I found something about a mystery afghan crochet-along being hosted by Bernat that sounds really cool. This is the way it works: participants of the crochet-along buy 13 skeins of Waverly for Bernat yarn. Bernat has specified that you need 5 skeins of one color, and 2 each of 4 other colors. In February, Bernat will release the first ‘clue,’ which (if it’s anything like the last mystery crochet-along they hosted), will likely be a block or two. After that, a new clue is released every Wednesday. We complete the clues, and at the end, they tell us how to put it together. So we don’t know what the final product looks like until then.
I think it sounds awesome, but even with the 25% off Bernat is offering on their Waverly yarn (or the even better deals I can get at Michaels or JoAnn), I can’t afford 13 new skeins of yarn. I barely have the room for them either!
So I decided to find a different crochet-along (or CAL) I could join in on. Happily, I found the perfect thing on Ravelry! It’s a group of awesome people who crochet a 12″ block each month (for a total of 12) and then put them together at the end of the year. They also offer filler squares if you’d like your final product to be bigger than 12 squares. It’s really cool and I think it’ll be a good way to learn some new stitches. And the best part: I don’t have to purchase more yarn. I’ll just use random yarn from my stash. I started and finished the January square yesterday.
I had no idea how to do all of the cluster stitches, but I figured it out pretty quickly. I started out using Vanna’s Choice and an I hook, but it was way too big and loose, so I dropped down to a G hook and made sure I crocheted tightly. It turned out a lot better than I thought it would and I really like it.