Summer Stitch-cation 2015 Challenge
The Crochet Crowd’s Stitch-cation
Crocheters have asked to be challenged for a second year of our Stitch-cation over the summer months.
Running: July 1st – 6:00 pm EST Labour Day, September 7th, 2015
If you missed last year, Stitch-cation is an afghan project that is meant to tempt, tease and teach you new tricks but have a really cool afghan at the end. The challenge is open to everyone to participate.
This year, the afghan is unusual as it’s a ‘afghan mash up’ of two patterns plus 2 original patterns by Mikey that all come together. I will tell you, there is no sewing your afghan pieces together in this challenge.
The afghan will be easy to assemble and you and be strategic with how you do it as you won’t have to be buried under an afghan during the summer.
Get Videos and Free Downloadable eBook with Patterns
It’s like our ‘pact’ over the summer to inspire you further with your crochet skills. Submissions for our Stitch-cation happen all summer long.
- Complete a minimum of 4 large motifs per design, there are 6 designs = 24 motifs.
- Complete a minimum of 15 mini connector motifs.
- Diva Dan has written a free downloadable PDF eBook with the patterns. Our website will have the linkable videos but you can also find the videos in our YouTube Channel.
- Crocheters will have a minimum to complete to qualify to be featured in our gallery.
- Once a crocheter is ready to submit, they just email us a photo with their name. You have until Labour Day, September 7th at 6 PM EST to submit us a photo. Your photo will be entered into the Stitch-cation 2015 Hall of Fame on Flickr.
- The more afghans you complete, the more times you can enter.
How To Submit Your Photo
Submitting for the Crochet Crowd Challenge is really easy.
Please email your photo to:
- Please use Subject Title: Stitch-cation
- You must include your Full Name to qualify.
- Attach your photo(s).
See Photo Gallery of Submissions
If you have forgotten to include your name and have to resend, you must send in your photo again with your new email.
Give us a 4 day window to review and enter your photo into our challenge. Do not resubmit. We do not acknowledge the arrivals of each email, but you may check our assigned gallery to ensure we have received it. The galleries are in alphabetical order by the name you gave us.
To help avoid your email from being misdirected and hitting our junk box. You must use the subject title. We are not responsible for emails that are misdirected as a result of a submission not following this procedure. To protect our servers, we delete any emails that arrive that have no subject title to prevent malware and virus programs from our systems.
There will not be any prizes. This is a community stitch-along.
The Crochet Crowd, being Canadian, has always been about being inclusive. Due to International Laws with country, territory, state and provincial regulations. We can no longer offer prizes with our challenges and be inclusive to all members of The Crochet Crowd.
The restrictions prevents us from being able to offer prizing to our entire community; therefore, we have eliminated our prizing element to be fair to everyone.
Our challenges are about doing a fun project together as a community and learning new skills. We do not want to discontinue the free learning aspect and community vibe that we have created. We will still continue doing our challenges and acknowledging the creativity throughout the challenge period. The true prize is the community element and having a finished project worthy of celebration.
Thank you for your understanding.
- Size 6 mm or J Crochet Hook.
- Approximately 8 balls of 7 oz Bernat Super Value. You can substitute your yarn if you wish. Colours are subject to you but if I were to purchase, get 2 balls of 4 different colours that compliment each other. You can use as many colours as you wish. You can even do 1 solid colour if you want to as well. You can refer to our Colour Combinations for ideas.
50 thoughts on “Summer Stitch-cation 2015 Challenge”
Thank you for explaining why prizes have to be eliminated and thank you for another challenge.. I can’t wait to begin!! <3
Could you please tell me what ply is the Bernat Super Value? Would like to find an alternative in Australia.
I would like to offer my thanks for your Mystery challenge and a special thank you for keeping the instructions up on the net long after challenge finished. It has helped me through a rather difficult time. I could not have completed it without your video help. Claim to be an expert in unpicking now but so proud of the finished article. The mistakes I made were from my lack of concentration!! This rug ( even though it is not a masculine rug) will always remind me of a husband of 52 yrs who died suddenly when I had reached week 6.
Crochet is such a great help for stress and grief.
Good Day to You & Diva Dan,
I’m sharing a true memory of my grandma in Indiana. I would watch her crochet everyday. She used the fine point hook (2.0-3.0) She crocheted the edges on the feed sacks, then send them to laundry to be starched. She crocheted doilies, edges of sheets, towels, tablecloths, dish towels, washcloths, etc. She said crocheting was comfort to her. I didn’t understand that,when I was a teenager, but, now I’m a grandma & understand her words: crochet “is” comfort!
Hi Mikey, thanks for all the wonderful work you always put across. Be blessed. I’ve always loved yarn but didn’t know anything more than some basic stitches. You are a special blessing from God for me. I haven’t been happier than I am now in making beautiful stuff and gifting them and seeing the smiles of appreciation. The feelings of accomplishment after finishing a project and being mesmerized by my own completed item, is impossible to describe in words. Thank you so so very much for bringing so much joy into my life. May God bless the works of your hands.
I also would love to have the pattern for the purple hippo, sea creature, or whatever she is! She is adorable, ever since that picture was posted I have been hoping for the pattern!
As far as I know, there is no pattern for her. She was made by an crochet artist.
*sob* LOL Thanks for responding, Mikey. That artist is very talented. I need a pattern at this point, but maybe someday I will be able to design a creature like that!
I agree with Dot love the printed patterns.
Thank you, Mikey! I have been a beginner for many, many years…. on again off again (LOL). I had been discouraged, but now that I found you, I have relly taken off! I am still a beginner, but your videos make it sooo easy to follow along and have a finished product. I am planning in joining in this next project. I really don’t care about prizes. As far as I’m concerned, the prize is on learing to crochet and having a project to show for it. God Bless you and everyone who puts it together at the Crochet Crowd for the rest of us. I’m glad I found you, a few months ago…. and I LOVE seeing everyone eles’s finished products, that only inspires me! One day, I will have a finished project I can send you.
Keep up the good work!
I had so much fun with the Mystery Afghan. I learned some new things to do and had a GREAT time doing it. Please keep up the great work you do Mikey.
The hippo reminds me of Henrietta Hippo on the New Zoo Review. LOL
Yes, I realize I’m giving away my age but I swear I’m only 38 and that’s the story I’m sticking to! LMAO
I”m so excited, I can”t wait!
Awesome This Aussie Hooker cant wait to play
Thankyou Mickey! This looks like such an exciting challenge! I love to crochet and your way of teaching is amazing,,,,,, so looking forward to getting started on July 1 with my very first crochet contest ever
Hello to all I am new to this site my name is Carol and I have recently rediscovered crocheting after a rather long absence. I recently found a pattern for a basket I want to try but it is in another language it appears to be Spanish. I was able to get it translated but some of the abbreviations are unknown to me one is the word low which I was able to find out means sc the others are pb and bp also air chain if anyone out there knows what they are I would really appreciate the translation. It is a great basket but I want to do it right. Thanks all and I look forward to joining you all in future endeavors.
Any idea how big the afghan will be. I like a larger size one rather than a throw size so knowing ahead approximate size helps me decide whether to do it or not and if I have someone in mind for it.
Can’t wait to get started. I love a challenge.
I just wanted to say “thank you” as well. I am always telling people about your site when they ask about different crochet stitches. You make it so easy to follow along, even when I don’t think I can do “that” stitch, you make it possible. So, THANK YOU!
I can’t wait Mikey. Do you know when the next mystery will be?
Hi Mikey! I am surprised that no one has asked this question, so I will be bold and ask if we have to use Lily Sugar and Cream or can other yarn be substituted. Thanks! Can’t wait to start!
I, too, like the printed patterns, as I don’t always have Wi-Fi available for video patterns and tutorials. I love the site, and wait impatiently for new patterns..do like the amagarumis for donations. Do keep up the good work.
Actually. I want to commend you, Mikey, for how well you are organized and present your videos to us to watch and learn new things from. You have opened up a whole new world of crochet to me, I thought I pretty much knew how to crochet and have been so thankful my Mom taught me how to crochet. My Mom crochet mostly with the crochet cotton balls doing doilies etc. I could not get the hang of that and everything I crochet is yarn. I love my yarn. You are a very welcome inspiration and a wealth of knowledge to me. Thank you so much for your endless love of crocheting and wanting to teach the rest of us. I realize I am a small apple in the large barrel of apples but I am so happy to be here with you and all the hookers. I would also like to thank everyone who participates with pictures of their projects and added ideas etc. God bless you Mikey and all the rest of the hookers of which I am so happy to be a part.
Oh Mikey! Please tell us that this hippo will be a pattern we can have access to! My friend Rhonda has been looking for an open mouthed hippo for a while! They just aren’t available anywhere! What’s her name? Helen? Henrietta? Hillary? Hanna? We love her! She would pay to have it in her possession. I’m probably speaking for lots of us hippo loving peeps. We are excited about the new Stitch-cation challenge and not having to join will be a plus. Bring it on and the hippo! 😀
Every time I see the Hippo all I can hunk of is I want to make that!!! Lol. Glad I’m not the only one!
*think…. Silly auto correct…
Any small challenges in the future.. Like maybe animals or anther shawl.
I just wish that we could have the option of a printed pattern or an ebook format,,, me I really love the printed paper patterns….Im thinking of entering this contest… wish me luck….