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Christmas in July Event: Crochet Along and Sales

Can you believe it’s already July?! It always blows my mind how quickly the first half of the year goes by! For my family it’s a bit of a whirlwind at the end of the year since we have birthdays October through January, plus all of the other end of year holidays. We finally start catching our breath mid-January and before we know it “Poof!” we’re in the middle of the year. 

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But, one thing I really love about July is the whole “Christmas in July” idea. While normally it doesn’t actually mean “Christmas” as much as it means “great sales and fun events”, I think it’s a fun time to actually start focusing on Christmas themed crochet, since it’s a good time to get started on those projects.

The CAL

Last year I started stitching an afghan with yarn I got from WeCrochet (pssst… this is a really great yarn!) and then I ended up moving and just ran out of time to finish it, so I decided right then and there that I would have a fun Christmas in July event!

For this event we will be crocheting an afghan! Well over a year ago I got to thinking about how much I hate struggling with a heavy afghan as I crochet back and forth, back and forth, and how squares are so much easier for me. Then an idea popped into my head: window panes!

Window panes are 9 squares. There are just so many possibilities of what you could see looking out or in a window! And my brain just ran from there. I actually have so many window pane afghan ideas now LOL!

So, I present to you the Santa Window Pane Afghan! We will be stitching this up as our Christmas in July CAL!

Ok, so that’s just the mock up, but you get the general idea! But since we’ll be breaking this pattern down into weekly squares, I don’t want to release the photos of the full finished afghan yet anyway. I want to show the squares step by step.

The afghan will be released 2 squares at a time and will be updated weekly on Ravelry! (I use Ravelry for CALs because of their pattern update feature). For the first week there will be the materials list, plus one square to get us started. The pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry 50% off now through July 11th with code SANTACAL.

The pattern will be updated with the squares out of order, because some square have more details than the others, so I want to pair them up with a “difficult” square, plus an easy peasy square each week.

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For this afghan I used Knit Picks Brava in Red, Black, White, Celestial, Caution, Grass, Rouge, and Orange. I also used Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in Oyster for the Skin Tone, but I do not recommend this unless you are good at adjusting your tension, because Mighty Stitch is much thinner than Brava and it caused my square to cinch quite a bit. I had to over-block it at the end.

GOOD NEWS!

WeCrochet has offered to sponsor a prize for this CAL! Isn’t that amazing?!

One randomly selected winner will receive the following prizes:

1 Copy of WeCrochet Magazine

1 Set of Bright Hooks

1 Tote Bag

18 Balls of Brava Sport Yarn in the following colors: Dove Heather, Cornflower, Tranquil, Cotton Candy, Sky, Lady Slipper, Custard, Alfalfa, Seashell, and Cream

How to Win

Join the Blackstone Designs Crochet Community on Facebook and share pictures of your finished afghan OR upload your finished afghan to projects on Ravelry!

The SCHEDULE

Pre-CAL: July 2-4: Materials List + Square 2 (Top Center)

Week 1: July 5-11: Squares 1 (Top Left) & 5 (Middle Center)

Week 2: July 12-18: Squares 3 (Top Right) & 6 (Middle Right)

Week 3: July 19-25: Squares 4 (Middle Left) & 9 (Bottom Right)

Week 4: July 26- August 1: Squares 7 (Bottom Left) & 8 (Bottom Center)

Week 5: August 2-8: Assemble Afghan & Add Border

The SALES

The Santa Window Pane Afghan isn’t the only event this July! We’ll also be having patterns sales every week. The sales will get smaller and smaller, so the earlier you take advantage the better they are. But no worries, the sales are good either way! 

Week 1: July 2-8: 60% off your total purchase! 

Week 2: July 9-15: 50% off your total purchase! 

Week 3: July 16-22: 45% off your total purchase! 

Week 4: July 23-31: 40% off your total purchase!

There are no purchase limits, whether you buy 1 or 10, you’ll still receive the same great savings! **This sale does exclude the Santa Window Pane Afghan for the first week.

There is no code needed for these savings! Just add the patterns to your cart and the discount will be there at checkout!

I hope you’re as excited about this Christmas in July event as I am! We officially start on Monday, July 5th, so get your hooks ready!

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