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:

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 HERE

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


  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.

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

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 HERE

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

Monday 6/19: Section 1  is available here

Monday 6/26: Section 2 is available here:

Monday 7/3: Section 3 
Monday 7/10: Section 4 
Monday 7/17: Section 5 
Monday 7/24: Section 6 
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

Monday, April 24, 2017

Beautiful New Braided Cable Block Collection for a Wedding Gift

Over the first few weeks of April, I held a Mystery Crochet-A-Long for my new afghan design.  I've really enjoyed seeing all the WIP photos that everyone has posted on Ravelry and in my Facebook group!  It's always fun to see the colors that others choose to use and how they turn out.  

Braided Cable Block collection by Crafting Friends Designs
Braided Cable Block crochet pattern collection

I'm thrilled to finally be able to show you the entire Braided Cable Block collection!  My nephew will be getting married next week and I wanted to design something specifically for them.  I wanted clean, classic, elegant and something meaningful that they will both appreciate.  I chose to use Deborah Norville Everyday yarn in an off white for that reason.  I love the way the braids just flow with this color and the yarn itself is soft and is anti-pilling which is great.  

This collection includes 4 different designs and 7 patterns:

Braided Cable Block Throw

The Braided Cable Block Throw will add warmth and texture to any room.  This pattern is written so you can easily work it to your own desired size.  Easy and quick to work up, you could make a small one for Baby Shower gifts, throw size to place on a rocking chair or large enough to cover a king size bed.  

The Braided Cable Block Bolster Pillow cover is open on both ends for easy removal allowing you to switch out colors and styles for any room.  This design is worked around the pillow and closes with ties.  It also includes instructions for making your own pillow base if you don't already have a bolster pillow.
Braided Cable Block Bolster Pillow

Braided Cable Block Square Pillow

The Braided Cable Block Square Pillow cover is worked from the bottom up and closes with a flap and 3 buttons for easy removal.  This pattern includes instructions for making your own pillow base also.

The Braided Cable Block Rectangle Pillow cover is worked from side to side allowing the cables to run the length of the pillow.  Closing along the length with 3 buttons allows for easy removal and cleaning.  This pattern includes instructions for making your own pillow base too.

Whether you're making this set as a gift or spoiling yourself and making it for your own home, it's sure to be enjoyed!

Now through May 2, 2017 you can enjoy 50% off all individual patterns or $5 off the full collection on Ravelry.  No codes needed.