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!
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
(Click the name of the pattern above to go to the Ravelry page for this pattern.)
Above is the original, made with 3 colors. I love the look of this square, and how it all come together - which is a lot quicker than you might think! Below is mine, made with the same 3 colors. I stuck with the holiday theme, but if you check out the Ravelry gallery, there's lots of color inspiration to be had!
Now for my notes!
- First of all, please note that this pattern will only be free through December 31st of this year. So if you're behind and hoping to catch up in 2015, print or download it now!
- Moogly tutorials that might help you: BLO/FLO (back/front loop only), DTr (double treble), Standing Single Crochet (join with sc)
- This pattern is really well written, and the only change I made was to start with a magic circle instead of a ch 4 ring, but that's just personal preference. I would recommend using a blank paper over the pattern to help you keep your place - or ticking off rows as you go.
- And of course, measure your work as you get to the last couple of rounds. Mine turned out to be exactly 12 inches - but everyone is different!
- I did find that this square needed some strong blocking - to help alleviate this a bit, make sure your tall sts in Round 13 are nice and tall. But then don't be afraid to use a blocking board and even a bit of steam to get it to square.
- I followed the color changes exactly as written - they actually call for white in the last round, although the original photo shows green.
- If it isn't your thing, you can find a list of alternate free squares patterns by clicking HERE as well as a list of fantastic paid squares patterns by clicking HERE!
Thanks so much for crocheting-a-long with me! It's been so much fun, and I can't wait to see how everyone's afghans turn out! I'll be trying to set something up here on the blog so everyone who wants to can show off their finished blankets, and I'll have some edging ideas for you next week! And by the end of December I'll share the plans for 2015!