Month: January 2016

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VVCAL – Week 6

Welcome to the sixth week of the Vibrant Vintage CAL! (Actual Date: Feb 19, 2016) If you’re just joining in, we’ve made 10 squares so far! Go catch up! 😉 Note: Are you enjoying this CAL? The VVCAL is a FOREVER FREE collection of 33 afghan block patterns including PDF versions, charts, and photo steps, plus mix-and-match joining methods and edging options, as well as endless support via myself, or social media groups. I thought this could be a great opportunity if anyone feels like they can donate to a worthy cause. Someone very close to me is going through stage 4 cancer, while somehow managing to keep up with two toddlers (one newly adopted, and one surprise natural success!). Any amount will help, and each week I will donate 100% of the funds to their GoFundMe page for medical bills. Click here to donate; I genuinely appreciate it! Related Links CAL Main info page – Please read thoroughly for fully-linked weekly schedule, design basics, and color selection Ravelry ebook – All the block patterns so far, with …

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VVCAL – Week 5

Welcome to the fifth week of the Vibrant Vintage CAL! (Actual Date: Feb 12, 2016) If you’re just joining in, we’ve made 8 squares so far! Go catch up! 😉 Note: Are you enjoying this CAL? The VVCAL is a FOREVER FREE collection and I thought this could be a great opportunity if anyone feels like they can donate to a worthy cause. Someone very close to me is going through stage 4 cancer, while somehow managing to keep up with two toddlers (one newly adopted, and one surprise natural success!). Any amount will help, and each week I will donate 100% to their GoFundMe page for medical bills. Click here to donate; I genuinely appreciate it! Related Links CAL Main info page – Please read thoroughly for weekly schedule, design basics, and color selection Ravelry ebook – All the block patterns so far, with printable PDF versions (to save your printer ink, they are almost only text) Find the PDF version as a free Ravelry download here. PDF includes: Full pattern, charted instruction, and a condensed, printable PDF …

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VVCAL – Week 4

Welcome to the fourth week of the Vibrant Vintage CAL! (Actual Date: Feb 5, 2016) If you’re just joining in, we’ve made 6 squares so far! Go catch up! 😉 Note: Are you enjoying this CAL? The VVCAL is a FOREVER FREE collection of 33 afghan block patterns including PDF versions, charts, and photo steps, plus mix-and-match joining methods and edging options, as well as endless support via myself, or social media groups. I thought this could be a great opportunity if anyone feels like they can donate to a worthy cause. Someone very close to me is going through stage 4 cancer, while somehow managing to keep up with two toddlers (one newly adopted, and one surprise natural success!). Any amount will help, and each week I will donate 100% of the funds to their GoFundMe page for medical bills. Click here to donate; I genuinely appreciate it! Related Links CAL Main info page – Please read thoroughly for weekly schedule, design basics, and color selection Ravelry ebook – All the block patterns so far, with …

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SC JAYG – with PLT Join

Let’s celebrate the PLT Join by putting it to good use in our Vibrant Vintage CAL! Today I’m going to show you how to do a regular join-as-you-go method, in case you don’t feel ready to take the Continuous JAYG plunge 🙂 If you are feeling adventurous or are already familiar with the CJAYG, then wait for that post! I do recommend the continuous join. Only a few ends to weave in (versus 2 per square), and adds great integrity to the piece since it forms kind of a “net” of stability. I will be using the CJAYG version for my piece, and I’ll show it on the Joining post when we get there. If you’re making squares ahead of time (you’ve edged all your squares in DC), and you want to start joining, then go ahead! Enjoy! 🙂 SC Join-As-You-Go – featuring PLT Join Work first motif complete: Start by joining yarn with a slip stitch in any corner DC. All in same stitch: (SC, Chain 2, SC) – corner made SC in all …

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PLT Join

Update!! Instagram user (and crochet friend!) @StitchGwen has made an excellent mini demo video of this join on her feed – go check it out! Her motions are exactly how I do it, so two thumbs up! IG StitchGwen PLT demo link See all of the projects where I’ve used PLT join HERE – over 100 blankets! What can I say about this join? When I started to teach myself crochet as a way to pass the time in college, I came across the work of Priscilla Hewitt. Often, I refer to her as my Crochet Idol, because her methods really intrigued me. I loved that her patterns were so innovative and complex, and I wanted to use them as a springboard into my own spin on the craft. Through working some of Priscilla’s patterns, I developed the PLT (or Pull Loop Through Join. Back then I didn’t have a name for it, and the closest I could come to describing it to everyone who asked was that it’s “like a flat braid join, but …