CAL- Mystery Afghan Challenge Week 2

I was a little hesitant, to be honest, when I saw that week 1 was a simple granny square. The advantage of starting late is that I was able to see the next clue, and we do some funky stuff to the granny square no longer making it appear blah.

Week 2 clue pattern can be found here.

CAL Week 2 Granny Square

and here are all 20 of them 🙂

CAL Week 2 Squares

CAL Week 2 Cross in 20 Squares

and wait until you see week #3!

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Cheerful Afghan Challenge

This month’s Crochet Crowd Challenge is called the Cheerful Afghan Challenge and we are only two days away from the submission deadline. I finally finished it last night. Here’s a little about it.

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The starting date was on April 15, but since I was working on the Mystery Challenge, I didn’t really start this one until May 1st.

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The pattern and video tutorial was simple to follow and like always, Mikey did an excellent job at giving us pointers on how to go about repeating the pattern, instead of re-reading it over and over again. That night I managed to get a lot of the blanket completed.

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I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Aran, Honeydew, Watercolor, and Orchid but Medium Purple would also work.

cheerful afghan

As you can see. I worked a different border than the one on the original pattern. This was a tough one because the pattern itself is busy, but you can never go wrong with a shell. This border I got from a book I got a year ago.

crochet borders book

This book has AMAZING borders. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to do all of them, but just going through all 150 makes you want to do 150 afghans just to use all of them. For this blanket I used border #121.

Let me show you in pictures how the border started to form.

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photo 2 copy

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And now I’m left with an emptiness, because that’s the feeling you get when you tackle and finish a blanket. It looks like I’ll have to start another afghan project 🙂