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!
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 and 25th
BLOCK #22: Starburst Flower Mandala Square
by "e" Lee of The Crochet Lounge (via the Internet Archive)
(Click the name of the pattern above to go to the blog page for this pattern.)
Above is the original, made with 6 colors. Isn't it amazing?! There is SO much happening in this design, enough to keep you interested from start to finish. But it still only takes a couple evenings! Below is mine, made with 4 colors:
Now for my notes!
- Moogly tutorials that might help you: Spike Stitch, Standing Double Crochet, Chainless Starting Double Crochet, Puff Stitches, Magic Circle
- Be sure to read through the special stitches before you begin. This pattern isn't written in strictly standard format - it's got lots of notes to help you along! Follow the tabs from left to right, with Finishing Rounds as the last section.
- And as always, be sure to measure your work as you go! I found that my square was coming out far larger than it was supposed to. So I skipped Rounds 14 and 15, and worked Round 17 with sc sts instead of hdc- and that brought me to exactly 12 inches.
- This pattern has a lot of pop, texture, and color changes - it's a showstopper! If your flower curls up more than you like, steaming will help relax it. Or you can tack it down with a bit of yarn!
- My color pattern was as follows: Round 1-2 White; Round 2 Red; Round 3 Blue; Round 4 - 7 Red; Round 8 Green; Round 9 White; Round 10 Blue; Round 11 White; Round 12 Red; Round 13 and 16 White (14 and 15 skipped); Round 17 Green.