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


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!



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!


  • 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.


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!

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!


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

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

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!


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.