Welcome to Block #2 for the 2018 Moogly Crochet Along! This week's gorgeous square is courtesy of Julie Yeager Designs!
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The 2018 Moogly CAL Schedule
JANUARY: Flower Burst
FEBRUARY: THIS POST & 15
MARCH: 1 & 15 & 29
APRIL: 12 & 26
MAY: 10 & 24
JUNE: 7 & 21
JULY: 5 & 19
AUGUST: 2 & 16 & 30
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OCTOBER: 11 & 25
NOVEMBER: 8 & 21
Block #2: Gretchen Afghan Square! (link below)
Above is the original made in 5 colors! Below, you can see my version, made with my 6 colors!
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This pattern is interesting without being difficult! And I love the variety of stitches used - it kept me wanting to see what's next!
Techniques and tutorials you might find helpful: Post Stitches; Chainless Starting Double Crochet; Standing Single Crochet; Standing Half Double Crochet; Standing Double Crochet; Crochet Abbreviations
My square came out at exactly 12", including Round 13 (optional). But everyone's gauge and tension level are different so be sure to measure as you go, and check your gauge. Learn how to adjust for size HERE to make sure all your squares are the same size. Remember that the 12″ is measured across and up and down – not diagonally corner to corner.
I used a Furls US-J, 6.0 mm hook and Red Heart With Love, and my color scheme was as follows – Color A: Hot Pink; Color B: Tigerlily; Color C: Lettuce; Color D: Iced Aqua; Color E: Holly Berry; Rnd 13 (optional): Fruit Punch.
This square benefited from a light blocking. To block this square, I used the wet blocking method and a Chetnanigans BlocksAll Ultra blocking board.
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Thanks for featuring my design! Love your colors, looks like an orange/red rose. 🙂
😀 It was a pleasure to make Julie, thank you so much for being part of the CAL again this year!
How do you recommend changing colors? I watched a few youtube videos and seen joining by attaching with a knot, starting with slip knot and pulling loop through stitch, or just pulling yarn through and chaining one? I think I struggled a bit with this pattern b/c i was pulling yarn through and chaining one.
It depends on the pattern, but for blocks I prefer to use standing stitches. This is because, with a block, I know I'm finishing off one color before beginning the next one - I'm not joining a new color with the plan of having the old color hang out on the back uncut to be pulled up later. So I'll finish off the old color with a seamless join - https://www.mooglyblog.com/crochet-video-tutorial-seamless-finishing-when-working-in-the-round/ and then when I go to join the new color, I'll join it as whatever that stitch is. If you look in the "My Notes" section above, I have linked to the Standing Stitch tutorials that you can use with this particular square (as well as many others). 🙂