Category Archives: Afghan Square CAL

Finishing our Afghan Block CAL

There are many options when it comes to joining our afghan blocks.  I am lagging behind but I plan to put the border from “Fantastic” Block on all the blocks and then just slip stitch the blocks together.  I love to slip stitch through the front loops on the front side of the work and almost always use this join, especially when I do not want to distract from the design of the block.

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When I first started joining blocks in afghan swaps I would add rounds of dc and sc in pretty color combinations to tie everything together.  Simple but effective, and I think fringe is underrated.  🙂

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A favorite and classic join is Priscilla Hewitt’s “Flat Braid Join.”  Be careful at the corners; that part always trips me up!  There are video tutorials out there for this method.

My designer friend Margaret MacInnis has done several tutorials on joining methods.  Her “No Hook Out” method is a favorite, but check out her other tutorials.

Sandra at Crochet Cabana has a great description of a “Join As You Go.”  Love this.

So there are many great resources out there for joining your blocks, and each time you finish an afghan you will improve your skills.

Week 9 – Heart to Heart, Circle Star, and JulieAnny’s Stained Glass Afghan Square

We are at the last week of our Afghan Square CAL.  Many of you have already completed gorgeous afghans!   This week our free square was planned to be Circle Star, part of the Chain Reaction Afghan Project that I designed for an Interweave crochet contest and which appears in a free online e-book but some of you were having a hard time downloading it so I added another free block, Heart to Heart, which debuts here free on the blog.  Heart to Heart is only a 9″ block but you can add a few rounds to bring it up to size. 🙂

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Our featured paid pattern is the ever-popular JulieAnny’s Stained Glass Afghan Square, with over 560 project pages on Ravelry.

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When I had this as a free download one day, it was downloaded 10,000 times! This block has been around for a while and was my first best-seller.  Still fun to do and makes a striking result.  Here is a recent project that Beth Stanton and her sister completed for their aunt:  Beth Stanton

As you finish your squares, you may be looking for ideas on how to join the blocks.  My designer friend Margaret MacInnis has a few great tutorials for joining blocks; here is her No-Hook Out method.

Hope you enjoyed Crocheting Along and stay tuned for our next project!

Week 8 Afghan Block CAL – Viva La Vida and Mum in Treble

This week’s free block is Viva La Vida – a fun design that incorporates yo-yos right into the fabric of the piece.  Block makes its free debut right here on the blog.

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Paid pattern is Mum In Treble, $3.99 on Ravelry or available as part of the 18-pattern e-book.  I designed this block as a companion to In Treble, with its many treble clusters.  I find a loose hand with the petals gives the best look.

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Viva La Vida Afghan Square Free!

Viva La Vida Afghan Square

by Julie Yeager Designs

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Materials:   Color A: Duckie                 Color B:  White                    Color C: Eggplant                  Color D:  Pink Poodle                Color E: Kelly Green                       Color F:  Magenta                     Color G:  Black

Suggested hook: Size I (5.5 mm)

Special Stitches:

Corner (over two stitches): (2dc,tr) in first st,(tr, 2dc) in second st

Beg. Corner (over two stitches): ( Ch 3, dc, tr) in first st, (tr, 2 dc) in second st

Yo-Yo: 14 dc in next st. After 14 th dc, with right side facing, rotate work clockwise and join with sl st to first of the 14 dc.

Notes: Ch 3 at the beginning of a round counts as a dc. The first round of the three yo-yo flowers are worked into the block, then at the end we go back and add the additional rounds.

Instructions:

Round 1: With 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, (corner over next 2 st, dc in next st) three times, corner, sl st to top of beg ch-3. Fasten off A. (20 dc, 8 tr)

Round 3: Join B with sl to first tr of any corner, Beg. Corner, (dc in next 5 st, corner) three times, dc in next 5 st, sl st to top of beg ch-3. Fasten off B. (36 dc, 8 tr)

Round 4: Join C with sl to next tr. Beg. Corner, dc in next 9 st, (corner, dc in next 9 st) twice, corner, yo-yo in next st, dc in next 8 st, sl st to top of beg ch-3. Fasten off C. (51 dc, 8 tr, 1 yo-yo)

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Round 5: Join D with sl to next tr. Beg. Corner, dc in next 8 st, yo-yo in next st, dc in next 4 st, corner, dc in next 13 st, corner, yo-yo in next st, dc in next 12 st, corner, dc in next 13 st, sl st to top of beg ch-3. (66 dc, 8 tr, 2 yo-yo)

Round 6: Ch 3, dc in next st, (corner, dc in next 17 st) three times, corner, dc in next 15 st. Sl st to top of beg ch-3, fasten off D. (84 dc, 8 tr)

Round 7: Join E with sc in first tr of any corner, sc in same st. 2 Sc in next st. (Sc in next 21 st, 2 sc in each of next 2 st.) three times, sc in next 21 st. Sl st to first sc. Fasten off E. (100 sc)

Round 8: (All st worked in BLO.) Join B with sl in BLO of 2 nd sc of any corner. Beg. corner, (dc in next 23 st, corner) three times, dc in next 23 st, sl to top of beg ch- 3. Fasten off B. (108 dc, 8 tr)

Round 9: Join E with sc in first tr of any corner, sc in same st. 2 sc in next st. [Sc in next 2 st, *sk 3 front loops in Rnd 7 and tr in next FL in Rnd 7. Sk 1 st in Rnd 8 and sc in next 3 st in Rnd 8.* Repeat * to * 5 times for a total of 6 tr. Sc in next st on Rnd 8, 2 sc in each of next 2 st] four times, omitting last corner. Fasten off E. (When turning the corner you are skipping 4 loops.) (100 sc, 24 tr)

Round 10: (All st worked in BLO.) Join F with sl in BLO of 2 nd of 4 corner sc, Beg. corner over this and next st. (Dc in next 29 st, corner) three times, dc in next 29 st, sl st to top of beg ch-3. Fasten off F. (132 st)

Round 11: Join G with sc in first tr of any corner, sc in same st. 2 Sc in next st. (Sc in next 33 st, 2 sc in each of next 2 st.) three times, sc in next 33 st. Sl st to first sc. Fasten off G. (148 sc)

Adding to the yo-yos

“Round 4” yo-yo  

Join F with sc in any st, hdc, ch 2, hdc, sc in same st. [Sk 1 st, (sc, hdc, ch 2, hdc, sc in next st)] 6 times, sk 1 st, sl st to beg st. Fasten off F.

“Round 5” – first yo-yo

1: Join G with sc in any st, sc in same st, 2 sc in each st around, sl st to beg st. Fasten off G. 2: Join B with sc in any st, sc in same st, (sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) around, sc in last st, sl st to beg sc. Fasten off B.

“Round 5” – second yo-yo

You will work one round through back loops of yo-yo, and one round through front loops.

Using Back Loops –  Join E with sc in back loop of any st, (ch 5, sc in next st) 13 times, ch 5, sl st to beg sc, fasten off.

Using Front Loops –  Join A with sc in front loop of any st, ch 2, sc in same st,*( sc, ch 2, sc) in next st,* 13 times, sl st to beg st, fasten off.

 

Copyright 2013 – Julie Yeager Designs. Please do not reproduce or distribute this pattern, even if it was obtained as a “free” pattern. See all my designs at http://www.ravelry.com/stores/julie-yeager-designs. Contact me at julieyeagerdesigns@gmail.com.

Week 7 Afghan Block CAL: Spiral Circle to Square and Firenze

This week features Spiral Circle to Square, free now for a limited time with coupon code SPIRAL on Ravelry.  (Coupon good until February 29, 2016.) It is an easy four-color spiral, and you may be familiar with the concept, but I thought the way I squared it up added something new.  This is my original and then a lovely version by Marywalkerartist.

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Here is what your pieces should look like after a few rounds, thanks to MadStitcher1 for pic:

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The paid pattern this week is Firenze Afghan Square.  Dedri Uys did a tutorial for this block on her blog last year.  Here is my original, a bright version by lieslein, and a blanket version by mariaknits1508.

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Please share photos and progress on my Ravelry board and/or our Facebook CAL page.

 

Week 6 – Margaret & Margaret; In Treble

Week 6 of our 12″ Afghan Block CAL features Margaret , free here on the blog, a 12″ solid block done in the tapestry crochet technique.  I designed this block a while back for a comfortghan for a designer friend, Margaret MacInnis; here is one by SueW28.

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Now Margaret is offering one of her new original designs free to the followers of this CAL – here is her block, Mystery Puffed Wheat,  now available free on Ravelry with coupon code Saskwheat.  Thanks, Margaret!image

Our paid pattern this week is the very popular In Treble.  Worked almost entirely in treble crochet clusters, this block always makes a statement.  Available on Ravelry for $3.99 or as part of the E-book. Here is the original plus a four-square by Vivilion:

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Get all the blocks for the CAL in this E-book, and please share your progress on my Rav group and Facebook CAL group.

Margaret Afghan Square

Margaret 12″ Afghan Square

By Julie Yeager Designs

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Suggested Yarn: Worsted or Aran weight

Color A: Gray        Color B:  Blue

Suggested Hook Size: Size J (6.0 mm)

Pattern uses American crochet terms.

Abbreviations and Special Stitches

Sc – single crochet         sl – slip      ch- chain         st – stitch        sp – space             yo – yarn over

This design uses the Tapestry Crochet technique. Change colors at the last yarn-over of each stitch and crochet over the color not in use.

Round 1: With A, ch 4, join with sl st to form ring. Ch 1, 8 sc in ring, sl st to first sc. (8 sc)

Round 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st, sl st to first sc. (16 sc)

Round 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in same st as join, (sc in next 3 st, 3 sc in next st for corner) x 3, sc in next 3 st, sc in same st as first 2 sc of round, sl st to first sc of round. (24 sc)

Round 4: With A, ch 1, 2 sc in same st as join, sc in next 2 st. (With B, sc in next st. With A, sc in next 2 st, 3 sc in next st for corner, sc in next 2 st) x 3. With B, sc in next st. With A, sc in next 2 st, sc in same st as beg st, sl st to first sc of round. (32 sc)

Round 5: With A, ch 1, 2 sc in same st as join, sc in next 2 st. (With B, sc in next 3 st. With A, sc in next 2 st, 3 sc in next st for corner, sc in next 2 st) x 3. With B, sc in next 3 st. With A, sc in next 2 st, sc in same st as beg st, sl st to first sc of round. (40 sc)

Round 6: With A, ch 1, 2 sc in same st as join, sc in next 2 st. (With B, sc in next 5 st. With A, sc in next 2 st, 3 sc in next st for corner, sc in next 2 st) x 3. With B, sc in next 5 st. With A, sc in next 2 st, sc in same st as beg st, sl st to first sc of round. (48 sc)

Round 7: With A, ch 1, 2 sc in same st as join, sc in next 2 st. (With B, sc in next 7 st. With A, sc in next 2 st, 3 sc in next st for corner, sc in next 2 st) x 3. With B, sc in next 7 st. With A, sc in next 2 st, sc in same st as beg st, sl st to first sc of round. (56 sc)

Round 8: With A, ch 1, 2 sc in same st as join, sc in next 4 st. (With B, sc in next 5 st. With A, sc in next 4 st, 3 sc in next st for corner, sc in next 4 st) x 3. With B, sc in next 5 st. With A, sc in next 4 st, sc in same st as beg st, sl st to first sc of round. (64 sc)

Round 9: With A, ch 1, 2 sc in same st as join, sc in next 6 st. (With B, sc in next 3 st. With A, sc in next 6 st, 3 sc in next st for corner, sc in next 6 st) x 3. With B, sc in next 3 st. With A, sc in next 6 st, sc in same st as beg st, sl st to first sc of round. (72 sc)

Round 10: With A, ch 1, 2 sc in same st as join, sc in next 8 st. (With B, sc in next st. With A, sc in next 8 st, 3 sc in next st for corner, sc in next 8 st) x 3. With B, sc in next st. With A, sc in next 8 st, sc in same st as beg st, sl st to first sc of round. (80 sc)

Round 11: Work even in A, with sc in each sc and 3 sc in corners. (88 sc)

Round 12: Work even in A, with sc in each sc and 3 sc in corners. (96 sc)

Round 13: With A, ch 1, 2 sc in same st as join, sc in next 4 st. (With B, sc in next st. With A, sc in next 13 st. With B, sc in next st. With A, sc in next 4 st, 3 sc in next st for corner, sc in next 4 st) x 3. With B, sc in next st. With A, sc in next 13 st. With B, sc in next st. With A, sc in next 4 st, sc in same st as beg st, sl st to first sc of round. (104 sc)

Round 14: With A, ch 1, 2 sc in same st as join, sc in next 4 st. (With B, sc in next 3 st. With A, sc in next 11 st. With B, sc in next 3 st. With A, sc in next 4 st, 3 sc in next st for corner, sc in next 4 st) x 3. With B, sc in next 3 st. With A, sc in next 11 st. With B, sc in next 3 st. With A, sc in next 4 st, sc in same st as beg st, sl st to first sc of round. (112 sc)

Round 15: With A, ch 1, 2 sc in same st as join, sc in next 4 st. (With B, sc in next 5 st. With A, sc in next 9 st. With B, sc in next 5 st. With A, sc in next 4 st, 3 sc in next st for corner, sc in next 4 st) x 3. With B, sc in next 5 st. With A, sc in next 9 st. With B, sc in next 5st. With A, sc in next 4 st, sc in same st as beg st, sl st to first sc of round. (120 sc)

Round 16: With A, ch 1, 2 sc in same st as join, sc in next 4 st. (With B, sc in next 7 st. With A, sc in next 7 st. With B, sc in next 7 st. With A, sc in next 4 st, 3 sc in next st for corner, sc in next 4 st) x 3. With B, sc in next 7 st. With A, sc in next 7 st. With B, sc in next 7 st. With A, sc in next 4 st, sc in same st as beg st, sl st to first sc of round. (128 sc)

Round 17: With A, ch 1, 2 sc in same st as join, sc in next 6 st. (With B, sc in next 5 st. With A, sc in next 9 st. With B, sc in next 5 st. With A, sc in next 6 st, 3 sc in next st for corner, sc in next 6 st) x 3. With B, sc in next 5 st. With A, sc in next 9 st. With B, sc in next 5 st. With A, sc in next 6 st, sc in same st as beg st, sl st to first sc of round. (136 sc)

Round 18: With A, ch 1, 2 sc in same st as join, sc in next 8 st. (With B, sc in next 3 st. With A, sc in next 11 st. With B, sc in next 3 st. With A, sc in next 8 st, 3 sc in next st for corner, sc in next 8 st) x 3. With B, sc in next 3 st. With A, sc in next 11 st. With B, sc in next 3 st. With A, sc in next 8 st, sc in same st as beg st, sl st to first sc of round. (144 sc)

Round 19: With A, ch 1, 2 sc in same st as join, sc in next 10 st. (With B, sc in next st. With A, sc in next 13 st. With B, sc in next st. With A, sc in next 10 st, 3 sc in next st for corner, sc in next 10 st) x 3. With B, sc in next st. With A, sc in next 13 st. With B, sc in next st. With A, sc in next 10 st, sc in same st as beg st, sl st to first sc of round. (152 sc)

Round 20: Work even in A, with sc in each sc and 3 sc in corners. Fasten off. Block lightly. (160 sc)

Copyright 2014 – Julie Yeager Designs. Please do not reproduce or distribute this pattern, even if it was obtained as a “free” pattern. Pattern may be downloaded at Ravelry.com; see all my designs at http://www.ravelry.com/stores/julie-yeager-designs. Contact me at julieyeagerdesigns@gmail.com.

Week 5 – Sun Catcher and Holiday Ornament

(If you hit the little icon at the top of this post that says Afghan Square CAL, you can go to the archive of all posts about this CAL.)

Week 5 of our Afghan Square CAL features Sun Catcher Afghan Square, which is free on Ravelry until the end of 2015 and also free here on the blog.  This block is a little challenging, but hundreds have successfully completed it.  There are round by round photos on Ravelry in the Block of the Month group.

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Holiday Ornament reminds me of those old glass ornaments that my Mom hung on her tree.  I have been seeing some great versions of this block lately; this second one is by Isabella106:

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This pattern is available on Ravelry for $3.99, and also in the E-book for this CAL, with all 18 patterns for $15.00.

Week 4 – Sweet and Fair and Catalina

Well, the week is not over yet, but I am running behind on my squares with Thanksgiving this week.  This week we are working on Sweet and Fair Afghan Square, this first one stitched by Birdlebee.  The pattern is free on Ravelry until the end of 2015, but there is also a free version here on the blog.

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This is another easy rhythmic square, featuring  treble crochet stitches.  Once you get the hang of the construction, it is repetitive and fun.  I particularly love the squaring up rounds, and I used them again on my Gretchen Square.  Perfectly square!  I find this square and Catalina both a little flimsier than some of my other squares, but they fit together in a sampler just fine.

Catalina was inspired by bright Mexican ceramic tiles like this one:  tile_medium2

I pictured it in terracotta and brights,

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but it also looks striking in a two-color scheme like this one by Untouchable41757 on Ravelry:

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Pattern is $3.99 on Ravelry, and is also part of our 18 pattern E-book for this CAL, available for $15.00.

Loopy Dishcloth or Afghan Square

Loopy Dishcloth or Afghan Square

by Julie Yeager Designs

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Materials: 12” Afghan Square

Pattern uses US crochet terms.

Color A: Terracotta (20 g)                  Color B: Tapestry variegated (13 g)                  Color C: Eggplant (19 g)                      Color D: Honey (21 g)                         Color E: Dusty Green (35 g)

Crochet Hook:  Size I

Special Stitches and abbreviations:

Bpsc – Back post single crochet – Insert hook from the back side of the work right to left around the post of the indicated stitch on a previous row; yo and pull up a loop, yo and draw through two loops.

Bpdc – Back post double crochet – Insert hook from the back side of the work right to left around the post of the indicated stitch on a previous row; yo and pull up a loop, yo and draw through two loops, yo and draw through two loops.

Ch-3 at the beginning of a round counts as a double crochet (dc.)

Instructions:

Round 1: With A, ch 5, join with sl st to form ring. Ch 3, 17 dc in ring, sl st to top of beginning ch-3 to join. Invisible join recommended throughout. Fasten off. (18 dc)

Round 2: Join B with bpsc around any dc. Bpsc around next 17 st. Sl st to first sc of round. (18 sc)

Round 3: Ch 1, sc in same st. (Ch 5, sc in next st) x 17, ch 5, sl st to first sc of round. (18 sc, 18 ch-5 loops)

Round 4: Ch 1. Working behind Round 3, 2 dc in each sc of Round 2. Sl st to first dc of round. Fasten off. (36 dc)

Round 5: Join C with bpsc around any dc. Bpsc around each dc, sl st to first bpsc of round. (36 bpsc)

Round 6: Ch 1, sc in same st. (Ch 5, sc in next st) x 35, ch 5, sl st to first sc of round. (36 sc, 36 ch-5 loops)

Round 7: Ch 1. Working behind Round 6, (2 dc in next sc of Round 5, 1 dc in next sc of Round 5) x 18. Sl st to first dc of round. Fasten off. (54 dc)

Round 8: Join D with bpsc around any dc. Bpsc around each dc, sl st to first bpsc of round. (54 bpsc)

Round 9: Ch 1, sc in same st. (Ch 5, sc in next st) x 53, ch 5, sl st to first sc of round. (54 sc, 54 ch-5 loops)

Round 10: Ch 1. Working behind Round 9, (2 dc in next sc of Round 8, dc in each of next 2 sc of Round 8) x 18. Sl st to first dc of round. Fasten off. (72 dc)

Round 11: Join E with bpsc around any dc. Bpsc around each dc, sl st to first bpsc of round. (72 sc)

Round 12: Ch 1, sc in same st. (Ch 5, sc in next st) x 71, ch 5, sl st to first sc of round. (72 sc, 72 ch-5 loops) (Stop here if making dishcloth.)

Round 13: Ch 1. Working behind Round 12, (2 dc in next sc of Round 11, dc in each of next 5 sc of Round 11) x 12. Sl st to first dc of round. Fasten off. (84 dc)

Round 14: Join A with sc in any st. Sc in next 3 st, (hdc in next 3 st, dc in next 2 st, tr in next st, (2 tr, ch 1, 2 tr) in next st for corner, tr in next st, dc in next 2 st, hdc in next 3 st, sc in next 8 st) x 4, omitting last 4 sc. Sl st to first sc of round. Fasten off. (24 tr, 16 dc, 24 hdc, 32 sc, 4 ch-1 sp)

Round 15: Join B with sl st in any corner sp. Ch 2, 4 hdc in same sp. [(Ch 1, sk next st, hdc in next st) x 12, ch 1, 5 hdc in next ch-1 sp] x 4, omitting last 5 hdc. Sl st to top of beg ch-2. Fasten off. (68 hdc, 52 ch-1 sp)

Round 16: Join C with sc in 3rd hdc of any corner, sc in same st. [Sc in next 2 st, dc in skipped st below in Round 14. (Sc in next st of Round 15, dc in next st of Round 14) x 11, sc in next st of Round 15, dc in corner sp of Round 14, sc in next 2 st of Round 15, 3 sc in next st of Round 15] x 4, omitting last 2 sc and placing last sc in same st as beg st of round. Sl st to first sc of round, fasten off. Mark the four corner stitches (center st of 3 sc group.) (52 dc, 76 sc)

Round 17: Join D with an sc in any stitch. Work a round of crab stitch (backwards single crochet) in each st of round. Fasten off. (128 crab st)

Round 18: Join E with bpsc around post of any st of Round 16. Ch 2, bpdc around post of each st of Round 16. Do not fasten off. (128 bpdc)

Round 19: Ch 3, dc in each st around, with (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corners (use Round 16 markers to find corner.) Sl st to top of beg ch-3, fasten off. (140 dc, 4 ch-2 sp)

Round 20: (If needed) Join A with sc in any st, sc in each st around, with 3 sc in corners. Sl st to beg st of round, fasten off. (152 sc)

Dishcloth

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Worsted weight cotton yarn

Color A: Lavender (a few yards)          Color B: Sugar & Cream Hot Blue (1 skein)

Crochet Hook size I (5.5 mm)

Work as for afghan square through Round 12.

Round 13: Ch 1. Working behind Round 12, (2 dc in next sc of Round 11, dc in each of next 3 sc of Round 11) x 18. Sl st to first dc of round. (90 dc)

Round 14: Ch 1, bpsc around each dc, sl st to first bpsc of round. Fasten off. (90 sc)

Copyright 2013 – Julie Yeager Designs.

Please do not post this pattern on the internet, even if it was obtained as a “free pattern.” Post the link to my website – http://julieyeagerdesigns.com, or my Ravelry store – where you can see all my patterns – http://www.ravelry.com/stores/Julie-yeager-designs. Contact me via e-mail at julieyeagerdesigns@gmail.com.