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.

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Video 1

Releasing July 13, 2020 – Video may release just before emails are sent out with the next update for the pattern.

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Releasing 10 am August 7th, 2020

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.

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  • 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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158 thoughts on “Crochet Better Together Afghan Stitch Along

  1. 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

  2. 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!

      • 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.

  3. 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?

    • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

  4. 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…

    • 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.

    • 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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?

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

    • 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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?!?!?!

  12. 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

    • 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. 😀

  13. 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.

      • 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?

      • 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.

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

  14. 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…

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

    • 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?

  22. 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.

  23. 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. 🙂

    • 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.

  24. 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.

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

    • 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.

  26. 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!

    • 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

  27. 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.

    • 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.

  28. 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.

    • 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

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


    • 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. 🙂

      • 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.

  30. 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

  31. 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!

    • 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.


  32. 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.

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

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

  35. 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.

  36. 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?

    • 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.

      • 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

    • 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!

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

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

  39. 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,

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