Hello! I’m so excited you are here and (hopefully) interested in this crochet along! I had a crochet along for a Christmas Afghan back in September, and it was a blast! To see everyone’s work, creativity, and final projects was so rewarding! Of course, I had to host another crochet along!!
This time around, we will be doing a Spring themed afghan. If you are intimidated by granny squares, don’t be! And I promise you won’t have to sew all of these granny squares together (unless you want to and that’s your preferred method!) For this afghan, I used a join as you go method that I will teach you how to do.
This crochet along will be equipped with written AND video tutorials, plus the best crochet group around (if you ask me)! If you haven’t already – hop on over to Maria’s Yarn Friends on Facebook to join.
If you aren’t a social media person, no sweat! I will be releasing parts of the pattern layout and sending you a heads up via email if you sign up for the email list (I only send subscribers new posts/free crochet patterns!)
Okay, so now on with the details about this crochet along and some questions you may have..
What is a crochet along/CAL?
It’s where many crocheters come together to make the same crochet project over a period of time. The crochet project will be released in parts (in this case, it will be released weekly). Warning: This may cause a lot of inspiration, encouragement, support, and over all – a fun experience!
I have a Facebook group (that is the best around!) full of amazing, supportive yarn lovers where we will share our progress, ask questions, and receive lots of encouragement! You can join here if you haven’t already. This isn’t mandatory by any means, but it adds to the fun!
How long will this particular CAL last?
This crochet along for the Spring Afghan will start January 14th and run through March 11th (that will be the day the last part of the CAL will be released). That’s 9 weeks to complete an afghan – totally doable!
How will this CAL work?
To be honest, this was a bit tricky for me to figure out how I wanted to section this project up. As you can see, all the granny squares are the same except the colors. So to cut it up into digestible parts, I have a layout of how I arranged the colors of the granny squares. Each week I will “reveal” the part we will be working on.
Each week we will be working on one row of granny squares, joining them all together with the join as you go method (or sewing them together if you prefer). We will also tackle those pesky ends after each ‘row’ so you don’t loose your mind at the end of the project. Each week your blanket will grow by one ‘row’ until you have a completed afghan!
Is this free?
Yes!!! It’s all free. It will all be available on my blog and I will announce each week via email and facebook. And yes, it will stay free after it’s finished so if you’re working on other projects – no big deal! Save it for when you have time.
Totally optional, but as always, there will be a PDF printable version for you to purchase (which helps me immensely to keep my blog up and free crochet patterns coming!) Included in the PDF printable version will be a print out of the entire layout so if you would like to work ahead – you can do that.
ALSO, I know my layout will not be ideal for everyone.. so if you’d like to use more colors than I used for the flowers, I will have a blank layout included in the PDF printable version. That way you can color in how you would like to rearrange your squares and with the colors you would like to use.
What will I need for the project?
For this Spring Afghan, you will need the following materials:
6 skeins Caron Simply Soft in Off-white
1 skein Caron Simply Soft in each of the following colors: Lavender, Sage, Sunshine, Lavender Blue, and Soft Pink
H/5.00 mm hook
If you plan on substituting your yarn, be mindful that Caron Simply Soft is a lighter medium 4 weight and has 315 yards per skein.
The finished dimensions of this project will be 60″ x 54″. Of course, you can make the afghan any size you desire by adding or eliminating the number of granny squares made.