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Spring is well under way, and I really need to ask an important question. Have you started your spring cleaning yet? I know, at least for me, that winter gets me so comfortable snuggled up under a nice, warm crocheted blanket, watching Netflix, a nice glass of blackberry wine in one hand and a hook in the other. That's where I like to be. But now that the sun has come out and warm breezes have
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MoCrochet by Melinda - 1M ago
Happy April Fool's Day to everyone! 

Yes, I'm actually celebrating this fun little occasion. Not because of all the pranks and hoaxes that are involved (although that's reason enough in itself), but because it's my 16th wedding anniversary. Woohoo!!!  

How in the world did this happen you say? Why would anyone get married on such a day? It's no joke. We met on April 1, 2012 and tied the knot exactly one year later - to the day. No jokes. No hoaxes. No funny business. Just a beautiful outdoor garden wedding, and lovely classical guitar music.

This year, I celebrate in my own special way - and that, of course, involves yarn and hook. So when I had the opportunity to design an afghan block for Julie Yeager's Block-a-Week CAL, I grabbed this date right away. It's about time that I dedicate something special to my very own April Fool. After all, he is my biggest fan/critic/enabler. Craig cautiously went along with my plan, and even chose colors - teal is his favorite. 

So - Happy Anniversary to us!  I present to you an afghan block fit for a king - or at least the court jester. :)


*This design has been hubby approved. 



My April Fool

12” Afghan Block

Designed by: Melinda Miller



© 2019 Melinda Miller – All rights reserved                


MATERIALS: 
ANY WORSTED WEIGHT YARN
I USED HOBBY LOBBY I LOVE THIS YARN

A: Mint Lace
B: Linen
C: Teal
        
CROCHET HOOK SIZE I / 5.5 mm
TAPESTRY NEEDLE
SIZE: 12” X 12”

ABBREVIATIONS:
Bef = before
Beg = beginning
BL = back loop
Ch/s = chain/s
Cont = continue
Dc= double crochet
Foll = following
Hdc = half double crochet
Hk = hook
Lp/s = loop/s
Prev = previous
Rep = repeat
Rnd = round
Sc = single crochet
Sk = skip/skipped
Sl St = slip stitch
Sp/s = space/s
St/s = stitch/es
Tr = treble crochet
Yo = yarn over

SPECIAL STITCHES:
Begpc (Beginning Popcorn): Ch 3, 4 dc in same st, drop lp from hk, insert hk from front to back through 3rd ch of beg ch-3, place dropped lp on hk and pull through.
Bpsc (back post single crochet): Insert hk from back to front and to back again around post of st indicated, yo and pull up a lp, complete as regular sc.
Dc2tog: Yo, insert hk in next st, yo and pull up lp, yo and draw through 2 lps, (2 lps on hk), rep into next st until 3 lps on hk, yo and draw through all lps on hk. Count as 1 dc.
Fpdc (front post double crochet): Yo and insert hk from front to back and to front again around post of st indicated, yo and pull up a lp, complete as regular dc.
Fphdc (front post half double crochet ): Yo and insert hk from front to back and to front again around post of st indicated, yo and pull up a lp, yo and draw through all 3 lps on hk.
Fpsc (front post single crochet): Insert hk from front to back and to front again around post of st indicated, yo and pull up a lp, complete as regular sc.
Pc (Popcorn): Work 5 dc in same st, drop lp from hk, insert hk from front to back through top of first st made, place dropped lp on hk and pull through st.

NOTES:

1. If you stitch with loose tension, you may want to go down a hook size.
2. When ending Rnds, always join with a sl st to top of beg ch or to beg st.
3. When joining a new color to the prev Rnd, either join in the exact location indicated or to a mirror stitch.
4. Ch-3 at beg of round only counts as a dc when indicated. Feel free to replace the beg ch-3/ch-2 with the dc/hdc of choice.

INSTRUCTIONS

With A make a magic ring, or ch 5 and join into a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3 (count as dc), 11 dc in ring, join. (12 dc)

Rnd 2: Ch 3 (count as dc), 3 dc in next st, dc in next st, ch 4, (dc in next st, 3 dc in next st, dc in next st, ch 4) 3 times, join. Finish off. (20 dc, 4 ch-4)

Rnd 3: Join B with sl st to 3rd dc of any 5-dc group, [ch 3, 9 dc in next ch-4 sp, ch 3, sl st in 3rd dc of next 5-dc group] 4 times placing last sl st in same dc as first. Finish off.
(36 dc, 4 sl st, 8 ch-3)

Rnd 4: Join C with sl st in same dc as any Rnd 3 sl st, begpc in same st, [ch 2, bpsc in next 9 dc, ch 2, pc in same dc as next sl st] around omitting last pc, join. Finish off.
(4 pc, 36 bpsc, 8 ch-2)

Rnd 5: Join A with sc in ch-2 sp foll any pc, [hdc in next 3 bpsc, dc in next bpsc,
(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next bpsc, dc in next bpsc, hdc in next 3 bpsc, sc in next ch-2 sp,
ch 1, sk next pc, sc in next ch-2 sp] around omitting last sc, join. Finish off.
(Per side - 6 dc, 6 hdc, 2 sc, 1 ch-1, ch-2 for each corner)






Rnd 6: Join C with sc to first st fol any corner ch-2 sp, sc in next 6 sts,
[fpdc around top of next pc directly below, sc in next 7 sts, (sc, hdc, sc) in next ch-2 sp, sc in next 7 sts] around omitting last 7 sc, join. Finish off. (Per side - 16 sc, 1 fpdc, 1 hdc for each corner)

Rnd 7: Working in BL, join B with sc to any corner hdc, (hdc, sc) in same st, [sc in next 4 sts, sk next 4 sts, 11 tr in next st, sk next 4 sts, sc in next 4 sts, (sc, hdc, sc) in next st] around omitting last (sc, hdc, sc), join. Finish off. (Per side - 11 tr, 10 sc, 1 hdc for each corner)

Rnd 8: Working in BL, join C with sl st to any corner hdc, ch 2 (count as hdc), (hdc,
 ch 1, 2 hdc) in same st, [hdc in next 5 sts, bpsc in next 11 tr, hdc in next 5 sts, (2 hdc, ch 1, 2 hdc) in next corner hdc] around omitting last (2 hdc, ch 1, 2 hdc) join. Finish off. 
(Per side - 14 hdc, 11 bpsc, ch-1 for each corner)

Rnd 9: Working in BL, join A with sc to 5th st foll any corner ch-1, [ch 1, sk next
2 sts, (pc in next bpsc, ch 2, sk next bpsc) 5 times, pc in next bpsc, ch 2, sk next 2 sts, sc in next st, ch 5, sk next (4 hdc, ch-1, 4 hdc), sc in next st placing the ch-5 behind corner] around omitting last sc, join. Finish off. (Per side - 6 pc, 2 sc, 1 ch-5, 1 ch-1, 6 ch-2)



Rnd 10: Join B with sc to any ch-5 sp behind Rnd 8 corner, 4 sc in same sp, [sc in next sc, hdc in next ch-1 sp, fphdc around top of next pc, (dc in next ch-2 sp, fpdc around top of next pc) twice, (2 tr, ch 1, 2 tr) in next ch-2 sp, (fpdc around top of next pc, dc in next ch-2 sp) twice, fphdc around top of next pc, hdc in next ch-2 sp, sc in next sc, 5 sc in next ch-5 sp] around omitting last 5 sc, join. (Per side - 23 sts, ch-1 for each corner)

Rnd 11: Ch 3 (count as dc), dc in next 13 sts, [(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-1 sp, dc in next 23 sts] around omitting last 14 dc, join. (Per side - 27 dc, ch-2 for each corner)

Rnd 12: [Ch 3, sk next st, pc in next st, ch 3, sk next st, sl st in next st, sc in next 11 sts, (sc, hdc, sc) in next ch-2 sp, sc in next 11 sts, sl st in next st] around placing last sl st in join. Finish off. (Per side - 24 sc, 2 sl st, 2 ch-3, 1 pc, 1 hdc for each corner)

Rnd 13:Join C with sc to the first sc foll any corner hdc, sc in next sc, [hdc in next sc, dc in next sc, tr in next sc, (2 tr in next sc) twice, (tr in next sc) twice, dc in next sc, hdc in next sc, sc in next sc, tr in Rnd 8 ch-1 sp directly below, sc in ch-3 sp bef next pc, fpsc around top of same pc, sc in ch-3 sp foll same pc, tr in same Rnd 8 ch-1 sp, sk next sl st, sc in next sc, hdc in next sc, dc in next sc, (tr in next sc) twice, (2 tr in next sc) twice, tr in next sc, dc in next sc, hdc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, (sc, hdc, sc) in next corner hdc, sc in next 2 sc] around omitting last 2 sc, join. Finish off. (Per side – 35 sts, 1 hdc for each corner)





Rnd 14: Working in BL, join A with sl st to any fpsc above a pc, ch 3 (count as dc), dc in next 2 sts, [dc2tog, dc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next 5 sts, hdc in next st, dc2tog, tr in next 3 sts, (2 tr, ch 1, 2 tr) in next corner hdc, tr in next 3 sts, dc2tog, hdc in next st, sc in next 5 sts, hdc in next st, dc in next st, dc2tog, dc in next 5 sts (3rd dc is worked into the fpsc directly above the pc)] around omitting last 3 dc, join. (Per side – 35 sts, ch-1 for each corner)

Rnd 15: Ch 2 (count as hdc), hdc in next 17 sts, [(2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in next ch-1 sp, hdc in next 35 sts] around omitting last 18 hdc, join. Finish off. (Per side - 39 hdc, 1 ch-2 for each corner)

Stop here – or cont on for size/st count.




Rnd 16:Join C with sc to first hdc bef any ch-2 corner ch-2 sp, place 1 sc in each hdc around, and (1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 sc) in each ch-2 sp , join with sl st or invisible join to beg sc. Finish off. (Per side – 41 sc, 1 hdc for each corner)





Weave in all ends, block.

© 2019 Melinda Miller – All rights reserved                

 

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MoCrochet by Melinda - 4M ago
I know I'm a little bit late on this design - thank you all for your patience. It was due to be published on the first day of winter, December 21, 2018. Unfortunately - or maybe fortunately, depends on how you look at it - I moved over the holidays and just couldn't publish on schedule. I was without internet for a couple of weeks before everything got settled in my new place. And BTW - I looooove my new place. I'm much closer to my 82 yr. old mom and my kids and grands. It's such a cozy place, and I'm still working on getting things organized and set up the way I want.

So let's get to my final shawl design for the Poetic Shawls Collection. This is a unique shape - I think a half hexagon. Love the way the stitches reflect snowflakes or frosted windows. I chose a yarn color that really represents the winter theme, and of course, I used Cascade Yarns as with all the four shawls.



Size after blocking: 
Wingspan - 48"
Depth - 28"

Yarn:
Cascade Sarasota
Color 15 - Ultramarine
Need 2 hanks
Per hank: 314 yds.

Hook size: H/5.0mm
Tapestry Needle


As with the previous 3 shawls, this design is inspired by a poem. Here's one of my favorite poets, Sara Teasdale. I really love her writing. I hope you get inspired by it also.


This poem is in the public domain.

The pattern is offered for FREE through end of day on January 15, 2019 CST. In the spirit of goodwill, please DO NOT SHARE coupon codes anywhere online, or by word of mouth. Anyone who wants to join the CAL for free will need to visit this website to obtain discount codes. Feel free to share this post and direct your friends here. I love for everyone to CAL with me and free is the best way!
Did you miss the free offer? No need to fret. I'm offering another discount for the duration of the CAL. Not quite free - but still a great deal for a fun CAL.
Remember - don't share ANY coupon codes, just share this post.
January 12 - 15, 2019: FREE with code winterfree.
January 16 - 31, 2019: 50% off with code winter50.
Thereafter is full price of $4.98. 
E-BOOK DEAL
Would you like to have ALL FOUR shawl patterns in this series for one special price? I’m offering the Ebook – Poetic Shawls – for only $9.98 USD. The E-book contains all four shawl patterns - Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.
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