Moving on to Block #6! I'm so happy to announce that from here on out, the block patterns are being professionally tech edited, so hopefully it will just get better and better. If this is the first you've heard of the 2015 Moogly Afghan CAL, please CLICK HERE to read how it works! In summary, 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!
Once again, I'd like to thank Elke Wellens who is providing Dutch translations to all the designers - if you speak Dutch, check out the Dutch speaking Moogly CAL Facebook group! And a big thank you to allatti2d, Angela2011, HelenJE, and Patricia-R-S, who are moderating the Ravelry group for the 2015 Moogly CAL! Click either of those links to check the groups out! The Ravelry group is a BIG source of help if you need it!
The post for each of the blocks will go live here on Moogly at 10am Central time on their specified date. Click the links in the schedule to catch up on past blocks!
The 2015 Moogly CAL Schedule
January 8 - Tamara's Kismet Square
January 22 - Starburst Square
February 5 - Windmill Square
February 19 - Family Square
March 5 - Unbroken Hearts
March 19 - THIS POST
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 are the originals, featuring lots of color possibilities! This square has a unique start and is fun to make! Here's the one I made, using all 6 of my colors:
Now for my notes!
- This square does have an unusual start, working in wedges to create the "sun" in the center. There are also some interesting stitches with a photo tutorial! It's a great mix of standard and new!
- My square was going to be bigger than 12", so I did Rnd 6 of the working in Rnds portion in dc instead of tr, and got 12" on the nose. But everyone is different so be sure to measure as you go! Learn more about adjusting for size HERE. Remember that the 12" is measured across and up and down - not diagonally corner to corner.
- I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice, and my color order was as follows: Rows 1-16 Eggplant; Rnd 1-2 Aqua; Rnd 3 Kelly Green; Rnd 4 Mustard; Rnd 5-6 Raspberry; Rnd 7 White.
- If this one isn't to your taste, you can find a list of alternatives HERE.
Thanks so much for crocheting-along with me!
Thanks, Tamara, this looks exciting and beautiful. A very different and interesting center. I can't wait to start it.
😀 I'm glad you like it!
I used your video tutorial for chainless tr crochet today. Thank you. Your tutorials are so good. I always refer to them and use them always when called for. I especially use the chainless double crochet all the time. Thanks again for a super website.
😀 Thank you so much Judi!
Good day, where do I find the video. I am having difficulty understanding the pattern. Thank you for the help.
Eep! I haven't started on block 5 yet! I need to catch up!
So glad for the tech editing. That will help. This CAL is so much fun, and it stretches my own abilitites too. Fun! And interesting
I agree on the tech editing. This will help the participants in the CAL immensely.
This one isn't my cup of tea, so I went to your list of free 12" squares. The eight pointed star I really wanted to do, but alas it isn't free anymore!
Yes, unfortunately that designer has made most of her patterns paid now.
Thank you for this wonderful CAL. It is my first and I have loved every square so far. This has really improved my crochet skills and renewed my excitement for this craft. Your blog is fantastic with so many interesting ideas.
Thank you so much! 😀 I'm so glad you're enjoying it!
These are wonderful blocks! I'm late to the game but anxious to catch up with you. Very fun!!!
😀 Thank you!
Nothing I click on takes me to the actual pattern for Solstice Sun Rising Block #6, just some comments. Can you assist me please? Thank you as this is the first pattern of these blocks I was going to try to make. Dianna Robinson
Hi Dianna! Perhaps the direct link to Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/solstice-sun-rising
This pattern looks beautiful. I just want to thank you so much for all the hard work you are putting into this CAL! 🙂
Is there a tutorial for the P stitch. I have never heard of this before and I'm not getting it from the pictures?
I would ask the designer, Tanya. 🙂
I am having trouble with the p stitch as well. Where do you go from the last picture? It seems to leave me hanging. Very likely I'm confusing myself, but truly don't understand. Ugh!
I found this really good explanation of the P stitch on the CAL Ravelry group, by HelenJE: "You make a treble first into the stitch you found, then chain 4 then do a dc into (not round) the centre stitch of the treble. The Y stitch is done the same way except that you do an hdc into the treble." Does that help?
Funny thing. I figured it out shortly after I sent you the message, but this explanation does make sense. Thank you for all you for us.
Oh good! 😀 I know I usually figure stuff out as soon as I finish asking lol, that's always the way!
Thank you so much for posting this explanation here - for some reason I just couldn't figure this one out! 🙂
This was a really fun and fast block! Thank you Tanya for sharing it with us! Thank you Tamara for pulling this all together!
I'm so glad you enjoyed it Christine! 😀
Please forgive me if I seem unlearned; I prefer to print the instructions. I use the printed version as I work.
However, I do like to view the pictures of certain steps as I go along.
I do not - however - feel I must download the pattern onto my phone just to be able to view the provided pics. Being required to download a pdf truly aggravtes me. I am trying to enjoy this CAL with my two adult daughters and a co-worker. I want to be an encouragement to them
Hi Nadine! I'm not sure what you're asking for. You should be able to print the photos as well, at the same time you print the pattern.
Can I just say how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE it when there is a gauge listed for patterns!! I ended up needing a G-hook for this square! But I didn't have to waste a ton of time making the entire square to find out; I just had to make a few swatches. Easy peasy!
😀 I'm so glad it helped!
why did you change the way we get the patterns? this way is way too many steps!!! not necessary. very disappointed. would love to keep making the squares, not interested in the hassles of getting to the patterns.
I didn't change anything. Each designer has their own methods of sharing free patterns, and always has.
I'm having a problem with round 1. I've joined my wedges, and did my 32 dc's as directed, but my round is curling inward (like a hat would). I was wondering if there is supposed to be a chain between each set of 2 dc's. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Also, I wanted to share pictures of my squares so far. Should I email them to you?
Thank you so much
Hello Odalys! There is no chain between the dc pairs. I'm wondering if it will flatten out a bit as you go, and maybe with a bit of blocking? You are welcome to share photos on the Facebook page if you like! 😀
No, I tried going on but it didn't flatten out. triple checked my wedges and they're correct. will probably try an alternate block. Thanks anyway I have been enjoying all the other blocks very much
Sorry this one didn't work out for you! My next guess would've been tension.
I wondered about my tension/gauge as well, and I so I frogged it it back to point I started having trouble several times. Finally, I decided I just wasn't understanding something and I did what many of us do at some point- I made it up as went from row to row. Used dc's instead of trc, SC instead I'd dc and so on. Finally it came out rather nice and I was able to kept the wedges from designers original pattern.
Thanks again for your help and I can't wait for block 7
😀 So glad it worked out!
Love your blog! Thanks for all you do.
I am using wool yarn and my dimensions are 10 1/2 for blocks 5 and 6. Will it stretch to 12"when I block?. I've not blocked before
Hi Micki! Thank you! They might grow a little bit, but you'll likely want to add another row or two to bring them up to size. I have an article about doing that if you Click Here. 🙂
You mentioned that you changed from tr to dc in round 22. Which round were you talking about? Thanks for gathering all these patterns for all of us!
Sorry, I forgot they started the count over. Round 6! 🙂