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.
We will be doing 5 giveaways for an Official Crochet Crowd Weekender Yarn Tote with some yarn and Crochet Pins.
See below for how you can play along.
Releasing July 13, 2020 – Video may release just before emails are sent out with the next update for the pattern.
The Cruise Ended
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.
I also started a solo version to retest the pattern in real-time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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Giveaway General Guidelines
- There is no sign up required to participate. Complete the project and email your photo when you are done. This challenge is open to all Crochet Crowd Community Members.
- You may use any yarn you wish. You may create any colour scheme. Use as many or as little colours as you prefer.
- You may do as many projects as you wish. If multiple entries are identical, a picture showing the projects together to prove there are multiple must be included with your submissions.
- We require your photo to show the entire project so we know the entire project is done. Ensure your project is completely finished with yarn tails and etc not showing. It’s like giving it out as a gift, we want to see the photo showing as if you were gifting us the finished product. This way we know you are completely done.
If you are changing your hook size or yarn, we are still looking for the pattern to be the same.
- All photos must be submitted during the challenge time frame only. Entries after this due date will be accepted for our gallery but there are no prize giveaways after the deadline.
- Your Choice: Post your finished project on The Crochet Crowd Facebook Page to show everyone your finished work so we can drool over your creativity.
- When you email your finished photo to us, we respect your privacy and will only post your first and last name on the picture in our gallery with the photo so we can identify the winner at the end.
- Featuring on Facebook is dependent on you. We do not upload your emailed photos to Facebook. You have to do that yourself if you want to Show N Tell your creativity.
- We are not responsible for undelivered email and/or late entries to qualify for the prize.
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This is intended for a fun community challenge only. We each are deserving of the highest praise possible for our own creativity. Let’s have fun.
How to Submit
Please read the guidelines below to understand what we are looking for.
Send your photo to us through email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Use Subject Line: Better Together
- In the email leave us the following information.
- Your Full Name
- Your Mailing Address
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We are accepting entries from Aug 7, 2020, to Sept 15, 2020 at 11:00 pm ADT.
You can email at any time.
- We will email you if something is questioned in your photo.
- You will not hear from us if your email didn’t get to us. So if you don’t see your entry after 4 days of submission, it means we haven’t received it.