Mikey’s Afghan Club – Octagons and Squares Afghan COMPLETE!

This post is actually very much overdue, as I finished the afghan on 15th March! I’m very pleased with how my afghan turned out, and it’s very cosy! I actually downsized mine a little, making 12 octagons and 6 squares rather than the 20 octagons and 12 squares requested in the pattern.

The winner for the giveaway, and unsurprisingly I didn’t win as there were 496 entries! But I’m very happy because I have the blanket!

The free pattern for the afghan can be found here on Red Heart. The pattern for the next Afghan Club by the Crochet Crowd will be released on the 1st April, so keep an eye on their site. Right now Cathy’s Hook Club is going on until April 15th, if anyone is interested.

I hope to get back into crocheting again very soon and make progress on my impending and in progress projects. Right now I’m very happy with the afghan – it might look impressive, but it’s actually easier work than it looks. 😉 It’s suitable for beginners, so have a go if you want a bit of a challenge to get you going with projects.


Impending projects

I haven’t written here for a few weeks as I work through my afghan, so I thought I would write about the projects that I have in mind to work on after completing the afghan.

1. Cathy’s Hook Club – Spring Fling Pillow

The new project for Cathy’s Hook Club began today, and runs until April 15th. It is similar to Mikey’s Afghan Club, and is also run by The Crochet Crowd. You can find information on the club here.

The pattern is from Red Heart and can be found here. (Note: you’ll find yellow highlights in the downloadable pattern; this is because corrections had to be made from a previous version.) This is quite a short project; of course, it depends on your skill level among other things, but I’ve seen from The Crochet Crowd Facebook page that it takes people in the region of five hours. I will be choosing out colors for my pillow soon, and hope it’ll just be a quick project I can fit in between my other plans.

As with Mikey’s Afghan Club, there is a random giveaway for one lucky winner, which includes yarn, a yarn bag, and a mug. All giveaway rules and guidelines can be found in the link above for Cathy’s Hook Club.

2. Simple scarf
I’m building up a simple scarf for my sister using single crochet, and also plan to practice pattern writing by writing out the short pattern for it, which I’ll post when I complete it. I’m using yarn from the Patons Fab DK range in the color Clown, which is variegated and gives a really nice effect to the scarf. Using single crochet means the scarf has tight stitching and is very cosy!

3. Square design baby blanket
I have built quite the collection of baby colors, mostly of Baby Dream DK colors, and plan to build up a blanket using them. The plan just now is to have squares of colors from the center out, for which I will write up a simple pattern and post it here. I don’t know yet what I’ll do with it, but I do have a nephew who is seven months old, so it may end up going to him. 🙂

4. My first real design
For the two projects above, I’m going to practise writing a pattern, but they’re pretty simple and don’t have much actual design input from me, so I’ve come up with an idea with more design involved, and I hope it’s not too complex for me! It’s just a decorative item with no function, but it would work as a baby toy too. I don’t want to give away anything about it until I’ve made some progress and can see that it’s going to turn out alright! Here’s hoping all goes well on it, and I can post the pattern here for anyone’s use if they like it.

So those projects should keep me going for a while yet! I think my biggest problem with crochet is seeing too many projects that I want to work on, and having to choose! After my first attempt at a hat went quite wrong, as it was my first ever project, I want to try that again soon, as my stitching is more uniform now. But it’s not in my “official” project plans quite yet. If any of you take on any similar projects, or decide to participate in Cathy’s Hook Club, let me know, and send pictures of your work if you wish. I hope you enjoy these projects!

Mikey’s Afghan Club – Progress

I’ve completed one of each of the four different motifs of the afghan I am making for Mikey’s Crochet Club on The Crochet Crowd, and so thought I would update to show how they look.

As you can see, there are really only two different motifs, but there are two versions of each. The full pattern can be found here, and my previous post on this project is here.

With hope, the next time I post about this project will be when it’s all stitched together and completed! If anyone uses this pattern, I would love to see your pictures. I would love to make a Readers’ Gallery if I had enough submissions. 🙂

Mikey’s Afghan Club – The Crochet Crowd

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!