Traveling Afghan Square – Crochet Peaks and Valley Square

Boy! Do I love a sampler blanket or what? They are perfectly cozy and fun to stitch! My Crochet Peaks and Valley Square is the latest contribution to The Traveling Afghan Square project by Alexi of Two of Wands! Just scroll on down for the full afghan square pattern!


Hey Friends! If you’re new ’round these parts, that’s how I always introduce myself because, let’s be honest, we’re all friends around here! I’m Rohn and I’m super excited to have y’all from the Traveling Afghans Project fam! Here’s a bit about me:

  1. I love to knit AND crochet. But I also love to rug hook, punch needle, quilt, and a whole lot more.
  2. I love to read…I spend at least 2 hours a day reading and sometimes more!
  3. Chocolate covered pretzels are my weakness. Totes.

What is the Traveling Afghans Project?

Alexi, the artist and yarn savant behind Two of Wands, created the idea of the traveling afghan project! An afghan that travels around the world, with squares being added to the blanket by each designer, all while the world looks to be closer than ever.

Not a crocheter? That’s okay! Check out the knit version right here.

You can find all the amazing designers behind the squares over on Alexi’s blog and get all the info you need right here!

I’m sending the afghan off next to Jessica Benvenuto of Fly the Distance! I can’t wait to see what she has cooking up with that magical hook of theirs!

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Crochet Peaks and Valley Square

This square was all about the triple crochets! I’m obsessed with them! So, I wanted to create a square that used triple crochets in different ways to create a really cool project!


PATTERN

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Yarn
Lion Brand Wool Ease
(3oz/100g, 197yds/180m)
1 Skein Natural Heather

Hooks and Notions
6mm Crochet Hook
Tapestry Needle
Blocking Mats and Pins

Gauge
Rows 1-4 = 4″ in pattern

Square (make 1)

sCh 4

Rnd 1: Work 12dc in 4th ch from hook, join with a sl st to first dc. (12 dc)

Rnd 2: Ch 12 (counts as first dc, ch 9), (sk next 2 dc, dc in next st, ch 9) three times more, join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-12. (4 dc, 4 ch-9 sp)

Rnd 3: Sl st into next ch sp, ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), work 8 dc in same ch sp, (ch 2, 9dc in next ch-space) three times more, ch 2, join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (36 dc, 4 ch-2 sp)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in same st as join, sc in each st and ch around, join with a sl st to first sc. (44 sc)

Rnd 5: Ch 4 (counts as first tr here and throughout), tr2tog in next 2 sts, *(ch 2, tr3tog in next 3 sts) twice, ch 3, tr in next st, ch 3, tr in next st, ch 3**, tr3tog in next 3 sts; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with a sl st to first tr2tog.

Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in same st as join, sc in every st and ch around.

Rnd 7: Ch 3, dc in next 11 sts, (3dc in next st, dc in next 17 sts) three times, dc in last 5 sts, join with a sl st to beg ch-3.

Rnd 8: Ch 1, sc in each st around placing 3sc in center dc of each 3dc group.

Rnd 9: Ch 4, tr in next st, (ch 2, tr3tog) four times, ch 3, *(tr, ch 3, tr) in next st, ch 3**, (tr3tog, ch 2) six times, tr3tog, ch 3; rep from * three times more ending last rep at **, (tr3tog, ch 2) twice, tr in the last st, join with a sl st to first ch-4. 

Rnd 10: Ch 1, sc in same st as join, sc in each st and ch around. Fasten off.

Pin and steam block to 10 inches square. Using a mattress stitch, sew in place.

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AUTUMN STARS Afghan | Crochet Afghan Pattern

Color changing yarn and mosaic crochet come together to create a stunning star block that, when joined to others, creates a striking geometric pattern!

I hope you all love this afghan as much as I do! I can’t wait to see what you stitch up! Remember, you can pick up the PDF HERE and the Crochet Kit from Lion Brand Yarn HERE!


Sometimes (well…all the time) crochet is just MAGIC. It’s crazy that you can use simple stitches and just two different yarns to create something as gorgeous as this! I’m always surprised when things work out better than I imagined they would.

Autumn Stars is worked in motifs, each crocheted from the center out using the mosaic crochet technique. That means, you’ll only ever use one color of yarn at a time and work into either the front or back loops of a stitch. All single crochet stitches are always worked into the back (unless otherwise noted) and all double crochet stitches are worked into the front loops (unless otherwise noted). It’s really that simple!

Choosing the Right Yarn

This pattern works because of the yarn. Really. This is one of those afghans where yarn choice is super important. It’s not a gauge thing or an ease of crochet thing, it’s more of a ‘look’. You really want this afghan to POP! That’s why I would recommend using a color changing yarn such as Ferris Wheel from Lion Brand Yarn. As for the solid, it’s important that you choose a color that is complimentary but contrasting. Such as this Pound of Love in Ivory!

Remember, you can pick up a kit here from Lion Brand Yarn that includes the pattern and all the yarn you need!

Mosaic…what’s that?

Simply put, you’ll only every be working with one color at a time. Every round includes both single crochet and double crochet stitches. As I mentioned above, the single crochets are worked in the back loop and the double crochets are worked in the front loop. Increases are worked in each corner with two chains. It’s helpful to think of the chains as stitches because…well…they are!

It’s Advanced though…

It is. We are working with two different colors of yarn and working with three different kinds of stitches (chains, singles, and doubles). All of that combined with working it from the center out and increasing each round, means that this is an advanced pattern. It doesn’t require advanced stitches or stitch patterns BUT it does require using all the skills you have in your crochet toolbox.

I hope you all love this afghan as much as I do! I can’t wait to see what you stitch up! Remember, you can pick up the PDF HERE and the Crochet Kit from Lion Brand Yarn HERE!

Sand Dollar Afghan | FREE CROCHET AFGHAN PATTERN

Hey Friends!

It’s the second Friday in July and I’m not sure how I feel about that. BUT, it’s Friday and that means it’s finally time to get back on the Free Pattern Friday train! This week we have the Sand Dollar Afghan, one of my most anticipated pattern releases this year!

Want the Ad Free PDF? Cool beans! Head to this link here and pick up the kit for this afghan from my friends at Lion Brand Yarn!

Add this pattern to your Ravelry Library HERE!


Summer in North Carolina always involves a beach of some kind. I’m not even sure if it’s legally summer without the beach. This year, however, things are a bit different. We’re staying home more and being responsible SO, I thought why not bring the beach inside?

My Sand Dollar Afghan is the newest free crochet pattern in my Free Pattern Friday series! It’s so much fun to work and can you believe it’s just four rounds per motif. That’s it!

It’s a really easy crochet project to start and finish in just a couple of days. It’s made easier with one of my favorite yarns to crochet with, Color Made Easy from Lion Brand Yarn!

I’ve even curated a few different color ways that I think this afghan would look splendid in! The great thing about crochet afghans is that they are so easy to customize. With just a quick shift of colors you have something that looks beachy like my original sample or something that looks totally different!

Here are a few of my favorites:


Alright, we ready to get started stitching? ME TOO!

Scroll down for the FREE crochet pattern and check out the tutorial (*coming soon*) on my Youtube Channel Here, and pick up your kit from my friends at Lion Brand Yarns HERE!


Sand Dollar Afghan

Add a splash of handmade to your home decor with this quick to stitch afghan! Worked in just four rounds, the Sand Dollar Afghan is the perfect lacy touch to your summer decor.

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Materials:
Color Made Easy® Yarn

Alabaster (2 skeins)
Wheat (1 Skein)
Basalt (2 Skeins)

ACCESSORIES

Size K-10.5 (6.5mm)
Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles

Gauge:

1 Motif = 6″ Square

Finished Size:

36″ by 42″

Pattern Notes:

Beginning Ch-5 counts as a Dc, ch 1.

Block (Make 42)

With A, ch 5

Rnd 1: Working into 5th ch from hook (dc, ch 1) 7 times. Join to 3rd ch of beg ch-5 with a sl st. (8 dc and 8 ch-1 spaces)

Rnd 2: Sl st into next ch-1 sp, ch 3 (counts as a dc here and throughout), 2dc in same ch-1 sp, *ch 1, 3dc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * around. Join to beg ch-3 with a sl st. Fasten off A. 

Rnd 3: With B, place a slip knot on crochet hook, insert hook into any ch-1 sp of center medallion, yo and draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through both stitches on hook (slip knot and loop), *ch 3, ([dc, ch 1] three times, dc) in next ch 1 space, ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * three times more ending last rep by joining with a sl st to first st worked. Fasten off B.

Rnd 4: With C, place a slip knot on crochet hook, insert hook into any ch-3 space to the right of a single crochet on Rnd 3, yo and draw up a loop, draw loop through slip knot to join, ch 3, 2dc in same ch-3 sp as join, ch 1, *3dc in next ch-3 sp, dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp**, 3 dc in next ch-3 sp, ch 1; rep from * three times, ending last rep at **, join to beg ch-3 with a sl st. Fasten Off. 

Assembly

This afghan can be assembly in a number of ways. I’ve outlined some of my favorites below:

  1. Mattress Stitch – the easiest method, by far, the mattress stitch requires only a tapestry needle and coordinating yarn. You’ll simply work the mattress stitch, joining rows and columns. This gives a nice, clean, and flexible join. 
  2. Slip Stitch or Single Crochet Seam – a favorite amongst crocheters, this seam is completed by slip stitching or single crocheting through both thicknesses of fabric to create a seam. While creating a super strong seam, it is also quite bulky. 
  3. Join As You Go – my preferred method, join as you go can be a bit tricky, so I’ve included it as a bonus to the online tutorial that accompanies this pattern. Simply head to www.youtube.com/rohnstrong and search for the Sanddollar Afghan Tutorial. 

Finishing

After assembly, weave in all ends. Wash and lay flat to block.

Tunisian Double Trouble Afghan | Free Beginner Tunisian Crochet Pattern

Test out those beginner tunisian crochet skills with this gorgeous and easy to stitch blanket! Worked in all over tunisian double stitch, the Tunisian Double Trouble Afghan is quick to stitch and simple to customize. Catch the FREE PATTERN download below along with a full step by step video tutorial!

A few months back I released one of my very favorite blanket designs, The Snowball Throw! It used tunisian double stitch to create a graphic and bold colorwork pattern with just three solid color yarns. To be honest, as soon as I finished that version…I couldn’t wait to see more of what this stitch could do!

The Tunisian Double Trouble Afghan is worked using just two colors of yarn, a variegated and a solid. By switching up the yarns and how we use them, we create an afghan that is as beautiful as it is easy to stitch.

I chose to use Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick! Why? Cause it’s my fav?! Why else! It’s gorgeously soft and readily available. Not to mention, it’s just the right price for a super bulky yarn.

This is WAY too complicated!

I know…it looks really complicated. That couldn’t be further from the truth. When I tell you this afghan is beginner friendly – I mean it.

The entire afghan is worked in one stitch. That’s it. Worked over and over and over. How do we get that gorgeous woven look?

We change the color on the Return Pass.

Now, if you’ve ever worked even a swatch of tunisian crochet, you know that there is always a forward pass and a return pass. I always say that the forward pass is when we leave home and the return pass is when we come back.

This affords up the perfect method of adding aa lot of color interest without any work at all. We simply grab our second color after working a forward pass and head back home with the new color. The next row is worked with the color we worked the return pass with! We switch the yarn on the return pass again and that’s it.

Can I customize it?

YES.

The best part of this afghan is that it is fully customizable. You’ll have to change your hook size but that’s about it! I go over this in the video in detail but here’s a quick overview:

  1. Select two yarns, a solid and a variegated.
  2. Choose a hook size that is recommended on the ball band. I know we usually go up a hook size with our tunisian crochet but not on this project. Tunisian double stitch is rather loose, so by choosing a hook size recommended on the ball band, we ensure the afghan won’t be too open.
  3. Chain any number of stitches to the width you desire. This is where you can make the afghan fully customizable!
  4. Work as many rows as you desire to get the width!

That’s it! Easy as apple pie!

Tunisian Double Delight Pattern

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Materials

US 12mm Corded Tunisian Crochet Hook
US 10mm crochet hook
Lion Brand Yarn Wool Ease Thick and Quick
3 Skeins Each Carousel (A) and Fisherman (B)
Tapestry Needle
Scissors

Finished Measurements

About 38 inches by 42 inches

Gauge

7 sts and 3.5 rows to measure 4 inches in Tunisian Double Stitch

Abbreviations:

Ch = Chain
Tds = Tunisian Double Stitch
FwdP = Forward Pass
RetP = Return Pass
Sc = Single Crochet
Blo = Back Loop Only
Rep = Repeat
Rnd(s) = Round(s)

Pattern Notes:

This afghan is that it is fully customizable. You’ll have to change your hook size but that’s about it! I go over this in the video tutorial but here’s a quick overview:

  1. Select two yarns, a solid and a variegated.
  2. Choose a hook size that is recommended on the ball band. I know we usually go up a hook size with our tunisian crochet but not on this project. Tunisian double stitch is rather loose, so by choosing a hook size recommended on the ball band, we ensure the afghan won’t be too open.
  3. Chain any number of stitches to the width you desire. This is where you can make the afghan fully customizable!
  4. Work as many rows as you desire to get the width!

Tunisian Double Stitch has a tendency to ‘bias’ or lean to the left. This can be fixed by blocking your afghan. Alternately, the bias will ease over time with use.

TUNISIAN DOUBLE TROUBLE AFGHAN

With Color A, Ch 66

Row 1

FwdP: Working from right to left, *yarn over, insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook (Note: last loop of this stitch will remain on hook as you work across); repeat from * across row working into each chain. (66 loops on hook)

RetP: With Color B, Ch 1, (yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook) until there is one loop left on hook.

Row 2

FwdP: With Color B, working from right to left, *yarn over, insert hook under next vertical bar, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook (Note: last loop of this stitch will remain on hook as you work across); repeat from * across row to last stitch, to work last stitch, yarn over, insert hook through stitch as if working a single crochet, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook. (66 loops).

RetP: With Color A, ch 1, (yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook) until there is one loop left on hook.

Row 3:

FwdP: With Color A, working from right to left, *yarn over, insert hook under next vertical bar, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook (Note: last loop of this stitch will remain on hook as you work across); repeat from * across row to last stitch, to work last stitch, yarn over, insert hook through stitch as if working a single crochet, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook. (66 loops).

RetP: With Color B, ch 1, (yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook) until there is one loop left on hook.

Rep Rows 2 and 3 for a total of 36 rows or desired length.

Final Row

Slip stitch in each stitch across as if you were working a tunisian simple stitch. After last slip stitch, ch 1.

Rnd 1: With B, work 72 sc evenly spaced along each edge of block, placing 3 sc in each corner.

Rnd 2: With A, working in back loops only, sc in each st around, placing 3 sc in each corner.

Rnd 3: With B, work Rnd 2.

Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

That’s it friends! I mean…how flippin cute is this blanket!? Like I said, just a few minutes and a couple colors of worsted weight yarn and you’re good! Remember to share your projects with me on Instagram HERE and to join the Rohn Strong Crochet Club HERE!

Tunisian Delight Sampler Afghan Crochet Along | Assembly and FInishing

Who doesn’t want to crochet their stress away? Grab your tunisian hook, yarn, and let’s get stitching together! Today, we begin working on our Tunisian Delight Sampler Afghan, the official May 2020 Rohn Strong Crochet Along project.

Remember, you can find all the info you need about this crochet along in this blog post here. I’ve also written a handy little post that covers color choice, gauge, and tunisian crochet hooks here.

This week, we’re finishing up our afghans!

We’ll cover how to block your blocks, seaming and assembly, and even cover a little bit of cross stitch!

As always, there is a full video tutorial for each of these steps available below!

Remember, you can add your project to your Ravelry library by clicking HERE!

You can find the FREE pattern below! ALSO, don’t forget;

I have changed the rules a little bit…cause I make them! You can still post your entries for giveaways on Instagram by using the hashtag, #RohnStrongCAL and following me. However, I also will be making a weekly post on Friday in the Rohn Strong Crochet Club Facebook group where you can share your progress to be entered! YAY!

Sponsors & Prizes

Each of these prizes is a minimum value of $50! Remember, you can enter each week’s giveaway is to post a picture of your progress using #RohnStrongCAL on Instagram OR you can post in the Rohn Strong Crochet Club! You must have a public Instagram profile to participate.

  • Week 4 – May 29: Joann $50 Gift Card and Prize Pack!

Prizes will be awarded at the beginning of the following week at around 11:00am EST. Weekly winners will be picked randomly. More details will be announced in each week’s blog post. The schedule of prizes is subject to change.

Tunisian Delight Sampler Afghan

Today’s finishing instructions are pretty basic and can be found in the final PDF download!

That’s it friends! I mean…how easy were those blocks!? Like I said, just a few minutes and a couple colors of worsted weight yarn and you’re good! Remember to share your projects with me on Instagram HERE and to join the Rohn Strong Crochet Club HERE! Next week we’ll tackle three new tunisian crochet stitches! Have fun stitching this week friends!