Up next at number 8 in the MooglyCAL2019 is the Strawberry Blossom Afghan Square by Julie Yeager! Julie is known for her gorgeous squares, so it's always exciting to get to make one of her designs - including this free crochet block pattern!
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The 2019 Moogly CAL Schedule
Each number represents the date of that month that the square will be shared here on Moogly. After it's release, the number will be replaced with a link to that square's post on subsequent square's posts.
JANUARY: Striped Flower Garden & Festive Julie Ann
FEBRUARY: Persephone Square & Pinwheel Block
MARCH: Spring Dance Garden Flower & Parapet Block
APRIL: Farmhouse Square & THIS POST
MAY: 2 & 16 & 30
JUNE: 13 & 27
JULY: 11 & 25
AUGUST: 8 & 22
SEPTEMBER: 5 & 19
OCTOBER: 3 & 17 & 31
NOVEMBER: 14 & 27
Strawberry Blossom Afghan Square
by Julie Yeager Designs
Above is the original made in 3 colors! Below, you can see my version, made with my 4 colors!
My Notes: This pattern is extremely well written and easy to follow, though the skills are more intermediate. Be sure to read through the special stitch abbreviations for this pattern, there are quite a few! The only change I made (other than for size) was using Twisted Single Crochet in place of the Crab Stitch - same look but easier! I've linked tutorials for both below.
Helpful Links and Tutorials: Crochet Abbreviations; Standing Dc; Standing Sc; Standing Hdc; Twisted Sc; Crab Stitch; Post Stitches; Seamless Finishing
Sizing: My square was coming out just a little bit big, so I worked the very last round as hdc instead of dc and that did the trick. But everyone's gauge and tension level are different so be sure to measure as you go. 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.
What I Did: I used a Furls US-J, 6.0 mm hook and Red Heart With Love, and my color scheme was as follows: Rnd 1: Navy; Rnd 2 and 3: Bluebell; Rnd 4 and 5: True Blue; Rnd 6: Navy; Rnd 7-11: White; Rnd 12: Bluebell; Rnd 13: True Blue; Rnd 14 and 15: Navy; Rnd 16: White.
This square benefited from just a light bit of blocking. To block this square, I used the wet blocking method and a Chetnanigans BlocksAll Ultra blocking board and Perfecting Strips.
The Link: CLICK HERE FOR THE PATTERN FOR BLOCK #8!
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This pattern was composed in a clean precise manner. Love the workmanship. No problems with pop-ups and incomplete pattern. Some of the other patterns don't even say where to attach the new color that is used. It just mentions with Color "E" ch 3. There wasn't even an E color to begin with and where do you start your ch 3.
I'm so glad you enjoyed this one Elizabeth!
Dont seem to be able to download the pattern...is one supposed to send ones email adress to get the pattern ...and subscribe...
Hi Joyce, Julie here, you do not have to subscribe or provide your email. Click above where Tamara has written : The Link: CLICK HERE FOR THE PATTERN FOR BLOCK #8! - when you get to my blog the pattern is written in full. If you click on the name of the post there is a print-friendly button at the end to help you save or print.
Thank you! 🙂
Thanks for the tip on the twisted single crochet. So much easier on my hands than the crab stitch (which I love the look of, but hate to do!). I love this pattern and am looking forward to getting to it.
I'm so glad you like it! Thank you!
Thank you for providing this pattern for free. I am enjoying this CAL, and do appreciate the designers who give their patterns.
For some reason I've stopped getting your Moogly Cal emails. I only know that block 9 is out because I went on the FaceBook page and saw it. Please add my subscription back or do whatever I need to start receiving your emails again. I have followed you for years, and made many of your patterns. But, this is my first time to do a Moogly CAL. I'm Loving it and terrified at the same time. I've crocheted for 50 years, but I feel like I'm back in the 3rd grade with this CAL. It appears to have harder blocks than previous CALs. I did not think I was going to survive the pinwheel block. After 10 attempts, I did a block from a previous year. Then I went back and tried it one more time. Success!
Thanks and continue to make great free patterns for us. Ann Britt Raleigh NC
Hi Ann! If you click on the "notify me of new posts by email" box when you comment, that's the only way to get the emails that auto-send with each post, and I'm afraid I have no idea how to access that list as it's all done by the commenting plugin. But you can sign up for the weekly newsletter at the top of the page for a list of links plus bonus materials on Saturdays! Both versions are free for the recipients.
I just started this one, I'm VERY behind. I'm already confused on Round 1, the instructions say BCL then have in Parentheses the Ch1, tr,ch1,CL. What part do you do 4 times, all of it, or just what's in the Parentheses? If you do all of it, it doesn't seem to look right, but if you do only one BCL, it also doesn't look right. What am I doing wrong?
Hi Michella! No worries, there's no time limit! 🙂 For this pattern, you repeat the section within the parentheses 4 times. You would only make one BCL in the round, as it's a "Beginning Cluster" - you make more clusters "CL" in the reps.