It's the end of 2016, and the MooglyCAL2016 wrapped up last month, so we'd all have time (with luck!) to do the joining and finishing. Mine still has a few ends to weave in, but that will have to wait til my holiday break - for now, let's talk about the Moogly Crochet Along for 2017!
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Okay, a little bit more about 2016 first - this year's blanket used almost 26 skeins exactly - I had less than a skein of each of my colors left! I used the Tight Braid Join to connect the squares, and then I used a new border pattern that I created just for this blanket - click HERE to see the free pattern! Here's how my finished MooglyCAL2016 blanket looks!
And one more just because it's pretty!
And a close up of that border! Click HERE to get the free crochet pattern for the Popcorn Border!
If you want to make the 2016 CAL squares in 2017 and beyond, you can find all the links HERE. That is the last posted square, and it has links to all the past squares as well! If you're following the latest CAL, these squares also make fun alternates!
And now for 2017!
The Moogly CAL for 2017 will follow the same basic format as previous years - a new square pattern every 2 weeks, from January through November. There will 24 official patterns total, but you are welcome to make more, or less, or however many you want! Each square will be 12" x 12", so you can make a 4' x 6' afghan with the official count.
There is nowhere to "sign up" for the CAL and nothing you need to join or pay - just jump in, start crocheting, and have fun! The patterns will all be free!
Each pattern will be reviewed by me here on Moogly, with helpful notes and info on how I made my square, and a link to the pattern. The patterns will be hosted on the designer's blogs or on Ravelry.com (at the designer's discretion). If you aren't a member of Ravelry, I do recommend it - it's free to join, and it's a fantastic source of crochet patterns, many of which are free as well!
Speaking of Ravelry, there is a group there for the CAL! Click HERE to go to the 2016 group, where they'll have info on the group for the new year's group. Joining the group is a great way to get help with squares when you need it, show of your photos, and make new friends.
And if Ravelry isn't your thing, there's also a Facebook group! Click HERE to join this group, which also features help, photos, and lots of fab people! Both groups are run by fantastic moderators who work hard to keep everything running smoothly. Neither group is required, just more resources that are available and ways you can enjoy the CAL!
So what do you need?
- US-J, 6.0 mm hook - note that this is one size larger than last year! I will be using a Furls Odyssey Hook to make mine.
- Worsted/aran weight yarn - this is a yarn symbol "4", or UK 10-12 ply. I will be using Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in the following colors:
I ordered a bit more for this next year, just because this year did cut it so close - and having a little extra yarn is never a bad thing. I would recommend at least 26 skeins of Vanna's Choice (or 4420 yds/91 oz) if you are purchasing your yarn at once. But Vanna's Choice has super consistent dye lots, so buying a bit at a time is do-able too!
And what is the schedule?
The first pattern will be shared here on Moogly on January 5th, 2017, at 10 am Central US time. Every 2 weeks, another square will be shared - always on a Thursday at 10am Central. Except! For the very last square, which is released one day early - the day before American Thanksgiving.
After November, you've got the rest of the year to join and edge your squares! Or longer if needed of course... how you join and edge is up to you, but there are lots of great patterns out there, including here on Moogly!
I hope you'll consider joining us for the Moogly CAL 2017! It's always so much fun to see what everyone comes up with, and I've got some fantastic "new" designers lined up, as well as fan favorites! It's going to be a beautiful year for crochet!
Thank you, and good luck everybody! Get Moogly on your favorite social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, G+, Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr! Thank you to Lion Brand Yarn for providing the yarn for this Crochet Along.