.
    I look forward to watching yours come together. x

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