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Welcome to the Sampler Afghan Crochet-Along!

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Welcome to the Sampler Afghan Crochet-Along!

Crochet Sampler worked in Lion Organic Cotton

For the first Lion Brand crochet-along we gave you the opportunity to vote for one of three patterns. You’ve chosen the Crochet Sampler Afghan (click the name for the pattern), so it’s time to grab our hooks and jump on in! Depending on your level of experience there are a variety of challenges this simple project can offer.

For some, it’s the task of completing an entire blanket. Myself included! I often stick with smaller projects simply to better guarantee the chances I’ll finish. So I’m starting this CAL off with the vow that I will complete one Sampler Blanket by the end of our time together. Eep! You’ll have to help me stick to my promise! Luckily the pattern works up in simple blocks that can be taken in small steps and before we know it we have an entire blanket. And just in time for crisp fall nights!

For others the challenge may be learning to crochet. And this is a fine project to start with. If you are completely new to crochet, you can start off with the single crochet blocks and by the time you’ve finished them you’ll be ready to take on the double crochet blocks and then the cluster blocks. Don’t forget, the Learning Center is available to help you out.

We have many of you excited (or a bit nervous and certainly curious) about giving pattern reading a try. I can talk on this in more detail next week. For now I’ll simply say what you’ve likely heard already, reading a pattern is just like reading a recipe. Simply take it step by step and whenever you don’t understand the next step take a moment to look it up or ask questions. It will start making sense in no time!

Crochet Sampler AfghanAnd there are plenty more ways to find a challenge in this project. I have personally always had a hard time following a pattern to the letter and can’t resist encouraging others to color outside the lines if they wish. So in that vein there will be plenty of discussion about choosing yarns, resizing the blanket, and yes some more complicated stitch patterns if you want to add some different textures to your blanket.

So let’s get started! What kind of challenge do you want to take on with your Crochet Sampler Afghan? Pick your yarn and grab a hook!

The CAL starts now and I’m aiming to finish my afghan in about 6 weeks, but you can start when you’re ready and work at your own pace!

In the next CAL post I’ll talk about working with the pattern, choosing yarn, and I’ll share the simple changes I made for a doll sized version of the Crochet Sampler.

I’ll be posting about once a week. If you have any questions about how to participate in a crochet-along, check out these tips from this summer’s knit-along right here. If you use Flickr or Ravelry, don’t forget to join the Lion Brand Crochet Sampler Afghan CAL groups!

In the meantime, leave a comment and introduce yourself! What’s your skill level? What do you like to make? What are you most looking forward to for the CAL?

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  • I’m Tonka and I’m still trying to decide if I want to do this, because I’m working on about 4 blankets right now and I don’t know if I can pick up another one, especially one I’m not all too excited about. Maybe if I find a yarn and a color that I really like, I’ll give it a shot, but right now, I’m still trying to figure it out. We’ll see what I decide next time I go out for yarn.

    Aside from that, I’d say I’m at an intermediate level, perhaps advanced if I really try, but I seem to pick easier patterns because I like getting things done, and I don’t often have much time. Lately I’ve been making a lot of blankets and toys, but that’s not all I like. I haven’t trusted myself to make clothes yet, so that’s on my list at some point. If I do the CAL, I think the best part will be seeing how my project moves along compared to others and having other people to go to if I get lost at any point.

  • I’m barely more than a beginner, meaning that I do know some basic stitches and have made a few very simple projects (a baby afghan and a couple of hats) and lots of swatches, but I’m ready to grow my skills by moving on to more challenges. I’ll be looking to others for some guidance along the way because I’m sure I’ll get stuck. With school getting back into gear for my kids, I’m not sure if I’ll have more or less time – I’m expecting more as I sit and wait in the car, crochet sampler in hand, but maybe things will be moving along more efficiently than I expect with their schedules and I’ll fall far behind on this project. I’m excited to see everyone’s progress and hope I can keep up! I definitely think this is a great project for beginners – just taking things one baby step block at a time to learn a new pattern – thanks for hosting this!

  • Ilearned to crochet at an early age, 11, because my mother used to crochet a lot, and I wanted to learn. Later, I took up knittng, and have not croched for quite awhile. I thought this would be a excellent opportunity for me to polish my skills. I am looking forward to the chalenge.

  • I’m looking forward to the doll afghan adaptations. Sounds like a Christmas present for one of the grandgirls. Right now I’m in the middle of some knitting projects, but they will be done or laid aside in a few weeks, so it’s a good time to start something new.

  • I taught myself to crochet, so I would call myself a proficient beginner. I have just recently started knitting and crochet again after failing to complete a baby jumper 3 years ago. He grew too quick!
    I’m looking forward to the idea that lots of other people will be working on the blanket at the same time as me. Good incentive to keep going, lol.

  • I’m Vanessa. I had over 20 years of crochet experience and am looking forward to working on this Afghan. My son has been asking me to make another one for him so I guess he’ll get this one… maybe.

  • This sounds like a fun project. I love learning new patterns and making different things. I just started to crochet this past December after breaking my foot. Now I love it! I have 2 young children and my third baby will be born any day now. So there won’t be as much time to crochet, but I’ll squeeze it in somehow. Until now I thought an afghan would be too big a project for me, but maybe I can do this since it’s one block at a time.

  • I’m excited about the CAL. I’m sort of an intermediate. I already have a big stash of yarn. It’s just a matter of choosing my colors. I’m ready for the challenge. In fact I think when this project is finished, I may give it to someone for a Christmas gift.

  • I’m an intermediate. I am trying tunisian crochet right now, and am struggling. This is will be a good break between learning sessions. I really love the idea of others working at the same time.

  • Hello! I’m a beginner who’s looking forward to learning how to read a pattern, so this should be pretty interesting! Thanks for such an awesomely informative blog!

  • I just saw the blog for the CAL and cannot wait to get started. I am an intermediate crocheter. I have made lots of afghans mainly as gifts and have about three or four projects in that have not been completed yet. I was taught to crochet by my sister and had stopped for some time until my closets friend and I decided that we wanted to start making Christmas gifts. I would like to make a sweater for myself and have found some really nice patterns. I am a member of a crochet group and between them and the Lion Brand CAL I hope to receive even more inspiration and motivation.

  • Hi! I’m Leigh Ann, and I think I’m an advanced beginner. I’ve only been crocheting for less than a year, but I’ve been unable to put down my hook since I started. I’ve done blankets for all of my kids, tons of baby hats for donation, and most recently I made a backpack for my daughter to use at school. We are building a house, which we plan to be in around Christmas, and this blanket will be the perfect Christmas gift to myself. That’s different…making something for myself!

  • I am considering this because it might help me learn more stitches. I like having projects that I can start and finish pretty quickly which means I limit myself to baby blankets and scarfs! I was going to attempt a hat so maybe I will try the various blocks.

  • I’ve gotten picky in my old age. I DETEST directions that say to “SEW blocks together”. I have never done so, because I’ve seen too many otherwise lovely afghans hanging out to dry … and falling apart along the whipstitched seams. Sad. I find any kind of crocheted joining far preferable, even for my knitted afghans. After all the time invested in creating a warm, cuddly afghan, I really want it to last! When I saw the announcement of a crochet-along, I had hoped there would be a new method of joining the squares. I’m disappointed.

  • I love to crochet. I would consider myself an intermediate level hooker. This Summer I’ve been crocheting market bags and small purses using Lion Brand cotton yarn. I like projects I can take with me. This will be fun. I’m planning on using Vanna’s Choice or Wool Ease. I can’t wait to go shopping. A “P” size hook sounds a bit large. I am most comfortable using an “I” size hook.

  • I;m about a Intermediate crochet person and have a problem also following patterns I;m looking foward to working on this project to learn knew skilss.

  • Hi! This sounds fun. I have very little crochet experience. I’d like to this CAL and actually finish a project for once.

  • Ok new question, are we supposed to start this now? Now and are the check in points like by the end of X amount of time you should have your 10 blocks of pattern A done?

  • I learned to crochet while working in a call center. It was a tremendous stress-reliever! A girl who sat next to me taught me. However, all she knew how to do was crochet giant square things. It disturbed her greatly when I taught myself how to make hats and read patterns after only about a month of crocheting! Since having a baby, I haven’t had much time to crochet, but this sounds like a great way to start up again.

  • I am very excited to participate in the CAL. My family and I just made a cross-country move and I’ve started a new job working from home. My day now ends about 2 hours earlier than before and I’ve been thinking about starting a new project…I already have two underway!

  • Hi. My name is Amber, I’ve been crocheting for 10.5 years now (started when I was preggers with my first child. I tend to make lots of things to give away, ranging from ornament covers to ponchos and blankets. I’m looking forward to starting a project that many others will be working on as well and seeing/hearing how everyone’s turns out.

  • I’m looking forward to participating in this CAL. I guess I would categorize myself as ‘experienced’. I’ve been crocheting since I was a little girl. I’m never without a few projects in the works. I’ve even taught a few of my friends to crochet.

  • Hi, my name is Donna, I’ve crochet for 30 years, a friend taught me, then I taught the rest to myself.. I’m slow, never did pick up any speed..? I watched a lady crocheting at a doctors office and was amazed at how quickly she could do a stitch, so I’m going to give this a try,, I haven’d made many things with a treble stitch..
    gonna give it a try!

  • Hi! My name is Debbie and I have been crocheting since I have been a teen. My Mom taught me and I have taught my two girls. I enjoy making all kinds of things – from sweaters to afgans. I am teaching myself to knit right now – but I can crochet faster than I knit. I think that this will be a fun project.

  • Im really going to try and work on this one. I usually make afghans for others and never for me so this one will be for hubby and I:)
    Im thinking of doing each square a differant color what do you all think?
    Happy crocheting!

  • Hey everyone my name is Ronda and I am very excited about this CAL. I enjoy learning new stitches and small blocks are a perfect way. I love texture! Crocheting since the seventy I guess I would be an intermidate crocheter. These days I make things for my grandchildren. This project will complete my goal of making an afghan for each of my three sister this year for Christmas. I think I am going to look thru my stash and make a multi-color afghan. WooHoo let’s get started.

  • hi, i taught my self to crochet about five years ago to help control my aniety. i am about a intermediate. i am looking forward to cal.

  • Hello fellow crocheters, I have crocheted various projects from an afghan to pin cushions and hats but still consider myself an intermediate crocheter. I also knit and switch back and forth for a variety. I want to make this afghan in different colors and plan on giving it to my mother. She has alzhimers and spends part of the week at an adult foster care facility. I think it would make her room a little more like home since I plan on making it from her stash. She can still knit a simple dishcloth but has quite the stash of knitted worsted. I encourage her to knit every day hoping she will retain that skill to help her cope with her ever changing world.
    When do we start and how many colors are other people using. I think I would like to crochet the squares together, I don’t like to sew anything! What does anyone think of single crochet together squares with one color and make a border around the whole blanket with the same color?

  • High to all. My name is Di. I crochet afghans (mostly double stitches). I would like to try some new patterns. Sad to say but I have forgotten how to do granny blocks

  • I enjoy crocheting, it is so relaxing. I forwarded the square pattern to my sister. She like crocheting also.

  • I have been crocheting since 1971 and I enjoy it. I love making afghans and love being in contact with other crocheters. This is my first crochet along and I cannot wait to get started. I make afghans for Project Linus, my family reunion, the veterans and for a women’s shelter. Thanks for coming up with this project.

  • I learned to crochet when pregnant with my first child and had nothing to do but sit around my apartment in the winter (24 years ago) and I haven’t had a chance to stop since. I actually own 3 of the hundreds of afghans I have made. I make hats “flying blind” with no pattern, I just start stitching and see what turns out. I work 2 jobs so don’t have much time to crochet anymore but an currently starting another afghan for a benefit auction for a co-worker’s niece born with medical problems. I finished the baby sized one in about 1 1/2 weeks and have just 2 1/2 weeks to complete the one that measures about the same as this CAL. After reading the pattern, I’m thinking I can make this during my lunch hour (15 minutes to eat and 45 minutes to crochet) and have it done before Thanksgiving. I’ll be using regular 4 ply yarn since I don’t do well working with the wool yarns and my H hook but will make my stitches to gauge. (I learned with a 00 hook and made any pattern set in front of me with that one hook – imagine my surprise when I tried different sized hooks and how much easier it was to get the stitches the right size!) After I get at least 1 of each square made I’m going to give a copy of the pattern to a friend of mine who wants to learn to crochet. These are great for beginners to be able to place the stitch – once you can place a stitch and can read a pattern the things you can make are endless! Each pattern will be a different shade of one color (browns, greens and blues – I guess I’ll be making more than 1 blanket!)

  • Hi I’m recently retired and I have lots of yarn and a lot of free time. I’m working on some baby gifts at the moment and will probably make this afghan, in really brght colors, for my daughter at college.(I hear we’re in for a really cold winter in the northeast)

  • I think I’m going to give this a try as well. Like Jessica-Jean said earlier, I don’t like patterns where you have to sew blocks together. I made all the blocks for an afghan years ago, and they are sitting in a bag waiting patiently for me to tackle completing it. Hopefully that won’t be the case with this one! Now if the price of yarn would just drop…

  • I taught myself to crochet about 30 years ago. Now, many afghans and baby sets later, I still enjoy it along with knitting. It is a great pastime, not to mention creating something beautiful.

    Even though I feel the same with Jessica-Jean about sewing the blocks together because they never seem to stay together after a few washings, I may try to CAL with this.

  • I taught myself to crochet a number of years ago but I haven’t done anything in quite awhile. I went back to work after 25 years so I haven’t had much time. I’m excited about starting again. Not a beginner but not intermediate either….in the middle I guess!!

  • I’m also recently retired (love it!) and am indulging in activities that previously I only managed to squeeze into some spare moments. I’m about a beginner to intermediate crocheter and I think I’d like to try this afghan, it’s really pretty, I like the combination of patterns.

  • My mother tought me how to crochet when I was 8 years old, so I do o.k. I think I’m going to make this blanket, my boyfriends 69 year old mother has always wanted to learn to crochet so I think this will be a good project for the two of us.

  • Hi I’m not sure what to classify my skill level at. I’ve been doing my own pattern for my Prayer Shawl Ministry the past 3yrs.I’ve learned alot about Prayers and myself.My pattern is simple so I can execute it in bible study and worship with out distraction. I learned to crochet as a girl from my Grandma DeGroft but never seemed to finish things til I came on the prayer shawl web site fron the lion site and My freind (sister in Christ) Brooke had cancer and to day 3yrs and 40 shawls here I am. If I do the CAL I’ll be praying and the finished Afgan will be in an auction that raises fund for our church youth to make the New Orleans ELCA lutheran youth convention next Summer. Oh by the way I pray while I do all kinds of things Cooking, baking sewing I’ve developed the praying without stopping in this process.I’m alittle intimidated at the intermediate Skill level but maybe I’m up to the challenge.I’m still praying on it.

  • Hi all…My name is Gail. I’m a basket weaver most days…but this CAL caught my eye. I usually design baskets with lots of texture so I can’t wait to learn new techniques and stitches that are in this Afghan. I love the fact that this is only one square at a time. It will be a challenge but I know that we will help and encourage each other to get to the next step. I’m a little more than a new beginner…certainaly not intermediate. I look forward to this challenge.

  • Ok, ok, here I go again… another project! I have been crocheting for many many years.A previous post said she hated to “sew squares together” I agree, but the beauty of being more than a novice is we know how to do it differently, I am excited about this becuase my new daugther in law wants me to teach her how to crochet!, (yea new generation, and my grandaughter as well) so, I think I will join in and make this with you guys and them. Someone mentioned different colors, my thoughts exactly, looking forward to keeping up this and the incentive I need to finish an afghan for my daughter who has begged me for a new one.

  • Which pattern book is this. I wasn’t in on the voting so this is all new; but…might like to give it a go. I’m a long time crocheter…with tons of pattersn that I rarely use. I cook the same way, sorta jump in.

    I’m on Ravelry, so will look around there for the group as well.

    Neat though that this is being organized. It’s like exercising with a partner…you’re more willing and likely to follow through.


  • My mother taught me to crochet. first project, a very long chain, that made many light bulb,and window blind pulls, next a doll cape and I was hooked. Am an intermediate crocheter, but like to try different stitches. Thanks for offering this project. At this point in time, I am crocheting doll dresses, afghans, and my winter hats.

  • Hi! I have been a crocheter since childhood. I would put my skill level at advanced. I have made everything from afghans to doilies, filet crochet to sweaters, etc.
    I also taught myself to knit about 4 years ago, and have become enamoured with it. But crochet has a special place in my crafty little heart. This CAL will be the first for me, and think it will be fun.
    I am excited to see all the people who consider themselves new to crochet. And any assistance that I can give would be my pleasure.
    I will probably not make this out of the wool, to scratchy for my taste. Will probably use Vanna’s Choice or a cotton. Different colors for the blocks sounds good to me too. Happy crocheting!

  • Wow, I found this CAL at just the right time. The sampler afghan is pretty but I’m going to do it in chocolate, I think.

    I’m an intermediate crocheter who has been hooking for 42 years off & on since my grandmother taught me at age 5. She was left handed and had me sit looking at her and copying her like a mirror image. She made the most intricate lace doilies out of the very fine size 20 & 30 thread. I still love thread crochet but can’t get the hang of the tiny stuff. Bedspread cotton is the smallest I can handle.

    What I’m really addicted to is making cotton dishcloths. They are the ultimate in portable projects. I can whip one out in the Dr’s waiting room or in the car on a trip, almost without looking. I give them as gifts, and they are in great demand. If you have never used a crocheted dishcloth before, you don’t know what you’re missing! Try whipping one up in the Lion Cotton kitchen yarn/thread by double crocheting a 7 or 8″ square with a simple edging around it (there is a free pattern in the LB pattern section.) The texture is perfect for washing dishes without being too rough on china & crystal, but they are durable enough to scrub pots & pans. They last forever, too. I have Adult ADD, and dishcloths are also a project that ends up DONE, not tossed in the closet half finished!!

    So, when I saw this afghan, and it looked like 30 dishcloths sewn together, I thought, “Wow, finally, an afghan I might could finish!!” I’m going to go get yarn tomorrow & get started!!

  • a beginner who admired my mother’s crochet talent all of my life. she tried to teach me but i didn’t quite catch on or my attention span was too short. I still classify myself a beginner who will face any challenge on any level. I refreshed my memory with a book and I wish my mother was here today to see what I can do. SHE WOULD BE PROUD!

  • I’ve been a crocheter for many years and haven’t done much since getting RA. But I think with the P size hook I’ll give this sampler a try (I voted for this pattern). I may not be able to keep up with everyone, but I will finish it. Have done everything from scarves, sweaters, afghans, ornaments, dolls, you name it I once made it! Now mainly stick with scarves and afghans. Looking forward to getting started, as is everyone else – let the hooking begin!

  • Looking forward to doing this afghan, I am not big on sewing together squares, so maybe I will get better at that.

  • I have been crocheting for many years but, still consider myself an intermediate crocheter. I enjoy following a pattern and sometime take on bigger projects. Right now, I have put my current projects aside to consentrate on the holidays. I enjoy making blankets, hats, scarves and mittens for my friends and family. My granddaughter likes to watch me crochet and will pick up a hook and some yarn from my stash and try to copy me. She’s 2 and a half so, I keep a large plastic hook handy for her when she comes to visit. I’m hoping one day to really teach her this art.
    I’m going to give this pattern a go as it will make a beautiful Christmas gift for my daughter and son-in-law. They enjoy snuggling up on the bed and spending family time with their new son and my beautiful granddaughter. It will make a very nice gift for the little family and hopefully be passed down to him or my granddaughter.

  • I am excitedly waiting on my yarn to get here. I have always wanted to have a group crochet, but working two jobs leaves little time, so this will be perfect to have friends here to crochet with at anytime we can get together.

  • Hi, I’m Tina. I have been crocheting and knitting since I was about 6 or so (man, that dates me!) Finding the time is the hard part, but I do have the yarn supply and I also work at our local Michael’s store, so I have an endless supply there too. I have never done a CAL and this sounds like the inspiration I need to complete a project, which seems to be a problem as of late. I think that happens to many of us because the project is just not the right one at the time. It needs to be something that has a purpose or the interest wanes. I think I will be making this for donation to the care home my father was in when he passed. There are many sweet elderly people there who have no family that visits or cares about them. This might just brighten their life a little. Hope I can keep up, but I will read the blog for support!

  • It is great that you are doing this afghan. However, I would have like to be shown how to do the Zen afghan. Would it be possible after you have completed this wonderful looking afghan (which I will be doing now) to do the Zen afghan also.

  • I will be doing this one as a Christmas Gift. Hope you will have others to do as well.

  • I am going to give this a go. I am a knitter but have recently taught myself to crochet and teaching my 11 yr old daughter.

  • I love cary-along projects. They help me through many long meetings. This one looks easy and quick. Do you have to use an afghan hook? The directions would lead me to try just a regular hook.

  • To the person that does not like to slipstitch squares together. I try to stay away from them as well but I’m going to do this and crochet the squares together. It will put a ridge around each square but since the squares are pretty basic anyway, I think it will add to the texture. Give it a try.

  • This is going to be a lot of fun for me. I havent made anything lately, because I couldnt figure out a pattern I wanted to do! I have a back injury that keeps me off my feet so, crocheting has been a life saver for me. I would say I am an advanced beginner. I’m looking forward to this.Ive been crocheting for 3 years.

  • Hi all!

    I’m Liz from CT. I’m 45, and have been crocheting for 38 years. I also design knit & crochet patterns, all of which can be found on my blog…

    I make afghans for everyone except me, it seems, so I am making this one for me – we recently moved and the color of our carpet is different, so a new afghan is in order for the living room!

    For all those who don’t like sewing afghan squares together – I have never, ever sewn them together and I’ve made hundreds of afghans! I either slip stitch or single crochet them together OR I make them in strips – much less joining to do!

    You just need to read the pattern and follow the lay out of squares, but instead of fastening off, start the next square. When you have a strip of six “squares”, finish off. You’ll end up making 5 strips total. Hope that helps someone!

    Liz in CT

  • Hi,
    My name is Kathy from NJ. I am an intermediate crocheter and I hope that I can do this afghan and possible get it done for someone for Xmas.

    I also knit sometimes but I have found that crocheting is so much easier for me. Full time I am a legal secretary and also an Avon representative. So live is pretty full. Oh, also there are 3 grandchildren. Like I said life is full.

    Take care and good luck to everyone.

  • Hi,
    My name is Judy–I have been crocheting since I was 3 yrs. old(I’m 62 now) This project looks like a lot of fun. If my sweet Hungarian Grandma was still alive, I’m sure she’d do it too!

  • Hi,
    The first comment I read was from Tonka who said she was already working on 4 blankets – well, I am currently working on two, so was glad to see I’m not the only one who still wants to do this afghan! I also liked the comments from Liz about different ways to put the squares together. Has anyone else thought of perhaps using this pattern as a way to use up leftover yarns? I thought maybe purchasing a basic color and then filling in with different colors from the yarn stash? What do you think?

  • My name is Dianne and I have crocheted since I was 10 years old and I am now a retired grandmother. I have made so many afghans, blankets and baby sets over 50 years that I can no longer count them. I love to crochet and knit and it seems to be a relaxing hobby and gives me such satisfaction when I complete a project. No matter how many things I make, I am always marveled by the fact that the skein of yarn can produce such beautiful projects.

  • Hi, I have been crotcheting and knitting as long as I can remember.I make alot of items for my 8 children and 15-1/2 grandchildren.Love making baby items… Would like to make this for my new daughter-in-law to be.I am chair bound and find alot of happiness in being able to make useful items for my family.most of the little ones call me gigi love that. So here we go have fun everyone.Looking forward to the sharing.

  • My name is Benita.I have been crocheting since my second son was born, thirthy plus years ago. I needed something to do while he and my one year old were sleeping. They are grown and I am 61, with a passion for crocheting. I am an intermediate to expert crochet pattern reader.

  • I love to crochet, I’m looking forward to this!

  • Hello group….in all the afghans I’ve made over the past 40+ years, I’ve NEVER made one in squares…so this will be a big test…but it came along at just the right time, I have a wedding present that needs to be finished before Christmas, so this is the one….I’m of the same mind as some other posters, whipstitching blocks together is not my idea of fun, so we’re going to have to figure out something better. I’m going to make it in shades of blue I think and maybe make one of the sets of 10 in a blue verigated for punch. This will be interesting and I’m looking forward to reading how everyone else is doing. Crochet hooks at the ready. :-0)

  • Hi ,
    I am familiar with a few basic stitches . I am hoping I have the skill to do this. I need something to occupy my mind . I like to sew and also I like to crochet. I just need guidance. Thanks for this oppurtunity. I need to get my yarn and decide on the color. That’s always fun !
    Talk to you later. : )

  • I am excited to make this afghan because of the texture and to take it along. I usually don’t use wool but found the texture looks better and wool makes a beautiful afghan. I work a lot of hours but later at night I try to watch a little TV and like most of you I like to be doing something with my hands. I too have been crocheting for many years and feel that I am an intermediate crocheter. I have made baby clothes, hats, toys, slippers, adult sweaters, baby dresses and afghans. I don’t finish too many items either. I live in Florida and found making whole afghans gets a little too warm. I think I will make this afghan for Christmas gifts.

  • I am very excited about this project. I have never done a crochet-a-long and I can’t wait to get started.

  • I also have to agree with Jessica-Jean #14 who commented about squares coming undone when sewn-joined. Can these afghan squares be crocheted together by not ending off and continuing the second square,or square just completed by dividing with a row or two of single crochet’s and then starting off with the next/new pattern? Since they are going to all be the same size, and since each square begins with a chain, I think this is a great possibility.When the required number of squares is completed for the vertical row, end off and begin the next vertical row with the first square, at the bottom and begin upwards again. Lion Brand = can you tell us if this is feasible with this CAL project? Thanks.

  • I enjoy crochet and other yarn & fabric crafts. However, I have a hard time finding projects that I can give as gifts that will really be appreciated. I think this blanket will be a good “shareable” project.

  • I can do some knitting stitches and would like to try this one. I do crochet better.

  • Hi everyone. I am looking forward to this challenge. I taught myself to crochet along with the help of my best friend. I have made a few afghans but never one with blocks. I think I am probably an intermediate crocheter and can do the basic stitches, but sometimes I do have trouble following directions for fancier stitches. I love to crochet so I am very excited about learning new things.

  • I taught myself how to crochet and have made many afghans and scarves and hats and mittens. I have yet to do any clothing. I’m anxious to start this project. I’m going to try making this with different yards but same weight and choose different colors while doing so. This might give it my own style! I might even add some extra embelishments!

  • I’m 44,working,mother to 4 grown kids,2 grandies,4 dogs and currently have a litter of puppies . I love to make afghan’s and am currently working what l call “Michelle’s purple dream”, it has cables and lace and will be a gift for my friend Michelle who is always here for me. l never did any Knit along or Crochet along but now with help for me for my job l decided that l may just have the time to do such a project plus l like to learn new stitches.
    I really like this afghan that we will be making.
    My level of crochet is what l call “stubborness”. l work on it and try it till l just can’t figure it out. My only concern is not to know when it starts.
    Yarn, l got tons…hubby will be glad some will be gone to better things.
    l wish everyone that will join and participate “Happy Crocheting” from TX.

  • I Think that Cheryl has a great idea about sc around each square in different color and using that color around as border. I am getting ready for a road trip to IL from DC and I need a project to keep me going. I now have plenty of time to crochet-kids grown just hubby and me and long evenings without running kids or grandkids around. Anyway,time to visit my stash!!!

  • I’ve been crocheting since I was a small child so I guess I’d call myself experienced. I’ll probably just use the yarn in my stash, I think this afghan would be really pretty in a variety of different colored squares.

  • I just received the email regarding this challenge. I love the pattern and I’m debating if I want to start this big of a project right now. I have several UFO’s flying around right now. I have alot of knitting and crocheting to do for Christmas. I will continue to look at the pattern and knowing myself …will probably get started on this too! I’m addicted to knitting, crocheting and just great fibers.

  • Hello My name Is Cynthia, I am 50 years old and have been crocheting for over 40 of them. I love doing new things so I am going to give this a try. I also knit, tat,and design baby blankets. I wish you all well and good luck with this project.

  • Hi. My name is Diane. I have been crocheting for over 30 years. My grandma taught me. I love making blankets. And I recently finished some premie hats to donate to Womankind. I think the CAL is a great idea! I would love to join in, make it in primary colors for the children in need!

  • Hi All, I’m Joann and I was hoping the CAL would be the sampler afghan! I have been crocheting since I taught myself at the of 11! I’m pretty good at reading patterns, but have been looking for a way to use up all my bits in a sampler. This looks like fun and I can bring it with me to work!

  • Hi All!
    I’ve been crocheting since I was young. My mom taught me how and I learned doing the famous pineapple doilies which we had on our furniture! tiny hook, tiny thread! not sure I could do that now LOL. I mostly do scarves and hats, shawls, lap blankets and baby stuff! I love for someone to say “would you make me a _____. I’m off and running! I have only done one afgan because I think they are tedious. I did vote for this?!Looking forward to starting.

  • Hi everyone! I wasn’t going to do this, since I have a pile of unfinished projects at home, but I was buying buttons, and found some yarn I like for 2/$5! I couldn’t resist.

    I guess I’m an advanced begninner – like I said, I’ve STARTED many projects, of varying difficulty.

  • Hi, I am Mimi to my granddaughter and am mostly a knitter since I became a gramma 7 years ago. I crocheted a couple scarves and want to try this to improve my skills. I am not sure how quickly I can do it and hope I can keep up!

  • I am an intermediate to advanced crocheter. Most of what I make is for Charity. I run a group of knitting and crocheting volunteers (we are called Purls from the Heart) and together we have made more than 200 comfort shawls as well as afghans, baby items, hats, scarves, etc. I look forward to making this afghan for someone in need as well.

  • Hi, my name is Denise. I am fairly beyond a beginner crocheter. I looking forward to this, for the company and for the experiance. maybe even a Christmas present done already!!

  • Hey! I am very excited about a CAL! It will be my first also. I have crocheted since I was about 13 and am now 64. Soooo my experience is quite good but don’t know what I might be rated. Not afraid to tackle any new project. I am currently trying to finish up the final level for my knitting, then will be classified an advanced master knitter. I enjoy hearing what all have to say and their ideas on projects, using different yarns, etc. The pattern is good and can be taken with you wherever you go. We watch Rawhide so “head ’em up and move em out!” See ya’ll on the back side. Great day.

  • Hello, well I see my self as an advanced beginner.I am exicted to do this project. Love to do projects at work on my breaks and this one is perfect for that wow im very exicted .Thank You!
    Tina Mulcahey

  • Looking at the pattern I can’t find where I check my guage except by doing a whole block. Am I missing it? Can’t I check it by making a small swatch? I have never used that big of a hook!
    Can anyone experienced help me?

  • Hi All,

    I have been crocheting since I was 10 now 56. I enjoy making afghans. I love making them for baby presents,all my children love them and my grandchildren are attached to theirs. I have never done a CAL so I am not sure how this works but would love to be included. Happy crocheting to all.

  • Yay! Something to crochet that isn’t too hot to work on until it cools off! I’ve been making granny squares, but this looks like a lot more fun. I consider myself an advanced beginner/intermediate crocheter. My grandmother taught me and I made my first small afghan as a teenager. I picked it up again about 3 years ago. Now I run a prayer shawl group at our church (knitters & crocheters) and share patterns that can be used to make the shawls. It looks like this one could be adapted as well!

  • I adore crocheting in a variety of textures, and while I already know a lot of stitches, I know I will learn more as we go along. I’ve never done this before; I’m psyched!

  • I have been crocheting since I was 8 or 9. My mother and a cousin taught me how. My first piece was a chain that was so long, I had to roll it into a ball. This sounds like fun, something I can take with me when we go camping.

  • Hi,
    I have been crocheting for a very long time. I learned from my Italian Grandmother. She got so tired of me losing her needles, that she taught me how to crochet with my fingers! Like using a needle much better. Looking forward to doing this blanket and meeting other people.

  • Hi,
    I haven’t crocheted in years. But this looks like the perfect project that will get me “hooked” again. Looking forward to seeing the finished product!

  • Hi,
    I’m 66 and I have been crocheting since I was 6 years old. I love it and I could probably teach it if I wanted to (which I don’t). I have tons of projects in the works, but I plan to take time out to do this one. It will be nice meeting other crocheters.

  • Hi my name is Eunice and I live in tropical North Queensland Australia and I have been crocheting for about 45 years. I usually only do cotton crochet but thought this would be a great project to then give to charity for use in a cooler climate. I am currently working on a queen size croknit bedspread so this will be a great change from such a large piece of work.

  • Hi – I’m Wendy in HOT AZ! It’s too hot to even think about crocheting here, however, I am planning to leave for 3 months to a cooler climate and this should be the perfect take-along project. Is there any time frame for completion? Will we be posting pictures when we’re done (if we finish -lol)

    Nice meeting everyone and GOOD LUCK!

  • Hi Everyone,
    My name is Ruthie and I am 43 years old and have been crocheting since I was in my 20’s. I have made a few projects, my favorites being the ones I’ve made for my 4 granddaughters (ages 6 mo., 2 yrs, 6 yrs and 7 yrs) I also have 3 boys ( ages 8, 11 & 12) so there is never a bad time for a new project and this sounds FUN. I am really looking forward to it!! HAVE fun!! Good Luck to all!! I hope this is the start of alot of new friendships and alot of exciting projects!!


  • Hi all! I have been crocheting for many years. When my father was alive he embroidered and he needed someone to put the lace on his scarves and pillowcases so, I took up the task of learning how to crochet to put the finishing touches to his crafts. When my granddaughter made it to be cheerleader for her school I was very proud of her and made her a blanket with her school colors and her initials on it and her pompoms crocheted into the blanket and my grandson became upset I did not make one for him when he played football but, unknown to him was the one under the tree with a football on it and his number embroidered into the blanket also. So we have had a lot of fun with the crocheting and am looking forward to this task also.

  • I am the author of HOOKED ON MURDER, the first in a series of crochet mysteries. I love the afghan and so far have only written about making blankets out of squares. It will be fun to actually make one. I also am the Thursday blogger on and my blog always has some crochet connection

  • My mother taught me to knit and crochet when I was just a little kid. I prefer to crochet with thread – and I prefer the 30 weight. The smaller the thread the better I like my results. I consider myself an expert in the art of crochet. I have been offered jobs teaching both crochet and knitting. I love making Barbie clothes. My last project was a Barbie wedding dress. I don’t have any girls that play with Barbies, but i still love the challenge. I also love making doilies (both beaded and plain, 3-D and flat), table cloths, curtains, Christmas ornaments, I have also made bowls and cups from Crochet thread which are really nice. I have crocheted with yarn but not so much – i just really prefer the thread. Happy crocheting. Hot here in California today.

  • Hi I’m Donna. I live in hot and humid Alabama. I’ve been crocheting for several years and this looks like a good project to do while relaxing in the evening. I’m currently working on several small projects that will be Christmas gifts. If I don’t get started early, they will never be done in time. What’s the time frame on this crochet along? Good luck everybody.

  • Hi, I taught myself to crochet a couple of years ago to relax and relieve stress. I consider myself an advanced beginner/intermediate crocheter. I have mainly completed small projects. I have completed one afghan for my daughter. It took me a year! I am crocheting much faster now. I have also completed two sweaters, one for my daughter and one for myself. I also like to loom knit, mostly on the round ones. They are great to make hats for gifts in the winter. I am really excited about this project because of the variety of stitches.

    Good luck to everyone.

    To Cheryl #89. I have started crocheting the first block. I crocheted about three rows and measured the length, it was about 13-14 inches. I pulled it out and continued to do that going down a hook until I got pretty close. I am using a metal N-9. I have not finished the block yet, so I am not sure of the exact size. Once I finish I will blog again. I hope this helps.

  • Hi Crocheting Friends,
    I’m Vicki and excited to find a community of crocheters! I have been crochet since I was a little girl. My grandmother and great aunt took care of me often and needed an activity to keep me busy. They turned to crocheting. I got proficient enough to make several granny square afgans before putting crocheting aside until I had my second child, my only daughter. At that point, a friend taught me how to crochet beads onto socks — my daughter had the most extensive beaded sock wardrobe ever!
    I started to crochet in earnest when my dear grandmother passed away. In retrospect, I realize it was a way to connect with her.
    I’ve made tons of afgans, hats and baby afgans – as gifts, for my family and also for charities. I’ve never tried clothing. I can read and follow a pattern, but I have to work at it.
    I plan on making this afgan in a variety of colors as a way to use up some of my stash. I think I may edge each square in black and put a black border around the entire afgan. I definitely agree with those of you who don’t like to sew together squares – they just don’t hold up. I will crochet mine together.
    I look forward to crocheting with you all!

  • Hello, everyone. My mother taught me to crochet when I was 9, many, many years ago. She’ll be 99 next month and recently had to quit crocheting because she is losing her sight. She didn’t teach me to read a pattern, though. I didn’t know until many years later that she didn’t know how. She could just look at something and then make it. Not me. I need a pattern. A neighbor taught me how to read a simple pattern and I’ve learned many different patterns since then. I recently crocheted a purse for my husband’s granddaughter and one for his great-granddaughter. I didn’t have a pattern, but they turned out so well that I made one for his aunt for her birthday. I’m looking forward to trying my hand at this crochet along. It’s my first. It would be interesting to see pictures of how everyone’s blanket is progressing along the way, don’t you think?

  • Go Cecily! I am a fan of your work and I’m excited to see you host this CAL. I never thought I would have the patience to complete a whole blanket, especially since I’ve only been crocheting for about 3 years and have stuck to small projects so far. However, I think I’m going to give this a go. It will make for a great Xmas gift for someone in my family (plus, it should be a good stash-busting project!) I crocheted my first block today, and I look forward to experimenting with different textures. Nice to “meet” everyone!

  • Hello,

    This looks like a great project to get my 8 year old daughter started crocheting. She has finally started asking how. I am sure hers will be in shades of pinks but I will be making mine in shades of light blue yarns for a baby afghan.

    I have been crocheting since I was 13 and was taught by the neighborhood Grandma. We all learned Granny Squares back then and have taught myself everything else. I was never taught to read a pattern so that is the challenge for me. I think repeating it over and over will be a big help to me.

    I have currently been working on baby afghans in ripple patterns as well as octopus and bunny stuffed animals and hats to go along with them.

  • Hi, My name is Jan Boyle, I live in Austin, TX, and I have 7 grandchildren under the age of 11. I have been crocheting off and on since my grandmother taught me when I was 5 or 6 years old. I am almost 60 this year. I would consider myself to be proficient in the skill; I am not a knitter. I have been making baby afghans and blankets all summer for my 8 year old granddaughter and 5 friends who had babies this summer. My current project is a ripple afghan for my friend at work who will be a grandmother for the first time. Her granddaughter’s nursery is in pink, “dusty green”, white and mulberry, so those are the colors I’m using. I have made this same ripple afghan 5 times over the past 11 years, when I made it for my first granddaughter who is almost 11. I agree with Jessica-Jean about sewing the blocks together, which is why I have never made block afghans. But, I love Liz’s idea of strips, so I will give it a shot. Cheryl (#45) had a great idea too about bordering each block. The wonderful thing about crochet is its versatility. I’m a free spirit with cooking, speaking, meeting people and crocheting; e.g., I rarely use patterns. Having said that, however, I do find that following a precise pattern does have wonderful results! My largest project was a king size bed ripple afghan I made at my husband’s request 7 years ago. Although it no longer “goes with” our decor, he still bundles up in it in the recliner! I’m looking forward to this CAL and will take pictures and try to find out how to post them. Looking forward also to “talking” more with all of you! Happy Crocheting!

  • What a great idea, I saw the email and checked it out, I have done group projects with Project Linus and enjoy the fellowship. This will be fun, I am going to use organic yarn and hope to make this for my soon to be born first grandchild. I am not a fan of joining squares but as so much in life is about doing new I go !!

  • I am experienced, I am currently licensed for a yarn store, which I have not opened because being a scientist takes up all my time. I do my best to steal minutes for all types of stitchery in hopes of creating beautiful art from nothingness. I think it appeals to scientist in me. I am a genetic engineer so understanding how our DNA is threaded together is very much like how something is woven.

  • Hi, everyone.
    I would like to make this, but I don’t read patterns, I use the ones that show the stitches. is there some where I can find them? Thank you for your help.

  • Hi, I’m Kristi. I live in Chehalis, Washington (the state). I have two grown daughters, a husband I’ve been married to for 5 years and two Papillon’s, one is 1.5 the other is 7 mos. old. They are my company and entertainment!
    I’ve been crocheting for 18 years and the only blanket I’ve started and finished has been baby blankets! I have been on a doily kick lately, it’s going to be strange working with yarn again… but I am going to do my ABSOLUTE best to start and complete this project with you all!

  • Hi,

    My grandmother taught me how to knit and crochet when I was about 10, I’m 35 now. I’ve been knitting more lately but this project seems fun, I’m going to give it a go.

    Happy crocheting everyone!

  • Happy to say that I have jumped right into this project once I got the kids to bed, we have 8 with 7 at home, and after checking to be sure just how to make a sc. I have my first block done!

    Laurane, if you click on the links to the stitches at the bottom of the pattern, it will show you how to do them with pictures.

    And I have to say hello also to Kristi (post 113) since I am in your neck of the woods, Napavine, WA.

  • My name is Allison. I am a 20 year old college student studying biology. My mom taught be to crochet when I was around 9 years old. I consider myself an intermediate crocheter. I like to make toys (amigarumi are my favorites!) and baby blankets for Project Linus. I have not done a full size afghan in a long time. The last one I did, the squares were American Flags. The results were great, but it was so time consuming!

    I have been meaning to make an afghan to keep in the living room of my new apartment and this will do the trick nicely! Hopefully I will find a beautiful pink or red yarn to match my decor.

  • My name is Deena and I am moving in two days from Washington State to Massachusetts, so this will be a fun project to start on the plane! I am an intermediate. I have made quite a few baby blankets and I have made piles of wash clothes and flannel blankets with the crocheted edges. This looks like a fun blanket! Thanks for the challenge.

  • Hi,
    I learned to crochet and knit when I was around 7 or 8, and continued for many years. When my kids were little I made things for them, and taught a couple of our babysitters to knit and crochet, which led to teaching at our local community center. But for some reason, when my kids got a little older, I stopped.
    In the interim, I got involved in Glass Beadmaking; but when we started spending our winters in Tucson, I had no place to set up my glassworking workshop, and needing some sort of creative outlet, I went back to knitting and crochet. With all the beautiful new yarns, I got hooked all over again, and am knitting and crocheting up a storm.
    I usually have at least 2 projects going at once, and I’d love to add this Afghan as 1 of them. I’ve always preferred crochet, it goes faster for me, so this will be perfect.
    I also prefer crocheting the blocks together, or better yet, making them in strips (as Liz suggested in Post #58.)
    I haven’t yet decided whether I’m going to do it in one color, or more, but I think this CAL is a great idea.

  • Hi everybody! Well I’ve never attempted a CAL before. So that in itself is a challenge. My other challenge will be finishing an afghan. I have started plenty and they end up being PIGS. I consider myself an advanced crocheter. Comfortable with complex stitches and altering designs to fit my own needs. Even designing my own.

  • Hello,
    I’m Iris and I live in Nottingham in England. I have crocheted since the 1960’s when I needed a new dress – so I made one! I crochet all of the time and would consider myself very experienced. I probably will not be able to get the correct wool for this but, to my mind, it looks like and Aran weight wool. I will use that and not worry too much if the gauge is slightly wrong. I tend to finish things quickly (if I like them) so I will let you know how I get on.

  • Hi everyone. My objective is to try to finish what I start and hopefully this challenge will help. I have been crocheting for 2 years now and am always searching for ways to get better. I will be starting my first block tomorrow night!

  • My name is Tasha, and I would consider myself a strong intermediate. I’ve made a number of afghans, potholders, doilies, snowflakes, other ornaments, and now recently I’ve ventured into stuffed animals and sweaters.

    I tend to stay away from squares since I don’t like sewing things together. Maybe we can discuss other ways of joining the squares as things progress.

    As for myself, I often take the bus, and squares make a great bus project. I’m sure I’ll finish the squares in no time!

    As for materials, I have a lot of left-over Red Heart yarn that I think I will use. I suspect I will have a multi-colored afghan when all is said and done.

  • I’m Gail and I’m glad to be a part of this CAL! I’m looking forward to the discussion on choosing yarns, as I would like to substitute an acrylic yarn for wool. Happy crocheting, all! Gail

  • Hi my name is Loretha, I have been crocheting for over 30 years, but recently found that I did not have the time to crochet, but with this new club idea, I am going to find the time to crochet again, and not just look at the patterns and books. I also stopped knittig, and maybe I can rekindle that passion as well.

  • Hi, I love to crochet. I taught myself, and crochet all the time. However I do not like to sew blocks together, or any project the pattern calls for sewing. I crochet things together. I think I would make 6 strips, with the three stitches, then crochet the strips together. I love to play with different types of yarns. I am excited about the cal, to see what other crocheters are doing.

  • I was so excited when I read about this project (my heart is still thumping)! I’ve been thinking for the longest time about picking up crocheting and/or knitting but never got down to it because it all seemed too daunting. I’ve even made it down to the local Spotlight store but just didn’t know what hook/wool to buy, or what to make even. so i dithered, and dithered along the aisles … and chickened out and went home empty-handed. And yet, there’s always been that little nagging creative emptiness in me.

    I’m not even a beginner but am mightily heartened to read that this project is good even for someone just starting out (I’m not so sure about the cluster stitches but…).

    Shall wait for the next post on appropriate yarns before I gather up courage to troop down to Spotlight again. I’m very intimidated by the whole concept of gauge. I don’t want to end up buying the wrong yarn and hook and having to re-buy everything thereafter. And how would I know what’s the right hook and yarn to get the right gauge in the first place? Do other crocheters face this problem too? If one is just starting out, it seems a hassle and possibly mighty costly to have to buy different hooks and yarn just to hit on the right guage. Isn’t that a very expensive method of trial and error?

    That said, I’m still excited. Should I just throw caution to the wind and start anyway? If my afghan’s too small/wonky, it’ll still be my own work of art, right?


  • I have been crocheting since I was 12. I made an Arran blanket 2 years ago. Started it for my fil but he passed away before I finished it. So I think this will be easy to do.

  • Hi! My name is Maddy. I am a longgggggg-time crocheter. My grandmother taught me to chain stitch when I was about 5 years old and after miles of chains, she showed me the rest. It’s been a love affair between me and crochet for nearly 52 years now! I now have nine grandchildren of my own – with #10 coming in January. My Grandma, or as we used to call her, Hami, has gone one to be with the Lord. In her memory, each new Mommy gets two lovely and supersoft afghans – one for the new baby and the other to wrap herself up in while she’s rocking the new little one during the night. I think your sampler afghan will be my next “Mommy” project in a nice soft white. Thanks you all so much for how you care for us! Bless you all.

  • I learn to crochet a long time ago.
    I´d like to join for fun.Is my first CAL,I can´t
    wait for starting…

  • Hello, I’m Jeana. My mom taught me to crochet when I was a little girl, she was taught by her grandmother. My grandma knits, and taught me how to knit continental style at the beginning of this year when she was visiting us in Australia.

    Lately when I do crochet I make hats for my girls, or crocheted fruit and vegetables, but I’ve previously had a love affair with doily’s. I’ve never made an entire afghan before. Sounds like a great challenge!


  • i have a large amount of lovely cream Aran wool and will love to start this
    i have never done a crochet along,
    I will take it to my Knit and natter group thanks

  • Hi, I’m Erin. I just learned how to crochet a month ago. Meaning I can single and double crochet and if I’m feeling sneaky, I can double crochet two together. But that’s my only trick, so this will be an interesting learning experience. Maybe I’ll jump in and do it. I’ve only made two things. One a little bunny a friend showed me step by step and then I attempted the Stripes blanket on here. It is special…

  • I’m a media specialist at a local elementary school. I have taught crochet as an after school activity as well as a focus group during the school day. I hope to get some teachers together to join me in this as a relaxing opportunity to get together and talk in the media center after school once a week. Many have expressed a desire to learn and this would help bring us together both as professionals and friends.

  • Hi ,

    I am encouraged and inspired with the new designs.

  • Hi, I am Kathy, Having been crocheting for too many years to count, just turned 60 and retired. This will be the first time I have done a CAL, have made many many blankets and other projects, but mostly for gifts, am thinking this will be mine. but with Christmas on the horizon, who knows? Am also in the process of making scarfs for the Winter Special Olympics. Thanks

  • I’m going to do this-but not in wool as am allergic-because if I don’t do this with a group, I won’t do it….tend to stay with very small projects, but think this is a lovey blanket and need a new one for my couch for winter.

  • Hi, My Dad taught me to crochet many years ago. I have done many Granny squares & beanies, but not an afghan. I live in Hawaii & having one on my lap is too warm. LOL I like small projects & various colors, so I won’t get bored. This sounds like something I can do. It will probably be in a variety of colors and types of yarn left over from other projects. Thanks for this oppertunity to participate & be challenged.

  • I’m going to do this – probably in a different type of yarn though – something a bit more colorful like pink – and probably a polyester blend. I think it will be a challenge b/c I’ve never done an “intermediate” level project before. I usually stick with the super easy beginner projects. But I think if I can do this – then I might be able to attempt something in my “crochet me” book.

  • I live in Venezuela and would love to make this afghan, I have made many blankets to send to members of my family who live in other countries where there is cold weather, but for these afgahn I would love to make it in some cotton fiber to be able to use it here where there is not cold weather, would it be fine to be part of the crochet along around the world project you have?
    Thank you! I love thye idea of crocheting along with many people from the world!
    Ingrid de Lagorio

  • Hi, my name is Anna. I have been crocheting since I was 10. But I never crocheted a blanket and I never participated in CAL. But this time I really want to try. I have a flickr account, so I’ll be posting my stages there. Thanks for inspiration.

  • Hello there everyone, I would say I am an advanced beginner. I learned to crochet when I was about 7 months pregnant with my 1st born, grandma-in-law set me down in a comfy chair and told me “you sit there till you can do a granny square from start to finish” TRUST ME I tried to grasp it all very quickly! I have made plenty of items (hats, scarves, shawls, blankets), but only because I have stuck with the easier stitches and patterns. Hope I can stay focused to finish this project… which is usually my problem – I want the “FINISHED” feeling that I lose interest if it doesnt come quickly enough.

  • Hi everyone!
    I’m excited to participate in the CAL as I’m a beginner who normally crochets toys or amigurumi and making an afghan will be a new experience.

  • Hi I’m pleased to join the Sampler Afghan Crochet-Along! I learned to crochet a few months ago and I hope I continue crocheting as it’s very much fun.I enjoy it .

  • I guess you would call me an experienced beginner. I have done several blankets. Although I am currently working on 3 other sampler afghans I would really like to try this. As I am a homeschooling mother of six who also babysits two more and runs a farm on the side I am not entirely sure that I’ll have the time but we’ll see.

  • i’m excited to try doing this blanket. i’ve only done a baby blanket, a couple of amigurumi, and some dish towels so far. but i was planning to make a blanket for my sister for her christmas gift. i was unsure of what pattern to use, but this sounds like it would make a great gift for her! i’d love to join!

  • Good Morning All,
    My name is dianne and my grandmother taught me to crochet using my fingers. I guess she just got tired of all the questions. Since then I have learned to use a hook. I have been crocheting since I was about 10, but my experience level is still a beginner, and you will see why later. My mom crochets and makes wonderful gifts. She has made baby blankets, ponchos, scarves, but since getting arthritis, does not do much any more. She had tried numerous time to help/teach me how to crochet, but can’t get past the fact that I am left handed. I keep telling her that I am left handed in a right handed world, but we just can not get together on this.
    I just finished reading all the reply, I guess they call them blogs now? I was absolutely amazed at the amount of people who are like me, get confused reading the patterns, can’t finished projects, and the such. I have an extensive yarn supply and my husband want to know what I am going to do with it all. I just can’t seem to get anything finished.
    My daughter wants some socks, so I have been checking those out and did not find any crochet patterns until recently (I guess I just don’t know where to look) . Maybe Jaki and James will also get the blanket for Christmas.
    I am so excited about this project. I was not in on the voting, but I have been looking for a block pattern. My husband and I have a boat and I crochet while he fishes and would love a pattern like this that I can take with me without much of a hassle. I am hoping like most of you that by joining all of you, it will be the kick in the pants I need to complete a project.
    My gram, mom and husband will be so proud. I will be so excited to finally give someone a gift from the heart and hands. Thank you all for this wonderful idea, I really can’t wait to get started.

  • I am not sure about this square by square. I tried this years ago and it looked terrible when sewed together. It was the putting together of the pieces that did not go well. Maybe with some better techniques than what was used before it may work better. I will consider this but not quite sure yet.

  • Oh boy, can’t wait. This sounds like a winning project that is going to be great.

  • My name is Denise. I’ve been crocheting for 40 years. I.m having a midlife crisis and decide to go back to school. I thought that this would be a good stress releaser in between studying. Good luck everyone!!!

  • I consider myself an intermediate crocheter. My favorite kind of crocheting are things like Irish Lace or anything done with small thread (size 30). Another favorite is vintage. Sometimes that’s a real challenge because the instructions were written years, I mean, years ago. The challenge to me for this project is not seeing the results of my labor quickly enough (like many of you have written). But I’m ready. When do we get started?

  • I am looking forward to using some of my extra yarn to do this. It is something I can take along to appointments or do at home in the evening and not feel I am not getting anywhere. I just might have to do it in bright colors for the Childrens hospital or cancer center.

  • This will be my first CAL! I live in a rural area, so the idea of doing the project along with others sounds great! I knit or crochet everyday -I always have 3 or 4 things going at a time so I don’t get bored. Needlework is a great stress reliever (also keeps me from being annoyed with a channel surfing hubby) A sampler sounds like a great way to keeing your attention. Thanks LB!

  • This crochet-along will be a nice change from my usual. I have covered everyone I know in afghans and loads of prayer shawls. This will be fun. I may even finally keep one of my own afghans. My roommate ( a lefty) taught me to crochet. So as a righty my technique looks a little odd, very much like knitting (which my Mom taught me as a child – continental style). Looking forward to this project.

  • I’ve been crocheting since my grandmother taught me when I was little. I’m excited to work on the CAL and have incentive to finish a blanket for the holidays!

  • Hi everyone. I had been thinking that I might not particapate in the CAL because I have so many projects I need to get done for Christmas gifts. (crochet, sewing, painting, and cross stitch) After reading all the comments though, my mind is whirling with ideas on how I would make mine. So I guess I better check out my stash to see what’s there.
    Although I am a strong imtermediate with years of experience, I am a bit slow due to a muscular disease. So please forgive me if I don’t keep up with everyone.
    I’m looking forward to the discussions and (hopefully) new friendships.
    This will be my first CAL, so could someone tell me how it works, if there’s a timetable, etc.?
    This is going to be fun!

  • Cool. A great looking pattern and a chance to crochet along.

  • Hello to all: I am an intermediated crocheter. I began crocheting really simple things as a child then finally as a teenager made an afghan. A couple of years ago the person who got me started crocheting as a child renewed my interest in crocheting so I put aside the cross-stitching and haven’t picked it up since I began crocheting again…this afghan is really nice and I can’t wait to get started with this CAL!! Good luck to all…

  • Ooh, blankets are my crochet bread and butter, so to speak. I have been looking at this pattern for a while, so I think I am definitely going to hop on the chance to give this one a whirl, especially since I’ve been looking for a project to pick up anyway. Though I think I am definitely going to have to change up my yarn…

    Huzzah! I am excited for my first crochet-along!

  • Love to chochet…it is the calming influence in mymlife…especially like filet crochet……Barbara

  • HI! LOVE this pattern!
    My name is Jennifer( but please call me Jenn or Jenna) and I have been crocheting for about 22 years. I work as a fulltime fantasy artist and illustrator, so I keep crochet as my escape from the paint brush 🙂 Mostly I crochet for charity and I think that this project will be great as the next finished piece for our church’s school auction!
    So glad to be here and can’t wait to get started.


  • I’ve been crocheting for a few years now and i would say i am an intermediate beginner. I am really looking forward to this project. I like the concept of the CAL and the push to finish a blanket.

  • Hmmm, this looks interesting. I just might go along with this one. 🙂

  • I have been a crocheter and knitter for many years. I mostly like making afghans and scarfs because I can make them in strips while commuting on the train 40 minutes each way to work every day then put them together at home in the evenings. For those of you who do not like to sew things together, may I suggest using a reverse single crochet stitch for joining. I have made several and it always looks nice and doesn’t leave a real thick ridge. It really looks good when you put them together! There are several other ways for joining which I have found works nicely that have come from “Mile-A-Minute” afghan patterns. Try some of them and you may find something you like that works up easily. Have fun!

  • Hello all !

    I have never heard of a CAL ! It sounds fun !
    I enjoy crocheting but only seem to do it in spurts. I have actually finished an afghan for each of my kids and for one of my grandbabies !

    My aunt taught me the basic single crochet when I was about 10 years old and I taught myself the rest project by project. Oh ! I’ve made one baby sweater,too.

    I plan to make socks and scarves to give as Christmas presents this year.

    Crocheting has been wonderful for me. I have been forced to sit still ( i’m usually on the go ) and try something “impossible” and actually have success.

    This square by square project is something that I have always wanted to do ; looking forward to getting it started ! Hope I can keep up with you all 🙂

  • My mother and grandmother taught me to crochet as a child and I have a girlfriend that does it all the time. I just started again off an on for the last two years. Working on a blanket for my granddaughter. This look interesting and I’m excited. It may encourage me to do more.

  • I’ve never participated in a CAL. So I thought that I’d try this out. It might help me get my yarn stash down to a managable level. Who knows, I might end up liking the over all look enough to make more.

    I’d call myself an intermediate crocheter. I was taught how to by a friend at college, and we started making scarves and then I branched out and learned patterns for myself, so that I could make afghans and toys. I haven’t really experimented with clothes except for hats and dog sweaters, because I don’t think that I’d wear them, or that I’d get the sizing right.

  • Hello, my name is Miki. I have been crocheting for about 20 years. I have made many afghans and given them as gifts(and still do). I am excited about this project. I may not be able to keep up with it since I am working on 3 afghans at the moment. Plus teaching my co workers how to crochet. I do have one question–can anyone help me teach a left hander how to crochet. I am right handed and I can not get it for a lefty.


  • I have been crocheting for about 6 years but still consider myself a beginner. I usually look for easy patterns. I love doing afghans especially baby afghans. I am not the most patient of people and like quick and easy projects. This seems like something I could do since I have an 11 month old son and don’t have as much time for crocheting as I would like.

  • I’ve been looking for a project to donate to my Taoist Tai Chi club for a fundraiser for our new building. This looks perfect. I’m an experienced crochetter, so I should be able to finish it for our fall craft sale. It’s also very portable to take along on my September trip to Virginia. I wonder if I can crochet in the car.

  • I am Ruth M. I have not crocheted in years, and I am ponly mildly proficient in the basics. This looks like a great way to bring some skills up.


  • Hi i think this sounds interesting,i think i could be an intermediate if i put my mind to it.

  • Hi. I’ve been crocheting since I was a young girl. My Grandmother taught me basics when I was around 9 years old and I’ve been wielding a crochet hook ever since.

    I have several ‘favorite’ things that I like to make. Right now, I’m in love with ‘shrugs’, but I’ve tackled an afghan or two upon occasion.

    This will be my first CAL so I’m excited to get going on this project. It’s starting into fall, here. End of August, school starting back up, cool nights and hot days. And of course, canning season.

    Let’s get this party started!! YAY!

  • To Miki (#167): I once noticed a lady on my train crocheting left-handed and asked her how she learned. She told me that she sat directly in front of a righty and made the same movements (like watching yourself in the mirror). She told me that it was pretty easy after that.

  • Hi , I am Phyllis, I live in New Hampshire and I consider myself to be an intermediate or advanced crocheter. I have been crocheting since our children were little and our oldest is 52 and youngest is 43. I am left handed and had to teach myself to crochet as there were not left handed directions back then. I am choosing to do this as my hands are badly deformed due to QRheumatoid Arthritis and it will help me to keep my hands going. Besides crocheting and knitting I love to quilt. Just finished a baby quilt and an afghan for our newest great grandchild a girl. Now working on a sweater for her. Phyllis

  • I have been crocheting forever and am addicted to yarn. I can not walk by a skein of yarn without touching it and making sure that I don’t have one just like it at home. I don’t usually do piece work but wanted to be part of a community project and thought this might be the right project.

  • I have a bazillion skeins of hand dyed silk yard, I am going to give this a try with that yard and hope it turns out beautiful. Hmmmm. Interesting concept to crochet with a group of women I don’t get to meet. Is there a deadline?

  • Hello everyone, my name is Lara and I have been crocheting for 2 years now, I still consider myself a beginner. My best friend has been teaching me. I tried to knit but found out quickly that it just was not my thing – I am a very visual person, so crochet is my new passion as the patten develops quick and keeps me interested in getting the project done. I am looking forward to working this pattern though I am not sure how fast I will get it done as I am working on 4 other projects right now. So far I have made 5 full size afghans, many scarves, a shawl, an octopus for my new grandson and several baby blankets.

  • I’m looking forward to this – I haven’t crocheted yarn in several years and I’d like to wrap up in this blanket this winter!!

  • Hi. My name is Diana and I’ve been crocheting for 5 years. I learned when I broke my ankle and was unable to walk for a few months. I would call myself an advanced beginner crocheter — I’ve made a few sweaters, a few baby afghans as gifts and pillows — I just can’t seem to get hats right, though! I’ve never done a pattern with granny blocks, and like most of us, I have many unfinished projects, so I am looking forward to completing this CAL. Luckily, I have tons on left over yarn, so my afghan will be very colorful. Best of luck to all and Happy Crocheting!

  • I am looking forward to this. I cant wait to hear more.

  • I’ve been crafting (crochet, knit, etc) for many, many years. My mother taught me when I was little, then I picked it up again and taught myself even more when I was pregnant. My son is now 22 years old and I’m still loving it! I’m looking forward to making this blanket. I love to do squares, then join them together to create a beautiful blanket. I can’t wait to get started!

  • I guess I would be an intermediate to advanced crocheter…have made many afgans, a sweater, scarves, with my latest projects being stuffed animals. Am currently working on a log cabin afgan, but have loads of extra yarn and this project looks like fun. I agree with one of the posts that a variety of colors would add interest to this project, so am going to try that. This is my first “community project”, so am looking forward to seeing how it develops.

  • I can’t wait to try this! The largest thing I’ve made is a baby blanket. I’ve got a sweater and a vest in the works now, and I admit they’re taking a while to finish, but I think crochet blocks will be good for those times when I need something portable and I’m unable to concentrate on a more complicated pattern. Let’s get to work!

  • Hi, I’m Mari

    I’ve been crocheting for somewhere around 34 years (which works out to be about 90% of my life). I love making stuff for the acquired nieces and nephews, so I’ve been making tons of baby blankets, sweaters, hats, toys etc. Sadly, I rarely finish an adult sized project, usually because I get bored with it.

    Like Cecily, I have a very hard time following a pattern as written. My sister has decided I treat them like serving suggestions.

    I’m thrilled with the idea of a CAL, less thrilled with the pattern since with only three pattern variations it could get a bit… repetitive. My challenge will be to finish this without getting “bored” and without being left with a whole bunch of blocks I never put together.

  • Hi everybody, I’m looking forward to participating in this Crochet-along. I make lap robes for cancer patients and nursing home patients, and have a tendency to get bored with unchanging patterns, so this will be a lot of fun for me! Thanks so much for sharing it. My skill level is intermediate.

  • I have been crocheting on and off for years and would consider myself to have intermediate level skills. I think I could get to be an expert if I tried, but I usually prefer simpler, repetitive patterns because it is relaxing to crochet when you don’t have to think too much! I currently have 3 afghans in the works (I hate crocheting in the summer when it is hot and humid, so they have been on hold for a few months), but I am always willing to begin another because I am a yarn addict. I’m hoping that I already own some yarn that I can use for this afghan (my husband would be thrilled at that), but, if not, I will have to bite the bullet and buy more!. I am looking forward to sharing the crochet experience with others, especially because none of my friends crochet.

  • Hi. My name is Amanda and I have been crocheting forever. lol. My grandmother started teaching me when I was 5 and that was 24 years ago. I consider myself to be advanced. I’ve decided to have a handmade/homemade Christmas this year so this blanket is going to be a gift. I may end up making a couple of them. Since it’s made in blocks it should be easy to fit into my busy schedule. I’m a mother of 4 and have an online business that I crochet for. I’ll be working on this on my “days off”. On the weekend.

  • I started crocheting over 30 years ago. My mom tried to teach me but we didn’t see eye to eye. Luck would have it my health club was giving lessons free so I said “yes” and been crocheting every since. If you talk to my friends they would say that I am a professional. I just do it because I love it. It is cheaper then a therapist.

  • I can’t wait to get started. I will look forward to the post about picking yarn and colors. I love look of the blanket already and the little “square” acoomplishments will make me want to go on. I am a beginner, taught myself but find crochet lots of fun. I have already made one throw by piecing together squares and was looking for another project to do.!!

  • I’m Ssmittee. 63 and live in Florida. I am a quilter and do a little knitting, mostly socks for gifts for family in Washington state. Like who in the world, oops I mean in Florida needs sweaters or wool socks?. I Make many quilts but I want to try this project. Have sent this to my daughter and one grandaughter who is a struggling first time crocheter and maybe they will join me. One lives in Washington and one lives up in the Panhandle. Wish me luck, strike that and Wish me Blessings.

  • Hi,

    I’m just beginning. I have two kids getting married next year and would love to do afghans for them. Thanks for this CAL!

  • I’m a self-taught beginner. I have been crocheting less than 2 years. I am excited about this because I have started several blankets before and got overwhelmed. Hopefully I will have the drive to actually finish this one!

  • Hi- I am a crocheter by nature, but have just taught myself to knit. The knit along looked to compicated for a new knitter so I think this project will be perfect for me. I have made a granny blanket before and hated sewing all the pieces so I think I’ll try the strips with a border. I’m also thinking of using homespun yarn because I like how soft it turns out. I can’t wait to get started.

  • I voted for this pattern when you first asked for input. I am a beginner crocheter and an advanced knitter. I need to learn how to read crochet patters and follow the directions. I may need a lot of assistance so I am going to look to my fellow bloggers to help. Thanks for this opportunity. Eileen Stokes

  • I am maybe intermediate?? Have been crocheting for a long time, taught myself with the idiot’s guide to knitting and crocheting, and there is not too much that I am afraid to do. Have wanted to do a CAL for a long time, but never seem to get in them at the beginning. Just got a HUGE “donation” of yarn from my husband’s grandmother that is very 70’s themed (orange, green, brown, etc.) so I am thinking this will be a good project to use up that yarn as well as making blankets for the family from them for this winter. Looking forward to this!!!!

  • I have been looking for an afghan to crochet but just couldn’t decide on which one to start with. I’m in between beginner & intermediate and this will be my first afghan. Although I’m a student, employee, wife, mother & church leader…I should be able to find time to accomplish this task. I have a few out of town trips so this can keep me occupied on the plane. I’m excited!

  • Hi,

    I learned to crochet a long time ago, but just last year was re-taught. Last year I made one blanket and was proud of myself for finishing – a friend started it for me and taught me the stitch and how to finish it. I am ready to try and learn to read patterns and start a project on my own.
    Thank you! This is a great way to get started!

  • I want to say hello to everyone. I received the email about the project and I am excited to join everyone. Since my son committed suicide a couple of months ago, I have not been able to pick up my crochet needle but I read all the welcoming statements and I feel this will be helpful in my recovery.

    Crocheting has always been a source of healing for me, whether it be from stress, children or work and I love every minute of it. I am excited to be doing this pattern.
    I look forward to many more statements.

  • Count me in.

    I’ve been knitting and crochet for over 30 yrs. I own/operate my own online business knitting and crocheting for others, and I love it.

    I’ve never done a sampler item like this, so I’m looking forward to it. I’m anxious to see what everyone comes up with.

  • I’m writing for my mother, Shirley. She is 86, legally blind, and has been crocheting and knitting all her life. I enlarge patterns for her, and with the help of magnifying glasses and a jeweler’s loop, she can get the pattern close enough to read a line at a time.
    She makes lap robes that we give to a home health agency for distribution to their clients and all summer she makes crocheted toys and outfits for teddy bears I find at thrift stores. We donate these to Toys for Toys every Christmas.
    Shirley was brought up not to waste and to save money, but I tell her yarn is her only “vice” and I have no problems buying the yarn she needs for her many projects.
    I write about the two of us and caregiving in general on my blog

  • Hi, my name is Lisa. I have been crocheting for about 7 yrs now, and have always wanted to do something like this. My friends laugh at me when I talk about crocheting, except when I make them things haha. I have been meaning to do something for my daughters room with my stash of yarn, so this seems like the perfect project, and if I have a goal I might actually finish it!

  • Hi, my name is Leanna, and I think I am probably an intermediate crocheter. My mother taught me to crochet when I was young. But, I hadn’t done any projects for many years. Then about 5 years ago, I took classes to learn how to knit, and loved it. And it looking for knitting patterns, I also found crocheting patterns, and I started crocheting again. Now, I have enough yarn in my house, that I could start my own yarn store! I am looking forward to starting this project. I already know which yarn I will be using. I have a ton of Wool-ease yarn that I bought for a knitted afghan, which I started and decided that I didn’t like the pattern. So, I will be using this yarn for our CAL project. I have several projects started and not yet completed. Hopefully, with others working on the same project, I will be able to finish this one on time. This is an awesome idea. I can’t wait to get started!!

  • I am working on an afghan now and have found a doll blanket I want to make —

    I was considering taking knitting classes but I’m really backed up with projects I want to do crochetting. I love the pattern and plan on making it soon.

  • I am working on an afghan now and have found a doll blanket I want to make —

    I was considering taking knitting classes but I’m really backed up with projects I want to do crochetting. I love the pattern and plan on making it soon.

  • I wanted to jump in and introduce myself. My name is Teresa and I have been crocheting for about 8 months. A whole 8 months. I hope I am not taking on more than I can “hook”. Sounds like a lot of fun and a challenge as well. I can’t wait to get started.

  • This CAL sounds like fun and I have been trying to figure out what to do with all this yarn I have from my previous projects. I too still get overwhelmed by some of the patterns but hopefully with us all working together we help each other out.

    My mother taught me to crochet when I was 16. She helped me make my 1st baby blanket using 3 strands of yarn and a very huge needle. The blanket came out beautifully, and I started to understand my mom’s passion for crocheting. I remember my mother always having a crochet hook in her hand. She passed away 14 years ago due to cancer. I crochet now because it relaxes me and I feel closer to my mom when I do. I started crocheting again 2 years ago. I have made 3 baby blankets and a large ripple afhgan for my husband (which he loves), and I just recently finished a blanket that needed to be sewn together. One of the problems I had with sewing the blocks together was choosing which color yarn I should use on two different colored blocks. I decided to go with one of the 2 colors so it would blend in better. But if you have any suggestions on how to make it look nicer I’m all ears.

  • Count me in.I love making afghans and learning new stitches.

  • Hi! My name is Sandra and I am here in MA! I just subscribed to this CAL! Problem is, I click for the pattern ans nothing opens. Can anyone send me a link to the pattern or attach it for me in an email? Thanks so very much! Looking forward to seeing this afghan come to life!

  • Hi, I’m Claire! I am so excited to have stumbled on this project. I have just finished my second afghan ever and wanted to try a more challenging project. This is perfect!

  • Hi. I am a crochet teacher but like the blogger I usually do smaller projects. I’m using a yarn given to me by my mom, so that will make it even more special. Good luck to all.

  • hi! I guess i’m an intermediate crocheter. been crocheting since 13 now 55. I don’t make very many aghans anymore and am looking forward to this project. currently i’ve been making myself tops, lacy cardigans, skirts etc. mostly cotton since I live in so. florida. I started making garments about 2 years ago and love it. lately been doing some baby things my kids are always asking for presents for people(no grandkids yet)anyway looking forward to getting together.

  • Hi, I can’t wait to get started on this. I have plenty of yarn at home. So now I will have to figure out what color I want to use.

  • Well, I want a project but I hate blocks-have only made one block project but I just never felt secure weaving those blocks together. I am anxious to see next blog regarding yarn choice-not sure about wool. I like the picture of the afghan on this blog, the picture on the main page doesn’t really show anything.

  • I haven’t finished afghan since I was 18! I’ve smaller projects for years. I’m ready! Count me in.

  • I have been crocheting ever since 6th grade and am always making things for other people. I hope to make this project for myself and use some of my vast yarn collection. I like the idea of the doll afghan, I plan to make it for my latest grand-daughter. I think working as a group will encourage me to complete this project.

  • So, how do I get the pattern? I am intrigued, and would like to learn about it. I have moderate crochet experience… all in yarn, not thread crochet.

  • Hi! I’ve been crocheting forever (close to 50 years), and I especially love making afghans. But I’m with Sandra on this one, a P hook sounds too big…unless the pattern calls for a double strand of yarn. I didn’t see that in the directions, so maybe I’ll just double it and see what happens. Regardless, I’ve never been in a crochet along, and it sounds like fun!

  • Hi — Ok, I’m in. I’ve never done a crochet-a-long and the concept sounds fun to me. I would say I’m an advance beginner/intermediate crocheter, but I know I’m in a rut with my favorite hooks and patterns….I really need to try new things. I’m looking forward to learning some new stitches and I will most likely give the blanket to my mother-in-law for Christmas when it is completed (she’s been asking me to make her an afghan for 2 years!) Happy hooking everyone :o)

  • I’m almost done with my Tree of Life KAL, and look forward to tackling this CAL. I’m a better knitter than crocheter, so I hope this will improve my crocheting skills! Thanks so much!

  • Inspiring. My mom taught me how to crochet back in 63. I’ve dabbled here and there with it, pocketbooks, hats but never confident to go beyond,(my squares always became triangles). I love working with yarn, always have a knitting or crocheting project with me whether I’m home or about. I do believe it’s time to take the jump into becoming an intermediate crocheter. So count me in.

  • Hello all. I am looking forward to getting started on this project. I am glad to be getting into a group and am looking forward to learning how to create entire blankets from squares that are not granny style. I have made about 7 afghans so far, have dabbled in the area of amugurumi and also have a fair amount if knitting experience as well. Let’s get going!

  • I have been crocheting for many years so I guess that would put me in the intermeditate to advanced category? I have tried knitting but my first love is crocheting! I look forward to joining this project since I am now an empty nester (just sent my youngest off to college)! I now have time to do the things I really enjoy!

  • I am in as well. I am pretty new to crochet..made scarves and a small bag, but not an afgan! I am totally up for learning thought. It should be a lot of fun!

  • Hi, I have been crocheting for many, many years, but I taught myself, Mom was left handed and just couldn’t teach me. (I found that I actually knit left handed) I have made many baby blankets and quite a few afghans, but I find it very challenging to make one of blocks, cause then you have to put them together (and remember where you set the fininshed ones down). I am going to start this, maybe with all different colors. It’s nice to know that I will have help.

  • I am eager to work this afghan with a group. I am an intermediate beginner and I am yearning to learn how to make sweaters I can wear and give as gifts. This will teach me new stitches so I am happy to try it.

  • Hi! I’m between intermediate and advanced. I started my first sweater here a few months ago and will probably have to start it again ’cause the puppy, um, “got hold of it”. Ergh. I’ve made blankets and tiny doilies (my favorite!). I’ve yet to make a blanket for myself, so perhaps this will be it! I’m very excited to use up some of this “extra” yarn I have laying around! HUZZAH!!

  • I was very excited when I saw that this would be a “sampler” — but then the directions call for only three simple blocks; repeating each block umpteen times would be truly yawn-inspiring. I’m sure the beginners will enjoy this (except for sewing them all together; that is always the most tedious way of making a beautiful afghan), but for anyone who has crocheted more than one or two items, this is one of those projects that will have them losing interest before it is complete. But then again, maybe everyone didn’t go through the popular granny square era of the 70’s. Back then we sewed enough squares together to last a lifetime!!

  • Hi, this is gonna be the first time I’m gonna be in a crochet-a-long. I’m a bit shy about it too. I hope I have the time to do it. I should. I love chocheting. This pattern is a breeze and Ilove it too. Who doesn,t need a new lap balnket?. Count me in.

  • Hi, I am excited about joining this project. I considered myself to be advanced beginner\intermediate crocheter. I like make afghans, shawls.
    I think joining this project will give me incentive to complete this one as well as some other projects I have started.

  • Greetings! Reading all the other intros, I’m still a baby in the knitting and crochet world. (I turned 21 only a month ago!) My mum taught me to knit when I was six, because I wouldn’t stop asking her questions when she would do her own knitting, and I learnt to crochet when I was about ten or eleven. I started with the good ol ‘granny squares’ as we call them, and I have made many a blanket for the numerous cousins that have arrived since then.

    I’ve spent so much time creating things for other people, I thought this would be a great way to learn some more about crochet and make something for ME while I’m at it!

    Should be fun!!

  • Hello All. My name is Debra, I am 56 years and reside near San Antonio, TX. I have been crocheting for many, many years and find this very relaxing and theraputic. I don’t have any favorites as I enjoy crocheting just about everything I find, but am limited only by the hours in a day and the hated conditions of Firbromyalgia and Arthritis (just 2 of many). I always have at least 2-3 projects going at any given time and always take some type of project along for pppointments, ect. I am very excited about the CAL and look forward to adding it to my experience. I’ll be formally joining the CAL as soon as I post this and am ready to go. What wonderful way of using some of what has become almost a room full of beautiful yarn. Most of all, and quite important, I look forward to “meeting”, sharing and learning from my fellow crochet lovers everywhere. Thank you, Lion Brand, for this wonderful opportunity. I hope to hear from those who share this wonderfully beautiful art. In Friendship, Debra

  • My grandmother taught me to crochet a bout 45 years ago. One of my earliest memories is holding her yarn while she wounnd it into balls. I’m looking forward to working this afghan after I finish the baby afghan I’m making right now. I like the fact that it’s worked in blocks because I like to have something portable with me for my subway ride to work.

  • I’ve been crocheting since I was a teenager and have made many things from hats, scarves, slippers, baby items, afghans, and I am currently with a church prayer shawl group. This afghan sounds interesting and I look forward to joining this group.

  • Greetings Fellow Crocheter’s – I’m delighted to be involved in such a wonderful project. I, like many of you, also have other projects going, but have decided to go ahead and join in. It sounds like a fun time and with everyone’s words of encouragement – how can one fail. This is my first-ever CAL, and I bet it will not be my last. Good luck to all.

  • Hi, my name is Norann. I learned to crochet from an old book while visiting my grandmother about 40 years ago. Despite my many years of experience, I don’t consider myself an expert. I’ve always admired the beautiful afghans that I’ve seen made with granny squares. I tried making one for my first niece when I was 16. My biggest obstacle was getting all the squares to be “close” to the same size. My sister finally told me that after she washed it a few times, the squares started coming apart. Although I have crocheted many afghans since then, I have not attempted another with squares. I’ve never crocheted with a group before, so I am really looking forward to giving the CAL a try. I think it will be great to have somewhere to turn for advice and comradery.
    Thanks Lion Brand!!

  • Hi everyone!
    I took up crocheting and knitting on January 7, 2005 and I haven’t put my needles down since!
    I put the cigarettes down and picked up the needles instead. Great stress reliever.

    Anyways I learned how to basic crochet and knit from my grandmother when I was a child. At this point in my life I would consider myself an intermediate.

    I am in the middle…errrrrrrrr…beginning after ripping it out 10 times….of crocheting a babies dress. I think I might look in my box of left over yarns and see if I can’t put together enough for this project. The New England nights get mighty cold and we can always use another blanket……especialy with the price of oil this year!!!

    Good luck everyone.

  • Hi! My name is Lonna and I learned to crochet when I was about 6 but wasn’t motivated to do anything beyond a chain until I was 10 or 11 and needed clothes for my Barbie! Since college, I have made afghans, dishcloths, shopping bags, hats, mittens, scarves, slippers, baby blankets, sweaters, and one dress for my daughter. I would consider myself to be an intermediate crocheter “plus” and I would love to improve my skills for making clothes, shaping, and joining pieces. I’m joining this CAL to get myself to focus on sticking with an afghan long enough to finish it. Looking forward to having the company!

  • This looks like a great project. I have been crocheting for 25 year. This will be fun to do knowing I have other people working on it too.

  • Good morning everyone. I am starting a crocheting club in the elementary that I teach 3rd grade. I started last year with 8 of my girls and this year they are excited about getting started. Our first project is an afgan for the Christmas raffle for charity. I think this afgan would be perfect for us to do. WISH ME LUCK PLEASE.

  • I knit and crochet. Don’t know if I need another afghan but I would like to know different stitches. Right now I am obsessed with knitting and crocheting socks. I also make sweaters and baby layettes, as well as stuffed toys for charity and hats for people receiving chemo. Oh and lets not forgett about the slippers and crochet purses (some I bead). I don’t know what to do with it all anymore. Just like to buy yarn and make something.

  • I have never crocheted before this will be a great project to start with. I have been wanting to learn for a while since my mom and grandmother can crochet, but I was never willing to learn when I was growing up.

    I look forward to picking out yarn and am thinking of the multiple colors.

  • To Karyl Cossman # 87

    I have been knitting since I was 6 and I am wondering what tests or projects you have to do to get the title Master Knitter. I would like to take the test!! I love to knit and am currently working on the KAL,Twin Tree Afghan that Lion Brand hosted just before this CAL.

    Thanks Cheryl from the state of MICHIGAN

  • My skill level lies between beginner and intermediate. I learned to crochet while in college, but have never completed a ‘big’ item. I look forward to tackling this afghan pattern and I’m especially excited about the process. Completing smaller sections, then joining them into a larger piece is something I’ve never done before!

  • This is very exciting and I am looking forward to trying this. I cleaned for a lady at the age of 10 and watched her crochet.I wanted to learn but didn’t try it until I was in my 20’s I got a book called “I taught my-self to crochet” I made a granny square ponco first then a sweater and hat for my daughter who is now 36 when her son
    (15 now) was born she let him wear it. It is still a beautiful yellow one so boy or girl could wear it. I make afgahns all of the time every new baby I hear about in the family or close friend gets one. The look on someones face that has never had something made special for them is priceless.I can read a pattern, but nice to know if I have a problem help is there. Happy Crocheting everone. Lets get started!!!!

  • I taught myself to knit and crochet about 6 years ago…which probably puts me somewhere in the advanced beginner/intermediate range. I’m really excited about the pattern, and I’m doing this as a challenge to actually finish a project, as with my increasingly busy schedule I’ve had a hard time doing lately. I also just moved into a new apartment, and it will be sort of be my own housewarming present.

  • Good morning, I am going to do this, have to get my yarn. I have already joined the Ravelry group. Looking forward to doing this.


  • I have always wanted to do a sampler afghan but figured I would not complete one. I’m looking forward to this CAL as I’m better at finishing projects when I participate in a CAL. I would say I’m an intermediate crocheter (I also knit). I believe this should be fun.

  • Hi!
    I have been crocheting for many years and love it! I have passed on my love of crochet by teaching others. I look forward to interacting with others on this project and seeing how everyone is coming along each week.

  • I had a lot of fun knitting the Tree of Life Afghan, I am sure I will have as much fun making this one. Thanks for the K/CAL, they are motivating. I learned to crochet in June, but since then I have made socks and bags and scarfs, so I am sure I will have a lot of fun making this afghan.

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  • Hi Everyone! My name is Shelle and I’m from Indiana. I’ve posted many pictures on Lion Brand’s Gallery! I LOVE LB yarns!! I don’t normally join CALs because I’m usually busy designing my own patterns, but I really like the looks of this blanket. I think I’ll do shades of off-white, beige, tan, linen, either in LB Wool-ease, Wool-ease Chunky, or Vanna’s Choice (I just finished a Molly Weasley sweater in VC – that yarn is terrific!). I haven’t made a blanket in ages. I’ve been concentrating on sweaters, shawls, and children’s hats, etc. I like the idea that this is made in sections. I don’t think I could make a blanket that’s all in one piece. I get bored too easily. 🙁
    Thank you LB for doing this CAL. I think it’ll be great fun and I look forward to getting to know some of the participants. 😀

  • I am looking for ward to starting the CAL. I have been crocheting for 30 years and love a challenge, and my challenge will be to make a complete afghan. Which I have never done before. Now to be able to get the pattern so I can get started (buy the supplies) I can not seem to get the pattern to come up.

  • Hi, I’m Jodie! I have been crocheting off and on since I was old enough to hold a needle and work the yarn. But, since becoming a stay-at-home mother two years ago, I have really picked up crocheting again. I generally crochet every day for as long as possible with two little children. I am very excited about this group and about the first pattern. I can’t wait to get started and to see how everyone else is doing on the project. I am also excited about learning new stitches and crocheting hints from those who have years and years of experience.

  • Hi. My grandfather taught me to knit and crochet when I was 9. While at home the past year, I
    learned to read crochet patterns and actually finished 2 blankets and a pair of booties. This will be my first CAL and I hope to give the afghan to my son.

  • Love the sampler afghan. However, one of the sample photos shows the afghan in different colored squares of earth colors instead of all in “natural”. Would like to get the color combos as shown in that picture (looks like greys, light peaches, and maybe, an ombre.


  • I have never done anything like this before. I find unless I like the project, yarn, color of yarn, and speed of project, it is difficult for me to stick with it. Because these are small squares, I may stick with it. I don’t quite understand how this works. I am more of a beginner, and have a difficult time following patterns. Maybe this will help.

  • I am 27 (as of yesterday!) and have been crocheting since about 9. I am excited about the crochet along! I love crocheting, and do lots, but am usually so wrapped up in projects for others that I don’t enjoy doing things for myslef or sharing with fellow crafters. Look forward to progressign with everyone!

  • I have been loving yarn all my life. It wanders in and out of my favorite things. I have never tackled a project this size and I am looking forward to it. I think I would have better luck finishing this if I make the doll-sized.

  • I thought this would be a fun project to learn. I’m part of a knitting/crochet group that meets every 3 weeks. I’m going to encourage my friend to join in too – she’s a teacher that started a “Hooks for Hope” crochet group at the high school she teaches for as a community service group for students! This would be great for them!

  • hello,
    I guess I am an advanced beginner. I have actually been crocheting for over 25 years but don’t challenge myself too often. My grandmother, Sophie taught me to crochet. I currently have a granny square in the works as well as a knitted throw but since I have just retired and the holidays are coming up, I might tag along on this one. I really like the simpleness of the plain color and design. I like doing squares but not so much joining them. My work never looks really neat. Joining is definitly a weak area. Any tips would be great.

  • Hi i love to make things out of site so if i make a mistake i can take it out i usually tell people i am playing until i am done and if i like it if i do not i take it apart and start over so i hope i can do it thanks for the invite.

  • I think this is a super idea. I’ve been crocheting pretty much since I was a little kid (so, like, 20 years now — on and off.)

    I’m getting kinda bored in what I am doing now so having a new project will be awesome… I will also look forward to delving into my stash to see what I can come up with to use (and resist the urge, of course, to go buy new yarn.)

    I would described my skill level as probably advanced beginner to intermediate because even tho I’ve been crafting forever, I still have trouble deciphering patterns.

  • I’m an intermediate crocheter, I guess. I’ve made a lot of stuffed animals and finger puppets, as well as baby blankets and scarves. I’ve never made a blanket for an adult before so I’m looking forward to that.

  • Well I havent crochet in years, but want to get an afgan done for me for fall. This looks like a great idea. Hopefully it’ll keep me on track. So what do I do next?

  • Help! I want to share the pattern with our church’s prayer shawl ministry (we’re always looking for something new) and the link is not working!

  • My name is Sherri Fields and I’ve been crocheting for 22 years. I am self-taught. I love all types of needlework. I quilt, smock, knit, and cross stitch. I’m kind of excited about having an online community to interact with. I just retired from the field of education (27 years, 13 as a high school principal) and just joined the local EGA. I’ve been a member of the local quilt bee for years.

    This looks like a lot of fun. Is there a time table for this, or is it an at-your-own-pace kind of thing?

  • Hi, I’m Melissa, and I’m somewhere between an intermediate and advanced crocheter. My grandmother encouraged me to learn to crochet. She was amazing — even with severe arthritis in her crochet-hand, she could turn out blankets better than many! I love working on the Prayer Shawls the most. My first one was for my daughter, who suffers from depression. She loves her Knitted Rectangular Shawl, done in Montana Sky. I’ve also completed a simple double-thick crocheted shawl in red for a team member who is recovering from a heart attack. I have 2 others I’m working on, one for a distant friend with epilepsy, and another suffering from fibro myalgia. Each shawl is received with both smiles and tears, and I’ll keep doing them until I can’t hold a hook! Am looking forward to starting this one — it reminds me of one I did as a baby blanket for my daughter (over 20 years ago).

  • Hi! I have been crocheting since 1970. Learned from a fellow nursing student in the dorm. My three children crochet. (yes even my son, although he is better at counted cross stitch). I have taught many others to crochet and I always make sure they learn to read a pattern by the end of my lessons.

    I love this pattern and feel it will make a great take along project to work on while waiting anywhere.

  • I’m Dana from Peyon, CO and will be joining all of you with this afghan. I can hardly wait to get started.

  • I’m Regina from Maryland and this will be my first Crochet-Along. I’m looking forward to it. I also just want to say that since first getting the Lion Brand emails, I am very pleased to find out about all the charity events. I love to crochet and now, it will allow me to do something for others as well! Thank you, Lion Brand!

  • Ginger from Oregon here. Like so many others, I’m already in the middle of several projects (a piano afghan, a baby dress, a baby afghan), but heck! Wouldn’t be a true crochet freak if I didn’t have several things going, now would I?

    I’m between intermediate and advanced – I’ve only been stumped a couple times, and I choose to blame those on the pattern writer! 🙂 I have some lovely tweed yarn I got at a yard sale for a steal that I’ve been meaning to make up into a nice afghan for my son, so this might be just the incentive I need to get it done.

  • Hi everyone! I was taught the basics of crochet when I was 8 by my mom (I’m now 42) and I’ve learned more stitches on my own – with pretty good success. But I have trouble with the finishing touches, i.e. weaving in the ends (why is I can always see where I’ve done it, but the pictures I look at you just can’t tell???) or joining blocks together (my joinings always look terrible and, as was mentioned by Jessica-jean #14 post, they don’t look like they’ll hold up).
    Why is it that patterns will say to “join blocks together with a whip-stitch”, but don’t really tell you HOW that whip-stitch should be done? Even just a couple of pictures so that I know that I am going through the right place on the side of a block would be SO helpful! Joining the top and bottom of a block are easy – the sides are *not*!
    Sorry, I’ll get off my soapbox now. 😀
    I just started a new job as asst. manager, but if I can talk my hubby into loosing me to a major project like this, I just might give it a try! I’ve been wanting to do an afghan in purple.

  • I knit but I enjoy crocheting more, I have been doing it for about 2 years. I have mostly done little hats, some granny squares that I haven’t put to use yet and I am attempting my first pair of booties. I look forward to making an afghan that I might actually complete!

  • Hi, I’m Shelby. I live in the mountains of central PA and I am an avid self-taught knitter and crocheter among others. I’d love to join this CAL as I have a few Christmas presents to make and this should help keep me motivated!
    Thanks Lion Brand for the opportunity!

  • Hey Post 265 — from watching these replies pop up and from the amt of time it took for me to get the pattern to load… I’m gonna guess it’s getting swamped!! Probably just give it time and it should be fine.

  • Hello everyone! I’ve been a crocheter and knitter for many years but this is my first time “blogging”. I consider myself advanced but I’m always learning as some patterns still stump me. I’m really looking forward to the CAL.

    I am currently working on two throws. One for my granddaughter, the other for my grandson, and just finished a backpack for my youngest granddaughter. This will be a fun take along project. Since it’s different blocks it should keep my interest piqued. For those of you who start things and never finish them, I’ve been there, many times, but the pride you feel when you actually finish something you’ve been working on for a while is priceless.

    I live in Texas and work out of my home as a medical transcriber so I usually do my crafting in the evening hours. My mom taught me to knit and crochet and it is a craft I dearly love. She is 96 and until recently had still been knitting and crocheting dish cloths. Hope I can be doing that at her age!

  • This is great. I have been crocheting for about 15 years and consider myself a seasoned beginner to a novice intermediate. My only trouble is following the crocheting directions and, of course, finishing the project. It sounds like a good challenge and I am up for that.

  • I guess I’m an experienced crocheter. I go through patterns in no time… The first thing I will do is select different colors. The pattern is very easy for me… so will look forward for additional changes to the sampler. Thanks!

  • Hiya!
    My name is Yubby, I am an advanced beginner or maybe an intermediate LOL. I learned to crochet when i was very young and have kinda kept it up all along, but with kids, i have found it a fun way to really make some unique crafts for them and my nieces and nephews. I have completed one afghan, it was blocks, in a NASCAR color Scheme to match my son’s room. With Winter on the way, and oil through the room, my Vermont home can NEVER have enough blankets!

  • I am so happy to try this. The knit-a-long was great, I learned from my mistakes, my daughter is happy – she will get the project. You are wonderful for doing this. Thanks 🙂

  • I must admit that I didn’t finish the knitted Tree of Life. It is such a nice pattern and I really want to finish it. I have been planning a wedding for November! 🙂 I love to knit and crochet and this one will be fun to do in the coming cool months. I am also expecting my first great-grand child, so I think I will be looking for baby colors of yard for this one. Making blocks are easy and fast, but I am not fond of putting the blocks together either. I do like the idea of strips of 5 ! Thanks for that tip.

    Have fun everyone!

  • Hi All. I taught myself to crochet when pregnant with my first child, who is now 30. I guess I would call myself an intermediate skill level crocheter. I have stitched up oodles of afghans over the years typically the one piece kind. This last year I made a few stripped afghans mainly because the weather here in El Paso, TX is really too hot to have a full size afghan resting on you. I did not follow the instructions that wanted you to whip stitch the pieces together I actually used a single crochet. I too want them to last. I recently challenged myself with dollies, fun, and different – boy are the hooks small. I always have several projects going at the same time. I kind of get bored if the stitches are the same throughout, which is why I enjoyed the stripped afghans. I really like the idea of working on a project with others working too! I have always hoped that a group would form, like the one in the Friday Night Knitting Club book. (really good book by the way) Size P hook? The largest I have ever used is a J. Not sure I will make this particular project. But will definitely stay on board for the next one that comes along.

  • Hi everyone. I’m Sarah and I taught myself to crochet about 6 years ago. I would consider myself to be an intermediate crocheter. I have several projects going right now, and am trying to get them all finished for a sale we are having at my church in September! Hopefully I can finish everything and have time to work on something new. I am excited to start this blanket!

  • When my grandmother passed away, I got all of her stash of yarn, crochet thread, etc. I’ve been plugging my way through all that yarn for a few years, but there’s still a lot left. Our younger daughter is graduating from high school this year and has asked that I make some afghans for some of her friends as gifts. (Hey, it’ll cut down on the cost of buying presents!) So, I’ve been looking for various patterns to work them all up. This might be a good choice for one of them. I consider myself an intermediate hooker as I taught myself. I have done lots of items….afghans, market bags, scarves, hook books/needle mats…lately I’ve been doing hats/caps. We’ll see how this goes. Wish me luck!

  • Crochet is my first love. I guess it is because I have done it since I can remember. Once I learn a pattern I can do it with my eyes closed (really). My mother taught me on the only thing she had available… sewing thread size 60 and size 17 hook. Consequently, this would be mindless for me, but the companionship sounds fun. I am looking forward to seeing the pattern and how it is written. I find that a lot of the patterns these days are written wrong, have multiple mistakes, or do not produce the pattern in the picture. So, my plan is to follow the pattern as written, and copy the picture as shown and compare the difference. Hence, I will probably have two sets of blocks. Also, to the Jessica-Jean who doesn’t like sewed together blocks, who said you had to do it exactly as someone else does? Be creative, design your own way of putting it together!

  • Hi, Everyone! I was taught to crochet when I was 3 years old by my mom. I made tiny doll skirts and dresses for a doll I used to carry with me, which I still have. I’m now 58, and am happy to see that crocheting has made a huge comeback. It fell “out of style” for a long time, and I had to be very selective as to who I gave my homemade items. That individual had to be someone who appreciated the craftsmanship of the articles, and the love that went into it. I have made many baby afghans, adult afghans, purses, potholders, animals, Christmas items, shrugs, etc., all of which were either given as gifts or sold on consignment. I keep my creations “one of a kind” so that no two people will ever have the identical item. My mom was an expert at crocheting and knitting. (She also taught me how to knit.) However, she couldn’t read a pattern. “In my day,” she would say, “there were no patterns.” She would just look at something and duplicate it. When she wanted to make something from a book that required reading a pattern, I would be her translater. Well, enough about me, I have a wedding to attend in November, and I have to get started on the Sampler Afghan. It should be fun!

  • Hi all. I am Erin and I have been crocheting for about 18 years, knitting for 1 year. I love both. As chance would have it I just started this pattern about 2 weeks ago as something to work on in between Prayer Shawls. It is a great pattern, I think for beginners and easy to follow. The squares work really fast. The only problem I ran into was the single crochet squares look so much smaller than then double and cluster squares. They do stretch to the same size but I am not sure this was the intention. So I guess I really need to use a bigger hook. This Crochet along seems like a neat idea. Look forward to see how it goes.

  • This looks like fun. My son is playing football this Fall and I’m using that time to do something for me. This way I can crochet and still keep my eye on him and encourage him. Since the instructions seem so simple, I think I’ll use the colors and textures of the thread I pick to make the afgan interesting. I’m looking forward to doing this with all of you. Happy Crocheting!!

  • I’m a 30 year old newlywed new to MT. I learned to crochet as a little girl, and have recently picked it up again as an adult. I’m comfortable with most “intermediate” patterns, and even designed my own pattern for a sunflower afghan this summer! (I’ll post pictures and the pattern on my website at some point…) Lately I’ve been into making simple blankies for all the babies my friends are having, and trying some amigurumi projects.

    I think this blanket design for the Crochet Along! All of the stitches should be comfortable enough for most beginners, while it still has a bit of variety! Plus who could resist the fun of everyone crocheting together?

    I think this is going to be awesome! I’ll post pictures of my progress on a “Crochet-Along” tab on my website (will go make that now!), and am happy to work together with anyone in my area (Billings, MT) or answer questions or offer support via email!

  • I am going to attempt this out of sheer insanity as I am starting college classes next week! I think it would be fun, I have been crocheting since I was 16, I am going to be 42 in November. I’ve never participated in anything like this. I am hoping I can get at least one thing done for a Christmas present, and I have an 11 and 13 year old great nephew that have requested afghans. They said they wanted “all colors” so since this is a sampler I thought it would be great to try it like that, and it would be like a patchwork one. It would also work so well for being masculine! 🙂 I have a huge yarn stash so I won’t have to buy any, which is a good thing! It’s nice to be here with all of you and I look forward to our project!

  • I think I may try this one! I’ve done many blankets in my past, and I’m actually making 2 blankets right now for my parents, but I am intrigued by the idea of this. I’m looking forward to seeing info on the doll-sized blanket for my daughter’s dolls.

  • Hi! My name is Stephanie. I taught myself to crochet about 2 years ago while on bed rest during my last pregnancy. I would say that I am probably an intermediate skill level crocheter. I have made a few baby blankets and some little cardigans (I have found that it is a LOT cheaper to make a gift than to buy one). I recently found out that I am pretty good at making up my own patter for things and they have turned out amazing… I just made a Baby Bikini that is adorable by making up my own pattern because i couldn’t find one anywhere. It turned out so well that I am thinking of making a business out of it… we will see how that goes.
    This project came at the perfect time since I just finished the last baby blanket I was working on 2 days ago and have been looking for something new to start.

  • I think I’d like to do this.

    I am advanced intermediate. I prefer to work with yarn. I am looking forward to seeing how the rest of you are doing on the project.

    As for ravelry, I have to remember my password. LOL!

  • Hi All,
    My name is Debra and I’ve been crocheting for about 3 years now.This will be my first CAL, so I’m looking forward to participating! I have a few other projects going now, so my challenge will be finishing this. Can’t wait to get started! Happy crocheting everyone!

  • Hi! I’ve been crocheting for over 30 years. It’s beeb an off again-on again project due to my arthritis. I’ve taught crocheting and I’m in the process of making prayer shawls for members of my church. In between I’ll crochet an afghan because that’s my first love when it comes to crocheting. The CAL pattern seems to be a great pattern for left over yarn. It’s something I can work on in between other projects.

    I also can read any pattern, if anyone needs help.

    I’m in the Cleveland, OH area if someone wants to partner, or keep in contact on progrsss.

  • Hi. I am planning to have a go at this project. It sounds like a challenge being that Im only a beginner. It will probably take God and encouragement from your comments to help me finsh because I think Ive only finished 2 or 3 projects in 4 years. I look forward to this and hopefully if i complete this it will encourage me with other thing. Yeah for crochet therapy.

  • I am excited to get started with this project! I taught myself to crochet about 3 years ago, and I am always looking for new projects (like I need more! LOL). But this will be fun, especially because I will be working along with you all!
    I am 45, mom to 5, mom in law to 2, married to one for 27 years. I work part time managing a company we own and started 2 years ago. I definitely need the stress remover!
    I also have a huge stash of yarn, so this gives me one more way to use it!

  • I’d say I’m intermediate. I learned to crochet about 2 years ago and even taught a friend. I love a challenge, so I’ve learned lots of skills quickly. But, I’ve never done something this large, only baby clothes, so this will be interesting.

  • Hi everyone,
    My name is Shelley and I taught myself to crochet almost 4 years ago. I sell items at our local growers market, and I consider myself to be an advanced intermediate crocheter. I’m not to thrilled about this project actually, plus I’ve got quite a few projects that I’m working on. But this sounds like it will be fun for many of you. Good luck!

  • Hi! I was interested in this afghan right away when the email came introducing it this morning. I have been mostly weaving and knitting lately, but this seems like a nice “take-along-in-the-car” project as well as a good project at home for the cooler nights that are coming. I haven’t crocheted for awhile, but am looking forward to doing this, and am very interested in how everyone else is doing. BTW, I’m a 54stay-at-home homeschooling Mom of 12 (8 are grown and gone, and the grandbabies are starting to come.

  • I have been crocheting for some 40 years now. My mother taught me and I have been enjoying it tremendously over the years. I have done alot of thread chrochet,(doilys and ornaments mainly) and have given then away as gifts to my family and friends. I have made several afghans and shawls over the years and have made afghans for most of my 21 grandchildren. Working full time I do most of my crocheting in the evenings or while waiting for appointments. This afghan sampler seems like a good “take along” project. I’m looking forward to the challenge of completing a project along with others.

  • Hi, I’m Lisa from Missouri–I knit and crochet what seems to be an obsessive amount. I always have something simple in my car just in case I have to wait and certainly don’t want to waste any time do NOTHING. I crochet a lot of the potholders that eventually double back on themselves and make a lovely double potholder out of cotton yarn–easy, mindless and make lovely gifts. I am excited about this project because if we are doing this together I may just finish something:>)

  • Hi everyone. I am Sharon (59) and have been crocheting and knitting since I was a child–my mother taught me and I have taken a few knitting classes. I would say my skill level is more than intermediate but some of the more advanced projects are still a challenge.

    I strayed away from crocheting when I started counted cross stitch which I became addicted to. I had rotator cuff surgery in June and since I could still move my hand and arm (below the elbow) I started crocheting again. So far, I’ve done 4 baby blankets, started a one-piece full sized afghan (got too hot here in Georgia to finish right now) and finished stitching a full-sized afghan that was done in blocks. All that remains to be done on that afghan is weaving in the ends from all the color changes and blocks–I HATE WEAVING THE LOOSE ENDS!! I perfer crocheting (although I do knit as well) since it’s much easier to correct if you make a mistake (not like dropping a stitch while knitting).

    I have plenty of yarn on hand (every time I go into Hobby Lobby they have some marked down to rediculously low prices that I can’t resist)and may try making this out of a varigated yarn. However, for a patten with the texture that this has, I find a solid color usually shows the pattern better so I’m undecided.

    Nice meeting you all and I look forward to crocheting along with the rest of you.

  • Hello, everyone! I am looking forward to beginning this project. I liked Sam’s description of a “proficient beginner.” That’s me, too. I love to crochet, but I’m a chicken and haven’t tried my hand at many adventurous projects. My most recent finished blanket was a sampler baby afghan. This CAL pattern is perfect for my schedule as a soccer mom. Can’t wait to get started!

    One question. I’m allergic to wool!! Any suggestions for alternatives that will give me a look similar to the finished project in the photo?

  • Hi Everyone,

    I’m excited to join this CAL and to be crocheting rather than knitting for a change. I don’t crochet as much as I’d like so this will be a great project for me and along the way I’m sure I’ll learn some new skills and techniques with the help of those who are advanced…..yes, I’m jealous, LOL.

    I’m an intermediate, at best, and I’m looking forward to discussing which yarns can be used and possibly even using up some of my ‘more than ample stash’.

    Thanks for this CAL, Lion Brand and Cecily! 🙂

  • I have been crocheting since I was a teenager and have taught my daughter. We are looking forward to this project. Sounds like fun.

  • I have been crocheting on and off for years. Being doing cross stitch lately but this intrigues me. Working with other people on the same prfoject may give me the ambition to actually finish the afghan. Plus the idea of it being done in blocks giving it easy to carry on vacations or even while waiting to pick up grandkids. Looking forward to the smaller versions for my granddaughter to use.

  • Hi i’m Smitha.. and i would love to do a crochet do along.. but this pattern sounds a bit boring.. especially the simple blocks.. i dunno if i will finish it.. also i have a lot of homespun yarn.. anybody thinking of doing this in homespun??

  • This is for Jessica-Jean – Please don’t let your disappointment in the way this afghan goes together stop you from making it. Whenever I see a pattern I always immediately start making mental changes to the pattern to suit me. With this pattern, I think I can go around each square with a single crochet border, thus allowing me to then crochet as opposed to whipstitch ( I agree with you, I have never felt whipstitching something together is near as longlasting as crochecting)each square one to the other. Also I had thought that by crocheting a border around each square it would allow the pattern of that particular square to stand out more. This is my hope, and as long as I have done this with so many things I crochet and knit I have not been disappointed yet with the changes I’ve incorporated! Good Luck!

  • This seems like a good project; the sampler squares will be a bit of a challange, but not as tedious(boring) as a full afgan in one single pattern. I don’t know how my grandmother completed as many ripple afgans as she did, that much in one pattern would have driven me to quit–bundle all the yarn and half finished afgan in a bag and hide it!

    One question–how long is the crochet-along? Do we have days, or weeks, or (better yet) months to complete this project together??

  • Hi, I’m not sure how I would classify myself. I learned to crochet when I was young and did a lot when in my 20’s but haven’t picked it up in a while. I’m currently knitting an afghan as a Christmas gift and it will be done shortly so this may be a great way to get back into crocheting.

  • I am a beginner. A friend did show me a few stitches a year ago and I have done a couple of baby blankets. I would like to learn more, so decided to try this.

  • Hello, I’m Nancy. I’ve been crocheting for over 26 years. My grandmother taught me when I was 13 years old. I did lots of projects with just granny squares, since this is what she taught me. She couldn’t teach me much more since she passed away shortly after. I used to look at pictures of items and just crochet. A couple of years ago I sat down and learned how to read patterns. A whole new world opened up for me then. I did this because I saw a toy in a magazine that I wanted to make for my baby boy (He’s 3 now) and I couldn’t figure how they did it so I had to make myself learn to read the pattern. I was amazed at how easy it was. Now I love to make everything. Lately I’ve been making purses, baby blankets, toys, and food. Mostly because it doesn’t take long to make. That is the reason I’m joining the CAL because I tend to stray away from Large projects. I consider myself Intermediate.

  • I am excited about starting this blanket. I already have 2 balls of Fisherman Wool but I ordered 4 more and I think that if I finish the blanket, I will make throw pillows. I have a baby sweater started but I will finish that soon and start the blanket.
    Thanks for starting the crochet-along. I am trying to learn to knit but I can crochet faster.

  • Hi my name is Nanette and I am from Sturgis, MI. As far as my level of knowledge in crochet I love to do it, I think I am more then a beginner but I am certainly not a pro. I can read and understand some terminology unless it is really complicated. I thought this would be a project I could get back into crocheting and have a great cover for the cool nights.

  • This sounds really good to me. I’ve been crocheting for years, but I’ve never learned to read a pattern. I’ve also never done block work. I’m looking forward to learning from all of you!

  • This sounds like fun. I have crocheted for years and have made many afghans, but tend to hesitate with patterns that require a lot of joining one section to another, so this ought to be good for me! I have been cross stitching lately and not doing too much crochet, but I will look forward to joining this CAL and get back to making an afghan just for me (I always seem to give them away). I would say that I am at an intermediate level skill wise.

  • Hi all. I would consider myself an experienced crocheter. I have made clothes, booties, hats, gans, anything from big to small. My passion is baby clothes and doll clothes. The smaller the thread the better I like it! So on that note this would be a break from the norm for me and give me a chance to create something a little bigger than I am used to, a challenge in itself. Happy hooking!

  • Well, I’m going to give it a try. I’m in the middle of one afghan that I started…ooooh… 2 or 3 years ago. I also have a few other projects that I bought the yarn for, but never started. I know that I should work on those, but am hoping that this will be more motivating and give me a jump start. Somewhere along the way, I’ll have to start a baby blanket, too, but I seem to be able to motivate myself to get those done, so here we go! How long is this project supposed to take anyway?

  • Hi, I tried to check the gauge of this pattern with the P hook. Seems to be way to big. Had to go to a J to get close to their size. Has anyone else tryed this. Let me know thanks.

  • Hi, Everyone calls me by my nickname ‘RacerMary’ because of my love for NASCAR Racing. I live in central Texas and my level of crochet knowledge is intermediate to somewhat advanced. Although I have a lot of projects started, I think I will tackle this one too.

    I do have one question. Can WW yarn be used instead of wool? I don’t like to use wool because it kinda makes me itch.

    Looking forward to this new challenge.

  • My grandmother taught me to crochet many years ago. Usually I avoid afghans because for me they are cumbersome and repetitious and end up never being completed. I think this afghan will be fun and easy to complete. Can’t wait to get started.

  • I am looking forward to doing this. Anyone from Spring, TX? Be fun to get together if you are.
    I am mainly a knitter but if I make afghans I usually crochet them. Takes too long to knit them. I have made many afghans. Hope to get my yarn for this soon. I usually use acrylic yarn or washable wool yarn. I need these to be machine washable so people don’t accidentally ruin them.
    Nan W.

  • Hi, I am already working on a blanket but I love the idea of being able to work along with so many other people. I am excited to get started.

    I taught myself how to crochet and I have made many things so I would say I am at the intermediate level.

  • My name is Denise aka The Domestic Angel and I consider myself a life long crocheter, but I also stick to the smaller projects or those with bigger hooks in order to complete things. I like this pattern and I like the concept of the Crochet Along. I live in an area where there are literally NO knitting/crochet or yarn shops other than the large national chains, so the ‘buddy’ concept of a crochet along appeals to me. I’ll be anxious to read how everyone is doing. I also have 2 blogs, but have neglected them as of late. I plan on getting back at it with those with the purchase of a new computer and back to school.
    Denise Lower aka The Domestic Angel

  • Hi, My name is Janice. I am from Butler, Pennsylvania and am considering doing this crochet a long. I have crocheted since I was a little girl. I must say though my real passion is quilting but I still do enjoy crocheting.


  • I don’t have time to read all the posts right now, but am looking forward to joining in the CAL. It’s going to be fun and a challenge to complete the project. See you all …..
    Dee in Michigan

  • I love to crochet and joining a CAL sounds like a lot of fun. I have a huge stash of yarn at home and the sampler afghan project will be a great way to use some of it up. I look forward to comparing my progress with the progress of others and sharing notes along the way. What a great idea!

  • Hello everyone, my name is Christina. I started crocheting when I was around 12 years old and haven’t put down a hook since. My mom taught me the basics and pretty soon I figured out how to read patterns and was teaching her a thing or two. I would say my skill level is advanced. I enjoy crocheting because it’s quick and easy. Though I like the look of a knitted garment better when I finally finish it (which doesn’t happen often), I would rather just crochet and get it done. Right now I’m working on a baby afgan because we’re expecting our first child in November (a baby girl). But I’ve been making things for her throughout my pregnancy and I’m ready to have a project all my own. Good luck crocheters!

  • Hello! I have been crocheting for many, many years and just don’t like to do afghans! But, I’m going to do this (maybe two!) for my granddaughters! I like projects I can take “on the road” and this is definitely a portable one. Thanks!

  • Hello everyone! My grandma taught me to crochet when I was about 10. Then I never really picked it up again until I was about 35. I leared how to read a pattern in the last couple of years. I have just recently learnned how to make clothes. I have made a dress for my daughter. I have a real hard time making sweaters, because i cant join it together.

  • Hi, I’m Donna. I’ve been crocheting for a number of years and really enjoy it. I often do it while watching tv, etc. Over the years I’ve made a number of baby blankets, some sweaters, and many doilies and table toppers. Making small items (or quick to make ones) is appealing because I sometimes get bored with a big project and put it aside – sometimes it gets finished, sometimes not. Usually, I dont’ like to make things in sections because I always dread having to sew the pieces together but I’ve decided to give this a try since there’s a bit of variety and all the squares aren’t the same as with granny squares. Hopefully, it will even get finished.

  • Ok, since the site seems swamped and there is trouble downloading the pattern, I AM MIRRORING A PDF OF THE PATTERN ON MY SITE.

    Just click my name above, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and click where it says “Click here to download the pdf of the Crochet-Along Sampler Afghan!” and the pdf should open in a new window for you! Then, you can print it or save a copy!

    Hope this helps!

    Charlotte in Montana

  • I’m still a beginner but I’ll try!count me in! 🙂

  • hi,
    ithink i have to wait until i finish my shwal.
    I love this pattren.

  • Hi Everyone:

    This project looks interesting and fun to do. I am a lefty so intrepting the patern takes a wee bit of time other than that count me in. Is there a time and colour pallet restriction? I will be ready to start in a week.


  • I learned how to crochet six years ago and found that I love making afghans. It has become a great stress reliever in the past couple years. Although I already have two other afghans in the works, whats one more? I’m excited to get started.

  • Hi everybody!

    I’m from french Quebec. I learned to knit and to crochet by myself a few years ago. Since last 2 years, I preferred to crochet …because I had to much pain with my hands when I knit a project.

    Since last 7 months, I quit smoking and crochet was a nice activity for me to keep my hands busy…

    So I have made a lot of pets round or square afghan, dog’s coat for my Bichon Maltese dog and kitchen hotpad.

    I think I would crochet that Afghan pattern next winter.

    I found that pets’sweater, wearable and accessories patterns for them are rare on the Net and I would appreciate that one day, it change.

    Thanks !

  • Charlotte –

    Thanks for the link to the PDF — I had been waiting to get onto the Lion Brand site without success.


  • I love to crochet and think i am an intermediate. I have never done a CAL before but this sounds like fun.

  • Hello everyone! This sounds like a great project, and it is always nice to have a support group. I am looking forward to doing the CAL. I have been crocheting for approx 20 years and consider myself an advanced crocheter. I can read patterns well and do all the stitches. I crochet with thread and yarn. I have made several afghans with blocks or strips that I always slip stitch or single crochet them together. This is much easier than sewing them. My afghan will probably made with multiple colors from my stash. I really need to use up some of my yarn before I can justify bying anymore.

    Good Luck to everyone!

  • I’ve been crocheting about 20yrs. I started venturing toward baby sweaters and clothes about 5 yrs ago. I’ve always thought about doing a sampler, but always had other projects going. Hopefully this will keep me on track to finish a large blanket, as I tend to stick to smaller, quick to finish things lately. Looking forward to starting.

  • I really shouldn’t start another project. Yet I have so much yarn around, lots of Fisherman’s wool skeins, so this would be perfect. Sometimes it helps to work along with others to get things done! I look forward to this project.

  • Hello, This is my second entry today. Already have questions about needles. I have some han me down Susan Bates and Boyle, some say f and others say 1. Which mrfg, should I use and when checking the size of the needle on a metal chart with holes, does the end with the hook go into the hole like with knitting needles and their points? Thanks Eileen

  • Hello!! My mom was self-taught, and taught me when I was around 8. I didn’t finish any projects back then, but after getting married I started crocheting a LOT and have done afghans, baby booties, hats, dresses, etc. I also enjoy crocheting with thread now! I started a blanket with Notre Dame colors for my hubby but I keep unraveling it since I couldn’t find the right pattern. This might work out great (I think the blocks will look sporty) and since you just do one square at a time, I can put it away quickly when he gets home so that he won’t know I’m actually trying to get his blanket done!!! I bought the cheapest WW yarn but I think I’ll try to find a softer, thicker yarn in the N.D. colors. I’m excited!

  • I am looking forward to making this afghan , I know all of the stitches except the picot and I am sure that I can do this stitch too. I was taught to crochet just over a year ago and I think this one will be fun.

  • This sounds like a great idea. I have been crocheting for 30 years but hate to do granny squares. But I am going to give this a try. I did make a baby blanket that had squares and crocheted it together instead of whip stitch and liked the way it looked. My first project many years ago was a granny square vest of the early 70’s. I have lots of ‘leftover yarn’ and think I will do it in many colors. Or maybe just three. Or one. Or three different afghans. I work 2 jobs so this is perfect for breaks.

  • Hey! I’ve been crocheting for about 5 years and have yet to do a crochet-along! This looks awesome but I also wondered about color and yarn requirements…

  • Hi. My name is Goldie. I have been crocheting for about 30 years. I learned to knit first, but after watching friends crochet, I decided that it would be easier to crochet as I traveled with my family, so I went to a class at a local yarn shop to learn. I enjoy making all kinds of things, from afghans to home decorations to clothes for infants to adults. My main challenge with this afghan will be staying with it to complet it instead of stopping to start something new. I hope that working with a group like this will help keep me focused.

  • Hi! I’m Cindy. A friend taught me how to crochet a few years ago and I LOVED it – it’s soooo calming! For some reason, I stopped and haven’t picked it back up. She says I’m really good. I’ve only made baby blankets and scarves – afraid to try anything else – have been anxious to try an afghan. Maybe this is a good time; however, getting ready to move and am now taking care of a 71-year old, brittle diabetic w/early dementia – he’s moving in w/us to make it easier. I sure could use the peacefulness crocheting brings…hopefully I can make the time… **smile**

  • My name is Ruth I think I am more of an advance beginner to maybe intermidate. I can most of the basic stitches and some of the more experinced ones. I still have lots to learn and I would love to do this. My downfall is I am a bit of a slow crocheter. I’ve been crocheting for the last 5 to 7 years. I first learned to double stitch in 97. I crochted off and on for a little while. and I met a friend in 99 or 01 and a few years ago she taught me some crocheting i did not know how to do. (granny squares) My word how easy. lol. I love making granny squares. But I also seem to like to make afghans. They take me a while to make, but I don’t know something about them I just enjoy. I also do some smaller things too. I think the project will be fun to do. I just hope I can keep up. LOL

  • I’m just a beginner, having just started learning this spring, but would love to be involved, especially as it would be my first afghan. It’s a bit daunting thinking about it, but I will try my best! 🙂


  • This sounds fun! I am just finishing up 2 afghans for my kids for Christmas and was wondering what my next project would be. I would like to finish this afghan by Christmas so I can give as a gift to my father-in-law who has cancer. Hopefully this CAL will keep me going on it as sometimes I wait to long to finish a project. I have been crocheting for about 18 years and I enjoy making afghans with squares (easier to take along with you). I also agree whipstitched afghans come unstitched shortly so I prefer to slip stitch or single crochet them together. Can’t wait to go yarn shopping!!

  • This sounds so intriging! I am a self taught crocheter who just had to teach myself left-handed. I’m currently working on a granny square baby blanket for my second grandchild, but I’m so impressed by the number of responses to this blog and the number of people who are trying this, I’m going to throw my hat into the ring and give this a try. Thanks for the invite…I’m looking forward to this!

  • OMG! Too cool! I have many projects in the works (maybe upwards of 20) but, am always looking for a new project or pattern to try. This will be great fun. I’m probably considered an advanced crocheter and am hardly ever without something to do. Are you really supposed to clean your house or cook supper? Come on now there is all this crocheting to get done. This will be great fun!

    Thanks, Lion Brand.

  • I am looking forward to this and being a part of something much bigger than me! I have been crocheting for several years. I usually do afgans, dish cloths and baby blankets but last year on vacation I tried my hand at a short sleeve summer top. It turned out great! I wore it to work and received lots of compliments and requests for making various items for others. I love to crochet and currently I am working on blankets for various charities. I can’t wait to get started on this!

  • Hello,
    I just read my e-mail from Lion Brand and found out there was a crochet along! I’m new to such an idea and also new to blogging. So any help there would be appreciated! I learned to crochet at a young age although I don’t remember what I made. Since then I’ve made afghans, baby layettes, doll clothes, wash cloths, scarves, etc. I also sew, quilt, crewel & reg embroidery, counted cross stitch & scrapbooking. Just recently I started making prayer shawls. I’m on my fourth one, getting ready to make the fifth one. I’m also planning on making a baby afghan for one of my prawer shawl recipients. In amongst the prayer shawls, I crocheted my daughter a sweater jacket using the beach cover up sweater pattern from Lion Brand. I added pockets and worked a sailor type collar instead of the hood. I voted for this afghan pattern because of the different squares. I was hoping to use the left over yarn from the prayer shawls as a way to remember those folks. I’ve been making the shawls using the Homespun yarn so I may have to adjust the number of stitches, hook size, etc to make them look right. I’m looking forward to chatting more! Have a great day, Mary

  • I have been crocheting for 25 years. However, a few years back my left hand wound up with a crushed knuckle and since I’ve found crocheting difficult. I’ve always been able to crochet and knit either right or left handed – though right is faster and easier for me. So, I figure this project will be excellent for helping me get left handed crocheting “up to speed” so to speak.

    I’m thrilled you all decided to do this – and the result will be a great gift for my son for the holidays!

  • Hello to all of you who are stepping out and trying something new. I have loved crocheting for many years and recently I am trying my hand at knitting. At present I have a couple of projects in the starting stages, a shawl for my sister’s birthday and a lap blanket for a homebound man at church. I would love to join this large group of crafters and crochet right along with kindred hearts. This should be lots of fun and I hope to learn some new tricks from the more experienced ones out in yarn-world.

  • Hello. My name is Sara and I am a stay at home mom with a 4 year old and a 3 year old, both girls an a 2 month old boy. I would say I am at an intermediate level. I have had a difficult time finishing anything for the last year or so. Well here goes. Maybe if I have something pushing me I’ll finish.

  • I would consider myself an intermediate
    crocheter. My Mother taught me to do simple
    scarves many years ago. Last year, I started to
    explore crocheting again. I have made various
    trendy scarves (for my daugheters, etc.) and am
    now working on my 4th afghan. I have never done
    a project that needed to be “joined” before, so
    I’m looking forward to learning that skill.

  • Hi everyone, I have been crocheting for a long time but I usually hate making afgans or blankets because I get bored with doing the same thing for so long, so I make sweaters,baby sweaters and things where the pattern is always changing. I think I might like making this as it shouldnt get boring. Cant wait to start

  • I’m a bead weaver and fiber artist. I’ve crocheted for 47 years, since I was 7 years old. I love crocheting blocks, so this sampler is appealing to me. It will become a christmas present for one of my family.

  • I’m going to try this using up lots of acrylic worsted weight yarn I have. If no one I know wants it, I’ll donate it to our Warm Up America group in February. Every block may be a different color and my gauge might be different, but I’m sure it will look good. I’ve been crocheting for over 40 years and have made lots of afghans, toys, and clothes. This will be my incentive to use this yarn.

  • Hey, y’all! I am an advanced beginner who actually learned to crochet about 20 years ago, but raising two boys didn’t leave much time. I’m expecting my first grandchild (it’s a girl!!!) any day now! I picked up the hook again when I found out she was coming along and have already made her an afghan and a hat, and am currently working on a layette. My first attempt at a garment (sweater) is coming along nicely… who knew I had it in me??? Anyway, I think I’ll try this CAL to advance my skills. I really love the art, and it’s a great way to let my mind wander and relax and let go of tension & stress!!

  • I’m working through my worsted weight stash using up various yarns to make this a multi-color afghan.

    Personal challenge: finish the afghan!

  • Hello. This looks like a fun project to get involved with. Although I actually learned to knit and crochet in grade school (I am now 61) – my crochet skills are probably only at a solid intermediate because Until this past year or so, I never really learned to read a pattern. It’s been a lot of fun learning how to do more than the few basic stitches I’ve used these many years, and this project will be yet another opportunity to learn more!

  • Hi! I’m 46 and have been crocheting since my Grandmother taught me when I was about 8 I think. Although I was in tears many times as that 8 year old when she told me to “rip it out back to your mistake and do it again” it was a habit I am proud to say I have continued into my adulthood. When my niece was born a year or so ago, I crocheted the sweetest little baby dress and I know I was channeling Grandma sitting there at 3am working on it! LOL I have an afghan going right now for my sister in law, but love having multiple projects going on at once so I can switch back and forth and keep things exciting. What’s one more?

  • Hi Everyone,
    I’m a new crocheter. I voted for this pattern & tried practicing it with the P hook, but my sample was hugh. I’ll have to try it with a smaller hook. Could my gauge be off because of the yarn I used? It was more of a baby yarn. I like this pattern because it has different blocks to learn.
    I did the Tree of Life knit along & was so pleased to finish it!! It’s a wedding gift for my son in June of ’09! I got so many tips from that knit along I can’t wait to see what I learn from this CAL. I prefer knitting and also love quilting! I have many projects in the making, but what’s one more right!!
    I’m looking forward to giving this afghan to someone for Christmas & am looking forward to the doll pattern to make for my 2 grandchildren for Christmas!!
    I live in Northwest Indiana; so if there’s any fellow crocheters in this area let me know!!
    Thank you Lion Brand for doing this CAL.

  • Hi! I would classify myself as a beginning crocheter. At one time I felt like I knew more stitches, but I haven’t croched in a while. I’ve never finished an afghan so I’m excited at the possibility that I might finally finish one. Looking forward to working along with others and seeing this through to the end!

  • My name is Shanda and I have been crocheting for about 7 years. I am excited to crochet along with all of you talented people I can learn so much from. I have made afghans in the past and 1 thing I hope to improve on is sewing pieces together and weaving in the ends without the whole thing falling apart or little yarn ends popping out all over.

  • Hello,
    Have been crocheting for almost 40 years. Began while awaiting birth of first baby. Those beginning “learning” pieces were NOT pretty but I always finish what I start and I was so proud to finish what I start. Years later I make mostly gifts.
    I like the sampler pattern very much. Texture goes well anywhere. I don’t know about CAL but will likely chose this pattern for a gift to my friend of over 50 years, Patti. Will begin after holidays so next winter she will have her warm blanket while she reads her daily scripture and prays for ME !!!
    Good luck to all of you on this project.
    Such a blessing to be able to make things.

  • Hello everybody.
    I am excited about joining my first CAL! I consider myself a proficient beginner on the verge of becoming an intermediate crocheter. I also knit, but would rate myself a definite beginner there. However, I have the desire to get better so I am thrilled to be a part of this group. I am expecting to learn a lot about the craft of crocheting by completing this sampler afghan. I, too, have quite a stash of yarn..a skein here, a skein there. So I will make this a multi-color afghan, as well. I am finishing the edge of a baby afghan and the sleeve of a sweater….then I will get started!
    Looking forward to working together…

  • This is a reply to Eileen Stokes.
    You had a good question about crochet hooks. As far as I know, name brand doesn’t make too much difference. I have metal hooks with out any name brand. The last ones I bought were “Boye” brand called “Balene II”. Nice plastic ones. If you have a needle/hook size chart, you are right, just insert your hook in the hole to get the size. I found a chart that might help, too, on I’m not an expert so some one else might have a better answer. Just another thought, even though you may use the crochet hook that the pattern requires, you may not always come up with the correct size as stated in the pattern. It also depends upon how loose or tight you crochet and the kind/weight of the yarn you are using. Then you need to make adjustments accordingly. Hope this helps. Mary

  • I have 35+ years of crochet experience, but have never worked on a “community project” so this will be something new for me. I also look forward to working new stitch combinations to get the various patterns in this sampler. Can’t wait to get my materials and get started. Thanks.

  • Hello to everyone
    I started crochetting in Feb of 2008. I have made 9 blankets but I used a huge hook and doubled and triple the yarn so the projects would be completed in a timely fashion. I did get the pattern off of Lion Barn Yarn but someone had to show me how to make the stitch I am not good at reading patterns So I am looking forward to this project as well something on a smaller scale. I have been trying to do socks and slippers and I am having the worst time. My sisters love them but I am not able to read the patterns and count lol. If anyone knows of a super easy way to do this I would love it and so would my sister( our mom made them for us when we were little and they have done nothing but talk about them and how they wish I could make them some). But I am excting about the cal and working with others. Everyone have a nice holiday this Monday and be careful now ya hear.


  • I’ve been crocheting since I was about 14 and my mother taught me to do a simple granny square. I taught myself to read patterns and have made lots of baby afghans for friends and for myself. I have never been part of a CAL and it sounds like fun. I hope to use some of the HUGE stash that my husband gripes about. Good Luck Everyone and Howdy to anyone else in Texas.

  • I was looking at the pattern for the crochet-a-long afghan and noticed it calls for a “P” hook. This seems too large for the yarn unless you’re meant to use it double stranded. I didn’t see this mentioned in the instructions. Has anyone started this using DS?

  • Hello to all of you from Florida. My name is Ida Marie and I’m a retired nurse. I was taught years ago by our Mother and Grandmother to do crocheting and embroidering. Sad to say, through the years, these beloved crafts were put on hold due to school, family and so on.
    Recently, my daughter-in-love and I started to crochet and knit. At this point, I am a beginner, and like Laurane, do not read patterns, but really want to learn. I would like to have the site again, as one dear lady pointed out, for crocheting a pattern looking at pictures online for each step, hope I stated that correctly.
    Really am looking forward to this site, and joining in with all of you in turning yarn into beautiful legacies to be passed on to our children and grandchildren.
    God bless you all.

  • Hi. I’m a nurse that works full time, I have four kids, two grown and two little, plus an adorable, if mischievious granddaughter. I have been known to give a lot of my projects away, and if this one goes well, it might become a gift as well. I enjoy crocheting for charity and have done some things for our troops as well as for premature babies. Always like to have at least one crochet project and at least one book to read at all times. I am a self taught crocheter, since my mother preferred knitting (2 needles were overwhelming to me), and have done it intermittently since my teen years.

  • Hi All! : )
    I’m Mary Ann from Cleveland, Ohio.

    I’ve been crocheting simple things (afghans, dishcloths, bookmarks, hats, scarves, etc) on and off for about 30 years. Like many of you, my grandmother taught me when I was a little girl. I love using simple patterns that allow me to stop and start wherever since I’m always getting interrupted.

    The email for this came just as I was thinking about crocheting an afghan for my sister. She lost the one I made her in a flash flood a few months ago. I’m hoping to give this one to her for Christmas.

  • Hi everyone. My name is John. I am one of only a few guys who I know that crochet. I am excited about this project because it sounds challenging. I am probably an accomplished beginner but I enjoy it. Thanks you for doing this.

  • Enjoy knitting, crocheting and crafts in general.
    In my 70s and try to make up Afghans , doilies, baby outfits etc. for our Church Bazaar, also my married sons and wives have expected new Afghans for Christmas. Didn’t make any for them last year and found they were expecting them. I thought they had enough. Anyway, I am always glad to see new patterns. Thanks

  • I’m going to give this a try. I’m working a couple easy ripple afghans right now for gifts and need something to break up the monotony!

  • Alright! Let’s give this a go!

  • Hello Donna W,
    I was reading your post and thought I would just make a comment. A “P” hook is rather large for baby yarn so it would make a hugh and rather loose looking sample. I would go down in size to maybe an “H” or one around that size. I’m going to be starting a baby afghan and that pattern called for baby Pomadour yarn and a “C” hook. So you’ll just have to play around until you get the correct guage and size square you need. Hope this helps. Take care, Mary

  • Hello from the land of the Midnight Sun!

    This is going to be fun! I work full time, am a grannie of 11 and a great grannie of 3 girls and a mom of 5 full grown kids. Can we say birthday and Christmas presents are mind boggling?

    I live in a tiny and I do mean tiny village 32 miles from where I work and all ways looking for projects to do when all that darkness hits us.

    Everyone have a great day, I can’t wait to get started on this!


  • Hi everyone,
    I have been crocheting since I was a teenager and usually do afghans and baby blankets sticking pretty much to the basic stitches. I am currently working on my first afghan that had to be pieced together. Didn’t do a great job because you can see my stiches in some places. Will probably follow the suggestions of slip stitching or single crocheting this one together…never heard that before so I have already learned something new 🙂

  • My aunt taught me the basic chain stitch, double, tripple, and cluster stitch when I was 7 years old.That got me started on the road to a life of crocheting everything from pot holders, place mats, sweaters, coats, shawls, all kinds of animals, dresses, suits—–you name it, I’ve probably crocheted it. I crochet afghans for clubs, nursing homes, and classes to auction off. I won’t tell my age, but I’ve been crafting for 66years and love every minute of it. I am a retired high school teacher, and have to keep my hands busy all the time. I sub and the students call me “the sewing sub”.

  • Hi…and I am pretty excited about starting the crochet aphcan !! I have been crocheting since a child and really enjoy doing projects…this one will be for my bed….Paulette

  • Hello,
    I am looking forward to the challenge of this pattern and staying on task with other crocheters.

  • I’m very excited to try out this pattern. I’m going to call my sister (the knitter) in Mississippi to tell her she has to work on one too!
    I’m a pretty advanced crocheter, and I usually like the more complex patterns. I even enjoy working out new ones (and working on them for several days or weeks to get a real feel for it) and then tearing them apart to start on something else! But that’s mostly due to me being unable to stick to one thing at a time. This crochet-along should really solve that problem. Thanks!

  • I think that I will join this cal, I have been looking for a pattern for son in law for christmas and this will be it. I have done one, each different for dd’s family of 3 boys, dad, mom and 2 dogs, yes the dog get one too. I also knit ALOT.
    I’ll have to go through my stash, today.

  • Okay, I couldn’t wait to get started. I am using wool-ease rather than the fisherman’s wool because I have that on hand. Checking the lion brand website…wool-ease is a direct substitue for Fisherman’s wool. Using a P crochet hook makes really large stitches and it looks wrong. Is it really a size P (mine says 11.50mm P)??? My sample swatch is very ‘gappy’ and I don’t like it. So am I missing something? cuz, I’m switching to a smaller hook….

  • I have been crocheting since I was little, although I can’t exactly remember who taught me. I am normally a thread crocheter. I love making doilies! I have never finished a complete afghan….I have many starts sitting in bags around my apartment! I got the e-mail announcement and thought it would be a chance for me to actually finish an afghan for once! 🙂

  • Hi, I am Chryl! I have been crocheting on and off since I was 14 years old. I am an intermediate crocheter. I really need a refresher course on my crocheting skills and I think this afghan would be just perfect plus I could crochet it for my son.

  • Hi my name is Sally and this sounds like a ton of fun. I will go get my yard this evening. My mom taught me to crochet years ago and I love doing baby blankets for my nieces and nephews. I tend to steer clear of block patterns because I hate sewing them together but I will give this a go.

  • Hi, I am going to try this. My experience with crocheting was when I was much younger. I am hoping it is like riding a bicycle! Thanks in advance for everyones support!!! I am really excited.

  • Hi
    I have never tried to crochet an afghan – and this sounds like fun to me. I have mostly crocheted scarfs and other small items so I look forward to the various pattern challenges. Also it will be a challenge for me to read the patterns in English since this is not my mother tounge. I come from Denmark, a small country in Northern Europe. Knitting English written patterns is not a proble I “just” need to learn the crochet words. Looking forward to starting 🙂

  • I have been crocheting for more than 50 years. I work everything from beginner to advanced projects. I love doing afghans in squares or strips because that kind are easy to take with me. I plan to use a varigated or multi-color yarn and match 2 solid colors. I’m not sure about using a “P” size hook, haven’t used that size in many years. I guess that by using a smaller hook, the blanket will work for a child or a baby.

    My question iis when do we start and when is this blanket to be finished?

    I think this CAL will be fun.

  • I’m still fairly green at crocheting, but I’d like to give this one a whirl! I’m excited to see how this will work. I’m off to join the ravelry group now, and add this blog to my google reader! 🙂

  • HI,


  • I am still struggling w/the knit along, determined to knit it as a baby blanket. Almost done with half a tree. I just started knitting couple yrs ago and haven’t done anything complicated. My thing is crocheting, that I have done since I was five. I am SO excited about the crochet along cause I LOVE it. I will still finish the tree baby blanket but have until Jan. I’m an experienced crocheting and it just “flows” for me.
    Glad to see guys signing up too!!!

  • I love to knit and crochet and have lots of wip. I think this will be fun because it will connect me to others who are making this same project. When I work on the project I will be thinking about all the others who are involved and sending good thoughts and positive energy outward. I am on my way to get my materials today. Blessings.

  • Hi, I’m planning on working on this afghan along with everyone else. I, too, would rather not make blocks because they aren’t fun to join.

    I learned to crochet in 1976 and have been working steady at it ever since. I’ve made just about everything. Right now I’m making dog/pet blankets for Tails of Hope. I learned about the organization through the newsletter and think it’s a good way to use up some yarn.

  • Oh how funny! I have chosen this blanket to do for my sister! She wants a blanket that can really be used as she reads her books in her room in the evening. I am using a non-Lion Brand yarn only because I have a specific color that I needed to use. I’ll be getting started this weekend on my blanket. I’ll check-in to see how everyone is doing and posting how I am coming along.

  • I’ll be sure to blog about this. What a great pattern; it was my vote, too!

  • I have been knitting and mostly crocheting for over 30 years. Some I taught myself by reading books and patterns but I did have help from a few friends I met in Germany when my husband was stationed over there in the 70’s. I am looking forward to making this afghan because I am right now teaching my future daughter in law how to crochet as well as my 11 year old granddaughter to knit using a loom. We are working on hats and blankets for Ronald McDonald house and the hospital for individuals going through chemo as well as the newborn babies.

  • This sounds great. I have made a couple of knit baby blankets and a few “Q” hook afghans, all of which were very simple. Would love to try a “piece” project….never could seem to get a good seam =)

  • I totally agree with Sandy (#355) This is so Cool! Just like having a group of ladies (and gentleman #382) over to have a fun time of crochet and conversation (c & c).

    I began to crochet after my mother died. She was a great crocheter and so was my grandmother, Rose. They were always sought after to make beautiful items for various organizations to sell for their fund raising. However, when I asked my mom to teach me she would wind the thread and hook and it looked so confusing. I could never get it.

    Now that she is gone I miss all her beautiful and lovingly made items and don’t want my children to miss out on what was so precious in my life, receiving a hand made item from their mom or grandma. So I bought several “how to” books and taught my self. I would master a stitch at a time with a small project and then go on to the next and the next. I was gaining confidence and loved the calming affect. I finally got stuck and had to seek out the help at our local yarn store. When I showed them my project and told the lady what I was trying to accomplish she told me I was an advanced crocheter and that she could learn from me. Imagine that! I couldn’t. Their are many times I rip out and start again and finally it just clicks. That feels terrific!

    It is now two years since I have been doing this and I just love it. I have made baby blankets, sweaters, purses, little girl dresses, afghans and my current project, a top for me! Oh also I am working on a Christmas Tree Afghan.

    The Lion brand newsletter is received with great enthusiasm. I love the articles and the special stitches. That’s why I know I would love to join your crochet along. Perhaps for those that live in NJ we can get together sometime for a day of crochet…some c & c.

  • I really like this pattern and would like to make several. riiight, dream on! I suppose I’m an intermediate crocheter by choice, I don’t like fiddly hard patterns, life is too short! I too, have little use for whipstitching as a joiner, it comes undone so easily, one weakness or rip in the yarn and your work separates. Great idea to do a strip of squares rather than all that joining and I also love the idea of doing a ‘rim’ round each square in a contrast colour and making a border round the entire afghan of the same colour. Now, which way to go? I’m really looking forwards to seeing what everyone does. Creativity ahoy!

  • This will be my first CAL and I am excited about it. I never seem to get in on the beginning of any other CAL, so this will be a learning experience.

    I have intermedite skills.

  • I am really looking forward to making this afghan. I’ve made so many for other people and I plan to keep this one for myself. I’m thinking of using the Vanna’s Choice colors, I love fall colors and she has some great ones. I may even have to keep my blog and flickr page updated to share my pics. Now if I can just finish the wienier dog and dolls I promised to people. Well one project at a time:)

  • Hi,
    My name is Marlene, I live in Lake Villa,Il.
    I have never joined a CAL, and I am looking forward to this one. I normally do not do “granny squares”, but love the look of this one, so here I go!! I don’t like the feel of wool, will choose another type of yarn if this will not be a problem. I have been crocheting for over 30 years, consider myself to be advanced, so this should be a great project to do…

  • Hello All – This is my first time doing anything like this and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve been crocheting, cross stitching, and many other things for at least 31 years. I’m always making baby blankets for friends and family members and like most “crafty” people, I have tons of projects started, but not finished. I look forward to working with all of you on this project.

  • I guess I’m an intermediate crocheter. I usually only do scarves and afghans and shawls (haven’t been brace enough to graduate to clothes yet) but I try and pick patterns that will challenge me every time I start a new project.

    This is so exciting!!!!!!

  • I taught myself to crochet many years ago and I love the idea of crocheting along with others, and having back up available in case I get stuck on a stitch or part of the pattern. I am a beginner and hope I can keep up.

  • HI everyone

    I have started to crochet again after about 20 years of not doing so. Ha retirement!! I am alomost finished with a afghan and was looking for my next project when I spotted this one. One question is can I use yarn that is not wool?

  • Hi,
    My name is Wilma. I live in Watsonville CA. I have been knitting and crocheting for many years. I have been looking for a crochet project. This seems like fun! I look forward to working and reading everyone’s comments. This is one more good reason for having joined the Lion Brand email newsletter. Thanks!

  • Hello, all !!
    First: what does CAL mean? I couldn’t find it anywhere!

    I am an advanced crocheter/knitter living in Central PA and LOVE this pattern! This will be an easy take-along project, however, I must finish the CIP’s (crochets-in-progess) before I pick up ONE MORE THING!! (yeah, right! I’m gonna start a square right now with Vanna’s yarn!)

    Looking forward to this … it will be fun!

  • Hello every one! I’m looking forward to doing the CAL, I’ve never done one before and I love the idea of a huge group of us all working together. I’ve been crocheting for about 4yrs, but I really start out as a knitter. That I’ve been doing too long to remember. I mainly crochet blankets, scarfs, toys, and I’m currently working on a sweater for the first time.

    I’m excited about the Sampler and I plan on using different colored yarn for each stitch block. A white afghan would never last aound my house for long! I’ll let you know the colors I choose when I back from shopping. Hopefully, I’ll be able to post pictures of my work in progress as I go.

    Good Luck every one!

  • This is my first CAL, although I’ve been crocheting since I was very young. I’m really looking forward to this! I need to get rid of some scrap yarn and learn some new stitches in the process!

  • I am still teaching myself crochet and do crochet swaps from time to time, I am in the middle of a fall swap just now but took a real fancy to this CAL. I have also just managed to source myself a 15mm hook, as these are not common in the UK. Now I have to try and work out a yarn equivilant for this project, although I am thinking on maybe doubling up the dk yarn I have, nice and cosy then. Hope to be able to take part in this and meet many more lovely people.

  • I’m excited about this project – I’m an avid crocheter, but I have never succeeded in finishing a blanket. Hopefully a “group” effort will be an incentive for me!

  • I have been crocheting about 3 years now. I took a class at a hobby store when “stuck” an hour from home for my daughters 3 hr dance class. It has been such an enjoyment. I have also taken a couple stand alone knitting classes; I just can’t seem to get the “rhythm” of that with 2 needles as easily.

    I voted for this pattern, so am very excited to start work on it. I have made 3 blankets previously, but with a single, and in one case second, stitch. This should be interesting. I have never done one with squares requiring joining. I will look to you all for advice on that!

  • My name is Bea. I learned to knit and crochet when I was a teen ager. Then after I was married and started having kids, I quit both. Now that we are empty nesters, I picked up the crochet hook again. My favorite things to crochet is pot holders and afghans. I’ve been told by many friends that my pot holders are the best ones they have. All my kids and grandkids have at least one afghan from me and I have a pile of them still. I’ll look forward to making this one.

  • I have been crocheting for the last 40 years, so I have to call myself experienced – but every new project is a new adventure for me! I just finished a baby throw for a new young couple for their first child, so I am ready for a new project. I think I will use many colors too, but only because I want to narrow down my leftovers bag! LOL I think this will be a lovely project by a lot of interesting people. Let me know if you need any help reading the pattern.

  • I never knew there was a chance to vote…

    I think a P hook is WAY too big…I would suggest a K or an I…I think it is a typo, unless their P hook is a different size than the one I have. I also don’t like crocheting with a plastic hook…it’s much harder…so if a pattern calls for a huge hook, I don’t do it, as the huge hooks are made of plastic. I have a whole set of them just sitting there looking pretty. Steel is so much smoother and easier. I also don’t like the hooks with slitted type edge. I like the more curved-narrow hooks, as the yarn is hard to pick up with the slitted hooks. Not sure if that makes any sense to any of you.

    I learned to crochet from a lady I used to work with…she taught me a double crochet stitch first and I made an afghan (ripple, I think)…then I taught myself the rest and how to read patterns.

    I will be happy to take on this project, but will be using a much smaller hook…and like someone else said…Wool is itchy…I will be using leftover yarn I already have.

  • I’m a beginner and got the fever for crochet when I learned to read the patterns and made my first hat all on my own. This seems like a exciting event and I’m looking forward to learning more from others.

  • Hi, I have crocheted bags, jackets, a hooded coat and a dress. But I have never crocheted an afghan before. I intend to do this with aran weight wool and probably a 6.5 mm hook. If the squares are too small I will just add a few more stitches and rows. This looks like it will make a good portable project which I can do inbetween my other knitting projects.

  • This will be the first time that I will participate in a ‘group’ activity. I was taught to crochet by my English grandmother while visiting her in France when I was 12. I have been crocheting on and off since then.

    Once my grandmother taught me the basic stiches I taught myself how to read patterns. (some are easier to read then others. and when you have patterns from French magazines, they are not always the same as in American.)

    I like to crochet many things and have recently tried my hand at making little bolero sweaters.

    My daughter would like me to make her an afghan so I will try to get this done for her in time for Christmas (without her knowing which will be a feat in itself!)

    A big thanks to Lionbrand and all the great information they provide on their site!

  • Hi! I’m Mandi.
    I have been crocheting now for about 5 years. I taught myself when I was prenant with My first son. I picked it up pretty fast and have made a variety of things for many people.
    My favorite things to crochet is Baby “stuff”.
    I have made lots of little booties, hats,sweaters and blankies.
    I have an incredibly large stash.. My husband thinks that I am a little nutty about it.
    But the way I look at it. Everyone collects something.. and Yarn happens to be one of the things I like.
    I have some really cool Camoflauge Yarn to make this project. I’m not too sure what I will do with it when its done.. but I might just donate it. there are alot of people that could use a warm, cozy blanket this winter.
    So Lets get started!!!

  • I was scanning over the posts, and see alot of people are thinking of using the Vanna Yarn, i was too! It seems the perfect weight and finish for this project, and beautiful colors! How many balls do you think it will take in this yarn?

  • Hi,

    My name is Sandra and I have been crocheting since a kid. We lived on a farm in Eastern WA and Mom made almost everything, so it was natural for me to learn to crochet, knit, sew, cook, etc.

    I am looking forward to starting on this afghan.
    I printed the pattern and find it interesting. With most afghans, I find them a little boring with the repetition…this one isn’t that at all.

  • Hi, I am an intermediate hooker and enjoy it a lot; however my newest craft is spinning and my mother said that crocheting will not work, NOT. I am dangerous with two sharp things.

    I am looking forwrad to this event my first.

  • I have been crocheting since I was 8(that’s 29 years ago)and my mom taught me. I taught myself to knit about 11 years ago and have made a few things, but I prefer to crochet. I feel very unproductive unless I’m working on something, but I have a 7 month old and haven’t been finding the time. I am the mother of four girls-one just started college, one is 10, one is 7, and the baby. We’ve also just moved, so things are really crazy, but I think I would like to try this blanket and use some scraps I have to save some money and to make a very unique and colorful afghan. My mom had the knack for the scrap afghans, but I have always liked choosing complementary colors and having a very structured color scheme. That is what will be new for me!

  • I posted earlier, but I would use a J or K hook for this project…think J is going to work fine for me.

  • Hi Im Teresa,

    I have been crocheting for about 30 years but still not much more than an advanced beginner. I have 2 sons in college and one in junior high. I enjoy making afghans for my family. I have been known to take my crocheting with me even when I am watching one of the kids playing sports.

    I have been trying to learn how to use the Knitting looms, but havent had that time to really get in to them yet. Im looking forward to making this sampler afghan. I am a newbie at the crochet along concept.

  • I’ve known how to crochet for a long time, but haven’t made anything for many years now. I love the look of this afghan so I’m thinking I might join along. I’ll have to check to see if I can get the yarn locally in the color I want; otherwise, it’s the Internet for me. I like the dark brown version of the recommended yarn a lot.

    Hopefully, I’ll finally get around to finishing something once again!

  • I’ve been crocheting for 30 some years, particularly afghans, and find that I get done faster, with more enjoyment, when part of a group working on the same project. Show and Tell is half the fun! My Mom wants this one, so she is picking colors.

  • Hello,

    My mom crocheted when I was growing up and tried to teach me, but could never quite “get it” – though I did learn to knit from an aunt. In college I picked up cross stitch also – this was all many years ago. I now have a daughter in high school, one in middle school, and a son in pre-school (can anyone say driving’s training and potty training at the same time??) In the last five years I have joined an ANG group as well as EGA Cyberstitchers – about this time I also picked my crochet hook back up – and voila – I finally “got it”! I have made my daughters a couple of purses and hats, but haven’t attempted anything larger. We will see if this gets finished!


  • As others have commented, I am excited about joining in with this group, working on the same project together! I have been crocheting most of my life and have a group of ladies at our church that makes Warm Up America blankets – this will be a little different, since it will be for me!

  • As others have commented, I am excited about joining in with this group, working on the same project together! I have been crocheting most of my life and have a group of ladies at our church that makes Warm Up America blankets – this will be a little different, since it will be for me!

  • I have a hard time doing blankets as well. So I will be trying do this one, one block at a time. At least crochet goes faster for me than knitting. I am disabled so home all the time and plenty of time to work on this. I will post pictures of each block when completed. Hope we can all help each other stay on target.

    Linda in Baltimore

  • HI,

  • I am really excited about trying this pattern out with my excessive stash of yarn. My nephew is getting married soon, would be a wonderful gift for him and his new bride! I love using a P hook, I feel like accomplish so much in a little time!

  • Hi, I’m Marge and I’ve been crochetting since Moses was in short pants. I wouldn’t call myself an expert, but an experienced intermediate. When I first saw the pattern I almost declined because I can picture me with a pile of blocks that I’ll never put together (I know myself pretty well). But I too thought of just doing one long chain and doing one big block with differing designs, by following the layout chart in the pattern. It may confuse me, but it’s far more likely to get finished. I’ll stick with one color so yarn changes won’t be an issue. Anyone in Northern Michigan? I have a craft mall with a work room. We could make a party of it.

  • I am a 16-year old crocheter who has been crocheting ever since I received knee surgery when I was 12, and it has become one of my unusual (for a teenager) talents that keeps me busy when I’m not in the kitchen baking for charity and wishing I could go professional tomarrow. This project would help me focus to get a project done without getting bored. I like to make pocketbooks (one which I recently finished with felting wool) and some afghans, but would also like to get into making a few sweaters. Crocheting helps me forget about my past illnesses and daily obstacles in wieght, sight and friendships.

  • I am of Intermediate level when I apply myself. I usually crochet for fun, but this year decided to crochet holiday gifts. This is my first crochet-along and just fell in love with this afghan. I will be making this for an elderly woman at church who recently suffered a stroke and is now confined to a wheelchair. If it’s a hit then I plan to make a few more for our elderly congregants at church. It’s a great way to keep busy in-between projects and make someone feel special at the same time.


  • Wow, can’t believe I’m #447. I am a self-taught beginner, only simple projects that have not come out very well. This looks like a good way to use up much of the yarn from those incomplete projects, plus have some help when the project starts going downhill.

  • Hi, I am mostly self taught and have been crocheting for years. I’ve always stayed with the very simple patterns so I’m looking forward to learning some stitches I might not have tried before. I have to agree with others that an afghan can get boring and it’s a great way to use up scraps.

  • Hi All,

    My name is Danyelle, and I’ve been crocheting for about 5 years since my mother in law taught me out of desperation (she had started a charity project too big for her, and I helped her get it done). I would consider myself an intermediate level. I do get impatient with a project that takes a long time, so I seldom make afghans. I think that working along with a bunch of people may make it more fun and perhaps help keep me motivated. I want to add more stitch combinations to the sampler, so I’m reviewing my “stash” of stitch patterns for suitable ones.


  • I am going to give this a try, I have crocheted for many years doing many different projects. Matter of fact for my daughters wedding 4 years ago I crocheted stoles out of that hairy yarn, for all the girls in the party and they looked like mink when they were done, they were awsome, kind of proud of myself for that undertaking. As long as it is something that there is no pressure to finish (like the stoles) I am good to go. Should be interesting.

  • Wow, a CAL. I am just finishing the Tree of Life KAL. Just got this email message today and I can’t believe there are already 400+ postings! So I scanned a few but read #447. I too am less likely to finish this project if I have to sew the blocks together. Marge, I find your solution of a long ch intriguing. I’m in Wisconsin, but if I were in Northern Michigan I’d join your party!

  • I suppose I am proficient at the intermediate level. Although I read complex patterns, I like to unwind by crocheting, which means NOT counting stitches and changing often. I like the idea of the sampler and look forward to joining the group.

  • I taught myself to crochet 10 years ago. I have made many baby blankets and blankets for family members. I think maybe this one could be one for me, lol. That will never happen, I always give them away. I am looking forward to getting to know new frineds,

  • Just been checking the pattern and wondered if there is an error where it says “turn” after Ch2 at the beginning of Row 2 – and “turn” after Ch1 at the beginning of Row 3

    Should the “turns” be at the end of previous rows?

    BLOCK II (make 10)
    Sc/Dc Stitch
    Ch 26.
    Row 1 Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across – 25 sc.
    Row 2 Ch 2, turn (counts as first dc). Dc in next sc and in each sc across.

    Row 3 Ch 1, turn. Sc in each dc across. Rep (Rows 2 and 3) 8 times more. Fasten off.

  • Hello! My name is Lisa and I consider myself an advanced beginner. I was actually taught how to basic crochet when I was a young girl from my mom. However, like most young girls, I “don’t have time for this” and lost my skills. Last June my mom was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer and for some odd reason I was compelled to try to crochet again. Since then, my mom passed away in April and I have created a couple of blankets and working on some clothing items for myself. I even finished a baby blanket my mom was making for a co-worker. The co-worker hugged me tight and said she would never forget it.

    Anyway, I am excited to try this crochet along thing. I have never done one before! Nice to meet everyone.

  • The CAL brings something to me I have never done before. I have been looking for a knit or crochet group in my town to no avail…so this will be fun doing the afghan with at least 400 or more gals. I’ve been knitting/crocheting for 50 years or more since I was a child and cannot ever put it down…I am always doing something. This will be fun and I know someone will be using it gratefully.

  • Hi Everyone,
    I love to Knit, Crotchet and needlepoint. This sounds fun. I am as one lady called an intermediate beginner. I am self taught on all my crafts. Only one problem i hold the hook full fisted and it is tiring. if anyone has any suggestions on how to correct this they would be appreciated.
    Good luck to all of you! Will make this for a xmas gift.

  • I guess I’m an intermidiate , learn to chain when I was little ,when I was in my teens I asked my Grandmother to teach me the tunision stitch and from there everything else was pretty much self taught it took me a while to get the hang of reading patterns but I finally got the hang of it love to do afhgans and throws and I love to use two to three colors of yarn at once and makes for some pretty blends

  • I have a closet full of wool that I need to use up so this will be a good project. I think it will probably be a Christmas gift for my brother – he is turning 50.

  • I was very excited to receive this email. I have never done anything like this before but am proficient at crocheting and pretty good at knitting. I convinced my Mom to join in with me and she was very excited about doing this as well. We already bought our yarn and can’t wait to get started.

  • Hi, I’m Liz. My Mom and grandmother taught me how to crotchet starting when I was about 12 years old. Many of my aunts also knit or crotcheted. One of my aunts taught me that if you are just sitting and watching tv, that is idle time and should be also time to be doing something constructive. I work on projects when I watch TV,go to ball games, ride in cars, at resturants,etc. I have even been known to crotchet at stop lights. Especially when I know it will be a long one. I don’t feel right just sitting anymore. I am now 49 yrs old and a Nana of two granddaughters. The oldest one, almost seven wants to learn how to crotchet. I have a needle and spool for her to use to get used to using a tool. I am not good at knitting, but may have her try lasting on yarn and see if she can try knitting. I hope the younger one now 5, will want to follow suit. Only time will tell. My 21 yr old daughter has never had an interest in learning. The Crotchet along sounds great. Although I am working on 1 of three projects that I am working one for xmas gifts.

  • Hello,

    My name is Debbie, I live in NW Ohio and am interested in joining this group.

    I would like to join in the Crotchet along but will not begin the project till Sept which only a week away. Is that a problem?

    I’m a beginning crotcher, I’ve made a couple ripple afghans so I’m excited to learn the different patterns.

  • Hi, I have been crochetting since 1969, I consider myself an intermediate, I love making afghans but I crochet just about anything. I love to do chalenging projects, right now I am making all kinds of sampler squares using different fancy stitches. For me, crochetting is is not just a hobby that I enjoyed so much but it is also a great stress reliever. I am looking forward to do the crochet along, it looks beautiful in the picture.

  • I have been crocheting for 10 years. Mostly baby blankets. I have made a couple childrens dresses.

  • I would consider myself a little more than a beginner and have completed things in the past but it’s been a long time. I look forward to remembering all the stitches and refresheing my skills. Haven’t read a pattern in along time.

  • Just beginning, looks like fun, can’t wait to start!

  • I know how to crochet and knit – but not read a pattern. I’m afraid this might be too complicated to “start” on…

  • Just wanted to add a note that I started on this by using worsted weight yarn I have on hand. I’m using a size I hook and it’s coming out the right size.

  • Hi everyone,

    Let me introduce myself. I’m Pat and I am revisiting crocheting since my senior prom (I crochet an evening shawl. Yipes, that was in 1970! Anyway my grandma is 96 and would love this in lavender.

    The recommended yarn is fisherman’s yarn. I need something soft and washable. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  • I have made 31 rows of the first block on N hook with knitting worted, it comes out nice and soft. It comes out the required 10 inches long, however I too wondered about the ch. 1 at the end of the row, it didn’t make sense to me, as I usually cha1 then skip the first ch, anyone else do it yet?I couldn’t find the P hook, and this works for me.

  • Hi I’m in Australia, Can I still participate in this?

    Use to crochet a fair bit when younger but work commitments etc have meant I haven’t done much in the last few years but am eager to get back into it and this would be a incentive. 🙂

  • I’ve been crocheting for about 30 years but i’ve never made a blanket or afghan. I primarily make hats, muffs, and scarves for family members. I usually only get to knit and crochet in my spare time. I would love to make some socks! And I have always wanted to make a blanket!!
    This blanket should cover our tootsies so let the challenge begin!

  • Hi,I’m Sandy, I’ve been crocheting 38 years. I would say that I’m advanced. I loved teaching it to people. It puts me in my own little world. I think vanna’s yarn would be perfect and will opt for a smaller hook. right now I have a list of lap blankets that I’m doing. But I think in would be alot of fun to do this with everyone else.Good Luck everyone and have fun!

  • Hi
    another Aussie here, i first crocheted a blanket over 30 years ago and my Mum is still using it on her bed, i look forward to doing this one as an heirloom for my daughter and who knows one for my son as well. I am totally self taught from a very bad start when my Mum bought me the finest hook nd the thickest yarn in answer to my requests, needless to say i didn’t make anything ! since then i have tackled many different styles and techniques but admit to preferring things that work up quickly.
    Can’t wait to get to the shop to buy my yarn, now back to wondering what colour and yarn type.

  • I’m happy to get back to crochet. My first project was last year and it was a pair of bunny slippers that actually fit me! Yay! I’m excited to start. I just have one question: If the blanket has 30 squares, (blanket is 6X5 by the diagram) shouldn’t we make 10 of each? I’m stoked! Can’t wait to give this as a gift….if my boyfriend doesn’t hijack it from me for his own use.

  • I have been crocheting on and off for over twenty
    years. Have done some very complicated king-sized blankets from an old Lesiure Arts book on Irish Knit Crocheting. I’ve also done some easy and quick afghans, scarves and hats. Working on an interesting block style afghan right now, but promised to do an afghan/ blanket for a Christmas raffle, so this fits the bill perfectly. I’m looking forward to joining all of you in the CAL.

  • My name is Pieri and I live in upstate NY. Love to crochet and can follow a pattern to the high intermediate level, I guess.

    Would love to join the crochet along as I have lots of yarn and needs a good place to be besides my shelf.

    Looking forward.

  • This looks like a fun project! I just finished a popcorn pattern crib size blanket and am ready for a new project. I’ve been crocheting for ah, let’s just say many, many years and i’m lefthanded – so any beginner lefties out there need help, let me know! lol! I also knit, sew, quilt and crosstitch – always a project (in every room! lol!) – can’t wait to get started – relax and have fun everyone!

  • Hi,

    My name is Sharon and I will be participating in this crochet project. It will be perfect for a XMAS gift. i am currently crocheting a paisley print afghan which has been a BOOGER!!!! to do but I think it will be cute when it’s all put together. I have crocheted for years but recently took it back up when I became ill. Look forward to “meeting” other crocheting nuts.

  • Hi I’m Sandra. I’m a 41 year old special education teacher from Venezuela.

    I learned to crochet about 15 years ago. Well, my grandma taught me chain stitch when I was about 7, I did the largest ever!!! lol I love crochet, think it’s easy yet beautiful and elegant, and the best is that you will have something tangible out of a relaxing activity. I also cross stitch and I’m learning to knit.

    Looking forward to do this afghan. And to share it with other fellow crocheters!

  • Hi there. I’m Kate and I love to crochet. I mostly taught myself about 35 years ago. I sometimes don’t approach stitches as the books sugest but they end up the same as if I had. I make many different items as in doilies, table clothes, afgans, clothing etc.
    This CAL project is exciting to me because I was very envious of the Tree of Life knit project. I cannot knit, someday I will but as for now knitting is about the only thing I can’t do. Mostly, if I have good directions or a pattern, I can do anything, except knit.
    I have ordered my materials today and I am anxious to start the CAL as soon as they arrive.

  • RE: #458. Once I finish a row I find it easier to ch the first stitch of the next row before turning as it says in the pattern.

    I did not have any trouble following any of the patterns for the 3 blocks and am happy to say I have one of each done, worked them all up to get the gauge correct since I am using a smaller “G” hook and different yarn. I am thrilled with the looks!

    Posted my results from today over on Flickr.

  • Hi all! I’m Maita, from the Philippines. 🙂

    I’m pretty much a beginner too. I’ve made a few easy projects, like bags for friends and headbands, but I haven’t tried my hand at something like this. I’m really excited, and can’t wait to start.

    For some reason I could never get the hang of crochet when I was younger and they were teaching it in school. I’m glad that I’m older and much more patient now. *chuckles* Now that I’ve applied myself, I’m totally in love with crochet, and I’m really looking forward to learning more from other crocheters! 😀

  • Hi, this is Amy from Florida

    I first learned how to crochet as a child, but only took it up again a month ago. Right now I have 4 or 5 projects going on at once, so I don’t know how committed I’ll be to this project, but it sounds like fun anyway. Haven’t decided yet whether to use one yarn color or different ones. Looking forward to this, and chatting.

  • I have been crocheting for many years. I learned from my mother who use to make afghans. I think this will be a good project since I have been for me. I was about to start a blanket for the Warm America. For quite sometime I have been crocheting hats for New-Borns-In-Need and knitting sweaters for children for Warm America. I recently started an Afghan for my Great Granddaughter which is almost finished. This will be a bit of a change but it will be a challenge. I also cross stitch and will be ambarking on a project of stitching the picture of my granddaughter and her two children.

  • Hello
    My name is Leah and I have be crocheting for about 8 years,I love to make afghans,I started making them when my brother found out he had cancer,and I call them healing blanket,I dont knit and I seen the tree of life,I was hoping that a group for crocheter would be started,I am looking forward to making this blanket.
    good luck to all Leah

  • Hello every one, this is very exciting to me. I am so impressed with the number of people participating in this! I learned to crochet when I was about 10 and would sell hair roller buckets made from clorox bottles with bobbie pin buckets made from butter tubs. I’m currently working on 2 blankets for 2 of my grand children and have completed 2 earlier in the year for 2 other grand children which leaves me with one more to complete for the 5 child. This pattern appears to be not only fun but unique as well, which my mother would enjoy as a christmas gift.
    I’ll be using I Love This Yarn for this one.
    Lets CROCHET!!!!!

  • Hi, I’m from Hawaii and have just gotten back in crochet after many years. I am excited about this project and can’t wait to decide on what yarn to use and thinking of using a smaller needle to make a baby blanket instead. Any suggestions???

  • My name is Debbie from Concord NC. I’ve been crocheting since my grandmother taught me when I was only around 10 years old. That first year I made so many chains, that I think she used them to decorate her Christmas tree. I would consider myself at an intermediate level. I’ve gotten very serious about crocheting again over the past few years – since completing my MBA (at age 42). My Ravelry ID is Wendysgrrl – you can see what I am currently working on there. This blanket might get put away as a gift for my son when/if he ever gets married. It will be perfect for that.

  • Hello to all,

    I learned how to crochet in a youth group at church when I was 8 years old. I’m now 58, so I guess I would categorize myself as ‘experienced’. These days I can’t crochet or knit very long without my hands hurting, so I’m hoping to keep up with all of you! Quite a lot of you have said that all your projects have been given as gifts over the years. I can sure identify with that! I don’t think I own anything that I made for myself! So, maybe I’ll keep this one! Or not! I’m sure by the time I finish someone will be getting married or having a baby.

  • I cant wait! Maybe I will finish something in less than a year this way. I love to crochet but I get so distracted every time I see a new pattern. I taught myself about 3 years ago but because I never finish I still call myself a beginner. This is going to be a great test and wonderful practice!

  • I’ve been crocheting since I was around 12. I’ve done lots of doilies, afghans, scarfs, purses (lined), baby hats for Alpha Pregnacy ctr., etc.
    The ones I like the best are the clothes I made for my dolls..I never thought I’d do this but was lots of fun, I made a bride doll dress with over 1,00 beads sitting on a ribbon, veil, slip, panty, on her shoes I sewed beads, made her purses
    and flowers was a bunch from Wal-Mart & I added the beads. I enetered her into the fairs where I lived and was lucky to get 1st place. I make lots of hats & purses for adults and sell them.

  • Hey folks, can’t wait to get started and chat with all the others in the CAL community! I’ve been crocheting about 35 years (learned as a very young girl) and after a few years away from it have picked it up again recently. I am about to be an empty nester quite suddenly and sooner than I anticipated, so am looking forward to having this project and group to occupy my time!

  • Hi to all! I first learned to crochet when I was 12 or 13. The first thing I ever did was an afghan (ripple) with some scrap yarns that were given to us. My mom had the ugly thing until I moved away and got married. She claims she gave it to my grandmother who sold it to someone. Hmmm. Anyway, I’m back into crochet after many years and find I really enjoy it when I have time to work on it. I’m hoping this afghan will show me new stitches and techniques. Sure hope I can keep up with everyone.

  • My Aunt Letha taught me to crochet when I was 5. I didn’t like it much, because I wasn’t good at it. Every summer we tried again. Every year I got a bit better. At 10 I decided I could do this. Now I’m 59 and I love to crochet. I have 19 grandchildren and each one of them have an afghan that I have made for them.
    I’m going to join in with this project. It looks like great fun.

  • Hi everyone! I am very excited about this crochet along! This will be my first crochet along. I learned to crochet and knit at 8 and started up again about 2 years ago, I’m 32. I would consider myself an intermediate crocheter. I have found a new love for crochet recently since it just seems to go faster than knitting. I just finished a sweater for my husband and now am looking for a relaxing project. (I rushed to get it done for hunting season, which starts September 1st.) This is the perfect project because you have instant gratification when you complete a square. The hardest part about this project will be for me to complete it. My husband jokes with me about almost completing a project and then ripping it out because I decided I don’t like it anymore. Let’s see how I do with this one. I now just have to go out and get some yarn…oh what a pity!

  • This looks like fun! I crocheted for many years, but haven’t done any for about the last 7 or 8. For some reason, I got the itch about a month ago to get started again. This will be a good project to work on during my lunch hour, or on the road. Can’t wait to see the results.

  • I’m hoping to participate in this since it will be my first “group” project, but with a new job and finishing my dissertation, I fear that I’ll fall behind. I re-taught myself to crochet two years ago after taking 15 years off from my first 6 month attempt; and this time I managed to stick with it. I call myself an advanced beginner and have crocheted hats, scarfs, tank tops, and pillows. I’m currently trying to finish my first block blanket. Although I’m not too excited about the specific stitches in the pattern, I’m curious about the possibility of additional stitches. I’m thinking of using Vanna yarn too since it is more affordable but maybe in a variety of colors within a specific shade.

  • Hi all! I enjoy small projects that I can finish in a day or two. And therefore I’ve done quite a few dishcloths/facecloths! So these squares will be just the same (in my head only!) and I will enjoy making this project, one square at a time 🙂

    Can’t wait to get started!

  • I learned by myself at age of 8. Over 40 years ago and it still relaxing. I take a project every where I go mean the Dotors vacation anytime I think I will need something to do. I think this will be a simple fun project to do. I will make a great Holiday gift!

  • Hi all, I’ve been crocheting for about 10 years or so, all of my friends have some sort of handmade blanket from me. I’m excited about doing this, the patteren looks really easy. I might go with different yarn, since I tend to over buy and have lots of extra. I can’t wait to get started and add this to my many projects I have going!!

  • I’m an intermediate-to-advance crocheter and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s progress on this pattern. There’s some pretty yarn that I’ve been eyeing for a while, but never had the right project for it. I think this one it it!
    I’m with the group that’s against sewing pieces together, so I’ll be experimenting with crocheting them together instead. I’ll take pictures and share my suggestions in that area – please share yours as well!

  • I just started the first square! 7 rows into it. Picked a plush light green yarn. Also, I chose to use a smaller needle, the gauge is still pretty close but w/afghans I am not particular about size. I am already loving it!!!

  • I’m an intermediate crocheter. I love to make toys for my grandchildren especially a little amigurumi monkey. I make blankets for relatives, new babies, and Project Linus. I love sampler blankets, but I’ve never finished one. Now’s my chance!

  • Hi, I am a beginner but I have completed one blanket. I am really looking forward to picking out a yarn and getting started.

  • Hi everyone….my name is Sol. I crochet since I was a kid bec my mom did and my grandmother and her sister. I learned to knit on my own for the past 3 years but just the simple patterns. I got excited with this project and I will try it but I have to use my extra yarns here. I’ve too much of them, you know…

  • I think it will be fun to work along as a group. I won’t be as likely to set it aside and let it gather dust.

    I’ve been crocheting since I was 8 years old.

  • Hi all. I just now saw the crochet along. I am excited to start it in aaron off white color. Yes I hope I can crochet during breaks or lunch time or watching TV. I crocheted a king size rose flowers afghan in all bright colors for roses and varigated green for petals to make a square and then double crochet in black and put all 144 squares together in 1976. Wow that was a long time ago. I sahred in the crochet guild of America convention in okland california 4 years ago. I will try to hook with a CAL group too. Lakshmi

  • Hi I am Leticia
    And I have not been crocheting long but I am hooked to it! :-)I saw this and thought it would be a lot of fun and a way to stay out of trouble. Hope I can keep up with everyone.


  • I am looking forward to this. I am beginner to itermediate. I have two afghans going right now. This one will allow more take along with me crocheting and hopefully help me to stay targeted with this group. I do LOVE COLOR! My mother was a about a 24/7 crocheter and now that she is gone, I am hoping to pick up some of the slack with gifts for newly weds and babies. Here Goes!!

  • Am so much looking forward to this project. I just picked up crocheting after a long absence. I made a blanket for my grandson. So, let’s get started!

  • Hi my name Susan,
    I have never joined a club like this but it sounded fun so what the heck. I have crocheted since I can remember being taught by my Grandmother. I have been looking for a fisherman design that resembles the knit versions and this just may be the one. So any inside hints bring em on.

  • I am ready to get started with needlework again. I have done a lot in the past: quilting, sewing, knitting, cross stitch and crochet. I got really busy with work and school for a few years. I have a quieter life now and looking for a project. This sampler blanket is just the ticket!

  • I have been crocheting for MANY years and I am looking forward to this project. I have never done a crochet or knit along. I am hoping that the enthusiaum and support will keep me motivated to complete the project. I am a great beginner but not always a great completer. 🙂 Happy Crocheting

  • Hi Everyone! I am so excited to start this project. I have approximately 32 years experience in crocheting and still learning. I consider myself Intermediate/Expert, although I still have trouble with some of the stitches, but, I am willing to learn. I do a little knitting, however, I am very shaky in casting on and off, increasing and so on. I look forward to joining more CAL’s and other projects that Lion Brand has to offer.

    Take care and be safe, everyone.

  • Hi my name is Veronica I have been crocheting since I was about 17 but have never joined a group before, this sound like a great idea , we dont have Lion brand yarn here in Canada not that I have found anyway but we do have quality yarns, so I am going to get started, We are leaving on Sept 15th for a 7 week holiday so I may not get this finished when some of you do but I will finish it and post a picture when i do

  • I am a long time avid needleworker and crochet is my favorite. Just looking at yarn makes me start to yearn for a new project. I am very drawn to color so I hope color can be incorporated into this project. I could use help with color combos.
    Hope everyone has fun with this!

  • I’d love to join in, don’t know if I will finish it up in the allotted time, I have so many started and unfinished projects. I put one down and work on another for awile but it looks like fun and I am going to try to get my daughter in law to do it too. That would be a great time together!

  • In response to #1 Tonka — when I want to do a pattern I’m not too thrilled with, I use different colors of baby yarn and make a baby afghan instead of a full-size afghan. Sometimes the brighter colors make all the difference in how the afghan looks. You could use up some of your baby yarn scraps. Same is true of your other scraps. Make every block a different color. Just thought this might help.

  • I’d love to join in on this crochet a long….although I’m not sure if I’ll finish in time with the rest of you! I’m pregnant and due in 8 weeks, and working on several baby projects as well.

    Oh well, we’ll see how I go, I can’t wait to start!

  • I would consider myself a beginner+. I have been crocheting for years but never did more that single and double crochet. I welcome CAL as a project to help be branch out.

  • I am a beginner. I have made scarves for shelters and friends. I would love to learn how to do granny squares and purses.

  • Teaching myself to crochet, and making sweaters for orphans in India (my passion…as evidenced by my website). But I would love to join this group and complete this project…and I know I will make adjustments at least to color. Fun!!

  • i am long time crocheter and prefer using threads and lace crochet but i can see this done with less squares in baby yarn for shower present and looks like a good project for travel to and from work on the bus. Now another trip to yarn store to find the colors that speak to me……

  • I never participated in a CAL, so I guess it’s time I tried it. I used to crochet quite a lot, and over the years have knitted, made jewelry, done scrapbooking, cardmaking, painting, sewing, quilting, and just about any kind of craft that comes along. I love it all and never seem to concentrate on just one. The fact that this project is made in blocks seems appealing to me. It’s like I’m not biting off such a huge project. Does anyone know what can be substituted for Fisherman’s Wool for those of us with wool allergies? I think I might like to make this in a teal color yarn.

  • Hi
    I also have been knitting and crocheting for years. Right now I help make crocheted squares for lapghans for the families of fallen soldiers. (Heartmade Blessings.)
    In between times I like to make sweaters for my little grandkids. I will likely try the doll sized project, as I have too many other thinks in progress.

  • Hello Everyone…I’m really excited about this crochet along. My name is Vicky, from California. A few days ago my eldest granddaughter asked me to make her a blanket, and then I find this email waiting for me today, I think this was a good time, and a great pattern to work on something that she will like.

    I love that there are different squares and that its a sampler. I love samplers.

    Anyway, hopes everyone enjoys this crochet along.

  • Hi my name is Patience and I taught myself to crochet from books from the library. Like many others I will be making this pattern but I will not sew together the blocks I will either slip stich or crochet them because I am always afraid the blanket will come apart. I usually find some way to make the blanket in one piece because I don’t like to sew them together. I love to crochet but I usually adapt the patterns to make them bigger. Don’t know who will get it I may actually keep it for myself.

  • I just finished a blanket for my husband’s birthday and am ready to tackle the next project. This last blanket was over six feet long (my husband likes them to cover him from neck to toe) with a pattern that reapeated every fifth line. I’m really looking forward to a blanket with different squares, different stitches. Can’t wait to start!

  • Hi guys!! I’m very excited about this. I hope that I can keep up with ya all. I have done very simple crochet projects off and on for years. Baby Afghans, scarves, a couple of easy afghans etc. I like the idea of this being in blocks. Helps break it down into bite sized pieces!! How long does this go on for? How fast do I have to make the blocks?

  • hi my name is debbieI am not the greatest crocheter but I am ok so I wuld love to challange myself to this task
    if there is anyone from michigan doing this I would love to know
    look forward to doing this

  • Hi, I’m from Arkansas but grew up in California. My mother worked at a nursing home, and since I lived across the street from it, I got to know some of the residents very well. One wonderful little lady, Mrs. Handcock, taught me to crochet when I was 9 or 10 and I’ve been crocheting ever since. My 6th grade teacher introduced me to knitting, and I enjoy that also. I’m always working on two or three things.
    I have never been involved in a crochet along or a knit along, so I am looking forward to this a lot. Happy crocheting, everyone!

  • This sounds like fun. I haven’t crocheted in a long time but would like to join along. I would say I would say my skills are intermmediate.

  • Hello My name is Jackie,
    I’ve been crocheting now for some years. I think a will like this CAL. Knowing that other will be crocheting the same thing…I’m a beginner and hope that I can get it right..Thank for the pattern

  • Hello, I am thrilled to see CAL up and running. I am a beginner with a couple of intermediate skills. However, my big problem is never finishing a project. Ofentimes, when I do decide to pick it up again, I have forgotten my stitches, thus starting from scratch again. Good Grief! I am hoping things are going to be different this time. I need to pick up my hooks again as a stress buster. Kids are back in school, I started grad school, (what was I thinking?) Hmmm, yes this should be reallllly interesting.

  • My name is Wanda and I would say my skill level is intermediate.
    I prefer crocheting with thread rather than yarn and have made many Victorian costumes for fashion dolls. However, I do crochet with yarn too, and have made a few afghans from continuous patterns as I am not too fond of finishing off one yarn and starting another. My hope is that I will learn from this sampler afghan that there is a neat and secure way to fasten off without feeling I have lost control of my project. I like my end result to look HANDMADE not HOMEMADE. This will be the main reason I will try a Crochet-A-Long..I am also sending this by Email to my daughter who was just telling me this past weekend that she would like to learn to read patterns and advance in her crocheting from the “beginner” she feels she is now.

  • Hi everyone. My name is Maria and I have been knitting, crocheting, sewing since I was a child. If it involves a needle of any time, I’m into it. I like the pattern with its different squares and patterns; gives me a chance to use up some of my never ending stash; my husband will be thrilled. I have never participated in a CAL, don’t really know how it works, but I’m excited about it. Looking forward to hearing from everyone.

  • I’ve been teaching my self to crochet for the past six months. Mostly small projects so far so I look forward to this project since it will be my biggest yet! I’m sure I’ll learn something new and since there are so many others working on the same project it will be a great resource If I run into a snag. I can’t wait to take on this challenge!

  • Hi I am Lindsay from Edmonton, Alberta. I am excited to start this CAL! It is a great way to get a gift done for xmas!!

  • I have been crocheting since I was 7 years old…that makes it over 30 years! Yikes!!!!!

    I have never been in a crochet-a-long before…and it sounds like fun! I am a very busy mom of a 3 year old and I have a daycare and a very busy hair bow website Layci’s Bow-Dacious Bows. I love to crochet when I have free time…I am getting ready to make some quick things like hats for my little girl…and maybe a tote or something. I never stick to a pattern…most of the time I don’t even use one. I like to make it up as I go along.

  • I am going to do this MY way. It will be a little different but I like the idea of working with others. I will make three PANELS using the patterns offered. I also hate sewing things together.

  • Hi, My name is Ella and I live in the Chicago suburban area of Hanover Park, IL. I have been crocheting since age 9 when my grandmother taught me to crochet so I could help her with a bed spread she was making out of crochet thread, for one of my cousins. I have been crocheting ever since. I guess I would consider myself an intermediate to advanced crocheter. I can follow almost any pattern and have taken patterns and turned them into other object with a few alterations. I currently sell my creations at various craft fairs in the area.

    I am excited about trying this afghan. Mostly I make baby blankets, clowns, shawls, scarfs, hats, slippers and various other smaller items. I have made quite a few large afghans as well both as gifts and for myself.

    I am taking a trip to Herrschners over the Labor Day weekend so will see what they have on sale that I like. I have allergies, so I cannot use wool but I should be able to find a nice yarn that I can work with.

    Thanks for putting this together.

  • Hi! I’m the owner of a small group of ladies across the U.S. that crochet/knit/sew to make a difference in the lives of those who need help.
    I think this crochet along is an awesome idea and will suggest to my ladies to come and sign up..
    Thanks again Lionbrand.

  • I posted a few minutes ago and forgot to answer questions about myself. I have been crocheting for five yrs consistently and about twenty for the first time. I am at intermidate level sometimes reaching into expert. I love to make warm things for people who need to keep themselves and their families warm. I’m pleased to be able to come here..get a really nice pattern and work with others to do something fun.

  • Greetings All, I’m excited about participating in CAL. I’ve been crocheting since 1958(smile), my aunt taught me to make the little pulls for window shades using 00 size hooks and fine threads to keep my little hands busy instead of touching her bric a brac.I’m an intermediate. I have made every new born in the fam their own personal blanky. There are no crocheting circles in my immediate area so I’m happy to find Lion Brand initiating this event, and the opportunity to meet via the Net such wonderful people. Happy Stitching..Anita

  • I taught myself to crochet at age 10. My Mom had a “Learn How” book to teach crocheting, knitting, embrodery, and tatting. I enjoy crocheting the most. I crochet a lot of afghans for babies and weddings. I think this afghan sounds like fun and it is something I can easily take along and work on when I get a few minutes here and there. Thanks for a great idea.

  • Howdy! I would say I’m an experienced crocheter (and a yarn-a-holic!) — I love learning new techniques and incorporating them in my own designs. I’m looking forward to jumping into this project.

    What I like most about crochet — collecting yarn and starting new projects!
    What I dislike most about crochet — making swatches and “finishing” a project, or pulling stitches out because of a mistake. yuk

  • I too, missed telling you about me. (Lots of us Judys on the CAL-crochet a long:) Like a lot of you I learned to crochet & knit as a child. Grandma Edna knit, Grandma Anna crocheted, Gr-grandma Maude quilted, Gr-gram Tum played organ & prayed. Mom sewed, knitted, crocheted, played piano, mandolin, flute & sang. & that’s just the ladies. If I have any talent, I credit my family and God. They all worked & played harder at it than I do. I just play at crafting & needlework, but I enjoy it a lot. Finishing projects is not a strong point.
    Maria #181 I’m counting on you & others when it’s time to join the blocks. Joining them neatly is always a problem for me.
    After reading the posts, I think I will use up some of my leftover yarn. Multiple colors sounds appealing. I crochet loosely, so I’ll go with a smaller hook to get the right gauge.
    We are a diverse bunch. I’m looking forward to crocheting with all of you.

  • i have been crocheting off and on for many years; my granny taught me as a child, but i never completed a project until 4 years ago. i have several still half finished, some from many, many years ago…i detest changing threads and weaving in ends and lump joining blocks in that same category so this will be a challenge for me. a friend is having her baby soon, and i wanted to make her a blanket. trouble was, she picked 3 colors (i’ve searched high and low for a varigated thread with these particular 3 colors, to no avail) and i haven’t been able to find a pattern that i like yet. this will be perfect as i can make each set of the blocks in a different color and figure i can just suffer through the joining part at the end…i also never work by gauge, so this will be a first as i want the 3 different squares to turn out all the same size. will use the baby yarn i already bought with her colors and hook appropriate for the yarn size. and apart from making sure all the squares are the same size, will wing the rest of the sizing…it’s a baby blanket after all…who’s gonna care if it’s smaller! it it ends up too, too small, i can always add more blocks…i’m just bummed i can’t start tomorrow…did you know they’ve outlawed crochet hooks in courthouses and airplanes as a ‘weapon’, even the plastic ones?? sad, sad times we live in….

  • hi all. happy to join the group. know how to make only simple stiches. so. doing this afghan will be a perfect way learning new one.

  • Looks like an easy project and I’ve been hoping for a CAL, since I’ve yet to learn to knit 🙂 Will probably find a cotton yarn similar to the suggested fisherman’s wool, and probably a different color scheme. I’d classify myself as an advanced beginner or intermediate… can read patterns and don’t need to look up stitches much anymore. Taught myself how to crochet this past winter and it’s been a lot of fun so far.

  • Hello hello all fellows crocheters(if there is such a word)I am Judi I am from Penang,Malaysia.
    I am so happy that I came upon this website,saving me quite a lot on buying crochet books.Crochet has been my hobby for the past 40yrs and have been doing afghans for babies,my own grandchildren,friends and relatives.I love doing cadigans,blouses,etc.etc in my younger days and I will go hunting for books when ever I go travelling but now am contented with what ever I can find in magazines.So thanks to Lion Brand,kam Sia,kam sia(thank you,thank you)

    May God Bless and happy crocheting

  • I have been crocheting for many, many years. My grandmother taught me when I was about 5 or 6. I just love it. I would consider myself an always learning advanced beginner. I have crocheted, yarn afghans to thread doilies and doll clothes. I also knit, but haven’t knitted as long as I’ve crocheted. First time I’ve ever joined a “join a-long”. So exciting. Fingers are tingling to start. Bibi < God bless all of you!

  • Hi!

    nice to see so many people have posted. I’m Karen, I live near London in the UK.

    I’ve been crocheting for about 5 years now and am looking forward to getting started on this project.

    Best wishes


  • Hi my name is Donna Marie. I just opened my email. Little slow at times and thought this would be a wonderful crochet project to do. I am working on christmas stockings and a dragon but I still want to do this project. I have been crocheting for about 30 years and I would classify myself as intermediate. (can always learn something new). I look foreward to seeing this project through.
    Good crocheting to all….

  • Hello! My name is Petra and I live in Sweden. When I saw this crochet-along-projekt I thought it would be perfect for me to do during this autumn. I work as a teacher at the university and I think is a nice afghan where I can collect lots of different patterns to show my students at the crocheting classes!

  • Hi, All My name is Maureen and I too have been crocheting for years! Made afagins,hats, scarfs,slippers, ect.! Looking forward to doing this blanket never haad done one in squares! Make 3 to 4 a winter start in Sept. end in April.This will be fun doiung it toghether and masking new friends along the way! Doing mine in I think differant colors too!!Well Happy crocheting will start mine after work today!! TC for now! talk to you soon!!!

  • I can’t wait to get started! I live in central Illinois, USA. Looking forward to chatting with my fellow crocheters!

  • I am looking forward to re-acquainting myself with crochet techniques. I learned from my grandmother when I was about 14. I picked it up again last year after a long hiatus, making a hat and scarf set for my daughter and my niece. With winter coming a blanket is a perfect project.
    This is my first experience with a crochet along.
    I live in rural south central Ontario, Canada.


  • I began crocheting when I joined a crochet a long on the internet 2 years ago. We started with baby booties in size 10 cotton thread and proceeded to a baby sweater, hat, pants and booties set. The lady who led it was amazing! I had never crocheted! Looking at a pattern was a foreign language to me. She took us step by step and I was amazed at what I could do! I have since completed many baby sets and blankets. It is something I never thought I could do without someone right there telling me what to do. It was exciting to know that it really was not as hard as I thought it would be. I am looking forward to this project. I know I have a lot more to learn!

  • I am an itermidiate (excuse spelling), and would love to try a crochet along. I’ve never done something like this before, so I have no idea what to do. I live in Henschtal, Germany. I taught myselft how to crochet, and I’m 13 years old. I can’t wait to get started!

  • I like doing many different types of stitches and creating an afghan with lots of texture, so this pattern is very appealing to me.

  • The afghan is beautiful and the crochet-a-long sounds like loads of fun! I’m in!

    I belong to as an owner of 11 backyard/urban pet/egg-laying chickens and on the site we have a twice a year crochet granny square swap so I am already familiar with all the crazy fun that goes along with crocheting and gabbing together on a project!! Looking very forward to this one! Ordered the Fisherman’s wool yarn, copied the pattern and have been twisting my friend’s arm to get her to join too!

    Hope to make some new friends and a great looking afghan! Awesome idea!!

    Whooooo hoooo!!!! Hook on ya’ll!!!! 🙂 😉 🙂

  • Hi everyone –

    My name is Marsha and I live in Louisville, KY. I’m a beginner crocheter and avid yarn collector. I’m looking forward to this portable project. Who am I kidding? I’m looking forward to an excuse to buy more yarn! LOL!

  • Hi,My name is Judy and I have been crocheting for over 40 years. I teach crocheting to ladys at the senior center in the town I live in.I sell my crocheted items at craft shows throughout New England and have been doing shows for over 30 years.I am married 49 years and have two children and twin grandchildren that are 6 years old.My favorite gaget is my crochet hook.

  • Count me in! I still consider myself a beginner as I’ve only finished a few projects (a crochet hook purse & lots of cute anigurumi for my friends) so I’m looking forward to finishing something bigger.

  • Wow! 566 comments in 4 days! Congrats to Lion Brand on another great idea!

    This project would be a great way for me to add more “How to” crochet stitch videos to my own site Hooked On Needles. This would also be a Great Project to Use Up Leftover Yarn! Make it Colorful!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Hello, I taught myself how to crochet and needle tat a few years ago and love both. I guess I am somewhere between a intermediate and advanced. Most of my projects so far have been baby blankets, hoods, and afghans although I have done some dollies and bun covers and one Wrap I am very proud of..:). I am very interested in doing this CAL project, but as others have stated I have other projects in the works right now, so it maybe slow going.It will be interesting to see how ever one progresses.

  • I was so excited to see there would be a CAL! I’ve been checking my email for a couple weeks to get this started. I’m an intermediate hooker (teehee) with about 8 years under my belt now. I have too many projects started in various stages of completeness and I LOVE IT. I was actually hoping that the oval shaped throw with the spike stitch would be picked, but I love this one too so I’m pleased. I will also be crocheting the squares together rather than sewing them together. I like the look and durability better. best of luck to everyone and I’m looking forward to reading how everyone’s doing!

  • I am 11 and want to learn to crochet. My mom will work with me and thinks this might be a good way to learn. I plan to make this to go in my newly remodeled bedroom! This will be cool! I might even display it at the 4-H fair. I can’t wait!

  • My mom taught me to knit and crochet when I was just 5 years old, I am now 48 and my mom has been gone for almost 30 years. Everytime I make something which is a lot as I am always working on a project I thank her for taking the time to teach me. My oldest son just got back from Afghanistan and I though this would be a good project for me to give to him and his wife for Christmas, (probably take me that long to get this finished :O)

  • Hello everyone. I think this is a nice project, something my mom might like for Christmas! Like many of you I’m self-taught so I don’t really know my proficiency. I don’t know anyone else who crochets. I think it’s cool that we’ll all be working on this together though. I’ll be starting a little late as I have a project that I need to finish. Should take about two weeks more. Good luck to everyone and won’t it be exciting when we all have our cozy blankets.

  • What a neat idea! My name is Jane and I have 3 kids, one who is a doctor, one who is 16 an one 11. I love to crochet and I’m always looking for interesting projects. This sampler afghan with the squares using different stitches is a great way to learn new stitches and make an afghan a unique work of art.

    Looking at the comments I didn’t expect to see so many kids. How neat! Its so great to see the kids picking this up.

  • Hi all:

    This looks like a great project to end up with a beautiful afghan for a wedding present – in December. Hopefully this project can be finished just before Christmas.
    Here in Georgia, blocks are easier in the summer and joining in the fall and winter (if we have one). Otherwise you can sweat to death just putting a piece together or run up a foul electric bill.
    I have been crocheting over 35 years and will tackle nearly any crochet challenge. This looks fairly easy and I like the comments about making the pieces in long strips instead of blocks too. I’ll decide that later. Now off to find some yarn.


  • I am looking forward to making this one for a dear friend for his birthday. He is an App State fan, so I thought I might change up the colors and do it in Black and Gold! I am a long time crocheter (30+ years) and always have two or three projects going at the same time. I have to finish an afghan in our high school colors before I get started, but I can’t wait to see others progress!

  • Hi everyone, my name is Crystal. I have been crocheting for more than 30 years but this is the first CAL that I have done. I am giving blankets this year to all of my family for Christmas so I wonder who will be the lucky one to get this. I have 6 more to do yet. I look forward to working on this with you.

  • I’m thrilled to be joining you! My mother taught me how to crochet 30 years ago. I taught my daughter recently, she is 13…we’re looking forward to learning new stitches.

  • I’ve been crocheting since I was 5 when my mom taught me to chain to keep me busy so she could get her house cleaning done. I’ve been ‘hooked’ ever since. I bought an encyclopedia of crochet stitches and have been trying out various ones with excess yarn from past projects. Very fun. Probably will sew them all together one day to make an eclectic afghan… Most of my crochet has been with G-N hooks so the sampler requires a P. Should be interesting. Good luck all and I look forward to reading your stories!

  • What a nice idea! My father’s mother crocheted but unfortunately she died before I could learn from her. I developed an interest in crochet in college and taught myself. That was 38 years and miles of yarn (and thread) ago! Our son’s girlfriend wants to learn, so I’m going to try to get her working on this too. It would be fun to do it together.

  • Hi. I am Ann and was taught the basics at a very young age. The lady that taught me didn’t know how to read patterns. This is something that I want to try to make for my niece for Christmas. I can read the patterns a little, so be patient with me when I just can’t figure it out and start screaming for help! :o)

  • Hi, my name is Lettetia. I guess you would say I am an experienced beginner and am anxious to learn some new stitches and complete my first large project. I am quite looking forward to sharing in the CAL with all of you and learning something new.

  • Hi! My name is Kie, and this project looks like fun. I taught myself to crochet by watching videos online, almost 2 years ago. I’ve found it to be a very relaxing and rewarding hobby. I’ve made many baby blankets, hats, a HUGE afghan for my 6’3″ husband (THAT was a daunting task!), blankets for my kids, and the most recent was a beautiful airloom baby blanket for my soon-to-be-born daughter. I would say that I’m at an intermediate skill level, but the last baby blanket I made was an ‘experienced’ level.

    I just decided yesterday to try and pick up knitting, and have learned the basics so far! Yay! Anyway, I’m going to try to participate in this project as much as I can. Happy crocheting!!

  • I am exciting about joining the crochet along. I have never done one before. My grandma taught me how to crochet when I was 7, so I guess it would be 30 years now. I am not an expert, but I love to try new challenges. I can’t wait to get started on this project.

  • I have crochet since my grandmother taught me at age 5. But lately I have been doing other things, I just started up again and this project will be great to get the rust off my skills. Looking forward to it!

  • Hi! I’m Jillian and I am 21 years old. My grandmother taught me the basics of crocheting when I was about 8 which basically just included how to get started, how to hold the hook, how to do a chain stitch and a single crochet. I have taught myself much more by reading countless “teach yourself to crochet” books as well as looking up pattern abbreviations I was unsure of online. I am proud of how far I have come but I have not crocheted in about 7 months and once that “back to school” feeling comes around, I want to start doing it again to prepare for the cool fall and colder winter months with some nice blankets and whatnot.

    I am excited for this crochet-along!

  • Hi, Love the afghan and the idea of working with a group. I have 2 unfinished afghans of about 38 squares and need a total of 63 to finish and an unfinished queen sized quilt, but want to start this project, too. Think I will look for yarn that isn’t wool, though.

  • Hi everybody, I’m Janelle Ponte and I live in Northern New Jersey, I have only been out here for 8+ years. I was born and raised in a small town in Northern California.
    I’ve been crocheting since I was 9 (32 years now!!) I can do just about anything and I’m looking forward to this CAL because I love learning and playing with new stitches. I have crocheted everything from Christening gowns in size 10 cotton thread to gianormous afghans with Q hooks. There has never been a year that has gone by that I have not crocheted something. I like to design and I hope to someday be able to actually write out my designs and have them published….but who has time for that now? I have 5 children, only 3 remain in the house (one in CA and one in College) I am a real estate agent and Home stager and I also write and direct childrens plays at a local theater. I look forward to mingling with other hookers!!

  • To: Nubya Shabazz (198)

    I am very sorry to hear about your son. I lost my 14 year old son in a car accident several months ago. I am finding that the pain does not go away, but it does get easier to live with. The crocheting seems to help. Somehow it brings a feeling of calm and peace. I hope it will help you as it is helping me. You and your family will be in my prayers.

    Laurie (155)

  • Hello! I, too, am looking forward to this. Knitting, crocheting is something I can do anywhere/anytime and really feel as if I am accomplishing ‘something’. I always have something on my needles, carry some in my purse, also! (You never know when you are going to have to wait longer than expected in the ‘drive-thru’, banks, etc.)
    Thank you for doing something that brings all of us ‘hookers’ together!

  • I’m so happy to see this for crochetiers! I am in a club at work that makes items for charity so my first thought was this will be a great project to work on as we have all levels of ability, beginners through experts. We should be able to whip up a few in no time and I’m sure whomever receives these afghans will be thrilled! Thanks for the idea and pattern!!

  • Hi! My name is Beth. I’m more of a knitter, not much of a crochet-er, but I can do basic blocks. As far as what I like to make, I knit a LOT of dishcloths and I like to make shawls also. I’ve crocheted some squares out of kitchen cotton for a friend to use as a trivet.
    I’m a teacher, and school is starting (today is Meet the Teacher day) so I might not have a LOT of time, but I’ve never done a knit/crochet along other than the Yahoo! Monthly Dishcloth Knitalong, so I was eager to try this. I’ve already started… I’m doing mine in pink Cotton Ease.

  • This project sounds like fun. I’ve crocheted several afghans and baby blankets, they have all been simple. I’d say I’m beyond beginner, but not sure up to intermediate.

  • Hi there, like my friend Scrambled Egg, I am also a chicken owner – with three children, two under 10, I am a grandma as well. I am looking forward to joining, I do have a couple of projects to finish up – for the grandbaby.
    I would also like to use a different yarn, something other than the fishermans. Perhaps Wool-Ease.

  • Hi. I’ve been crocheting about two years. I’m excited about doing this because I only know basic stitsches and am looking forward to learning something new.

  • I am an advanced/professional crocheter. I design, crochet & sell afghans. I am also an intermediate knitter(self-taught). I am going to join this CAL. I have never joined a CAL before amd am looking forward to the fun and challenge.

  • Hi! my name is France. My mom taught me crochet when i was a kid. I find it hard on my right hand when I crochet and since I’m a lefty I decided to re-learn crochet. i bought a book that teaches crochet for the left hand. This project would perfect for me to start learning.

  • Hello, I am joining you all in crocheting this afghan.
    I live in the Netherlands, I,m married and we have 2 children (boy of nearly 8 and girl of 4,5). I,m not using the Lion Brand yarn, because itś not available here. Next week I deciding waht yarn I will use. Probably from Garnstudio/Drops. Have fun you all!

  • I’ve never done anything like this before. I’ve been knitting for about 14 yrs and crocheting for about 1/2 as long. I’ve never done anything for myself and I’m currently working on an knit aran sweater for myself, which is more half done. However, I also found I’m expecting baby #2. This would be a wonderful blanket for my new baby on the way. Can’t wait to get started. As someone else mentioned. I will be using different color yarns and well. I have a tote full of yarn, which needs to be used. Can’t wait to get started.

  • READY TO CROCHET!!! I’m working on my dissertation in home economics education, and I need a good project to use for my sanity, to promote home economy ideals, and I’ve boxed up all of my yarn except for this project so that I’m not too distracted. This is exactly what I need. I’ve decided to use a multi-color blue/pink wool.

  • Hi, this is my first X-along anything. I haven’t done much crocheting in a while, so I’m looking forward to this.

  • I’m looking forward to joining you on this sampler. It will be fun to do a project with a large community of crocheters. Yesterday I realized I have 3-4 projects ahead of this but I think I’ll make this a carry-along while waiting.

  • Hi there: I am from Barrie, Ontario, Canada and have ebeen crocheting since I was about 6 years old. I am 66 and am excited about this afghan. I have been busy lately making baby things for my niece who is having a baby. I consider myself an intermediate crocheter and knitter. When do we start this project as I would like it to be a gift for Christmas.

  • looking forword to the cal. I’m a beginner only know a few stitches. Have made a few small granny squared afghans.

  • I’ve been crocheting since the age of about 11 and I’m 46 now….I consider myself advanced but we’ll see. I normally make baby blankets because someone is always having a baby. I’m excited about trying the crochet-along…it’s my first one….I’ll be interested to see some pattern changes for more texture because I think I might get bored making 10 squares of sc and dc.


  • I’ve been crocheting for about 15 years, but lately I’ve been mostly knitting. I’m undecided about making this afghan as I am in the middle of knitting a lace shawl for a friend for Christmas, and I’ve just had to take out about half of it because I reversed the pattern, and I’m trying to get back to the point I was when I found the mistake. But I may try the afghan, as it’s done in blocks. I’ve crocheted other afghans, and baby clothes and blankets, and even a dress for my grand daughter, so I think I’ll be able to do this if I have the time. I love the pattern.

  • Hi – I am an intermediate crocheteer and have been at it off and on since I was about 12. I do regular and tunisian crochet and have tried tapestry (1 large round afghan). I have in the past done mainly large stuffed animals and sweaters for babies and children. Now that I am retired I do afghans for Project Linus.

    I am currently working on four afghans and several scaves for breast cancer, but I am looking forward to doing this sampler and knowing that there are many other crocheteers doing the same thing. As I generally am alone when I crochet, this makes it less like a one person hobby.

  • Hello, I taught myself to crochet as a teenager ( several years ago – OK 30) but kind of dropped it for knitting. I have recently picked it back up and am looking forward to learning some new stitches. I think it will be interesting to be able to track my progress compared to others. It will be great to be able to ask questions if I get stuck. Looking forward to the next blog about choosing the yarns and getting started.

  • Hi Everyone, I’m a self-taught crocheter, probably in the intermediate category. This blanket looks kind of cool, so I thought I’d give it a try.

  • Hi, My name is CeeCee, I used to watch my Great Aunt Crochet when I was a child and admired it. Eventually taught myself and LOVE IT!!!!!!!! I have made blankets, sweaters, baby dresses, scarves, sunsuits, and smaller things. I think it very relaxing. I have made many things for Church Bazzars and gifts for others. Esp baby blankets.
    My 9 years old Granddaughter sits by me and is eager to learn. She is getting there…..LOL
    I am looking forward to making this CAL, as I had wanted to make something for myself with the extra yarn from all the baby blankets I had made, as a rememberance from all the years.
    Thank you,

  • This will certainly be something different for me. I usually only do lap afghans so I can’t wait to get started.

  • Hi all-My name is Linda and I have been crocheting for about 5 years. I tend to keep to the easier patterns and this one seems pretty easy. I can’t use wool so will look for another yarn. I made an afghan last year and made up the pattern with some pretty funky yarns and it looked great. I only crochet in the winter so I am looking forward to this.

  • Hello. I would love to choice the crochet a long. But i get lost doing some patterns. Also does anyone else have this problem and have suggestions. I love to crochet. i have made several small afghans. they are bigger than baby blankets but not adult size, what would be a good price to charge for one.
    thank you

  • Hi, Eland out of Brooklyn, NY. I’ve been crocheting for quite a while. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone by joining the CAL. But I’m looking forward to the challenge. I read patterns very well so my experience level depends upon the pattern. At times I do get stumped and give up, I hope not in this case sense there will be so many to turn to for help.

  • My mother taught me to crochet at an early age and I taught myself to knit in my twenties. I am advanced at both. I currently head up a crochet lunch hour at work where I teach my friends the craft. Last fall we had a knitting lunch hour. I look forward to the CAL!

  • I taught myself to crochet several years ago, and picked up knitting recently. I have crocheted market bags, purses, scarves, prayer shawls,some doilies, a tea cozy I designed myself,several absurdly misshapen and/or missized hats, and an elaborate afghan. I prefer knitting over crochet for sweaters, not that I have had any great success with them, but I like the texture and stretch better. Crochet is great for afghans and I am looking forward to this one.

    My general roadblocks are picking colors I am going to love for the whole project and getting the gauge where I want it. I want to do a multi-color scheme with this afghan. I am considering Vanna’s choice for this, I have used a lot of Wool-Ease in the past and it has been great, but I want to try something different. One other roadblock will be the sticker shock when I check out at the yarn store! One of my favorite projects is crocheting market bags using looped plastic strips from used shopping bags. Free material, good for the environment, lots of compliments from strangers at grocery check-out-what could be better?

  • well— after looking at the pattern, i see that it is not really a sampler only three stitches and two of them sc and dc great for beginners —-so i will probably pull out my “200 crochet blocks” book and do a lot of the row by row squares in that book, i work mostly “in the round” so being part of the CAL will keep me motivated to try something different

  • Hi everyone, I’m Jackie! I am so looking forward to the CAL. I was taught by my mother when I was young and I have since taught my daughter. This will be a wonderful project for us to work on together and give to someone at Christmas. Thank you Lion Brand.

  • I’ve crocheted off and on for years, and I’m glad to have this beautiful project to get me going again. Many thanks to Liz in CT for the tip on turning blocks into strips.

  • Hi everyone! I taught myself to crochet when I was pregnant with my first child (6 years ago). I consider myself intermediate. I mostly do baby blankets, ponchos, and shawls. Anything without sleeves! I too do not like to sew squares together and will try making rows of squares for this pattern. I will be making the afghan in pink for my daughter, she’s been wanting me to make her a new blanket for sometime. I’ve taken an extended break from crocheting but was wanting to get back into it and this came along. Happy crocheting!

  • I taught myself to crochet in my early twenties. Currently using up scrap yarn for baby hats, booties etc for our local hospital.

    The project looks interesting. I usually don’t care for large projects. My time is very limited with homeschooling and work.

  • Hello to all…I’m looking forward to the finished project! Hopefully it will be done before the winter sets in. Even if it isn’t, at least it can keep my lap warm while it does get finished! My grandmother taught me to crochet many years ago and to this day I still crochet and knit. I am retired and make “preemie” outfits and to give to new parents as we travel.

  • I’ve been teaching a small group of women in our office to knit and crochet. This afghan will be excellent to give them small projects to learn new stitches, with the end result being they’ll have completed an entire blanket by the time they’re done!!

  • Greetings! I am a little behind in my e-mail, so I just found out about this wonderful idea. Yesterday I received a shipment of yarn and was getting ready to start making Christmas presents. Now I can join CAL and make presents. I consider myself an advanced beginner. I make blankets for Project Linus and shawls for women in our congregation whose husbands are overseas. I love to crochet and am the third generation to do this. My two aunts and I talk on the phone frequently regarding crocheting. They don’t have access to the internet, so I will be their voice. Needless to say I am excited! Let’s get started. Michelle, Columbia, MD

  • I am an intermediate crocheter. I usually make afghans, but do some hats and scarfs. I have never particiapted in a CAL so am looking forward to the comparisons and discussions. Am looking forward to getting started.

  • This could not have come at a better time. Going in for back surgery so i will have lots of time while lying around to have fun with this.

  • Hi, I have crocheting for several years. I am looking for ways to use up my stash. This would be a great way to learn at the same time. I am currently involved with “primitive rug hooking” and I love it. I have crocheted afghans for each of my children and their children. I am now going to “hook” rugs for them too. If I make this afghan I will decide after I finish just who will receive this one.
    My cats love it when I crochet, knit, or hook. They are fascinated with the yarn and wool noodles.
    From a contented hooker – crochet or rug that is.

  • I have been crocheting for about 4 years now. I am really excited about this cal because I think it will help me move along and finish a project in a timely fashion. I think that I am at an intermediate level.

  • Hi I am Sheila S,

    I can’t remember not knowing how to crochet; so, I’ve been doing it for quite awhile! I thought a sampler would be nice to do for gifts; and, sometimes I make afghans for the homeless (I did 11 one year in the diagonal pattern) and thought this might be a change for my next marathon on that ;>). I am working on a knitted vest for my husband now so a crocheted project fits the bill for a “balanced” me…..

  • Well,I have completed 2 squares, it moves along quickly and looks great. I am using the off white fisherman’s yarn and I am amazed at the ‘richness’ of the finished square. This is my first CAL and I am enjoying the distraction from packing. I am moving to PA next month from NJ, my oldest daughter is pregnant with my ‘first grandchild’ and am I excited. I have been a lifelong crocheter (started at age 9) and learned knitting in my 20s. I am now retired and loving the increased time to enjoy these hobbies. Have fun !

  • I guess I would call myself an intermediate crocheter. I taught myself about 10 years ago and have a huge stash of yarn! I, like many of you, tend to stick to smaller projects for the quicker gratification. I do make alot of afghans and scarves for gifts. This is my first crochet-a-long and I’m really looking forward to getting started

  • Hi. I am a self taught crocheter. Iam an advanced/intermediate crocheter and am looking forward to participating in CAL. I have several projects started and almost finished. Could you please give me the information I need to get started?

  • Sorry, type-o on email address. This is the correction. I really do crochet better than I type 🙂

  • What a great project. I love to learn new patterns and this will be a great teaching tool as well!!

  • Hi everyone! I’m an experienced/intermediate crocheter. I’ve been crocheting for about 14-15 years and really enjoy it. I’ve never done anything like this CAL before and am looking forward to particpating. 🙂

  • I’ve been crocheting about 40 years and love to do crochet-a-longs as then I finish a project in decent time. I seem to get several items on the go at once. Look forward to doing thes afghan.

  • Hi I have been crocheting for longer than long and I love it. It helps me cope with the pain. I voted for this pattern because I have always thought it was interesting but never decided to do it. I am looking forward to the fun of sharing etc. Do we start now???? or is there some sort of sign in with a note of how we are doing at beginning or ending of each week?? How does this work???

  • I am probably an advanced crocheter when I really want to do something. I love to crochet and have just learned how to knit–it takes me a lot longer to knit something than it does to crochet something. I am looking forward to learning the samplet afghan and know I will enjoy it. I like making different stitches and so far I have not found one I like better than the 1/2 double crochet-it is quick, easy and a lot of fun. Those projects just seem to fly along and I am done before I know it. I also do Swedish Weaving and I really enjoy that although I am not real good at working from a diagram or graph; I am much better with written instructions. Hope everyone enjoys making the sampler afghan – I know I will.

  • Judy let’s do it…this will be fun. Cathie

  • Hello! My mother taught me to crochet when I was 10 years old. I taught my daughters and granddaughters to knit and crochet. (grandsons even tried it for awhile) so I have been doing it for many years. Can’t wait to get started on this. Is there a time frame that I may have missed? 🙂

  • Hi, my name is Julie and I live in Statesville NC. I love to crochet and I consider myself an intermediate crocheter. I have made blankets, pillows, toys, washcloths, but no clothes yet. I am looking forward to this challenge because I haven’t crocheted in a while and hopefully this will motivate me to pick up the needle and yarn again!

  • My name is Laura. I first crocheted 25 yrs ago, but was young and didn’t keep up with it. I picked it back up about 15 yrs ago and have been doing it since. I’d say I’m intermediate and love to give what I make as gifts. This sounds like fun!

  • I have 50 years crochet experience. I was taught by my grandmother. She did fabulous Irish crochet and was very talented. She would see patterns in the newspaper and re-create them from sight.I have just inherited many of her old pattern books and am just learning the oblong and line meanings. I am glad to see that her tradition of teaching another still thrives.

  • This looks like it would be fun. I have some other projects to finish before I need to start on another on!
    I particularly like making granny squares right now. I also would like to learn how to make tatting with a shuttle the way my grandmother did. does anyone know how to do that? Learning how to tat will be my project foe the hopefully near future!
    How does this thing work? What exactly are we supposed to do?

  • Hi … my name is Michele and I just finished a baby afghan and am starting a little hooded jacket to go with it for a friend’s daughter, but I like the idea of the sampler pattern. It will especially be good because I can use up various and sundry leftover yarn to make it even more of a sampler!

  • Hi … my name is Michele. I think I used the wrong e-mail address but if this shows up twice, my apologies … I like the idea of the sampler … I can now use up leftover yarn from other projects and make it a true sampler. I just finished a baby afghan and am working on a matching jacket that I need to finish before I start this project, though.

  • Hello everyone. My grandmother taught me how to crochet when I was six years old. I taught myself how to knit when I was eight years old. I have been crocheting and knitting ever since. At all times, I usually have about 3-5 knitting and crocheting projects going on at the same time. This is my first time participating in a CAL and am looking forward to a great experience.

  • Hi my name is Annette
    Thanks for the invite.
    This sounds like so much fun and a great way to use up some of my stash.
    Am looking forward to being part of this Cal worldwide.
    Have been crocheting for over 50 years.
    Happy crocheting everyone.

  • I am a self-taught crochet “lunatic” that starts projects haphazardly and seldom finishes them. Although I have completed quite a few that I am proud of, I started a baby afghan for my first grandson who is now 20 years old – I still have a shoe box full of squares, and three additional grandchildren. I want to start this project and hope that by doing so with a group, I will complete it and, in the process, learn how to more accurately read the pattern, and learn new stiches. I am a new subscriber to your website and excited about getting into the craft again.

  • Hello all, I’m Romaine, yes like the lettuce. I learned how to crochet when I was a little girl from mother. She’s a lefty and I’m a righty. I didn’t crochet for many years and then one cold winter day I made my son a replacement hat and feel back in love with the art. Since then I have made numerous hats, some beaded, some with ear flaps and some with brims. I’ve also taught myself to read patterns, my first was one for mittens I printed from the Lion Brand website. I look forward to participating in this crochet-along because it will give me that opportunity to do something I love and to learn some great new stitches.

  • I am a self taught crocheter and have been crocheting 20+ years, but still have alot to learn. This looks like such a fun project that I can’t wait to get started. As always my biggest problem is choosing what color yarn to use!

  • Hi: I’m Becky from Armstrong BC, a small farm community where everyone knits or crochets and enters their projects in our annual fair. Since I’m new to the area I have taught myself to crochet from the internet so would consider myself intermediate. Looking forward to participating in this project and have it finished for next year’s fair.

  • Hi, I’m Ann. I have been crocheting since I was 10, knitting since I turned 39 (about 1 1/2 yrs ago), and quilting for a year. I am a craft-a-holic! Never done a CAL, but am excited to try.

    I am also a homeschooling mom of 2, who loves to have a project in my hands while my kids do independent work. This year, we are doing “project days” with my niece and nephew (“home ec” type stuff when they have days off of “regular” school), and this will be a perfect project for the 4 kids to do together. My niece has been asking me to teach her for a few years now, my daughter already learned and has been asking for new skills, and it won’t hurt the boys either. The two of them should be pretty good with all the video games they play! LOL

  • Hi my name is Bonda. I have dabbled in crochet from time to time but I have a lot to learn and look forward to this project and sharing it with all of you. I was wondering where everyone lives. I live in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.

  • Hello all, I’m Cindy and have been crocheting for over 20 years. I learned to crochet, embroider and cross stitch from a 4H leader and Girl Scouts. I would love to join this group so I can learn new stitches.

  • I’ve been crocheting for a little over a year now. I’d say my skill level is somewhere between advanced beginner and intermediate. I love crochet because it relaxes me. I’ve never done an afghan before, but I’ve been wanting to. Now seems like a good time to start one, since the weather is already turning cool at night.

  • What a great pattern! I consider myself at advanced level, teaching myself to crochet and knit over 45 years ago. But I like doing squares because I can not only use up my heaps of yarn, but easy to take along while waiting in doctor offices, etc. I find it’s more fun doing projects for others than myself, so have joined Project Linus. Good pattern for beginners and experts alike!

  • I am excited to start the project- Just ordered some Cherry Red yarn on e-bay and am going to try that color for the sampler. Great for a Christmas throw. So not fair to make a doll sized version- You HAVE to complete the full sized sampler with the rest of us!!! Looking forward to crocheting along with everyone!! I am retired with a 10 year old that just started back to school (YEA!!!) and finally have time to crochet again.

  • Hey. This is awesome. I love to Crochet. I am 35 and I learned about 2 years ago. I have an 11 year old daughter who belongs to a crochet club at the local library. She taught me and I cant stop since. I consider myself advanced beginner, maybe intermediate. I am currently working on my second poncho. I have made tons of gifts for people and enjoy every minute of it. Hats, baby blankets, scarves and now poncho’s. I love lion brand’s web site. It is so inspirational. I especially love working with bulky yarn since it works up quick. I also love Vanna White’s Afghan book. I am working on a few for christmas gifts. Can’t wait to start this project with everyone. Going to the store today to pick up the yarn. See you all soon.

  • I’ve been crocheting and knitting for about 20 years, taking time give birth to and raise five children along the way. I love the looks of this blanket, and will give it the ole college try to complete with the rest of you.

  • Hi! I will consider joining in – I usually try patterns that are more challenging. An idea that would make me drop everything to join is if this project had a charitable purpose – we could all mail them to a relief organization for a 3rd world country! could you imagine thousands of these blankets from all over the world!

  • I would consider myself an experienced hooker. I have been crocheting for about 48 years. I am self taught so at times it has been a struggle but I have loved every bit of it. I have never done a CAL but I think I will give it a try. I like the pattern and it seems like one that will go very fast. I don’t normally choose a pattern that you have to “sew” together. Some how after all that work into all those squares, it would be a shame to “stitch” them all together. Might have to fudge on those directions {{smiles}}.

  • Will you email us each week on progress or what? think I will do one in different scrap yarns I have available to me I am a senior citizen who loves both knitting and crochet. Am doing baby throws for a hospital right now.Do we talk to each other Is there a certain time frame to get this done, or we on our own.

  • Hi all, My names is Bailia. I would consider myself an intermediate crocheter. I am really excited about this CAL. I am really wanting to finally finish a project that I start. Hopefully this will keep on track and I will finish it.

  • Hi, I’m Claresa. I live in western MO. My grandma tried to teach me to crochet when I was 9, but I didn’t really have the patience to learn until I was in my 20s (about 8 years ago). Now I love to crochet, but I’m still really slow at it. I consider myself at an intermediate level. I’m looking forward to finishing a project (I have so many partially done projects!) I recently finished a backpack and learned to knit. Now I need to go pick my colors!

  • Hi,
    I have been crocheting for about 25 years. I love learning new stitches. I do knit also, but I am better at crocheting. I have been making all kind of projects and I really like the crochet sampler afghan so I want to make time to crochet it. I love making quick projects, so the squares will be a good thing for me.

  • I am crochet beginner. I have completed 2 prayer shawls and a scarf so far. This looks like a wonderful project.

  • I had a problem getting the recommended yarn without having to order online so I looked up substitutions on the lion brand website and found several other yarns that could be used. Hopefully this will work up as nice. Has anyone else tried a different yarn and if so how well is it working?

  • What serendipity! I had just bought some Fisherman’s Wool on sale at Jo-Ann and hadn’t decided what to do with it. Then I saw this pattern and realized it would be perfect as a wedding present for a coworker. Her wedding date is in early November, so I will need to put aside all my other knit and crochet projects to get this done on time (sigh), but it will be worth it to be able to give such a personalized, heirloom gift. Thanks for a great, universally pleasing pattern for this CAL (my first; looking forward to it)!

  • Hi! My name is Susan. I like to crochet and I guess I would be classified as an advanced beginner. I like simple stitches so I don’t have to think to much while I’m doing it. It’s my escape at the end of the day. I like the idea of working on the squares instead of a whole afghan since the gauge tends to get sloppy towards the end and I end up with a wider bottom. I guess that’s what I need to work on.

    Is there any other yarn that I can work with? My hands are sensitive to wool and it’s kind of expensive for my budget. I usually make scrap blankets and scarves with leftovers from my friends.

    Looking forward to crocheting with everyone else.

  • I’m Lauren, a volunteer with Soldiers’ Angels.

    I am making lapghans for Soldiers’ Angels holiday project for veterans, so I’ll be making a half-size version. The sampler looks really pretty, and I’ve been looking for different patterns to try.

  • Hi! My name is Melissa and I’ve been crocheting for 10 years. My skills are somewhere between beginner and intermediate. I’d like to become an intermediate crocheter but I have a hard time understanding intermediate patterns. I’m looking forward to doing this crochet along and to possibly working on some more complicated stitches and blocks. I would like to know what other yarns we can use, because I would like something more colorful. Perhaps Vanna’s Choice? That line has some beautiful colors.

  • Hi. I am Kathy and I am going to partake in the crochet along. I have not done any significant crocheting in quite a while and I am probably a bit rusty but I am going to give it my all. I think it will be fun. I hope there will be a place for questions and comments. I am looking forward to receiving my instructions. See you soon and happy crocheting!

  • I am excited to have a web site that will teach you as you go. I have a hard time with crochet patterns so I make up my own patterns & designs. I have been crocheting for about 10 years.

  • Hi my name is Selynn and I am 36. I would say I am an intermediate crocheter, my mom taught me the basics of crocheting, but she is right handed and I am left so I mostly sat in front of her and copied what she was doing. Then as I got older I taught myself to read patterns. I love to crochet more than knitting, but knitting is easier on my hands. I am knitting a baby sweater for a friend, but think I can work on this as well because of the blocks so I can give my hands a rest in between patterns.

    I noticed quite a few posts that voiced some concern about sewing together the blocks and I think that won’t work for me either, so once I get a few done I’m going to play with my mom’s old method of joining pieces together with a single or double stitch. It will make the afghan a little larger, but that will be OK with me.

    I look forward to reading everyone’s progress and trials and triumphs! I’m going to get my yarn this weekend and plan to start right away!

  • Hi, My name is Margaret and I love to crochet. I am looking forward to this project. It will help me hone my skills with combination stiches. I’ve been crocheting for 40 years.

  • Hi! I like to consider myself a beginner intermediate and hope that this will advance my skills. I love the pattern for this afghan and can’t wait to get started. With sending my second child off to college this weekend I will need something to focus on instead of worrying constantly.

  • I love to crochet. I am an intermediate stitcher. Samplers are my favorites. I get bored working in the same stitch for an entire afghan. I am currently working on an Aran pattern for my daughter, but it is getting to large to take along. This one will be great for when I am waiting in line at the bank, or at the tutor’s house, etc.

  • Hi! I hav been crocheting on and off for a very long time. I am very excited about starting this CAL with everyone. I will be sending my second child to college this weekend and this will be a great way for me to pass the evenings so that I am not sitting around just worrying and doing nothing else. Can’t wait to get started!!!

  • I’m going to give this a try, but I have several projects going right now, but be patient with me. I’ve been crocheting for about 30+ years intermittently. Since I retired last year I’ve been more adventurous with pattern choices and have been making sweaters for my grandchildren and myself. I think this one will be made of yarna from my stash so will not be all one color, I’ll have to see what jumps out of the closet at me when I get ready to go to work on it. LOL

  • Good Morning! I’m Donna. I have never participated in a CAL and I am looking forward to beginning this adventure. I guess I am an intermediate beginner. I taught myself how to crochet about 3 years ago. I have never done an afghan with the squares so this is going to be a new experience for me. I can’t wait.

  • I’m an advanced crochet hobbyist who prefers thread crochet. My latest project is trying to interpret German instructions from a wonderful German magazine of tablecloths. I like to travel and always have a needlework project while I travel–so this afghan is a good idea. I don’t like to join blocks either, so I will be adapting this by starting new blocks at the sides of previous blocks.

  • I just discovered what a crochet along is and I am really excited to try this pattern My challange has always been to finish a project and this one seems just the right size to be done before I am bored with it. I am looking forward to getting started. Thanks for the project.

  • Hi
    I was really excited to start the new sampler afgan. I went to the store locater to find a store that sold Lion Brand wool. I went to both
    stores and no luck. I had to settle for another brand. Maybe you could look into this matter.
    P.S My zip code is 33469

  • Hi Everyone…I have never done a CAL before, so I am looking forward to joining in. The Sampler Afghan looks interesting and because there are different blocks, it shouldn’t get monotonous. I would class myself as an intermediate to advanced crocheter, so hopefully this won’t be too complicated for me. I belong to a Crafter’s group in our small community and am in between projects at the moment so this will be a perfect time for me to start.

    I have a friend who is a complete beginner to crochet and I think I will try to coax her to join as well…she truly wants to learn how to read patterns and I think this would be a positive experience for her.

    Are there any rules we have to follow? e.g. posting photos as we go along…letting folks know what stage we are at with our afghan, etc?

    Looking forward to purchasing my yarn, hook, etc., and crocheting along with everyone.

    Cheers – Frances

  • Good Morning! Christina from California here! I haven’t ever done a CAL, sounds fun. I am organizing my craft room so….hopefully I’ll find some yarn to do this afghan and make this project a inexpensive one, ha ha! My grandma taught me to crochet when I was very young & I have done many projects over the years. I have taught my daughters & Girl Scout troop to crohet too! Looing forward to it…Hugs!

  • Hello everyone, I am very excited to join in this project. Actually my 15 year old daughter is also doing this project. This is our first time joining a group. I have been crocheting since I was 12 yrs old. My aunt taught me while watching the movie “Giant”. I now dable in alittle bit of everything (blankets, dolls, apperral, etc.). I am teaching my daughter to crochet. Her name is Amanda. She knows basic stitches so I thought this will expand her technic. It is very nice to meet all of you.

  • Hello, I’m Jean. I watched my grandmother and mother crochet with crochet thread and small metal needles as I was growing up in Ohio. They both made beautiful, delicate tableclothes and doilies. Mother would use HOT starch to dip her doilies in and then shape them into ruffles around the edges. I learned how to make a chain but not much else. When I was 20 I taught myself what to do with these “never-ending” chains. Once I married and was home with our first child I expanded my knowledge into making afghans as wedding presents. I crochet my son a small blanket to cover his legs as he rocked away in his chair in the evenings. He still has it (he will be 38 on Sunday). The lack of time was a major factor in not being able to pick up a needle and yarn durning my working years but I had my needles standing by just in case. Last fall I started crocheting again. I made scarves and hats for Christmas gifts. I made afghans and baby blankets; prayer shawls, purses and scarves. Right now I’m working on another tote bag which I personalize by adding beads, buttons or other accessories. I am looking forward to trying this blanket. I am a fast crocheter and can answer some questions to those who need assistance. I am not an expert but feel free to contact me and if I cannot help I will let you know.

  • I have decided to try one of these CALs this year and I can’t wait! I have done a couple of afgahns, so this should be fun, and making individual squares always seems to make it go by faster. I have been crocheting on and off since my mum first taught me when I was a little girl. Like some of the other poster, I can crochet faster than I knit, but I am working on that 🙂 I hope everybody has a lot of fun!

  • Hi, I think I might join. I am a quilter and have lot’s of projects on the go so will try to squeeze one more in. LOL! I taught myself to crochet. I would classify my self as a intermediate/beginner (is there such a thing LOL!)even though I started crocheting in 1997. There was a huge gap in between that I did not do much of anything. In all that time I did 1 afghan, 3 baby blankets, a few dish clothes and a little amigurumi alien from your site earlier this year. That was my first 3d item I have ever done and I have to say it was not as painful as I thought. LOL! It went rather smoothly. I read patterns rather well, at lest not to complicated patterns anyway. 🙂 I am interested in the doll afghan. Who know maybe I will do both a full size and a doll. 🙂

  • Hi! My name is Tina and I have been crocheting for as long as I can remember, being taught by my mother. I love making all projects with yarn and also dibble in doilies. Last fall I started a Prayer Shawl Ministry at my church and the gals are asking that we stretch that out to also making baby blankets to donate. When I saw this group, I felt a strong urgency to join. I think it will be fun to work on a project together. But my weakness is making a pattern of many pieces. I have never been one to join blocks. I prefer a solid blanket pattern. So this will be new and chanllenging.

  • Hi, Like many of you I learned to crochet many years ago from my grandmother. I had to put it down while raising the children but have recently picked it back up again. I am presently making baby blankets for friends and for the Linus Project. This looks great. I am like some of you, I do not like to join things; so may try the one big block as someone else mentioned.

  • Hello,
    My name is Anne. I enjoy making clothes for my two year old granddaughter. I crochet as often as I can fine time. I am very excited about this adventure.

  • I have been crocheting off and on for about 33 years. I have been passionate about it for the past 2 years. I’m excited about this project and am amazed at how many fellow ‘hookers’ there are out there!

  • Hi! I’m from Massachusetts – looking forward to this since not too many of my friends crochet – it will be like having crochet buddies. I like Liz from CT’s idea about making the afghan in strips – if I don’t finish the afghan at least I have a cool scarf! I’m ready!

  • Hi, I’m Sue. I’ve been crocheting since I was 17 and wanted a shawl for my senior prom. That was 36 years ago. In the meantime, I’ve made sweaters, afghans, hats, baby things, even book bags made from plastic grocery bags. I love to crochet, but I don’t like to piece things together. That will be my challenge with this project. I can’t wait to get started.

  • Hi, thanks for doing a CAL. I am a long time crocheter and consider myself an advanced intermediate. I have made afghans, lacework, clothing, etc. I really like take-along projects as my husband has a band that plays at local fundraisers, etc. I go along to help set-up then sit back and work on my crochet while listening. I also crochet while watching t.v., listening to my books on tape, and in church. I would rather forget my toothbrush when going on a trip than my crochet. Let’s face it – I’m “hooked” on crochet. Money is very tight right now and I’m not sure my stash has enough left to make the whole afghan but there are still yardsales to haunt – maybe I’ll make a multicolored one (or two) with whatever I can find. I like the challenge!

  • Jessie from Illinois here. I used to be very good at crochet even sold my stuff at craft fairs but I’ve gotten pretty rusty (and a bit lazy). I’ll start digging thru my stuff and see what extra I might need. I think I’d like to use other colors than just the cream color, we’ll see.

  • Hi everyone! My name is Megan. None of my friends crochet, and only one of them knits on rare occasions (not so surprising since I’m only 24), but I LOVE it. It’s great for something to do while watching a movie, and who doesn’t love a homemade gift that’s not made out of dried macaroni? I’m not really sure how I would classify my skill level. I certainly know the basic stitches, and I’m always teaching myself new stitches, but all of the patterns I know are ones that I’ve taught myself after staring at a finished product for long enough. I have a few books, and I can read the patterns in them, more or less, but I’ve yet to actually complete one! Anyway, this blanket seems pretty straightforward, and with chaos I call my life…I might have it done in time for my friend’s baby shower in February! Well…back to the daily grind, but it’s lovely to meet you all!

  • Hi,
    My name is Nell and I have been crocheting a long time but still not terribly good. Doilies are my favorite things to crochet. I would like to join this crochet along and maybe I will improve my crochet in the process. Thanks.

  • I am excited about the project; have crocheted off and on for decades. Am not all that good for example I have never been able to look away from my work. I am not sure how to access the pattern and have never joined any kind of offline projects but I am sure I need to sign up now or I’ll forget about it. Since I am not thoroughly checking this website out ,maybe an e-mail from someone who does get it would help.

    Got to go now; again, I really want to be part of this.

  • Hi!!! This CAL sounds like fun!! I love to crochet, along with many other crafts. I am going to London to be with my daughter for the birth of our first granddaughter. I was looking for a take along and this seems perfect. I will be gone for 7 week, so I’ll see how much I can finish. I’m going to use acrylic yarn because I am allergic to wool. Thanks for the comments for a smaller crochet hook.

    Good luck to all you fellow hookers!!!!!
    Talk to you soon!

  • Hi everyone! I first learned to crochet when I was a teen but stopped, well, because I was a teen! 🙂 I was re-taught by my husband’s aunt about 10 years ago and since then I’ve completed 3 afghans (for each of my 3 kiddos), 3 purses, one mitten (was so difficult I never made the other one!), one really huge hat (that fits no one’s head!), 2 scarves and a few cell phone cases. I’m excited about this CAL because I’ve never been great at reading a pattern and following it exactly and also not so great at finishing most of my projects! (I have so many in bags in my closet unfinished) I look forward to working on this with you all! (and actually finishing it) 🙂

  • Lisa W the quilter, are you from Lansing?

    I am a brand new crocheter…I crocheted the seams of a knitted backpack once but I don’t remember how I did it. I am hoping this will be a good beginner project but I will probably not be able to keep up with all of you!

  • Hi my name is Heather. I have been crocheting since I was a little girl. My mom taught me which was a challenge since I am left handed. She taught me by sitting in front of me and I followed her “mirror” image. I took off from there. I do a gazillion projects, afghans, hats, doilies, I love working with a variety of colors, yarns, and I get quite creative. I would say I’m rather advanced. I even proof patterns for my mom to let her know if they are easy, quick etc.
    Im very excited about this project. i love to see how many other creative souls are out there. Im going to try a different spin on this. Since i have so many diff colors and leftovers of gorgeous colors, i am going to do each block in a diff color. I will be able to use up all my little balls of remnants and have a beautiful creation that will be reminiscent of all the fun projects ive done. My oldest daughter will be leaving for college next year and hopefully i will have it done in time to send with her. Thanks for this fun opportunity!

  • I just started this project last night. I think I am at an intermediate level as I feel comfortable with this pattern. I chose an acrylic yarn to do this with as I can’t afford the wool (I do have part of a ball of it for felting projects) but can’t swing 4 of them. : )

    I love to crochet. I am recently separated and along with God it has been very therapeutic for me.

    I have done baby blankets but this is my first large afghan project.

    One square down 29 more to go!

  • This sounds like fun. I am a beginner knitter/crocheter and this sounds like just the project I could get into to learn and maybe stretch my skills a little bit. Would give me something to do in the evenings. I look forward to chatting with you and learning as we go. I will post as I go on my blog.

  • Hi, I’m Betty and I don’t need another project, but I can’t resist doing a project along with a group. My husband has wanted me to make a wool blanket, so this is great opportunity. I hope I can keep up, I promised my son hats for a group of his schoolmates!

  • My name’s Claire and I have been crocheting for about 2 years now. I love it. I make mostly blankets. I’ve never done a crochet along before and I can’t wait to start.

  • My grandmother taught be how to crochet when I was 10. I hold the hook and yarn differently from other crocheters because I am missing the middle joints in my ring and pinky fingers. It is a genetic trait in my family. It makes it quite hard to knit so I crochet. People ask me to teach them how to crochet but I have to warn them that I don’t do it “right” and would not be a good teacher. I crochet mostly baby hats for people having babies or gifts for special occasions. I recently started a tradition of many afghans in the school colors for any nephews or nieces going off to college. I made “Striped Two-Color Crocheted Afghan” in grey and blue for my niece who just started at UMW in Virginia. It turned out great and she loves it. I am interested in ideas for different yarn choices and other “outside the lines” ideas that were promised.

  • Hello,

    My name is Margareta. I learned to crochet and knit from my German Grandmother. I have been crocheting for many years and am excited to participate in the crochet along. I have never crocheted an afghan before and am excited to begin and yes complete this project.

  • I’ve never participated in a CAL, or a KAL, but thought it might be fun. I invited a couple friends of mine to participate with me, and at least one said yes!

  • This sounds fun! I may have to substitute a yarn that I have in my stash. A P hook seems quite large for worsted weight. Does the pattern call for 2 strands held together?

  • I’ll be 60 this year and have been crocheting since the early 70’s…mom and G’ma did it, so I guess it’s inborn.
    I’m on and have learned a lot! I like CALs, I;ve made everything from thread, graph designs, etc…but I like the idea of a sampler. It’ll be a great stash buster.

  • Hi,
    This is a first for me. I have never joined in on anything like this. I have been crocheting for 20 yrs. I usually never pick a pattern above intermediate. I have been thinking about trying some more complicated stitches. I make afghans, baby things and have done a few toys. I haven’t tried adult clothing yet.

    I have been thinking about teaching some of the young girls at my church to crochet so they can join our prayer shawl ministry.

  • What a wonderful way to learn, meet others with same interests and have s fount of knowledge right at my fingertips. I have made blankets now for years, all pretty basic. never learned how to make a hat or jacket or anything like that (lol) but my teen age kids like getting a new blanket when I’ve finished. And I have managed to finish a few things well enough to give away! But a Sampler is something I have always wanted to try,start, finish. So just Perfect! Thanks. I look forward to cuddling up in the finished project with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book. I will email this to my friend in Ohio (we just moved away) and we can crochet together again!

  • My Aunt taught me how to crochet when I was a teenager and I have made several projects over the years (we won’t say just how many years though LOL) but other crafts got in the way from time to time. I would love to have something to work on this fall that is small enough to take with me in the deer stand. I think that a blanket that I can work on in small blocks will be just wonderful!!

  • Trisha S. I am sorry that you had to leave Ohio, I had to leave 6 yrs. ago to go to Michigan and I haven’t made many friends here but how wonderful that you and your friend can work on this at the same time and chat about it here in the blogs!!

  • I learned to knit and crochet in 1967 while working at a factory – we needed something to fill up our breaks and lunch times! I’m now 65, retired, and have enough yarn to open my own shop. So will try 2 versions, one with suede and one with my stash of worsted weights. Plan for a “stained glass” effect by single crocheting the squares together with black. Might also make a single stitch border in black on each block for more leaded look. I taught my granddaughter Jennie to crochet when she was 9 and will see if she wants to try the patterns. She’s made her own bookbag of big doublecrochet squares.

    I tried this with a P hook and came up with a huge holey looking block! Downsized to K and it looks much better now. Looking forward to getting the CAL instructions as to time frames, check-ins on progress, etc.

  • I have ben crocheting since I taught myself from a “Learn to Crochet” book when I was just 14 years old, since I will be 60 this year that’s quite awhile. I have crocheted just about everything but have never joined a CAL before, sounds like fun, so here I am. I am using a yarn from my stash, as it is a very pretty pink, i will actually use this as a baby blanket for a friends new grandbaby. Love making baby things. Good luck to us all.

  • I am so STOKED to do this project! I crochet every night while my husband & I watch something on TV. I have more dishclothes than the Dollar Store! So this project is perfect for me!

  • Hi all, I’m Donna, 42 years old from NJ, and a self-taught crocheter for about 3 years! I’m excited!! I’m the only one I know who crochets and now I feel like I have tons of buddies to crochet with! I’ve decided to do this afghan to get me through the tough moments while quitting smoking….wish me luck, friends! I’ve swapped out the shown color for a beautiful mauve and will send it to my bestest buddy for Christmas!! Can’t wait to hear how you’re all progressing! Best of luck, enjoy, and God bless.

  • I forgot to tell about my projects. Have knitted many sweaters, vests, etc but only like BIG needles! Was in a cross stitch craze for several years. Now have crocheted afgans (granny squares have too many loose ends to work in..,), prayer shawls, dishcloths, handbags, collars, scarves, hats. I seem to have diagnosed myself as an adult with ADD – if it isn’t done fast, it’s “still in progress!” That’s why this type of project will be good for me!

  • I am really looking forward to this! Everyone enjoying a project together, it will be interesting. I am a semi-intermediate crocheter, also enjoy knitting, I was taught both by my Grandmother from Holland. I have not been able to decide on my next project so this is just perfect!

  • I guess you would say I an intermediate/advanced. I have done lots of projects but some are unfunished as I get tired of them. I am looking forward to doing this project with other people. I was wanting to do this pattern but did not have the pattern. Hurray, I can now do a special projects for my grandchildren (12). They all live in cold weather and will enjoy them.

  • I’m Suzanne, a chronic non-finisher. I get bored or it is not right, or I find something else I like more, or I find a thousand reasons not to crochet. I am going to do this. I really suck at pattern reading. So this will be a great start. I taught myself to crochet. My mother crocheted, but wouldn’t teach me bacause she was left handed, me… right handed. Now that all the kids are gone and I have two grandchildren, it’s time to start crocheting again (haven’t since the kids were little – that was the last time I had time.) and this time I am going to do it right and finish it! (New Year Resolution a few months early 😉 Wish me luck!

  • Hi, I’m Becky and I am looking forward to this CAL. I’ve been crocheting for about 10 years, but have never done a CAL. I love the afghan. I am retired so I should have plenty of time to do this.

  • I always have a crochet piece working and sometimes take a long time to finish one if it is a lot of repetition. I’ll put it down and do something else for a time and then go back to it after I have done something else. I just don’t do well with the same thing over and over. My grandmother was the crochet pied-piper and my sister and my cousin picked it up right away but I didn’t get into it until I was grown. I love to crochet now and feel very fortunate to have some wonderful things that my grandmother made and a lot of her patterns–even though most of them are worked in thread and not yarn. I will work the crochet using thread but my sister sticks to items worked with yarn. We started out with granny squares and that pattern continues to pop up whenever we have small bits of left-over yarn. Big things I am making sometimes have to wait for winter because during winter they just keep me warm but in the summer, they make me too hot to enjoy what I doing.

  • Hello from Calgary Alberta. I am excited about doing this project. I,like many others, have a hard time completing projects. Mostly because I have not reason to do them (for myself only) and then I get bored and something new and exciting pops up. I do like to challenge myself with stuff I’ve never done before….that I wonder if I can do this…..and once I’ve discovered I can in fact do it I’ve lost my interest. So my goal for this project is to finish. I’m moving into my “new” house and it would be lovely to have an afghan that I made sitting on my couch. Excited about beginning.
    So long until the next entry…….I’m off to the store.

  • Hello all! My name is Melissa and I am from Minnesota. I am an advanced beginner but have been crocheting for 10 years. My mother in law taught me! I just learned to read a patternd and am looking forward to making this project. I plan to give it to my second child which is due in early April! Happy Hooking to everyone!

  • Hello everyone. My name is Sabrena I have been crocheting for 40 years, My grams tought me and I have passed it on to my daughter,daughter in-law,and grand-daughter. I crochet all the time looking forward to working on the latest x-mas gift.

  • Hi, My Name is Jonalle.
    I have been Crocheting for a very long time…
    since I was a small child.
    I would say I am an advanced, I have done a little bit of everyting crochet!!
    I even used to make my own patterns for things..

    this will be a good get back to crochet for me,
    the last afghan I started I got about 3/4 of the way done and had to put it down for a long time, and would you know I lost the pattern and forgot the stiches!! it was a very hard pattern and used four strands of yarn at a time!!

    Thank you for doing this!! I think it will be a blast!


  • Hi, I’m Sue and have crocheted off an on for about 20 years. One of my first projects, was to crochet mittens for my 2 boys as I did not know how to knit and the thought of 4 needles scared me to death! I’ve never done a CAL and am really looking forward to it! Hopefully, by being part of this group, I will see my it to completion. I love the thought of a cozy throw just in time for chilly fall evenings in New England. 🙂

  • Hi! My name is Michaela. I am 57 years young and love to crochet. My grandmother taught me to chain stitch when I was 4 or 5(Where oh Where did she find the patience to teach me?) I didn’t progress much beyond that until about 16 years later. I can read and follow a pattern. I would say I am a pretty fair crocheter.
    I am looking forward to meeting fellow crocheters.

  • Hi! My name is Joyce & I’ve been crocheting for over 38 years. I learned from an article in a magazine. I love to make afghans & have made many for friends. I started a tradition at work by making one each year for a different girl in the office starting with the boss. I worked on it during lunch a lot & she had no idea it was for her. We have a new girl this year, so she gets the next one. I even made one for my oldest grandson who wanted something in purple. It turned out nice & he has enjoyed it a lot over the past few years.
    Like several others have mentioned I am not very fond of the sewing together the squares but am willing to try. Any suggestions for yarn? I have tons of the Home Spun yarn.

  • I’ve been crocheting for almost two years and have made mostly baby blankets and scarves, and I just finished my first two amigurumi critters. This projects looks like a fun challenge because I haven’t done those stitches yet. I don’t like wool, though, so I’ll probably use a differnt yarn, maybe in multiple colors. I agree with another CAL-er that a P hook seems large for worsted weight yarn. Will have to ask about that later.

  • I agree with Jessica-Jean about not liking patterns where you have to “sew” the squares together. I prefer a pattern that when I am finished crocheting, all I have to do is darn in the ends! It would be much better and also a learning experience for many if the instructions were to crochet the squares together…and it would stay together better!
    I wish there was an alternate pattern…to make the same one in a baby blanket size…perhaps I will try to work on modifying this re:the number of squares needed for a baby size.

  • I’ve been knitting and crocheting for 30 years and always have about five projects goint at once. I usually like lots of color in afghans rather than just one color and always have quite a bit of leftover yarn from other projects, so I’ve decided to do each square in a different color to use up some yarn in my stash. My mother is worried about what kind of activities she can do when she retires before too long, so I’m hoping to convince her to do this with me. I have MORE than enough yarn for both of us.

  • Hi, I’m Patti from NY. I’m looking forward to doing this CAL to keep me motivated. I’ve been crocheting since I was 10 and began knitting in the past couple of years (self-taught). The KAL afghan seemed too complicated for my experience level; glad we’ve got a CAL now. Can’t wait to get my yarn and begin. Hope to communicate with you all soon! (I’m not good at this computer stuff so please bear with me if I repeat myself!)

  • hi i am sian and i taught my self to crochet after watching a video on you tube dont u love the internet i am working on several projects at the moment but quite happy to add another otherwise i get bored with one and then never finish it

    speak to u all soon

  • I have been crocheting for many years. I also taught myself after I got married. Over the years I made many afgans as gifts and for my own family. I am currently working on making each of my grown children an afgan. Usually I prefer to make one that is completed as all one piece, but this one looks interesting. I will now be in search of intersting yarn to start creating it.

  • Hi from the Netherlands!!!

    I just learned to crochet by myself. This project looks great to me as a beginner! I join..:D

    Where en When will the first pattern be posted?

  • A sampler afgan id such a great way to learn new stitches. The ones I’ve done in the past, all the squares were different and colors alternated for the decor. I made them twin bed sized for a top and sewed the finished work to a sheet to stabilize the design. Add a couple of dust ruffles, and it’s a perfect gift or decorating idea.

  • I’m looking forward to making this sampler into a bedspread.

  • Have been reading the notes from ALL of the other participants in this CAL, WOW, only a few days and already 748. I agree with Sharon W a P hook is way too big,I have also downsized to a K hook and like it a lot better, I think that instead of doing blocks, I will do mine in strips, really do dislike putting all those blocks together. 🙂

  • Hi, I’m Linda. I’m 44 years old from Phila., PA. I learned a few basic crochet stitches from my Grandmom when she was alive, but in recent years, I have pretty much taught myself. My biggest problem is actually finishing a project, so wish me luck with this one! Hopefully, I will have inspiration to finish with all you guys crocheting along with me!

  • Hi i always love a challenge i crocheting i have been crocheting for 34 years and i still look for different patterns. i lost a 30 year collection of patterns in 2004 due to a flood taking my home. but though ebay and a lot of friends i have built another collection.

    i look forward to working on this afghan i should have it done in 6-8 weeks as i work full time.

  • Hi, I am of a experienced beginner, I have mostly done granny square projects, I am ready to try this afghan, and hope I will finish it in a reasonable time (smile) Elaine

  • I went to Michael’s at lunch and found the yarn recommended with the pattern for $2.99 a 3oz skein..very soft and pretty. I think I will use the natural for the entire afghan and maybe a burgundy or green for the border. I also plan to use a “J” hook as opposed to the pattern suggested “P” hook. Looking forward to getting started! Is this where we will post our progress? 😉

  • Hi! My name is Sue, and I first learned to knit and crochet at the age of about 8. We had a daycare person taking care of us when I was young because my parents both worked – that in the day when most women were “stay-at-home-moms.” She is the one who taught me the chain stitch. And that was all I could do – so I got bored and stopped. My daughter was taught to crochet by someone where she worked about 4-5 years ago. She shamed me into going back to crochet – and now I can’t stop. I have made lots of baby afghans and given them away. I made an afghan that was large enough to cover the top of a twin bed, made of 6 colors. It started out as a long “granny” strip of about 1-1/2″ by about 24″ (I think – who can remember, it was so long ago!) At any rate, it started out yellow, went to orange, then red, then a dark purple, then a dark hunter green and then a navy blue, surrounded by the yellow. My girlfriend’s daughter asked for the afghan because she loved it, so she got it. She has taken it to college with her and it is one of her most prized possessions.
    I think I’ll join in but as in some of the previous comments, I will not do only 3 types of squares, I will do many. And I agree with those of you who hate to sew things together – me too. But I like to idea of making strips and then crocheting them together. Have to check my stash to see what I have – might do many colors, or just many shades of one color. Have to see what jumps out at me from the “closet” or the store. Happy “hooking” to all –

  • Hi everyone!
    I’ve never done a CAL, and this looks like fun! I’m not sure what yarn I will use, but I think I’d like to use only one color so the stitch textures are the focal point in my project.

    Like some of you have said, I’d like to have something I can take along to places where I’m waiting around, and make better use of the time.

    I hope people will post photos so we can see all the different looks that can be achieved with the same pattern!

  • Hi, I am Annemarie, I have been crocheting for 38 years, it is my favorite pastime and I find it very relaxing. I taught for a time, but now crochet gifts for family and friends.My favorite thing to make is afghans, but my family members tell me they have too many, so I make afghans and donate them to my grandchildrens school, to be used at fund raisers, and to my church. I like to make baby sets also. I am always looking for new patterns, so I will enjoy crocheting with all of you.

  • This seems like a great project for me to work on while at work or visiting relatives homes…I am very excited about starting this. Plan to begin over the weekend.

  • Hi everyone!
    My name is Sherry.
    I live in Humboldt County California and I learned to knit and crochet in 1967 when I was a 17 year old student in Oslo Norway. I currently do traditional American rug hooking but I think I’ll try this Afghan for a break.
    I also do not like the result when I’ve slip-stitched squares together so I’m going to try Peggy Dupont’s suggestion of crocheting them together. Thank you Peggy!!!
    I really love the Lion Brand website!

  • I’m looking forward to getting started on this project as soon as decide what color to use. I’ve been crocheting since 1973 and i find it fun and relaxing.

  • Hello, I’m excited to do the Crochet-Along! I recently turned a friend on to crocheting and she is teaching her daughter. Hopefully they will join too. I taught myself to crochet about 3 or 4 years ago, primarily doing blankets with larger hooks. I taught my, then teenage, daughters to crochet as well. My older daughter really got into it and started doing patterns for pillows and other fun items. Maybe I can get them involved, too!

  • I am a mother of 2, a three month old and a 3 year old. I have crocheted since I was 18. I love to make all kinds of things right now animals for the boys. I will try my best to work on this, but with 2 boys to keep me busy, it will be hit and miss. Can’t wait to get started! I’m thinking shades of green on this. But we will have to see what I have in my stash! Good luck to everyone! Can’t wait to see how they all turn out!

  • I’m looking forward to trying this afghan. My Mother has made tons through the years, and now it’s my turn. I recently taught myself to crochet so I could make some lovely bookmarks I saw a pattern for. Since then I’ve managed over a dozen of the bookmarks, a pretty wrap cardigan for my daughter, and a tote bag for myself. I’m hooked!

  • Sounds like fun. The most difficult part for me will be actually finishing it in a timely fashion. Going yarn shopping gives me something to do on the long weekend though. 🙂

  • Hi! I am Lynne. I live in central Indiana. I am 72 years young. I have been looking for an afghan pattern to use up large scraps of left over yarns on. I think this is it. I, like so many others have so much knitting and crocheting and etc. going on all at the same time; but where their is a will, their is a way. I may take a long time, but hope to finish by Thanksgiving for a House Warming Gift for my first daughter. I just might change my mind and make it out of mohair; now that I think about it. I might make two of them. One for my second daughter out of scraps and one for my first daughter out of pale pink mohair. I am making granny squares with only two rows and plan on making an afghan from a cross stitch pattern one day; I use the very little pieces of yarn left cutting them up in tiny pieces and make beads and jewelty and use them as a filler on small crocheted bears and etc. I am making socks, hats, bags and sweaters too. I could go on forever. I was four years old when I made my first sweater. My Mother taught me the basic stitches. I have been known to sit for hours trying to figure out a new stitch. I usually win. I like sewing the blocks together just to see how neat I can make them and they are much easier to take with me in my purse to work on one at a time and then I don’t waste time. I want to learn every stitch there is and I know I won’t, but just think of the adventure and satisfaction. Anyway, thanks for this patterns Take care and hugs.

  • Hi!
    I’ve been crocheting since I was about 6 – the first project was a 30-ft. chain. I’ve progresssed a LONG way in the past 45 years!

    I want to get more into group activities, and this seemed like a great way to meet others. I do crochet at night after doing computer system support at a hospital all day so this is my form or “therapy.”

    I like the idea of the squares – means it won’t be so warm to work on while summer is waning her in the Baltimore area.

    Looking forward to this!

  • I’ve been crocheting since a babysitter taught me when I was 8 or 9. I’ve made mostly afghans, but I’ve also made poncho’s, baby booties, some hats and some amigurumi. Being of Japanese heritage my mother wanted to make sure I tried amigurumi and once I did I was in love!

    I’ve never done something like this before so it should be fun to see how it goes!

  • Hi, I,m Joy
    I’ve been chrocheting for many years. I’ve taught classes, and my daughters. I even took projects with me while I was in the Hospital. I guess you could say i’m experienced. I also love to knit and sew I look forward to joining you in this project.


  • Hello!! I am so excited about finally having a CAL, not to mention those are my initials!!! I notice the pattern is in fisherman’s wool. I am not really a fan of wool, so I may try it in either Vanna’s Choice or in Homespun, my two favorites. I really enjoy crocheting, and I must say that I was a bit jealous to find out that there was a Knit A Long and not one for crochet. What a nice surprise. I keep getting e’mails from Lion Brand telling me about the first ever CAL, so here I go…off to the races. Plus, the pattern for the intermediate crocheter seems to be easier than most I have seen on Lion Brand’s website, so I look so forward to giving this some attention. Good Luck to all who are giving it stitch!!! Enjoy!!!

  • I enjoy crocheting, and I find it good therapy for my arthritic hands. And this would also light a fire and I can get things while on a schedule

  • Wow, what a beauty. Cant wait to get started. She will make a lovely Xmas gift for someone.

  • I’m relatively new to crochet, though I’ve been knitting for a few years; my teen-age daughter learned in a club at school 2 or 3 years ago, and I decided I wanted to learn also. So, an older friend showed me how to make squares and I made a queen-sized bed afghan for my grandmother–and SWORE I would NEVER make another one, it was so much work! Small projects, but NOTHING like that again! Well, I’m going to give it another go on a smaller scale. I have some yarn in our high school’s colors, and, as the football season goes on–we have a child in the marching band, so we attend the games, not to mention band competitions–I’ll create a blanket we can use toward the end of the season. (hopefully…) 🙂

  • Hi!
    I live in Ohio, am 56, married, have 3 granddaughters and have been crocheting for 35+ years, having been taught the basics from my late Dad. I enjoy making afghans the most and am ALWAYS looking for new patterns! I would say I was an intermediate crocheter! I usually work with much smaller hooks, H-J and have only used the P for 1 project. I am looking forward to doing this afghan and think I will do it in shades of sage green. I also like the idea of crocheting the squares together instead of sewing them! Good Luck to All and I hope everyone enjoys this project!


  • My Name is Peggy and i have been crocheting for over 30 years starting when i was expecting my first son in 1978.. What a great idea!! Cant wait to start!!

  • Hello, I am 25 years of age living in Georgia and I am hands down a beginner. I picked up a crochet hock for the first time when I was in the third grade. My teacher had lived close to me than and one day taught me how to make a “chain”. At that young age I was so thrilled with my chain that I had no desire to learn more. Two years ago, with boredom and curiosity getting the better of me, i purchase my first real crochet kit. On and off i have made many squares that go with nothing. Now, after my mother showed me this site, I am newly inspired and DETERMINED to finish something that is just for me. I hope after I finish this project i can then feel comfortable enough to make that sweater jacket for my dog and some really nice kitchen doiley’s

  • Hi all. My name is Tracy. I am an advanced crochet hound. I have several projects I am working on at the moment, but I am willing to give this one a try. I want to make my crochet sampler big enough to fit my double bed for those long winter nights in Washington State. I cannot wait to get started!!

  • Hello All:

    Sooooooo many people keep asking about the hook size and the squares coming out huge!

    Well, I totally agree that a size P hook is WRONG for this project. You would need to use double or triple strands of yarn to use that hook (not mentioned in pattern). BTW, the squares would still come out huge if you did it that way, but would be less “gappy.” The P-15 according to Lion Brand is a 10mm hook, and it’s listed as up to 11.5mm if you look at other brands! Yikes! Way too big!

    If you’re using a single strand of the recommended wool yarn called for in the pattern, I’d highly recommend a hook in the 5.5mm to 6.5mm range to get the correct gauge and a nice look. This would be about a “J” hook for most people.

    This also applies if you are using ANY WORSTED WEIGHT MED-4 WEIGHT YARN. The recommended yarn is a 4-Med, which is equivalent to worsted weight.

    So, I recommend a size J hook as your starting point, but consider that you might need an I or a K depending on your hands and personal stitch.

    Hope this helps!

    P.S. Here is a link to a conversion chart between mm and the U.S. letter sizes… Use the right chart, not the left one.


  • I was looking forward to doing this, but am disappointed with the pattern chosen. I consider myself an advanced beginner to intermediate and the 10 squares each of single and double crochets is very boring! Even the cluster stich will be old after the first few squares! I know this is for everyone, but there could have been alternate patterns for the squares incorporated in the first directions, so we could choose which blocks we would like to use. I probably won’t do this because of the boring pattern.

  • Jamie (Post 774),

    This project is perfect for you! Just what you know to do- squares- only this time they will all come together!

    Just try a size J hook (or anything in the 5.5 mm to 6.5 mm range) instead of the one called for in the pattern. This will help you get a comfortable start.

    Also, I had to look up “tbl” for the first square, using “sc-tbl” stitches. It just means through the back loop only. That will give the square a cool stripey texture to it…

    Enjoy! You can do it!!!


  • I am new to crochet and to a knit-a-long format. I think that this is a great way to not only develop my crochet skills but also improve my computer skills. Thanks Anika

  • To Judy (post 777):

    Why don’t you try creating some blocks that you would deem “less boring” and share them here for everyone? There are lots of more advanced people doing this (myself included), and I’m sure at least some of them would do the more complicated blocks with you!

    Make it YOUR way, something you LIKE!

    This is about the community and the moral support and the sense of doing something together, so if you want to contribute your own versions of the squares for people who would be too bored with the pattern provided, please do so! Hundreds of people will probably really appreciate it and thank you for it!!!

  • this sound like a lot of fun. I’m also new but i think with this I will finally finish a piece.

  • Hi, my name is marylee, Mom of 4 Nana to 11.
    I am from Upstate New York. I am a self taught
    knitter and crocheter. I also do cross stitch, on afghans. I have made afghans, poncho’s, adult and childres sweaters and baby outfits, hats, scarfs, mittens.
    I have been doing needlwork for about 47 years.
    I make laprobes for the veterans in the VA Hospital and also baby afghans and hats, etc for Bundles for Babies, which go to our Military Base.
    I joined to meet new people and do something as a group.
    I am sure I will love it here.
    Hugs Mar

  • I have not crocheted a blanket with squares in a long time so I am looking forward to doing this. My daughter Connie who is 4 needs a new blanket for her bed as her baby blanket that I crocheted for her is in tatters. I hope to get this actually finished because I have so many projects that I never get finished.

  • My name is Kathy. I am an advanced beginner to intermediate crocheter. My grandmother and my mother both were avid crocheters and I learned from them. I am a new grandmother and always looking for new things to make for baby and family! This will be a great project since doing a square at a time will allow me to crochet on the road to Grandbaby’s house or at home! I love all the different textures in this afghan and look forward to learning about some new stitches, too!

  • My name is Jesse, and I am somewhat an advanced crocheter, and I do a lot of freeform crochet. Lately, I have been haveing trouble staying on task with projects, so I have about 65-70 projects in little bags and boxes started, but I haven’t actually finished one in about 6 months. It’s actually quite sad. I am interested in this project, hoping that I may stay on task with it! Wish me luck!!!

  • to #344 Eileen Stokes- The favorite hook from my Grandma, my Mom and I would be the Susan Bates, silverlume for most things. My Mom has some of the larger sizes line N and higher in silverlume I cannot find them so I have the acrylic ones for a ribbon yarn project I did. We have all tried the Boye brand aluminum and we have all found them to be icky. What I mean by that is that the yarn no matter the weight didn’t slide well on and off the hook, however the Susan Bates worked so well, there was enough slippage to make things easy but not so much slippage that it went flying off the hook.

    Sorry Lion Brand I don’t use your hooks, but I do use your counter things, it makes keeping track of long chains so much easier, which I won’t need for this pattern.

  • My name is Christina, and like our dear Cecily, I too have a problem completing projects. There are at least a dozen various unfinised items in my closet, but I VOW to follow this through to the end! I usually make a lot of baby items, booties, sweaters, blankets, because they finish up quickly. I am ready for this challenge!

  • My name is Kim and I am an advanced beginner. My mother taught me how to crochet when I was a teenager. I am looking forward to learning more stitches and do a blanket with squares.

  • Hi Everyone!

    My name is Dorrieann and I just got the news of this crochet along and am excited to give this a try! My mom taught me to crochet when I was young. I think I am pretty good at crocheting, but I am always learning something new and experimenting. I think I may change the color and maybe the hook size.

  • I downloaded the pattern so that I could see how to crochet the blocks. I somehow expected more than three different blocks. Since I absolutely hate putting the blocks together, either by sewing or crocheting them, I won’t be making this afghan. My normal procedure for crocheting afghans is to choose a pattern stitch and do the whole thing with that one stitch. Sometimes I alternate colors, sometimes solids and variegated, but never do I make anything that has to be pieced together.

  • Hi, I have recently been doing more knitting then chrochet but I am really excited about the idea of working the project along with other people and sharing ideas and seeing other peoples progress. Good luck to everyone.

  • I am ready to do this. Afghans are my favorite but this summer I got into the dishcloth making mode. I learned several different stitch patterns. I have been working with cotton so much that I have been thinking that I have forgotten how to use other kinds of fiber. This project is just perfect. It is almost time for scarf making mode so I think I will incorporate some of the new stitch patterns I learned this summer into the afghan as well.

  • Well, this will be a first for me. I’ve been crocheting for years. My skill level varies. I also have trouble finishing projects-seem to get started, put them down for a while, start something else, eventually I do finish. Just bought some beautiful yarn I wasn’t sure what I would do with it (on sale, couldn’t pass it up!),this project will be perfect! Wish me luck and good luck to everyone else on this CAL.

  • Hello to all,
    My name is Regina and I love to crochet. I am self taught, having learned a few years ago. Since picking it up I feel that I’ve made a lot of progess. I’m looking forward to making this pattern and having lots of help to do it when I get stuck. Glad to be a part of the CAL and looking forward to how my newest project will turn out – I’ve only got 3 or 4 projects going right now 🙂

  • I work in an elementary school and this will be perfect for me to do during lunch duty. I plan on using up lots of my scrap yarns and donating this to someone who needs a little warmth in their life. Sometimes I sit in a hallway to monitor the students going into lunch and those who made bad choices and need a little time out. The kids get a kick out of watching me crochet and like to keep up on the progress of whatever I am doing. Many of them want to learn to do it too. I think of it as my part to carrying on the crochet tradition.

    Good luck to all!

  • I’ve been crocheting for 40 years, along with knitting. I love to knit socks and right now am crocheting the shopping bag from this site, as well as a pineapple scarf for mom, and a knit cabled scarf for dad for Christmas. I may gift this sampler ghan for Christmas, depending on how much I just love it! Looking forward to it!!

  • It usually takes my months to crochet a blanket only cause I feel like I am not in a hurry. I have only used one pattern for a blanket and have made 4 blankets using this pattern. I like it because you crochet a piece and then hook it on to the next. Prairie Star. This sampler looks like something I will do. I’ll you all know in about a year if I finish it;-)

  • Hi everyone! I too an excited about this project! I’ve been “homebound” since April recovering from Guillan-Barre syndrome and am excited to find a project here and “chat” with fellow crocheters. It will help me keep linked with the world other than my doctors and medical labs.

    One of the readers mentioned that this is a boring project (so she thinks)…. I was going to suggest she do each block in a different color when along came a woman who is making one for her Mom (who’s an alzheimer’s patient) and she will be making it multi-colored, and trim it in a different color….. Life is too short and crocheting’s too satisfying to be boring!!!!

    Hope to “see you” all again soon!

    Barb in NJ

  • Hi,
    My name is Deb. Unfortunatley, neither my grandmother or mom knew how to knit, crochet or sew. (amazing huh) I learned when i was 11 from the local 4-H club. Are they still around? I have made many things from scarves, booties, sweaters, afghans. Lost touch of the bug for awhile and recently found it again. I am anxious to get the new yarn and start this project. It will be nice to start and finish something for myself for a change, unless my daughter steals it for her house! 🙂 I don’t mind making individual squares, it is taking the time to sew them together that really stinks! I think I have a huge bag of granny squares that still need to be sewn together! Happy crocheting to all!

  • I learned to crochet when I was about 9, nearly 40 years ago! I always have five or six projects going- crochet, knit, embroidery, sewing, counted cross stitch, and so on.

    I am mystified by the many posters who felt that sewing projects together made them fall apart? I can understand not liking to hand sew (grinning). Yes, it’s time consuming, and yes, it takes patience, but I think sewn seams look and feel better than crocheted ones (unless the ridge is part of the look you are going for). If yarn ends are properly woven in or tucked in, a sewn afghan is no more likely to come apart than a crochet-seamed one.

    As other posters noted, it is generally better to sew strips of squares together and then sew the strips together. Leave a long tail on each one to sew it to its neighbor. Use longer yarn to sew strips together. Line up your stitches with one another, use markers, contrasting yarn, or whatever to keep things lined up!

    Also, check gauge. I did better with a K hook.

  • I can’t wait to get started on this Crochet-A-Long. I’ve only participated in one other Crochet-A-Long, and it was a lot of fun. I have copied the pattern, and will read all on this blog when I have time by tomorrow. This should be a lot of fun.

  • Hi! I am what you would call an advancing beginner. The largest thing I have ever crocheted was a shawl for myself. I don’t know yet if I will have the time to make this afghan, what with school starting up, but I think that I will give it a try!

  • Hi, I am not sure what my skill level is. I have been making afghans for a years. But never a sweater or any type of clothing. I enjoy crocheting as it is very relaxing. This past year I started using Lion Brand yarns, I just love them. All the colors are wonderful. I have one of Vanna Whites books. I made about 4 lap afghans as Christmas gifts last year. It was great. At this time I am working with all the left over yarns that I have saved for years. I am making a large afghan for someone for this coming Christmas, or perhaps I will keep it for myself. I am looking forward to learning more about Crocheting.

  • I’d like to join the Crochet Along…I’ve knitted more than I’ve crocheted, but would like to learn more stitches by completing a project such as this one.

    My nickname is Jesse, I live in Las Vegas, NV…moved here from San Diego, CA 30 years ago…self taught knitter/crocheter…


  • Hi there,

    I have been crocheting for about two years and I really enjoy it.I love making baby sweaters and other little goodies.I have never made a adult size afghan because the size was daunting.But I love this pattern and am excited about giving it a try.Looking forward to hearing the weakly posts.

    Happy hooking!

  • I’ve been crocheting since my teens, and I would probably describe myself as an advanced crocheter. I have made everything from afghans to fridgies, and used sizes of string from worsted yarn to thread. I am currently finishing an afghan for my mother-in-law’s birthday. Once I finish that, I am looking forward to joining this CAL. I’ve never crocheted the same project with a group before, so this will be a wonderful new experience for me!

  • I have been crocheting since high school. I learned by watching my grandmother work with the fine hooks and threads. I am excitied that Lion Brand is trying a crochet along and I hope thatI will be able to complete the afghan. I think I will give it a try. I do all kinds of things in crochet from afghans to Christmas Ornaments to dishcloths to garments. I am looking forward to learning new things through this sampler. I love both Lion brand yarns and patterns and have used them for years.

  • I just sent a long entry and then the server got out and wiped out my comments – so I’ll try again. Thanks for your comments, Charlotte [#776]. Eventhough I intend to use a different Lion Brand yarn that I have lots of and have been saving, the weight is the same as the Fisherman’s and the size P-hook called for in the pattern seemed WAAAAY too big; especially since the pattern uses only a single strand. I, too, will be using a size J-hook. Now that I am validated in that decision, I look forward to starting.

  • I have been crocheting since I was young. I love to crochet and give things away. I really want to do this afghan and do a CAL. It sounds like fun.

  • Hi,
    My husband is allergic to wool. Are there other yarns being recommended that can be used in place of the fisherman’s wool?
    Thanks so much.
    Deborah Groom

  • I think I shall try this as I am one to start things and not finish them.
    I am between a beginner and basic beginner…lol
    I am learning to read patterns and am getting the hang of it. I know most stitches and those I am unsure of, I just google and voila

    I am sure I will be asking questions as well, but am excited to start…off to get the ‘ingredients’, lol
    I will make it as a gift for Christmas and if I find it easy enough, maybe I will make two :o)

  • I think I shall try this as I am one to start things and not finish them.
    I am between a beginner and basic beginner.
    I am learning to read patterns and am getting the hang of it. I know most stitches and those I am unsure of, I just google and voila

    I am sure I will be asking questions as well, but am excited to start…off to get the ‘ingredients’, lol
    I will make it as a gift for Christmas and if I find it easy enough, maybe I will make two

  • This sounds like fun I also have commitment issues with finishing projects!!!!

  • Hi!
    I’d consider myself intermediate to advanced. I’m looking forward to this because I too have difficulty sticking with one project, but a sampler is great because I can do a small amount at a time and not get bored!

  • Hi, I am Martha from Alcester, SD. I would say I am an intermediate crocheter. I do crochet different afghans and doilies. Have also done sweaters, hats and scarves. Very relaxing for me. Am looking forward to getting started on this one. Hope to be able to keep up. Thanks for the opportunity to join in. It’s always nice to know that others are working on the same thing you are. Good luck to all.

  • Hello everyone,

    I have been a diligent crocheter for almost 40 years. My expertise has been in crocheting baby layettes and afghans for college students of family, friends and co-workers. It usually takes me two weeks to complete an afghan; so, it will be a challenge for me not to crochet individual squares ahead of the six weeks’ schedule. This is my first Crochet-A-Long and I am excited!

  • I’m going to give this a shot. This summer i joined a KAL for dishclothes as a new knitter it’s been a good way for me to learn knitting stitches. I have been crocheting since about 6th grade and made a couple blankets but this will be good incentive for me to complete a project, I think this will be a good present for my son who just left for Army boot camp today.
    See you all soon

  • I am not a very seasoned at crocheting, but it sounds like this is a perfect opportunity to expand my portfolio of crochet stitches to more than three! I am going to give this a whirl. I know I will be the last to finish….I will go home and select the yarns tonight from my stash.

    I’ll be stitchin’ my sampler in San Diego!

  • Hi Everyone! Nancy from Miami, FL here. I’m a beginner as I’ve only done a couple of things so I figured this was a good way to actually finish a large project. We don’t really use afghans in Miami…as a matter of fact, just thinking of an afghan right now is making me sweat. 🙂 Even so, let’s see how it goes. If I can part with it, I’ll gift it to my cousin in NC.

  • Hello everyone my name is Barb, I am an advanced crochet person and love making baby afghans. I have also made full sized afghans, baby sweaters, booties and hats. I love to try new things and right now I am working on a fullsize afhan that has a mesh pattern of a hummingbird. I can’t wait to see it done.
    I am going to try this sample afghan in between the other cause it is a gift. Hope to talk to you all next time.

  • Very happy to be joining this CAL from Virginia Beach, VA. I’ve been crocheting since I was five and love it – it never grows old.

  • Hi.I am Adriana and I live in Chicago. I am going to try to crochet this afghan. I am working on 2 projects a knitted shawl for my mom and crochet doll clothes for my daughter. I have crocheted baby blankets before so this Afghan is for me…
    I am going to use some yarn from my stash and if I can complete it in time i might start another for my mother and stepdad.

  • Hello I am Ashley Rose Johnson in The Dalles Oregon and right now I have my hands tied with a project that needs to get out to Special Olympics by the fifth teen and I have another project I am doing for some one who is dear to me so I am really busy
    with orders and one that I am doing out of the kindness of my heart a horse blanket.

    Ashley Johnson

  • Iam ready for this. Can’t wait to get started. Anything that is handed to me I will do it. Been crocheting since I was 6 years old and haven’t stopped.

  • I’m Joy from Virginia I see where there is another Joy. I love to crochet and what to try some new stitches looking forward to doing this sampler. I’m a mom f four and due to my childrens health I spend a lot of time in doctors offices so this is a great project for me.
    Have a Blessed Day

  • I’m not an afghan or blanket person. I’m allergic to yarn, especially wool. I think that they are very pretty and I would like to make one, but in all honesty I can’t.

    I’ve been crocheting with thread for 40 years. This sounds like a really neat idea, if I could use thread instead. I love the look of afghans and when shopping for thread, I always see a lot of people buying yarn. The patterns that I have seen are beautiful and I feel this would be a great way to learn different patterns and stitches and the different effects yarn has on patterns. This is wonderful and although I don’t do afghans it makes me feel good that the opportunity to learn is just a click away.

  • I love to knit and crochet and this looks like a really beautiful afghan. I’m looking forward to receiving my yarn. De

  • Hi, this looks like fun… I’ve been crocheting for a VERY long time, but it’s been at least 20 yrs since I’ve taken on an afgan project. I’m having knee replacement surgery in 3 wks, and this will be something to keep me occupied while I recover. At least it’s worth a shot!

  • Hello All,
    I was taught by my Nana to crochet when I was old enough to understand it. Before I was a teenager I know that much. When I don’t recall because it has been many years now. I am 30 something….LOL 🙂 I think this information will be enough for you to get a idea of how old I am! I have crocheted on and off over the years but in the past few years I have been crocheting more than I ever have. I am a Aunty and love to make “stuff” for the kiddos! I am a free spirit when it comes to crocheting! I think outside the box (I don’t use patterns)! But I would like to try to change this! This afghan will be a challenge for me because I will have to learn the stitches and follow the pattern. But I suppose if I can crochet doll sweaters and stuffed animals from just what I dream up in my imagination I can try to reach my goal of finishing this afghan! So here I go off to the learning center! I will follow the pattern!… I will learn the stitches!… I will finish this afghan!
    Happy Crocheting! T
    (I will use my nickname my Nana gave me to sign my posts. I hope this will bring me good luck when it comes to the successfully completing this challenge ahead of me!)

  • Hi, I think is will be fun. It will help me get back in the groove of crocheting.I have not been in the mood for some time.I needed a project that would catch mu attention.This is it.
    I have been crocheting for many,many years.I learned when I was about 7 years old.I am a self taught knitter also.Thanks

  • I have been crocheting since I could hold a hook. This sounds like fun and something to do in between making blessing dresses and hot pads. I always like a challenge.

  • Hi. I’m Jean from PA. I’m an intermediate/advanced crocheter. I’ve been crocheting for about 38 years. I’ve been working on a few projects to enter in the county fairs: afghan, doily, placemat,hotpad,slippers, etc.
    If I could get this done to enter in the fair in October great, but if not, I hope to have it finished for a charity raffle in early November.
    I would not mind a few other sampler squares rather than just the three. Maybe we could come up with a few others; some more advanced and a few simpler for our beginners who want to be challenged a bit.

  • Hi I’m Julia from Oregon ,
    I’ve been crocheting for about 35 years now.I make all kinds of thing .Right now I’m making a dog that looks like a Wheaten Terrier for a lady.
    And I love to crochet.

  • My name is Marcie. I taught myself how to crochet because my mom couldn’t read patterns and I couldn’t follow her oral instructions. I am also a self taught knitter. I know quite a few stitches but I’m not sure I do them quite right. Like many people I have a hard time finishing projects, especially when they have to be sewn together. I haven’t done any crocheting in a long time and was just thinking of starting an afghan so this is a good time for me. I am glad I learn of this project I won’t feel I’m working alone.

  • Hi, my daughter gave me this ‘handle’ and I have been using it for many years. I am a 70 year old great-gram who has been knitting and crocheting most of my life. This will be a good way to use up some scrap yarn and experiment with the patterns. I’m off to sort colors I want to use.

  • I am glad to see so many people wanting to crochet this afghan (blanket)…I myself will try this..I like to use Vanna’s Choice or Homespun yarn myself, and I am sure it will turn out real pretty…

    I have been crocheting for quite a long time now, and as I chat, I have been crocheting teddy bears, purses and market bags for my first big craft fair in October..I will definitely pick this pattern up and crochet it…

  • Hi all,
    I’ve been a needlework enthusiast for nearly 45 years and the harder a project, the better! This is my first time out for the crochet-along so I may have a question or two. First of all, are we suppose to make it only in the colors shown, or can we be creative (please say the latter!!) Thanks!

  • I’ve been crocheting on and off for about 40 years. I’m not great at clothing, but I love doing afghans. I prefer a bit more intricate patterns, and have lately also done a lot of double or triple yarn with gradual color changes. I agree with #14 Jessica-Jean in that I prefer to crochet the squares together to improve the strength. I may experiment with that as this goes forward. It looks like fun.

  • You “COULD” use the P hook, bunjee cord and crochet a trampoline!

    The rest of us will make the afgan – LOL

    How are we going to keep up with all these posts, something is sure to get lost in the shuffle.

  • I’m Lana from Kansas City. I’m looking forward to starting the CAL afghan. I’d say I’m an intermediate crocheter. I started crocheting in 1970, when I was in high school and everyone wanted to crochet ponchos. Over the years, I’ve made dozens of afghans, baby blankets, layettes, doilies, and hats. I’ve given away many of my projects. My three grown sons each have several afghans, and now I have four grandchildren to crochet for. I’ve also donated many chemo caps and lapghans to various charities.

    Three years ago, I was diagnosed with a rare kind of cancer that I’m still fighting. I’ve had four surgeries and three kinds of chemo. Crocheting has helped me keep my sanity during the many hours waiting for appointments and treatments. I can’t stand just sitting and waiting with nothing to do.

    In May, my hubby and I had another tragedy. While we were out of town over Memorial weekend, our house was struck by lightening and burned to the ground. We lost everything except for a few pictures the firefighters were able to salvage. 34 years of memories were lost in a few hours. I’m especially sad about the family antiques and photos that were lost, some over 100 years old. We are blessed, though, because we weren’t home, and no one was injured.

    I’m making the CAL afghan for my hubby to replace one that I’d made for him many years ago that was lost in the fire. It was extra wide and long, since he likes to be totally bundled up. I’ll probably make 42 squares instead of 30. I agree that a size P hook would be too large for worsted yarn. I’m going to use an I or J. I just got back from Michaels, where I purchased three tan shades and three sage green shades of yarn. I’m not sure if I’ll use all of them, but couldn’t decide when I was there. I’m looking forward to ideas for some more complex patterns, as I get bored easily with the same pattern and like more of a challenge. This should be fun and will help inspire me to get something finished in time for Christmas…that’s when we’re supposed to move into our new home.

  • Hi! I am a 28 year old mom of three with snippits of time rather than big chunks of time so this pattern will be great for me! I cant’ wait to get started! I am sharing this pattern with a neighbor of mine who wants to learn. It’s a great way to teach her and get something done of my own. My Grandmother taught me how to crochet. And I love to pass it along! Great Idea!!!

  • Hello everyone, my name is Araceli. I am one of 11, yes, eleven children. I am 33 years old I have been crocheting for about 20 years now. My mother taught me when I was young. She has been gone for 16 years and this is the only thing that keeps me close to her after all this time.

    I am VERY excited about the CAL. I will try to switch the pattern up just a little to make it my own and I will be glad to share some of the changes.

    Thank you Lion Brand!!!! And to all those “beginners”, have fun with it, don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

  • I guess you could say I’m at the intermediate level…live in Western Pennsylvania and the weather is starting to turn crisp which, means two of my favorite things are beginning — crochet / cross-stitch season and Steeler season! I’m 36 and my friends are surprised to learn about my passion for crochet and cross-stitching. It’s simply awesome to see so many people excited about this project…don’t forget to share your talents with your family and friends!

    Stitching Steeler Fan,
    L. Renee Miller

    p.s. I may have to do this in Black and Gold! lol

  • Hi, my name is Sherrian and I recently moved to Australia. I’ve been crocheting for 30 years. I’ve never participated in a CAL and am looking forward to the experience. Its hard to find the same types of yarn in Oz that are easily available in the USA, also the yarn here is more expensive. I brought yarn with me from the USA so I may be able to use some of that yarn to make the squares. It will be fun! 🙂

  • I have just taught myself to crochet within the last few weeks so this will be a fun challenge as well as a good learning experience for me.

  • Am going to try to follow along have closet full of yarn

  • Hi! I’m excited about this crochet along! I’ve never participated in one before, but I love the idea of having motivation to complete a WHOLE PROJECT! I will actually be making 2 blankets–one for my mother-in-law, and one for my sister-in-law as Christmas gifts (unless I like ’em so much I keep ’em!). My mom taught me how to crochet on a long car trip when I was 15, and have been loving it ever since, though I’ve only finished 2 blankets in my entire career (over 15 years!). This is rather embarrasing, and I’m anxious to be able to say I have done “several!”

  • Hi,

    I have been crocheting since I taught myself about 10 years ago. I guess that would make me an intermediate-ish crocheter, however, I really only learned how to make a granny square last year. I had to put down my hooks when my baby was born 7 months ago, and I am looking forward to picking them back up again and learning more stitches.

    I do almost any kind of craft there is, although my favorites are crochet, cross-stitch and sewing. I am in the process of sewing doll clothes and plastic canvas purses for a craft fair at my son’s school, because with a 7 month old sewing seemed to take up less attention than crochet.

    I also enjoy working with size 30 thread and a much smaller hook, so I was thinking of trying this out as a fashion doll (Barbie) blanket.

    I actually am much newer at this blog stuff. I really need to get myself up to the 21st century (according to my 12 year old son), but I love reading what everyone has written, and I can’t wait to see how everyone is doing along the way.

    I have read a lot of the posts so far, but I haven’t read anything that said if there is a time limit. Also, do you have to be on flikr or ravelry to see the pics of everyone’s projects? I love to see the different way people interpret a pattern, and I really think we will see some stunning finished projects.

    Good luck everyone, and if nothing else I hope we all have fun.


  • Sounds like fun, I think I’m going to try to finish one for charity out of stuff from my (too large, threatening-to-overtake-the-house) stash. Thanks for the nudge!

  • Hi, I have been crocheting for many years, have done more afghans than I can remember, so I guess that makes me an experienced crocheter; however, lately I’ve been knitting and so my crochet hooks have been getting a rest. I’m soon moving to a new apartment and thought this afghan would make a nice addition to change the look of my “old” furniture. I like the idea that it’s done in blocks, it’s something I can carry with me.

  • I agree about the hook size for this project… and possibly the boredom factor too, for those who are more advanced.I think a good way to get beyond that is to do the squares in fun colors, making a true patchwork sampler.

  • I was so excited about this new CAL, I forgot to tell you about myself. I’ve been crocheting for 35 years, mostly baby items and such until 2005 when I discovered CGOA, and learned about so many other types of crocheting. I know enjoy FreeForm crochet, ThreadAnimals Crochet, etc. I’m going to use my yarn stash for this CAL and make different colors for each block.

  • I am Ellen from B.C. Canada. I love to crochet small to medium Items, lots of doilies etc. Bigger projects I have a hard time finishing as I loose interest. I consider myself an accomplished intemediate. I have done a few difficult patterns, but these frustrate me. 😎
    I have participated in several online crochet groups..where we make squares and exchange them. I have made 3 afghans this way. only kept one for myself though. These groups take a very special person to coordinate, not me!
    Looking forward to seeing what everyone has done.

  • Just learning to crochet- I like the idea of one square at a time. Makes it easier to do on the go!

  • Hello, everyone. I read this when I first received the email but a lot has happened since then. After reading it again this evening I want to get started if I can get the pattern downloaded. I learned how to crochet when I was young and it was fun seeing what you could do with yarn. So, it would be nice to dust off the crochet hook and see if I still have it or where I can go with it. Looking forward to taking on the project if I can ever it the pattern:)
    Happy crocheting!

  • I’m in. This looks like a nice easy project to work on while I am sitting in front of the TV or sitting in a waiting room. I have some nice light blue yarn that will go nicely in my living room. I have been crocheting and knitting for over 30 years off and on. Lately more knitting than crocheting. I like to work on small easy projects that I can finish quickly. Mittens, hats, dishcloths,…. The challenge for me will be to put it all together when all the blocks are done. I don’t like sewing things together. I hope seeing all the finished afgans will inspire me to sew it up.

  • Hello everyone! I have been crocheting for 34 years. I tremendously love crocheting and collecting new crochet patterns. I’ve never participated in a CAL so I am really exciting!
    Let’s get started!!

  • Hi, I thought this sounded like a great idea. I would say I am an intermediate. My grandmother taught me how to crochet when I was 11 or 12. I make baby blankets, hats, baby hats, and I love the prayer shawls I have made from the Lion Brand web site. I don’t do a lot of crocheting in the summer. However, the nights are getting cool and I feel the urge coming back. I’m looking forward to it.

  • I’m in a group that makes blankets for preemies and other needed items. Our group has knitters and crocheters. I teach “newbies” in the group to crochet.

    I’m looking forward to this “project”.

  • My name is Kandra, I taught myself to read patterns and I love to do it and crochet. I have a few blankets going on but I think this will be fun. When do we start.

  • I’ve got a big stash of Vanna’s Choice in several colors. I might just make 3 or 4 of these. I’ve been crocheting since I was about 7 or 8, so 22 or so years. I consider myself advanced and even taught a friend to crochet recently. First, I have to finish my quilt, which is almost done, but with this being sqaures to attach, it would make a great portable project. Check out my blog in a few weeks (hopefully) for the finished project.

  • I loved reading everyone’s (so far) introductions. Sounds like so many learned from moms and other relatives. I tried teaching my only daugher and she wasn’t interested. My mother taught me how to crochet over 35 years ago and she learned from her aunt about 30 years before me. I have 3 sons so I taught my eldest. He’s quite good but has yet to complete a project. He’s in the Army now and I doubt they hand them any yarn or hooks! I am excited to work with fellow yarn enthusiasts and this is a beautiful pattern to work with. You can work it up in one color or make a patchwork out of it using a different color for each of the different blocks. Have fun with it and I look foward to sharing thoughts and ideas with so many wonderful people.

  • Hello. My name is Susan and my Grandmother taught me to crochet when I was about 12 or so, She could not follow directions out of a book. She could look at something and copy it. Not me. I need a pattern and a picture. I consider myself capable of following most patterns. I usually have 3 or 4 projects going on at a time. This project looks easy enough for me to give it a try. Blocks are easier for me to take along and work on during mu lunchtime. So as soon as I finish 3 of my projects, I will be getting started. This crochet-a-long sounds like fun.

  • Just a note to add. I am one of those that when doing an afghan or blanket…I pick a hook and a yarn and start. I don’t think that one needs to be as fussy as say with a thread and doily pattern. Just be sure to use the same hook and yarn till the end of the project! So all you beginners, ready, get set, CROCHET!!! 🙂

  • I taught myself to crochet 7 years ago and have always shyed away from joining blocks. I’m hoping this will help me get over that while learning new stitches.

  • I have only done a few things with the basic crochet stitch. I love it, but for me, trying to read a pattern is like trying to read Greek! I am so excited about getting some help and learning how to do more.

  • I always loved smaller projects to give me a quick sense of accomplishment, and this sampler blanket is like a lot of smaller projects put together. I happened to start a similar project in beginning of August when my father went into the hospital, and I visited him everyday. I finished about 9 blocks. Sadly he passed away last week. I thought I might not pick it up again, but then this CAL project came along. I think this will give me the support to finish what I started in memory of dad. Thanks…

  • I am excited to do a CAL. I don’t think I have ever heard of one before so I am going to start (hopefully) this weekend.

  • Hi Everyone, I am going to do this and as Cecily was saying, she hopes to get this done in 6 weeks and I am with her. I am not going to use wool though because I am allergic to it, but am going to use worsted weight yarn. This is going to be fun!!!!

  • I am somewhere in between beginner and intermediate. I have crocheted a lot of hats and small items. I have trouble counting the stitches. (3rd from the hook etc.) My work doesn’t always stay straight. This will be a good way to work on that. I love the idea of doing a project together.

  • I am not sure whether I want to participate since I have four knitting projects on the needles. I think that the crochet along is a wonderful idea, though. I started crocheting when I was you and I can read a pattern. Yippee! And I enjoy reading the patterns of different stitch designs.

    If not this year, then next year I can participate.

  • My sister-in-law taught me how to crochet when we were camping & I just love it. I’ve made quite a few projects now. I’m looking forward to making this. Thanks.

  • I am leaving for a cruise this Monday, and plan to start work on the afghan. I love to knit and crochet, and hopefully will have this afghan done in time for Christmas!

  • I learned to crochet from my grandmother years ago and have just gotten back into it since I had my daughter – almost 6 1/2 years ago – WHOA!! Time has flown by – too quickly. Anyway, I would really like to try this as it allows me to experiment with new stitches. Although, it probably will not be done in 6 weeks, as I am a teacher and am swamped a majority of the time outside of school working on projects and grading and what not. I will keep posting when I work on the project and when I am in need of some “support”.

  • Hello, my name is T’kara and this is the first time I have participated in something like this. I love to crochet and knit, right now I have made over fifteen knitted bikinis and two crochet baby blankets and a few odds and ends.

    I haven’t been a knitter/crocheter very long. Only about a few years, but I love them both!

    I just found out about a month ago that my husband and I will be having a baby in March next year! So I decided I would work up this sampler for the baby!

  • Greetings! My mother taught me to crochet when I was small enough that I don’t remember ever NOT knowing how! I’ve passed it on to the next generation, and when my grandchildren ask, I’ll teach them as well. Miss Juliet, at 6, is VERY interested in a pink and purple scarf, it may be PRIME time to teach her! This project will be fun, the postings are even more fun! Happy Stitching all!! Grandma Pam

  • I’ve been crocheting since I was a kid. After bugging my Mom to teach me, she finally had the babysitter teach me one night to crochet a square. I’ve since learned alot more on my own over the past 35+ years.

    Between my Mom, grandmother in law, and myself the last thing I need is another afghan! BUT I decided to make this one for my daughter. She is moving to college this weekend and I plan to make her an afghan for Christmas in her new school colors. I usually make a one piece afghan as I hate sewing them together. That will be the challenging part for me.

  • This project came at the perfect time – I was looking for something new to do and a CAL appeals. My mother was a knitter and she tried to teach me but she was a “thrower” and I didn’t like this method. I taught myself to crochet when I was in my 20’s – 40 years ago. Recently, I developed arthritis in my hands and decided to try knitting again so I could switch when my hands really bothered me. This time I tried the “pick” method and I love it since it is very similar to crocheting in that the yarn is held in the left hand. Now I do both. I am looking forward to doing this CAL using my stash of worsted weight yarn.

  • WOW!!! what an inspiration to know that there really are a lot of us out there… and to see so many people from around the world posting – AMAZING!
    I am a lefty who learned to crochet back in ’72, when my mother (a righty) started a granny square for me – the obsession began! I have made everything that you can imagine, including a little Christmas village made with thread. It’s such a blast. I am now the mom of 4 kids: 12,10,8,and 6. school starts next week (phew!), and I was wondering what I was going to do with all of that “free time” LOL… thankfully that problem is solved!!! I am not sure how long this will take (I am also in the middle of a few other projects), but I am going to go for it!
    My stash will be so Happy to get burned up a little! If I like it, I will keep going, and maybe the kids can have nice blankies for their beds this winter! See you in September!!!

  • Hi all! I’ve been crocheting for 25+yrs. This looks like a fun project. Can’t wait to get started.

  • Thanks to Charlotte from Montana for the results of her research and the needle to hook conversion site. As I was looking over the sample pictures and the pattern layout, I decided to make squares rather than oblongs. Then I can use the layout by rotating the blocks to change the direction of the rows, thereby making textures more interesting. Some will have vertical, horizontal and reverse (clusters) patterns. Changing directions won’t work if the blocks are oblong.

    I finally found out why most sewn-together (whip-stitched) afgans come apart. We don’t leave long enough pieces of yarn at beginning and end of blocks or strips! My friend Ellen told me to always leave at least an 8 to 10 inch tail on both ends of anything I crochet or knit. It can always be worked in as you go whether sewing or crocheting. And a few inches can be trimmed off when you feel you’ve safely covered the tail. An end that is only a few inches long will certainly work its way loose after being laundered several times.

    Good luck to all! I’m going to start my second SQUARE and plan for some shell squares, too. Sharon W from central PA.

  • I’m not sure I want to commit to something like this. I’ve been crocheting and knitting for over 40 years and have only made one afghan. One of my kitties died 18 months ago b/c he ate some yarn and I’ve had a hard time picking up yarn and hook ever since. Maybe this will ease me back into it.

  • Hello I am Hadassa
    I started to crochet early this year, a friend taught me, then I discovered this website and shared it with her.
    I am going to start on the CAL project, it will take me more than 6 weeks 🙂 but we’ll see
    it seems to be anice pattern
    thank u.

  • I am a experienced knitter and a beginner in crochet. I told my granddaughter who is two that I would make her a blanket and I am learning crochet, so this looks good. I am following the book The Happy Hooker and teaching myself. Hopefully I will have it done by Christmas!

  • Crochet has been my favorite craft activity for almost 50 years, and even though I can do more complicated projects, I still prefer simple repeating patterns that don’t require referring to directions all the time. It seems the longer I live, the shorter my attention span.

    Like so many who’ve posted here, I too have several projects “in process”, and didn’t feel I should start another one. But after thinking it over, I decided this would be the prefect Christmas gift for my sister-in-law who was recently diagnosed with a chronic, debilitating disease. Thanks to the input of some of my fellow CAL-ers, I’ll be using a J hook with the softer yarn I purchased today.

    Charlotte in Montana, thanks for solving the “sc-tbl” mystery. Checked lots of sources but couldn’t find the answer. Also, I went to your web site and found out we live in the same city. What fun to know someone from my area is participating in the CAL.

    Hoping this is a great experience for us all!

  • I was very glad to see that many others were discussing the P-sized hook. At first I though I misread the pattern, but I re-read it, shrugged my shoulders, and started. Oh my goodness, I couldn’t believe how loose the stitches were. I, too, will probably use an I-hook. If the blocks are too simple, which they probably will be for intermediate to advanced individuals, just look on this website for other stitches to use. You could, also, purchase one of the books that are sold that show multiple crochet stitches. My sister-in-law purchased one of those books and began making a square in each pattern. She will be putting all the squares together for a nice multi-dimensional blanket. (Just make sure that your squares are all the same dimension once completed.) I may do that, too. I, also, am going to experiment with yarn that I have in my stash that I inherited from my mother. There’s yarn in this box from when I was a baby! How cool is that! I may give this blanket to my older sister because she will recognize these yarns. She’ll probably be able to tell me what project was created from all this extra yarn. It’s part of our history. That’s pretty exciting. I’ll keep you all posted.

  • I too am a Vanessa, so I will use the first initial of my last name so you can tell us apart. I was taught to crochet by my mom 40 years ago, and my mom was taught by my dad. I have made several dolls and blankets, but mostly craft items. I love to learn different techniques.

  • I’ve never done this before but I will try it. It kind of sounds like fun

  • Hi! I receive your weekley e-mail newsletter and I was intrigued by the sampler afghan. I want to make a blanket for my grandson who is 2 and will be soon sleeping in a big boy bed. This is perfect, it is different and very classy looking. I am excited to get started. I am thinking of using something other than wool. I will have to look around to find exactly what I want. Thanks for the pattern!

  • Hi, I have not crocheted in many years. This looks like it might be fun and help me get back into it. Looks like fun. I have ordered the yarn, etc from this site and hope to get started soon.

  • I am excited to take part in this crochet-a-long, but I don`t think I will manage to complete it in six weeks. It would make a great Christmas gift, so if I have it done by then, it will likely go to my sister. I`ve been crocheting most of my life, my grandmother taught me when I was seven. She made many beautiful things, by knitting, quilting, or crocheting. Learning how has been a gift I`ve enjoyed for 31 years now, and hopefully for many more.

  • I’ve been crocheting for a couple of years now but I’ve been extremely busy at work. I think this project will help with my Christmas stash and hopefully provide the swift kick in the rear to get me going! 🙂

  • I am an advanced crocheter. Currently I am working on two baby afghans but will try to fit this pattern in. Like others, I think I will do this pattern in multi-colors and try to use up some of my bits and pieces of stashed yarn.

    Happy Crocheting everyone.

  • I’m excited about doing this. I love to crochet and have been wanting to have someone to crochet with – so many of my friends don’t like to or are to busy to take time to complete a project. Can’t wait to see what others have to say as we go along.

  • My name is Kirsten and I am a beginner at all of this. I love to make basic scarves and baby blankets, I’ve even ventured out and started to make some prayer shawls. I am looking forward to this and maybe making some new friends in the process.

  • I’m in! I’ve been crocheting for years; however, lately I’ve been challenging myself with knitting projects. Right now the timing is perfect, I’m leaving for a two-week cruise that leaves from London. Now, SFO to London is a long trip and I checked with the airlines to see if I could bring knitting needles. It seems plastic ones are ok but not metal ones. I don’t have plastic needles (besides they can’t guarantee that they still won’t take it away from me); however, crochet hooks seem to be okay. So, this is the perfect project for me to work on when I’m on the plane –going to London and returrning from London.

  • I am Sherry and I am thinking I will love to do this crochet-a-long. I have not done this in a long time and have always enjoyed it. I work in all kinds of mediums, yarn or thread. I have some yarn that I have not figured out what to do with, from a project I lost interest in. I have been crocheting for 20 years now and the level I can crochet at depends on how I feel that day. I plan on giving it my best!
    Crochet hugs,

  • I’m a proficient beginner – my mother taught me as a child, but I haven’t done a whole lot with it as an adult. I am picking it back up now and this looks like a good project to get my feet wet again.

  • Hi! I am a 43 year old mom who has been crocheting since the 5th grade. I actually loved to do doilies back then. I would say that I am an advanced beginner, because I always like to do the simple patterns. I saw this CAL and thought-“I CAN DO THIS”, I made my first block tonight with the P crochet hook and the fisherman’s wool. Starting off, I wasn’t so sure about what I would end up with because I am not used to the P hook and the fisherman’s wool, but I tell you what-It looks good after you get the block done. So tomorrow I will work on the next one, I can’t wait to actually finish something. I have yarn everywhere and it drives my husband up the wall because I don’t finish anything. But girls! I am on this one!!

  • Hi everyone! I’m Nancy, and I would call myself an intermediate beginner. I’ve only just mastered reading a pattern and crocheted something without having someone show me how to do it first. Let me tell you, I was very proud of myself!!! Anyway, I’m still deciding to do this blanket. It looks like fun, but I have 2 baby blankets I’m in the middle of finishing. I’ll let you know my decision by next week.

  • What other kind of Lion Brand yard can be used for this? Not to be mean, but the Fisherman Wool colors are rather boring. Any ideas? TIA

  • When I opened my email and saw this, I thought I would give it a try. I already have two afghans started…one almost finished and the other is getting there. Those are for a grandson and a son. This one…I am not quite sure of. I have a lot of time on my hands since the death of my husband a couple of months ago. I understand you are working on a doll blanket size one. That would be great for Christmas for my two little granddaughters. What about a baby size? I have a new grandson due in December…would be lovely in the fisherman yarn or a baby blue. Let me know. My skill level is intermediate to somewhat experienced. My mother taught me the basics when I was in high school and I self taught myself the different stitches and patterns and how to read patterns as I tried more advance projects. I can knit also. I like to keep projects like this going because they are easier to take along with you when you have to wait someplace.

  • My name is Anna, and I am not sure, but I think I consider myself an intermediate crocheter. I am self taught, from books, starting about 6 years ago when I became a stay at home mom for a couple of years. I have made a lot of blankets, baby blankets, hats, ponchos and scarves. Currently I have been working on some japanese style amigurumi animals and dolls, which I am loving. It is so gratifying to create something with your hands and then have someone else LOVE it. I especially like it when someone says to me “I can’t believe you MADE that!”. Recently I bought a bunch of vintage crochet patterns off of ebay and I am anxious to try them. It is hard though because I am unfamiliar with the yarns they call for, as they are old and no longer making that type. Oh well, guess I’ll do what I always do and wing it. I am going to try the crochet along because my sister requested an afghan for christmas (actually, she merely hinted she would like one) and this looks like a nice one. I prefer one solid piece, but I will go with the blocks now and again. It will be cool to see what everyone on here creates.

  • hi,
    Iam lutfi and iam very interesting to create a crochet knit but i always no idea what should i have to do to started and confused about the pattern, but since i join in this situs i have enjoyed and more exprece to make any knit.

    thanks anyway

  • My name is Trudy and I’ve been crocheting since I was a little girl. The niece of our neighbor taught me how to knit and crochet. I remember every Sunday afternoon I would run across the hall and find out that I knitted in the wrong direction again or dropped stitches. She bought me a book and we moved but I continued to teach myself. My mother, aunts and grandmother didn’t knit or crochet, they sewed, so I watched them and learned how to sew. Over the years I’ve made a couple of coats, dresses, skirts, pants and jackets and of course all my daughter’s clothes, then I started to quilt which is what I’m doing now but I still like to knit and crochet. Last year I made two baby blankets for a neighbor who had twin girls and I’m knitting an afghan for myself which will be the second one I’ve made, I usually give away all my blankets. I think this will be fun, but I probably won’t finish in six weeks because not only am I working on that afghan for myself, I’m also working on four picture quilts, but I’ll try.

  • I am 49 years young and I have been crocheting since I was 11. I consider my skill level to be advanced. My grandmother’s sister, my dear Aunt Betty Crump, taught me to crochet, but I taight myself to read patterns. I started out making baby sweaters and blankets, but have graduated to full size afghans. I will tackle most anything. Three years ago I achieved a life-long dream and entered an afghan in a Connecticut agricultural fair for the very first time. I was thrilled to receive a blue ribbon! I am working on another for this year using Vanna’s Choice yarn. Since I am always looking for new patterns to try, I will give this Sampler Afghan a shot. CAL sounds like a lot aof fun!

  • Hi 🙂
    I will be giving it ago, htough I have a 4 week old little bubba so I may be a little slow 🙂

  • Hi, I’m Denise – and I can definately say that I am a beginner. I have done some small projects and some scarfs, but I have only been crocheting about a year. I did crochet when I was younger and got pretty good, so when I saw the CAL, I thought that it would be a good challenge to get started with this.
    I like the idea of the small squares because it is like a lot of little projects made into one. I am working on a throw quilt right now, but it should be finished in about two weeks, so after that, I will be chomping at the bit to get started with the blanket.

  • Hi, I am interested in this project and would say that I am an advanced beginner. I am in the middle of a baby blanket now, so I cannot start right away. I am interested to see how the project moves along.

  • I am interested in the CAL. I missed the Tree of LIfe KAL. That was a real neat piece. I am going to go this weekend and get my yarn. I agree it will probably take a few weeks to finish. With some of us that have to work.

  • My name is Kristin and I got into crocheting steadily about two years ago. I learned how to knit soon after starting to crochet again, but I still prefer crochet for many things. Afghans are one of those.

    The squares will make it easier to carry along, but they are such a pain to sew together. 🙂 I may use multiple colors for the squares instead of using just one.

  • My name is Jennie, and I took up crochet again in 2006 while recovering from breast cancer. My mom was spending some time with me after surgery and she had brought her bag of yarn. By the end of my radiation treatments, I had made 33 chemo caps that I took to the American Cancer Society, one cap for every day of treatment. I like to think that by now I am a fairly experienced crocheter, I love making all kinds of things, and am looking forward to making this afghan along with the rest of you!

  • I opened my Lion brand email and the first thing that popped out at me was this chanced to crochet along with a lot of other people. I learned to crochet from my grandmother when I was 7, so I have many years of experience and will say that I am an advanced crocheter. I like variety and challenge, and this will be the perfect opportunity to enjoy crocheting again! I also enjoy reading the comments. Happy crocheting!

  • Sign me up for the First Lion Brand Crochet along. I am looking forward to finishing this afghan.

  • i love the patterns you send with the newsletter. keep them coming. iam advanced beginer. i learned in public.

  • Hi my name is Ann and I am from So. Cal. I learned to crochet when I was 6 from my Grandmother. I have dabbled a whole lot but never really finished anything (i have no patience). I finally sat down and made my co-worker a baby blanket. I usually do my crocheting after my son goes to bed and I have some quiet time. I enjoy crocheting and I have “tried” to knit. 🙂
    Happy Crocheting!

  • Hi, my name is Denise from South Carolina and I have been crocheting since I was very young, about 11. I learned from my mother, who was an avid crocheter. Unfortunately, I was left-handed at the time and she, a right-hander, tried to teach me. I had to relearn later in life, starting from scratch after they trained me to use my right hand in grade school. I am anxious to begin this crochet along. I have never heard of such a thing.

  • I would love to give it a try.

  • I’m definitely a beginner. I picked up crochet this past winter and made a few beanies (for the teens) and a scarf. So this is a large undertaking for me…but I’m really excited. I’m thinking about using Vanna’s Choice to make this for my son. Would that be a good substitute? I also don’t think that I want to sew the squares together so I may need your help with how to crochet the squares together.
    Happy crocheting, y’all!


  • I started a crochet club to crochet for charity. We have about 10 in our group and verious crochet levels. This sounds like a lot of fun and we will be doing this as a group. Maybe we can all join the crochet along club.

  • Hi Everyone!

    I think this will be a lot of fun! I learned to crochet as a kid quite a few years ago and have made a lot of small things like purses, hats and scarves. The last afghan I made was for my son when he was a baby almost 21 years ago! I’m really looking forward to this. I like the fact that these are small squares so this is a great take-along project as well.

  • I think I am actually going to DO this!!! I hope the group will give me the incentive I need to (at least temporarily) give up my “finishing is SOOO overrated” mindset- ha ha. I have a really short attention span, so I just have to look at it from the point of view that it is a BUNCH of LITTLE projects. Then at the end, I will be happy with what I can put together.

    I have been knitting for about 25 of my 35 years. My dear grandma and great-aunt taught me how on my yearly trips to Arkansas to visit. I still think of them every time I pick up my hook 🙂 I also knit, scrapbook and needlepoint. I love to cook and I have a beautiful 5-year-old son and a wonderful husband.

    I am really looking forward to hearing about all of your progress!!!

  • Hi, my name is Julie and I’m 19 years old. I learned how to crochet when I was about 5 or 6 by my mom. I’d say I’m an advanced crocheter. I have quite a few crochet projects going on at once. I’ve finished 2 doilies, 2 scarves, 1 baby afghan, and 1 large afghan. I prefer to crochet over knitting, though I taught myself how to knit. I wasn’t too excited about this pattern, but I’m gonna use two different colors, purple and yellow for it.

  • Hi everyone. My name is Sharan. I’m an advanced beginner. Like everyone, I’m getting ready for the CAL. I knit and crochet. Enjoy both the same. Love Lion Brand for bringing this for us.

  • Hi! My name is Wendy and I live in Central California. I have 2 cats Mystique & Nyx, 2 dogs Bear & Pretty and 2 sons one son living at home and one out. I have 1 granddaughter. I am a self taught crocheter among many other crafts. In the last couple of years my job has been so slow that I have taken a lot of small projects to work on and fortunately have been able to sell quite a few of them. I plan on purchasing a cream colored yarn for this project and will do the squares at work. I have never been excited about granny square afghans as I can’t see a pretty way of putting them together. I am hoping that will change with this project. All I have to do now is figure out how to join everyone and keep up! See ya soon!

  • Hi Everyone. I’ve been crocheting for almost 40 years now, beginning with the baby blankets when my children were born. I never did like using patterns, so I made up my designs as I went along and sometimes wrote them down on sticky notes, or whatever paper I could find. Finally about 15 years ago a friend told me I should send some of my designs to Annie’s Attic and other places to see if they were good enough to publish. WELL…. that meant I had to start writing down the instructions word for word. Man, that was rough, but I did it. Thankfully, the crochet people edit the patterns or I would have had hundreds of ladies mailing me with questions. lol

    I finally joined CGOA as a professional designer for several years and have had over 30 of my designs published in magazines & books. Then I had a nervous breakdown after working very hard on three sets of 30 outfits for a doll company one year. I just totally became sick of crocheting and didn’t touch a hook or yarn for about two years after that. Then, I decided I wanted to make some baby outfits for doll collectors and I was hooked once again.

    I can hardly wait to get started on this CO