Stitch-cation 2014 Afghan Project eBook

Stitch-cation 2014 Summer Afghan

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as 'Mikey', I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

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  • October 1, 2014 at 3:51 pm
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    I didn’t do the stitchcation thing during the summer because I had other things going on, but I may yet do this – only in my own way. All in white. Because I’m different. 🙂

    • January 9, 2015 at 10:30 pm
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      Hi, I didn’t do the stitchcation challenge – I was busy emigrating to a new country! – but I am working my way through now, mainly just to learn. I am really new to crochet, and I think these tutorials are great, although since they are all coming out different sizes I don’t know if I’ll finish.

      I was wondering if someone could help me with the border for the squares though? I have no idea how to do a border, or how you use it to put the squares together (like I say, really new!) Does anyone know of any videos which might help?

      Thanks!

  • August 19, 2014 at 9:03 am
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    I had trouble with my computer. I couldn’t even get e-mails to go to my family. If you get a 2nd photo, just ignore it, I only made 1.

  • August 18, 2014 at 4:54 pm
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    Hi, I know that this challenge is over, but I would still like to do this. I had already done the CAL when it was first put out by RedHeart, but used only one color. I would like to do it again. I do have a question if someone is still looking at this listing. I have looked over the Ebook that Mikey put out. I don’t see his comments or thoughts about changing colors. Are these only available by watching the tutorials?
    I am very much impressed by all of the afghans done with this challenge. Talent, Talent, Talent.

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  • August 15, 2014 at 12:06 am
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    I tried to send my photo by clicking the e-mail address above, but it won’t let me send anything in that form. So I sent it through my AOL Mail but I don’t know if you got it. I don’t know any other way to send e-mails.

    • August 17, 2014 at 2:11 pm
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      Please help. I don’t know if you got my e-mail with my photo. I keep checking but I don’t see my afghan in the gallery. I really want to be entered in the contest. Please answer here or e-mail me at efb04461@netscape.net Thanks.

      • Mikey, The Crochet Crowd
        August 17, 2014 at 3:49 pm
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        I have many to review yet… I’m really back logged and I am trying my best. There are many for me to review. I’m trying to squeeze this into my schedule today. I’m filming video tutorials at the moment.

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  • July 30, 2014 at 4:34 pm
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    can some one help me please

    I have two balls of yarn one light blue and one dark blue also the same with the green. now does that count as one colour since there both blue but different balls and shade or does that count as one can someone please help me because I will not be able to finish and blanket in time thank you

    jade

    • August 4, 2014 at 7:08 pm
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      I would think they count as different colors as long as they can tell it. I’m using light and dark in same colors.

  • July 27, 2014 at 9:25 pm
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    I am about to finish my first stitch-cation aghan, and I am thinking about trying another within the time frame for the challenge, but I had a couple of questions.

    1) Does the border have to be the same on all 4 sides? I know it needs to be min. 4 rounds, but I was thinking about doing more elaborate on top and bottom?
    2) I know we must use all of the texture patterns listed in the pattern, as stated in the pattern, but I have come across a couple other REALLY cool pattern stitches… could we add those as additional squares to our afghan?

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  • July 18, 2014 at 6:15 pm
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    I am wondering, on the back loop square is the a row of single crochet between the double crochet rows. The pattern says to do a sc row but in mickeys tutorial he just does the dc. Any one have any help for me on this one? Thanks!

    • July 20, 2014 at 4:16 pm
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      My thought exactly! I’m on my fifth square, the back loop square. The video and written instructions do not match. This is the second one I have come across that does not match. So, do we follow the video or the written instructions. Kind-of takes the fun out of it all. Let us know.

      • July 21, 2014 at 10:50 pm
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        I am having the same issue with the raised treble square the written pattern doesn’t match the video can we do it either way?

        • July 23, 2014 at 8:43 pm
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          I beleive he has gone thru the videos and re-edited them to match the patterns

        • July 23, 2014 at 8:43 pm
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          I believe he has gone thru the videos and re-edited them to match the patterns

      • July 22, 2014 at 6:29 pm
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        I’m only using the written pattern and my squares are 11″ (+/- 1/4). I say go with what you like or what gives you right gage/size square you want. I can’t work from videos and I’m not redoing any squares. I have 6 more squares to do (3 patterns) and I want to finish in tine to enter.

  • July 16, 2014 at 12:19 pm
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    I’m finding this challenge to be really tough! I’m on my 3rd pattern right now and none of my squares are turning out to be the same size. Nowhere in the challenge does it tell us what size our squares should be, each of the Red Heart written patterns say they are 10×10, but that doesn’t flow with the challenge using an H hook. I wish there had been information at the beginning that none of the patterns will work out to the same size square by using the same hook. Its going to be impossible now to do anything fun with colors within the squares (especially since each color change requires you to cut your yarn!) if I don’t know what size it will be and if I’ll have to add extra rows to the end. Adding extra rows makes the color pattern uneven and frankly look stupid 🙁

    I’m going to keep trying and hope that the rest of the patterns work out similar

    • July 18, 2014 at 7:08 pm
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      ok i did the same thing as you but I did not completely a full pattern to see what size the were all going to be, then I found out if I use say a 5.50 hook in my case for all of them they wont be all the say size. so I had a look on the pieces of paper that come around the balls of wool that tell you how to wash them and what not it. It also say’s how to get a 10 by 10 square every time and with most of my wool it say’s to use a 4.00m hook were I used a 5.50 mm hook so I changed my hook to a 4.00mm hook and they all come out the say even if I have to use a bigger hood for some of the wool.

      I hope this help’s sorry if you can not understand but I tried

      jade

    • July 27, 2014 at 9:35 pm
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      I have had a similar problem… a couple of my pattern blocks came out really odd sized (the shells and fp is one)… I’m putting an extra row of DC around all of my blocks and hoping that that will even it out (or I may have to do more than one row around the shells block).

      Some of the patterns I did manage to switch colors without always cutting the yard. I carried the yarn under working stitches on the back. I’m HOPING to be done with my first afghan by the end of the upcoming week.

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  • July 12, 2014 at 4:49 pm
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    Question/confused?

    Standard Guidelines say:
    “The projects must be the same stitching as indicated in the pattern. Do not disqualify yourself by changing the pattern stitching. Submission of a project equivalent to the project but isn’t the same will not be accepted.”
    as well as
    “Crocheters Choice: After your pattern instructions are complete, you may add embellishments, borders and etc to the pattern to push your creativity further.”

    So my question is do I have to use the single crochet border around the squares first before adding additional border if I choose to, or can I drop the round of single crochet?

  • July 8, 2014 at 9:31 pm
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    this is not an easy challenge, meaning that i can seem to find the right hook to give me the proper size. if i use a 5.5 size it is the size of Texas, if i use a smaller hook it does not right. i am so confuse on the size of the hook. On the pattern it says 3.75 but on your instructions it says to use a size “H” hook, tried that also it is still the size of Texas. i am going to try 3.75 hook to see if that works. hopefully i can get the size of RI.

    • July 12, 2014 at 4:57 pm
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      I participated in the CAL “Checkerboard texture throw” That these squares come from. I used 4 different crochet hooks during the CAL in order to keep them all 10 inch squares.

      On a different note, I am excited about working up these squares in multiple colors instead of just one solid color for all and I am making 12 inch squares this time instead of 10 inch.

      The hard part will be choosing a border or making up my own……..

      The creative juices are flowing… I can hardly wait to see every ones complete stitch-cation afghans/ lapghans.

  • July 8, 2014 at 1:45 pm
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    Help! My Back Loop &Front Loop Square (#7) is way smaller than the other squares – 0.5″ smaller width and 1.5″ height. I can add more rows to fix the height but what do I do about the width? Is this a wasted square?

    • July 9, 2014 at 11:01 am
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      I did that square too and had problems. I went back to the list of squares and Mikey has thankfully excluded that square from the challenge.

  • July 7, 2014 at 9:54 pm
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    Square #9
    Front, back, shell
    For the beginning of the border, can someone explain, in laymen terms what
    “Border Round (right side): Ch 1, (sc, ch 3, sc) in first sc (first corner made), sc in each remaining sc to last st, (sc, ch 3, sc) in last sc (2nd corner made)” means?
    Please and thank you =)

    • July 7, 2014 at 10:30 pm
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      It means with the color that you are using to connect your squares together. With right side facing you chain 1.
      In the first single crochet do a single crochet, chain 3 and single crochet all in the same stitch. This will be your corner. Then single crochet in each stitch across.
      Then in the last single crochet do a single crochet, chain 3 single crochet. , Your second corner is now complete. Do the same thing along the other two sides and slip stitch to connect your border round and finish off. In a nut shell you are supposed to have a row I’d single crickets on all four sides. And your corners all have a chain 3 space.

      • July 7, 2014 at 11:56 pm
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        Thank you so much….it’s totally not what I was interpreting it to mean.
        Thanks again =)

  • July 7, 2014 at 4:45 pm
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    have watched and listened to the instruction videos 4 times, could someone please tell me how many rows we are to crochet to make our squares? what are the squares suppose to be, someone told me 12 x 12? thank you in advance for your time and response.
    Patti

    • July 7, 2014 at 5:00 pm
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      Personally my squares are 12 X 12. I would say pick a square to start with…for example I started with the granny square and an H hook and now I just need my squares to match the finished size of the granny square. Depending on how you tension is each square might require a different hook to get you desired size. Also, the ebook says you can add rows or eliminate rows to maintain square size consistency. Hope that helps!

      • July 7, 2014 at 5:19 pm
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        thank you so much Danielle, I truly appreciate your help.

        • July 7, 2014 at 6:22 pm
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          you are welcome

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  • July 6, 2014 at 5:02 pm
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    I was reading pattern for square #10. The last part says:
    Rows 5–30: Repeat last 2 rows (rows 3 + 4) 13 more times. Do not fasten off.
    Border Round (right side): Ch 1, (sc, ch 3, sc) in first sc (first corner made), sc in each remaining sc to last st, (sc, ch 3, sc) in last sc (2nd corner made); working in ends of rows, work 33 sc evenly spaced across side edge; working across opposite side of foundation ch and working into both free loops of each ch, (sc, ch 3, sc) in first ch (3rd corner made), sc in each remaining ch across to last ch, (sc, ch 3, sc) in last ch (4th corner made); work
    across remaining side edge in same manner as first side edge; join with slip st in first sc—140 sc (35 sc across each side edge) and 4 corner ch-3 spaces. Fasten off.
    It says to work across the sc row first (I assume you ch 1 turn), but there is no sc row, only sl st, dc row. Should there be a sc row (# 31), or do I work in the sts of row 30? Working in row 30 will make 1 row of sc on the last end and 2 rows sc on the beginning end.

  • July 6, 2014 at 12:28 pm
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    I have downloaded the ebook-twice, but no words come through! only the color pics! Can I get a link emailed to me? or maybe it is because I am using Windows 8 (which I am still trying to figure out) and that is causing it not to load correctly? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • Mikey, The Crochet Crowd
      July 6, 2014 at 12:52 pm
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      The ebook is too big to go through email. I’m unsure why it’s not loading for you. It’s a standard pdf file. Leave it with me to investigate.

      • July 9, 2014 at 10:46 am
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        I was able to reload it with Adobe- and it came out fine. Thanks for your help! I look forward to challenge! I do not usually mix up my stitches and colors in this way- this will challenge my skills and my brain!

      • July 9, 2014 at 10:25 pm
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        Hi Mikey, the ebook downloaded fine for me here in bonnie Scotland,thank you very much xxx

  • July 6, 2014 at 5:41 am
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    Hi everyone 🙂
    I am sorry if this has already been answered, I have looked to try and see an answer. I have done 3 squares so far using a 5mm hook which is what my yarn calls for. And not one of the 3 I have done is the same size. I kinda have a small medium and a large so far. I frogged and frogged and frogged. I’m not making any mistakes in pattern or count. Same hook, same yarn just different colours. I have done a popcorn (soooo much fun) a granny and a front post shell. Can anyone please tell me what I am doing wrong or how I get them to all be the same size?
    Thank you so very much.

    • July 6, 2014 at 1:33 pm
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      You may have to change hook sizes. For the Unique Granny Square, instead of using an H hook, I had to use an I to keep my square 12″. So whichever your smaller square is (mine was the granny square), go up 1 or 2 sizes in hooks. Hope this helps.

      • July 9, 2014 at 11:46 am
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        Daniela Ridley – I just wanted to let you know that your suggestion worked perfectly. The cotton only is working up fine on a 5mm, and the bamboo/cotton mix is working up perfect on a 5.5mm.Thank you so much for the help 🙂

        Mikey , in the video for the Front Post Treble Crochet, are you putting a single crochet into the same stitch you did a chain one in? It looks like you are. And if yes, that may explain why my turns on sc rows are not working properly.

        Again thank you all for the help and support, the great challenges and the downright fun stuff you teach us to do

  • July 6, 2014 at 3:10 am
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    I’m in! I’m half done with my first square and I’m excited! Thank you for running the contest! I knit more than I crochet, so I look forward to learning some new stitches and getting a head start on my Christmas gift list! 🙂

  • July 5, 2014 at 10:33 pm
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    I was wondering for this challenge I know 8 colors are required but can we make each set of squares a solid color instead of multiple colors in each square.

  • July 5, 2014 at 4:48 pm
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    The pattern for the front post treble square (row four specifically is not quite right). If worked way it instructs you, you end up with 18 FPTR instead of 17 like the stitch count states. It also make your total stitch count 36 instead of 35. Am I the only one running into this issue?

    • July 5, 2014 at 8:19 pm
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      On row 4 in the middle you are only doing 1 FPTR not 2.

  • July 5, 2014 at 4:15 pm
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    hi,
    it looks sooooo nice!
    it’s my first time to (try) join!
    i wnder if i need to do only the squares and border or i can do a diffrent concept and all the squares included??

  • July 5, 2014 at 2:26 pm
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    WOW! Mikey – AWESOME JOB on everything! This challenge looks and sounds like lots of fun but first and foremost, thank you very much for taking the time to put all of this together. You go above and beyond and this screams BEYOND. Beautiful job.

  • July 5, 2014 at 11:04 am
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    Hi all, hope you are having a nice wk end! This is my first blanket using squares and my first CAL. I learned the popcorn stitch! I noticed on a picture posted of squares already finished that someone did the border in white. Am I supposed to do the outside of the squares in the color I will be joining them with? I will have to take the purple edge off my purple and lime green sq then. Also I really don’t know what colors to use for a sampler. My other square is bright light blue and yellow. So,, White to join, purple, lime, yellow and light bright blue. Think I will use navy and pink. I need two more colors. What would go well? Thanks Good luck on yours.

  • July 4, 2014 at 8:14 pm
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    What? 9 colors? I thought it was 8 colors! (Sigh, back to walmart)

    • July 5, 2014 at 10:38 pm
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      It’s eight colors for the squares plus one more color for the border.

  • July 4, 2014 at 5:38 pm
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    Hi There! I am having a horrible time with my gauge. I have frogged my work 3 times now. I am using RH SS and a H hook. I have tightened the stitch and still get 12″ instead of 10″. Should I go with an F hook? Thanks in advance. I am fairly new.

    • July 5, 2014 at 11:07 am
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      I think 12 in is okay as long as all your squares are the same. Good luck.

  • July 4, 2014 at 5:38 pm
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    Hi There! I am having a horrible time with my gauge. I have frogged my work 3 times now. I am using RH SS and a H hook. I have tightened the stictch and still get 12″ instead of 10″. Should I go with an F hook? Thanks in advance. I am fairly new.

  • July 4, 2014 at 2:42 pm
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    I was watching the introductory video link from the eBook. While going over the timeline, Mikey says we will go from July 1st all the way through to the 29th. This sounds like it means July 29th. I know the written instructions say the challenge ends on Sept. 1st., but do you need the entries sent to you on or around July 29th so you have time to review them, or do you mean August 29th? I’m coming into this challenge a bit late and I want to make sure I have enough time to finish before I get started. Thanks.
    Laurie

    • Mikey, The Crochet Crowd
      July 4, 2014 at 2:57 pm
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      6pm September 1st… Labour day when the photos are due for Stitchcation… the 29th is the Mystery Challenge. I think you might be confusing the two challenges together.

  • July 4, 2014 at 11:07 am
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    Hi mikey

    Now when you are doing. Border around the hole afghan when you have joined then all together do the border have to be wool because I was wondering can I use nylon haze double chunky ribbon. looks some what like ribbon anyway. Or can anyone tell me

    Thank you

  • July 4, 2014 at 6:02 am
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    I’m so sorry, Evalyn. Keep crocheting. It has helped me through many a crisis. Thinking of you with love.

  • July 3, 2014 at 6:17 pm
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    It says to use 8 colors, can I use 2 shades (dark + light) of the same color? It says I can substitute yarns. I have balls of leftover yarn, RHSS, Caron, Craftsmart and some I’m not sure of. All the yarns are 100% acrylic and the same weight. I’ll definitely have 8 or more colors, if I can use different brands.
    Thanks Ellen

  • July 2, 2014 at 9:15 pm
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    I’m working on the Granny Square and it’s going great except for 1 little thing…when joining the new colour, Mikey, you have us going into the chain where you left off the last colour…this causes the colour to not blend well…I’m going directly into the hole to start my new colour…is this ok or am I just being too OCD??

  • July 2, 2014 at 4:44 pm
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    Just got my yarn stash yesterday in the mail and already started. Finished one square last night. Super excited 🙂

  • July 2, 2014 at 4:20 pm
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    I absolutely love these sampler squares. But I am having a problem with the gauge. It is perfect on one side, and too long or too short on the other side. How can I correct this?

  • July 2, 2014 at 4:16 pm
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    I Love these sampler squares. But I am having a problem with the gauge. I am perfect on one side and too long or too short on the other side. How can I correct this?

  • July 2, 2014 at 3:55 pm
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    I’m confused, in the materials list you state that a size H hook is used, but when I skimmed thru a few of the patterns I noticed that the directions call for either a F or a G hook. So which is it?

  • July 2, 2014 at 12:41 pm
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    I AM going to do this…hehehe
    Thanks, Mikey…

  • July 2, 2014 at 12:19 pm
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    Last night I did my first popcorn square except for the border. Is there a tutorial for the square borders because I am very confused?
    Thanks!

    • July 3, 2014 at 12:42 pm
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      You can do any square border and join that you like. the only requirement for the outer border is that it must be 4 rows.

    • July 3, 2014 at 12:46 pm
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      I am also lost on the borders! need help 🙂

  • July 2, 2014 at 7:50 am
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    Hi!
    The instructions on your website states an H hook will be used, but the ebook states an I hook. Which hook would be better to use?
    Thank you for these wonderful challenges! This is my 2nd one.

    • July 2, 2014 at 9:32 pm
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      Mikey said that he used a 5.0mm hook instead of the one called for in the pattern.

  • July 1, 2014 at 9:29 pm
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    I have downloaded the book. Where is the tutorial on how to change colors of thread?
    thanks

    • July 2, 2014 at 8:16 am
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      Mikey has you tube videos on how to do that 🙂

  • July 1, 2014 at 5:01 pm
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    thanks so much for this challenge. I lost my dad last week and have been having anxiety . crocheItng calms me down so i am on my way to the yarn store in 10 minutes!!! Thanks Mikey you are the BEST!!!!!!!1

    • July 2, 2014 at 3:13 pm
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      I’m so sorry for your loss, I will keep you in my prayers. Hope this crochet challenge will help you, it helps me to crochet when I’m down about the hard things of life.Take care! ♡

  • July 1, 2014 at 3:46 pm
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    Two question…at this time. 1. Can variegated color yarns be used on some of the squares? 2. How the squares are attached is up to us?

    Your afghan is so beautiful!

    Kat

    • Mikey, The Crochet Crowd
      July 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm
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      Yes, you can use Variegated yarn… each colour way of variegated yarn is considered 1 colour of the 8 minimum required. 😀 and yes… how you attach your squares is completely up to you. It’s your free choice.

    • Mikey, The Crochet Crowd
      July 1, 2014 at 7:58 pm
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      YEs… the guidelines allow Variegated Yarns… 1 Ball of Variegated is classified as 1 of the 8 colours required. and YES… how you attach the squares is up to you… and YES… the border is up to you as well.

    • July 2, 2014 at 9:34 pm
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      If you use variegated colors it only counts as one color is my understanding and yes you decide how you want to join the squares. Hope this helps.

    • July 3, 2014 at 11:55 am
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      Thank you!

  • July 1, 2014 at 2:18 pm
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    I have been trying for months now to find a project(s) that I could do to help me clear out some of my scrap yarn. After realizing the size of each of these squares I now have my stash busting project…so happy Not sure if it will turn out entry worthy or not but if so yippy if not I will have fin doing it and some one will love snuggling under it all the same. cant wait.

  • July 1, 2014 at 12:03 pm
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    Is the open to just the US or is worldwide? I would love to do this but I am from Canada and I find most challenges are for US residents only.

  • July 1, 2014 at 11:24 am
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    my first challenge and I am so excited and raring to go….hope I can be creative enough!

  • July 1, 2014 at 9:17 am
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    Can you use MORE than eight colors? Sorry if this has already been answered somewhere.

  • July 1, 2014 at 2:10 am
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    I can’t wait to start this. My first challenge and I am rearing to go thanks Mikey for this opportunity

  • June 30, 2014 at 11:21 pm
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    Chose my yarn colours and started tonight. Got my first square done using the popcorn stitch which I’ve never done before so it was fun. Thanks for the video how-to on it and the counting of the SC on each row – I can see how one could end up with a triangle, lol.

  • June 30, 2014 at 7:30 pm
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    Thanks for doing this. I love it. Are you using an H or I hook? How many Popcorns are we supposed to have? I only get 6 not 8. Thanks

    • June 30, 2014 at 11:18 pm
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      Got my colours together and started on my first square – popcorn stitch, never done it before so first challenge…done!

    • July 3, 2014 at 11:49 am
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      Also, Rona, if you look at the direction for the actual squares, a F or G is called for, adding to the confusion.

  • June 30, 2014 at 5:11 pm
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    I am looking forward to starting this tonight. Thank you for letting us have it a day early ! You work very hard to keep us all happy and for that I thank you , as well. This looks like loads of fun !

  • June 30, 2014 at 4:12 pm
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    If I make all the required squares but then add squares of other stitch patterns, and assuming the blanket meets all the other requirements (color, border, 2 of each, etc), would it still be eligible for the challenge?

    I’m so happy you’re doing this one! I’ve been wanting to do a sampler afgan for ages but hadn’t quite gotten up the nerve to make myself try out all those stitches. 🙂 Thanks for the encouragement! (And even if the blanket isn’t eligible, I’m still going to make it now and stitch along on the other squares.)

  • June 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm
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    Hi Mikey!! I’m so excited to begin, I’ve only been crocheting for a few months. Does it matter which squares you do first?? I’d like to start with some easier ones and build to the intermediate ones, is that okay???? THANKS!!!

    • June 30, 2014 at 4:42 pm
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      Maria, no one will ever be able to tell the order you stitched the squares because you attach them at the end in any order you want. Personally, I’m going to do some solid color squares first to get used to the stitch patterns, and then will start mixing my colors. Have fun!

      • June 30, 2014 at 5:09 pm
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        Thanks Elizabeth! I only know the basics so this challenge is going to be great for me, hoping to improve my skills!!!

  • June 30, 2014 at 3:40 pm
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    Brand new to the crochet crowd…just stumbled upon your facebook page this week. Can’t wait to get started on the stitch-cation! Just ordered my yarn today 🙂

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  • June 30, 2014 at 1:34 pm
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    Are we limited to the 9 colors? May we use more, like a scrap buster and still qualify for the drawing.

    • July 1, 2014 at 9:20 am
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      Yes, I want to know this as well.

      • July 2, 2014 at 8:08 am
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        yes you can use as many colors as you like.:)

  • June 30, 2014 at 12:43 pm
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    Hi

    I am doing more than 20 squares so how do I keep the 4 wide be 5 long on my pattern can you tell me because I don’t understand

    Thanks
    Jade

    • Mikey, The Crochet Crowd
      June 30, 2014 at 1:14 pm
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      4 x 5 is the minimum sizing… so you can do more squares and make it bigger… therefore it could be 5 x 6 or whatever. Does that make sense?

  • June 30, 2014 at 12:08 pm
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    MIKEY… YOU ROCK DUDE! This is awesome, thank you so much for all your hard work and adding fun to my life.

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  • June 30, 2014 at 10:30 am
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    Thanks, Mikey! You are the greatest! And, you keep our hands busy, busy!

    • June 30, 2014 at 4:52 pm
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      Mikey keeps this old senior so busy she don’t have time for her once a month frolicking under the covers!! LOLOL Keep up the good work Mikey!

  • June 27, 2014 at 11:41 pm
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    I’m wondering the same thing…some of those squares look similar, but bigger.

  • June 26, 2014 at 2:45 pm
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    This looks so fun! I am so in!

  • June 26, 2014 at 11:28 am
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    Has anyone determined if this is the same as the Red Heart Checkerboard Crochet Along? I’m finishing that up as we speak, not sure I have another one in me this soon! 😉

    • July 2, 2014 at 8:11 am
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      Yes, it is 🙂 Isn’t it amazing how different it looks in color?

  • June 25, 2014 at 8:56 pm
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    Me too

  • June 25, 2014 at 1:55 pm
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    HI, I am new to crochet. I taught myself by watching YouTube videos, especially Mikey’s!! I am really excited about this and can’t wait for it to start!! Looking forward to learning some new stitches and how to put the afghan together!!!

  • June 25, 2014 at 9:48 am
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    I’ve already started on this last night. I’ve been following the RH CAL, so I have all the patterns. I love that we get to change up the colors within the squares 🙂 In Mikey’s defense, I feel the instructions of this challenge are VERY clear and concise. I would be wise for crocheters to maybe print the guidelines and highlight the important things so nothing is missed when you go to submit for the challenge. I can’t wait for the videos Mikey! Thanks for all you do!!!

    • June 28, 2014 at 7:57 pm
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      Deann, Can you please tell me how/where you’ve already gotten the patterns? I have never entered a challenge and I’m anxious to get started! Also, I am not a fast crocheter since I am taking care of my terminally ill husband. So any extra time I can get would be so helpful in meeting the deadline!
      I appreciate any info you can send to me.
      Thanks,
      Pat Simmons

      • Mikey, The Crochet Crowd
        June 29, 2014 at 9:14 am
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        Good Morning Pat… I’m sorry to read about your situation. In fairness to all crocheters in the challenge, we do not give out the patterns in advance. The stitch-cation challenge is 2 months long compared to our regular 1 month challenge. There are many people who request an advance preview but the videos are not ready as of yet as I am working on them this weekend and again tomorrow. Sorry, the eBook isn’t ready yet and nor are the videos. I’m working as quickly as I can.

  • June 25, 2014 at 5:25 am
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    Mike, You have help me so much because I’m left handed. Was stuck so many time until found you Thank, Thank you

  • June 25, 2014 at 4:49 am
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    Lucy Red Heart Super Saver is considered a 4 weight yarn (medium) worsted weight here in the U.S.

  • June 25, 2014 at 1:40 am
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    I live outside US / Canada region and we dont have much of yarn available here. Thank you Mikey for announcing this in advance, this helped me in asking someone coming from US to bring me this yarn! waiting to start on this one!

  • June 24, 2014 at 9:33 pm
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    This is something I was curious about, too. I already have the Checkerboard Squares Throw CAL pinned Pinterest because it looked like a fun project.

  • June 24, 2014 at 8:35 pm
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    Yarn is ordered! I am going to be selfish and this one is for us. Starting decorate our bedroom so this will be perfect. Mickey thank you for all your hard work. Happy Canada Day !!! You and Dan have a great holiday. Cathy and Colleen have a great holiday too.

  • June 24, 2014 at 6:58 pm
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    It’s gorgeous! I can’t wait for my yarn to get here! I’ve been wanting to try some new stitches, and this is just the thing!

  • June 24, 2014 at 6:52 pm
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    Mikey! Looks like a real challenge! One thing…. In the ‘to make it fair’ paragraph you say “must have 8 colors in the squares. In the General guidelines, you say use as many or as few colors as you wish. Knowing our crowd, this is going to cause some confusion
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    Just saying.

  • June 24, 2014 at 6:50 pm
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    I have a question about this project when it comes to the “colors”. Do the colors used have to be solid colors, or can they be multi-colored striped yarns? The answer to this will determine if I am able to participate in this.

    • Mikey, The Crochet Crowd
      June 24, 2014 at 7:39 pm
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      Self striping yarn is okay… long as there are 8 variations to make it fair for people who are using 8 solid colours.

      • June 30, 2014 at 8:49 am
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        Thank you! I mean to use the self striping yarn as a single color as well as using solids. This way I don’t have to go out and try to buy yarn cause I currently don’t have the money. However, I have a lot of self striping yarns and other solids that were all given to me and I have just been staring at them wondering what to do with them. This is now the perfect project for a multi-colored blankie. 😀

  • June 24, 2014 at 6:16 pm
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    Getting really excited about this project!!! I did a similar one out of cotton and the whole thing was knitted. My daughter really enjoys it! Is it July 1st yet????? 🙂 Thanks for the patterns and the tutorials!

  • June 24, 2014 at 4:20 pm
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    Hi. What weight of yearn is red heart super saver, I’m not familiar with it and I’m in the uk so want to get something similar 🙂

    • June 24, 2014 at 8:40 pm
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      Lucy try going to the RedHeart site it will help you with comparing yarns. I remember someone on the site saying that is how she gets what she needs. Have fun. 🙂 Look forward to see what colours you use.

    • June 24, 2014 at 9:30 pm
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      Their supersaver is our 8 ply / DK yarn 🙂

  • June 24, 2014 at 2:55 pm
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    Awesome!! Can’t wait!

  • June 24, 2014 at 12:56 pm
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    Is this similar to the Red Heart Checkerboard Textures Throw Crochet Along that’s going on now? (I’ve been working on this since whenever it started for my daughter.) Unfortunately mine is all one color, but I plan to embellish with butterflies and flowers. 🙂

    • June 24, 2014 at 8:10 pm
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      I was going to ask the same question.

    • June 24, 2014 at 8:13 pm
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      I was wondering the same thing.

    • July 2, 2014 at 8:14 am
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      Yes, it is 🙂 Isn’t it amazing how different it looks in color?

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