I’m so pleased to announce that we will be hosting the Maryam Afghan CAL by Mahoor Mirnezami of Mahoor Designs in our Facebook group, CAL – Crochet A Long !!!
We’ve been hard at work behind the scenes testing and perfecting the pattern and today is the day that the CAL is released! So please read on, gather your supplies and join us in 2 weeks when the CAL begins!
Below is the introduction along with all the information you’ll need. We’ve also included a brief bio of the designer and some photos from our lovely and talented testers.
So go grab a cup of coffee, tea or your drink of choice, sit back, relax and take a few minutes to learn all about the design, the designer and our testing team. ❤️
The pattern is a newer version of Mahoor’s previously published pattern “Maryam”. In this CAL we will use this pattern in a square format (center out).
This pattern comes in two sizes:
Baby blanket size: 84cm x 84 cm or 33″ square.
(56 rounds and 56 rows)
Larger size: Lapghan: 130cm x 130 cm or 51″ square
(87 rounds and 87 rows)
The pattern calls for a 4.5 mm hook for Yarnspiration Bernat Premium. You can use any yarn and hook of your choice but be advised that the size of your blanket or lapghan will vary.
The larger version of this project uses 5 skeins of 198g (329 m) for the main color and 4 skeins of the same weight and length for the opposing color. For the smaller version, you need one skein less of each color.
As the pattern is symmetrical, the end result will be the same for both left-handed and right-handed people.
And as usual, the pattern has two versions, simple and adventurous!
The simple version (for beginners) of only rounds plus the border. In the more adventurous (intermediate/advanced) version, there are both rounds and rows plus an border.
Introduction: Friday, September 16th
Part 1: Friday, September 30
Part 2: Friday, October 7th
Part 3: Friday, October 14th
Part 4: Friday, October 21st
Part 5: Friday, October 28th
Part 6: Friday, November 4th
Here’s a little more about the designer…
“I was 10 years old when I first started learning crochet from my older sister. I was so fascinated with the way hooking created beautiful projects. I made my first project shortly after learning the basic stitches. It was a simple washcloth in white.
When I was a teenager, I started improving my crochet skills by using crochet books and magazines and trying to figure out how to read the charts by myself. It looked so hard and complicated at first, but little by little I learned the rules and followd them and the outcome was great.
The project were mostly mono color and doilies. Crochet was a great hobby but not an obsession for me until March 2020 when the first locked down happened in Vancouver. I lost my job because of Covid-19 and had nothing to do, so I started crocheting again after many years of being away from the crochet world. The first project I made was a doll for my niece as a Persian New Year present. I watched vidos on Youtube those days as I had zero experience in making Amigurumi.
On my son’s birthday (June 28, 2020) I found Tinna on Youtube and my mosaic crochet journey began. I fell in love with this new technique as it was my first encounter to colorwork in the crochet world. I made a lot of projects, practicing overlay mosaic crochet, trying different styles from several designers, including Tinna, Rosina and some others ever since. But it took me a year to have the courage to publish the very first pattern of my own. Mosaic Pine Tree in two versions in square format (centre out) and then decided to convert it into flat format and then the 3rd version was born but it just published after my second pattern called INFINITY.
My 2022 New Year resolution was to design 100 patterns. I have worked on this cause since January and so far 25 new patterns are almost ready to be tested and be published during the year. Not a bad jump in the first quarter of the year. Let’s see how far I can go and how many of my patterns get published by the end of this year.”
“Apart from crocheting, I am a big fan of theatre. I was on a big stage once when I was 25 years old and a university graduate in Iran and twice here in Vancouver with my husband and my son (Hamletak 2018) and (Delbar 2020). Of course I am not a professional actor. But I am a professional theatre translator and I have many published translations from English to Farsi about theatre, dramas, short stories and university textbooks on theatre, acting and dramaturgy.”
Here are Mahoor’s social media links:
And for all of the links in one convenient place, Click here!
Here are some pictures of the testers afghans. We just love them!
First up is Suzanne’s beauty. She’s used I Love this Yarn from Hobby Lobby in the colors Navy and White.
Next we will have a peek at Jolanta’s creation. She’s used the following yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Safran Colorway
45 – color family Pink, 58 Amethyst, Hobbii Rainbow Cotton 8/4 Colorway 45 pink, Hobbii Rainbow Cotton 8/4 Colorway 51 coral.
Elaine’s used Hobby Lobby’s I Love this Yarn in the following colors: Crisp Air, Ivory and Black. It makes a striking afghan, don’t you think?
And finally we have Roxanna’s afghan. I absolutely love these dark colors! They really bring out the pattern. She’s used Premier Yarn in the colors Ultra Violet and Dark Grey Heather.
I hope these photos have given you some inspiration! I can’t wait to see YOUR versions of this beautiful pattern.
Thank you to our designer, Ashruf Mirnezami for entrusting us with your pattern. It was such a pleasure to help your CAL pattern come to life. We’d also like to thank our Admin, Silke, for all that she does behind the scenes. She works many, many hours on coordinating everything. And special thanks to our testers for their time, talents and their yarn. None of this would be possible if we didn’t have such a hard working team!