A few months ago I found out that Tamara Kelly on the Moogly blog is doing a crochet-along (CAL) afghan. She’s posting a new square every two weeks that’s designed by a different designer each time. The plan is to make each square, then join them together into an afghan at the end of the year. I wanted to follow along because I wanted to be exposed to new stitches.
I’ll be trading off talking about this CAL and my temperature projects on the first Sunday of each month.
I decided to use Caron Simply Soft for my CAL yarn because I wanted to keep my costs down. The colors I picked are fuschia, cool green, iris, mango, lemonade, and white for a possible border.
I’ve already had my crochet skills tested when it comes to picking colors. I’ve had to pick which colors I wanted to use and where for the first couple squares because the designer often didn’t use the same number of colors that I had. It’s been hard trying to pick something that would come out looking okay.
Square 1: The Flame Square
This square was designed by Jessie at Home.
I had to add a few rows to get the square to 12″ square (the standard size for the afghan squares). I simply added rows two at a time in the ribbed style until I reached 12″.
I really liked the final texture of this square. The ribbing provided lots of interest. The look is achieved using a back post stitch, so I’m pretty good at this stitch now.
The middle was challenging but it was worth it.
Square 2: 3D Flower Square
This square was designed by Repeat Crafter Me.
I had a really hard time with the leaves of the flower in the center. I still didn’t get them to look like the original. Problem leaves aside, I really liked the flower. I’m glad I picked yellow and purple to use.
I’m also not happy with the bit of seam running up one part of the square, but we’re our own worst critic.
I was, however, happy with myself that I wove in ends as I want along. I’ve not been very disciplined about that in the past.
Square 3: Winter Bloom
This square was designed by Danyel Pink Designs.
I liked this square. I also had to add rows to this one, which was a little more difficult this time. I would’ve liked to have left the square the way it originally was without the add-ons, but since I’ve done the others to 12″ I needed to do this one that way, too.
I’m looking forward to getting more squares done. It’s been fun thus far.
Edit: I got so far behind on this project I decided to lump it in with my Project Clean Queue projects. I’ll add a link here when I work on a CAL square for that.
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