I know y’all probably think that I abandoned the Moogly CAL after posting the first couple of squares. It just ain’t so. I admit I struggled through some of the instructions, unsure of what the designer was doing. I also didn’t like my original colors (see my first Moogly CAL square for the color scheme). I couldn’t stomach the light blue and pink. I felt like I was trapped in an 80’s time warp when the blue and pink country theme was trendy. Then I felt like I had too many colors. I had a fairly good size yarn stash of Vanna’s Choice, so I was trying to use what I could without buying more yarn. Last time I counted, I had over 15 bins of yarn, plus several large bags filled to the brim. I’m so trying to be more frugal. I finally became overwhelmed and stopped crocheting. Once I changed some of the yarn colors (not frugal), I was motivated to continue the CAL. The next eight squares will appear in two posts similar to this post.
Here are my notes on the first four squares:
- Counting stitches is important. I frogged almost all four of these squares more than once (some several times), because I missed a stitch here and there. This made it nearly impossible to complete the next round after the round with the mistake.
- Video instruction is available for some of the squares. I found some of the instructions to be confusing. Watch each one. These video clips helped more than anything else.
- I’m using Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn in these colors: First round = Dusty Green; second round = Dusty Purple; third round = Linen; fourth round = Taupe. I was true to this order for all squares except I did not change colors on the last row of the Windmill Square.
- I blocked each square once it was complete. I did a better job at blocking some squares more than others, and I might fix this later on by steam blocking the uneven squares.
- I used a size I hook. My squares are roughly 11-3/4 to 12-inches each. I may go back and add a row of single crochet to the squares just under 12-inches. I did add a row of single crochet to Tamara’s Kismet so that it would be 12-inches.
I think my favorite square is Tamara’s Kismet. It was a lot of fun to crochet, and after watching the video, I came up with a few ideas of my own. I hope to try them out soon on a Halloween project I’m planning. The next four squares are all tacked to my blocking pads. Later this week, I’ll have the opportunity to take a few photos.
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