mummy_stacey, called #crochetmoodblanket2014.
This is exciting folks -- and it looks like it's going to be a lot of fun. The basic idea is that you crochet every day (or every week) of 2014, using colors to reflect your moods. You can do any design you want (most folks are doing some variation on a granny square) -- And you can pick any colors to reflect your moods.
Work-in-process is being shared on Instagram with the #crochetmoodblanket2014 tag and in a Facebook group that has rapidly grown to nearly 3,000 members. In fact, the WIPs are the most exciting part for me -- I'm being blown away daily by all the talented crocheters and finding new patterns I never dreamed of.
For my part, I'm keeping my pattern simple (just a 4-round granny with a SC edging). -- And I'm using Red Heart Designer Sport because somehow, I've managed to accumulate a rather extensive stash of the stuff. My squares are turning out to be about 3.25 inches, but I haven't sat down yet to figure out just how that's going to work into a blanket. I guess you could say that I'm "going where my mood takes me."
Our foreign exchange student, J, has also pledged to do a square a day and has been working really hard to get her grannies perfect. Having only learned to crochet a couple months ago, I'm really proud of her!
Right then... the pattern, if you like:
Round 2: CH 3 (counts as first DC). DC twice more, then CH 2. *Work 3 DC, then CH 2. Repeat from * twice more. Join to 3rd CH in initial CH 3 with SL. (4 DC clusters and 4 CH 2 spaces).
Round 3: CH 4 (counts as first DC and CH 1). *Work 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC, CH 1 in next CH 2 space. repeat from * twice. Work 3 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in remaining CH 2 space. Join to 3rd CH in initial CH 3 with SL. (8 DC clusters).
Round 4: CH 3 (counts as first DC). DC twice more, then CH 1. *Work 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC, CH 1 in CH 2 space. Then, work 3 DC, CH 1 in next CH 1 space. Repeat from * twice. Work 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC, CH 1 in next CH 2 space. finish round by working 2 DC in next CH 1 space and joining o 3rd CH in initial CH 3 with SL. (12 DC clusters).
Round 5: CH 1. SC in same stitch and in each stitch and CH 1 space around, working 4 SC stitches in the corner CH 2 spaces. Join to first SC with SL. (60 SC). FO and weave in ends.
Hope to see you on Instagram and Facebook. Just look for ItsyBitsySpiderCrochet!
-- Almost forgot! If you're looking for something a little more challenging in a granny square pattern, I have a free 10-pattern granny square book available on Ravelry. Enjoy!