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I cannot believe we are approaching the last month of the summer. August will be here in less than two weeks. As fast as this summer is flying by, so it seems to be the same for how fast this Annie’s Crochet Afghan Block of the Month Club seems to be moving. Right before my very eyes. With fifteen, or half of the blocks before me I am starting to see my afghan beginning to take form.

One of the things I love about this club is that I have the ease of a small project. So by only having to focus on one block at a time, in the end I can look forward to the finished larger project of a completed afghan.

If you have joined the club or plan to, you can look forward to kit 5 having the instructions for crocheting three beginner blocks. In this kit you will also receive Premier Everyday yarn in the color of chinchilla and a DVD that will help guide you through each square.

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Block 13
In this block you will have the different look from traditional crocheting by crocheting between the stitches.

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Block 14
This block is one of my favorites in this kit because the block is worked by crocheting a combination of clusters and shells.

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Block 15
This block was completed by working V stitch and Puff stitch patterns. The week I crocheted this block, I was also teaching the the V stitch to my crochet students. I used this block for an example of what you could do with the same stitch but in a different pattern. They were amazed by the difference in the appearance.

There is not really nothing more I could add about the DVD, they seem to be doing a really good job to help explain the stitches to even the most inexperienced crocheter.

I am reposting my earlier tips and am trying to add one more to the list each month.

1. Make sure you keep all unused yarn, as it will be needed to finish afghan.
2. I like to keep my squares in 1 gallon zip lock bags. A year is a long time and I do not want to lose one of the blocks, or get them dirty. You can fit 6 in each bag with plenty of room to spare. Also this way I can keep them in order.
3. If you are someone who is trying to learn to read crochet patterns. This is a good club. In the DVD they take you through the pattern, row by row. First they explain what to do, and then they demonstrate what the instructions are saying.
4. When you are ready to work the edging always remember, that no matter what hook you use to work your block, always work the edging in a H hook.
5. If you had to use a different hook to obtain the desired gauge or size, make sure you write it down next to the instructions. This way if you want to crochet it again, you will already know which hook to use.

I am now anxiously awaiting my next kit and with it I will be beginning the second half of my afghan. I am hoping as the afghan progresses they might add a few more intermediate skill stitches. As of now the count is one. All other blocks have either been easy or beginner.

Until next time, Keep those hooks flying.