Nuts about Squares CAL – yarn information

The response to my first announcement for Nuts About Squares has been overwhelming, thank you all so much for your confidence in me. Today I want to give you more information about the type of yarn in each kit and the amount of yarn that you will need per yarn weight.

Nuts about Squares CAL
What are we making again?

During 15 weeks, starting March 31st, we are making a blanket with 35 textured squares and a border. Depending on which kit you have and your personal tension your blanket will be about 130cm x 180cm for the Color Crafter blanket, 115cm x 160cm for the Stone Washed blanket, and 100cm x 140cm for the Sunkissed blanket. Each week there will be English video tutorials as well as links to the original written patterns in English and Dutch.

Quickly jump to detailed information about the colorways

Colorways and yarn packs

There are three colorways available as kits for this CAL, one in Scheepjes Color Crafter, one in Scheepjes Sunkissed and one in Scheepjes Stone Washed. Each kit contains 6 colors and has its own look around the theme “Earth, Sea and Sky”.

The kits are/were/will be again available from Wool Warehouse, Deramores and Caro’s Atelier (NL). More Scheepjes stockists are starting to stock the kits, so keep your eye on your favorite shop! Thank you for supporting my work by buying your yarn through the links on my blog.

Yarn kits Nuts about Squares

Each kit contains 6 colors which I have labeled colors A to F. I will be referring to these color labels during the entire CAL when specifying colorways for each square.

Color Earth (kit) 
Stone Washed
Sea (kit) 
Color Crafter
 Sky (kit) 
Sunkissed
A Brown Agate (822) Den Helder (1068) Ocean Side (06)
B Boulder Opal (804) Texel (1019) Sand Dunes (02)
C Green Agate (815) Zwolle (1082) Summer Rain (17)
D Amazonite (813) Alkmaar (1708) Soft Cloud (16) /
C8 Light Grey (700)**
E New Jade (819) Almelo (1316) Rock Pool (01)
F Moon Stone (801) Zandvoort (1218) / Barneveld (1005)* Strawberry Ice (09)
* Kits will contain either Zandvoort (1218) or Barneveld (1005).

** Kits will contain either Sunkissed Soft Cloud (16) or Cotton 8 Light grey (700).

 



Nuts about the Earth – Sport weight mixed fiber kit

The six colors that make up the Nuts about the Earth kit are inspired by earth tones and include brown, green and blue shades. Scheepjes Stone Washed is an acrylic/cotton sport weight yarn blend and comes in 50g balls with 130 meters per ball. The kit contains 38 balls (4940 meters) of yarn in the following distribution:
  • 9 x Brown Agate (822) – Color A
  • 7 x Boulder Opal (804) – Color B
  • 5 x Green Agate (815) – Color C
  • 6 x Amazonite (813) – Color D
  • 6 x New Jade (819) – Color E
  • 5 x Moon Stone (801) – Color F

You will need a 3.5mm (US E/4) and 4.0mm (US G/6) hook to make the Nuts about the Earth blanket.

Nuts about the Earth coloway

Alternative yarns and colors for “Nuts about the Earth”

If you love the colors of Nuts about the Earth, but you are looking for a different yarn I would like to make two suggestions. These suggestions will not be available as a kit, so you will have to select the individual balls from your retailer.

Color Earth (kit) 
Stone Washed
Earth
Color Crafter
Earth
Cotton 8
A 9 x Brown Agate
822
4 x Haarlem
1054
6 x Dark Brown
657
B 7 x Boulder Opal
804
3 x Veenendaal
1064
5 x Light Brown
659
C 5 x Green Agate
815
2 x Bastogne
2051
3 x Sea Green
723
D 6 x Amazonite
813
3 x Urk
1034
4 x Light Pastel
Green 663
E 6 x New Jade
819
3 x Goes
1820
4 x Pastel Green
664
F 5 x Moon Stone
801
2 x Veviers
2017
3 x Natural
501

Color Crafter and Cotton 8 are available from Wool Warehouse, Deramores or your Scheepjes stockist.

Color Crafter is a DK yarn meaning you will need a 4.0mm (US G/6) and 4.5mm (US 7) hook to make your blanket. Cotton 8 is a Fingering weight yarn and you will need a 3.0mm (US D/3) and 3.5mm (US E/4) hook. Please note the sizes of these blankets will be different to the original Nuts about the Earth blanket. All sizes are at the top of this post.



Nuts about the Sea – Double Knit acrylic yarn kit

The six colors that make up the Nuts about the Sea kit are inspired by the ocean and include blue, green and purple shades. Scheepjes Color Crafter is a premium acrylic, double knit weight yarn and comes in 100g balls with 300 meters per ball. The kit contains 17 balls (5100 meters) of yarn in the following distribution:

  • 4 x Den Helder (1068) – Color A
  • 3 x Texel (1019) – Color B
  • 2 x Zwolle (1082) – Color C
  • 3 x Alkmaar (1708) – Color D
  • 3 x Almelo (1316) – Color E
  • 2 x Zandvoort (1218) – Color F

You will need a 4.0mm (US G/6) and 4.5mm (US 7) hook to make the Nuts about the Sea blanket.

Nuts about the Sea Colorway

Alternative yarn and colors for “Nuts about the Sea”

If you are looking for a cotton alternative to Nuts about the Sea I would like to make a suggestion for yarn colors using Cotton 8. This suggestion will not be available as a kit.

Color Sea (kit) 
Color Crafter
 Sea 
Cotton 8
A 4 x Den Helder (1068) 6 x Turquoise (712)
B 3 x Texel (1019) 5 x Light Turquoise (622)
C 2 x Zwolle (1082) 3 x Blue-Grey (506)
D 3 x Alkmaar (1708) 4 x Navy (527)
E 3 x Almelo (1316) 4 x Pastel Green (664)
F 2 x Zandvoort (1218) / Barneveld (1005) 3 x Natural (501)

Cotton 8 is available from Wool Warehouse, Deramores or your Scheepjes stockist. It is a Fingering weight yarn and you will need a 3.0mm (US D/3) and 3.5mm (US E/4) hook to make your blanket. Please note the size of this blankets will be different to the original Nuts about the Sea blanket. All sizes are at the top of this post.



Nuts about the Sky – Fingering weight cotton yarn kit

The six colors that make up the Nuts about the Sky kit are inspired by a sunset on a warm summer day and includes blue, grey and pink shades. Scheepjes Sunkissed is a pure cotton, fingering weight yarn. Sunkissed is slightly color changing, if you prefer solid shades, Scheepjes Cotton 8 is the exact same weight and a perfect alternative. Scheepjes Sunkissed and Cotton 8 come in 50g balls with 170 meters per ball.The kit contains 25 balls (4250 meters) of yarn in the following distribution:

  • 6 x Ocean Side (06) – Color A
  • 5 x Sand Dunes (02) – Color B
  • 3 x Summer Rain (17) – Color C
  • 4 x Soft Cloud (16) – Color D
  • 4 x Rock Pool (01) – Color E
  • 3 x Strawberry Ice (09) – Color F

You will need a 3.0mm (US D/3) and 3.5mm (US E/4) hook to make the Nuts about the Sky blanket.

Nuts about the Sky Colorway

Alternative yarn and colors for “Nuts about the Sky”

If you are looking for an acrylic or double knit alternative to Nuts about the Sky I would like to make a suggestion for yarn colors using Color Crafter. This suggestion will not be available as a kit.

Color Sky 
Color Crafter
 Sky (kit) 
Sunkissed
A 4 x Dordrecht (1062) 6 x Ocean Side (06)
B 3 x Veenendaal (1064) 5 x Sand Dunes (02)
C 2 x Sint Niklaas (2019) 3 x Summer Rain (17)
D 3 x Hasselt (2010) 4 x Soft Cloud (16)
E 3 x Rotterdam (1063) 4 x Rock Pool (01)
F 2 x Sittard (1130) 3 x Strawberry Ice (09)

It is a Double Knit yarn and you will need a 4.0mm (US G/6) and 4.5mm (US 7) hook to make your blanket. Please note the size of this blankets will be different to the original Nuts about the Sky blanket. All sizes are at the top of this post.



Make your own “Nuts about …” colorway

If you have one of the three kits for this CAL you can follow the colorway that I will specify each week. However, you are more than welcome to follow your own colorway. To make your own colorway, choose 6 colors you like and that work well together. Then determine which color you want to be color A, which color B, etc. Color A is used the most in the blanket and will be the main color. Colors E and F are accent colors and it works best if colors E and F are lighter or contrasting to color A. Colors B, C, and D are used about equally. Determine the yarn weight of the yarn that you are using to determine how much yarn you will need. The three kits give you yarn amounts for three different yarn weights.

If you make your own colorway I would love it if you give it a name. I have named my colorways “Nuts about the Earth“, “Nuts about the Sea” and “Nuts about the Sky” because these are things that inspired the colorway. What inspires your colorway?

Feel free to share your yarn and/or colorway in the Official CCC Social Group on Facebook that is hosting the CAL.


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If you would like to share your colorway, use the hashtag #NAS or #NutsAboutSquares so that I can easily find it on Facebook or Instagram.

With love,

Esther

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63 thoughts on “Nuts about Squares CAL – yarn information

  1. Just hanging in for the Sun kissed kitfrom your link! Patience isn’t my greatest strength! But I’m waiting waiting waiting… 💕💕💕

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  3. Thank you Esther – this looks so gorgeous. I have a stash of Cotton 8 in Autumn colours. Im fiddling with colours and I might mix and match by buying some Sunkissed as I love the look of that. But I also love the colours of your Sea colourway – its SO hard!

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  4. Thank you! This is just what I was wanting to see.

    But now to make a decision … I love the colors in the Earth kit. So very beautiful. My husband, however, loves the colors of the Sea kit. I do, too, but I worked a Sea Last Dance blanket last year, which hubby has since stolen. I was thinking I might strike out for new territory and use some new colors. I’d also like to try working with Color Crafter Velvet.

    What to do, what to do. Order lots of yarn, I suppose. 🙂

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  5. Esther, thank you so much for this information. I want to make the Nuts about the Earth colorway, but the cost of the yarn is a bit much for me, so I will get Colour Crafter yarn in comparable colors. That way it will still be Nuts about the Earth, but really the blanket should be called “Nuts about Esther and Her Friends” because this blanket is going to be beautiful no matter what yarns I choose because of you and your co-designers. I can’t wait for this CAL to start and to join you on your first CAL!

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  6. I love the sea colors, but have used the Color Crafter before and don’t really like the yarn. If I choose another yarn or my own Nuts About how to do order it so you get support on your site?

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    • Absolutely choose and use yarn you like. If you click on the WW or Deramores link in the post and then buy something else I will still get the affiliate income. You can buy anything, it doesn’t matter what, the affiliate system keeps track of it. Thank you for wanting to support me, I really appreciate it 🙂

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  7. Esther, I love this blanket! I already ordered the CC colours. Will the patterns also be available in dutch? And in the dutch Facebook Group of Scheepjes?

    Renee

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  9. Hi. Need some colour advice. I have my 5 colours for sky colour way in colour crafter as you suggest here but want a pink/purple shade instead of ‘Dordrecht’ Should I go for Tiel or Hoorn?

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  10. I have just ordered my own colours from Wool Warehouse to do this CAL. I have chosen pinks and kept the green and base colours. Because my granddaughters love pink I am calling it Nuts about my granddaughters. Can’t wait to start

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  11. oh , I love this blanket it’s look like amazing but I have aquistion what is the mean of the numbers on the table colors and I mean the big number is it the length of the yarn ? if this was true please tell me how much yarn I’ll need in gram ex 25 g or 100 g
    and thanks for this lovely cal

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  12. Hi Esther. Thank you for all your lovely videos and patterns! 🙂 I want to make the Earth scheme, but in either Color Crafter or Cotton 8 – would you be able to tell me what the difference would be in weight/texture between the two? Thanks….

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      • Softer or lighter is not a fair question, it’s comparing appels and pears. Cotton is a natural fiber, acrylic is synthetic. Cotton is length for length heavier, but has a better drape. The cotton thread is thinner, hence the look is different. Cotton is hypoalergenic and washes well. Acrylic tends to be cheaper. All a matter of personal preforance really.

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  13. Hi! Lovely project! I am a little bit confused about the different sizes of the blankets. The Stone washed have the length 130 m per 50 g (earth), the Color Crafter (sea) have the length 150 m per 50g and the Sunkissed (Sky) have the length 170 m per 50g. This tell me that the Sunkissed yarn is the thinnest yarn, while the Stone washed is the thickest yarn. From my experience the thickest yarn will give the largest blanket, but in the top of this blog, the Sea blanket has the largest dimensions. The reason for me to ask is because I am planning to use a yarn with length 110 m per 50 gram and want to see how large the blanket will be. Is the blanket sizes in the top correct?

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    • I use a 4mm hook with the Color Crafter and a 3.5mm hook with the Stone Washed. The color crafter is DK weight, the Stone Washed sport weight. The Stone Washed also tends to work up a bit denser than the color crafter because it contains cotton. The cotton also makes the yarn heavier than the acrylic color crafter.

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  14. One more question: I am ordering a yarn with length 110 m per 50 g and with gauge 21 stiches by use of 4 mm hook. I am now looking at how much yarn I should order. Should I follow the amount of Color crafter since the gauge is similar or should I follow the amount of Stone washed since the length by gram is the closest to mine?

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  15. Hello… just a quick couple of questions… I feel most comfortable using a worsted weight acryillic (Caron Simply Soft)… will this work for this CAL?… I already have the yarn and excited to start… Also, using a worsted weight yarn… What hook sizes would you recommend?… I know the size of the squares and the weight of the overall piece will be greater, but that doesn’t bother me… Thank you very much 😀

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  16. Hi Esther,
    Is the sky blanket so much smaller because of the thickness of the coton? And do you think I can enlarge it with more squares?
    Thanks!

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      • Thank you so much! Any idea of how much yarn I would need? alot more A maybe en some more of the others? Is there yarn left after finishing the blanket?

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      • Yes, there is yarn left after finishing the blanket. About half a ball of each color. I can’t make any estimate of how much extra yarn you would need. I suggest waiting till the end before buying more. To my experience lot numbers are not that critical for squares because we change colors a lot anyway, so you don’t notice a change in lot colors.

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  17. Cannot wait for tomorrow 🙂 just got my Sea kit this morning. Thank you Esther- I admire your videos- and I’m sure will enjoy doing this project.

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  18. Hi, i am getting a bit confused. You say color a is main color, then b, c and d are equally used, e and f are used for contrasts only.
    Yet you say I need only 2 skeins of c, and 3 skeins of b and d . Not very equal…..;-)

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  21. I am enjoying this CAL immensely! This is my first such project but it won’t be the last. Thank you for all the work you have put into it. You have created a great sense of community that is inspiring me in more than this wonderful hobby.
    I am doing mine in #10 thread – living in the tropics makes yarn work a challenge for much of the year. My color scheme would have been more logical had I read these instructions thoroughly before starting but some of us are wild like that!
    Thanks again for a lovely share.

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