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.

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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

Hexaround Quartets

Adaptation of my Spiral Hexaround pattern, I think it is different enough to warrant a new pattern name – Hexaround Quartets. If you have purchased Spiral Hexaround in the past you will receive this as an update.

Introductory price until June 30, 2021 – $4.19 (40% off)

I doubled a worsted/aran weight acrylic and used an L (8.0 mm) hook. As a stashbuster, I gathered all available yarn in shades of blue, green, gray, beige and cream. Love the marled effect of the doubled yarn. Attached four hexagons as pictured and bordered with a round of cream colored single crochet. For 4 hexagons of the same two-color scheme I used about 100g of each of two colors.

Patio Tiles Afghan

New Pattern Alert! I am offering a new knitting pattern for 8 square motifs to combine into a modern and versatile home decor item. This eye-catching throw will impress, yet it can be knit by the beginning knitter. Seven motifs are portable and easily memorized, with one intermediate level intarsia design. Have fun combining your yarns and colors or just go with a two-toned sophisticated look. Each individual motif is about 7″ square.

I haven’t completed a blanket yet, so take advantage with a free Ravelry Download copy of this pattern using a Coupon Code Patio2021 for a limited time ending June 30, 2021. Post an Instagram-worthy finished photo of your blanket for a chance to be featured in my social media. Pattern support available on my Ravelry Board – Julie Yeager Designs, and my Facebook group – Crochet (and Knit) Along with JulieAnny.

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Easy, with a Discount

I’ve got a few new patterns in the works, but in the meantime, here is a discount on an easy project, good for a beginner or for using up scraps or just for when you need some mindless crochet. Use Coupon Code EASY on Ravelry for 50% off the price of Easy Like Sunday Morning, bringing the price to $3.49 – good for a limited time, expires March 31, 2021. I was reminded of this pattern by a recent lovely version completed by Grandma10 on Ravelry.

Pattern contains written instructions as well as a chart. From the description, “Solid squares in 2 colors, with “no holes” corners and a clean contemporary look. Easy enough for the beginner, with chart and thoroughly tested written directions. 48” x 72” requires 16 skeins of Vanna’s Choice.”

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Happy Holidays!

2020 has been a rough year, but I think we can see some hope in the distance as the vaccine is distributed. As a frontline healthcare worker, I received mine last week, and while I did feel my immune response kick in with a mild headache and fatigue for a day or two, I am so happy to be part of the beginning of the end of this pandemic.

I wish you and your families a Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hannukah, and Happy New Year to all who celebrate. I love to knit a quick hat for gifts this time of year, and I wrote out this pattern for a quick beanie that has proven to be very popular – get your free copy of Amanda Beanie on Ravelry with Coupon Code Amanda, and if you post a photo of your finished hat on a Ravelry Project Page I will send you any free pattern from my Rav Store – offer good until March 31, 2021. On Etsy, I’m unable to offer it for free but it is included in the 50% off sale.

And don’t forget the END OF YEAR SALE in my Ravelry Store and Etsy Shop now through January 15, 2021 – use Coupon Code BOGO20 in either shop. Put two patterns or e-books in cart, enter Coupon Code BOGO20 and on Ravelry the lesser-priced pattern is free. On Etsy there will be 50% off the entire cart. May use more than once. Thanks for your support in 2020 and hoping for good health and happiness to you all in 2021.

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/FiberJay?coupon=BOGO20

Ravelry:  https://www.ravelry.com/designers/julie-yeager

End of Year Pattern Sale

I have added the Anniversary Mandala pattern as a free Ravelry download! Enjoy and please check out all my patterns in my Ravelry store.

Also check out the END OF YEAR SALE in my Ravelry Store and Etsy Shop now through January 15, 2021 – use Coupon Code BOGO20 in either shop. Put two patterns or e-books in cart, enter Coupon Code BOGO20 and on Ravelry the lesser-priced pattern is free. On Etsy there will be 50% off the entire cart. May use more than once. Thanks for your support in 2020 and hoping for good health and happiness to you all in 2021.

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/FiberJay?coupon=BOGO20

Ravelry:  https://www.ravelry.com/designers/julie-yeager

Anniversary Mandala Wk 5

This concludes the instructions for the Anniversary Mandala Blanket. Please post photos on Ravelry and Facebook – I’d love to see what you come up with!

If you need yarn, please consider purchasing through any of the links here on my blog and I will receive a small commission.  Check out the sales at Michaels,  purchase Stone Washed XL at Deramores or Wool Warehouse, or see what is new at KnitPicks/LoveCrochet, LoveCrafts, Yarnspirations, or Lion Brand.

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Anniversary Mandala Blanket by Julie Yeager

Week 5

Enlargement for worsted/aran weight will result in approximately 56” (142 cm)  circle diameter.  This version has not been tested in the Super Bulky Weight so I am not sure how much yarn it will require.

Special Stitch

PC:  5-dc Popcorn st – 5 dc in designated st or sp, remove hook, insert hook from front to back in first dc, grab working yarn and pull through, ch 1 to tighten (ch does not count as a st)

Round 37:  Working around Round 36, join Color A with sc in any ch-1 sp after a dc in Round 35, (ch 4, sc in next ch-1 sp after a dc in Round 35) 79 times, ch 4, sl st to first sc. (80 sc, 80 ch-4 sp)

Round 38: Sl st in ch-4 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), 3 dc in same sp, (ch 1, 4 dc in next ch-4 sp) 79 times, ch 1,  sl st to top of beg ch-3, fasten off.  (320 dc, 80 ch-1 sp)

Round 39: Join Color B with sc in 2nd of 4 dc, ch 2, sc in next st, (sk dc and ch sp, FPdc around sc in Round 37, sk dc, sc in 2nd dc of 4, ch 2, sc in next st) 79 times, sk dc and ch sp, FPdc around sc in Round 37, sl st to first sc. (80 FPdc, 160 sc, 80 ch-2 sp)

Round 40: Sl st in ch-2 sp, ch 1,(sc, ch 1, sc) in same sp,[ch 1, sc in FPdc, ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in ch-2 sp] 79 times, ch 1, sc in FPdc, ch 1, sl st to first sc, fasten off.  (240 sc, 240 ch-1 sp)

Round 41: (All stitches in this round are only worked in the ch-1 spaces.) Join Color C with sl st in any ch-1 sp before a single sc, (BCL2, ch 2) in same sp,(CL2, ch 2) in next ch-1 sp, {sk next ch-1 sp, [(CL2, ch 2) in next ch-1 sp] twice} 79 times, sl st to BCL2. (160 CL2, 160 ch-2 sp)

Round 42: (All st in this round are only worked in the ch-2 sp) Sl st in ch-2 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc),  (3 dc in next ch-2 sp, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp, dc in next ch-2 sp) 39 times, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp, sl st to top of beg ch-3, fasten off. (360 dc)

Round 43: Join Color D with sc in any single dc, (ch 3, sc) in same st, [sk 1 st, sc in next st, sk 1 st, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next st]  89 times, sk 1 st, sc in next st, sk 1 st, sl st to first sc. (270 sc, 90 ch-3 sp)

Round 44:  Sl st in ch-3 sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same sp, [sk 3 sc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch-3 sp] 89 times, sk 3 st, sl st to top of beg ch-3, fasten off. (360 dc, 90 ch-1 sp)  44”

Round 45:  Join Color A with dc in any “sp” between 4-dc groups, (ch 2, dc, ch 1) in same “sp”,  [(V-st, ch 1) in next “sp”] 89 times, sl st to top of first dc. (90 V-st, 90 ch-1 sp)

Round 46:  Sl st in ch-2 sp, ch 1, 3 sc in same sp, [dc in ch-1 sp in Round 44 (working around and enclosing the st of Rd 45), 3 sc in ch-2 sp] 89 times, dc in ch-1 sp in Rd 44, sl st to first sc, fasten off. (270 sc, 90 dc)

Round 47: Join Color E with sl st in first sc of any 3 sc, ch 2, dc in same st, (ch 1, sk 1 st, CL2 in next st) 179 times, ch 1, sl st to top of beg ch-2. (180 CL2, 180 ch-1 sp)

Round 48: Sl st in ch-1 sp, ch 1, (sc in ch-1 sp, ch 2, sk CL2) 180 times, sl st to first sc, fasten off. (180 sc, 180 ch-2 sp)

Round 49: Join Color C with standing dc in any ch-2 sp, dc in same sp, (ch 1, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp) 179 times, ch 1, sl st to first dc. (360 dc, 180 ch-1 sp)

Round 50: Sl st in next dc and in ch-1 sp, ch 1, 3 sc in ch-1 sp, (PC in next ch-1 sp, 3 sc in next ch-1 sp) 89 times, PC in next ch-1 sp, sl st to first sc. (90 PC, 270 sc)

Round 51:  Sl st in next st, [ch 4, sk 3 st, sl st in next st (the 2nd of 3 sc)] 89 times, ch 4, sk 3 st, sl st to first sl st. (90 sl st, 90 ch-4 sp)

Round 52:  Sl st in ch-4 sp, [5 sc in ch-4 sp] 90 times, sl st to first sc, fasten off. (450 sc)

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Anniversary Mandala Wk 4

Anniversary Mandala by Julie Yeager

So happy to see all the exciting photos of your mandalas popping up on FB, Ravelry, and Instagram. I love to see your progress! This week completes the first four weeks, and finishes the one cake of Anniversary Cakes if that is what you are using. If you are using a thinner yarn or just wish to expand with more of the super-bulky, I have about fourteen more rounds to come in Week 5 to give you an idea of the final size.

If you need yarn, please consider purchasing through any of the links here on my blog and I will receive a small commission.  Check out the 20% off sale at Michaels,  purchase Stone Washed XL at Deramores or Wool Warehouse, or see what is new at KnitPicks/LoveCrochet, LoveCrafts, Yarnspirations, or Lion Brand.

If you look to the right on your laptop or scroll down on your phone, I am using a new email program to update you when there is a new blog post. Please subscribe; this will only be used for blog updates, news of new patterns, crochet and yarn news, yarn sales, and crafty things of interest and you can unsubscribe at any time.

You can use the Print Friendly button to print the pattern. I am publishing the full pattern on Ravelry and Etsy as a paid pattern if you would like to have a downloadable PDF.

Come share photos, ask for help, and discuss progress on my Facebook Group – Crochet-A-Long with JulieAnny and on my Ravelry Board – Julie Yeager Designs. Welcome Aboard New Customers – see Coupon Code for discount.

WEEK 4

Special stitch:

N-V stitch – narrow V- stitch: (dc, ch 1, dc) in st or sp

Round 29:  Join Color C with sc in first dc of any group, sc in next st, sk sc, (NV-st in next ch-1 sp, sk sc, sc in next 2 dc, sk sc) 59 times, NV-st in next ch-1 st, sk sc, sl st to first sc. (60 NV-st, 120 sc)

Round 30: Ch 1, sc in same and next st, ( 2 sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in next 2 sc) 59 times, 2 sc in next ch-1 sp, sl st to first sc.(240 sc)

Round 31:  Ch 1, sc in same st, (ch 3, sk 2 st, sc in next st) 79 times, ch 3, sk 2 st, sl st to first sl st, fasten off. (80 sc, 80 ch-3 sp)

Round 32: Join Color D with standing dc in any ch-3 sp, (dc, ch 2) in same sp, (2 dc, ch 2 in next ch-3 sp) 79 times, sl st to top of first dc. (160 dc, 80 ch-2 sp)

Round 33: Sl st in next dc and ch-2 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in same sp, (ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp) 79 times, ch 1, sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-3. (240 dc, 80 ch-1 sp)

Round 34: Sl st in next 2 st and in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc in same sp, (ch 4, sk 3 st, sc in next sp) 79 times, ch 4, sk 3 st, sl st to first sc. (80 sc, 80 ch-4 sp)

Round 35: Sl st in ch-4 sp, ch 1 [(sc, dc, ch 1, dc, sc) in ch-3 sp] 80 times, sl st to first sc. (160 sc, 160 dc, 80 ch-1 sp)

Round 36: Slip stitch in BLO in each st, join to first sl st. (400 st)

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