Summer Crochet Challenge

Coming July 1st, 2013 is the launch of the Summer Long Challenge with The Crochet Crowd. Though a lot of crocheters store their yarn and hooks over the summer, many crocheters hook all year long. I should know, I am one of them.

The Crochet Crowd & Red Heart Challenge

Due to popular demand, Mikey & Cathy are doing a summer long crochet challenge.

Challenge is July 1st, 2013 – September 2nd, 2013 (Labour Day)

We are currently doing a Cathy’s Hook Club Challenge with the Amazing Shawl. It’s now my turn for Mikey’s Afghan Club Challenge. That means it’s an afghan challenge.

Cathy and I decided to do an entire summer challenge for a few reasons:

  • Many people emailed and left comments asking for the next challenge. We are going to keep the momentum going.
  • We want you to enjoy your summer and not feel under the clock with having an afghan done in merely 4 weeks.
  • Summer is usually about spending time with family and friends.
  • We know it gets hot and there will be days where it’s just too hot to crochet.

We would like to be clear about one major change in this challenge:

  • Due to summer usually being relaxed and fun. We wanted to open up the challenge for you to have a choice on the size afghans you crochet.
  • Though the pattern calls for a certain size, we are going to allow the afghans to be submitted from minimum Baby Size of 36″ x 36″ all the way to King Size. You can decide for yourself which size afghan you will want to make. I will figure out the math for you to know what your starting chains should be. Like always, I will do my very best to get you the information you need.
  • We realize that there may be an unfair advantage of people who can finish several baby size versions for the random draw. To compensate for this, Red Heart agreed that we could do three draws at the end to award three people with the stuffed Red Heart Yarn Tote. Remember, the draw is random. So it’s anyone’s opportunity to win the gift bags.


  • You may use ANY YARN you wish. Though Red Heart is sponsoring us for the giveaway, they realize you have yarn stash.
  • Anyone on Planet Earth qualifies. Sorry we are not shipping to Mars or Jupiter at this time.

No Advanced Warning:

  • Due to the length of this challenge, I will not be giving a 15 day advance warning on the pattern or materials needed.
  • The challenge is already 9 weeks long.

It’s about Community:

  • Remember, our challenges are about community spirit of sharing our creations, encouragement and celebration.
  • For each person that finishes an afghan, you are already a winner in finishing a fabulous project.
  • The giveaways at the end are RANDOM DRAWS.

Posting your Afghans on Facebook:

  • If you would like to feature your afghan on Facebook, it is up to you post it there. We do not upload any photos to Facebook.
  • You may post your WIP (work in progress) photos and final projects. We love to see inspiration in the making.

Submitting your Afghan:

  • When submitting your afghan via email to us at be sure to tell us your name and address. We need this to identify your afghan at the end.
  • We will then take your afghan photo and upload to our Flickr Page for everyone to see.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your afghan is in our gallery before the deadline of 11:59 pm on Labour Day, September 2nd, 2013.

All challenge details will be released on July 1st, 2013 on our Crochet Challenges Page on my Website. Stay tuned for further details.


About Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Mikey, owner of The Crochet Crowd Blog. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet. I am from Ontario Canada and teach how to crochet online through YouTube Video Tutorials. From a simple idea and being at the right place and time in my life back in 2008, the concept of The Crochet Crowd was developed. I'm here to hook and share. Come follow my crochet journey and share yours with comments here and you are most welcome to share your creativity within our Facebook page.
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60 Responses to Summer Crochet Challenge

  1. Sarah Simmert says:

    I would love to try this but in a baby size, please.

  2. grannieof11 says:

    Do you have a pattern for a Spiderman blanket to crochet?

  3. Dawn Marie Karns says:

    I am working on baby blankets to give to our childrens hospital in my area. That would bw an idea for your work,

  4. Loraine says:

    Had so much fun the on the shawl, my first challenge ever, I’m ready for another one. I’m hooked!! ha ha

  5. Carolyn says:

    So excited about the extra time AND the extra drawings. I already gifted away the Ocean Waves so I am ready to begin anew! The Ocean Waves was my first. I just love seeing all the creative choices of color when the photos start coming in. Bring it on!

  6. Im excited about the new Crochet Challenge

  7. Hmmmm looking forward to this ….never done a crochet challenge before!

  8. Geri says:

    Never, ever, done anything like this in my life (I mean Challenges or CAL or KAL) I am looking forward to trying this out 🙂 I’ve always seen them, read about them, NOW, I am going to do it 🙂

  9. Jennifer says:

    Can’t wait to see what this afghan crochet challenge will be. I really enjoyed to Ocean Waves Challenge even though I missed the deadline. I will be away from June 28 to July 7, so I will have some catching up to do. I am sure this will be a good one. Thanks Mikey for making it an all summer long one. Will give me lots of time to finish it.

  10. Yvette says:

    Awesome! I am still working on your last afghan challenge (being a teaching is too exhausting so my creative outlets sometimes have to be put on hold). Now I can share that project for this challenge…thanks bunches.

  11. Martha says:

    I enjoy seeing everyone’s work and projects. My mom taught me how to crochet and this has been something only her and I share – which makes it special. She’s so proud of the things I’ve done on my own. I’m running out of room for afghans I make, and for some reason I feel slightly embarrassed to just give them away. What if they don’t like crocheted items? or what if that person doesn’t really like it, etc….the list can go on. Does anyone have ideas of what I can do with so many blankets?

    • LisaS says:

      Hi Martha, WhileI don’t know where you live, there are possibly agencies in your area that would accept them. You could find a homeless shelter in your area. Or home for young girls who are pregnant and for whever reason have no place to live but there. Or a womens shelter (where women sometimes go to get away from abusive situations).

  12. What about Venus? Are you shipping there? Lol

  13. Rose Fox says:

    I am waiting “not very” patiently for the challenge pattern to be posted. This will be my first challenge and I am looking forward to it. It is time to use up some of the mountain of stash that I have!! Love your site!!! I have learned so much from you. Thanks, Mikey!

  14. Betty Plemmons says:

    Yay Yay Yay!!!!! I’m so happy to have a challenge for the summer. There are so many things I want to crochet and since I have a hard time making a decision about what to do next, I say THANK YOU for picking my project for me!! Can’t wait… 🙂

  15. cieangel says:

    Oh this sounds like fun and as I crochet slowly I think I can do this challenge.

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  17. kshaukat says:

    hope to try and finish this challenge…can’t wait to see what the pattern is going to be.

  18. kshaukat says:

    This will be my first challenge. Hopefully I will be able to finish it on time.

  19. Can’t wait to start. I think this is a great challenge as I need to crochet a blanket with a name in it for a friends daughter who is pregnant and due in October.

  20. Jean Cummins says:

    Can’t wait to see what the pattern is going to be. I better get going to finish the one I am working on now. Also can’t wait to see the post from everyone once they all get going!! Thanks Mikey, Cathy and Dan for everything you do for us crocheter. 🙂

  21. My first challenge (well….by The Crochet Crowd anyways)….I can hardly wait.

  22. Mary Webb says:

    This will be my first challenge as well. Can you have more than one entry per household? My husband crochets as well and he may want to get in on the too. I am really excited! I never put my crochet away for the summer, that is what the air conditioner is for…lol. Looking forward to see what the pattern will be….( it feels like Christmas )…..too excited?


  23. Betty Keeton says:

    This sounds fun can anyone do ti

  24. Jaye says:

    So excited! I’ve not looked into the challenges before assuming they’ve been for North American residents only. I hope I’m lucky enough to win as we don’t have Red Heart here in Australia so I usually need to buy bulk lots of yarn to justify the shipping.

  25. Jessica says:

    Maybe I Just might get this challenge done in time. Can’t wait to find out what the challenge is gonna be.

  26. Antoinette Swett. says:

    Will be in on this one. I came onto crochet crowd two weeks into it. Well , i pulled together color ideas from my yarn stash. Got it done two days late but had fun anyway. Learn a new stitch “the frog”, got to be an expert at it. —– Have had the afghan in my hall closet waiting to be given away, just like making thing then store them to be give away. so i also have gift stash along with a yarn stash. —- Today in church, notice a young couple who has been going thru some pretty rough times latest. I am now packing it up to give to them along with some other stuff.

  27. Rose says:

    Can’t wait had so much fun with the Ocean Wave Challenge. Fun Fun I crochet all the time. 🙂

  28. Karolyn says:

    Hi – Since there are 3 drawings – can you do drawings for the sizes submitted? A drawing for baby size, pattern size, and anything above pattern size (king, queen, etc..)

    • We thought about it but we decided not do that as we have to separate all the photos by size, different galleries and ensure that the sizes people are telling us are accurate. We want to be transparent and tell people that we are doing three draws, they are random, so it’s anyone’s opportunity to win.

  29. kim says:

    It might be fun to have a crochet challenge with doilies or flowers instead of afghans since they are smaller and you dont need as much time, so you can enjoy summer more.

  30. Excited. 🙂 My first Crochet Challenge. Still some what new to Crochet (taught myself about 3 years ago) I’ve done Hats and Booties mostly. Right now I am working on your “Spectrum-Round Afghan”

  31. Lesley pilcher says:

    Not done a challenge before but will try this one

  32. Rene Long says:

    My hooks are dancing, they can’t wait and neither can. 🙂

  33. Lorraine Kegel says:

    Great idea doing it over the whole summer and I have a nephew due to be born in October so working on a baby afghan is exactly what I need to do.. I finished one for him already but you never have enough crocheted baby afghans! Thanks Mikey!

  34. Debbie Holland says:

    Well Mikey you deserve an A+! You answered all my questions in one place. Thank for giving us something to look forward to. Take Care and have a great summer!

  35. Dawn Marie Karns says:

    I am new to the Crochet Crowd and the challenges and looking so forward to hearing more on July 1st. Sounds like so much fun!!

  36. DELYNN BROWN says:

    I can’t wait to do this challenge! It will be my first contest/challenge ever …! Thank You ” Crochet Crowd ” for this opportunity .

  37. I can hardly wait!! I love to crochet!!

  38. Sharon Irving says:

    Can’t wait to join in this one

  39. Lala Chappell says:

    YAY!! I can’t wait to see what the pattern is going to be!

  40. Lesley Hall says:

    For those of us outside Canada, when is Labour Day. Thanks 😉 x

  41. I would like to try this challenge. I’ve done one before and it sounds exciting. Anxious for it to start.

  42. Helene Kay Yeager/Kamama says:

    Yay! Looks like you’ve covered all the bases, Mikey. 🙂

  43. Sounds good looking forward to the challenge love that there is no rush on this it will give me time to finish other WIP and also enjoy he summer

  44. Rosalie Wright says:

    Excited about this one….

  45. Soley Sewing says:

    Oh this looks like fun and I do need to make both boys a new spiderman inspired Blanket!!

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