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I cannot believe I already have 18 of the 30 blocks complete! I can almost see my afghan now. I can hardly contain my excitement – four more kits and I will have all 30 squares. And yes, I know I am a little behind for if you have been following me you will know that this was my kit from two months ago. I am actually going to start this month”s kit today as soon as I post this update.

With this kit you will be voyaging into some more challenging stitches, with two intermediate blocks and one easy one. In addition to the more advanced patterns we are also going to introduce you to post stitches. I don’t know about your experience with them, but I enjoy everything about post stitches from working with them to their appearance when I am done.

The yarn is Premier Everyday Yarn in cream color this month. All three blocks were worked using the larger hook, however, when crocheting the edging do not forget to go back to the H hook. As usual the kit came with a DVD tutorial.

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Block 16

Block 16 is a block composed of clusters. When working this block keep in mind that the clusters will pop out on one side, making the front with more texture and the backside more flat looking.

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Block 17

Black 17 is the only easy square in this kit. It is worked using a combination of sc, dc and ch stitches.

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Block 18

Block 18 marks the introduction of front and back post stitches in this afghan.
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.
6. Take the time to gauge your works. There are not words to describe the disappointment you will feel at the end of the 24 blocks when your blocks lay before you in all different sizes. It is important to remember that gauging a project takes far less time then reworking one.

Suggestion for Annie’s: I do not know if you read these reviews but if you do you might want to consider making the pattern booklet the same size as the DVD. This would make for easier storage if we could store the pattern inside the DVD box and there would be less likely of a chance of losing one if they were stored together.

In closing I would just like to share that one of the best things about writing these posts is interacting with others who know all the time and effort that go into our projects. I do not believe a lot of people can comprehend how much of yourself goes into your work, without actively experiencing it. So to all you fellow crocheters out there, thanks for listening and for sharing you own wisdom and experiences. You will never fully realize the encouragement you have been to me.

Until next time, keep those hooks flying.