Monday, August 14, 2017

CAL Section 9: A Zig and A Zag Afghan

A Zig and A Zag CAL

Section 9: Pebbles


Hello everyone.  For those who are following this CAL through email, I apologize for being a little late with this weeks section.  We were camping for a family reunion and I didn't have any type of service.  I hope you were able to enjoy your weekend too and get through section 8!

This week, we're working the pebbles section again to add a little more texture.  Your afghan should be a pretty decent size by now and it's sure coming in handy as I like to crochet at night and the nights are getting cooler here in northern Utah.  
A Zig and A Zag Afghan by Crafting Friends Designs

Let's get going on Section 9!

If you're just finding this CAL and would like to join, you can find all the details HERE in the very first post: http://craftingfriendsdesigns.blogspot.com/2017/06/a-zig-and-zag-afghan-crochet-long.html


Monday, August 7, 2017

CAL Section 8: A Zig and A Zag Afghan

A Zig and A Zag CAL

Section 8: Zig Zag Double String


Welcome to section 8!  This week, we're going to work the Zig Zag Double String stitch again so you should be able to complete this in a jiffy. 
A Zig and A Zag afghan by Crafting Friends Designs


If you're just seeing this post and want to join, you can find the details & schedule on the first post found HEREhttp://craftingfriendsdesigns.blogspot.com/2017/06/a-zig-and-zag-afghan-crochet-long.html

(c) 2017 Copyright by Kate Wagstaff of Crafting Friends Designs

Stitches:
ch - chain
st(s) - stitch(es)
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
dc - double crochet

Continue with White
Rows 57-58: Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across (205 hdc)

With Color (Shocking Pink)
Row 59: (RS) Ch 1, turn, sc in very first st, *ch 5, skip next 5 sts, sc in next st,* repeat from *to* across (34 ch-5, 35 sc)

A Zig and A Zag Afghan by Crafting Friends DesignsRow 60: Ch 1, turn, sc in very first st, *ch 5, skip next ch-5, sc in next sc,* repeat from *to* across (34 ch-5, 35 sc)

Row 61: Ch 1, turn, sc in very first st, *ch 7, skip next ch-5, sc in next sc,* repeat from *to* across (34 ch-7, 35 sc)


Saturday, July 29, 2017

CAL Section 7: A Zig and A Zag Afghan

A Zig and A Zag CAL

Section 7: Zig Zag stitch


A Zig and A Zag Afghan by Crafting Friends Designs
If you're working this afghan in the size that I did, this section is your 1/2 way point.  It is always a great feeling to bet here and know that you're so much closer to completing your project!

We are just working the Zig Zag stitch again though I chose to keep this center section my neutral color to keep the blanket equal.  I know you're a pro at this stitch so let's jump right into it!

Stitches:
ch - chain
st(s) - stitch(es)
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
dtr - double treble crochet

Special Stitches: 3-dtr Cluster & Double 3-dtr Cluster
(If you need a refresher on how to work the stitches, you can find the photo tutorial here: http://craftingfriendsdesigns.blogspot.com/2017/06/cal-section-one-zig-and-zag-afghan.html)




Continue with White
Rows 53-54: Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across (205 hdc)

Rows 55: Ch 5 (counts as dtr so you will skip the very first st), turn, skip next 2 sts, work 3-dtr Cluster in next st, ch 4, *work double 3-dtr Cluster, ch 4,* repeat from *to* across to last 3 sts, work 3-dtr Cluster in same st as last st made, skip next 2 sts, dtr in end st

Row 56: Ch 1, turn, sc in first dtr, 5 sc around next ch-4, *sc in next double 3-dtr Cluster, 5 sc around next ch-4,* repeat from *to* across to last 2 sts, skip next 3-dtr Cluster, sc in last dtr (205 sc) 



If you'd like to work at your own pace, the ad free pdf of this afghan is available to purchase HERE on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/a-zig-and-a-zag-afghan-cal
A Zig and A Zag Afghan by Crafting Friends designs

Sunday, July 23, 2017

CAL Section 6: A Zig and A Zag Afghan

A Zig and A Zag CAL

Section 6: Zig Zag Double String

Wow!  Is your summer flying by fast like mine?  Can you believe that you're just about 1/2 way finished with a full sized afghan?  I am so glad you decided to join me!


A Zig and A Zag Afghan by Crafting Friends Designs
This week, I'm introducing you to the last new stitch in our A Zig and A Zag crochet - a - long.  This is the Zig Zag Double String stitch and it's another quick one to work.  I chose to work my section in a single color.  It would be great in different colors too, so have fun with it and be creative!  After this section, you are welcome to complete your project on your own with the stitches we've learned to make it completely your own OR you can continue to join me each week as we work the sections back to the beginning to have a balanced afghan.  

If you're just joining us and would like to start your own project, you can find all the details in the beginning post HEREhttp://craftingfriendsdesigns.blogspot.com/2017/06/a-zig-and-zag-afghan-crochet-long.html

Give yourself a pat on the back for all your hard work to this point, grab your yarn and crochet hook and let's enjoy this new stitch together.  

Stitches/Abbreviations

ch - chain
st(s) - stitch(es)
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
dc - double crochet
RS - right side
WS - wrong side




Sunday, July 16, 2017

CAL Section 5: A Zig and A Zag Afghan

A Zig and A Zag Afghan CAL

Section 5: Pebbles crochet stitch

Can you believe that we're already on week 5?  I hope you have enjoyed the crochet stitches so far!  This week, we're going to add some texture to our afghans by using a simple combination of treble and single crochets. 

A Zig and A Zag Afghan by Crafting Friends Designs
Pebbles 
If you are just joining us, you can find the beginning of this CAL HERE:  http://craftingfriendsdesigns.blogspot.com/2017/06/a-zig-and-zag-afghan-crochet-long.html

Stitches/Abbreviations:
ch - chain
st(s) - stitch(es)
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
dc - double crochet
tr - treble crochet
WS - Wrong Side
RS - Right Side

Sunday, July 9, 2017

CAL Section 4: A Zig and A Zag Afghan

A Zig and A Zag Afghan Crochet-A-Long

Section 4: Triangle Mesh crochet stitch

A Zig and A Zag Afghan by Crafting Friends Designs
A Zig and A Zag Afghan  
Welcome back!  I hope you all had a wonderful week filled with lots of yarn and crochet time.  This week we will be adding the Triangle Mesh crochet stitch to our afghan. This stitch is a quick one to work up since it's more open than the others we've worked.




If you are just joining us, you can find the beginning of this CAL HERE:  http://craftingfriendsdesigns.blogspot.com/2017/06/a-zig-and-zag-afghan-crochet-long.html












Stitches/Abbreviations:
ch - chain
st(s) - stitch(es)
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
dc - double crochet
tr - treble crochet
WS - Wrong Side
RS - Right Side


Sunday, July 2, 2017

CAL Section 3: Wave and Chevron Crochet Stitch

Wave & Chevron Crochet Stitch

A Zig and A Zag CAL week #3

Welcome to week 3 everyone!  I hope you had as much fun with the Brick Stitch as I do when working it.  It's kind of an addicting stitch!  Thank you to all those who are sharing your progress photos with me on Facebook and in projects on Ravelry.  The colors you've chosen are all looking great!
A Zig and A Zag CAL Section #3 - Wave & Chevron stitch

This week, we'll learn the Wave & Chevron stitch.  This stitch can form a couple of different looks when switching colors on different rows.  I wanted to show a simple chevron by using a darker color on the smaller stitch rows.  If you were to continue working more rows of this stitch on a different project, you could have a really fun wavy pattern by switching colors on different rows.  

Let's get started hooking!If you're just finding this CAL and would like to join, you can find all the details HERE in the very first post: http://craftingfriendsdesigns.blogspot.com/2017/06/a-zig-and-zag-afghan-crochet-long.html

Monday, June 26, 2017

CAL Section Two: A Zig and A Zag Afghan

Welcome to week 2 of the "A Zig and A Zag" Afghan CAL.  I hope you had fun learning and working the Zig Zag stitch from section. If you're just finding this CAL and would like to join, you can find all the details HERE in the very first post: http://craftingfriendsdesigns.blogspot.com/2017/06/a-zig-and-zag-afghan-crochet-long.html


This week, we're going to work one of my favorite stitches to work.  I learned this as the "Brick Stitch" when I was young though I've seen it called by other names.  Because of the slant of this stitch, it makes a fun ziggy zaggy design when working multiple colors. 
This is also the stitch used for C2C afghans so you may have already worked this stitch but we are going to work it in straight rows for this design.  

Are you ready to have some fun with more color?  Grab your hook and yarn and let's get stitching!!!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

CAL Section One: A Zig and A Zag Afghan

A Zig and A Zag CAL Section One

Welcome to the "A Zig and A Zag" Afghan CAL and thanks for joining me!  This week (June 19-24, 2017) we will be working on the first section of our afghan.  This section is 7 rows and we use the "Zig Zag" crochet stitch.  

If you're just seeing this post and want to join, you can find the details & schedule on the first post found HEREhttp://craftingfriendsdesigns.blogspot.com/2017/06/a-zig-and-zag-afghan-crochet-long.html

(c) 2017 Copyright by Kate Wagstaff of Crafting Friends Designs



Notes:

  1. Beginning ch 2 does not count as a hdc
  2. Photos showing stitch placement are referenced as P1, P2, P3 etc.
  3. When changing colors, do so in the last step of the last stitch of the row before the color change
  4. This afghan is set up as a stitch sampler style and sections can be worked in any order to create your own personal style.  If switching up the sections, be sure to start the color sections as noted for Right Side and Wrong sides for best results.  This means you may need to add an extra row of hdc in order to keep the colorwork on the correct side.



Stitches/Abbreviations:
st(s) - stitch(es),    ch - chain,     YO - yarn over,  sc - single crochet, hdc - half double crochet, dc - double crochet,  tr - treble crochet,  dtr - double treble crochet, RS - right side, WS - wrong side   






Foundation Chain: If you’re unfamiliar with how to work foundation chains, this photo tutorial may help http://craftingfriendsdesigns.blogspot.com/2014/12/hdc-chainless-foundation.html



Double Treble (dtr): YO 3x, insert hook in indicated st, yo and pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), (YO and pull through 2 loops on hook)4x



3-dtr Cluster (uses 1 st): *YO 3x, insert hook in indicated st, YO and pull up a loop, (YO and pull through 2 loops on hook)3x* repeat from *to* 2x (see P1), YO and pull through all 4 loops on hook
P1. 3-dtr Cluster

Double 3-dtr Cluster(uses 6 sts): *[YO 3x, insert hook in same st as last st made, YO and pull up a loop, (YO and pull through 2 loops on hook)3x], repeat from [to] 2 x, (4 loops on hook), YO 3x, skip next 5 sts, insert hook in next st, YO and pull up a loop, (YO and pull through 2 loops on hook)3x (5 loops on hook), repeat from [to] 2x (see P2), YO and pull through all 7 loops on hook (see P3)



P2. double 3-dtr Cluster

P3. double 3-dtr Cluster complete

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A Zig and A Zag Afghan Crochet - A - Long

Have you ever wanted to make an afghan that has the chevron look but not the chevron ends?  I thought it would be fun to do a stitch sampler style CAL so you can learn a few new zig zag stitches that are worked back into straight rows allowing you to mix and match patterns and be able to create your own fun blanket.

Beginning June 19th, I will post 1 section each Monday to work on throughout the week.  There are 13 sections plus a border with fringe and each section has 6 to 8 rows.  This will help you to be able to work at your own pace during the week whether it's all at once or 1 row each night.  If you'd like the full pattern now, an ad free version is available for purchase on Ravelry HEREhttp://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/a-zig-and-a-zag-afghan-cal

The schedule is as follows: 
Tuesday 6/13: Supplies list and basic stitch information (listed below)


Monday 6/19: Section 1  is available herehttp://craftingfriendsdesigns.blogspot.com/2017/06/cal-section-one-zig-and-zag-afghan.html


Monday 6/26: Section 2 is available here: http://craftingfriendsdesigns.blogspot.com/2017/06/cal-section-two-zig-and-zag-afghan.html

 
Monday 7/3: Section 3 is available herehttp://craftingfriendsdesigns.blogspot.com/2017/07/cal-section-3-wave-and-chevron-crochet.html


Monday 7/10: Section 4 is available herehttps://craftingfriendsdesigns.blogspot.com/2017/07/cal-section-4-zig-and-zag-afghan.html


Monday 7/17: Section 5 is available herehttp://craftingfriendsdesigns.blogspot.com/2017/07/cal-section-5-zig-and-zag-afghan.html


Monday 7/24: Section 6 is available herehttp://craftingfriendsdesigns.blogspot.com/2017/07/cal-section-6-zig-and-zag-afghan.html


This completes the special stitch instructions. You may choose to finish your afghan in any order you choose to customize it to your preferred style OR continue with the CAL for instructions to complete the afghan as shown in the photos 
Monday 7/31: Section 7 
Monday 8/7: Section 8 
Monday 8/14: Section 9 
Monday 8/21: Section 10 
Monday 8/28: Section 11 
Monday 9/4: Section 12 
Monday 9/11: Section 13 
Monday 9/18: Border/Fringe


Skill Level: Easy