Summer Blossom Mandala – Week 8

It is here friends! Our last rounds on this giant mandala! We only have three rounds to focus on and, while there are a number of stitches to worry about, it’s pretty smooth sailing at this point!

Last Rounds:


Rnd 1: Join Color A in marked st, ch 3 (counts as first dc), tr in next ch sp, tr4tog in last two sts of current scallop and first two sts of next scallop, *tr in next ch sp, dc in each of the next 4 sts, hdc in each of the next 33 sts, dc in each of the next 4 sts**, tr in next ch sp, tr4tog; rep from * around ending last rep at **, join to beg ch-3 with a sl st. Fasten off. 


Rnd 2: Join Color C with a sl st in same st as join, ch 2, fpdc around post of same st as join, *sk next tr4tog, fpdc around post of next st, (sk next st, fpdc around post of next st) twice, hdc in each of the next 4 sts, working in 3rd loop of hdc on Rnd 1, sc in each of the next 25 sts, hdc in each of the next 4 sts, (fpdc around post of the next st, sk next st) twice**, fpdc around post of next st; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join to first fpdc with a sl st. Fasten off. 


Rnd 3: Join Color B in fpdc one stitch to the right of join, *dc4tog, dc in next st, hdc in each of the next 4 sts, working behind last two rounds, (dc in next 2 dc on Row 8 of Scallop, sk 2 sts on current rnd, sc in each of the next 2 sts) six times, dc in next 2 dc on Row 8 of Scallop, sk 1 st on current round, hdc in each of the next four sts, dc in next st; rep from * around, join to first dc4tog with a sl st. Fasten off. 

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

Summer Blossom Throw – Week 7

Hey all! I’m so excited to jump right on in and get stitching this gorgeous mandala! A quick reminder, this is the free version of the pattern and DOES NOT INCLUDE the PDF pattern. You can purchase the PDF pattern HERE or the Yarn Kit from Lion Brand Yarn HERE, both of which include the pdf pattern.

Scallop Edging


Repeat 21 times. 


Scalloped border is worked in rows, each scallop is worked individually. Weave in ends at the end of each scallop. Final border rounds are worked after all scalloped are complete. Also, sometimes stitch counts can get off, that’s okay. Adjusting the scallops by moving slip stitches will ensure all the scallops fit if needed. Don’t worry! I did it on my sample too!


Row 1: with RS facing, join Color B in any st around, ch 6, sk next 5 sts, sl st to next sc, ch 1, sk next sc, sl st in next sc, turn. 


Row 2 (WS): Work 12 dc in ch-6 sp from Row 1, sk next sc on Rnd 47, sl st in next sc, ch 1, sk next sc, sl st in next sc, turn. (12 dc)


Row 3 (RS): Dc in first dc, *ch 2, dc in next dc; rep from * across, sk next sc on Rnd 47, sl st in next sc, ch 1, sk next sc, sl st in next sc, turn. (12 dc, 12 ch-2 sps)


Row 4 (WS): Dc in first dc, *2dc in next ch-2 sp, dc in next dc; rep from * across, sk next sc on Rnd 47, sl st in next sc. Fasten off. (36 dc)


Row 5 (RS): Join Color A with a sl st in next sc on Rnd 47, *Fptr around post of next dc on Row 3, sk st behind fptr just made, sc in next 2 dc (the dc in the previous ch-2 sp); rep from * across, ending with a fptr around the post of the past dc on Row 3, sl st in next sc on Rnd 47. Fasten off. (12 Fptr, 24 sc)


Row 6 (RS): Join Color C with a sl st in next sc on Rnd 47 (one stitch to the right of Row 5), *sc in next fptr, fpdc around posts of next 2 dc; rep from * around to last st, sc in last fptr, sl st in next sc on Rnd 47. Fasten off. (12 sc, 24 fpdc)


Row 7 (RS): Join Color D with sl st in next sc on Rnd 47 (one stitch to the right of Row 6), *3Fpdc around post of fptr from Row 5, rep from * across, sl st in next sc on Rnd 47. Fasten off. (36 fpdc)

Row 8 (RS): Join Color E with a sl st in next sc on Rnd 47 (one stitch to the right of Row 7), sc in next 2 fpdc, *sk next st, fpdc around post of next 2fpdc from Row 6, sk next st, sc in next fpdc; rep from * across to last 2 sts, sc in each of the last fpdc, sl st in next sc on Rnd 47. Fasten off.


Row 9 (RS): Join Color D with a sl st in next sc on Rnd 47 (one stitch to the right of Row 8), fpdc around post of next 2 fpdc on Row 7, *ch 1, fpdc2tog around posts of last and first fpdc of 3-dc groups on Row 7, ch 1, fpdc around post of next fpdc on Row 7; rep from * around to ast two fpdc, fpdc around post of next 2 fpdc. Fasten off. 


Place a marker on last fpdc2tog worked on Row 9. 

Skip 11 stitches and rep Rows 1-7 again.

 

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!

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!