Crochet Better Together Afghan Stitch Along

Crochet Better Together Afghan - Joint Version
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.

Yarn

Red Heart® With Love® (198 g/7 oz; 370 yds/338 m)

  • Contrast A Stone (1306) 2 balls
  • Contrast B Cameo (1711) 2 balls
  • Contrast C Papaya (1939) 2 balls
  • Contrast D Iced Aqua (1502) 2 balls

Sizing

  • Size U.S. I/9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge. Stitch markers.
  • Approx 54” [137 cm] square.
  • Gauge 12 sc and 13 rows = 4″ [10 cm].

Abbreviations

  • Approx = Approximately
  • Beg = Begin(ning)
  • Camel St = 1 sc into horizontal bar created below st in previous row (bar is below loops normally worked on WS – see diagram)
  • Ch = Chain(s)
  • Dc = Double crochet
  • 4-dc cluster = (Dc4tog). (Yoh and draw up a loop in next stitch. Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) 4 times. Yoh and draw through all 5 loops on hook
  • 7-dc cluster = (Dc7tog). (Yoh and draw up a loop in stitch. Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) 7 times. Yoh and draw through all 8 loops on hook
  • Dcbp = Yoh and draw up a loop around post of next stitch at back of work, inserting hook from right to left. (Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice
  • Dcfp = Yoh and draw up a loop around post of next stitch at front of work, inserting hook from right to left. (Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice
  • Hdc = Half double crochet
  • Rep = Repeat
  • RS = Right side
  • Sc = Single crochet
  • Shell = 7 dc in indicated stitch
  • Sl st = Slip stitch
  • Sp(s) = Space(s)
  • St(s) = Stitch(es)
  • Tr = Treble crochet
  • Trfp = (Yoh) twice and draw up a loop around post of next stitch at front of work, inserting hook from right to left. (Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) 3 times.
  • Trfp2tog = [(Yoh) twice and draw up a loop around post of next stitch at front of work, inserting hook from right to left. Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice. 2 loops remain on hook] twice. Yoh and draw through all 3 loops
  • Xsc = Skip first stitch. 1 sc in next stitch. Working in front of stitch just made, 1 sc in skipped stitch.
  • WS = Wrong side
  • Yoh = Yarn over hook

Measurements & Tips

  • Due to the finite amount of yarn in each shade, pattern gauge must be matched to ensure successful results.
  • Joining with hdc in corners counts as ch-2 sp.
  • Week 1 measurement is approx 12½” x 12½” [32 x 32 cm].
  • Week 2 measurement is approx 28″ x 28″ [71 x 71 cm].
  • Week 3 measurement is approx 40″ x 40″ [101.5 x 101.5 cm].
  • Week 4 measurement is approx 47″ x 47″ [119 x 119 cm].
  • Week 5 measurement is approx 54″ x 54″ [137 x 137 cm].
  • Join all rnds with sl st to first st (sc, top of ch 3)
  • Ch 2 at beg of rnd does not count as st.
  • Ch 3 at beg of rnd counts as dc.

Week 1

1st rnd: With A, ch 3. 16 dc in 3rd ch from hook. Join. Fasten off. 16 dc.

2nd rnd: Join B with sl st to first dc. Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as sl st and each dc around. Join. Do not fasten off. 16 sc.

3rd rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as sl st. 1 sc in next sc. Ch 6. (1 sc in each of next 2 sc. Ch 6) 7 times. Join. Fasten off. 8 ch-6 sps.

4th rnd: Join C with sl st to ch-6 sp. Ch 3. 4 dc in same sp as sl st. 1 tr between next 2 sc. (5 dc in next ch-6 sp. 1 tr between next 2 sc) 7 times. Join. Fasten off. 48 sts.

5th rnd: Join D with sl st to first dc. Ch 3. 1 dc in same sp as sl st. 1 dc in each of next 3 sts. (2 dc in next st. 1 dc in each of next 3 sts)

6th rnd: Join A with sl st to first dc. Ch 3. 1 dc in same sp as sl st. 1 dc in each of next 4 dc. (2 dc in next dc. 1 dc in each of next 4 dc) 11 times. Join. Fasten off. 72 dc.

7th rnd: Join B with sl st to first dc. Ch 1. 2 sc in same sp as sl st. 1 sc in each of next 5 dc. (2 sc in next dc. 1 sc in each of next 5 dc) 11 times. Join. Do not fasten off. 84 sc. TIP • In 8th rnd, the circle transitions to a square.

8th rnd: Ch 1. *1 sc in each of next 8 sc. 1 hdc in each of next 3 sc. 1 dc in each of next 3 sc. (2 tr. Ch 2. 2 tr) in next sc (corner). 1 dc in each of next 3 sc. 1 hdc in each of next 3 sc. Rep from * 3 times more. Join. Fasten off. 8 sc, 6 hdc, 6 dc, 4 tr each side.

TIP • In 9th rnd, notice the corners are (1 dc. Ch 2. 2 dc). This achieves an odd st count across each side.

9th rnd: Join A with sl st to corner ch-2 sp. Ch 3. 1 dc in same sp as sl st. 1 dc in each st to next corner ch-2 sp. *(1 dc. Ch 2. 2 dc) in corner ch-2 sp. 1 dc in each st to next corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * twice more. 1 dc in first ch-2 sp. Ch 2. Join. Fasten off. 27 dc each side.

10th rnd: Join C with sl st to corner ch-2 sp. Ch 3. 1 dc in same sp as sl st. *(1 dcfp around post of next dc. 1 dcbp around post of next dc) 13 times. 1 dcfp around post of next dc.** (2 dc. Ch 2. 2 dc) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * twice more, then from * to ** once. 2 dc in first corner ch-2 sp. Ch 2. Join. Fasten off. 31 sts each side.

11th rnd: Join A with sl st to corner ch-2 sp. 1 sc in same sp as sl st. 1 sc in each st to next corner ch-2 sp. *(1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in corner ch-2 sp. 1 sc in each st to next corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * twice more. 1 sc in first ch-2 sp. Ch 2. Join. Fasten off. 33 sc each side.

12th rnd: Join B with sl st to corner ch-2 sp. Ch 3. 1 dc in same sp as sl st. *1 dc in each st to corner ch-2 sp.** (2 dc. Ch 2. 2 dc) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * twice more, then from * to ** once. 2 dc in first ch-2 sp. Ch 2. Join. Fasten off. 37 dc each side.

13th rnd: Join A with sl st to corner ch-2 sp. Ch 1. (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in same sp as sl st. *1 trfp around post of first sc 2 rows below. (Skip next dc on working row behind just made st. 1 sc in each of next 3 dc. 1 trfp2tog over same sc as last trfp worked and 4th sc 2 rows below) 8 times. Skip next dc on working row behind just made st. 1 sc in each of next 3 dc. 1 trfp over same sc as last trfp2tog worked. Skip last dc before ch-2 sp on working row behind just made st.**(1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * twice more, then from * to ** once. Join. Fasten off. 29 sc each side.

Week 1 Diagram

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Crochet Better Together Afghan Diagram 1
Crochet Better Together Afghan Diagram 1

Week 2 – Catherine’s Wheel Stitch

TIPS

  • When starting 14th rnd, don’t overlook 1st sc when skipping first 2 sts to begin first Shells.
  • 14th rnd sides are not symmetrical as we need to adjust sts for proper st count. Take extra note of the ending of each side.

14th rnd: Join D with sl st to corner ch-2 sp. Ch 3. 11 dc in same sp as sl st. [*Skip next 2 sts. 1 sc in next st. Skip next 2 sts. Shell in next st. Rep from * to last 3 sts before corner ch-2 sp. Skip next st. 1 sc in next st. Skip next st.** 12 dc in corner ch-2 sp] 3 times. Rep from * to ** once more. Join. Fasten off. 6 Shells each side.

15th rnd: Join C with sl st to 4th dc of corner 12-dc group. Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as sl st. [Ch 3. 4-dc cluster over next 4 sts for corner. Ch 3. *1 sc in next st. Ch 3. 7-dc cluster over next 7 sts. Ch 3. Rep from * to corner 12-dc group. 1 sc in next st] 4 times. Join. Do not fasten off. 7 partial bottom wheels between 12-dc groups.

16th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as sl st. [12 dc in 4-dc cluster for corner. *1 sc in next sc. Shell in next 7-dc cluster. Rep from * to last sc before corner 4-dc cluster. 1 sc in next sc] 4 times. Join. Fasten off. 7 Shells each side between corner 12-dc groups.

17th and 18 rnds: With A, as 15th and 16th rnds. Break A. 8 full wheels each side between corner 12-dc groups.

19th and 20th rnds: With B, as 15th and 16th rnds. Break B. 9 full wheels each side between corner 12-dc groups.

21st and 22nd rnds: With A, as 15th and 16th rnds. Break A. 10 full wheels each side between corner 12-dc groups.

23rd and 24th rnds: With C, as 15th and 16th rnds. Break C. 11 full wheels each side between corner 12-dc groups.

25th rnd: With D, as 15th rnd. Break D. 12 partial wheels each side between corner 12-dc groups.

26th rnd: Join A with sl st to corner 4-dc cluster. Ch 1. (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in same sp as sl st. [*3 sc in next ch-3 sp. Skip next sc. Rep from * to next corner 4-dc cluster.** (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in corner 4-dc cluster] 3 times. Rep from * to ** once more. Join. Fasten off. 80 sc each

Week 2 Diagram

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Crochet Better Together Afghan Diagram 2
Crochet Better Together Afghan Diagram 2

Week 3 – Alpine Stitching

27th rnd: Join B with sl st to corner ch-2 sp. Ch 1. (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in same sp as sl st. *1 sc in each sc to next corner ch-2 sp.** (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * twice more, then from * to ** once. Join. Fasten off. 82 sc each side.

TIP • In 28th rnd, an odd number of sts each side is required. Note corners are (1 dc. Ch 2. 2 dc).

28th rnd: Join A with sl st to corner ch-2 sp. Ch 3. 1 dc in same sp as sl st. *1 dc in each sc to next corner ch-2 sp.** (1 dc. Ch 2. 2 dc) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * twice more, then from * to ** once more. 1 dc in first ch-2 sp. Ch 2. Join. Fasten off. 85 dc each side.

29th rnd: Join C with sl st to corner ch-2 sp. Ch 3. 1 dc in same sp as sl st. [*1 dcfp around post of next dc. 1 dcbp around post of next dc. Rep from * to 1 dc before corner ch-2 sp. 1 dcfp around post of next dc.** (2 dc. Ch 2. 2 dc) in corner ch-2 sp] 3 times. Rep from * to ** once more. 2 dc in first corner ch-2 sp. Ch 2. Join. Fasten off. 89 sts each side.

30th rnd: Join A with sl st to corner ch-2 sp. Ch 1. (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in same sp as sl st. *1 sc in each st to next corner ch-2 sp.** (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * twice more, then from * to ** once. Join. Fasten off. 91 sc each side.

31st rnd: Join B with sl st to corner ch-2 sp. Ch 3. 1 dc in same sp as sl st. 1 dc in each sc to corner ch-2 sp. *(2 dc. Ch 2. 2 dc) in corner ch-2 sp. 1 dc in each sc to corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * twice more. 2 dc in first ch-2 sp. Ch 2. Join. Fasten off. 95 dc each side.

32nd rnd: Join A with sl st to corner ch-2 sp. Ch 1. (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in same sp as sl st. *1 sc in next dc. 1 trfp around 2nd sc 2 rows below. (Skip next dc on working row behind just made st. 1 sc in each of next 3 dc. 1 trfp2tog over same sc as last trfp worked and 4th sc 2 rows below) 22 times. Skip next dc on working row behind just made st. 1 sc in each of next 3 dc. 1 trfp over same sc as last trfp2tog worked. Skip next dc. 1 sc in next dc.** (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * twice more, then from * to ** once more. Join. Fasten off. 97 sts each side.

TIP • When making hdc corners, mark tops of hdc stitches as you crochet so you can clearly see where sides start and end. This will help you avoid skipping or adding stitches in next round.

33rd rnd: Join D with sl st to corner ch-2 sp. Ch 3. 1 dc in same sp as sl st. [*1 dc in each sc to corner ch-2 sp.** (2 dc. Ch 2. 2 dc) in corner ch-2 sp] 3 times. Rep from * to ** once more. 2 dc in first ch-2 sp. Join with hdc to first dc. Do not fasten off. 101 dc each side.

34th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc around post of joining hdc. *1 sc in each dc to corner ch-2 sp.** (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * twice more, then from * to ** once. 1 sc around post of joining hdc. Ch 2. Join. Fasten off. 103 sc each side.

35th rnd: Join C with sl st to corner ch-2 sp. Ch 1. 1 hdc in same sp as sl st. 1 dc in next sc. 1 dcfp around post of first dc 2 rnds below. [*Skip next sc on working row behind just made st. 1 dc in next sc. 1 dcfp around post of next dc 2 rnds below. Rep from * to 1 sc before corner ch-2 sp. 1 dc in next sc.** (1 hdc. Ch 2. 1 hdc) in corner ch-2 sp] 3 times. Rep from * to ** once more. 1 hdc in first ch-2 sp. Join with hdc to first hdc. 105 sts each side.

36th rnd: As 34th rnd. 107 sc each side.

37th rnd: Join D with sl st to corner ch-2 sp. Ch 1. 1 hdc in same sp as sl st. 1 dc in each of next 2 sc. 1 dcfp around first dc 2 rnds below. [*Skip next sc on working row behind just made st. 1 dc in nextsc. 1 dcfp around post of next dc 2 rnds below. Rep from * to 2 sts before corner ch-2 sp. 1 dc in each of next 2 sc.** (1 hdc. Ch 2. 1 hdc) in corner ch-2 sp] 3 times. Rep from * to ** once more. 1 hdc in first ch-2 sp. Ch 2. Join with hdc to first hdc. 109 sts each side.

38th rnd: As 34th rnd. 111 sc each side. Turn.

Houndstooth Stitching Rounds Begin

TIP • Work houndstooth stitch for next 3 rnds. This requires turning Afghan over between rounds (WS and RS) in order to achieve correct houndstooth stitch.

39th rnd: (WS). Join B with sl st to corner ch-2 sp. Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as sl st. 1 dc in next sc. [*1 sc in next sc. 1 dc in next sc.* Rep from * to * to next corner ch-2 sp. (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in corner ch-2 sp] 3 times. Rep from * to * to first corner ch-2 sp. 1 sc in first ch-2 sp. Join with 1 hdc to first sc. 113 sts each side. Turn.

40th rnd: (RS). Ch 1. 1 sc around post of joining hdc. 1 dc in next sc. [*1 sc in next dc. 1 dc in next sc. Rep * to next corner ch-2 sp.** (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in corner ch-2 sp] 3 times. Rep from * to ** once more. 1 sc in first ch-2 sp. Ch 2. Join. Fasten off. 115 sts each side. Turn.

41st rnd: (WS). Join A with sl st to corner ch-2 sp. Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as sl st. 1 dc in next sc. [*1 sc in next sc. 1 dc in next sc.* Rep from * to * to next corner ch-2 sp. (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in corner ch-2 sp] 3 times. Rep from * to * once more. 1 sc in first ch-2 sp. Join. Fasten off. 117 sts each side. Turn.

42nd rnd: (RS). Join C with sl st to corner ch-2 sp. Ch 1. (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in same sp as sl st. *1 sc in each sc to next corner ch-2 sp.** (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * twice more, then from * to ** once more. Join. Fasten off. 119 sc each side. Do not turn.

43rd rnd: Join D with sl st to corner ch-2 sp. Ch 1. 1 hdc in same sp as sl st. *1 hdc in each sc to next corner ch-2 sp.** (1 hdc. Ch 2. 1 hdc) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * twice more, then from * to ** once. 1 hdc in first ch-2 sp. Join. Fasten off. 121 hdc each side.

44th rnd: Join C with sl st to corner ch-2 sp. Ch 1. (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in same sp as sl st *1 camel st in each hdc to corner ch-2 sp** (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * twice more, then from * to ** once. Join. Fasten

Week 3 Diagram

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Crochet Better Together Afghan Diagram 3
Crochet Better Together Afghan Diagram 3

Week 4 – Houndstooth Stitching Revisited

TIPS

  • Next section of Afghan is a mirror image of colors and stitches worked in opposite order.
  • When working houndstooth stitch rounds again be sure to turn Afghan as required.

45th rnd: (WS). Join A with sl st to corner ch-2 sp. Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as sl st. 1 dc in next sc. [*1 sc in next sc. 1 dc in next sc.* Rep from * to * to next corner ch-2 sp. (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in corner ch-2 sp] 3 times. Rep from * to * to first corner ch-2 sp. 1 sc in first ch-2 sp. Join. Fasten off. 125 sts each side. Turn.

46th rnd: (RS). Join B with sl st to corner ch-2 sp. Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as sl st.1 dc in next sc. [*1 sc in next dc. 1 dc in next sc. Rep * to next corner ch-2 sp.** (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in corner ch-2 sp] 3 times. Rep from * to ** once more. 1 sc in first ch-2 sp. Ch 2. Join with 1 hdc to first sc. 127 sts each side. Turn.

47th rnd: (WS). Ch 1. 1 sc around post of joining hdc. 1 dc in next sc. [*1 sc in next sc. 1 dc in next sc.* Rep from * to * to next corner ch-2 sp. (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in corner ch-2 sp] 3 times. Rep from * to * once more. 1 sc in first ch-2 sp. Join. Fasten off. 129 sts each side. Turn. TIP • Afghan is no longer turned to WS for remainder of this project.

48th rnd: (RS). Join D with sl st to corner ch-2 sp. Ch 3. 1 dc in same sp as sl st. *1 dc in each st to corner ch-2 sp.** (2 dc. Ch 2. 2 dc) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * twice more, then from * to ** once. 2 dc in first ch-2 sp. Join with 1 hdc to first sc. 133 dc each side.

49th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc around post of joining hdc. *1 sc in each dc to corner ch-2 sp.** (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * twice more, then from * to ** once. 1 sc around post of joining hdc. Ch 2. Join. Fasten off. 135 sc each side.

50th rnd: Join C with sl st to corner ch-2 sp. Ch 1. 1 hdc in same sp as sl st. 1 dc in next sc. 1 dcfp around post of first dc 2 rnds below. [*Skip next sc on working row behind just made st. 1 dc in next sc. 1 dcfp around post of next dc 2 rnds below. Rep from * to 1 sc before corner ch-2 sp. 1 dc in next sc.** (1 hdc. Ch 2. 1 hdc) in corner ch-2 sp] 3 times. Rep from * to ** once more. 1 hdc in first ch-2 sp. Join with hdc to first hdc. 137 sts each side.

51st rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc around post of joining hdc. *1 sc in each dc to corner ch-2 sp.** (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * twice more, then from * to ** once more. 1 sc around post of joining hdc. Ch 2. Join. Fasten off. 139 sc each side.

52nd rnd: Join D with sl st to corner ch-2 sp. Ch 1. 1 hdc in same sp as sl st. 1 dc in each of next 2 sc. 1 dcfp around first dc 2 rnds below. [*Skip next sc on working row behind just made st. 1 dc in next sc. 1 dcfp around post of next dc 2 rnds below. Rep from * to 2 sts before corner ch-2 sp. 1 dc in each of next 2 sc.** (1 hdc. Ch 2. 1 hdc) in corner ch-2 sp] 3 times. Rep from * to ** once more. 1 hdc in first ch-2 sp. Ch 2. Join with hdc to first hdc. 141 sts per side.

53rd rnd: As 51st rnd. 143 sc each side.

54th rnd: Join A with sl st to corner ch-2 sp. Ch 1. (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in same sp as sl st. *1 sc in each sc to next corner ch-2 sp.** (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * twice more, then from * to ** once.

Week 4 Diagram

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Crochet Better Together Afghan Diagram 4
Crochet Better Together Afghan Diagram 4

Week 5 – Border

TIP  – Next round, skip first 3 sts before starting the first group of 7 dc and skip last 3 sts at end of each side. This brings the wheels into balance.

55th rnd: Join B with sl st to corner ch-2 sp. Ch 3 (counts as dc). 11 dc in same sp as sl st. [Skip next 3 sc. 1 sc in next sc. *Skip next 2 sc. 7 dc in next sc. Skip next 2 sc. 1 sc in the next sc. Rep from * to last 3 sc before corner ch-2 sp.** 12 dc in next corner ch-2 sp] 3 times. Skip next 3 sc. 1 sc in next sc. Rep from * to ** once more. Join. Fasten off. 23 partial top wheels each side.

56th rnd: Join C with sl st to 4th dc of corner 12-dc group. Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as sl st. [Ch 3. 4-dc cluster over next 4 sts for corner. Ch 3. *1 sc in next st. Ch 3. 7-dc cluster over next 7 sts. Ch 3. Rep from * to corner 12-dc group. 1 sc in next st] 4 times. Join. Do not fasten off. 24 partial bottom wheels each side.

57th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as sl st. [12 dc in 4-dc cluster for corner. *1 sc in next sc. Shell in next 7-dc cluster. Rep from * to last sc before corner 4-dc cluster. 1 sc in next sc] 4 times. Join. Fasten off. 24 partial top wheels each side.

58th rnd: With B, as 56th rnd. 25 partial bottom wheels each side.

59th rnd: Join A with sl st to corner 4-dc cluster. Ch 1. (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in same sp as sl st. [*3 sc in next ch-3 sp. Skip next sc. Rep from * to next corner 4-dc cluster.** (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in corner 4-dc cluster] 3 times. Rep from * to ** once more. Join. Fasten off. 158 sc each side.

60th rnd: Join D with sl st to corner ch-2 sp. Ch 3. 1 dc in same sp as sl st. *1 dc in each sc to corner ch-2 sp.** (2 dc. Ch 2. 2 dc) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from * twice more, then from * to ** once. 2 dc in first ch-2 sp. Ch 2. Join. Fasten off. 162 dc each side.

61st rnd: Join A with sl st to corner ch-2 sp. Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as sl st. [*Xsc over next 2 dc. Rep from * to next corner ch-2 sp.** (1 sc. Ch 1. 1 sc) in corner ch-2 sp] 3 times. Rep from * to ** once more. 1 sc in first ch-2 sp. Ch 2. Join. Fasten off.

Week 5 Diagram

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Crochet Better Together Afghan Diagram 5
Crochet Better Together Afghan Diagram 5

Yarnspirations Patterns
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.

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172 Comments

  1. Jane

    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

    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

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

    • 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

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

      • April McCullough

        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

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

  6. Kim

    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.

    • 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

      • Mikey

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

  7. Kelly M Lane

    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
    K.M.Lane

      • Ashlesha ranade

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

      • Mikey

        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.

  8. Dixie

    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!

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

      • Stacy

        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!!

      • 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.

      • ROSE

        I can’t find week 2 written directions.

      • 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

  9. 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.

  10. Tk

    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?

    • Mikey

      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.

      • Tk

        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.

      • Mikey

        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.

      • Tk

        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.

  11. Tk

    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…

    • Mikey

      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.

  12. Pauline

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

    • Mikey

      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.

  13. Cathy

    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.

  14. Jan K.

    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!

  15. Mimi

    Having trouble registering to get email pattern

    Help, thanks
    Mimi

  16. Lisa

    I love the Blue ! It’s my fav color

    • Darlene

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

      • 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

  17. Amy

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

    Robin’s Egg
    Blue Mint
    Strawberry
    Pagoda

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

  18. Maureen Cunningham

    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!

  19. Shauna Haycox

    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.

    • Mikey

      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.

  20. Nicole

    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.

    • 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!

  21. Stacy Lynn

    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…..is it the 13th yet?!?!?!

      • Teri Hartley

        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?

  22. Ruth Garcia

    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

    • Mikey

      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. 😀

  23. Joni Davis

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

  24. Julie

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

  25. Clare

    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.

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

    • 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

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

      • 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.

  27. Karen

    Could I use Red Heart Soft Yarn for this project?

      • Karen

        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?

      • Mikey

        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.

      • Karen

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

  28. ALICE COLANTONIO

    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? ..lol..light medium and dark green with cream ..? a rust or dark brown ? white ? grey ? black? Thankful for any help…

    • 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.

  29. Rhonda

    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

  30. Rhonda

    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

  31. Cheryl

    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.

    • Tera Martindale

      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

      • Mikey

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

      • Petro

        I wil love to join.

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

  32. Katie

    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!

  33. Karen

    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!

  34. Barb

    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.

  35. Donna

    Could not find where to sign up. Please help

  36. Shelli

    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!

    • Mikey

      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?

  37. Cheryl

    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?

    • 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.

  38. Lori G

    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. 🙂

    • Mikey

      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.

  39. Susan

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

  40. Debbie

    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.

  41. Robin

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

    • Mikey

      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.

  42. Stefanie Smith

    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!

    • Mikey

      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

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

      • Mikey

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

  43. Ashley

    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.

    • Mikey

      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.

      • Ashley

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

  44. Christine Cesafsky

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

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

    • Dana

      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

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

  46. Regina Maston

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

    Thanks
    Regina

    • Mikey

      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. 🙂

      • Mary

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

      • 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.

  47. Sherry

    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

    • Mikey

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

    • Kristi Culver

      Did I miss the hook size? Thanks in advance

      • 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.

  48. Brenda Honeycutt

    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!

    • Mikey

      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.

      Michael

  49. Sara Zebovitz

    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.

  50. Angie B.

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

  51. Valerie

    What level is this ??? Looks Advanced.

  52. Karynn Anderson

    What is the skill level for this CAL?

  53. Sharon B

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

    • 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

  54. Sharon Berkowitz

    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.

    • 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.

  55. Julie

    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?

    • Mikey

      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.

      • Ann

        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. 💁🏼‍♀️

      • 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

  56. sarah seamons

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

  57. Cindy Lillard

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

    • Holly

      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!

  58. Monika L.

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

  59. Mary Browning

    Count me in! They all look great!

  60. Esther irons

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

      • Melodee

        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

      • Mikey

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

  61. Sharon Hunt

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

  62. 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,

    • Kimberly

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

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