Last Christmas I hosted a blanket CAL designed to keep your hooks busy during the seasonal holiday.   It was a spontaneous decision to do the CAL, and I was happily surprised when so many people joined in at such short notice.

This year I am planning another blanket CAL to keep you busy during Christmas and beyond.  The design has 8 different square motif designs and can be made any size you like.  My sample blanket uses 6 different colours of DK yarn but you could use as many as you like and, yes, it would be a good stash buster.

My colours:

Yummy Yarn!

Yummy Yarn!

My sample blanket isn’t quite finished yet, but the squares are well advanced in design.  The yarn is John Arbon’s Knit by Numbers, a lovely soft DK yarn, and I’m using 11 skeins.  I’m enjoying making the sample so much that I have just ordered some more yarn to make a second sample, so that I can crochet along with you when the designs are released.   This second yarn is Stylecraft Special DK, which is a much more affordable option.

Here’s a brief outline of the CAL plan:

Next weekend, I will provide details and the first motif design here on the blog.  The first design is a basic square which many of you will be familiar with.  It will show you the size of each motif and uses an average amount of yarn for the all the designs, so will help in showing how much yarn each square uses. You could then estimate your yarn requirements for the size of blanket you want.

On Boxing Day (Saturday 26th December) I will release the next motif design on the blog. You could make a blanket just using these 2 motifs in a checkerboard layout, which I think would look very attractive, so I would love to see someone do this!  The first 2 motifs are both straightforward and would suit someone fairly new to crochet.

The rest of the pattern (6 more motifs, layout etc) will be provided in a downloadable pattern on Ravelry.  This will be a paid for pattern and each week I will add a new motif to it until it is complete.   I will share weekly progress on the blog.

As a reminder of previous blanket CALs on the blog here’s a couple of photos from the last 2:

Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014

 

Spring 21015

Spring 2015

I hope you join in the fun with this CAL.

Happy crocheting xxx