Serenity Now Afghan Block

I am honored this week to be featured in the Moogly Block CAL 2020. My contribution is a fun floral block with a little bit of everything – popcorn stitch, post stitches, crocodile stitch, clusters, and more post stitches! I thought we could all use a little serenity now, and I thought the round mandala rhythms would be soothing. I hope you enjoy combining your colors as you put your own spin on my design.

Thank you to Tamara for featuring my work this week, and thank you to Yarnspirations for providing me with the beautiful Red Heart With Love yarn.

Check out all the designs in this years Moogly 2020 CAL, and thank you to all the generous and talented designers who contribute.

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Serenity Now Afghan Block

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: Aran (40 g) B: Dusty Purple (10 g) C: Cameo (20 g) D: Lettuce (20 g)

Crochet Hook size J (6.0 mm)

Special Stitches and abbreviations

Beg – beginning  BLO – back loop only  Ch – chain dc – double crochet FLO – front loop only hdc – half double crochet  sc – single crochet  sk – skip   sl – slip   sp – space   tr – treble crochet 

BCl – beginning double crochet cluster: ch 2 (counts as dc), (dc until last step leaving one loop on hook) twice, yo and pull through all three loops on hook

BegPC – beginning popcorn, see Popcorn below.  Substitute ch-3 for first dc.

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)

BPdc – back post double crochet – Yarn over,  insert hook from back to front around post of designated stitch; yo and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), (yo and draw through 2 loops) twice 

Cl – double crochet cluster – (dc until last step leaving one loop on hook) three times, yo and pull through all four loops 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) 

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

PC – Popcorn –  5 dc in one 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 1 does not count as a stitch.

Picot –  Ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1

Notes:  Ch-3 at the beginning of a round counts as a dc.  “Omitting last stitches” means that those stitches were already completed at the beginning of the Round.

Instructions: 

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

Round 2: Ch 3, dc in BLO in same st as join, (dc in FLO in next st, dc in BLO in same st) eleven times, sl st to top of beg ch-3, fasten off. (24 dc)

Round 3: Join Color B with sl st in any st, Beg PC in same st, (2 dc in next st, PC in next st) eleven times, 2 dc in next st, sl st to top of Beg PC, fasten off. (24 dc, 12 PC)

Round 4: (When working into PC, work into the loops of the ch that closes the PC.) Join Color A with sl st in FLO of any PC, ch 3, dc in BLO in same st as join, [dc in FLO in next st, dc in BLO in next st, (dc in FLO next st, dc in BLO in same st)] eleven times, dc in FLO in next st, dc in BLO in next st, sl st to top of beg ch-3. (48 dc)

Round 5: Ch 1, sc in same and next st, [(sc, ch 3, sc) in next st, sc in next 3 st] twelve times, omitting last 2 st, sl st to first sc, fasten off. (60 sc, 12 ch-3 sp)

Round 6:  Join Color C with sl st in any ch-3 sp, ch 3, (4 dc, picot, 5 dc) in same sp, [sk 5 sc, (5 dc, picot, 5 dc) in ch-3 sp] eleven times, sk 5 sc, sl st to top of beg ch-3. (120 dc, 12 picot)

Round 7: Ch 1, skip first dc, (BPsc in next 4 st, ch 1, sk picot, BPsc in next 4 st, sk last dc of this petal and first dc of next petal) twelve times, sl st to first BPsc, fasten off.  (96 BPsc,  12 ch-1 sp)

Round 8: Join Color A with sc in any ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk 2 st, sc in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st, [(tr, ch 2, tr)  in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st, (sc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk 2 st, sc in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st) twice, sc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk 2 st, sc in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st] four times, omitting last 2 st, sl st to first st. (13 st, 12 ch-1 sp, 1 ch-2 sp per side)   

Round 9: (All stitches in this round are worked into the chain spaces.) Sl st in ch-1 sp, ch 2 (counts as hdc), hdc in same sp, 2 dc in next ch-1 sp, [(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp for corner, 2 dc in next sp, 2 hdc in next sp, (2 sc in next sp, sc in next sp) twice,  (sc in next sp, 2 sc in next sp) twice, 2 hdc in next sp, 2 dc in next sp] four times, omitting last 4 st, sl st to top of beg ch-2. (24 st plus ch-1 sp per side)

Round 10: Sl st in next 3 st,  (BCl, ch 3, Cl) in same st (the 2nd of 2-dc), sk 2 st,{ [(Cl, ch 3) twice, Cl] in ch-1 corner sp, sk 2 st, (Cl, ch 3, Cl) in next dc, sk 2 st.  Tr in next st, picking up point of picot from Round 6, tr in next 6 st.  Tr in next st, picking up picot, tr in next 5 st.  Tr in next st, picking up picot. Sk 2 st, (Cl, ch 3, Cl) in next st, sk 2 st} four times, omitting last 2 Cl, sl st to top of first Cl. (7 Cl, 14 tr, 4 ch-3 sp per side)

Round 11: Ch 1, FPsc in same Cl, [3 sc in ch-3 sp, (FPsc in next Cl) twice, 3 sc in ch-3 sp, FPsc in next Cl, 3 sc in ch-3 sp, (FPsc in next Cl) twice, 3 sc in ch-3 sp, FPsc in next Cl, FPsc in next 14 st, FPsc in next Cl] four times, omitting last Cl, sl st to first FPsc, fasten off. (33 st per side)

Round 12: Working behind Round 11 into the stitches of Round 10, join Color D with sl st to first tr of any side, ch 3, dc in next 13 st.  [Returning to the stitches of Round 11, ch 1, sk 1 st (the FPsc around Cl), BPdc in next 3 st, ch 2, sk 2 st, BPdc in next 3 st, ch 2 for corner, sk next st, BPdc in next 3 st, ch 2, sk 2 st, BPdc in next 3 st, ch 1, sk next st, dc next 14 st of  Round 10] four times, omitting last 14 st, sl st to top of beg ch-3. (26 dc, 3 ch-2 sp, 2 ch-1 sp per side) 

Round 13: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 13 st, [sc in ch-1 sp, sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in ch-2 sp, sc in next 3 st, 3 sc in ch-2 sp for corner, sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in ch-2 sp, sc in next 3 st, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in next 14 st] four times, omitting last 14 st, sl st to first sc.  (35 st per side)  
Round 14: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 23 st, 3 sc in next st for corner, sc in next 34 st) four times, omitting last 24 st, sl st to first sc, fasten off. (37 st per side)

Copyright 2020  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  

Summer Sales

Sometimes the days pass so quickly, and before you know it we are into a new month. That’s how I feel about the Summer this year! With the kids out of school since March, it’s hard to keep up! But this hot weather here in New York is beginning to remind me.

Hope you are all enjoying your crochet these days. I am currently working stealthily on a new design which I cannot discuss, and I have an upcoming square in the Moogly CAL in September, but other than that I am just playing along with ideas and using up stash on some of my older designs. I was thinking of doing a free CAL to one of the older designs in the Fall, maybe Deco’Ghan.

I really like the Ophelia Blanket and the All the Colors Blanket to use up stash.

I am offering a Free Pattern in my Ravelry Store for our Fourth of July holiday this weekend, use Coupon Code freeforfourth and receive any one single pattern free (e-books not included). This promotion starts now and is good until end of day July 4, 2020.

I’m also offering a BOGO – Buy One, Get One Free, in my Ravelry Store for the rest of the Summer until September 10, 2020. No Coupon needed, just put two patterns in your cart and the lower priced pattern will be free. May use more than once, e-books are included.

In my Etsy Shop, I am offering a 40% discount for the rest of the Summer until September 10, 2020, using Coupon Code SUMMER2020. If you see a pattern that you want that is not in my Etsy Shop, please send me a reminder and I will put it in there!

Thanks to all of you who purchase my patterns and who share your creations on social media! #crochetalongwithjulieanny

JulieAnny Granny Version 2

How’s everyone doing with last week’s free pattern, Kylie Bridget Shawl? The pattern is free here on the blog and is a triangle shawl in an easy and relaxing spike stitch repeat.

I finished my Second Version of JulieAnny Granny Blanket; the instructions are updated in the original pattern. This version consists of 12 – 16″ squares in the same pattern to form an approximately 50″ x 66″ blanket. The colors and style make it perfect for that masculine pattern we are always looking for to make a gift for that son, nephew, or dear old dad. It also boasts clean contemporary lines to fit in with today’s decor. For this version, I used 4 skeins each of 5 different colors of Knit Picks Brava Bulky. I am loving soothing blues and grays these days. The pattern is still on sale at 40% off with Coupon Code OCT40 until June 2, 2020, and after that at 20% off with JULIE20.

I did a little exercise to showcase some of my patterns in a self-striping yarn like KnitPicks Chroma Worsted in colorway Ponderosa. I love small motifs in the round, but sometimes don’t like the color jog at the end of each round that you will see with self-striping yarn. In the bottom left Motif, Filler Hex from my Hexaghan pattern, you can see the jog I’m talking about, but the holey corners help a little. In my Spiral Hexaround Motif , upper right, the piece is worked in a continuous spiral to eliminate the jog. In Modern Blanket of Flowers in the upper left, the overlay stitches in a contrasting color disguise any imperfections in color progression. If you are interested in any of these patterns, do not forget your 40 % off coupon!

Kylie Bridget CAL

Thought we would do a quick shawl free CAL to get us through these stressful days. The shawl is called Kylie Bridget, named after my beautiful niece, and is triangle shaped starting from a narrow end and increasing every other row. I haven’t exactly finished my shawl yet, but I am planning on 6 skeins of Lion Brand Ferris Wheel , 3 skeins each of Cotton Candy and Vintage Carousel. You can use two shades of a self-striping yarn or any yarn you would like. I used a K hook, about 3 sizes larger than the recommended hook for this yarn, because the spike stitches make a thick fabric and I wanted some drape with a shawl, but it is definitely not a loose fabric even with the K hook. If you look at the test shawl worked by JustBecauseICan, her colors made the pattern look like houndstooth!

The pattern will be free here on the blog for a limited time, so come join with us and crochet along on my Ravelry Board or Facebook Group called “Crochet-A-Long with JulieAnny.” You can print this page or save to PDF using the print friendly button at the bottom of the page. You can also purchase a copy of the pattern on Ravelry to keep in your Ravelry library for 40% off the price of $4.99 with Coupon Code OCT40, bringing the price to $2.99.

Kylie Bridget Shawl by Julie Yeager

Yarn and Yarn Requirements

Lion Brand Ferris Wheel (85 g – 270 yards)

 A) 3 skeins Cotton Candy;  B) 3 skeins Vintage Carousel 

Hook: Suggest size K (6.5), a little larger than recommended for drape

Size: Coming Soon

Notes:  Pattern uses U.S. crochet terms.  Increases are at the end of the row in the first row of a new color.  Stitch count increases by one every two rows. Use a stitch marker every 10 or 20 rows so you can count easily to keep on track. Spike stitch tip:  For a “spikier” look, work spike stitch between the spike and the sc 2 rows below rather than “into” the sc. Picking up strand not in use: I sc’d around the color not in use just for the first sc of the row. You can see in my photo that I did not pick up the strand on the first few rows and it really makes a difference. I also added a pointier starting point so my photo differs a little there.

Abbreviations and Special Stitches

ch – chain dc –  double crochet sc – single crochet sk – skein or skip sl – slip sp – space st – stitch    yo – yarn over

spk dc – spike dc – double crochet worked into designated st or sp below, drawing up even with current row

Foundation Rows: 

F1: With Color A, ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 st, turn.

F2: Ch 1, sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st, changing to Color B with last yarnover, turn.

F3: Ch 1, sc first st, (working around strand of Color A with this one st) sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st, turn.

F4: Ch 1, sc in first st, (ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next st) twice, changing to Color A with last yarnover, turn.

Pattern Repeat:

Row 1: With Color A, ch 1, sc in first st, (working around strand of Color B with this one st,) (spike dc in sc that was skipped 2 rows below, sk ch-1 sp, sc in sc) across to end, sc again in same last st, (increase made,) turn.

Row 2: Tip:  Except for first sc, all your sc will be into a spike dc.  Ch 1, sc in first st, (ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next st) across to one st before end, sc in last st, changing to Color B with last yarnover, turn.

Row 3: With Color B, ch 1, sc in first st (working around strand of Color A with this one st,) sc in next st, (spike dc in sc that was skipped  2 rows below, sk ch-1 sp, sc in sc) across to end, sc again in same last st (increase made), turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first st, (ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next st) across to end, changing to Color A with last yarnover, turn.  (At the end of first repeat, stitch count is 4 sc and 3 ch-1 sp) 

Repeat Rows 1 – 4 until desired length. My goal is to stop when it is a triangle with two equal sides.

Copyright 2020 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  

Stay Home Sale

Stay home and crochet – All patterns in my Ravelry Store now on sale at 40% off with Coupon Code OCT40 until 3/31/2020 – may be used more than once. This is Midday Mandala – what are you thinking of stitching? Check out afghan squares, full afghan designs, and more in my Ravelry Store. Sign up on this blog for updates, and FOLLOW me on Instagram and Facebook for new patterns and sales.

Free Patterns and Deals

Just want to apologize for posting an advertising post yesterday with no valuable content. To make up for that, want to remind you of the free patterns and free coupon codes that are currently available from Julie Yeager Designs. 

As an independent designer, I rely on sales of my patterns to keep my business going. My patterns are available for sale on Ravelry, Etsy, and Love Crafts. To give you a taste of my pattern-writing style and to participate with special events, I offer several free patterns.  Permanently free on this blog are Fantastic, Sweet and Fair, Gretchen, Gentle Waves Hat, and Strawberry Blossom. Free on Ravelry with Coupon Code until 12/31/2021 are Clusters (code is BAWJ), Buffalo Plaid (code is Plaid), Candice Head Wrap ( code is candiceheadwrap), and Star Gingham (code is FFF.)  Also, all 4.99 afghan square patterns are Buy One, Get One Free, just put two in cart. Also, 20% off each purchase with JULIE20.  

So that’s the rundown on current promotions. Thank you to all who purchase my patterns and buy yarn through my affiliate links! I really appreciate you!

photo credits to: marianapaula, cuddlycritter, primrosejill, chitweed, Starbaby, and louisewh.

Yay Crochet Kits

As many of you know, I am a new Affiliate at KnitPicks/WeCrochet and receive a commission each time you purchase from KnitPicks and/or We Crochet from one of my links here on the blog. KnitPicks has long been known for affordable quality yarns and are launching a new focus directed toward crocheters with the same fabulous yarn selection now branded as We Crochet. Just letting you know about this fun offer that they are running called Yay Crochet Kits that I know some of you would be interested in:

Yay Crochet Kits are DEEPLY discounted kits that include WeCrochet Magazine Issue 2, assorted tools, and yarn that you can use to make some of the projects in the magazine.

The $25 Yay Crochet Kit ($100 value – 75% off) contains:

  • WeCrochet Magazine Issue 2
  • Yay Crochet! Enamel Pin (kit exclusive, not available separately)
  • 2 skeins of CotLin Yarn (Color included in kit: Mustard Seed)
  • 3 skeins of Dishie Yarn (Color included in kit: Silver)
  • WeCrochet Bright Crochet Hook Set
  • WeCrochet Hook Case (Color included in kit: Silver Sparkle)
  • Coffee. Crochet. Sleep. Repeat. Project Bag

The $15 Yay Crochet Kit ($39 value – 62% off) contains:

  • WeCrochet Magazine Issue 2
  • Yay Crochet! Enamel Pin (kit exclusive, not available separately)
  • 2 skeins of CotLin Yarn (Color included in kit: Surf)
  • Clover Soft Touch D/3.25mm crochet hook

Check them out, and while you are there look at all the beautiful yarn KnitPicks/We Crochet has to offer.

NEXT CAL – JA GRANNY

Time to get your yarn ready for the next CAL, called JulieAnny Granny Blanket, and we will begin February 28, 2020 on my Ravelry board and my Facebook CAL group . Join in and add to the chat! Get the pattern now for FREE if you post a finished photo of MysteryGhan 2020 (Octa’Ghan) on a Ravelry project page, OR at 20% off with Coupon Code JULIE20, OR with 40% off with the Coupon Code you received in your last MysteryGhan Update.

As written and pictured, the pattern requires 12 skeins of Color Made Easy by Lion Brand Yarn, (5 Birch, 4 Malachite, 2 Blue Moon, 1 Kingfisher) and a K (6.5) hook. The pattern is adaptable to almost any size square – I will be publishing an update for a second version with 12 squares of 16 inches each, and you will need 20 skeins of Knit Picks Brava Bulky (4 skeins Cobblestone Heather, 4 skeins Silver, 4 skeins Dove Heather, 4 skeins Denim, and 4 skeins Sky) and an H (5.0) hook. If you purchase yarn through any of my links I will receive a commission, thank you.

MysteryGhan Week 7/8

MysteryGhan now named Octo’Ghan! We have come to the final Week of our Mystery’Ghan 2020 – Week 7 and Week 8 clues are posted on Ravelry and you should have received an email and an update in your Ravelry library. There were a couple of typos in the first version so I’ve already updated with a version 2. This week we tackle the border, and there are three options to choose from. Option 1 is for a 3.5 inch border and good if you are using the Stone Washed XL yarn pack and have limited yarn remaining. Option 2 is for a deeper border that can be expanded as large as you like. After I completed my afghan with Option 2, I realized I had too many stitches in each round as I had miscalculated the rate of increase needed for an octagon blanket. As my testers worked out Option 2, I saw that an Option 3 could happen, with Jacob’s Ladder braided stitch in the corners. I think it looks cute either way! Can’t wait to see what you all come up with, please share photos in the Ravelry thread and the Facebook CAL group . Join in and add to the chat!

Thanks to everyone who orders their yarn through my links. It really brightens my day when I see that someone thought of me before ordering. I get notifications of the date and amount, but of course, I do not know who placed the order so I am grateful to you anonymous kind people. If you are thinking of ordering online from  Wool WarehouseLion Brand Yarn,  Yarnspirations, Deramores, or KnitPicks/WeCrochet, please click this or any of my links or banners and I will get credit.

Don’t forget to post a photo of your finished MysteryGhan on your Ravelry project page, and I will send you the pattern free for JulieAnny Granny Blanket, our next CAL beginning February 28, 2020. For the JulieAnny Granny as written, you will need 12 skeins of Color Made Easy by Lion Brand Yarn, (5 Birch, 4 Malachite, 2 Blue Moon, 1 Kingfisher.) For a second version with 12 squares of 16 inches each, you will need 20 skeins of Knit Picks Brava Bulky (4 skeins Cobblestone Heather, 4 skeins Silver, 4 skeins Dove Heather, 4 skeins Denim, and 4 skeins Sky.)

CAL – JulieAnny Granny

Next CAL – JulieAnny Granny Blanket

A new take on the traditional granny square, with a pattern that does not skew, no matter how big it gets! With over 5 pounds of yarn and a generous size of 72” x 72” , this heavy blanket will soothe you into slumber. Your own crocheted weighted blanket is here!

For my sample, I used 12 skeins of bulky weight Color Made Easy and a K hook, using 5 skeins of Birch (cream), 4 skeins of Malachite (green), 2 skeins of Blue Moon, and one skein of Kingfisher (teal.)

In a traditional giant granny square blanket, the rounds tend to skew after a certain size, and some people turn the piece at the end of each round to prevent the skew. With this pattern, no turning is necessary, and square remains perfect all through up to my finished 72” size. Fun and easy to memorize, use your color imagination and basic crochet stitches to create your own unique masterpiece.

Crochet Along with this pattern and its smaller adaptations on my Ravelry Board and Facebook Crochet-A-Long with JulieAnny Group starting February 28, 2020. Use discount code JULIE20 for 20% off the price of the pattern, good indefinitely.

If you Crocheted Along with MysteryGhan 2020, post a finished afghan photo of your MysteryGhan 2020 on a Ravelry project page and I will send you this pattern for free, PM me.

Sign up for updates on my blog to receive news of new patterns and CALs. Purchase yarn through my links on the blog and I will receive a commission, thanks!  DeramoresWool WarehouseLion Brand Yarn,  Yarnspirations, and KnitPicks/We Crochet.