Crochet Better Together Afghan Stitch Along

Crochet Better Together Afghan Stitch Along

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Crochet Better Together Afghan with Jeanne and Mikey

Crochet Better Together Afghan with Jeanne and Mikey

Crochet Better Together Afghan Stitch Along

Introducing the Crochet Better Together Afghan, the first collaboration of Jeanne Steinhilber and Michael Sellick (me) in a blanket where two minds are better than one. This was our third attempt as I kept changing my mind. Honestly, frustrating the hell out of Jeanne with my stalling and finding time to throw in my parts.

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Free Pattern: Crochet Better Together Afghan


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The Cruise Ended

Crochet Better Together Afghan

Crochet Better Together Afghan

We got this far on the cruise ship and went our own ways. Cruisers onboard were very supportive and didn’t take our photos with the afghan to keep it a secret. The afghan came home with me. With me taking this home, Jeanne needed to keep working on the afghan and created a second version in blue.

Crochet Better Together Afghan - Jeanne Solo Version

Crochet Better Together Afghan – Jeanne Solo Version. Version 2 – Blue/Grey
Contrast A White (1001) 2 balls
Contrast B Light Grey (1441) 2 balls
Contrast C Iced Aqua (1502) 2 balls
Contrast D Mallard (1623) 2 balls

I also started a solo version to retest the pattern in real-time.

Crochet Better Together Afghan - Mikey Solo Version

Crochet Better Together Afghan – Mikey Solo Version. Version 3 – Bubble Gum/Grape
Contrast A – Bubble Gum (1704) 2 balls
Contrast B Dusty Grape (1540) 2 balls
Contrast C Lilac (1538) 2 balls
Contrast D Aran (1303) 2 balls

We continued to build out the afghan. We did so much frogging, it’s not even funny. Both of us improving the afghan as we went. We had a rule not to exceed 4 colours and no more than 2 balls per colour. So the colouring was based on maximizing the balls.

Crochet Better Together Afghan - Joint Version

Crochet Better Together Afghan – Joint Version. Version 1 – Papaya/Stone
Contrast A Stone (1306) 2 balls
Contrast B Taupe (1970) 2 balls
Contrast C Papaya (1939) 2 balls
Contrast D Wintergreen (1969) 2 balls

Without sounding too much like a self-congratulating fool, I’m really proud of this afghan. It hit parts of a challenging element but also, the final look was much better, in my opinion, than I had anticipated. The final border tied this all together in a stunning way.

Crochet Better Together Afghan

Crochet Better Together Afghan

What I Learned

We took the idea of surprising each other. Sometimes, and this was more me than anyone, I would underwhelm Jeanne with my new addition. She felt, and she was right, I was cutting corners because I was time-strapped. This afghan could have looked completely different.

Jeanne also had sections where there was a small tweak needed to help prevent the buckling.

So the lesson was to collaborate and discuss more. We were crocheting our samples in real-time finding clues and conceptual ideas along the journey. Truth is, I loved every minute of this collaboration. It really pushed me but I also enjoyed Jeanne’s contribution to stitchwork that I would have never considered. I learned stitches along the way.

For myself, the Catherine Wheel Stitch in the square format is something I really wanted to put into a stitch along. The trouble with this type of stitch is that it can add a lot of words to the instructions and will crocheters enjoy that fact. We won’t really know until it’s released.

Crochet Better Together Afghan

Crochet Better Together Afghan

Which Version Do I Like The Best?

Version 1, the Joint Version between Jeanne and I is my favourite. It’s special to me as we both had our own stitchwork into the same afghan. Also, the colours were a pure fluke as I just randomly grabbed 4 colours before the cruise and the way the Papaya plays off the Wintergreen colour in an incredible way.

Jeanne’s version of the blues is my second most favourite. Jeanne really loves blue, like really loves blue! In third place is my Bubble Gum / Grape, Version 3.

Tutorial Version

Bernat® Premium™ (198 g / 7.0 oz, 329 meters / 360 yds)

  • A – Hot Pink (Leaves about 10 – 15% left of second ball)
  • B – Yellow Balloon (Leaves 10 – 15% left of second ball)
  • C – Green (You need 2 balls and a small bit of a 3rd)
  • D – Taupe Heather (Uses 1.5 balls only) D uses less yarn.
Bernat Super Value Yarn

Bernat Super Value Yarn

Yarn Substitutions

The original sample is using Red Heart® With Love™ (198 g/7 oz, 338 meters/370 yards). Look to the yardage of the balls when subbing. Note that variegated yarns have less yardage so you may need more variegated balls if you are choosing that.

Find Yarn on Yarnspirations Here

  • Bernat Super® Value (197g / 7 oz, 389 meters / 426 yards)
  • Red Heart® Super Saver (198 g/7 oz, 333 meters/364 yards)
  • Red Heart® Soft Baby Steps™ (141 g/5 oz, 234 meters/256 yards)
  • Caron® One Pound™ (454g / 16 oz, 742 meters / 812 yards)
  • Red Heart® Comfort™ (454 g/16 oz, 792 meters/867 yards)
  • Red Heart® With Love Metallic™ (127 g/4.5 oz, 183 meters/200 yards)
  • Red Heart® Baby Hugs™ (127 g/4.5 oz, 225 meters/247 yards)
  • Bernat® Premium™ (198 g / 7.0 oz, 329 meters / 360 yds) – Tutorial Version

We used 2 balls of With Love per colour. 370 yards x 2 = 740 yds per colour.

If we wanted to use Super Saver. 740 yds / 364 yards of Super Saver = 2.03. So you will need just over 2 balls (3 Balls) of Super Saver. If we used Caron One Pound, 1 ball for each colour should be enough.

Crochet Better Together Afghan Folded

Crochet Better Together Afghan Folded

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Giveaway General Guidelines

The giveaway is closed. It ended at 11 pm Atlantic Time on September 15, 2020. Thank you to all who participated.

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Mikey, aka Michael Sellick, of The Crochet Crowd, started this online journey back in 2008. A mere hobby in trying to reach out to others as he was mentally struggling with his own issues. His goal was simple, find others in the yarn communities, like him, that have a common interest.

The journey and main baby of the whole idea started with a YouTube Channel and then in 2011, an official website was developed. Michael is not only the face of The Crochet Crowd but also the working engine behind the crowd in self-taught programming, social media and so much more.

Enjoy the stitching journey. Life is short, enjoy this wonderful hobby and all of the learning opportunities that come with it.

172 thoughts on “Crochet Better Together Afghan Stitch Along”

  1. Jane says:

    I love this…and I’m finally able to attempt it…but I got to the catherine stitch and they are all curling😭….I’m don’t know what I’m doing wrong

  2. Charlene says:

    Just finished and I love it. Had some trouble getting yarn during lockdown (go away pandemic) but was able to select four colours that went together from three different yarn brands. I really do love these “samplers”. I have been crocheting for years but this allows me to expand my stitch library without having to do an entire project with a stitch I may not like.

    Looking forward to the next project!

  3. Margie says:

    How can Ii get a written pattern. Also, how does this look in monochrome?

    1. Wendy Maruna says:

      The blue lettering of the patterns name in the first paragraph will take you to Yarnspirations where the written is housed.

      Our gallery for entries have a few single colored pieces and the results were lovely (the gallery link is further down in the article if you wish to browse it)

  4. Peggy says:

    If I wanted to make the better together cal larger.
    Could I just repeat from 15 rd and 16rd??

    1. Mikey says:

      Yes, you can do that.

      1. April McCullough says:

        Hello! I am so excited to finish my current project on my hook and jump into this. However I am going to take a few liberties and turn this into a triangle shawl. I will be sure to send you pictures when its complete.
        P.S. I am doing the peppermint afghan following your video!!

  5. Christine Herfindahl says:

    I need another day! I’m just closing up the Catherine’s wheel.

  6. Kelly Ballenger says:


  7. Kim says:

    I just finished the Better Together CAL – what fun!! This is the first CAL that I’ve actually finished in the time frame. Once I get the ends woven in, I’ll send the picture.
    I have a commission for a second one already!
    Thanks so much for all your time and dedication – I appreciate it more than you know.

    1. Debbie Jones says:

      Would oof love to do thi afagan while taking chemo and that tote bag looks like it will hold a lot of yarn so I could tote it around with me hop to be able to buy one and some beautiful yarn to make an afagan and some dish clothes since my stroke I’m having to learn all over agai.thank Mikey for being a good teacher debbiejones

      1. Mikey says:

        Oh wow… I have heard of people having to relearn after significant medical situations. Just take your time. I wish you the very best.

  8. Kelly M Lane says:

    Hello, I read that Mikey had stated he was going to film/go live with help for rounds 13 and 14. Was this ever recorded for those who missed it, or did I misread this? He used an abbrev I’ve never heard before, TCC and was confused. Could you clarify please? thank you

    1. Marina King says:

      the first 2 video’s of the pattern has been released

      1. Ashlesha ranade says:

        But this article or page does not have to contain written article. Whr is written pattern?

      2. Mikey says:

        There is a blue button that says PATTERN, you can click that and it will take you to where all 5 downloads are. It’s free.

  9. Dixie says:

    Thank you all so much! I really enjoy these CALs and especially appreciate the video tutorials, which not only make it easier to follow along but much less intimidating than only using written instructions and a whole lot more fun. I especially appreciate how you often choose some more challenging stitches or techniques since it means I always improve my skills and learn along the way. I know lots of time, effort and love goes into creating these projects. So thank you!

    1. Marina King says:

      following along with the pattern to his video, was actually how I learned to read patterns and diagrams, on an earlier CAL 🙂

      1. Stacy says:

        Hey Mikey, can you do me a favor in future videos? Can you give a stitch count at the end of a row? I am on Row 13 and have to frog 3 rows down because I some how didn’t have enough stitches…ughh. It’s not your fault, because the row counts are on the written pattern but it would just be easier to hear you say them do I don’t have to keep pausing the video and referring to the pattern. I think it just might make my life a little easier if you mentioned them for me lol!!! Ok well I am now off to rip out rows and figure out where I went wrong. Thanks Mikey!!! I do love your videos by the way, especially the fact that you make a “lefty” version for people like me!!

      2. Marina King says:

        I will make a note of this for Mikey, but not all patterns that he does tutorials has the count included so it may not always be possible to mention them.

      3. ROSE says:

        I can’t find week 2 written directions.

      4. Marina King says:

        the written part of the pattern gets emailed to you, if you have signed up and received week one, check your junk folder it may have gone there

  10. Barb Pavoni says:

    I signed up for the emails for the Better Together and haven’t gotten them last week or this week. In fact I did it twice.

    1. Marina King says:

      I didn’t get the first one, but I did get the second one today, if you haven’t yet, try contacting customer service

      1. Virginia Vaughn says:

        I sent email saying I have not received it and have yet to get a reply NOR a email 🙁 I even signed up twice.

      2. Mikey says:

        I’m checking our inbox here at The Crochet Crowd. I’ll be right back. YOu can send me an email at [email protected] and I will forward it along for you. I’ll check our inbox for your name now.

      3. Mikey says:

        I have checked. I haven’t got an email from you. So just send me an email and I will forward it onto Customer Service for you. Michael

  11. Tk says:

    I’m confused at the end of round 15 and 16 – it notes at the end that 1 sc in next stitch 4 times In both rounds before joining but I don’t see it in the video – that step doesn’t appear to me to be completed. Am I missing something?

    1. Mikey says:

      I don’t quite understand this question. Here are the instructions for those two rounds. Can you pinpoint where you see that?

      15th rnd: (RS) With C, join with standing sc to 4th st from the start of corner shell. Ch 3, 4-dc-cl – corner made. ch 3, [1 sc in next st. Ch 3, 7 dc cl, ch 3,] Rep [ ] across. 1 sc in next st. **Ch 3, 4 dc-cl – corner made, ch 3, [1 sc in next st. Ch 3, 7 dc cl, ch 3.] Rep [ ] across to next corner. 1 sc in next st.** Rep ** – ** 1 more time. Ch 3, 4 dc-cl – corner made, ch 3, [1 sc in next st. Ch 3, 7 dc cl, ch 3.] Rep [ ] across to next corner. Join with sl st to beg sc. 4 – 12 dc corner partial wheels in corners and 7 partial bottom wheels per side.

      16th rnd: (RS) Ch 1, 1 sc in same st. **Corner shell in 4 dc-cl st, [1 sc in next sc st. Shell in next 7 dc-cl st.] Rep [ ] across. 1 sc in next sc st.** Rep ** – ** 3 more times. Join with sl st to beg sc. Break C. 4-12 dc corner partial wheels in corners and 7 partial top wheels per side.

      1. Tk says:

        Is there a way to send you a photo because the printed version did not show those same instructions exactly and included the 1 sc in the next st 4 times at the end of both rounds.

      2. Mikey says:

        I was showing you my rough notes as I couldn’t find the PDF on the top of my head that quickly. I have to wait for the timer on the server to open. I start work at 6 am but the server doesn’t turn on until 8 am here at my home where the files are.

      3. Mikey says:

        You can send me an email at [email protected] and I can review it later this weekend or early next week. 🙂

      4. Tk says:

        If ability to send photo is not available you can also do the “download lesson 2” from the yarnspirations site. The pdf version of round 15 says after “Rep from * to corner 12-dc group. 1 sc in next st] 4 times. Join”

        Round 16 it says “Rep from *to last sc before corner 4-dc cluster. 1 sc in next sc] 4 times. Join. Fasten off.

  12. Tk says:

    So beginner here… and first crochet along. Thought I was doing well then started lesson 2 this morning and it says I should have 6 shells each side while i only have 5 each side. I must be off a stitch some where in last round (Lesson 1) as there isn’t more spaces to add another shell. Does this mean it is not going to work going forward or does it mean it will just be smaller than yours? Trying to figure out if I have to start over or if I can continue…

    1. Mikey says:

      Morning, it won’t work if you have 5 half shells verses 6. 6 is the target in order to keep the stitch counts consistent for the remaining of the blanket. Unfortunately, I think you need to redo that round. Are the stitch counts proper in the round below. You may be missing stitches.

  13. Pauline says:

    I am confused by the stitch count in round 13. How do you end up with only 29 stitches per side?

    1. Mikey says:

      It’s 29 single crochet (29 sc). We have made a mistake in calling that out by the stitch as we thought it would be easier to count. The final side is 39 sts which includes the fptr that you also make. We are so sorry about that.

  14. Cathy says:

    Mikey you and Jeanne are the best!!!!!!
    Love your designs and instructions.I have learned so much good stuff. This better together afghan looks amazing signed up early July said I was in. 2nd email said here it is lesson #1
    Video only but no pattern. Tried to contact yarnspirations and tried sending email submit button not working. I pray I can get the written pattern sometime. Your instructions are super but I need the pattern and graphs as back up.

    1. Mikey says:

      Stand by… I need to find email to see what you see. BRB.

      1. Cathy says:

        THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! I have never left a comment before wasn’t sure did it right.
        printed pattern checking yarn as soon as done replying. to to many projects going including stop drop roll afghan ,2 shawls 2 other afghans ,2 sweaters,and who knows gotta check those totes
        Oh Well, whats one more.hoping I live to finish them all and more too.
        stay safe tell Jeanne love her rainbow blanket great paring you too Happy creating

  15. Jan K. says:

    Mikey, I just wanted to say THANK YOU! You are a wonderful instructor, and your videos have helped me improve my crochet immensely. I appreciate you so much! Thank you for all that you do!

    1. Mikey says:

      You’re welcome.

  16. Mimi says:

    Having trouble registering to get email pattern

    Help, thanks

    1. Mikey says:

      You can contact Yarnspirations through their website. Here’s a link. They can check to see what is the matter.

  17. Lisa says:

    I love the Blue ! It’s my fav color

    1. Marina King says:

      I’m partial to blues my self as well

    2. Darlene says:

      If I crochet looser will there be any problems besides using more yarn?

      1. Marina King says:

        if you are a loose crocheter, you can try going down a hook size, but no, being a loose crocheter shouldn’t affect your outcome

  18. Amy says:

    Excited to do this as my first CAL! I’m using Caron Simply Soft in:

    Robin’s Egg
    Blue Mint

    Is there a message board for questions from relative newbies like me?

    1. Mikey says:

      You can use our Facebook Group Page. People are talking about it there.

  19. Maureen Cunningham says:

    My yarn arrived today just in time for Monday’s pattern release.
    I chose Caron one pound in Claret, soft grey, medium grey and cream.
    Can’t wait!

    1. Marina King says:

      those sound like lovely colours! (although I had to google claret lol)

  20. Shauna Haycox says:

    Is there any color that you used significantly less yarn than the others? I have some yarn I want to use up as one of my colors, but probably only have like 500 yards of it.

    1. Mikey says:

      I wouldn’t say significantly. I believe the taupe is used less but I wouldn’t say by a big number. Maybe add a 5th colour to stretch it out.

  21. Nicole says:

    I’m really excited/nervous to start the new CAL(not sure if I’m up to an intermediate pattern 😥). I’ve chosen Bernat Premium in baby yellow, navy, white and cafe au lait.

    1. Marina King says:

      when I did my first CAL, I was barely a beginner had only been crocheting a few months, his videos made it so easy to understand, and where I followed along with both the written and the diagram, it taught me to read both, until that point I couldn’t even read a pattern! It’s opened so many doors pattern-wise challenging myself. You got this!

      1. Martha Johnson says:

        This really encouraged me. Thanks

      2. Marina King says:

        This makes me happy! 🙂

  22. Stacy Lynn says:

    Yay! Just placed my order on Yarnspirations for the Version 1 colors which were all available (thankfully), and ordered the yarn for the blue version from Joann’s because I had a great coupon(however the wintergreen and light grey were not in stock so I supplemented with the closest match that I think would look ok). So excited to get going… it the 13th yet?!?!?!

    1. Mikey says:

      I’m loving your enthusiasm.

      1. Teri Hartley says:

        I thought I had signed up both my sister and I for the Better Together Crochet Along; however, neither of us have received conformation email. The Yarnspirations website/email sign up has been ‘out of order’ for weeks. Several of us have submitted a help request; some haven’t received help after waiting 2 weeks 🙁 I know there isn’t anything you can do, Mikey, but I just want you to be aware of this situation. Will there be any other way to participate in this crochet along if we are still not signed up through Yarnspirations?

      2. Marina King says:

        Try contacting the Yarnspirations customer service if you haven’t already they should be able to help you get signed up.

  23. Ruth Garcia says:

    Do we need a Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram account for this CAL, or is that just for sharing pictures? I have email and FB. Just recently added an Instagram account because it was the only way I could get some information I wanted. Thanks

    1. Mikey says:

      No. The pattern is coming to you through Email. If you are going to do show’n tell. We are just asking you use our hashtags. Show’n tell is optional. 😀

  24. Joni Davis says:

    I am having trouble registering. When I click the submit button nothing happens.

      1. Teri Hartley says:

        Thank you Marina, I’ve contacted customer service twice, now I wait. 🙁 Perhaps, the pattern should be posted as in the past…so many people have not been able to register. I hate the thought that I will be unable to participate in this crochet along due to a glitch in yarnspirations website.

      2. Marina King says:

        They have likely been overwhelmed with messages hopefully you don’t miss out, unfortunately, it is out of our hands as well.

    1. Toos says:

      Het lukt niet om in te schrijven voor de Laatste call van Mickey

  25. Julie says:

    I am so sorry if I’ve missed it. What is the finished size?

    1. Mikey says:

      I think it’s about 54″ square if I recall.

      1. I love these! Can’t wait to get started!

  26. Clare says:

    I’m so excited to be doing this. I’m going to be using caron cakes rum raisin as I have been given 6 balls of this for a birthday present.

  27. Meredith says:

    This looks lovely! Do you think the stitches would work with Bernat Blanket yarn? (I ask because I have a lot of it)

    1. Marina King says:

      you could certainly try, you’d have to adjust your hook size, but keep in mind you may not see some stitches as clearly where the blanket yarn is more fluffy

      1. Meredith says:

        Thank you, that was why I asked. I will stick to worsted weight yarn then. 🙂

      2. Marina King says:

        probably a good idea, it would have been super cozy though. I will likely be using Bernat Premium myself, it seems to be my go to for a lot of projects lately.

  28. Karen says:

    Could I use Red Heart Soft Yarn for this project?

    1. Mikey says:

      Yes, you can. 🙂 Enjoy.

      1. Karen says:

        I’m really pushing it but, will they apply the discount to other yarns when purchased for you project……since they are very limited in the choices of the “with love” yarn?

      2. Mikey says:

        I don’t know about that. You can ask them. You can contact them through their website if you wish to ask. They are unfortunately on holiday with Canada Day being tomorrow. I can ask next week if you want me to. Just let me know.

      3. Karen says:

        I got it from here! You have enough to take care of, but thanks for the offer!
        Have a great day 😁


    HI Everyone..
    help please , I have yarn … lots …BUT .. I really don’t know how to put the colors together … is there someplace to walk me through this issue? medium and dark green with cream ..? a rust or dark brown ? white ? grey ? black? Thankful for any help…

    1. Marina King says:

      Try searching colour generator in the search bar, there’s a really helpful blog there, I tried to post the page for you, but it wouldn’t let me.

  30. Rhonda says:

    What would you recommend in the bernat super value in place of Version 2 – Blue/Grey please
    Contrast A White (1001) 2 balls
    Contrast B Light Grey (1441) 2 balls
    Contrast C Iced Aqua (1502) 2 balls
    Contrast D Mallard (1623) 2 balls
    I am in Australia and limited on colours the blue that are available here are cool blue, peacock, sky and hot blue….and is the light grey about the right colour also. With thanks

    1. Mikey says:

      Yes, Bernat Super Value would be awesome. I used Bernat Premium in the video tutorial version as well.

      1. Florence says:

        I would like to join this CAL. I love bright colours. This will be the first time I take on such a large CAL. I am looking forward to being able to participate.

      2. Rhonda says:

        Mikey, what two contrasting blues would you use in the bernate super value. Between .cool blue, peacock, sky and hot blue…thtese are the only blues available to me

      3. Marina King says:

        Peacock and sky would be pretty.

  31. Rhonda says:

    So excited for this….I’m in Australia and getting the colours, which is the blues that i like, is very limited…im needing help matching them please…. in the bernat super value which two contrasting blues would you recommend. The ones that are available to me are cool blue, sky, peacock and aqua and hot blue. Thank you

  32. Cheryl says:

    Will the gauge be available before July 13 so I will be ready to go with the correct hook size? I always have to use a different size in most patterns.

    1. Mikey says:

      I can get that for you now. Stand by.

    2. Mikey says:

      GAUGE 13 sc and 14 rows = 4″ [10 cm].

    3. Tera Martindale says:

      I signed up for this last week I got the email confirmation and went to Joanne’s they were all out of yarn still working on that I live in a small town. My email is gone to day and I cannot find it should I re sign up

      1. Mikey says:

        What are you looking for? Yarn amount? or you want that email resent?

      2. Petro says:

        I wil love to join.

  33. Jilly Anderson says:

    Hi Mikey, I signed up, or tried to, but the connection wont work.

    Jilly Anderson
    [email protected]

    1. Marina King says:

      Try contacting customer service on the Yarnspirations site, they might be able to help you better.

  34. Katie says:

    Super excited for this! I went and picked out my colors today. I’m going with my college colors: red, black, grey, and white! Can it be July 13th already? Haha!

  35. Karen says:

    The great thing about the CALs is all that I learn. I feel I’m a pretty experienced crocheter, but I always learn something new with these projects. I like the intermediate ones for that reason!

  36. Barb says:

    Unfortunately, the blue color scheme was sold out so I went with a burgundy, white, light grey and stone color. Looking forward to trying to keep up with the rest of the group.

  37. Donna says:

    Could not find where to sign up. Please help

    1. Mikey says:

      Click the sign up banner and it will ramp you over to Yarnspirations Sign Up. Here’s the link in case you don’t see that banner.

  38. Shelli says:

    I just signed up for the crochet along and I’m excited to begin. I already have Caron One Pound in white leftover from the mosaic cal and I’d like to do the blue version using this yarn. I also have a ball of the Caron One Pound in the color ‘ocean’. I would normally go to the local yarn store to make up a color palette but with the current restrictions due to Covid I cannot get to the store. Can you make a few recommendations for the other two colors for the blue version? Several of the blues are out of stock so a few suggestions would be very helpful. Thank you!

    1. Mikey says:

      I don’t understand. You want blue but need colours in another brand that is accessible at your store location? Can you tell me what colours are available at your local store?

  39. Cheryl says:

    I’m so disappointed, I tried to order yarn for the blue scheme. Most of the colors are unavailable. I guess I’ll try to come up with colors from my yarn on hand. I want to add soft white, but am unable to find any. Is there any information when yarn will be available?

    1. Marina King says:

      We have no idea when the yarn will become available we just know their working on it. There is a higher demand than usual with skeletal crews working most places everyone is struggling to keep up.

  40. Lori G says:

    What are the finished dimensions of this blanket? Will it be too small laying on a king size bed? I have been looking for my next project and I love the idea of this. Thank you for all your hard work and collaboration! I think that is awesome. Oh and Mikey, I’d personally love to see some videos on your bug house and bird condo design/creation. Those are also very inspiring! I have learned so much from your videos! Mikey, you have basically taught me how to crochet. So, thank you again!!! Can’t wait for July. 🙂

    1. Mikey says:

      The blanket is 54″ square. It would be too small for a king bed. We don’t have the mathematics figured out how to make this bigger if you wanted it. Thanks for your compliments on the yard projects. That means a lot to me.

  41. Susan says:

    Is there any way to make this in a rectangular shape?

    1. Mikey says:

      It’s probably possible. We would have to do significant redevelopment to figure out the mathematics and repeating patterns for each section. At this time, we don’t have that information. People have asked for this blanket in several sizes including shape-changing for different applications. Unfortunately, it takes time and test trials.

      1. Grace Mason says:

        Where us the email sign up?

  42. Debbie says:

    Thanks Jeanne and Mikey.. I love all the colors but I think I will go with version 2 of Jeannie’s for one of my grandsons.

    1. Marina King says:

      I really can’t wait to see everyone’s colour choices!

  43. Robin says:

    Love version 2with the blue and grey. Unfortunately Yarnspiration is of stock of Red Heart With Love white and light grey. 😩

    1. Mikey says:

      Yeah, yarn online is selling so fast. Many shoppers have switched to online shopping due to situations with the stores. They are working on solutions to increase truck loads and inventory levels. They haven’t found the magic sweet spot to keep things in inventory on a regular basis yet.

  44. Stefanie Smith says:

    Can you tell us the colors for each version? Yarnspirations is only showing an option for version 1. I’d rather do the blue version. Thank you!

    1. Mikey says:

      The article has the colours under each picture. Yarnspirations isn’t showing all of the options as there is no stock left in the other colour ranges.

      Here are the break downs.

      Red Heart® With Love™ (198 g/7 oz, 338 meters/370 yards)

      Version 1 – Papaya/Stone
      Contrast A Stone (1306) 2 balls
      Contrast B Taupe (1970) 2 balls
      Contrast C Papaya (1939) 2 balls
      Contrast D Wintergreen (1969) 2 balls

      Version 2 – Blue/Grey
      Contrast A White (1001) 2 balls
      Contrast B Light Grey (1441) 2 balls
      Contrast C Iced Aqua (1502) 2 balls
      Contrast D Mallard (1623) 2 balls

      Version 3 – Bubble Gum/Grape
      Contrast A – Bubble Gum (1704) 2 balls
      Contrast B Dusty Grape (1540) 2 balls
      Contrast C Lilac (1538) 2 balls
      Contrast D Aran (1303) 2 balls

      1. Joni Davis says:

        What yarn is a good substitute for the Red Heart With Love? I want the blue colors and they aren’t available.

      2. Mikey says:

        Red Heart Super Saver or Bernat Super Value are great choices.

  45. Ashley says:

    I’ve looked everywhere and can’t see what colors are on the blue Afghan. I don’t see the get info button mentioned above. I love the colors so much and want to get the exact ones used.

    1. Mikey says:

      I put the colours of the blue afghan with the picture. Here they are in the case you cannot see that. Version 2 – Blue/Grey
      Contrast A White (1001) 2 balls
      Contrast B Light Grey (1441) 2 balls
      Contrast C Iced Aqua (1502) 2 balls
      Contrast D Mallard (1623) 2 balls.

      1. Ashley says:

        Thank you sooo much!! I am so excited for this stitch along its so pretty!

  46. Christine Cesafsky says:

    Thank you for all your crochet videos Love every one of them.

  47. kathleen says:

    Thank you for another fun project, I love the blue one, but then Blue is my favorite… Looking forward to starting this for myself. Then maybe make a red one for the hubby as that is his favorite colour.

    1. Dana says:

      I can’t wait, I just bought out a store of their amore yarn and I love the feel of that yarn. I think I have enough of each of the 4 colors I want to use for this. Going to check my yardage. I think each skein is 198. Cant wait

      1. Marina King says:

        it’s always exciting starting a new project! that’s probably why I have so many on the go all the time haha

  48. Regina Maston says:

    Question, if i use Cameron cakes, approximately how many big cake balls would I need for this project?


    1. Mikey says:

      There are 7 balls of yarn used for this project. Red Heart with Love is 370 yards per ball.

      8 x 370 yards = 2960 yards is needed.

      Look at the label of the Caron Big Cakes and take that number above and divided by the yards on the ball band. That will tell you how many balls you need. 🙂

      1. Mary says:

        Hi. The yarnspirations email i received says 6 balls. So is it 6 7 or 8? Lol. I have 8

      2. Marina King says:

        the first email they sent was not correct, as soon as Mikey and Jeanne realized they contacted Yarnspirations to correct it, there should have been a follow-up email correcting it with the right amount.

  49. Sherry says:

    Will you be posting the pattern on FB when it is released ? This pattern in the blues intrigues me and I can’t wait to start it. Thank you

    1. Mikey says:

      It will be posted in the email once people sign up. The release will be July 13th. The email sign up begins next Monday.

    2. Kristi Culver says:

      Did I miss the hook size? Thanks in advance

      1. Marina King says:

        Did you sign up for the pattern? I believe it tells you in the confirmation email what the materials are. It’s a 5.5mm hook used.

  50. Brenda Honeycutt says:

    I love blue, too, but mostly love the variety of stitches and flexibility with colors. You two did an awesome job! Do you have the pattern for this posted? I would love to get the pattern for the future project!

    1. Mikey says:

      It won’t be posted until July 13th. This is a preview to what is coming down the pipeline. It’s not ready for general release at this moment. Videos are still in production.

      🙂 I’m so happy for your enthusiasm.


  51. Sara Zebovitz says:

    Excited for this!

    Is the cover photo at the very top of the article the same as version 2? The lighting in the photos make it look different.
    If so, the light grey color at the top actually looks almost tan! My store doesn’t have the light grey-would you suggest a different color? I am bad at color schemes.

    Lastly-I have so much white yarn that I don’t want to purchase more. Do you think mixing brands of worsted weight will be a problem? I do it often but I’ve never done a pattern like this.

    1. Mikey says:

      yes, Version 2 is the blue.

  52. Angie B. says:

    Ok, I have never done a CAL before. I was waiting for just the perfect pattern. This might it. I cannot wait!💕💕

  53. Valerie says:

    What level is this ??? Looks Advanced.

    1. Mikey says:


  54. Karynn Anderson says:

    What is the skill level for this CAL?

    1. Mikey says:


  55. Sharon B says:

    . Excited for the July CAL. I’ve never used Caron or Red Heart before. Can anyone talk about the best way to avoid pilling?

    1. Marina King says:

      I haven’t noticed any of my projects piling, but I tend to not put my stuff in the dryer, so that may make a difference

  56. Sharon Berkowitz says:

    Can I start out by gushing?
    You won’t mind me saying how amazed I am that you, Mikey and Marina, actually read and respond to Messages? Will anyone care if I mention how absolutely in awe I am at the members of this group who complete and post their finished products? And finally, well, there really are no words for what this crochet site offers in terms of beauty and education.
    Yeah. I’m a new fan.

    1. Marina King says:

      you are too sweet! it’s amazing to be able to do what we love it’s because of lovely people like you that we keep doing it.

  57. Julie says:

    Just curious on the yardage – how much of each skein was left over? Was it very close to playing “yarn chicken”, or was a quarter of each skein left-over?

    1. Mikey says:

      One of the colours, I cannot remember which one, but it’s used most often get to about 5% left… I would guess about 10 – 15% left over for the rest. I used the left over for tutorial work, so I cannot weigh what was left. I’m sorry.

      1. Ann says:

        I have such a large stash of “cakes” that I need to use. As I read this, I’m going to need roughly 3000 yds total? 8 balls x 370 yds = 2960. Math has never been my friend, lol.

        P.S. I was going to say (no blue button) as a joke, but my sense of humor doesn’t always go over. 💁🏼‍♀️

      2. Marina King says:

        that would work and then you could use a solid colour that goes with it for the final border around 🙂
        I’d of gotten a chuckle out of it once I clued in lol

  58. sarah seamons says:

    love the look at them cant wait for you Mickey to teach us

  59. Cindy Lillard says:

    I love the blue one I’m not a pink fan.

    1. Marina King says:

      the blue is pretty, I’m partial to blues myself

    2. Holly says:

      I am so excited about this afghan! I am going to do a crazy color scheme but haven’t decided what that will be yet. Maybe tie dye bright colors or Wonder Woman themed…. hmmmmmm. Looking forward to getting this started!

      Thank you, Mikey and Jeanne for putting this together! Y’all are amazing!

  60. Monika L. says:

    Oh boy, this is beautiful. I can’t wait to start. I like the blue one, though all are beautiful.

  61. Mary Browning says:

    Count me in! They all look great!

  62. Esther irons says:

    Love the blue version, could you please, tell me the four colors used and how much of each color I will need

    1. Mikey says:

      There is a GET INFO button on the article. It has a PDF with all three information of the yarn names and quantities.

    2. Sylvia Mowery says:

      I would love the pattern when it is ready. Love your work.

  63. Alaina Willson says:

    No blue link

    1. Mikey says:

      Pattern will be available in July. 🙂 Michael

      1. Melodee says:

        Hi, will it be available on line on The Crochet Crowd?Also the colors for the blue one? Love your work, patterns and yarn studio Thanks

      2. Mikey says:

        Yes, we will have a link over to Yarnspirations as we gave them our pattern to put on their site.

  64. Sharon Hunt says:

    LOVE IT! I think coming up with 4 colours is harder to choose than 7 colours. LOL

  65. Karen says:

    So excited by this design. Love the 4 color selection. I joined this group last year and it has given me so much. I love the positivity, and caring. Learning so much. But it is the satisfaction of creating that gives me great pleasure. We encourage each other, and share with people who understand our joy with each project. Thank you all. Two “healing” and 3 “family” afghans need to be completed before July, I must get hooking,

    1. Kimberly says:

      Can not wait to attempt this. It’s beautiful. You both did such an amazing job.

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