The Moogly Afghan Crochet-Along for 2015 was another huge success, and I think it was a big improvement over 2014 as well. So I'm super excited to get to announce the 2016 Moogly Afghan Crochet-Along - back and better than ever!
But first I have to share my finished blanket for 2015! A big thank you to all the wonderful designers who contributed fantastic patterns - all free! You can get links to all the squares HERE. If you're still finishing up the 2015 CAL, don't worry - my posts aren't going anywhere. And the designers have promised to keep them free forever!
To join my squares, I used the Tight Braid Join, and for the edging I used the Polka Dot Border. I made the last round of the border white, and changed the color of the "dots" every 4 squares - and I love the way it turned out! I wish I could've gotten a better photo, but the recent winter storms took away all my pretty sunshine!
So let's get to 2016! Once again we'll be using worsted/aran weight yarn, and a US - I, 5.5mm hook. And this year 24 designers have been handpicked by yours truly. The patterns will all be FREE and available on their blogs - and they've agreed to put the pattern on Ravelry if for some reason their blog goes down. They've been asked to use 2 or more colors and create 12" squares - but beyond that, it's up to them! I can't wait to see what they put together!
I will be using Lion Brand Vanna's Choice - and I have my yarn all picked out! I decided to go with a softer color palette this year, and shown below are my choices: Rose Mist, Tangerine Mist, Seaspray Mist, Denim Mist, Purple Mist, and Pearl Mist.
I got 4 skeins of the first 5 colors, and 6 skeins of the Pearl Mist, as that's what I plan to use for joining and bordering. Based on the previous two year's CALs, this should be plenty.
With Vanna's Choice dye lot isn't usually an issue, as they do a great job keeping it consistent, but if you cannot purchase all your skeins at once, I'd definitely recommend picking a non dye lot yarn, or one where the dye lots don't seem to matter. However, if you're using multiple colors and mixing up the order of the blocks while joining, the dye lot really won't matter at all - all things to consider!
If you enjoy Ravelry and need help, the Ravelry CAL group will continue in 2016! Look for details HERE. The moderators are volunteers, and work very hard to keep things running smoothly, so please give them some thanks - they're a HUGE help! I've also started a Pinterest board to track blocks with!
So, I hope you'll join us in 2016! The first block for the 2015 CAL will be shared here on Moogly on January 7th, and a new block will be shared every 2 weeks after than, ending right before Thanksgiving - and giving you the month of December to get it all put together!