WOW! You guys!! We're half way through already! This is Block #12 - of 24. which means when you finish this one you'll be 50% done with your blanket - minus the seaming and edging of course. This year is flying by! But if this is the first you've heard of the 2014 Moogly Afghan Crochet-a-Long, don't worry, there's still time to catch up - just start HERE to read how it works, and then get to crocheting! If you're all caught up, read on! (And if you're missing a couple, check the schedule below!)
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
June 12th - THIS POST
July 10th and 24th
August 7th and 21st
September 4th and 18th
October 2nd, 16th, and 30th
November 13th and 25th
BLOCK #12: Summer Solstice by Margaret MacInnis
(Click the name of the pattern above to go to the Ravelry link for this pattern)
Above is the original, made with 3 colors. Very very cool, and so 3D! This pattern is extremely well written, and if you aren't experienced with post stitches, you will be when you finish! Here's the one I made, using all 4 of my colors:
- This pattern includes instructions for both 9" and 12" blocks - be sure you read through the pattern before you begin so you know when to move sets of instructions.
- The pattern starts with a Magic Ring - you can find a Moogly tutorial for that HERE. I also have basic post stitch tutorials HERE if this is your first time using them!
- Be sure to read the designer's notes on page 2 - important stuff!
- Stop every row or two and make sure you've used the right post stitches (front vs back) for the entire row - it's easy to miss a mistake!
- The size worked out perfectly for me using a US-I, 5.5mm hook, but be sure to measure before you make the last round.
- My color changes were as follows: Rounds Prep-2 White; Rounds 3 - 7 Red; Rounds 8 - 13 Blue; and Rounds 14 - 15 Green.
This cal is beautiful love it thankyou Tamara Kelly for sharing
😀 Thank you Rubia!
What an amazing design! looking forward to crocheting this one.
WOW! I love this latest square! I'm not only late to the CAL but new to crochet! I hope I can pull this off! 🙂
😀 If you can get the hang of post stitches and take your time, I think you can!
Okay so on round 5 she says continue but make bpdc instead of double crochets in the corner? What does she mean by incorporating increases on posts? Is the only change in rounds 5 and 6 the bpdc in the corner?
I believe she means the bpdc's that we make before each corner will increase. the corners stay the same, dc chain 2, dc, until the 10th round. she has some helpful notes at the end of page 2. I hope this helps.
Yes, thank you Judi!
Ahhh okay thank you so much!
This pattern is so terribly confusing. I love the way the block looks and I have no problem with the crochet stitches. I have shuffled the papers way more than I have crocheted on this one. Since we are doing the 12" block couldn't the pattern have been written without the 9" instructions. This would have made it much less confusing and less shuffling back and forth with papers. I also wish the color change would have been on round 2 instead of written on another page. If I were a novice I would have thrown this pattern out, but I am too stubborn for that so I labor on. I hope this is the last square that has such a poorly written pattern.
I'm sorry you're having so much trouble Nancy! This pattern wasn't written just for our CAL, so it's not tailored in that way I'm afraid.
I'm making two of each pattern, just finished my first of #12...wow that was interesting to make! Little tricky, had to pull out many rows at one point, but worth taking my time and sticking it out! So very cool! Loving this CAL 😀
😀 I'm so glad to hear it Jackie!
This pattern is the one I get the most compliments and comments about! When I lay all my squares out to show friends and family they all go 'ooooohhhhh' with this one 😀 Great choice for the CAL!
😀 Thank you Jackie, I'm so glad you like it (and everyone else too lol!)