Woohoo! It's time to kick off the 2015 yearlong crochet-along here on Moogly! Every 2 weeks I'll share a new free 12" crochet block pattern, and we'll all make them together. All the patterns will be free all year long, and we'll get to visit a variety of fantastic crochet blogs along the way!
I want to take this opportunity right away to thank all the fantastic designers who have volunteered to design for the CAL this year! And I also want to thank Elke Wellens who is providing Dutch translations to all the designers so that even more people can join in - she's even got a Dutch speaking Moogly CAL Facebook group going! Lastly, a big big thank you to allatti2d, Angela2011, HelenJE, and Patricia-R-S, who are moderating the Ravelry group for the 2015 Moogly CAL! You all make this so much fun - click either of those links to check the groups out!
I've updated the menu at the top of the blog - if you hover on the "Posts" option, you'll see a drop down menu appear. This will have the "Yearly Afghan CAL" option - click that and you'll see all the CAL posts for 2015 and 2014, with the most recent at the top of the page!
Below is the CAL schedule - I'll reproduce this schedule in every new block post, and add links as we go along, so you can go straight to past posts from each new post as needed, and see when the next block is scheduled. December is for assembly and finishing! There will be 24 blocks total, and each of the posts will go live here on Moogly at 10am Central time on their specified date.
The 2015 Moogly CAL Schedule
January 8 - THIS POST
February 5 & 19
March 5 & 19
April 2 & 16 & 30
May 14 & 28
June 11 & 25
July 9 & 23
August 6 & 20
September 3 & 17
October 1 & 15 & 29
November 12 & 25
Above is the original, made with 2 colors. This square is so fun looking - like a starburst! And getting to use the Jacob's Ladder technique is fantastic. The fact that she named it after me has me tickled of course, but even objectively I know this is a fab square.
My yarn finally arrived, and I got the square made and blocked, et voila!
Now for my notes!
- I know a lot of people had trouble with this square - it's not an easy one, or designed for beginners! But I did find it very doable and well written, only needing to reference the photos when it was time to tack down the final loop for the horizontal braids. If you are a beginner, please do reference the photos, videos, and use the Ravelry group to your advantage! If this one is just too much, you can find a list of free alternatives HERE.
- I got 12" exactly as written, but if you need to add more rounds that's fine too! Learn more about that HERE. Remember that the 12" is measured across and up and down - not horizontally corner to corner.
- I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice, and my color order was as follows: Rnd 1: Raspberry, Rnd 2: Mustard, Rnd 3: Kelly Green, Rnd 4: Aqua, Rnd 5: Eggplant, Rnd 6: White, Rnd 7: Raspberry, Rnd 8: Mustard, Rnd 9: Aqua, Rnd 10: Kelly Green, Rnd 11: Eggplant, Rnd 12: White.
- I've decided to end every square this year with white, and then do the joining in white as well. I think this will help the squares really pop!
Thanks so much for crocheting-along with me!