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)
March (patterns include back loop only and/or cluster stitches)
April (patterns include post stitches)
May (more patterns with post stitches or with slightly complicated/unusual constructions)
Bonus square (pattern includes spike stitches; original pattern in French):
June (patterns include crochet diagrams)
July (patterns include stitches worked multiple rounds below)
August (patterns include spike stitches and picots)
September (patterns include puff stitches and more advanced construction)
October (patterns may involve more complicated color work)
November (generally advanced patterns or patterns that were published mid-year and didn't fit anywhere else)
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:
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)
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.
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:
The next edition of Crochet Blanket Addicts is this Saturday, 18 May. It will be our fourth meet-up - and I think it's the perfect time for everyone to bring along their progress so far for a bit of a show-off. I haven't had as much time to work on my blanket as I would have liked since the last session, but this week I was determined to add the only bit of yellow on the giant blanket.
It has about 8 stripes left to go and is officially much too big to haul around the place to be worked on.
The cake for this month's Crochet Blanket Addicts will be an Orange Almond cake. MMmmm. If you want to join us with your hook in hand, feel free! These sessions are open to all. Our resident crochet expert, Sofia, will be there if you have any crochet questions. See you on Saturday from 11!
Crochet Blanket Addicts is a monthly meet-up at Holland Road Yarn Co for those addicted to making crochet blankets. We cheer each other on, consider colour combinations, mull over problems and eat cake. It's free to come along, just BYO project.
The second session of Crochet Blanket Addicts (anonymous) is tomorrow. Already! So soon!
Since the last session, our addicts have been busy. There has been talk of spreadsheets to plan colour arrangements, obsessive pinning of finished circles and squares and hexagons. I've also been witness to some very tricky colour decisions.
I, too, have turned into a crazy crocheter. The lack of large knitting project on any of my needles means that some serious work has been done on my granny stripe blanket.
From small beginnings
a selection of grey, blue and green tones
obsessive colour planning
wanting to work on it so desperately I took it to the pub
it has seriously grown.
Crochet Blanket Addicts (anonymous) meet in the shop once a month to blabber with delight over hooking blankets. If you want to join us - please do! This month it is on Saturday 23 March (tomorrow at the time of posting) from 11am - 1pm.
The first meet-up of CBA(a) was on Saturday - so perfect timing then that I finally settled on the pattern i'm going to get stuck into.It's a super simple Granny Stripe Blanket from The Purl Bee.
A whole pile of Knitsch Sock seconds are bound to be this blanket. That means an epic chain of 302 to start. What have I got myself into?
There have been some great planning discussions around the shop and the thread on Ravelry about everyone's projects - and don't forget that you are more than welcome to join in online if you can't make it to the shop for a session.
This blanket? One person's goal. Much puzzling has been done over the hexagon pattern.
And inspired some deep discussion.
Fancy joining us? You can bring your crochet along to any Saturday Sit & Knit from 11am - 1pm every week. The next official session of Crochet Blanket Addicts is Saturday 23 March. Hooray!