Do you hear sleigh bells and a crackling fire? It’s finally Christmas time! And that means it’s crunch time to make those handmade gifts. Never fear! TL Yarn Crafts and Marly Bird here with the perfect present – and it’s FREE!
There’s nothing quite like the holidays to bring the crafter out in all of us. Whether you knit or crochet, my good friend Marly Bird is keeping you inspired all season long. She’s working with dozens of designers to bring you FREE pattern downloads as part of her 24 Days of Quickies.
From December 1st to the 24th, Marly Bird is bringing you daily free downloads of knit and crochet patterns from some of your favorite designers, like Expression Fiber Arts, Edie Eckman, Two Brothers Blankets, and so many more! All you have to do is track each day’s new patterns on Marly’s blog, click on the patterns you want most, then download them from the designer’s site. It’s that easy!
Meet the Mulberry Afghan
If you’re new to Tunisian crochet, the Mulberry Afghan is a wonderful project to learn with. This block stitch baby blanket uses basic stitches and techniques, while gently introducing you to more advanced concepts like an extended post stitch, color changes, and adding a border. The final effect is stunning, making your blanket look more complicated than it actually was.
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Making the Mulberry Afghan
YARN: The original Mulberry Afghan was designed for a baby shower less than 10 days away. That meant I needed a heavier yarn with great colors and strong contrast. I used Lion Brand’s Mandala Ombre in the color Joy as my main color. This is a self-striping cake yarn that adds lots of character to this relatively simple stitch pattern. I paired it with Basic Stitch Anti-Pilling in the color Optic While to create a strong contrast. Swap in the worsted-weight yarns of your choice.
HOOK: Use a 6.5mm Tunisian crochet hook for this project. The larger hook makes sure the stitches are flexible while still maintaining their solid look. I added a flexible cable to my hook to accommodate all 100+ stitches.
NOTIONS + EXTRAS: Aside from the hook and yarn, you’ll also need a pair of scissors and a tapestry need to help everything come together.
2023 has proven to be a whirlwind year. Not only did I attend my first yarn convention, reach over 600K subscribers on YouTube, and crochet my first sweater for Rhinebeck, but I got to share all of those memories with YOU! Thank you for visiting my blog and keeping me encouraged. I’m so excited to see what 2024 brings.
With love, Toni L.