We've got our first square featuring rows for 2020! This square is aptly named, fascinating to crochet, and courtesy of A Crocheted Simplicity! Read on for all the details, and for the link to Block #4 in this free year-long crochet along!
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The 2020 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: Flower Power Square and Moorish Tiles
February: Bright Star and THIS POST
March: 5 and 19
April: 2, 16, and 30
May: 14 and 28
June: 11 and 25
July: 9 and 23
August: 6 and 20
September: 3 and 17
October: 1, 15, and 29
November: 12 and 25
by A Crocheted Simplicity
Above is the original, made in 2 colors of With Love. Below is my version, made in my 4 colors of With Love!
My Notes: This pattern takes a bit of concentration when making the center square. To help you keep track, I recommend writing the row numbers for the repeats next to those rows of instruction and crossing them off as you go.
I also recommend using stitch markers in the first and last stitch of each row - they want to hide a bit!
For me, I think I would have worked the border as standard rows rather than a spiral if I were to do it again. Either way should work though!
Helpful Links and Tutorials: Crochet Abbreviations; Working into Slip Stitches; BLO - Back Loop Only; Puff Stitch; Herringbone Half Double Crochet; Invisible Finishing.
Sizing: My square was coming out a bit big, so I skipped both Rnds 4 and 5 of the Border. But remember, 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:
Row 1 - 10: White
Row 11 - 20: Lilac
Row 21 - 29: Aubergine
Prepare Square for Border: Aubergine
Border: Light Grey
This square benefited from a moderate blocking. To block this square, I used the wet blocking method and a Chetnanigans BlocksAll Ultra blocking board and Perfecting Strips.
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I have trouble crocheting with baby yarns that have a nylon strand as one of the plies that keeps getting caught on my hook. Do you have any suggestions on how to avoid this?
I just love watching your tutorials, and keep learning all the time. Thank you so much.