This beauty is from a Crochet ALong (or CAL) written by Hooked on Sunshine’s Vanessa Smith. I was lucky enough to discover it while the CAL was still running and I was able to quickly catch up because I cheated and used self striping yarn and magic knots rather than changing colors every round and weaving in over 200 loose ends. (I had 2 ends – one in the beginning and one in the end. I seriously love the magic knot so much!).
The yarn that I used was Lionbrand’s Mandala yarn in “wizard,” and I used less than 9 cakes to make an afghan that nicely covers my full sized bed.
The Phoenix pattern is $5 now on Ravelry and it is definitely well worth it! All the stitches are explained fully in the prelude to the pattern and the pictures are quite helpful as well. The Phoenix has interesting textures and attractive designs to spare – all without being too difficult. I love this afghan soooo much and have already started another Phoenix using different colors.
Update: I ended up doing three more Phoenix’s. Love love love!!! You have to try this pattern – it’s really so much fun.