Third Annual Crochet Challenge for Warm Up America

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You Are a Yarn Hero.

Allow me to personally thank you for your participation in the Crochet Challenge for Warm Up America 2018. Every lapghan completed through this challenge will impact a family in an amazing way. I am humbled to have the opportunity to work with such an incredible organization, Warm Up America! Foundation. If you would like to learn more about Warm Up America and their mission, have a look at this earlier blog post:

B.hooked Crochet Teams Up With Warm Up America! Foundation

Or have a listen to the Director herself, Mary Colucci, on the Bhooked Podcast:

BHP046: Warm Up America – How to Get Involved

You can also check out their website to learn more about the current donation needs.

Together with my sponsor Yarnspirations,  we bring you the third annual Crochet Challenge for Warm Up America. Are you as excited as I am?!

 

#challengeforwua

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Use this page as a guideline for your participation in the challenge. There is a lot of information contained in this page. It is organized in the following way:

  • Challenge rules for entry & timeline
  • How to get involved and share your crochet challenge experience
  • Printable forms and help sheets
  • Supplies
  • The Pattern: Written Instructions & Diagrams
  • Video tutorial to help you through the pattern
  • Lapghan Submission Instructions
  • FAQ
  • Final Words

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CHALLENGE RULES FOR ENTRY

Anyone can participate, worldwide. To complete the challenge, you must meet the following requirements:

There is no formal sign up for this challenge.  All you need to do to participate is purchase your supplies, make your lapghan and send it to Warm up America!

TIMELINE

The challenge begins on January 27, 2018.

The challenge will end on February 24, 2018. Your lapghan must be postmarked (scanned at the post office) by Saturday, February  24, 2018 to complete the challenge.

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How to get involved and share your crochet challenge experience

Don’t be shy!

The challenge Facebook event page was created for YOU. Post your questions, comments, progress photos and make connections with other yarn heroes like yourself.

Crochet Challenge for Warm Up America 2017 Facebook Event Page

INSTAGRAM, TWITTER & TUMBLR USERS

Tag your challenge progress photos and posts using #challengeforwua so we may follow your progress and experience!

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Printable forms and help sheets

Challenge Entry Form

Printer-Friendly Pattern

Motif Assembly Diagram

Diagram

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SUPPLIES

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We will be using Caron One Pound yarn for this challenge. You have 13 days to get your supplies before the challenge begins! We all get pretty busy around the New Year so I would plan on getting your supplies this week or as soon as you can. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 Skeins, Caron One Pound, one of two different colors
  • 6.5 mm Crochet Hook
  • Darning Needle
  • Scissors

Where to get your yarn

I personally found the color options limited at my local store. It never hurts to check next time you’re out but I would plan on ordering your yarn online so you can choose any of the One Pound colors (not just what the store has in stock). I purchased my yarn from Amazon and recommend this option because stock is plentiful and shipping is cheap or free for Prime members.

Disclosure: Please note that the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you decide to purchase your supplies through these links. Please understand that I have experience with these products and I recommend them because they are optimal for this pattern, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy them online. If you have received valuable information from me at any point, this is one easy way to say thank you for a job well done. Thank you!


If you would rather order directly from Yarnspirations, you can get a 30% discount by entering the code BHOOKEDONEPOUND at check out.

Order Caron One Pound from Yarnspirations

Those of you participating in parts of the world where Caron yarn is not available may substitute with another medium weight yarn of comparable quality that is washer and dryer friendly.

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The Pattern: Written Instructions & Diagrams

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Crochet Pattern by B. Hooked Crochet, Copyright 2018.

Please do not copy, sell, redistribute or republish this pattern. If you wish to share this pattern, link to this page only. You may sell items produced using this pattern. Do NOT use the copyrighted photos for your product listing.

This pattern is written in US crochet terms

For a printer friendly version: Printable Pattern

03-intermediate web

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Gauge and Sizing

Your finished blanket will measure approximately 54″ x 40″

Abbreviations

  • Ch – Chain
  • Dc – Double Crochet
  • Sc – Single Crochet
  • Sctbl – Single Crochet Through Back Loop
  • Sk – Skip
  • Slst – Slip Stitch
  • Sp – Space
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • PC – Popcorn Stitch (see stitch description)
  • Pf – Puff Stitch (see stitch description)
  • Rem – Remaining
  • Rep – Repeat
  • YO – Yarn Over Hook

To print a list of all crochet abbreviations to keep in your crochet notebook, check out my quick guide here:

Crochet Abbreviations Quick Guide

Stitch Description

Popcorn Stitch (PC) – Make 5 dc in designated stitch. Pull up on working loop to release your hook. Insert hook into first stitch from front to back and place working loop back on your hook. Pull working loop through first stitch. Chain one.

Puff Stitch (Pf) – YO and insert hook into designated stitch. YO and pull up a loop. YO and insert hook into same stitch. YO and pull up a loop. YO and insert hook into same stitch. YO and pull up a loop. YO and insert hook into same stitch. YO and pull up a loop. YO and insert hook into same stitch. YO and pull up a loop. YO and pull through all loops on your hook. Chain one.

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Written Instructions

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Hexagon: (Make 3)

Round 1: With color B, ch. 4. Join with a slst to first ch to form a ring. Ch 1 (does not count as st) and sc 6 times in center of ring. Join with a slst to first sc. (6 sts)

Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc of pc st). Dc 4 more in same st as ch 3 and complete the pc st with ch 3 as first st.  Work one pc st in each rem sc st. Join with a slst in the ch 3 sp from the first pc st. (6 pc sts)

Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as first dc of pc st). Dc 4 more in same st as ch 3 and complete the pc st with ch 3 as first st. *Sk to sp between the next two pc sts and make 2 pc sts in that sp. Rep from * 4 times more. Pc in beginning space with first pc. Join with a slst in the ch 3 sp from the first pc st. (12 pc sts)

Round 4: Ch 3 (counts as first dc of pc st). Dc 4 more in same st as ch 3 and complete the pc st with ch 3 as first st. *Sk to sp between the next two pc sts and make 1 pc st in that sp. Sk to sp between next two pc st and make 2 pc sts in that sp. Rep from * to end of round. Pc in beginning space with first pc. Join with a slst in the ch 3 sp from the first pc st. (18 pc sts)

Round 5: Ch 3 (counts as first dc of pc st). Dc 4 more in same st as ch 3 and complete the pc st with ch 3 as first st. *Sk to sp between the next two pc sts and make 1 pc sts in that sp. Sk to sp between next two pc st and make 1 pc st in that sp. Sk to sp between next two pc st and make 2 pc sts in that sp. Rep from * to end of round. Pc in beginning space with first pc. Join with a slst in the ch 3 sp from the first pc st. (24 pc sts) Fasten off color B.

Round 6: Fasten on color A in ch sp where you fastened off color B. Ch 3 (counts as first dc of pc st). Dc 4 more in same st as ch 3 and complete the pc st with ch 3 as first st.  *(Sk to sp between the next two pc sts and make 1 pc sts in that sp) three times. Sk to sp between next two pc st and make 2 pc sts in that sp. Rep from * to end of round. Pc in beginning space with first pc. Join with a slst in the ch 3 sp from the first pc st. (30 pc sts)

Round 7:  Ch 5 (counts as dc and 2 ch). Dc twice in same space as ch 5. (Make one pf st in sp between next two pc sts) four times. *Dc 2, ch 2, dc 2 in next space. Pf st in each of the next four spaces. Rep from * to end of round. Dc in same space as ch 5. Join with a slst to ch 3 sp.

Round 8: Ch 5 (counts as dc and 2 ch). Dc twice in same space as ch 5. *Dc in next two dc and once in the space between the last dc and next pf st. (Make one pf st in space between next two pf sts) three times. Dc in between last pf and next dc. Dc once in each dc to corner. In corner sp, dc 2, ch 2, dc 2. Rep from * to end of round. Dc in same space as ch 5. Join with a slst to ch 3 sp.

Round 9: Ch 5 (counts as dc and 2 ch). Dc twice in same space as ch 5. *Dc in each dc and once in the space between the last dc and next pf st. (Make one pf st in space between next two pf sts) two times. Dc in between last pf and next dc. Dc once in each dc to corner. In corner sp, dc 2, ch 2, dc 2. Rep from * to end of round. Dc in same space as ch 5. Join with a slst to ch 3 sp.

Round 10: Ch 5 (counts as dc and 2 ch). Dc twice in same space as ch 5. *Dc in each dc and once in the space between the last dc and next pf st. Make one pf st in space between next two pf sts. Dc in between last pf and next dc. Dc once in each dc to corner. In corner sp, dc 2, ch 2, dc 2. Rep from * to end of round. Dc in same space as ch 5. Join with a slst to ch 3 sp. Fasten off.


Joining the Hexagons

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Round 1: With color B, fasten on in the first dc of any corner and ch 3 (counts as dc). Following the Motif Assembly Diagram make one dc in every stitch and (2dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in every corner around all six sides of the first hexagon. Do not join with a slst to complete the round. Grab the second hexagon and work the same stitch pattern around three of the six sides. Grab the last hexagon and work the same stitch pattern around all six sides. Continue stitch pattern around remaining three sides of second hexagon and join with a slst to the third ch.


Filling in the Gaps

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Row 1: With Color B, fasten on in the last stitch before any gap and ch 1 (does not count as st). Sc in same sp as ch 1. Sc in next 2 sts. Sk one dc and slst to next dc.

Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as st). Sctbl first st. Sctbl of each stitch to end of row. Sk one dc from joining round and slst to next dc. Rep this row until you have reached your ch 2 corner space at the top of each hexagon. Join with a slst to the last dc on each side.

Rep last two rows for remaining three gaps.


Filling the edges (Refer to Video 2 at 12:00 minute mark)

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Row 1: Fasten on color B in first post of edge and ch 1 (does not count as st). Sc in same st as ch 1. Sk next dc and slst in next.

Row 2: Ch 1 and turn. Sctbl each st to end of row.

Row 3: Ch 1 and turn. Sctbl each st to end of row. Sk next dc from joining round and slst in next.

Rep rows 2 and 3 until you reach the last dc in your joining round. Join with a slst to the last dc. Rep rows 1-3 for all edge gaps.


Horizontal Rows

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Row 1: Fasten on color A in the first st on either side. Ch 1 (does not count as st). Sctbl of same st as ch 1. Evenly space 153 sctbl across edge.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc) and turn.  *Sk next st, 2 dc in next. Rep from * to last two sts. Sk one st, Dc in last st.

Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as dc) and turn. *2 dc in between next group of 2 dc. Rep from * to last st. Dc in last st.

Rep row 3 with color A for 3 more rows. Fasten on color B in first st and work row 3 a total of 5 times. Fasten on Color A and work row 3 a total of five times. Fasten on color B  total of 5 times. Fasten on color A and work row 3 once.

Rep on the other side of the blanket.

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Diagram

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Video tutorials to help you through the pattern

WUA Challenge 2018 Video One

 

This video is also available in a left handed version. Click here to be directed to the left handed tutorial on YouTube.


WUA Challenge 2018 Video Two

This video is also available in a left handed version. Click here to be directed to the left handed tutorial on YouTube.

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Blanket Submission Instructions

Once you have completed your lapghan, there are just a few more things you need to do.

  1. Print the 2018 WUA Challenge Entry Form. This form will allow you to enclose a personalized note to the family who will receive your donation. Please fill out each section with as much detail as possible. I’m sure they will LOVE reading about you!  Secure the completed entry form within your package.
  2. Ship your baby blanket to: 
Warm Up America/BHooked
3740 N. Josey Lane
Suite 102
Carrollton, TX 75007

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FAQ’S

  1. When does the challenge begin? The challenge kicks off on January 27, 2018 at midnight Eastern Standard Time. The pattern will be released here on the blog at this time and you’ll have the green light to start working on your donation.
  2. What do I do to join? Nothing. Just participate. I encourage you to RSVP on the Facebook Event Page so I have an idea of how many blankets WUA will receive.
  3. When is my blanket supposed to be finished? The challenge comes to a close on February 24, 2018. You should finish your lapghan by this day and ship it to WUA Foundation before the end of the business day in your area.
  4. Can I use a different yarn? The pattern and tutorial are optimized for Caron One Pound yarn. You may make substitutions if necessary. Keep it in the worsted weight category and washer/dryer-friendly.
  5. Can I donate my blanket to another organization? Absolutely. If you live outside the US and you would like to participate, I encourage you to find your local charity and donate your blanket.
  6. What do I do now? Dive into the pattern! Post pictures of your yarn choice in the Facebook Event Page and strike up a conversation with your fellow yarn heroes!
  7. Who is Warm Up America? Warm Up America is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 by a courageous  yarn hero named Evie. When her vision expanded beyond her capabilities, the Craft Yarn Council stepped in to continue her mission. I encourage you to read more about WUA! Foundation here. 
  8. I’m Stuck on the Pattern. What do I do? Please direct your challenge and pattern related questions to our Challenge Facebook Event page. Myself and your fellow yarn heroes are there to help!

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Final Words

On behalf of B.hooked Crochet, Yarnspirations and Warm Up America! Foundation, thank you very much for your participation in this challenge. Your lapghan will brighten someones day!

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