News for November

Four Winds Afghan, formerly our MysteryGhan 2021, is complete and pattern has been updated with photos. Still available at half price for a limited time on Ravelry and Etsy. I could see myself using aspects of this design in other projects – the Harlequin stitch and color sequence could be used in a full blanket. The Daisy Mandalas could be turned into a hexagon or octagon and worked into another full afghan. The black and white border is also versatile.

Resplendant Afghan CAL is ongoing on my Ravelry board. The pattern is included in the Fall 2021 edition of Interweave Crochet. If you need yarn for the project, please click through my links here on the blog and I’ll get a commission.

Be sure to check out the BOGO – Buy One, Get One Free Sale in my Ravelry and Etsy shops – now through November 21, 2021. Coupon Code BOGO21. Put two patterns in cart and lowest priced pattern is free! Many prices have been recently rolled back so time to take advantage. What do you have your eye on? 

Ravelry Store:
https://www.ravelry.com/stores/julie-yeager-designs

Etsy:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/FiberJay?coupon=BOGO21

Stay tuned for the Independent Designer Gift Along after Thanksgiving on Ravelry.

New Pattern – My Addison Beanie

New pattern on Ravelry – My Addison Beanie knit hat, with an easy knit/purl pattern, sized for three sizes, but very stretchy. Baby/Toddler size is 14″ around, 6″ high on size 6 needles with Feels Like Butta yarn, a worsted on the thin side, gauge 18/28. Size M is 16″ around, 8″ high on size 8 needles with Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran with gauge 18/22; Size L/XL is 18″ around, 9″ high on size 8 needles with Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran with gauge 18/22. Each takes less than 1 skein of yarn and is a quick knit.

To receive a free Ravelry download of this pattern, use Coupon Code ADDIE. If you post a Ravelry project page and photo of your finished hat, I will send you a Coupon Code for my next knit hat pattern. Offer expires 11/10/21.

MysteryGhan 2021 Complete!

And the Mystery is solved! Hope you all enjoyed MysteryGhan 2021 – last clue is in your email and Rav library – thanks to all who chatted and shared updates and results on our Rav board and FB Group. Pattern is now called Four Winds Afghan due to its four distinct pattern sections.

Please continue to discuss the pattern as you finish up and let me know if you have any problems. I sent out a first copy of this last clue that contained an error in Round 1 of the border, but the correction was sent out right afterward. The pattern lends itself to your own interpretation; you can always change the size length or width-wise, you can substitute a stitch pattern, or you can shape-shift the motifs, as some have done on my Ravelry group – they made the first four squares into a square and continued around in the next patterns to make the afghan in the round. It’s a great idea and while I am not going to work it up right now, I look forward to seeing you put your interprations out there.

Do not forget to sign up on this blog for blog updates, so you do not miss news of the next pattern or Crochet Along or Knit Along or any news from me. As you know, our next CAL will be working through my pattern Resplendent Afghan which appears in the Fall 2021 Interweave Crochet Magazine, available at newsstands and online. We will begin October 11, 2021, and yarn details are here.

I am happy to have a new affiliate relationship with Jimmy Beans Wool, a fun and exciting yarn shop selling only the best in crochet and knit supplies. I think the Craftvent Calendar 2021 sounds like a great time – you receive an Advent Calendar-like box with a different treat for each day of December, containing the yarn or notion needed to complete a crochet or knit shawl or mittens. Check it out and let me know if you want to CAL/KAL – I have my eye on the Tidings Wrap in Buttermint.

Chaplet Afghan Square

Featured this Month on the MOOGLY CAL 2021 – check out Moogly’s blog for all the fabulous afghan square designs that are featured this year; the creativity shown in this years’ offerings is outstanding! Create your own unique blanket with the Moogly CAL 2021.

Chaplet Afghan Square by Julie Yeager

12” Afghan Block

U.S.Crochet Terms 

Materials: Red Heart with Love (100% Acrylic, #4, 7 oz/198 g; 370 yds/338 m)

Color A: Dusty Purple (60 g)   B: Aran (30 g) 

Crochet Hook size J (6.0 mm) 

(Change to larger hook for linen stitch border starting at Round 12 if desired.)

Special Stitches and abbreviations

Beg – beginning  BLO – back loop only  ch – chain dc – double crochet hdc – half double crochet  sc – single crochet  sk – skip   sl – slip   sp – space st – stitch  YO – yarn over  

BPsc – back post single crochet – insert hook from back to front around post of designated stitch; YO and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook), YO and draw through 2 loops (1 loop on hook)

FPsc – front post single crochet – insert hook behind post of stitch (from front to back), YO, pull through, bring up even with last stitch completed, YO, pull through 2 loops (1 loop on hook)

FPsc dec – front post single crochet decrease – Insert hook behind posts of next two stitches (from front to back), YO, pull through, bring up even with last stitch completed, YO, pull through 2 loops (1 loop on hook) 

FPdc – Front post double crochet – YO, insert hook behind post of stitch (from front to back and then back to front), YO, pull through, (3 loops on hook), (YO, pull through 2 loops) twice

Join with sc – (Standing stitch) With slip knot on hook, insert hook into designated stitch, hook yarn, pull through, (two loops on hook,) YO, pull through two loops

V – St (V-Stitch) – (dc, ch 2, dc) in same st or sp

Puff St – Puff Stitch – (YO, insert hook in designated st or sp, YO, pull through, bring up to height of a dc) 3 times, YO, pull through all 7 strands, ch 1 to close

3 Puff Corner – [(Puff St, ch 1) twice, Puff St] in same st or sp

Notes:  Ch-3 at the beginning of a round counts as a dc; ch-2 as a hdc.  Ch 1 at the beginning of a round does not count as a stitch.  “Omitting last stitches” means that those stitches were already completed at the beginning of the round.

Instructions: 

Round 1:  With Color A, ch 4, sl st in first ch to form ring.  Ch 3, 11 dc in ring, sl st to top of beg ch-3.  (12 dc)

Round 2:  Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch-1), [(dc, ch 1) in next st] 11 times, sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-4. (12 dc, 12 ch-1 sp)

Round 3:  Sl st in ch-1 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, ch 1, [(3 dc, ch 1), in next ch-1 sp] 11 times, sl st to top of beg ch-3, fasten off. (36 dc, 12 ch-1 sp)

Round 4:  Join Color B with sl st in any ch-1 sp, ch 5 (counts as dc and ch-2), dc in same sp, ch 1, [(V st, ch 1)  in next ch-1 sp] 11 times, sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-5. (12 V-st, 12 ch-1 sp)

Round 5:  Sl st in ch-2 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, (FPdc in next 2 dc, 3 dc in ch-2 sp) 11 times, FPdc in next 2 dc, sl st to top of beg ch-3. (60 st)

Round 6:  Ch 2,  (3 hdc in next st, hdc in next st, ch 1, FPsc dec around next 2 FPdc, ch 1, hdc in next st) 12 times, omitting last st, sl st to top of beg ch-2, fasten off. (60 hdc, 12 FPsc dec, 24 ch-1)

Round 7:   Join Color A with sc in any FPsc dec, [ch 2, sk ch-1 sp and 2 hdc, BPsc in next hdc, ch 2, sk 2 hdc and ch-1 sp, sc in FPsc dec, ch 2, sk ch-1 sp and 2 hdc,  BPsc in next hdc, sk 2 hdc and ch-1 sp, (V-st, ch 2, V-st) in FPsc dec, sk ch-1 sp and 2 hdc, BPsc in next st, ch 2, sk 2 hdc and ch-1 sp, sc in next FPsc dec] four times, omitting last st, sl st to first sc. (4 dc, 3 BPsc, 2 sc, 7 ch-2 sp per side)

Round 8:  FPsc in same st as join, [2 sc in ch-2 sp, FPsc in BPsc, 2 sc in ch-2 sp, FPsc in sc, 3 sc in ch-2 sp, FPsc in BPsc, FPsc in dc, 2 sc in ch-2 sp, Fpsc in dc, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp for corner, FPsc in dc, 2 sc in ch-2 sp, FPsc in dc, FPsc in BPsc, 3 sc in ch-2 sp, FPsc in sc] four times, omitting last st, sl st to beg FPsc.  (25 st plus ch-2 sp per side)

Round 9:  Ch 1, sc in same st and in next 15 st, [(sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp for corner, sc in next 25 st] three times, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp for corner, sc in next 9 st, sl st to first sc, fasten off. (27 st plus ch-2 sp per side)

Round 10:  (Note:  This round may look a little wavy but it will work out.  There is a ch at the end of the puff and a ch between puffs.)  Join Color B with sl st in BLO of first corner ch (this sl st will be hidden later.)  (Puff st, ch 1, puff st) in ch-2 corner sp, [(ch 1, sk 1 st, puff st in next st) 13 times, ch 1, sk 1 st, 3 puff corner] four times, omitting last 3 st and placing last puff st in same sp as beg, ch 1, sl st to first puff, fasten off. (16 puffs, 16 ch-1 sp per side)  

Round 11: Join Color A with sc in first ch-1 sp of any corner, sc in same sp, FPsc in puff, 2 sc in ch-1 sp, [(FPsc in puff, sc in ch-1 sp) 14 times, (FPsc in puff, 2 sc in next ch-1 sp) twice] four times, omitting last 5 st, sl st to first sc. (34 st per side)  

Round 12:  Sl st in next st and in next (corner) st,  ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in same st for corner, [(ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next st) 16  times, ch 1, sk 1 st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next st for corner] four times, omitting last corner, sl st to first sc. (18 sc, 19 ch per side) 

Round 13:  Sl st in ch-2 sp, ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in same sp for corner, [(ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next ch-1 sp) 17  times, ch 1, sk 1 st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp for corner] four times, omitting last corner, sl st to first sc. (19 sc, 20 ch per side)

Round 14:  Sl st in ch-2 sp, ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in same sp for corner, [(ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next ch-1 sp) 18  times, ch 1, sk 1 st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp for corner] four times, omitting last corner, sl st to first sc. (20 sc, 21 ch per side)

Round 15:  Sl st in ch-2 sp, ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in same sp for corner, [(ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next ch-1 sp) 19  times, ch 1, sk 1 st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp for corner] four times, omitting last corner, sl st to first sc. (21 sc, 22 ch per side)

Round 16:  Sl st in ch-2 sp, ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in same sp for corner, [(ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next ch-1 sp) 20  times, ch 1, sk 1 st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp for corner] four times, omitting last corner, sl st to first sc. (22 sc, 23 ch per side)

Round 17:  Sl st in ch-2 sp, ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in same sp for corner, [(ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next ch-1 sp) 21 times, ch 1, sk 1 st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp for corner] four times, omitting last corner, sl st to first sc. Fasten off.  (23 sc, 24 ch per side)

Copyright 2021 Julie Yeager Designs

 See all at  www.julieyeagerdesigns.com, or my Ravelry store. Contact me via e-mail at julieyeagerdesigns@gmail.com  

Resplendent Afghan CAL Coming Soon

I’m excited to announce that my design Resplendent Afghan will be published in Interweave Crochet’s Fall 2021 issue, available online on the Interweave website August 25, 2021 and at newstands, bookstores, yarn shops, and craft stores in early September 2021. Incidentally, this will be the last print edition of Interweave Crochet, as the magazine is transitioning to digital only on Interweave.com.

Resplendent Afghan consists of granny squares with a twist – post stitches give it texture and color changes give it some visual pop. I think this colorway would be perfect for a dorm room!

If you would like to Crochet Along with this design, I will be hosting on my Ravelry Board and on my Facebook Crochet Along Group starting October 11, 2021. If you would like to use the yarn I used, you can order Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran from LoveCrafts (LoveKnitting and LoveCrochet) through my links and I’ll get a small commission.

Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran (100% Acrylic, 3.5 oz/100 g, 201 yds/184 m), Yarn Weight #4: 7 balls 204 stormy grey (MC); 3 balls 206 granite grey (JC); 2 balls each 208 dark aubergine (B), 222 buttercup yellow (D), 243 raspberry pink (F) and 233 marine blue (H); 1 ball each 245 pale lilac (A), 221 daffodil yellow (C), 250 bubblegum pink (E), 232 washed teal (G)

Hook: H (5.0 mm)  crochet hook Size: 53” x 68”

MysteryGhan 2021 Week 2

Week 2 Clue has been added to your Ravelry library; update is now available for download. If you haven’t purchased the pattern yet, it is available on Ravelry for $3.49 and will be updated each week for the duration of the CAL.

Week Two finishes up the Part A panel and starts to expand onto both sides of the panel. The afghan is now worked back and forth in rows. Have fun with it and don’t forget to ask questions, post photos, and chat with your fellow CALer’s!

Ravelry Chat but NO SPOILER PHOTOS:  https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/julie-yeager-designs/4143996/1-25

Ravelry Chat, PHOTOS ALLOWED:

https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/julie-yeager-designs/4141312/1-25]

Facebook Group – No photos in first post of a thread.  You can start a thread, saying that you will post photos in first reply.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/351656498338028/

MysteryGhan 2021 Underway

JulieAnny MysteryGhan 2021 can be downloaded on Ravelry. First Clue is going out right now free of charge to those who have downloaded the Intro using Coupon Code. It will be available as a pattern update in your Ravelry library. For new participants, the pattern will be offered at half-price, $3.49, for the duration of the Crochet-Along. The Clues will be released weekly for seven weeks. Share photos, progress notes, and ask questions on my Ravelry Board and Facebook CAL group as noted below.

Ravelry Chat but NO SPOILER PHOTOS:  https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/julie-yeager-designs/4143996/1-25

Ravelry Chat, PHOTOS ALLOWED:

https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/julie-yeager-designs/4141312/1-25]

Facebook Group – No photos in first post of a thread.  You can start a thread, saying that you will post photos in first reply.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/351656498338028/

If you need yarn, please purchase through my affiliate links and I will get a small commission.  For my first sample I used Loops and Threads Impeccable, available at Michael’s.  For second sample, Scheepjes Chunky Monkey available at Deramores and Wool Warehouse.  For third sample, try Paintbox Simply Aran available at LoveCrafts.  I worked out the colors for Stylecraft Special Aran and Special DK, available at Deramores and Wool Warehouse.  In aran weight, the size will measure about 48” x 66”, smaller in DK but you can enlarge easily. For Vanna’s Choice, try Lion Brand

MysteryGhan 2021 Links and Coupon

As many of you know, I have been publishing a Mystery Afghan since 2011.  Previous designs were Hexaghan, September Morning, Garden State Afghan, Deco’Ghan, Summer Mosaic, Sweet Pea Afghan, Midday Mandala, and Octa’Ghan. The patterns are released piece by piece over a period of about eight weeks and we crochet along without benefit of photos or videos – it is a Mystery after all!  After a few days, photos start showing up on our spoiler threads on Ravelry and Facebook Groups, and we can all work together and ask questions.  We have seen some fabulous renditions of the afghans over the years, and there are over 1500 photos on Ravelry to look at!

Ravelry Chat but NO SPOILER PHOTOS:  https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/julie-yeager-designs/4143996/1-25

Ravelry Chat, PHOTOS ALLOWED:

https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/julie-yeager-designs/4141312/1-25]

Facebook Group – No photos in first post of a thread.  You can start a thread, saying that you will post photos in first reply.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/351656498338028/

I release the pattern for free as an introductory deal, but once the Crochet Along begins it becomes a paid pattern. Pattern is on Ravelry and for now is called JulieAnny MysteryGhan 2021. Coupon code is KODACHROME and is good from now until August 15 end of day. Updates will be free on Ravelry. File available now includes an intro and a tiny mini-clue which is the beginning of Clue 1.

This year’s design will be done in several large pieces to be pieced together into a rectangle shape.  So it is not as many pieces as last year’s Octa’Ghan, but it is not a one-piece design either.  There are about 6 large pieces plus a border, but each section works off the previous piece.  It will be mostly fun and easy stitch patterns with a few new techniques.

I was inspired by sun-drenched colors of a holiday beach resort and the hand-painted pottery a friend brought me back as a gift years ago.  I will give you my colors and yarn suggestions now so you can get ready but this design is also very suited to stash busting.  I’m using TEN colors and I think it works!

If you need yarn, please purchase through my affiliate links.  For my first sample I used Loops and Threads Impeccable, available at Michael’s.  For second sample, Scheepjes Chunky Monkey available at Deramores and Wool Warehouse.  For third sample, try Paintbox Simply Aran available at LoveCrafts.  I worked out the colors for Stylecraft Special Aran and Special DK, available at Deramores and Wool Warehouse.  In aran weight, the size will measure about 45” x 60”, smaller in DK but you can enlarge easily. For Vanna’s Choice, try Lion Brand

Yarn Suggestions

I’ve worked my sample in Loops and Threads Impeccable Yarn, a 100% acrylic medium weight #4 yarn available at Michael’s. My palette is bright and sun-drenched like a summer vacation by the sea, mostly greens and blues, a little yellow and orange, with black and white accents. I used the following amounts:

(Impeccable skein is 4.5 oz, 127 g, 285 y, 260 m)

Impeccable at Michaels: 3 skeins each of Clear Blue and White, 2 skeins each of Sea Green and Bright Sky Blue, 1 skein each of Royal, Sunny Day, Pumpkin, Aqua, Citron, and Black

Follow my colors or work up your own from stash. If you need yarn, please purchase through my links and I will get a commission.

StyleCraft Special Aran and PaintBox Simply Aran by LoveCrafts are of a very similar weight and can be substituted with the following colors and amounts:

StyleCraft at Deramores and Wool Warehouse: 4 skeins of Cream, 3 skeins of Cloud Blue, 2 skeins each of Royal, Aspen, Empire, 1 skein each of Saffron, Spice, Cornish Blue (or Turquoise in dk), Pistachio, and Black

Paintbox Simply Aran at LoveCrafts (on sale today only): 4 skeins of Paper White, 3 skeins of Dolphin Blue, 2 skeins each of Sailor Blue, Washed Teal, Kingfisher Blue, and 1 skein Buttercup Yellow, Blood Orange, Marine Blue, Lime Green, and Pure Black

Chunky Monkey by Scheepjes is of a heavier weight and these amounts are just estimates but the colors are soo pretty and saturated that I would definitely recommend:

Chunky Monkey at Wool Warehouse and Deramores: 6 skeins of 1001, 5 skeins of 1082, 3 skeins each of 1422 and 2015, 2 skeins each of 1117, 1821, and 1002, 1 skein each of 2008, 2002, and 1068

The blanket is coming out bigger than I thought at first so if you use dk yarn it will still be a nice size.

First Clue August 16, 2021.

MysteryGhan 2021 Yarn Needs

I’ve worked my sample in Loops and Threads Impeccable Yarn, a 100% acrylic medium weight #4 yarn available at Michael’s. My palette is bright and sun-drenched like a summer vacation by the sea, mostly greens and blues, a little yellow and orange, with black and white accents. I used the following amounts:

(Impeccable skein is 4.5 oz, 127 g, 285 y, 260 m)

Impeccable at Michaels: 3 skeins each of Clear Blue and White, 2 skeins each of Sea Green and Bright Sky Blue, 1 skein each of Royal, Sunny Day, Pumpkin, Aqua, Citron, and Black

Follow my colors or work up your own from stash. If you need yarn, please purchase through my links and I will get a commission.

StyleCraft Special Aran and PaintBox Simply Aran by LoveCrafts are of a very similar weight and can be substituted with the following colors and amounts:

StyleCraft at Deramores and Wool Warehouse: 4 skeins of Cream, 3 skeins of Cloud Blue, 2 skeins each of Royal, Aspen, Empire, 1 skein each of Saffron, Spice, Cornish Blue (or Turquoise in dk), Pistachio, and Black

Paintbox Simply Aran at LoveCrafts (on sale today only): 4 skeins of Paper White, 3 skeins of Dolphin Blue, 2 skeins each of Sailor Blue, Washed Teal, Kingfisher Blue, and 1 skein Buttercup Yellow, Blood Orange, Marine Blue, Lime Green, and Pure Black

Chunky Monkey by Scheepjes is of a heavier weight and these amounts are just estimates but the colors are soo pretty and saturated that I would definitely recommend:

Chunky Monkey at Wool Warehouse and Deramores: 6 skeins of 1001, 5 skeins of 1082, 3 skeins each of 1422 and 2015, 2 skeins each of 1117, 1821, and 1002, 1 skein each of 2008, 2002, and 1068

The blanket is coming out bigger than I thought at first so if you use dk yarn it will still be a nice size.

First Clue August 16, will publish free coupon code here August 2. Free code good until CAL starts, paid pattern thereafter.

MysteryGhan 2021

As many of you know, I have been publishing a Mystery Afghan since 2011.  Previous designs were Hexaghan, September Morning, Garden State Afghan, Deco’Ghan, Summer Mosaic, Sweet Pea Afghan, Midday Mandala, and Octa’Ghan. The patterns are released piece by piece over a period of about eight weeks and we crochet along without benefit of photos or videos – it is a Mystery after all!  After a few days, photos start showing up on our spoiler threads on Ravelry and Facebook Groups, and we can all work together and ask questions.  We have seen some fabulous renditions of the afghans over the years, and there are over 1500 photos on Ravelry to look at!

I release the pattern for free as an introductory deal, but once the Crochet Along begins it becomes a paid pattern.  So to get in at the beginning and receive the free Coupon Code, be sure to subscribe to my blog updates for the latest news.  I am finalizing the design now and it should be ready soon, hoping to begin the week of August 16, 2021.

This year’s design will be done in several large pieces to be pieced together into a rectangle shape.  So it is not as many pieces as last year’s Octa’Ghan, but it is not a one-piece design either.  There are about 6 large pieces plus a border.  It will be mostly fun and easy stitch patterns with a few new techniques.

I was inspired by sun-drenched colors of a holiday beach resort and the hand-painted pottery a friend brought me back as a gift years ago.  I will give you my colors and yarn suggestions now so you can get ready but this design is also very suited to stash busting.  I’m using TEN colors and I think it works!

If you need yarn, please purchase through my affiliate links.  For my first sample I used Loops and Threads Impeccable, available at Michael’s.  For second sample, Scheepjes Chunky Monkey available at Deramores and Wool Warehouse.  For third sample, try Paintbox Simply Aran available at LoveCrafts.  I worked out the colors for Stylecraft Special Aran and Special DK, available at Deramores and Wool Warehouse.  In aran weight, the size will measure about 45” x 60”, smaller in DK but you can enlarge easily. For Vanna’s Choice, try Lion Brand

This mini motif is not part of the pattern but gives you an idea of the color scheme I’m using. Mostly blues ,aquas, and green, with splashes of black, white , orange, and yellow.   So far, with Impeccable ( medium weight acrylic, 4.5 oz skein, 127.5 g, 285 yards, 260 m) the yarn estimates are as follows: 

Royal – 2 skeins

Clear Blue – 3

White-4

Sunny Day -1

Pumpkin-1

Sea Green -2

Bright Sky Blue-2

Aqua-1

Citron-1

Black-2