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The 2015 Moogly Afghan Crochet-Along: Kicking Things Off and Block #1! Woohoo!

The 2015 Moogly Afghan Crochet-Along: Kicking Things Off and Block #1!

It’s time to kick off the 2015 yearlong crochet-along here on Moogly! Every 2 weeks I’ll share a new free 12″ crochet block pattern, and we’ll all make them together. All the patterns will be free all year long, and we’ll get to visit a variety of fantastic crochet blogs along the way! I want to take this opportunity right away to thank all the fantastic designers who have volunteered to design for the CAL this year! And I also want to thank Elke Wellens who is providing Dutch translations to all the designers so that even more people can join in – she’s even got a Dutch speaking Moogly CAL Facebook group going! I’ve updated the menu at the top of the blog – if you hover on the “Posts” option, you’ll see a drop down menu appear.

Below is the CAL schedule – I’ll reproduce this schedule in every new block post, and add links as we go along, so you can go straight to past posts from each new post as needed, and see when the next block is scheduled. Beautiful, Free, and New Crochet Afghan Squares! The 2015 Moogly Afghan Crochet Along is coming along swimmingly, and in each new square post I’ve included a link to alternative squares, in case you didn’t care for the latest pick.

Beautiful, Free, and New Crochet Afghan Squares!

But that list has become a bit outdated… so it’s time for a new one! Here are 10 free crochet afghan square patterns – use them as alternatives in the CAL, or just plain use them to make something pretty! At the time of posting, all of these are listed as free – but the designers can change their minds! So if you see something you love, download, print, or crochet it now!

There are several newer designers on here – I’m so excited to be sharing their designs for the first time! Beautiful, Free, and New Crochet Afghan Squares! Make It Work: Getting Afghan Squares to the Size You Need! The year was 2008, and I was participating in my first crochet-a-long.

Make It Work: Getting Afghan Squares to the Size You Need!

I wasn’t designing yet – I was still very much in a learn all the things stage, having only discovered a few years prior that crochet was on the internet! And I found a year long afghan block crochet-a-long on Ravelry, and decided to join in and take my skills to the next level. It was a fantastic decision. I learned many techniques and stitches, and one of the things I quickly learned was how to adjust my squares to get them all to the target size! Whenever you make an afghan from blocks or squares, size becomes an important factor. But when making squares from different designers, that isn’t always as easy as it might seem.

Standing Double Crochet - Joining Without the Slip Stitch and Chain! The Standing Double Crochet stitch is one I came to late – and I wish I’d known about it years earlier!

Standing Double Crochet - Joining Without the Slip Stitch and Chain!

It’s not a stitch that you’ll usually find specified in a pattern, and as such it has no standard abbreviation. What it is, is a technique – one that will allow you to start a new row on a crochet project without having to use the telltale “join with a slip stitch and chain 3″ – and I can’t wait to share it with you! Wishing Well 12" Crochet Square {Block 14 of the Moogly CAL 2016} I am very excited to bring you my latest 12″ crochet square: Wishing Well.

Wishing Well 12" Crochet Square {Block 14 of the Moogly CAL 2016}

Designed for the Moogly CAL 2016, it was inspired by a flight of fancy. My favourite book (and musical) is Les Miserables. I know the story and songs so well that I could probably perform it for you at the drop of a hat (you don’t want me to do that, though). One of the parts that always made me sad as a child is when Mme. Thenadier tells Cosette to go and “fetch some water from the well in the wood,” to which Cosette responds: “Please do not send me out alone, not in the darkness on my own!”

I used to imagine Cosette, scared and alone, walking into the forest to find the well. This square is my interpretation of that imagined wishing well. ©Dedri Uys 2016. Tested by Jenny Lowman and Isabelle Claisse Materials. Southern Summertime Square by ELK Studio. Free Crochet Pattern: English Garden Afghan Square. I love gardening almost as much as I love to crochet (almost…) and this square reminds me of a formal English garden with its symmetrical, evenly spaced, geometric shapes.

Free Crochet Pattern: English Garden Afghan Square

I imagine a perimeter of beautifully pruned trees, with rows of boxwood, trimmed with a bed of blooming colorful flowers and a fountain in the center of it all! This square is my crochet interpretation of that image. I designed this square in 4 colors, but I think it would look beautiful with more as well as in a solid neutral, maybe even an ombre. I plan to coordinate this square with some other fun stitches for a lapghan, but it would also make a wonderful throw pillow, table runner and I’m sure it has many other uses too. ~ Add It To Your Ravelry Queue or Favorites ~ ~ Pin It Too ~ * Purchase an ad-free PDF of this pattern on Craftsy * Pour la traduction française, cliquez ici.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate ads Skill Level: Intermediate. How to Crochet: Invisible Join vs Slip Stitch Join. The invisible join is amazing when working in the round and changing colours at the end of each round.

How to Crochet: Invisible Join vs Slip Stitch Join

It takes a few seconds longer, but the upside is that it places a needle in your hand, so you might as well work away your tails as you go. Not so nice while you are busy crocheting, but SUPER nice once you have finished and there are no tails mocking you. You don’t have to be an advanced crocheter to use the invisible join, but you DO need to be able to “read” your stitches. By that I mean that you have to be able to identify the first and second stitches of a round. The invisible join is basically a “false” stitch that lies over the top of your beginning chain or your first standing stitch.

How to Use the Invisible Join with a Starting Chain Example: Into a magic ring, ch 3 (counts as your first dc) and make 11 dc’s into the ring. We are going to replace the sl st join with an invisible join. Locate the top of the first st after the initial chain stitches (in this case the first dc). Squared Ripples12 inch granny square. This site contains affiliate links which means I may be compensated for any purchases made….which means more FREE patterns for you!

Squared Ripples12 inch granny square

Here is a fun, simple and quick 12inch Squared Ripples granny that is sure to add a lot of fun texture to any project! Neverending Zinnia 12" Square. Free Crochet Pattern – Salena Baca Crochet. Get a stunning PDF version of this pattern on Ravelry for only $1.00, or use these instructions on my blog today for free!

Free Crochet Pattern – Salena Baca Crochet

Materials Yarn: Vanna’s Choice, Lion Brand Yarn Tools: US Size (I/9) 5.5 mm crochet hook, measuring tape, scissors Difficulty: Beginner Size: 12” x 12” Gauge: 15 sts and 6 pattern rows = 4” Stitch Guide: ch(s) – chain(s), sc – single crochet, st(s) – stitch(es), dc – double crochet, sl st – slip stitch, RS – right side Special Stitch. Free Crochet Pattern – Salena Baca Crochet.

Posh Pooch Designs Dog Clothes: May Flowers 12 Inch Granny Square _ Posh Pooch Designs. I Love Granny Squares!

Posh Pooch Designs Dog Clothes: May Flowers 12 Inch Granny Square _ Posh Pooch Designs

They are the best way to use up left over yarns, and use up your yarn stash. I Love to mix and match the colors and come up with new color groupings. Crochet Felicity 12" Square - Pink Mambo. I’m happy to release my new design, Felicity, today! I hope you enjoy its interesting textures! Felicity is also available in French. Felicity 12” Crochet Square By Carolyn Christmas. Penelope's Skipping Stones 12 inch Square. Whimsical Penelope's Merry Go Round - Free 12 inch Square Crochet Pattern. Penelope's Skipping Stones 12 inch Square. Persephone's Garden at Night - 12" Square - Free Pattern. Cathedral Window free 12" square crochet pattern. Free 12″ square crochet pattern Cathedral Window Square This fun free 12″ square crochet pattern can be made in a variety of color combinations. It is reminiscent of a cathedral window and the colors used can accent that look if you choose. This square also looks great when made in a single color. The Cathedral Window 12″ crochet square is an easy pattern to work up and would look great in an afghan.

This post contains affiliate links. YARN Vanna’s Choice Worsted Weight 3.5 oz (100 g), 170 yards (156 m). MATERIALS 5.5mm (I) hook or hook needed to obtain gaugeYarn needle DIFFICULTY Easy. #MooglyCAL2016: Afghan Block #14! Tada! Welcome to the post for Block #14! My daughter is 14 this summer, and this block makes me think of her – entertaining, pretty, fun, and clever! For those that are new to the Moogly Afghan CALs, here’s how it works! No need to sign up/officially join – just jump in and start crocheting! If you come in late, you can start where we are and catch up with missed blocks as we go! Danyel Pink Designs: CROCHET PATTERN - Winter Bloom Afghan Square. Note: A ch-3 at the beginning of a round counts as a dc. Instructions:With color A, make magic ring. Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch-1 now and throughout), [dc, ch 1] in ring 7 times, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4 — 8 dc, 8 ch-1 spaces.

Round 2: Sl st into next ch-1 space, ch 3, 2 dc in same space, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 space, ch 1, *3 dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 space, ch 1; repeat from * around, sl st to top of beginning ch-3; fasten off A — 4 sc, 4 3-dc groups, 8 ch-1 spaces. Round 3: With color B, join yarn in 2nd dc of any 3-dc group, ch 4, dc in same st, ch 1, [2 dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1] twice, *(dc, ch 1, dc) in 2nd dc of next 3-dc group, ch 1, [2 dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1] twice; repeat from * around, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4 — 16 ch-1 spaces, 24 dc.

Finishing Weave in all ends. 3D Crochet Flower Granny Square. Pretty pink puffy petals! I’ve come up with a large 3D Crochet Flower Square that would make a gorgeous stand-out piece in a granny square afghan and it was created specifically for the Moogly CAL! Thank you Tamara for the opportunity to be one of the designers this year! The flower portion is not as complicated as it may look. The entire pattern is made up of chains, SC, and DC stitches plus I have a detailed photo tutorial in addition to the written pattern. Flame Square ~ free crochet pattern. This post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase something from one of these links I will be compensated. This helps keep the free content coming.