The Home and Garden Journal of Kayla Pins

Red Agape Casual Crochet Along Block 3 Update

Red Agape Casual Crochet Along Block 3 Update

My favorite part of making a blanket is picking the colors. I had a pink and brown palette waiting in the wings when Mandy of Red Agape announced her Casual Crochet Along so I got started right away. She usually mixes pink with bright yellow and white, so the browns and grays will be an interesting contrast to her work.

Square one was a lot of fun to make. Holding the contrasting yarn in back and carrying it throughout is a technique I learned in my Alphabet Granny Square afghan. It makes for many fewer ends to weave in. In the future it would be fun to make an entire afghan out of these hearts done in bright, neon colors.

crochet by red agape mandy casual cal block 1 heart granny square

I also started another Blackberry Salad blanket. (Free pattern from Moogly) I add a row to the blanket when I finish a square.

Square 2 surprised me with a floral pattern. I felt like it really needed green, but was hesitant to add a new color to my palette. I found Brava Worsted in Fig in my stash and it was just right. Sometimes it’s tough ordering yarn online. This was not green enough for my other projects but was just perfect for this one that I wanted to be more gray or tan.

block 2 floral flower granny square crochet red agape casual cal free pattern

I loved the palette so much that I worked far ahead on my Blackberry Salad blanket. It’s one of my favorite patterns. I used to feel guilty about making more than one of a pattern because there are so many great patterns in the world to choose from, but the heart wants what it wants.

Square 3 was just released last week and I made it in all neutrals. It will be a nice one to mix in with the blanket when all of the squares are done.

block 3 crochet red agape casual cal neutrals gray free pattern

As you can see, my Blackberry Salad blanket got no progress this month. None of the ends were woven in. I really didn’t have time to crochet at all and did this while watching an episode of The Great War with my neglected husband. I’m up to my eyeballs in costuming for our high school’s production of Grease and completing final projects for my graduate classes. Through it all, I still make time for a tiny bit of something crafty every day or I would really go mad.

When it seems like too much to deal, I remember that by the time Mandy releases her next block I will be completely done with both the musical and this term’s grad classes. Isn’t it bananas how life hits you all at once?

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