June 23, 2015

Summary of 2015 Blanket CAL patterns

Although links to each month's patterns are still available in the Ravelry forum, the older ones can take awhile to find. Here is a handy list of the CAL patterns to date:

(To see all our participant versions of these squares, check out our Facebook album)


February (patterns using only basic stitches)

Mums crochet sampler blanket
Block Stitch Square by Ana Benson (aka mosaic or dot stitch) (phototutorial)
Mums crochet sampler blanket
Pineapple Granny


March (patterns include back loop only and/or cluster stitches)

Bold Squares
CAL March Block 3
Catalina Square
Catalina Afghan Square by Julie Yeager (US$3) (This actually has a few post-stitches)
Amies Veronicas Rose Square.jpg
Flower Tile Afghan Square
In Treble Afghan Square
In Treble Afghan Square by Julie Yeager (US$3) (This actually has a few post-stitches)
Holland Road Yarn Co CAL 2015

April (patterns include post stitches)

Shape Shifting in 12
Ribs and Lace Afghan Block
Yarn Clouds Square


May (more patterns with post stitches or with slightly complicated/unusual constructions)

Sweet and Fair Afghan Square
Prince Protea Square
Kismet Square
Crochet sampler blanket
Fireworks Surprise by Amy Schwab (phototutorial) (CA$2)


Bonus square (pattern includes spike stitches; original pattern in French):

Carré Sacha Square
Carré Sacha by GrannyMania (phototutorial)


June (patterns include crochet diagrams)

Picture Frame
Lotus Blossom Square
Mums crochet sampler blanket
Circle Star
Ripples on a Coral Reef


July (patterns include stitches worked multiple rounds below) 

Mums crochet sampler blanket
Starburst Square
Geometric Flower Square
Sun Catcher Square
Mums crochet sampler blanket

August (patterns include spike stitches and picots)

Mums crochet sampler blanket
Magic Spike Mandala Square


September (patterns include puff stitches and more advanced construction)

The Longing Light of Evening Square
Beauty In Excellence
Mums crochet sampler blanket
Eight Pointed Flower by Julie Yeager (US$3) (phototutorial)

October (patterns may involve more complicated color work)

Spiral Circle to Square
Snow at Midnight
Mums crochet sampler blanket

November (generally advanced patterns or patterns that were published mid-year and didn't fit anywhere else)

Dream Circle Square

This last option is a bit of a challenge. The pattern is no longer available, but between the notes on Kate33wlu's project page & the other project photos you could still make it:

Celtic Cross Mimic


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May 26, 2015

Sampler Square Blanket CAL

As I've been a bit remiss in blogging about our Crochet Blanket CAL, here's Kate with the down-low. It's been so fun watching the projects grow (and thanks a million to Kate for taking this on!). - Tash

Our Sampler Square Blanket CAL is running all year – it’s only May, so it’s not too late to join in!

Pattern options for 12” squares are posted each month, focusing on different techniques. These squares are a great way to challenge your crochet skills and try out new things. If you want to start with more basic patterns, check out the February and March options; otherwise, just pick the ones you like best from any of the 21 patterns already posted.


Basic stitch pattern options:


Block Stitch Square by Ana Benson (Rachel’s version) 

Double-Framed Lace by Chris Simon (Amie’s version in Vintage DK)


Carré Sacha by GrannyMania (Kate’s version in Cascade 220).


Ready for a little more of a challenge? Try the Catalina Afghan Square by Julie Yeager to focus on clusters or the Yarn Clouds Square by Amelia Beebe to practice back-post double crochets.



Catalina square


Yarn Clouds square


All of the patterns were designed for 10ply yarn, but we have participants making squares in 8ply and 12ply as well. You can make the squares in a single colour, combine a few of your favourite colours, or use up your stash.



Bridget’s Crochet Clusters Afghan Square by Julie Yeager in a single colour of Silver Lining 8ply.

Claire’s Ribs and Lace Afghan Block by Joyce Lewis in Ashford Tekapo 12ply.


We’ll be aiming to join our squares together in November and December. If you’d like to make a small throw, aim for 12 squares. For a full-size afghan, you will need 24. If you just can’t stop making squares, go for 30!


Mel’s fabulous first six squares (in Vintage DK)


It’s been so exciting seeing different interpretations of the same square! Here are some participant versions of the Spring Fling 12" Square by April Moreland:

Amie's version

Bridget's version

Claire's version


Mel's version


Rachel's version

Kate's version


We’d love to have you join us! To participate, join here and post comments and/or photos in our Ravelry forum (full list of patterns available here). 

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