This is the end… (cue 1970’s thunder…) … of the 2014 Moogly Afghan CAL! Except not, because while this IS the last square for the year, we’ve got joining and borders and showing off left to do! So I’m giving you this square a day early, so you can have the long holiday weekend to work on it. (And because I’m taking tomorrow off to cook for 25 people!) But if this is the first you’ve heard of the 2014 Moogly Afghan Crochet-a-Long, then start HERE to read how it works – and plan on joining in next year! I’ll be announcing the plans for the 2015 CAL in December so we all have time to plan!
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We’re definitely in the home stretch now! Last week I shared some great joining methods for the squares, and now it’s time for the last 3 patterns. This CAL started off with a challenge, and I’ve saved some of the more entertaining squares for last too! This one in particular is very special – designed by my friend “e” Lee of The Crochet Lounge for the Moogly Afghan Crochet-a-Long! I made it “blind” – with no pictures – and it was so fun, and kept me interested til the end! Remember too that the very last square will be released a day early, on a Wednesday, due to American Thanksgiving. But if this is the first you’ve heard of the 2014 Moogly Afghan Crochet-a-Long, then start HERE to read how it works – and plan on joining in next year!
The last couple of weeks I’ve asked for thoughts and ideas on what to go for next year’s Crochet-a-long – and I’ve gotten so many great ones! It’s going to be super hard to choose – maybe I’ll make a poll! But back to this year’s CAL, I know a lot of you are getting eager to start joining your squares – I’ll be sharing some thoughts and ideas on that process within the next month or two. Ultimately it will be up to each individual though – so if you know what you want to do and have your layout sorted, then feel free to get joining. Now on to Block #18! And if this is the first you’ve heard of the 2014 Moogly Afghan Crochet-a-Long, then start HERE to read how it works!
As regular readers know, I spent last week at the Knit and Crochet Show in Manchester, New Hampshire – celebrating 20 years of the Crochet Guild of America, and learning lots of great crochet things! So I thought I’d share some of that with all of you! Beware…. there are a LOT of photos!
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There’s just something fun about decorating bathrooms. I think it might be the size, combined with the freedom to get a little crazy. After all, it’s just one tiny room – why not make it interesting?! And coming up with stuff for the kids’ bathroom has been a blast. A raindrop shower curtain and blue paint set the theme, and the Little Waves Crochet Rug was the first project to go in there – and now the Little Waves Crochet Towel Applique has joined the party!
I’ve been wanting to design a crochet rug for ages, and having just moved, I finally knew just what I wanted to make! Inspired by the ocean themed children’s bathroom in our new home, I’m proud to present the Little Waves Crochet Rug!
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After designing the Leaping Stripes and Blocks Blanket, making a video tutorial for it, and then designing the Mesmerizing Messenger Bag and Leaping Blocks and Stripes Beanies, you might well think I’d be done with this stitch pattern! But then I got a reader request, and couldn’t resist… So I give you the Leaping Crochet Baby Hoodie!
This little crochet trick has been invented and reinvented repeatedly over the years! And the Chainless Starting Double Crochet stitch IS tricky – it definitely takes some practice. But it’s worth it, because it tricks the eye – and makes the telltale starting chain obsolete! Learn how to make it in this tutorial!
The double crochet stitch is one of the first handful of stitches most crocheters learn. In fact, I dare say the simple double crochet stitch scarf is one of the very first projects most new crocheters make – and for good reason! It’s simple, fast, and a great way to learn all about tension and the importance of counting stitches.
Working in the round is a great next step, opening up the world of hats and bags! There’s a simple mathematical formula to working double crochet in the round, and understanding it will help you make sense of patterns and design your own. Here’s my explanation:
As I say in the video, it’s also important to know when a stitch is really a stitch. If you’re counting a ch 3 at the start of the round as a double crochet, then when you join with a slip stitch at the end you’ll need to work into that top chain. And that slip stitch from closing up the last round isn’t a stitch for working into at all!
Counting the double crochet stitches in each round can be tedious, I know, but there’s really no better way to check your work. If you are having trouble identifying the first stitch of the round or the slip stitch from the previous round, then the best solution is to place a stitch marker in the first stitch of each round and count the stitches before you slip stitch to finish the round. With practice and experience it will get easier, so don’t give up. I believe in you!
Thanks again for watching, and let me know in the comments if there are any videos you ‘d like to see here on moogly! If there’s a stitch that’s giving you fits or a technique you need to see to understand, then I’d be happy to help out if I can. (And I could use some new video ideas!)
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