Free Pattern: Gretchen Afghan Square

I’m excited to be featured as the designer of the next square in the Moogly Blog Afghan Square CAL 2018!

Here is Gretchen Afghan Square, named after a talented crafter with wonderful color sense.  I’ve made a few changes since the original version, and give two options for the first few rounds.

I used Red Heart With Love, a soft and squishy acrylic that is a joy to work with.  Thanks to Tamara of Mooglyblog.com for featuring my design, and thanks to Red Heart Yarns for providing me with the yarn.  See all colors here:  Red Heart with Love at Joann.com .

There is a paid version of the pattern in my Ravelry Store for only $2.99, and see all of my afghan and afghan square designs on Ravelry, Etsy, or LoveKnitting.

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Gretchen Afghan Square

by Julie Yeager Designs

12” Afghan Square (Work through Round 9 for 9” Version)- Alternate Version on Right

Materials: Suggested Yarn – Red Heart with Love   Suggested Hook Size: Size J (6.0 mm)

A:  Aran          B:  Tan             C: Lettuce        D: Iced Aqua or Cornsilk        E: Taupe

Pattern uses American crochet terms.

Gauge:  4 1/2” after 4 rounds, 9” after 9 rounds.

Abbreviations and Special Stitches

Sc – single crochet                  dc – double crochet                hdc – half double crochet

sl – slip                                    ch– chain                                  st – stitch

sp – space                               yo – yarn over                         tr – treble crochet

FPdtr – Front post double treble crochet: YO three times, insert hook around post of designated stitch, yo, pull yarn through (you will have 5 loops on hook). (YO and pull through 2 loops) x 4.

Shell – 5 dc in one st

Dtr – Double treble crochet: YO three times, insert hook in designated stitch, yo, pull yarn through (you will have 5 loops on hook). (YO and pull through 2 loops) x 4

Note:  Ch-2 at the beginning of a round counts as a hdc; ch-3 at the beginning of a round counts as a dc; and ch4 at the beginning of a round counts as a tr.

Instructions

Round 1: With A, ch 4, join with sl st to form ring. Ch 1, 12 hdc in ring, sl st to first hdc. Fasten off. (12 hdc)

Round 2: Join B with slip st in any st, ch 3, dc in same st as join, 2 dc in next 11 st, sl st to top of beginning ch-3. (24 dc)

Round 3: Ch 3, dc in same st as join, (dc in next st, 2 dc in next st) eleven times, dc in next st, sl st to top of beginning ch-3. Fasten off. (36 dc)

Round 4: Join A with sc in first dc of any paired dc (2 dc worked in same st in previous round), sc in next st, FPdtr in hdc below in Round 1. Not skipping any st in Round 3, (sc in next 3 st, FPdtr in hdc below in Round 1) eleven times, sc in next st, join with sl st to first sc of round. (36 sc, 12 FPdtr)

Round 5: Ch 3, 4 dc in same st. (Sk 1 st, sc in next st, sk 1 st, shell in next st) eleven times, sk 1 st, sc in next st, sk 1 st, join with sl st to top of beginning ch-3. Fasten off. (12 shells, 12 sc)

Round 6: Join C with sc in any sc, ch 2, sc in same st as first sc. [Ch 5, sc in next sc, ch 4, sc in next sc, ch 5, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next sc for corner] three times, ch 5, sc in next sc, ch 4, sc in next sc, ch 5, sl st in first sc of round. (Per Side:  corner of (sc,ch 2, sc), 2 ch-5 sp, 1 ch-4 sp, 2 sc)

Round 7: Sl st into ch-2 sp, (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp. [5 sc in ch-5 sp, 4 sc in ch-4 sp, 5 sc in ch-5 sp,(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp for corner] three times, 5 sc in ch-5 sp, 4 sc in ch-4 sp, 5 sc in ch-5 sp, sl st to top of beg ch-3. Fasten off. (Per side:  corner of ch-2, 14 sc, 6 dc)

Round 8: Join D with sl st in any ch-2 sp, ch 2, (hdc, ch 1, 2 hdc) in same sp for corner. [Hdc in next 8 st, sc in next 4 st, hdc in next 8 st, (2 hdc, ch 1, 2 hdc) in ch-2 sp for corner] three times, hdc in next 8 st, sc in next 4 st, hdc in next 8 st, sl st to top of beginning ch-2. Fasten off. (Per side:  corner of ch-1, 20 hdc, 4 sc)

Round 9: Join E with sl st in any ch-1 sp, ch 4 (counts as dc and ch-1), dc in same sp. [Dc in next 24 st, (dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-1 sp for corner] three times, dc in next 24 st, sl st to third ch of beginning ch-4. Fasten off. (Per side:  corner of ch-1, 26 dc)

Round 10: Join A with sl st in any corner ch-1 sp, ch 4, 6 tr in same sp. [Sk 1 st, (sc in next st, sk 2 st, shell in next st, sk 2 st) four times, sc in next st, 7 tr in ch-1 sp for corner] three times, sk 1 st, (sc in next st, sk 2 st, shell in next st, sk 2 st) four times, sc in next st, sl st to top of beg ch-4. Fasten off. (Per side:  corner of 7-tr, 20 dc, 5 sc)

Round 11: Join C with sc in 4th tr of any corner, 2 sc in same st. [(Sc in next 2 st, hdc in next st, dc in next 2 st, hdc in next st) five times, sc in next st, 3 sc in next st] three times, (sc in next 2 st, hdc in next st, dc in next 2 st, hdc in next st) five times, sc in next st, sl st to first sc of round. Fasten off. (Per side:  34 st)

Round 12: Join E with sl st in 2nd sc of any corner, (ch 3, dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same st for corner. [Dc in next 33 st, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next st for corner] three times, dc in next 33 st, sl st to top of beginning ch3.  Fasten off or continue to Round 13. (Per side:  corner of ch-1, 37 dc)

Round 13: (Optional) Ch 1, sc in same and next st. [(3 sc in ch-1 sp for corner), sc in next 37 st] three times, 3 sc in ch-1 sp, sc in next 35 st, sl st to first sc. Fasten off.  (Per side: 40 sc)

 

Alternate Beginning Rounds (Old version of pattern, pictured on right)

Round 1: With A, ch 4, join with sl st to form ring. Ch 1, 12 hdc in ring, sl st to first hdc. Fasten off. (12 hdc)

Round 2: Working in BLO (Back Loops Only) for this round only, join B with slip st in BLO any st, ch 3, dc in same st as join, 2 dc in next 11 st, sl st to top of beginning ch-3. (24 dc)

Round 3: Ch 3, dc in same st as join, (dc in next st, 2 dc in next st) eleven times, dc in next st, sl st to top of beginning ch-3. Fasten off. (36 dc)

Round 4: Join A with sc in first dc of any paired dc (2 dc worked in same st in previous round), sc in next 2 st, dtr in FLO (Front Loop Only) st below in Round 1. Not skipping any st in Round 3, (sc in next 3 st, dtr in FLO st below in Round 1) eleven times, sc in next st, join with sl st to first sc of round. (36 sc, 12 dtr)

 

Copyright 2014, 2018  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@gmail.com

 

NEW for 2018 – Lower Prices!

I have made some price adjustments in my Ravelry Pattern Store for 2018 – most prices have been reduced from 12% – 40% off last year’s prices.  I will have fewer “Big Sales” this  year but the overall prices are lower – I think you’ll be pleased to find bargains such as:

Paloma Blanket – was $7.99 – now $4.99 for 2018!

Moroccan Lattice – was $7.99 – now $4.99 for 2018!

Full size afghan patterns NOW $4.99 – 6.99.

Afghan Square patterns NOW $2.99 – 3.99.

 

Stay tuned for more patterns and Crochet A Longs in 2018.  Next CAL coming soon – Yarn Packs are being prepared.  I am not going to begin until Yarn Packs are in your hands!

 

 

 

Black Friday Sale in my Ravelry Store

 

If you are cyber-shopping on Black Friday rather than battling the crowds (crazy day-after-Thanksgiving tradition in the U.S. when we get a start on our holiday shopping), check out the patterns and e-books in my Ravelry shop, where everything is 60% off from 6 PM Eastern Time Thursday 11/23/17 to 6 AM Eastern Time Saturday 11/25/17. So that should cover Friday for everyone!

Current CAL: Brilliantine. Future CAL: Roses and Ivy. New Charts being added and will update: Roses and Ivy, Summer Mosaic. New patterns you may have missed: Midday Mandala, Paloma Blanket, Moroccan Lattice.

Thanks to all! No Coupon Needed!

 

 

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Next CAL – Brilliantine Afghan

Low Stress CAL for the Busy Holiday Season!

Our next CAL for the remainder of November and December is Brilliantine Afghan, a fun and easy granny hexagon afghan that is great as a stashbuster, or use your favorite 15 pack of DK yarn.  Personally, I am using Attic24’s Cosy pack,  and I really want to try her new Woodland Pack, but if you purchase anything through my links I get a commission, so thanks!

The pattern is a paid pattern, available at a discounted price of $1.99 with Coupon Code Brilliant, good until 12/31/17.

The pattern contains detailed charts on how to work out the colors of  15 different skeins of dk, such as Stylecraft Special DK, or 12 colors of aran yarn (I used Vanna’s Choice.)

Finished afghan is about 70″ x 60″ but is adjustable with more or fewer motifs.  Pattern will be updated with half-hexagon and color charts in a few days.

Follow along on my Ravelry Board and my private Facebook CAL group called “Crochet-A-Long with JulieAnny.”

I love grannies, and easy motifs, so I really love this pattern!  🙂

Alternate Yarn/Colorway Suggestions

The suggested yarn packs are not in stock at Deramores,  UPDATE 10/5:  Will be back in stock any day.  If you would like to purchase from an alternate source, please use any of the links on my blog such as  Wool Warehouse .

For pretty suggestions readily available in U.S. craft stores, or use my links to

Joann.com     Michaels.com   Walmart.com   Fabric.com   Annies.com  Amazon.com  Target.com  Wool Warehouse

I put together these ideas for Vanna’s Choice and Red Heart Super Saver.

Alternate Yarn Suggestions for Aran Weight yarn, Hook :  U.S. Size I-9 (5.5 mm)

Vanna’s Choice  Aran/Worsted Weight yarn, 100% acrylic, 170 yards per 100 g  (25 skeins total)

(I did not put the Radiant Lime and Fern in the photo.  You can combine B/F and C/E for a six color option.)

MC: 9 skeins Linen               A: 3 skeins Peacock             B: 1 skein Radiant Lime   C: 1 skein Fern  D: 3 skeins Sapphire            E: 4 skeins Taupe                 F:  1 skein Sage     G: 3 skeins Chocolate

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Red Heart Super Saver, Aran/Worsted Weight yarn (13 skeins total)

I combined B and F, and C and E, for a six color version.  You can add more if you’d like. There are 2 skeins of Aran color in here, confusing even myself.  I really like this one.

MC:  4 skeins Aran                               A: 2 skeins Turqua                               B/F: 1 skein Aruba Sea
C/E: 2 skeins Buff                                 D: 2 skeins Real Teal                            G: 2 skeins Coffee

If anyone would like more suggestions or placement ideas for the yarn you have, ask me!

Yarn Packs for the Mystery Afghan

Yarn packs for our upcoming Midday Mandala Mystery Afghan are now available in my Deramores Shop.  

Update:  All packs are out of stock.  Unknown if they will be re-stocked.  Will give alternate yarn suggestions.

See the post below for details on pattern and Crochet-a-Long.

There are 5 options under the Mystery Afghan link,  two colorways with Scheepjes Stone Washed XL and three colorways with Scheepjes Colour Crafter.


Option #1:  Turquoise Pack with Stone Washed XL contains 46 skeins for an approximately 66″ round afghan as follows:

MC:  18 skeins Moonstone 841

A:  6 skeins Turquoise 864

B:  1 skeins Lemon Quartz 852

C:  1 skein Canada Jade 846

D:  6 skeins Blue Apatite 845

E:  7 skeins Boulder Opal 844

F:  2 skeins Larimar 868

G:  5 skeins Brown Agate 862


Option #2 – Sunrise Pack in Stone Washed XL, 46 skeins for an approximately 66″ round afghan as follows:

MC:  18 skeins Obsidian 869

A:  6 skeins Coral 856

B:  1 skein Beryl 873

C:  1 skein Morganite 874

D:  6 skeins Carnelian 863

E:  7 skeins Rhodocrosite 875

F:  2 skeins Tourmaline 876

G:  5 skeins Deep Amethyst 851


Option #3 – Turquoise Colorway in Scheepjes Colour Crafter,  16 skeins for a 48″ round afghan with a little yarn left over to do a couple of inches of border.

MC:  5 skeins Barnevald 1005

A:  2 skeins Eelde 1422

B:  1 skein Delfzijl 1822

C:  1 skein Charleroi 2016

D:  2 skeins Dordrecht 1062

E:  2 skeins Veenendaal 1064

F:  1 skein Urk 1034

G:  2 skeins Haarlem 1054


Option #4  – Sunrise Colorway in Scheepjes Colour Crafter,  16 skeins for a 48″ round afghan with a little yarn left over to do a couple of inches of border.

MC:  5 skeins Deventer 1425

A:  2 skeins Gent 2002

B:  1 skein Brussel 2004

C:  1 skein The Hague 1256

D:  2 skeins Maastricht 1246

E:  2 skeins Breda 1029

F:  1 skein Meppel 1061

G:  2 skeins Roermond 1123


Option #5 – Rich Autumn Colorway in Scheepjes Colour Crafter,  13 skeins for a 48″ round afghan in a little different color arrangement than the others above but with no extra yarn.  When following the clues and using this Color Pack, the color changes will be different than for the first four Colorways.  There are 9 colors in this group.

Rich Autumn

5 skeins MC – (Teal) Dordrecht 1062

1 skein A – (Turquoise) Ameland 1725

1 skein B – (Gold) Burum 1709

1 skein C – (Forest Green) Utrecht 1009

1 skein D – (Brown) Veendam 1004

1 skein E – (Light purple) Meppel 1061

1 skein F – (Orange) Breda 1029

1 skein G – (Dark Purple) Deventer 1425

1 skein H – (Burgundy Red) Roermond 1123

 

Mystery Afghan 2017

Mystery Afghan 2017 is almost ready!  Placeholder mini-clue for Midday Mandala is available for download on Ravelry.  Download now using Coupon Code and you will receive weekly updates beginning September 27, 2017.  Pattern will remain in your Ravelry library at absolutely no charge.  After completion of the CAL, about November 15, 2017, pattern will become a paid pattern for new purchases.

So what is this all about?  As many of you know, this is my Seventh Annual Mystery Afghan Project!  My Mystery Afghans are presented with no photos and the final look is a mystery!  I like to keep you guessing but here are a few hints.  This year’s design is called Midday Mandala and is a round afghan of approximately 66” diameter using specified yarn.  Fabric is dense with few holes, style is contemporary with clean lines – no flowers!  Stitches are basic with a fair amount of post stitches.  Piece is worked in one piece for a portion of the time and also involves slip-stitching together various-shaped motifs.   Pattern will be free with Coupon Code on Ravelry for the duration of the Crochet-A-Long (CAL)  and will be saved in your Ravelry library.  After the CAL the pattern will become a paid pattern, but will remain in your Ravelry library for those who downloaded it while it was free with Coupon Code.  Weekly Clues will be provided as Ravelry Updates.  Coupon Code for this year’s Mysteryghan is mghan17.   Please do not share the Coupon Code on social media, but direct people to this website.  Thank you for purchasing yarn for your project through the links on this website.  Yarn Packs will be available any day in my Deramores shop, link to the right side of the page.  Use #MiddayMandala and/or #JulieYeagerMysteryGhan to tag photos. First Clue September 27, 2017!

I love to see active participation and sharing of results and successes along the way.  Crochet-A-Long on my Ravelry board and my Facebook CAL group, called “Crochet-A-Long with JulieAnny.”  Share photos in your crochet groups, on Facebook and Instagram, and help spread the word about my designs.  All my available designs can be found in my Ravelry Store.  To get to know my patterns, for CAL participants only, here are two more Coupon Codes to use in my Ravelry Store to receive $3.00 off the price of any $4.99 pattern, with no limit, use Coupon Code 3/4,  and to take $3.00 off the price of any 7.99 pattern, use Coupon Code 3/7  at http://www.ravelry.com/stores/julie-yeager-designs.   These coupons expire December 31, 2017.  My patterns are also available in my Etsy shop and on Loveknitting.com.   Thank you to my wonderful testers!

MATERIALS:
Yarn:  Scheepjes Stone Washed XL, 47 skeins, about 3600 yards

  • Main Color (MC): Moonstone, 20 skeins, about 1600 yards, 18 skeins, about 1450 yards
  • Color A: Turquoise, 5 skeins, about 380 yards, 6 skeins, about 450 yards
  • Color B: Lemon Quartz, 1 skein, about 45 80 yards
  • Color C: Canada Jade, 1 skein, about 55 yards
  • Color D: Blue Apatite, 6 skeins, about 460 yards
  • Color E: Boulder Opal, 7 skeins, about 570 yards
  • Color F: Larimar, 2 skeins, about 150 yards
  • Color G: Brown Agate, 5 skeins, about 380 yards 

Hook:  U.S. Size I9 (5.5 mm)

  • I used a Main Color and seven Contrasting Colors. I chose three shades of  blue/green (Turquoise, Blue Apatite, Larimar) and three shades of beige/brown (Moonstone, Boulder Opal, Brown Agate,) for the majority of the design, with small amounts of two colors for a little “POP” – Lemon Quartz and Canada Jade.  If you want to use fewer colors, use F for B and E for C.  I think as long as you use Main Color where called for it will flow nicely.
  • Scheepjes StoneWashed XL is a heavy worsted/aran weight yarn with a smooth hand and great stitch definition. Thank you for purchasing yarn through the links here on my website.
  • 9/5 Edited to add about color choices:  Some people asked what I meant by “Pops” of color for Color B and C and if they should be contrasting colors. I just meant the pops were a small amount of a seventh and eighth color but that most of the afghan is in the other six colors. I still think all 8 colors should coordinate nicely. If you like them all together in the skein it will be fine. Line up your colors like this to see if they look good: A, MC, B, MC, C, MC, D, MC, A, E, MC, F, MC, E, MC, D, MC, A, G, MC, E, MC. Recommend G and E two shades of the same color.  Recommend A and E not be similar. Recommend A and G not be similar.

Edited to add:  Yarn Packs coming soon.  There will be 5 yarn pack choices available in my Deramores Shop.  “Turquoise” Colorway in Scheepjes Stone Washed XL which is like my sample, “Turquoise” Colorway in Scheepjes Colour Crafter, “Sunrise” Colorway in Stone Washed XL and Colour Crafter, and “Rich Autumn” in Colour Crafter.

Copyright 2017 Julie Yeager Designs.