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 [email protected]

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!

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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.

New Pattern – My Addison Beanie

New pattern on Ravelry – My Addison Beanie knit hat, with an easy knit/purl pattern, sized for three sizes, but very stretchy. Baby/Toddler size is 14″ around, 6″ high on size 6 needles with Feels Like Butta yarn, a worsted on the thin side, gauge 18/28. Size M is 16″ around, 8″ high on size 8 needles with Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran with gauge 18/22; Size L/XL is 18″ around, 9″ high on size 8 needles with Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran with gauge 18/22. Each takes less than 1 skein of yarn and is a quick knit.

To receive a free Ravelry download of this pattern, use Coupon Code ADDIE. If you post a Ravelry project page and photo of your finished hat, I will send you a Coupon Code for my next knit hat pattern. Offer expires 11/10/21.

MysteryGhan 2021 Complete!

And the Mystery is solved! Hope you all enjoyed MysteryGhan 2021 – last clue is in your email and Rav library – thanks to all who chatted and shared updates and results on our Rav board and FB Group. Pattern is now called Four Winds Afghan due to its four distinct pattern sections.

Please continue to discuss the pattern as you finish up and let me know if you have any problems. I sent out a first copy of this last clue that contained an error in Round 1 of the border, but the correction was sent out right afterward. The pattern lends itself to your own interpretation; you can always change the size length or width-wise, you can substitute a stitch pattern, or you can shape-shift the motifs, as some have done on my Ravelry group – they made the first four squares into a square and continued around in the next patterns to make the afghan in the round. It’s a great idea and while I am not going to work it up right now, I look forward to seeing you put your interprations out there.

Do not forget to sign up on this blog for blog updates, so you do not miss news of the next pattern or Crochet Along or Knit Along or any news from me. As you know, our next CAL will be working through my pattern Resplendent Afghan which appears in the Fall 2021 Interweave Crochet Magazine, available at newsstands and online. We will begin October 11, 2021, and yarn details are here.

I am happy to have a new affiliate relationship with Jimmy Beans Wool, a fun and exciting yarn shop selling only the best in crochet and knit supplies. I think the Craftvent Calendar 2021 sounds like a great time – you receive an Advent Calendar-like box with a different treat for each day of December, containing the yarn or notion needed to complete a crochet or knit shawl or mittens. Check it out and let me know if you want to CAL/KAL – I have my eye on the Tidings Wrap in Buttermint.

Chaplet Afghan Square

Featured this Month on the MOOGLY CAL 2021 – check out Moogly’s blog for all the fabulous afghan square designs that are featured this year; the creativity shown in this years’ offerings is outstanding! Create your own unique blanket with the Moogly CAL 2021.

Chaplet Afghan Square 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: Dusty Purple (60 g)   B: Aran (30 g) 

Crochet Hook size J (6.0 mm) 

(Change to larger hook for linen stitch border starting at Round 12 if desired.)

Special Stitches and abbreviations

Beg – beginning  BLO – back loop only  ch – chain dc – double crochet hdc – half double crochet  sc – single crochet  sk – skip   sl – slip   sp – space st – stitch  YO – yarn over  

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)

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)

FPsc dec – front post single crochet decrease – Insert hook behind posts of next two stitches (from front to back), YO, pull through, bring up even with last stitch completed, YO, pull through 2 loops (1 loop on hook) 

FPdc – Front post double crochet – YO, insert hook behind post of stitch (from front to back and then back to front), YO, pull through, (3 loops on hook), (YO, pull through 2 loops) twice

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

V – St (V-Stitch) – (dc, ch 2, dc) in same st or sp

Puff St – Puff Stitch – (YO, insert hook in designated st or sp, YO, pull through, bring up to height of a dc) 3 times, YO, pull through all 7 strands, ch 1 to close

3 Puff Corner – [(Puff St, ch 1) twice, Puff St] in same st or sp

Notes:  Ch-3 at the beginning of a round counts as a dc; ch-2 as a hdc.  Ch 1 at the beginning of a round does not count as a stitch.  “Omitting last stitches” means that those stitches were already completed at the beginning of the round.

Instructions: 

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

Round 2:  Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch-1), [(dc, ch 1) in next st] 11 times, sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-4. (12 dc, 12 ch-1 sp)

Round 3:  Sl st in ch-1 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, ch 1, [(3 dc, ch 1), in next ch-1 sp] 11 times, sl st to top of beg ch-3, fasten off. (36 dc, 12 ch-1 sp)

Round 4:  Join Color B with sl st in any ch-1 sp, ch 5 (counts as dc and ch-2), dc in same sp, ch 1, [(V st, ch 1)  in next ch-1 sp] 11 times, sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-5. (12 V-st, 12 ch-1 sp)

Round 5:  Sl st in ch-2 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, (FPdc in next 2 dc, 3 dc in ch-2 sp) 11 times, FPdc in next 2 dc, sl st to top of beg ch-3. (60 st)

Round 6:  Ch 2,  (3 hdc in next st, hdc in next st, ch 1, FPsc dec around next 2 FPdc, ch 1, hdc in next st) 12 times, omitting last st, sl st to top of beg ch-2, fasten off. (60 hdc, 12 FPsc dec, 24 ch-1)

Round 7:   Join Color A with sc in any FPsc dec, [ch 2, sk ch-1 sp and 2 hdc, BPsc in next hdc, ch 2, sk 2 hdc and ch-1 sp, sc in FPsc dec, ch 2, sk ch-1 sp and 2 hdc,  BPsc in next hdc, sk 2 hdc and ch-1 sp, (V-st, ch 2, V-st) in FPsc dec, sk ch-1 sp and 2 hdc, BPsc in next st, ch 2, sk 2 hdc and ch-1 sp, sc in next FPsc dec] four times, omitting last st, sl st to first sc. (4 dc, 3 BPsc, 2 sc, 7 ch-2 sp per side)

Round 8:  FPsc in same st as join, [2 sc in ch-2 sp, FPsc in BPsc, 2 sc in ch-2 sp, FPsc in sc, 3 sc in ch-2 sp, FPsc in BPsc, FPsc in dc, 2 sc in ch-2 sp, Fpsc in dc, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp for corner, FPsc in dc, 2 sc in ch-2 sp, FPsc in dc, FPsc in BPsc, 3 sc in ch-2 sp, FPsc in sc] four times, omitting last st, sl st to beg FPsc.  (25 st plus ch-2 sp per side)

Round 9:  Ch 1, sc in same st and in next 15 st, [(sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp for corner, sc in next 25 st] three times, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp for corner, sc in next 9 st, sl st to first sc, fasten off. (27 st plus ch-2 sp per side)

Round 10:  (Note:  This round may look a little wavy but it will work out.  There is a ch at the end of the puff and a ch between puffs.)  Join Color B with sl st in BLO of first corner ch (this sl st will be hidden later.)  (Puff st, ch 1, puff st) in ch-2 corner sp, [(ch 1, sk 1 st, puff st in next st) 13 times, ch 1, sk 1 st, 3 puff corner] four times, omitting last 3 st and placing last puff st in same sp as beg, ch 1, sl st to first puff, fasten off. (16 puffs, 16 ch-1 sp per side)  

Round 11: Join Color A with sc in first ch-1 sp of any corner, sc in same sp, FPsc in puff, 2 sc in ch-1 sp, [(FPsc in puff, sc in ch-1 sp) 14 times, (FPsc in puff, 2 sc in next ch-1 sp) twice] four times, omitting last 5 st, sl st to first sc. (34 st per side)  

Round 12:  Sl st in next st and in next (corner) st,  ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in same st for corner, [(ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next st) 16  times, ch 1, sk 1 st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next st for corner] four times, omitting last corner, sl st to first sc. (18 sc, 19 ch per side) 

Round 13:  Sl st in ch-2 sp, ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in same sp for corner, [(ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next ch-1 sp) 17  times, ch 1, sk 1 st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp for corner] four times, omitting last corner, sl st to first sc. (19 sc, 20 ch per side)

Round 14:  Sl st in ch-2 sp, ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in same sp for corner, [(ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next ch-1 sp) 18  times, ch 1, sk 1 st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp for corner] four times, omitting last corner, sl st to first sc. (20 sc, 21 ch per side)

Round 15:  Sl st in ch-2 sp, ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in same sp for corner, [(ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next ch-1 sp) 19  times, ch 1, sk 1 st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp for corner] four times, omitting last corner, sl st to first sc. (21 sc, 22 ch per side)

Round 16:  Sl st in ch-2 sp, ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in same sp for corner, [(ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next ch-1 sp) 20  times, ch 1, sk 1 st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp for corner] four times, omitting last corner, sl st to first sc. (22 sc, 23 ch per side)

Round 17:  Sl st in ch-2 sp, ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in same sp for corner, [(ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next ch-1 sp) 21 times, ch 1, sk 1 st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp for corner] four times, omitting last corner, sl st to first sc. Fasten off.  (23 sc, 24 ch per side)

Copyright 2021 Julie Yeager Designs

 See all at  www.julieyeagerdesigns.com, or my Ravelry store. Contact me via e-mail at [email protected]  

Resplendent Afghan CAL Coming Soon

I’m excited to announce that my design Resplendent Afghan will be published in Interweave Crochet’s Fall 2021 issue, available online on the Interweave website August 25, 2021 and at newstands, bookstores, yarn shops, and craft stores in early September 2021. Incidentally, this will be the last print edition of Interweave Crochet, as the magazine is transitioning to digital only on Interweave.com.

Resplendent Afghan consists of granny squares with a twist – post stitches give it texture and color changes give it some visual pop. I think this colorway would be perfect for a dorm room!

If you would like to Crochet Along with this design, I will be hosting on my Ravelry Board and on my Facebook Crochet Along Group starting October 11, 2021. If you would like to use the yarn I used, you can order Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran from LoveCrafts (LoveKnitting and LoveCrochet) through my links and I’ll get a small commission.

Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran (100% Acrylic, 3.5 oz/100 g, 201 yds/184 m), Yarn Weight #4: 7 balls 204 stormy grey (MC); 3 balls 206 granite grey (JC); 2 balls each 208 dark aubergine (B), 222 buttercup yellow (D), 243 raspberry pink (F) and 233 marine blue (H); 1 ball each 245 pale lilac (A), 221 daffodil yellow (C), 250 bubblegum pink (E), 232 washed teal (G)

Hook: H (5.0 mm)  crochet hook Size: 53” x 68”