Choosing Alternate Colors | Summer Blossom Mandala Crochet Along

The response to my Summer Blossom Mandala Crochet Along announcement has been tremendous! So much so, that we’ve officially bought up all the Wool Ease our friends at Lion Brand Yarn had on their shelves.

Because of that two of the colors in the kit will be out until August! DANG IT! The light blueish color (Stillwater) and maroon color (Rose Heather) will be out until August. So, with that in mind, I thought it would be fun to put together a few different color stories that would look amazing!

A lot of people think that I just have this magical skill of putting colors together but…I don’t. Haha! It’s all pinterest. Have you ever searched, “Color Palette”? It’s so fun to see photos and colors inspired by those photos. It takes all the guess work out of it. So, let’s take a look at some awesome palette’s and the yarn colors associated with them!

If any of these suit your fancy, just click this link here, and adjust the colors listed on that page. Lion Brand will ship the colors right out to you! How cool is that?! Check out the video below:

Grey Floral

A wonderful spring kick that’s a bit unconventional. I absolutely LOVE this color combo.

  1. Charcoal
  2. Succulent
  3. Grey Heather
  4. Cranberry
  5. Blush Heather

Stormy Seas

My personal choice, these hues of blue are perfect for this project.

  1. Denim
  2. Riverside
  3. Succulent
  4. Grey Heather
  5. Icicle

Coffee House

Striking bright’s and deep darks make this palette perfect for stitching up this mandala!

  1. Fisherman
  2. Wheat
  3. Thrush
  4. Nightshade
  5. Riverside

Citrus Spring

A pop of reddish orange truly takes this palette to the next level. Energetic and zippy, I just love Citrus Spring.

  1. Succulent
  2. Tawny Port
  3. Koi
  4. Blush Heather
  5. Thrush

Fisherman

Take monochromatic to the extreme and work the entire mandala in one color. This will allow the texture to SING!

  1. Fisherman

I know it can be really stressful to choose the right colors and put together different colors if you’re not used to it. BUT, I hope the few colorways that I offered give you that bit of excitement you need to crochet this amazing mandala up!

Remember, you can click HERE to grab the pattern or HERE to grab the kit. Just make sure to adjust the colors as in the video above!

Thanks friends!

xoxo

Rohn

TUNISIAN DELIGHT SAMPLER AFGHAN CROCHET ALONG | BLOCK 7, 8, and 9

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 speeding things along and working blocks 7, 8, and 9!

This week we are tackling some next level tunisian stitches! With that in mind, we’re going to stitch up the Tunisian Double Stitch Lace, Tunisian Cable Stitch Patterns, and Tunisian Entrelec!

As always, there is a full video tutorial for each of these blocks 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 3 – May 22: Red Heart Yarns – A yarn filled prize pack valued at $50!

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

Materials

US K/6.5mm Tunisian Crochet Hook
US J/6mm Crochet Hook
Main Color
Color A, B, and C
Scissors

Finished Measurements

Finished Block: 9.5″ by 9.5″

Gauge

12 sts and 12 rows = 4″

Abbreviations

Ch = Chain
FwdP = Forward Pass
RetP = Return Pass
Tss = Tunisian Simple Stitch
Tks = Tunisian Knit Stitch
Trs = Tunisian Reverse Stitch

Pattern Notes

Each block is worked by working your Foundation Row and building from there. Final round of single crochet is worked into row ends, top, and bottom rows.

Tunisian Delight Sampler Afghan Week 3 | Tunisian Cables, Lace

BLOCK 7 PATTERN

With B, Ch 27

Foundation Row:

FwdP: Pull up a loop in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each ch across. (27 loops)

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

Row 1:

FwdP: *Yarn over twice, skip next stitch, insert hook into next stitch as if to do a Tunisian Knit Stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook (3 loops left on hook); rep from * across. (27 loops)

Note: Take care to count the loops on your hook at this point.

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

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: Work 25 sc evenly spaced along each edge of block, placing 3 sc in each corner. (112 sc)

Fasten off.

BLOCK 8 PATTERN

With A, Ch 30

Foundation Row:

FwdP: Pull up a loop in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each ch across.

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

Row 1

FwdP: 2Trs, 6Tks, 3Trs, 6Tks, 3Trs, 6Tks, 2Trs, work last stitch as normal.

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

Rep Row 1 three times more.

Row 5:

FwdP: 2Trs, *(3Tks, slip these three stitches to a stitch holder and hold in front, 3Tks in next three stitches, place stitches on holder back on crochet hook taking care not to twist stitches)**, 3Trs; rep from * twice more ending last rep at **, 2Trs, work final stitch.

RetP: Ch 1, (yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook) 5 times, ch 1, *(yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook) 9 times, ch 1; rep from * once more, (yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook) 5 times.

Rows 6 – 10:

Work as for Row 1.

Rep Rows 5 – 10 three times more.

Final Row

Slip stitch in each stitch across as if you were working a Tunisian Reverse Stitch or Tunisian Knit Stitch. After last slip stitch, ch 1.

Rnd 1: Work 25 sc evenly spaced along each edge of block, placing 3 sc in each corner. (112 sc)

Fasten off.

BLOCK 9 PATTERN

For this pattern you’ll simply need a US K/6.5mm Standard Crochet Hook.

Pattern uses all four colors of Afghan.

FIRST STRIP (uses color A)

Ch 33

First Triangle

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, do not turn.

Note: We’ll work the remaining chains as we work across this first strip. For now, leave these unworked.

Row 2:

FwdP: Draw up loop in left leg of first sc, draw up a loop in next ch (3 loops on hook).

RetP: (Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook) across.

Row 3:

FwdP: 1Tss, draw up a loop in next st and in next ch (4 loops on hook).

RetP: (Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook) across.

Row 4:

FwdP: 2Tss, draw up a loop in next st and in next ch (5 loops on hook).

RetP: (Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook) across.

Row 5:

FwdP: 3Tss, draw up a loop in next st and in next ch (6 loops on hook).

RetP: (Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook) across.

Row 6:

FwdP: 4Tss, draw up a loop in next st and in next ch (7 loops on hook).

RetP: (Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook) across.

Row 7: Sl st loosely in each of the next 5 vertical bars. Sl st in same sp as last st worked. 1 loop should remain on the hook.

First Square

**Row 1: Draw up a loop in each of the next 6 ch and leave on hook, (7 loops on hook).

RetP for all rows: (Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook) across.

Rows 2 – 5: 5Tss, draw up a loop in next ch.

Row 6: Sl st loosely into each of the next 5 vertical bars. Sl st in same ch as last st worked.**

Next Square

Rep from ** to ** as given for first square.

Last Triangle

Row 1: Draw up a loop in each of the next 6 ch (7 loops on hook).

RetP for all rows: (Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook) across.

Row 2: 5 Tss, do not work final stitch.

Row 3: 4Tss.

Row 4: 3Tss.

Row 5:
FwdP: 2Tss.
RetP: Draw through 2 loops, ch 1, fasten off yarn.

SECOND STRIP (Uses Color C)

With RS facing, join next color with a sl st at top corner of First Triangle.

***Row 1

FwdP: Working into Tss on last row of First Triangle, Tss in each of the first 5 vertical bars, draw up a loop in first row end of Square of Previous Strip. (7 Loops on Hook).

RetP for all rows: (Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook) across.

Rows 2 – 5: 5Tss draw up a loop in next row end of Square of Previous Strip.

Row 6: Sl st loosely into each of the next 5 vertical bars. Sl st in top of next square.***

2nd and 3rd Square:

Rep from *** to *** as given for First Square of Second Strip.

Fasten off at end of last Square.

THIRD STRIP (Uses Color B)

First Triangle

With RS facing, join next color with Sl St to same sp where First Square of the previous row started.

Row 1

FwdP: Ch 1, sc in same sp as sl st. Draw up a loop through left leg of first sc. Draw up loop in first row end of First Square on Previous Strip. (3 loops on hook).

RetP for all rows: (Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook) across.

Row 2:

FwdP: 1Tss, draw up a loop in next st and in next row end (4 loops on hook).

RetP: (Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook) across.

Row 3:

FwdP: 2Tss, draw up a loop in next st and in next ch (5 loops on hook).

RetP: (Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook) across.

Row 4:

FwdP: 3Tss, draw up a loop in next st and in next ch (6 loops on hook).

RetP: (Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook) across.

Row 5:

FwdP: 4Tss, draw up a loop in next st and in next ch (7 loops on hook).

RetP: (Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook) across.

Row 6: Sl st loosely in each of the next 5 vertical bars. Sl st in same sp as last st worked. 1 loop should remain on the hook.

First and second Square:

Work as given for First Square of Second Strip.

Last Triangle:

Row 1:

Tss in each of the first 5 sts. Draw up a loop in same sp where last st was made. (7 loops on hook)

Work from **** to ** as given for last Triangle for First Strip.

Fasten off at end of last row.

Repeat Second and Third Stripe once more changing colors as in photo.

Top and Bottom Triangles (uses MC):

These triangles are not traditionally entrelec BUT they do square the block up which is needed for this afghan.

Row 1:

With RS facing, join yarn in upper right hand corner with a Sl st. Ch 1.

FwdP: Working into the tss on last row, 5Tss, draw up loop in next row end of next square.

RetP: Yarn over and draw through 2 loops across to last 3 loops, yarn over and draw through 3 loops.

Row 2:

FwdP: 4Tss, draw up loop in next row end.

RetP: Yarn over and draw through 2 loops across to last 3 loops, yarn over and draw through 3 loops.

Row 3:

FwdP: 3Tss, draw up loop in next row end.

RetP: Yarn over and draw through 2 loops across to last 3 loops, yarn over and draw through 3 loops.

Row 4:

FwdP: 2Tss, draw up loop in next row end.

RetP: Yarn over and draw through 2 loops across to last 3 loops, yarn over and draw through 3 loops.

Row 5:

FwdP: 1Tss, draw up loop in next row end.

RetP: Yarn over and draw through 3 loops.

Sl st in next sl st on top of next square.

You’ll work three of these triangles at both the top and bottom of the block.

Rnd 1: Work 25 sc evenly spaced along each edge of block, placing 3 sc in each corner. (112 sc)

Fasten off.

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!

Tunisian Delight Sampler Afghan | Blocks 1, 2, and 3

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.

Learn all About the Tunisian Delight CAL in this Video:

This week, we’re going to be working blocks 1, 2, and 3!

We’ll begin from the ground up, working our Tunisian Foundation Row covering both the forward pass and the reverse pass. Then we’ll move into learning the Tunisian Simple Stitch, the beginner stitch everyone knows and loves! From there we’ll move on and cover two beginner friendly stitches that build on what we’ve learned so far the Tunisian Knit Stitch and the Tunisian Reverse Stitch.

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

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

You are eligible to win prizes every week by posting your progress to Instagram, following me @rohnstrong, 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.

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.

Tunisian Delight Sampler Afghan

Click HERE to Download a PDF of the Following Pattern!

Materials

US K/6.5mm Tunisian Crochet Hook
US J/6mm Crochet Hook
Main Color
Color A
Scissors

Finished Measurements

Finished Block: 9.5″ by 9.5″

Gauge

12 sts and 12 rows = 4″

Abbreviations

Ch = Chain
FwdP = Forward Pass
RetP = Return Pass
Tss = Tunisian Simple Stitch
Tks = Tunisian Knit Stitch
Trs = Tunisian Reverse Stitch

Pattern Notes

Each block is worked by working your Foundation Row and building from there. Final round of single crochet is worked into row ends, top, and bottom rows.

BLOCK 1 PATTERN

With Color A, Ch 28

Foundation Row:

FwdP: Pull up a loop in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each ch across. (28 loops)

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

Tunisian Simple Stitch

Row 1

FwdP: Working from right to left, (insert hook under next vertical bar, yarn over and pull up a loop) across row to last stitch, to work last stitch, insert hook through stitch as if working a single crochet, pull up a loop. (28 loops)

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

Repeat Row 1 until Block measures 9 inches from beginning chain.

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: Work 25 sc evenly spaced along each edge of block, placing 3 sc in each corner. (112 sc)

Fasten off.

BLOCK 2 PATTERN

With Main Color, Ch 28

Foundation Row:

FwdP: Pull up a loop in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each ch across. (28 loops)

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

Tunisian Knit Stitch

Row 1

FwdP: Working from right to left, (insert hook from front to back between vertical bars, yarn over and pull up a loop) across row. (28 loops)

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

Repeat Row 1 until Block measures 9 inches from beginning chain.

Final Row

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

Rnd 1: Work 25 sc evenly spaced along each edge of block, placing 3 sc in each corner. (112 sc)

Fasten off.

BLOCK 3 PATTERN

With Main Color, Ch 28

Foundation Row:

FwdP: Pull up a loop in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each ch across. (28 loops)

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

Tunisian Reverse Stitch

Row 1

FwdP: Working from right to left and with hook in back, (insert hook through the next vertical bar, yarn over and pull up a loop) across to last stitch, insert hook through stitch as if working a single crochet, pull up a loop. (28 loops)

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

Repeat Row 1 until Block measures 9 inches from beginning chain.

Final Row

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

Rnd 1: Work 25 sc evenly spaced along each edge of block, placing 3 sc in each corner. (112 sc)

Fasten off.

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!

Draper Baby Booties | Free Crochet Pattern

Y’all! It’s time for Free Pattern Friday! When I tell you I had this last minute idea for the actual cutest pair of baby booties…I ain’t lyin!

Here’s the thing about baby booties…I don’t love making them a whole lot. Which, sounds insane coming from the crochet sock king…ya know?

Anyway, I started working up Baby booties a few weeks ago and couldn’t stop! They are just SO fun and SO easy to make. All you need is a handful of yarn, a crochet hook, and about 20 minutes from start to finish!

Easy Peasy…Puddin’ Pie

Baby booties are literally the perfect beginner crochet project. They take about 10 minutes, use up the tiniest bit of yarn, and (in most cases) use just basic stitches.

The Draper Baby Booties use single, half double, and double crochet stitches to shape them for the littlest of little feets!

Two for the Price of One!

You’ll notice in the photos I’ve given two different options for these booties! Little baby blue and cream stripes AND all over brown. Now, of course, you can make these any colors you want but I thought these were just the cutest little combos.

If you want to make a solid pair, simply follow the pattern below but omit the color changes!

Sound good?

Draper Baby Bootie Pattern

Download your PDF of this pattern HERE!

Materials

US H/8 5mm Crochet Hook
25yds Worsted Weight Yarn in Color A
10 yds Worsted Weight Yarn in Color B
Tapestry Needle
Scissors

Finished Measurements:

About 4 inches long

To Fit Size:

Booties will fit newborn to 3 months.

Abbreviations:

Ch = Chain
Dc = Double Crochet
Sc = Single Crochet
Hdc = Half Double Crochet
Sc2tog = Single Crochet 2 Together
Sl st = Slip Stitch

Pattern Notes:

Booties are worked in one piece from bottom of slipper to top in joined rounds.

With A, Ch 8

Rnd 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each of the next 5 ch, 3sc in next ch, working in opposite side of foundation ch, sc in each of the next 5 ch, 2 sc in last ch. Join to first sc with a sl st, do not turn. (16 sc)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2sc in first sc, sc in each of the next 5 sc, 2hdc in each of the next 3 sc, sc in each of the next 5 sc, 2sc in each of the next 2 sc. Join to first sc with a sl st, do not turn. (22 sts)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, 2sc in each of the next 2 sc, sc in each of the next 5 sc, 2dc in each of the next 6 hdc, sc in each of the next 5 sc, 2 sc in each of the last 4 sc. Join to first sc with a sl st, do not turn. (34 sts)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, working in back loops around, sc in each st, change to color B. Join to first sc with a sl st, do not turn. (34 sc)

Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, change to color A. Join to first sc with a sl st, do not turn. (34 sc)

Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in each of the next 9 sc, sc2tog 6 times, sc in each of the next 13 sc, change to color B. Join to first sc with a sl st, do not turn. (28 sc)

Rnd 7: As Rnd 5.

Rnd 8: Ch 1, sc in each of the next 7 sc, sc2tog 6 times, sc in each of the next 9 sc, change to color B. Join to first sc with a sl st, do not turn. (22 sc)

Rnd 9: As Rnd 5.

Rnd 10: Ch 1, sl st in each st around.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

That’s it friends! I mean…how flippin cute are these Easy Striped Baby Booties!? 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!

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.

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!

How?

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!