2019 Blanket CAL part 1

Today’s the day!  Part 1 of the Down Memory Lane Blanket CAL is now available on Ravelry.   Part 1 is an easy start with 2 simple squares.

If you have purchased the pattern you should have received notification from Ravelry that it has been updated.    There are 2 versions – UK and US crochet terms, so make sure you select the correct one.

If you are following the free version then Motif 1 is a sold motif found here and Motif 2 is a more lacy motif found here.  In each version you need to make 10 rounds to get the correct size.

Both these photos are of the unblocked motifs.   I recommend you block before joining!

I always start blanket CALs with easy motifs, as they help you work out your size/tension and allow you to play with your colours without getting stressed over a more complex design.  These 2 are also pretty sturdy squares which give good weight to the blanket, which makes it a proper blanket not a throw!

Motif 1 is also useful in working out your yarn requirements.  I worked out it uses an average amount of yarn for all the 12 designs of motif, so is a good guide as to how much each motif will use.  Here’s a brief guide on how to do it:

First make the motif in yarn you know the weight and meterage (or yardage) of.   Then measure your motif. Using this measurement work out how big you want your blanket to be – so if the motif is 25cm and you want a blanket 150cm square then it will need to be 6 motifs square – that’s 36 motifs.  Whatever size you want let’s just say the number of motifs you want is N
Now weigh your motif – it doesn’t matter if you weigh in grams or ounces. Let’s just say that weight is W
For the motifs you need yarn with a total weight of N times W, but you need to add a margin for joining, colour matching/changing and a border. I recommend a minimum of 10% (which works for a very small border and if you are careful with colour matching) or 20% (which works well with a larger border) or 25% (if you aren’t confident about colour matching and/or don’t really know what you want to do for a border).
So take N by W, add 10%, 20% or 25% and then divide by the size (weight) of skeins/balls for the yarn you are using.

The estimating works if you are using all the same yarn throughout the blanket, if you use different brands of yarn then you should look carefully on the ball band to find out how many m or yd are in each brand – they vary quite a lot. If yours vary, then you’ll have to do some more maths to work out your requirements. Essentially you need to work out the meterage or yardage of your motif, rather than just the weight.

The blanket I have is 7 by 7, so needs 49 squares.   I made 4 of each of these first 2.

Please join the discussion on Ravelry here and feel free to ask any questions.

Until next week….Happy Crocheting xx

It’s blanket weather!

Here in the UK it is definitely winter. We have had snow this week and temperatures well below freezing. This is perfect blanket making weather and a good time to introduce my 2019 Blanket CAL.  As usual this is a mystery but here is a sneak peek:

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Whilst preparing for this blanket design I reflected on all the squares I have designed over the last few years. Many of them are favourites which I return to regularly but when I looked I realised that my ‘squares’ blankets all had slightly different sizes.  So the concept developed of a blanket using my favourites but which would all be adapted to the same size. This blanket is called Down Memory Lane.

Today I’m introducing the CAL and providing information on requirements.

YARN and HOOK
I’m using a double knit (DK) yarn and all of it is from my stash, double memories for me!
As usual with DK yarn, I am using a 4mm crochet hook (US G/6)

MOTIF/TENSION
The motifs are square and each motif is approx. 25cm (10”) square after blocking.

MOTIF DESIGNS
There are 12 motif designs, and you can use as many or as few as you like.
8 of them are variations of motifs that I have published free, either on this blog or on Ravelry.  So you could use just these motifs if you like.  I will provide an explanation (here on the blog) of how to adapt the free patterns to the correct size.
4 of the motifs are variations of motifs in the Winter Blanket CAL 2015 and Wrapped in Memories CAL 2018. There will be a special offer on the pattern price for those who have previously purchased either of these patterns on Ravelry. Details will be available on Ravelry in the discussion group here.

TIMING
The first 2 designs will be published on 9th February, the other 10 will be published 2 at a time and weekly thereafter.  Photos of the new motifs will appear on this blog.

SIZE
You can make the blanket any size you like.  The blanket I am making will be 7 motifs square – a total of 49 motifs.  It will be just over 1.8m/71in square with a small border, which makes it a large throw or double bed size.  In DK yarn, my blanket including borders uses a total of 19 x 100g skeins, with skeins of between 220m and 250m each.

ADAPTABILITY
You can use any yarn you like, as long as you use a suitable hook size. And you can make it to any size you like. It is a perfect stash buster.

COLOUR SCHEME
Some of the motifs in this design work well in just one colour, but most work well in several colours.  I’m using 9 different colour groups in my blanket.  For me, it really is a perfect stash blanket 🙂

You have a week to start thinking about your blanket. So until then….happy crocheting xxx