Rohn Strong’s 2021 Crochet Along – Summer Blossom Mandala

Every year, hundreds of crocheter’s gather together in an online forum to crochet up my newest crochet pattern. I work all year to design and create a project that is not just fun to crochet, but will help challenge crocheter’s. My teaching and design style is simple, to create projects that inspire and educate.

Last year (2020) was one heck of a year and I was so excited to bring you all the Tunisian Delight Sampler Afghan!

You can still find the free patterns here on my blog and the video tutorials on my Youtube channel here! The downloadable pattern is available for purchase here!

For 2021, I wanted to do something a bit more in depth. So, I’m so excited to bring you the Spring Blossom Mandala!

Worked from the center out in a mandala style, this throw size afghan brings together everything I love about crochet. Texture, color, and a challenge. Every round is different and, with that, a whole lot to learn. This modern mandala is a crochet skill builder and who doesn’t want to up their crochet game while making a fun and functional afghan?!

With most blankets, you’re stuck making the same motif or working the same stitch again and again. Not with a mandala. We’ll work each round, learning new stitches along the way, keeping you on your toes and adding a ton of stitches to your tool box every week!

What does a Rohn Strong Crochet Along Look LIke?

Like most of my crochet alongs (CAL’s) the name of the game isn’t just about finishing the project. It’s about learning as much as you can along the way. So, what is a CAL? It’s simply when a bunch of us internet friends get together and crochet the same pattern at the same time! It’s all done virtually (aka online). We’ll have weekly assignments, and videos will be released each week to cover a few rounds. We’ll have support via Youtube, Instagram, and right here on my blog.

The Summer Blossom Mandala is the culmination of a lot of knowledge and technique. It features beginner stitches, easy stitches, and a few more challenging techniques. With that said, here is the deal, I designed this mandala to work for even the beginner crocheters, even if you’ve only crocheted a few projects, you can do this. The biggest skill you need is the ability to complete basic crochet stitches and be able to read a pattern.

And remembers, I’ll be right there by your side, crocheting every single stitch with you. So, if you have questions you can always email me, send me a message on Instagram, and leave a comment on my Youtube Channel!

Supplies

  • Summer Blossom Mandala Pattern!
    • You can purchase the PDF Pattern HERE (if you’re looking to use your own yarn this is the best option!)
    • You can purchase the entire yarn kit which includes the PDF Pattern HERE! You can even choose colors to create your own mandala!
    • You can find the free pattern on my blog, released in parts, as we go along! No need to sign up, you’ll just need to check the website each week.
  • Yarn/Hook and Notions:
    • Yarn recommended for the pattern is Lion Brand Wool Ease. This is a worsted weight yarn. All yarn and hook info can be found in the pattern.

Timeline

This CAL will take place over 8 weeks beginning on July 18th.

Each week a new Youtube tutorial will be released to coincide with that weeks rounds. While the rounds may change, the overall schedule looks something like this:

July 18th – Rnds 1 – 7

July 25th – Rnds 8 – 14

August 1 – Rnds 15 – 21

August 8 – Rnds 22 – 27

August 15 – Rnds 28 – 35

August 22 – Rnds 36 – 47

August 29 – Scalloped Border

September 5 – Last Rounds and Blocking

I am just SO excited to start on this CAL with you all! It’s going to be a blast and I’m really excited to help you expand those crochet skills! Grab your pattern, your yarn kit, and let’s get stitching!

Logjam Throw – Free Crochet Pattern by Rohn Strong

Hey Friends!

Long time, no see! I know I’ve been away dealing with a few health issues these past few weeks and I’ve missed you all SO much! Crochet and knitting is my happy place – and I’m happy to be back sharing free patterns with you all!

This week, I have the Logjam Throw! It’s an easy to stitch crochet blanket, generously sized, and worked in a chunky/bulky weight yarn and gauge.

Click Here to purchase the Kit!

Click Here to add this project to Ravelry!


You’ve probably seen basketweave stitch afghan before, goodness knows they were super popular a few years back and while I’ve never made one, I really wanted to!

But, I’m not the kind of designer that puts out a tried and true design in a new color or yarn and slaps a fancy name on it to call it mine. I have to add a little bit of “Rohn” to the mix. I dug deep and thought about what I loved with basketweave stitches and what I didn’t…then thought about how to solve it.


  1. Make it Lighter!

Crochet’s heavy, we know that, and when you add in bulky or chunky yarn – it can get a whole lot heavier. Basketweave stitches, especially those created with post stitches, can add a ton of weight to any project. So, how do we resolve this? Take a few out and replace them with chain stitches! It’s a simple fix that actually doesn’t impact the overall appearance of the blanket a whole lot but really adds a lot of loft.

2. Make it Fast!

Basketweaves take FOREVER…seriously…

A little nod to the greatest movie of all time…The Sandlot.

Okay, anyway, simply put, adding those chains makes this afghan quick to stitch up. The yarn is a dream too. I decided to go with Two of Wands x Lion Brand Yarn Hue and Me. It’s a beautiful acrylic/wool blend that I just can’t get enough of. It’s also a bulky weight, which means it’s perfect for quick to stitch projects like this one.

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3. Make it MINE!

Last thing I really wanted to make sure came across was how customizable this pattern is. Essentially it is just a 6 stitch repeat (four double crochet and two chains) that you can take and truly make your own. If you’re like me and love for things to look and feel even, try to stitch with a 12 + 6st repeat. It breaks down as follows:

4dc + 2 ch + 4dc + 2ch + 4dc

Those extra couple of chains that make up the 6sts account for the first double crochet.

That way, as you are alternating between front and back post stitches, you’ll be able to make sure the first and last set of double crochets are the same, creating a nice and even blanket.

Now, alternately you could also add an extra stitch to the beginning and end of each repeat to create a nice even edge, which is what I did with my blanket!


Alright, that’s all there is to this throw. We’ve covered the basics and I even gave you the repeat. You can find the free pattern below, the printable PDF pattern here, the video tutorial on youtube here, and the kit, which includes all the yarn you need here. Other than that…happy stitching folxs!


LOGJAM Throw Pattern

FINISHED MEASUREMENT

About 48” Wide and 52” Long

GAUGE

Gauge is not essential for this project.

MATERIALS

Yarn

Lion Brand Yarn Hue and Me (80% Acrylic/20% Wool Bulky Weight Yarn; 137yds/125m; 4.4oz/125g) 9 skeins Fatigues (#617-174)

Hook

US L/8mm Standard Crochet Hook

Notions

Tapestry Needle

Pattern Questions?

Email me at rohnstrong@gmail.com

Pattern Notes

This blanket is worked from top to bottom. Just work as many repeats as possible, until you run out of yarn!

Weave in ends as work progresses.

PATTERN

Ch 91

Foundation Stripe

Row 1 (RS): Dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each of the next 3 ch, *ch 2, sk next 2 ch, dc in each of the next 4 ch; rep from * across, hdc in last ch. (15 4-dc groups, 14 ch-2 sps, 2 hdc)

Row 2 (WS): Ch 2 (counts as first hdc here and throughout), turn, *Fpdc around the next 4 dc, ch 2, Bpdc around the next 4 dc, ch 2; rep from * across, hdc in top of beg ch.

Row 3: Ch 2, turn, *Bpdc around the next 4 dc, ch 2, Fpdc around the next 4 dc, ch 2; rep from * across, hdc in top of beg ch.

Rnd 4: Rep Row 2.

Stripe #1

Row 5 and 7 (RS): As Row 2.

Rows 6 and 8: As Row 3.

Stripe #2

Row 9 and 11 (RS): As Row 3.

Row 10 and 12: As Row 2

Repeat directions for Stripe 1 and Stripe 2 six times further. Finish off.

Weave in all ends. Wash and lay flat to block.

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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Annie’s Christmas Quilting Giveaway with C and T Publishing

Hey Friends!

If you caught my LIVE video over on the Annie’s Facebook Page, (if not you can click here and take a gander), you’ll know that we covered a bunch of fun topics including Applique and Annie’s new Christmas publication, Christmas Quilting!

We also chatted about a giveaway and I shared some projects that Annie’s, C&T Publishing, and I are giving away! Yay! To be entered in the giveaway, all you have to do is comment on this blog post and I’ll choose a winner next week!

First up is a copy of Best-Ever Iron On Quilt Labels!

You won’t want to miss out on this best-ever book filled with 125 iron-on quilt labels — perfect for personalizing your quilts or other artistic projects! Find labels for weddings, graduations, travel, Christmas, Halloween, fall, summer, new babies and more, each in multiple sizes! Every image will transfer several times, so you can get as creative as you want! Compiled by Kerry Graham and Betsy La Honta.

Next we have Alex Anderson’s 4-in-1 Essential Sewing Tool!

This gorgeous tool, made of real maple wood, combines 4 tools that every quilter needs — seam ripper, stiletto, presser and turner. Better make sure you have one for your sewing room and one for your travel sewing kit! Tool measures 8 1/8″ x 5/8″.

Last up is The Ultimate Thread Guide!

This amazing reference guide features a handy thread-use key that shows the most common uses for each and every thread, helping you determine which one is right for your project. Plus, get the inside scoop on thread types and fibers, thread weight, choosing the correct sewing machine needle and even how thread is made! This guide’s handy size makes it the perfect companion to take with you on the go!

Now, all you have to do to win is drop a comment in this post! I’m so excited to share all these goodies with you all! Yay!

Happy Stitching Y’all!

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!