Tuesday, January 7, 2020

CAL - My Favorite Things Afghan


New Year – new CAL!

It’s time for my first CAL of the year, and I think you will love it! The theme of this afghan is some of my favorite things. Just to name a few – coffee, books, kitties (and doggies), flowers, and granny squares. 

When I was working on this design, I kept hearing Julie Andrews singing in my ear, so she became my muse. This was such a happy, fun project.



This design will be presented as a CAL in Six Parts, each Part reflecting some of my favorite things. Note - there is a pattern option for cats or dogs.

Every other Friday a new Part will be published, and you will receive an automatic notification. You will have 2 weeks to complete each Part, however, there will be ample time to catch up if needed. Some Parts are fast and easy, others are more time consuming.
This design incorporates several different techniques such as tapestry crochet, surface crochet, carrying colors, embroidery and applique. It will most definitely keep your interest, and you will be most proud of your completed project.

Download the Placeholder NOW, as it contains Tutorial Links, explanations of Techniques, and yarn specifics.


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CAL SCHEDULE
PART ONE – Jan 31 – Feb 14 (2 weeks)
PART TWO - Feb 14 – Feb 28 (2 weeks)
PART THREE – Feb 28 – Mar 13 (2 weeks)
PART FOUR – Mar 13 – Mar 27 (2 weeks)
PART FIVE - Mar 27 – Apr 10 (2 weeks)
PART SIX – Apr 10 – Apr 24 (2 weeks)
CATCH UP TIME - Apr 30 (CAL officially over)


SKILL LEVEL
Intermediate – Due to various techniques used.


YARN
I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice - but use the yarn of your choice. See the Placeholder for yardages and specifics.
 

This is a great stash buster project!

MC – Fisherman – 4 skeins (Square Borders & Join)
A – Mustard – 2 skeins
B – Rose Shocking – ½ skein
C – Pistachio – 1 skein
D – Dark Grey Heather – ½ skein
E – Dusty Purple – 2 skeins
F – Rust – 1 skein
G – Periwinkle – 2 skeins
H – Dusty Blue – 2 skeins
I – Peacock – 3 skeins (Afghan Border)
J – Sage – 2 skeins
K – Honey – 2 skeins
L – Barley – ½ skein
M – Patchwork Grey – ½ skein
N – Lemon – ½ skein
O – Linen – ½ skein


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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Afternoon with Anna Prayer Shawl


My first new design for 2020 is another FREE prayer shawl. I am gravitating to another direction in my crochet designing. It seems that I’ve actually been on this path for quite a while, but have now become more aware of it and more focused on it. I hope to bring you more meaningful designs this year. Of course, I can’t help but throw in some fun designs that just make me happy. 

This prayer shawl was designed to honor a special crochet friend of mine, Anna Andres. She has been testing many of my patterns for years, and is someone that I really depend on. My perspective was really upended when I discovered that her dear husband had passed. I knew that he had been ill for quite some time, as Anna liked to test some of my shawls and blankets specifically to wrap around him for comfort and warmth. She never said anything about her own personal struggles throughout his illness, and maintained a humble demeanor.  It’s only fitting that she has her very own shawl design to wrap herself in prayers and love. 

This is a free pattern, and I encourage you to make many and give to those who need a hug and prayers. 





MATERIALS & GUIDELINES

YARN

Cascade Yarns Cantata
Color – Berry
3 hanks - 654 yds.

WEIGHT
4 - Medium
SKILL LEVEL
Easy
HOOK
I / 5.5 mm
FINISHED SIZE
Length - 52” X Depth - 25”
OTHER
Tapestry Needle, Scissors



ABBREVIATIONS

Beg = beginning
Begdc = beginning double crochet
Ch/s = chain/s
Dc= double crochet
Fsc = foundation single crochet
Hk = hook
Lp/s = loop/s


Rem = remains
Sc = single crochet
Sk = skip/skipped
Sp/s = space/s
St/s = stitch/es
Tr = treble crochet
Yo = yarn over


STITCH MULTIPLE

Foundation chs = Ch a multiple of 10 + 9 (+1 for base chain)
FSC (foundation single crochet) = Multiple of 10 + 9


BEGINNING STITCHES



Begdc Tutorial – No More Turning Chains.


FOUNDATION SINGLE CROCHET (FSC)



FSC Tutorial –  Foundation Single Crochet




SPECIAL STITCHES


Tr2tog (treble crochet 2 together) = Work 1 tr in next st until last lp rem on hk (2 lps on hk), sk next 3 sts, work 1 tr in next st until last lp rem on hk (3 lps on hk), yo and draw through all 3 lps.

Shell = (Tr, ch 1) 6 times in same sp.


INSTRUCTIONS

*Shawl is rectangular, and worked from top to bottom, and in rows from side to side.
*There is no right /wrong side – shawl is reversible.
*Ch or FSC the multiple as listed on pg. 2 to desired width.
*For FSC, begin pattern with Row 2.
*For foundation chains, begin pattern at Row 1.

Row 1: (Top of shawl) Working in back bumps of chs, sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch to end, turn. My sample – 160 foundation chs, 159 sc.

Row 2: Begdc in first st, dc in next 6 sts, [ch 2, tr2tog, ch 2, dc in next 5 sts] to last
2 sts, dc in last 2 sts, turn. My sample – 84 dc, 15 tr2tog, 30 ch-2.

Row 3: Begdc in first st, dc in next 6 sts, [sk next ch-2, (tr, ch 3, tr) in top of next tr2tog, sk next ch-2, dc in next 5 sts] to end, dc in last 2 sts, turn.
My sample – 84 dc, 30 tr, 15 ch-3.

Row 4: Begdc in first st, dc in next st, [ch 2, tr2tog, ch 2,* dc in next tr, 3 dc in next
ch-3 sp, dc in next tr] to last 2 sts ending rep at *, dc in last 2 sts, turn.
My sample – 79 dc, 16 tr2tog, 32 ch-2.

Row 5: Begdc in first st, dc in next st, [sk next ch-2, (tr, ch 3, tr) in top of next tr2tog,
sk next ch-2, dc in next 5 dc] to end omitting last 3 dc, turn.
My sample – 79 dc, 32 tr, 16 ch-3.

Row 6: Begdc in first st, dc in next 2 sts, [3 dc in next ch-3 sp, dc in next tr, ch 2, tr2tog, ch 2, dc in next tr] to last ch-3, 3 dc in last ch-3 sp, dc in last 3 sts, turn.
My sample – 84 dc, 15 tr2tog, 30 ch-2.

Rep Rows 3 – 6 until desired size, ending with Row 5.
My sample – I worked Rows 1 – 6 once, then Rows 3 – 6 five times, then Rows 3 – 5.

Edging

You have ended at Row 5 (bottom of shawl.)
1. Do not turn. Ch 1, rotate around the corner to work across short side. Sc evenly spaced across short side to end.

2. (Top of shawl) Ch 1, rotate around the corner to work across long side of foundation row, sc in each ch across to end.

3. Ch 1, rotate around the corner to work across short side. Sc evenly spaced across short side to end.

4. (Bottom of shawl) Ch 1 rotate around the corner to work on long side. Sc in vertical side of last sc just made, [place 1 sc in each dc and tr, and 3 sc in each ch-3 sp] across, sc in vertical side of first sc on short side, turn. My sample – 161 sc.

5. Ch 1, sc in first 4 sc, [ch 5, sk next 3 sc, sc in next 7 sc] to end, omitting last 3 sc, turn.  My sample – 16 ch-5, 113 sc.

6. Ch 1, sc in first sc, [ch 1, Shell in next ch-5 lp, sk next 3 sc, sc in next sc] to end, turn.
My sample – 16 Shells, 17 sc.

7. Ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp, *[(sc, ch 3, sc) in next ch-1 sp] 5 times,** ch 2, (sc in next ch-1 sp) twice, ch 2, rep from * across, ending last rep at **, sc in last ch-1 sp, sl st in last sc. Finish off, weave in ends.

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