One of the projects I am working on now is an afghan blanket, as I’m participating in the monthly crochet club on The Crochet Crowd. See this link for the announcement of the February 2013 Afghan Club announcement.
Mikey, or Michael Sellick, runs a fantastic site with help from others, and I actually learned to crochet very easily from his video tutorials in YouTube. The site offers free patterns and many useful resources, and is definitely worth checking out!
Watch Curtzy Crochet Hooks’ series on learning crochet with Mikey on YouTube
The afghan that the club is making is based on a free pattern from Red Heart. It is the Octagons and Squares Throw, which you can find a free pattern here. In basic terms, it consists of making two different motifs, 20 of one, and 12 of the other. Half of each are using one color, while the other half uses the other color. Four colors are used in total for the throw.
I will post pictures of each motif when I’ve finished one copy each of them. It’s an exciting project, and is surprisingly easy enough even for a beginner; the final product looks way more complicated than it actually is to make! If you can’t read the written patterns, Mikey’s YouTube channel (linked above) offers tutorials on learning to read them, but also, the Afghan Club releases videos to show you how to complete this specific pattern! You can use whatever colors you like, and additionally, if you upload your finished product to The Crochet Crowd within a month, you are entered into a random draw to earn prizes! Win-win!