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.

Add this pattern to your Ravelry Library HERE!

Color Made Easy® Yarn

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


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


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. 


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 and search for the Sanddollar Afghan Tutorial. 


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

Tunisian Delight Sampler – Gauge

Today is Day 1 of our Rohn Strong May 2020 Crochet Along! As a reminder, we are crocheting the Tunisian Delight Sampler Afghan Crochet Along and I couldn’t be more excited! For all the information you need to get started including dates, yarn amounts, and more please head to this blog post HERE or watch this video below:

Today, we’re going to work our Gauge swatches and chat a bit about why gauge is so important, even on an afghan like this!

So, what is gauge.

Gauge, sometimes referred to as ‘tension’, is the number of stitches and rows per inch. This is listed in the pattern near the beginning and usually given in a 4 inch by 4 inch multiple.

For example, most of the blocks in this pattern have a gauge of 3 sts per inch and 3 rows per inch. Given in the 4 inch by 4 inch multiple, the pattern reads, 12 sts by 12 rows.

So, why do we try to match gauge in a pattern?

  1. You want to make sure your afghan comes out the right size.
  2. You want to make sure you have enough yarn!

Yarn is the biggie here. Because we are working from stash, ensuring we have the right gauge will mean we don’t need extra yarn. A tighter gauge than that I used will mean you need more yarn. A looser gauge will mean you need less yarn.

Why wouldn’t gauge match?

Chances are you are not using the same yarn and hook as me. You might hold your yarn a little different. You might even crochet different than me! All those things have a big impact on your gauge and can change the stitches and rows per inch.

So, keep that in mind!

Making the Gauge Swatch

The pattern below is what we will follow today. Remember, there is a video tutorial that covers all this info and shows how to work the gauge swatch, step by step. You can find that below!

Gauge Swatch Pattern

Ch 20

Foundation Row: With yarn in back, *insert hook in next ch, yarn over and pull up a loop; rep from * across. (20 loops)

Return Pass: Ch 1, *yarn over, pull through next 2 loops on hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on hook.

Row 1: With yarn in back, insert hook from right to left under next vertical bar, yarn over and pull up a loop; rep from * across. (20 loops)

Return Pass: Ch 1, *yarn over, pull through next 2 loops on hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on hook.

Rep Row 1, 8 more times. This will give you a total of 10 rows including the foundation row.

Last Row: With yarn in back, insert hook from right to left under next vertical bar, yarn over and pull up a loop, pull first loop near head of hook through loop on shaft of hook; rep across row.

This final row is called a tunisian slip stitch!

Image (C) Annie’s Publishing

That’s it! That is your gauge swatch!

Now, we need to get a ruler and measure our stitches and rows per inch. Count the number of sts and rows over four inches.

Now, if you have fewer stitches per inch than I do, you’re a tight crocheter and need to go up in hook size. If you have fewer stitches per inch than I do, you’re a loose crocheter and need to go down a hook!

Really, that is all there is to it!

But…what if I’m off?

It can be hard as heck to get the right gauge in tunisian crochet! Don’t fret though. I’m going to share my three tips for getting gauge in tunisian crochet the first time every time!

  1. Use the right hook. The general rule of thumb is that corded hooks will give you a slightly tighter gauge whereas straight hooks will give you a bit looser gauge. This isn’t universal but it’s one of those ‘rules’ that I’ve always followed. If you are typically a tighter crochet, stick with a straight hook. If you are a looser crocheter, try a corded hook!
  2. Rows vs Stitches. Typically it’s easier to change the row gauge versus the stitch gauge. Why? Well, the stitch gauge is, in part, determined by the row gauge. So, a tighter row gauge will often mean a tighter stitch gauge. Simply going up a single hook size won’t have the much of an impact on your stitch gauge, if you’re having trouble matching it. If your stitch gauge is really tight, you’ll want to go up two hook sizes, minimum.
  3. It’ll block out. What? Yes. I promise. Tunisian crochet has a touch of horizontal stretch which will make it easier to block your swatch and make it a touch wider. Have you ever heard the saying, “It’ll block out”? It will! I promise! This will only work if you’re less than an inch from the desired width. Anything more than an inch will not block out. It’ll result in a warped piece.

Getting gauge is tough, I know. It can be super frustrating but it is really really important to make sure that the piece you are working on is just the right size and you won’t ruin out of yarn. There is nothing worst than making a project and running out of yarn when you are nearly through! A correct gauge will make sure that doesn’t happen in the long run.

Colors, Hooks, and more for your Tunisian Delight Sampler!

Y’all! We’re about 11 days away from the official kick off of our Tunisian Delight Sampler Afghan May 2020 Crochet Along! It’s officially time to choose our colors, gather our supplies, and get a little sneak peek of what we’ll be covering over the month of May!

Remember, you can find all the info (including yarn amounts and such) in this blog post here!

So, I thought it might be a little helpful to have a nice little video walking you all through the materials, tools, and each of the blocks! I cover all the stitches we’ll be learning together too! How fun is that?

Remember to subscribe to my YouTube Channel HERE!

Alright, so once you’ve watched that, let’s come on back and we’ll chat colors and crochet hooks!

Choosing Colors is HARD

I’m usually pretty indecisive when it comes to choosing colors for my various crochet projects. Most of the time I just throw some yarn in a pile and choose what looks good depending on what is next to each other. That’s how I chose the colors for my original Tunisian Delight!

With that said, I wanted to make a second version in some other colors! Something totally different from the original version. Yesterday, I posted this photo:

These were the color combos I ultimately settled on!


Four different choices.

What the heck!

I asked my friends over on Instagram (don’t forget you can follow me here) and the winning combo was the upper left!

I’m actually really excited about this combo! The main afghan will be white with pops of the brights. I’m even thinking a bright red border would be cool too!

That’s what is so great about this CAL, it’s a true stash buster. We’re going to work our way through all these blocks and use up that stash we’ve got hanging out!

Have you chosen your colors? Remember, you can snap a pic and share them with us in my Facebook Group, Rohn Strong’s Crochet Club!

But what about the hook?

I’ve received a slew of questions about the crochet hook we’ll be using for this crochet along. Most people have at least one tunisian crochet hook in their stash and, if you’re like me, we’ve got more than a few!

Now, if you don’t have a tunisian hook in your stash you can just use a regular ole standard hook!


Well, with a little ingenuity!

Here are a few crochet hooks from my collection:

There are two types of hooks here, those with thumb rests (the two blue hooks and green hook) and those without (the red wood and blond wood).

If you have any hooks that look like those without thumb rests, you can made this afghan!

All you need to do is add a rubber band at the base of your hook. This works best when you use an actual rubber band, not a hair tie or anything like that. You want this to really grip the wood.

This rubber band will help keep the stitches on the hook! For real! It’s SO easy and fast to turn any crochet hook like this into a miniature tunisian crochet hook! I even went ahead and did a little tunisian simple stitch swatch just to show you it works!

See! Those stitches aren’t going anywhere! They fit neatly on the hook and it’s really comfy to use. Tunisian crochet hooks can hold a ton of stitches. These blocks each measure about 9.5 inches and this hook is only 6″ long! I could easily fit a bunch more stitches on the hook without getting overwhelmed at all!

Alright, that’s it for today! I hope y’all are having a happy and healthy week out there! Remember, we’re going to start our Tunisian Delight Sampler Crochet Along next week, May 1st!

I’ll have another post next Tuesday all about gauge and how to measure gauge on a tunisian swatch, so stay tuned for that!

If you decide to join us, make sure you tag me on Instagram @rohnstrong or head to Rohn Strong’s Crochet Club on Facebook!

Lemondrop Chevron Afghan | Free Crochet Pattern

Another Free Pattern Friday, another baby blanket! I swear y’all, the big has bit me and it bit me good! Scroll down to read about my inspo, see more photos, and download your PDF of this pattern!

Grab the Kit for this Pattern HERE:

Today, I have a fun and super easy ripple blanket using one of my new fav acrylic yarns. It’s really quick to stitch (my fav kind of project) and it’s the perfect little blankie to work up in a weekend! The Lemondrop Chevron Afghan is just perfect!

This Afghan is SO Easy!

I’m not the biggest fan of ‘all over’ afghans. Those are the kind of crochet blankets that use just one stitch from top to bottom. You know what I mean?

Here’s the deal, I get bored. Easily. Half the time I’ll fall asleep with my crochet sittin’ right in my lap! So, motif afghans and sampler afghans (the kind where you sew squares together) are better suited BUT there was something about this stitch that I just LOVED.

It’s not a one row repeat like many chevron patterns, it’s two rows! And, I threw in some stripes to keep it at least a little bit interesting.

It’s so easy I even felt a little guilty writing up the pattern! But, only a little. Cause, y’all are going to LOVE this blanket!

That yellow yarn is GORGEOUS!

Thanks! I could totally read your mind. This pattern uses Lion Brand Yarn Basic Stitch Anti-Pilling, which is my absolute new fav yarn. It’s a 100% acrylic anti-pilling yarn. That means that the more you use it, the softer it will get and it won’t look a day older!

The yellow color is Lemonade and the White is…well…White. Ha!

These colors work so well to create a gender-neutral blankie that will be the star of literally every baby shower you go too! And it’s such an inexpensive high-quality yarn. Seriously, if you haven’t tried this yarn yet you gotta get your hands on some!

Lemondrop Chevron Afghan

Download your PDF of this pattern HERE!


US I/9 5.5mm Crochet Hook
US H/8 5mm Crochet Hook
6 Skeins Lion Brand Basic Stitch Anti-Pilling in Lemonade
1 Skein Lion Brand Basic Stitch Anti-Pilling in White
Tapestry Needle
Tape Measure

Finished Measurements:

About 31 inches wide and 33.5 inches long


1 pattern rep and 11 rows = 4.5″


Ch = Chain
Dc = Double Crochet
Dc2tog = Double Crochet 2 Together
Cl = Cluster
Sc = Single Crochet

Pattern Notes:

Afghan is worked in pone piece from bottom to top.

Weave in ends as work progresses.

Special Stitches:

Cluster (Cl): Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over, pull up loop, yarn over, insert hook in same stitch, yarn over, pull up loop (5 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through 4 loops on hook (2 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through remaining 2 loops.

Double Crochet 2 Together (Dc2tog): Yarn over and insert hook into the next st, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over and insert hook into the next st, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through last 3 loops on hook.

Lemondrop Chevron Afghan Pattern

With LEMONADE, ch 121

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook (ch-3 counts as first dc here and throughout), dc2tog twice, *(ch 1, cl) five times, ch 1, dc2tog six times; rep from * across to last 11 sts, (ch 1, cl) five times, dc2tog three times.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st and ch-space across.

Row 3: Ch 3, turn, dc in next dc, dc2tog twice, *(ch 1, cl) five times, ch 1, dc2tog six times; rep from * across to last 11 sts, (ch 1, cl) five times, dc2tog three times.

Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st and ch-space across.

Row 5: Ch 3, turn, dc in next dc, dc2tog twice, *(ch 1, cl) five times, ch 1, dc2tog six times; rep from * across to last 11 sts, (ch 1, cl) five times, dc2tog three times.

Row 6: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st and ch-space across.

Row 7: Ch 3, turn, dc in next dc, dc2tog twice, *(ch 1, cl) five times, ch 1, dc2tog six times; rep from * across to last 11 sts, (ch 1, cl) five times, dc2tog three times.

Row 8: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st and ch-space across.

At end of Row 8, change color to WHITE.

Row 9: Ch 3, turn, dc in next dc, dc2tog twice, *(ch 1, cl) five times, ch 1, dc2tog six times; rep from * across to last 11 sts, (ch 1, cl) five times, dc2tog three times.

Row 10: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st and ch-space across.

At end of Row 10, change color to LEMONADE.

Rows 11, 13, 15, 17: Ch 3, turn, dc in next dc, dc2tog twice, *(ch 1, cl) five times, ch 1, dc2tog six times; rep from * across to last 11 sts, (ch 1, cl) five times, dc2tog three times.

Rows 12, 14, 16, 18: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st and ch-sp across.

At end of Row 18, change color to WHITE.

Row 19: Ch 3, turn, dc in next dc, dc2tog twice, *(ch 1, cl) five times, ch 1, dc2tog six times; rep from * across to last 11 sts, (ch 1, cl) five times, dc2tog three times.

Row 20: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st and ch-space across.

At end of Row 20, change color to LEMONADE.

Repeat rows 11-20 four times more. Then repeat Rows 11-17 once more. Fasten off.

Optional Edging

If desired, at end of last row, do not fasten off and work a row of single crochet stitches around perimeter of afghan.

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

And that’s it friends! You have yourself a gorgeous modern blankie! I love my Lemondrop Chevron Afghan and have mine displaying proudly in my studio! It was so fun and easy to stitch up. I can’t wait to make a couple more. If you end up stitching one of these up, make sure you tag me on Instagram @rohnstrong or head to the Rohn Strong Maker’s Community on Facebook!

Tunisian Delight Sampler Afghan Crochet Along

Now, more than ever, we need to come together and do what we do best…CROCHET! Starting May 1, 2020 we will launch my first crochet along of the year featuring the Tunisian Delight Sampler Afghan.

This modern sampler afghan is fun, surprisingly easy, and a total skill builder! I mean, who doesn’t want to up their crochet game while making a fun and functional afghan?!

With most afghans you’re stuck making the same motif over and over or working the same few rows again and again. Not with a sampler! We’ll have nine blocks and nine different stitches that will keep you on your toes and learning something new every week. How cool is that?

What Does a Rohn Strong Crochet Along Look Like?

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a good ole fashioned, Rohn Strong Crochet Along! So, let’s chat about what it looks like. To put it simply, a crochet along is when a bunch of us internet friends get together and crochet the same pattern at the same time! It’s all done virtually (a.k.a. online). We’ll have weekly ‘assignments’ and the pattern will be released block by block right here on the blog! Along the way we’ll share our progress online for everyone to see!

The really exciting thing is that with a potentially tricky crochet technique, such as tunisian, nobody has to muddle through it alone. There will be lots of support via Instagram, Facebook, and through this very blog.

The Tunisian Delight Sampler is the culmination of a lot of knowledge and techniques. It features beginner stitches, easy stitches, and even a few more challenging techniques!

BUT, here’s the deal, I designed the Tunisian Delight Sampler to work for even the most novice of tunisian crocheters. Yep, even if you’ve only picked up a tunisian hook once or twice, I’ve got you.

We’ll cover the basics like tunisian simple stitch and tunisian knit stitch. From there we’ll move to easy stitches like the full and reverse stitch. By the end of the sampler you’ll be working on tunisian entrelac, cables, and even lace!

And remember, I’ll be right there by your side, crocheting every single stitch with you. So, if you have questions you can always DM on Instagram HERE or send me a FB Message HERE. If all else fails, leave a comment on my YOUTUBE Channel under the video where you’re having a touch of trouble.

The Crochet Along Includes:

  • PRIZES! Every week by posting your progress to Instagram and using #RohnStrongCAL you will be entered into that week’s giveaway! Each week is sponsored by an amazing company, hand picked by me! You must have a public Instagram profile to participate.
  • Community Help! I can’t be everywhere all the time and I sure as heck don’t know everything! That’s why this community is SO great. We’re going to be there to help each other along the way as we learn all these new skills!
  • Support! I’m going to be here to help you every step of the way. I know that sometimes a written pattern and video tutorial doesn’t cut it. So, here’s what else I’m promising during this crochet along:

    1. One FREE Pattern a week each with the directions and tips/tricks you’ll need to complete that weeks blocks! The new posts will go live every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning around 12:00pm EST!
    2. A weekly newsletter that will recap everything we covered in the last week including helpful links and tips.
    3. A Facebook group for any and all questions that you might have! I love my friends in the Rohn Strong Crochet Club. The group is just amazing! I’m always excited to see what everyone is working on. This group is serve as our forum and meeting place during the Tunisian Delight Sampler CAL! I’ll also be posting videos and LIVE Q&A sessions in both the FB Group and on Instagram!

When: May 1, 2020

While we will all start crocheting on May 1, you can hop in at any time! These blog posts won’t ever go away, so even after we’ve ended, you can still sew along…well without the prizes!

Here’s what this CAL Schedule will look like:

April 15: CAL Announcement

CLICK HERE: May 1: CAL Begins – Get those Gauge Swatches DONE!

CLICK HERE: May 4: Week 1 – Blocks 1, 2, and 3

May 11: Week 2 – Blocks 4, 5, and 6

May 18: Week 3 – Blocks 7, 8, and 9

May 25: Week 4 – Seaming and Border!

May 31: CAL Ends

How to Participate

First, sign up for the Rohn Strong Designs newsletter. By doing this, you’ll get updates on the crochet along. After that, it’s totally up to you! But, remember to be eligible for the prizes you must have a public Instagram profile, post a photo, and use the #RohnStrongCAL.


  • Tunisian Delight Sampler Afghan Pattern – Remember, our pattern will be released weekly here on the Blog. You do not have to purchase anything nor do you have to sign up for anything. Just make sure you’re following me on social media and subscribed to my newsletter to know when our new patterns are live!
  • Yarn:
    400 yds of Main Color (I used Cream)
    200 yds of Color A (I used Tan)
    200 yds of Color B (I used Pink
    100 yds of Color C (I used Grey)

    This pattern uses a heavier worsted weight yarn such as Caron One Pound or Red Heart With Love.

    One word of caution. Stay away from Red Heart Soft or Caron Simply Soft. They are just too thin for this project. You want a nice thick heavy worsted weight yarn! Remember to look for the ‘4’ on the yarn label to indicate you’ve got the correct size.
  • 6.5mm Tunisian Crochet Hook

    You will definitely need a tunisian crochet hook for this project. You cannot use a standard crochet hook UNLESS it is an ‘inline’ style hook, meaning it doesn’t have a thumb rest. You’re standard Susan Bates or Clover hooks will not work for this.

    These blocks measure about 9.5″ when finished, which means you really need to have a good size hook. I used a 6.5mm Crochet Hook or a Size US K. I would recommend starting there. If you’re blocks aren’t perfectly 9.5″ That’s okay too! I’ll show you how to fudge it to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck!

    If you need to order a crochet hook, I recommend ordering from my friends at Craft Habit Raleigh! They have a few 6.4mm crochet hooks in stock that are perfect! These are the hooks I use and just LOVE. NOTE: The hook size on the website reads J but it is a 6.4mm crochet hook, which technically makes it a Size K. This is the exact hook I used to crochet these blocks with.
  • 6mm Standard Crochet Hook
  • Basic Crochet Supplies such as a tapestry needle and scissors.

Sponsors & Prizes

Each of these prizes is a minimum value of $50! Remember, the only way to enter each week’s giveaway is to post a picture of your progress using #RohnStrongCAL on Instagram! You must have a public Instagram profile to participate.

Prizes will be awarded at the end of the week around 5:00pm EST. Weekly winners will be picked randomly. More details will be announced in each week’s blog post. The schedule of prices is subject to change.

I am just SO excited to start on this Tunisian Delight Sampler with all of you! It’s going to be a blast and I’m really excited to help you expand those Tunisian Crochet skills! Grab your yarn, get that tunisian crochet hook ready, and let’s get stitchin’! Well…on May 1st. Haha!