Exciting Mary Maxim News

Just wanted to share my excitement to offer my Summer Mosaic Afghan in a kit with pattern available now from the Mary Maxim Catalog/website! I have been receiving the Mary Maxim Catalog in my mailbox since I can remember and the first afghan I made in my teens used Mary Maxim yarn, so this is a great honor and treat. This pattern has been very popular since 2015 and I have revised the pattern to add a new border and make a few minor changes. This version uses Mary Maxim Starlette, a soft and sturdy acrylic in a worsted/aran weight that is perfect for most of my blanket patterns. Use my links to purchase the kit or any Mary Maxim yarn and I will receive a commission, too! Thanks for your support.

Also in the catalog as a kit is Illusions Afghan, which is based on a variation of my Faded Love Blanket, crocheted in the recently updated Mellowspun DK – what a range of colors! This DK acrylic will rival any you have used, and the colors will not disappoint. I am working on a new design using Mellowspun DK, and I love how it works up.

Stay tuned for more exciting Mary Maxim collaborations, and do not forget to take advantage of my Summer Patterns Sale going on in my Ravelry and Etsy Shops, with the lowest prices of the year. Fifty percent off all patterns including e-books, if you use Coupon Code 50PERCENT.

Thank you to all who purchase through my links <3 <3.

Summer Sale

Yesterday you received an out-of-date blog update – so sorry about that! I was updating some posts and removing expired promotions and did not realize you would receive that update. So, with that in mind, please enjoy this Summer Sale Promotion in my Ravelry Store and Etsy Store, for 50 percent off your entire shopping cart purchase, and good until September 30, 2022 for readers of this blog update. Coupon Code is 50PERCENT in both the Ravelry and Etsy shops.

Thanks for your support, and stay tuned for new patterns coming soon in the next few months.

Elizabeth Rose Afghan Square

This is my contribution to the Moogly 2022 Crochet Along – Elizabeth Rose Afghan Square, named after my beautiful niece. See Mooglyblog.com for a fabulous variety of afghan blocks featured throughout the year. Elizabeth Rose features mostly simple stitching with a few post stitches and clusters; just relax and crochet as you quickly work up this pretty square. When doing a sampler afghan, I usually try to align the sizes by having the same number of stitches in the final rounds. This square has 40 st per side in the final round and with an H hook comes out at 12″ for me. For this CAL, a J hook is recommended and the square is about 13″ with a J for me. If you use the same hook consistently, pay attention to the final round counts and you should be able to easily join your squares. You can always add a round of stitches to even out the blocks.

Elizabeth Rose Afghan Square

 by Julie Yeager Designs

Materials  

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

Color A: Mallard (25 g)   B: Iced Aqua (10 g)  C: Ochre Brown (25 g)   D: Tan (25 g)

Crochet Hook size J (6.0 mm)

Size:  12” square, with 40 st and a ch-2 sp on final side  

Pattern uses U.S. crochet terms.  Ch-3 at beginning of Round counts as a dc. Use Magic Ring to start if desired.  Use standing stitches or chains at beginning of rounds as you prefer. 

Abbreviations and Special Stitches

BTrCl – beginning treble cluster of 3   ch – chain Cl – cluster dc –  double crochet   

FPsc – front post single crochet    FPtr – front post treble crochet hdc – half double crochet   sc – single crochet sk – skip sl – slip sp – space st – stitch    yo – yarn over tr – treble crochet

BTrCl: Beginning Treble Cluster of 3 – Into designated st or sp, ch 3, (tr to last step leaving one loop on hook) twice, yo and pull through all 3 st on hook. 

TrCl: Treble Cluster of 3 – Into designated st or sp, (tr to last step leaving one loop on hook) three times, yo and pull through all 4 st 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) 

FPtr: Front Post Treble Crochet – Yarn over twice, insert hook behind post of stitch (from front to back), yo, pull through, work treble as usual.

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

Join with dc:  With slip knot on hook, yarn over, insert hook into designated stitch, grab yarn, pull through, (three loops on hook,) yarn over, pull through two loops, (two loops on hook,) yarn over, pull through two loops

Instructions:

Round 1: With Color A,  ch 6, join with sl st to form ring, BTrCl, (ch 3,TrCl) seven times, ch 3, sl st to top of BCl. Fasten off. (8 Treble Clusters of 3, 8 ch-3 sp)

Round 2:  With Color B, join with FPsc around top of any Cl. (Working loosely, 3 sc around last leg of Cl and the ch-3 sp (See photo,) FPsc around Cl) eight times, omitting last FPsc, sl st to first st. (32 st)

Round 3:  Ch 1, sc in same st, (sk 1 st, 5 dc in next st, sk 1 st, sc in next st) seven times,  sk 1 st, 5 dc in next st, sk 1 st, sl st to first st, fasten off. (40 dc, 8 sc)

Round 4:  Join Color C with sc in center dc of any 5-dc group, (ch 3, sk 2 st, sc in sc, ch 3, sk 2 st, sc in next dc) seven times, ch 3, sk 2 st, sc in sc, ch 3, sk 2 st, sl st to first st. (16 sc, 16 ch-3 sp)

Round 5:  Ch 1, [sk sc, (sc, hdc, dc, tr) in ch-3 sp, FPtr around sc, (tr, dc, hdc, sc) in next ch-3 sp] eight times, sl st to first st, fasten off. (72 st)

Round 6: Join Color D with sc in top of  FPtr, (ch 4, sk 4 st, FPsc in Rd 4 sc, ch 4, sk 4 st, sc in FPtr) eight times, omitting last sc, sl st to beg sc.(8 FPsc, 8 sc, 16 ch-4 sp)

Round 7:  Ch 1, [sk sc, (sc, 2 hdc, dc, tr) in ch-4 sp, FPtr in FPsc, (tr, dc, 2 hdc, sc) in ch-4 sp,] eight times, sl st to beg sc, fasten off. (88 st)

Round 8: Join Color A with sc in any FPtr, (ch 2, sk 2 st, sc in next st, ch 2, sk 2 st, FPsc around sc below in Rd 6, ch 2, sk 2 st, sc in next st, ch 2, sk 2 st, sc in next st) eight times, omitting last sc, sl st to first st. (24 sc, 8 FPsc, 32 ch-2 sp)

Round 9: Ch 1, [sk sc, (2 sc, hdc) in ch-2 sp, sk sc,  (2 dc, tr) in ch-2 sp, FPtr around FPsc, (tr, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp, sk sc, (hdc, 2 sc) in ch-2 sp] eight times, sl st to first sc, fasten off. (104 st)

Round 10: Join Color B with dc in any FPtr, FPtr around FPtr, 4 dc in same FPtr, *sk 2 st, (sc in next st, ch 3, sk 3 st) twice, sc in next st, ch 4, sk 3 st, (sc in next st, ch 3, sk 3 st) twice, sc in next st, sk 2 st, ** (4 dc, FPtr around FPtr, 4 dc) in next st*.  Repeat * to * two more times and * to ** once, 3 dc in same st as beg, sl st to first dc. (4 FPtr, 32 dc, 24 sc, 16 ch-3 sp, 4 ch-4 sp)

Round 11:  Ch 3, [(2dc, ch2, 2dc) in FPtr, dc in next 4 st, sk sc, 4 dc in ch-3 sp, sk sc, 4 sc in ch-3 sp, sk sc, sl st in next 4 st of ch-4, sk sc, 4 sc in ch-3 sp, sk sc, 4 dc in ch-3 sp, sk sc, dc in next 4 st] four times, omitting last dc, sl st to top of beg ch-3, fasten off. (20 dc, 8 sc, 4 sl st, one ch-2 sp per side)

Round 12: Join Color C with sc in any ch-2 sp, ch 2, sc in same sp, [ch 1, sk 2 st, (sc in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st) 15 times, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp for corner] four times, omitting last corner; sl st in first sc. (68 sc, 64 ch-1 sp, 4 ch-2 sp)

Round 13:  Sl st into ch-2 sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2dc) in ch-2 sp, [(2 dc in ch-1 sp) 16 times, (2 dc, ch-2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp for corner] four times, omitting last corner; sl st in top of beg ch-3, fasten off. (36 dc, one ch-2 sp per side) 

Round 14: Join Color D with sc in any ch-2 corner, (ch 2, sc) in same sp. [(Ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next st) 18 times, ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp for corner] four times, omitting last corner; sl st to beg st. (20 sc, 19 ch-1 sp, one ch-2 sp per side) 

Round 15: Sl st into ch-2 sp, ch 1, [(sc, ch-2, sc) in ch-2 sp, (2 sc in next ch-1 sp) 19 times] four times, sl st to first st, fasten off. (40 sc, one ch-2 sp per side)

Copyright 2019  Julie Yeager Designs Please do not post this pattern on the internet. Posting a link to my website – www.julieyeagerdesigns.com, or to my Ravelry store – where you can see all my patterns – http://www.ravelry.com/stores/Julie-yeager-designs, is appreciated. Contact me via e-mail at julieyeagerdesigns at gmail.com.

What’s New?

Coming Soon! 100 Crochet Tiles

Preorder now on Amazon to receive your copy of 100 Crochet Tiles which will be released April 12, 2022. As you know, 7 of my reworked patterns will be included in this collection, and we will have a CAL later in the year. I definitely think it is time for a new book of afghan squares and this book is beautiful and well-done, with contributions from

Sarah Shrimpton of Annaboo’s House, Lynne Rowe of the Wool Nest, Steffi Glaves Designer/Maker, Ana Morais Soares of Oneskeinoflove Crochet, Emma Potter of Potter and Bloom, Johanna Lindahl of Mijo Crochet, Rosina Plane, Hattie Risdale of The Petal Shed, Anna Nikipirowicz, Rachele Carmona of Cypress Textiles, Catherine Noronha of Catherine Crochets, Caitie of Thoresby Cottage, Meghan Ballmer of Meghanmakesdo, and Carol Ibbetson.

Cannot wait to get started! Here is a youtube video flipping through the book and some sneak peek photos:https://youtu.be/kcGOcQ1yPbU

Early Spring Diagonal

New Pattern Alert!

Early Spring Diagonal is worked in the same stitch pattern as my All the Colors Striped Blanket, but worked on the diagonal. Start with a chain 2 and off you go! The pattern beautifully complements the subtle ombres and shadings of Scheepjes Fine Art, but can be also used with a self-striping yarn, an ombre yarn, stripes, or solids. The textured pattern is reversible and looks good in any yarn. The pattern is easily memorized for a relaxing, meditative experience.

I used 3 skeins of Fine Art for the blanket and one skein for the border. As an alternate, you could use the coordinating Scheepjes Merino Soft for a solid colored border.

If you have purchased All the Colors Striped Blanket, this pattern will be sent as a free update on Ravelry. If you purchased on Etsy or LoveCrafts, contact me for the update. If you purchase this pattern, All the Colors Striped blanket will be included as a bonus.

Pattern will be $5.99 regular price; on introductory 30% off sale of $4.19 until June 30, 2022. No coupon needed.

Pattern support on my Ravelry Board and Facebook CAL group.

Ravelry: Early Spring Diagonal

Etsy: Early Spring and All the Colors

New Pattern – 7 Day Blanket

I have been seeing oversized chunky knit throws in all the home decorating department stores – some are done with arm-knitting or large needles – here is your quick and easy crocheted version!  Two stripes a day (12 rows!) for a 7-Day project.  Quick work with multiple strands and a huge hook. I used three strands of Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca and a Q hook for a soft and cushy blanket, perfect for sitting under on the couch on these cold New York winter days.

The pattern calls for 18 skeins (3600 yards) of #4 yarn. I’m publishing it here free of charge for fans of the blog, but if you would like an ad-free version it is available on Ravelry and Etsy at a low introductory price of $2.99. If you would like a Print-Friendly version, click on the post.

7-Day Blanket by Julie Yeager Designs

Pattern uses U.S. Crochet Terms

Materials 

Yarn:  Medium Weight #4  –  Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca (90% Acrylic, 10% Alpaca), 3.5 oz/100g – 207 yd/190 m per skein.  Used a total of 18 skeins for 40” x 70”  size, holding three strands together, for a total of 3600 yards. (Link to Purchase on Lion Brand)

MC – Taupe: 7 skeins A – Cream: 3 skeins B – Blue: 1 skein

C – Blush: 3 skeins D – Oxford Grey: 1 skein E – Olive: 1 skein

F – Dusty Blue: 1 skein G – Charcoal: 1 skein 

Hook: Size Q (15.75 mm) (Link to Purchase on Amazon)

Gauge: 6 st and 5 rows per 4”

Size: 40” x 70” 

Abbreviations and Notes

Ch – chain dc – double crochet sc – single crochet st – stitch

Tips when working rows back and forth:  This is simple and basic but I sometimes need a reminder especially if I have been working granny squares and continuous round blankets where I never turn my work.  When turning after every row, you are working into the two strands to the left of your stitch.  With single crochet, your first chain does not count as a stitch so you start right in the first stitch.  With double crochet, your beginning ch-3 counts as a stitch so you skip that first stitch.  In this pattern, every row starts with a single crochet so you chain 1, then single crochet in that first stitch, the two strands to the left of your single crochet, the last single crochet in the previous round.  Just remember in this stitch pattern, every row starts and ends with a single crochet, and you work single crochet into single crochet and double crochet into double crochet.

Carrying 3 strands:  At least 1 strand of MC is carried throughout the blanket, so you can keep changing skeins normally when you run out of MC.  With each color “chunk” you need 2 strands of a contrast color so I worked one strand from the center of the skein and one strand from the outside of the skein.  A few rows call for one strand each of 3 colors for blending and to adhere to yarn requirements..

Row 1: With 3 strands of MC, ch 60, sc in second ch from hook, (dc in next ch, sc in next ch) to end, ending with an sc, turn. (59 st)

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in sc, (dc in dc, sc in sc) across, ending with an sc, turn. (59 st)

Repeat Row 2 for pattern.

Color changes.  Blanket starts and ends with a 5 row chunk of 3 strands of MC.  One strand of MC is carried along with 2 strands of another color for most sections.  There is a transition row with 3 colors between some sections.

Rows 1 – 5:  3 strands MC

Row 6: 2 strands MC, 1 strand  A

Rows 7 – 11:  1 strand MC, 2 strands A

Rows 12 – 16:  1 strand MC, 2 strands B

Row 17: 1 strand MC, 1 strand B, 1 strand C

Rows 18 – 22:  1 strand MC, 2 strands C

Rows 23 – 27:  1 strand MC, 2 strands D

Row 28:  1 strand MC, 1 strand D, 1 strand A

Rows 29 – 33:  1 strand MC, 2 strands A

Rows 34 – 38:  1 strand MC, 2 strands E

Row 39:  1 strand MC, 1 strand E, 1 strand C

Rows 40 – 44:  1 strand MC, 2 strands C

Rows 45 – 49:  1 strand MC, 2 strands F

Row 50:  1 strand MC, 1 strand F, 1 strand A

Rows 51 – 55:  1 strand MC, 2 strands A

Rows 56 – 60:  1 strand MC, 2 strands G

Row 61: 1 strand MC, 1 strand G, 1 strand C

Rows 62 – 66: 1 strand MC, 2 strands C

Rows 67 – 72:  3 strands MC.

Finish off, weave in ends.  

Add tassels:  Need 60 tassels, 30 for each short side.  For each tassel, cut 11 strands about 12” long.  I wrap them around my cell phone lengthwise to measure and cut.  Sometimes I use a CD case (if you still have one!)   (6 strands MC, 2 strands A, 2 strands C, 1 strand another color).  Loop into every other st on the short sides.

(Hold 11 strands together, being as precise with length as you would like! Fold in half, forming a loop.  Place hook through the stitch, pull loop partially through, about 2 inches.  Place hook or your finger in the loop, pull through the doubled tassel, now consisting of 22 strands.  Pull firmly to tighten.  Make sure you pull through on the same side of the fabric each time because the back and front of the tassel look different.)

Copyright 2022 Julie Yeager Designs See all at  www.julieyeagerdesigns.com, or my Ravelry store. Contact me via e-mail at julieyeagerdesigns@gmail.com

And just a reminder, if you are planning to pre-order or order the 100 Crochet Tiles book on Amazon, please use my link here on the blog so I get credit! Thank you!

Here is a full photo:

100 Crochet Tiles

I am excited to announce that 100 Crochet Tiles is now available for pre-sale order on Amazon! This book, to be published by David and Charles, Ltd, on April 12, 2022, contains seven of my patterns, re-worked versions of some of my best afghan squares, with a total of 100 patterns, both written and charted, by many talented designers.

Get your copy now for a future CAL! I have one extra copy to give away to a lucky blog subscriber. More photos soon.

Kelley Anne Cap – New

As promised, here is a new crochet hat pattern for your LAST LAST minute holiday gifting. Kelley Anne Cap an easy pattern that starts with a crochet rib brim. Stitches are picked up on the side of the beginning strip. Pattern is an easy granny type stitch with hdc and smooth decreases to the top. Slightly slouchy. I was able to change the size with a change of hook and yarn, but sizes are given for Teen through XL, and you can easily adapt to any size. Quick to make; use up your scraps!

For a limited time, download the pattern free with Coupon Code KAC, good until end of January 2022.

Please make a Ravelry project page and spread the word on social media about Julie Yeager Designs! Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Tahler Ribbed Beanie

New knit hat pattern: Tahler Ribbed Beanie.

Ravelry description:

This is a pattern for a very stretchy ribbed knit hat with smooth decreases at the crown. Will easily become your everyday beanie. One size suitable for women, men, and teens. Instructions given for medium weight yarn and bulky weight yarn. Great for last minute gifts!

Customizable in length; add a fold-over brim if desired.

Knit in the round with circular needle and double points for crown.

Options given for Medium Weight Yarn and Bulky Weight Yarn. I used Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran and Lion Brand Color Made Easy for my samples, with less than one skein per hat.

For a limited time, download the pattern free from Ravelry with Coupon Code TCB, good until end of January 2022.

Please make a Ravelry project page and spread the word on social media about Julie Yeager Designs! Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Crochet Hat coming soon!

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.