Only two more squares to go - then it's time to start joining and showing off your finished afghans! The last one was amazing, but I'm having trouble deciding whether I liked that one or this new one better - they're both just so fun to make! So let's get to it, but remember 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! I'll be announcing the plans for the 2015 CAL in December so we all have time to plan!
Need to catch up? Here is the CAL schedule, with links to the previous blocks (click on the date to go to that blog post):
January 8th - Anticipation Mystery Square
November 13th - THIS POST
BLOCK #23: Purifying Puritans
by Margaret MacInnis
(Click the name of the pattern above to go to the Ravelry page for this pattern.)
Above is the original, made with 2 colors. There is SO much texture and interest in this design, and it will take you couple of evenings to make - but it's so worth it! Below is mine, made with 3 colors:
Now for my notes!
- Moogly tutorials that might help you: BLO (back loop only), Magic Circle (aka Adjustable Loop), Post Stitches
- This pattern is really well written, but it's definitely not a beginner pattern. In my handwritten notes on my copy I wrote two things - Trust the Pattern, and Use the Photo Tutorial! When you start the petals, it might seem crazy... but trust the pattern! When you download the pattern on Ravelry, you'll see that there are actually two things you can download - one is the written pattern, and the other is a photo tutorial. I'd recommend printing out the written pattern, and then referring to the tutorial on screen when needed.
- And of course, measure your work as you get to the last couple of rounds. I used the I hook throughout, and for the last round I worked sc sts for a perfect 12" square.
- Although I used different shades of red and green, I followed the color changes exactly as written, until the very last row, where as you can see I brought in my white!
Susan M Jensen
Just Loved all the squares--Inquisitly Beautiful. TY TY for sharing and doing crochet a long
WOW! This looks awesome. Can't wait for this challenge.
Joan C Dunn
I have a feeling this is going to drive me crazy, but I am going to try it. It is a beautiful pattern and I love your colors. Many of the squares have been challenging for me this year and I am always proud of myself for following thru and doing them, I have learned a lot.
🙂 I'm so glad to hear it Joan! Yay for stretching the crochet muscles!
Beautiful pattern and I am enjoying the challenge. when you join the picot to the background do you join through the space of the picot or the chain 3 stitch of the chain that made the picot? thank you for your help
I went through the space in the middle. 🙂
Really a fun CAL! Interesting squares and was able to use up some yarn I've had for a really long time! My hubby was even interested in the next square as it was announced! Your ideas for putting them together are great and now I just need to figure out which one I like best. Thank you also to the crafters that made their patterns available on Ravelry!
😀 I'm so glad you've enjoyed it Donna! I've got one last one for this week - be sure to grab it fast when it comes out, it'll only be free through the end of the year!
Hi Tamara, I'm trying to start this square and I'm having trouble and needing the tutorial which I can't get to download. Have any suggestions?
Definitely check out the Ravelry group! They're a big help!