Nuts about Squares CAL 2017

Welcome to Nuts about Squares Crochet Along 2017. In this CAL we are making 35 amazing squares designed by 11 talented designers. After joining it all together we add a textured border as the final cherry on top. In this post I summarize all relevant information and link to other parts of the CAL. This page will be updated as new parts of the CAL are released.

Quick jump to the part you need!

Resources

  • Designs: The squares featured in this CAL will be announced each Friday here on my blog with links to the original patterns. Certain patterns are paid, but will be made available for free during the CAL.
  • Languages: The written patterns will be available in English and Dutch.
  • Video Tutorials: I will have free English step-by-step video tutorials for each part of Nuts about Squares.
  • Printing/PDF: There is a print-friendly button at the bottom of each post. You can use this print-friendly button to print/save the info for each part.
  • Facebook: Join the Official CCC Social Group on Facebook if you would like to be a part of a community while you make your blanket.
  • Ravelry: Add Nuts about Squares CAL to your Ravelry queue
  • Instagram: If you are on Instagram, you can tag me into your photo’s or use #NAS or #NutsAboutSquares to help me find it.

Contributing Designers

Nuts about Squares is a blanket with 35 lovely squares designed by 11 talented crochet designers. Some of them are well known and admired for their fabulous designs, others are perhaps less known. Contributing designers are Dedri Uys, Helen Shrimpton, Polly Plum, Sigrun Hugoey, Melissa Green, Heather Gibbs, Julie Yeager, Margaret MacInnis, Susan Stevens/Mellie Blossom, Aurora Suominen, and Tatsiana Kupryianchyk. Each square has been carefully selected to ensure that the squares work together well in their look and feel.

Size

The squares used in Nuts about Squares are all originally designed for worsted weight yarn with a 5.0mm or 5.5mm hook and measure 12 inches. However, I have used Double Knit, Sport weight and Fingering weight yarn to have smaller sized blankets. The final sizes of the blankets are approximately

Gauge

As such gauge is not critical in this project. What is important is that all your squares are the same size. For each square the recommended hook size will be given which should help you to get a consistent size between all your squares.

Difficulty

In my opinion this project can be classified as intermediate, or suitable for the adventurous beginner. I hope that the detailed video tutorials help to make the project suitable for beginners also.

Materials

To make a Nuts about Squares blanket you need yarn in 6 colors and 2 crochet hook sizes. There are 3 kits available that contain 6 colors which I have labeled colors A to F. I refer to these color labels during the entire CAL when specifying colorways for each square.

Color
Label
Earth
Stone Washed
Sea
Color Crafter
 Sky
Sunkissed
A 9 x Brown Agate
(822)
4 x Den Helder
(1068)
6 x Ocean Side
(06)
B 7 x Boulder Opal
(804)
3 x Texel
(1019)
5 x Sand Dunes
(02)
C 5 x Green Agate
(815)
2 x Zwolle
(1082)
3 x Summer Rain
(17)
D 6 x Amazonite
(813)
3 x Alkmaar
(1708)
4 x Soft Cloud
(16)**
E 6 x New Jade
(819)
3 x Almelo
(1316)
4 x Rock Pool
(01)
F 5 x Moon Stone
(801)
2 x Zandvoort
(1218)*
3 x Strawberry Ice
(09)

* kits can also contain Barneveld (1005) in stead of Zandvoort (1218)
** kits can also contain Cotton 8 Light Grey (700) in stead of Sunkissed Soft Cloud (16)

Nuts about Squares colorchart

You need 2 hook sizes to make the blanket. You need a 3.5mm (US E/4) and 4.0mm (US G/6) hook to make the Nuts about the Earth blanket, a 4.0mm (US G/6) and 4.5mm (US 7) hook to make the Nuts about the Sea blanket, and a 3.0mm (US D/3) and 3.5mm (US E/4) hook to make the Nuts about the Sky blanket.

More details about the yarn in the kits as well as tips for making your own colorway you can find HERE.

Yarn kits

The 3 colorways Nuts about the Earth, Nuts about the Sea, and Nuts about the Sky are available as kits. They 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.

If you are looking for other yarn or color combinations for the 3 colorways, you can find more yarn/color suggestions HERE.

Nuts about Squares individual parts and release dates

  • Week 1 – Esme’s Winter Cottage by Dedri Uys
  • Week 2 – Spiro Star by Helen Shrimpton
  • Week 3 – Denna by Polly Plum
  • Week 4 – Le Vesinet by Sigrun Hugoey
  • Week 5 – 27 April 2017 – Square #5 (to be announced)
  • Week 6 – 4 May 2017 – Square #6 (to be announced)
  • Week 7 – 11 May 2017 – Square #7 (to be announced)
  • Week 8 – 18 May 2017 – Square #8 (to be announced)
  • Week 9 – 25 May 2017 – Square #9 (to be announced)
  • Week 10 – 1 June 2017 – Square #10 (to be announced)
  • Week 11 – 8 June 2017 – Square #11 (to be announced)
  • Week 12 – 15 June 2017 – Square #12 (to be announced)
  • Week 13/14 – 22 June 2017 – Joining (to be announced)
  • Week 15 – 6 July 2017 – Border (to be announced)
  • Week 16 – Surprise!!

Meet the testers

Planning and testing a CAL is a lot of work, I have worked for more than a year on the details of Nuts about Squares. I could not have done it on my own and my gratitude goes out to my testers Lynn, Minno, Åza, ChiChi, Laurene, and Betty. They helped me with selecting squares, choosing colors, making the sample blankets and determining yarn amounts. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart ❤

With love,

Esther

 

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64 thoughts on “Nuts about Squares CAL 2017

  1. A surprise too 😄
    It couldn’t start at a more perfect time, the day after I return from holiday 😁
    Already got my wool too. I’m using a wool blend to give it warmth as a winter blanket xx

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  2. I am planning to crochet the Earth blanket… the kits are unavailable, but I’m guessing I can put together my own kit by just buying the skeins. Do the kits come with special things inside that I cannot buy on my own? Buttons, labels, pin, etc? Deciding whether I should wait until they hopefully become back in stock or if I should just by my own…

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  3. I am so excited, I cannot wait to begin. I spent a few hours this weekend on my color selection as we do not have Scheepjes readily available in South Africa. I chose a very soft yarn made from 100% bamboo made in my home town of Durbanville, Cape Town. It drapes beautifully and the blanket should be finished in our winter (just in time for snuggling). I am still thinking about a name for my blanket – there are so many to choose from.
    Thank you so much, Esther

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  5. Hi, I’m a relatively new crocheter, how suitable will it be for a novice and will it be US or UK terminology, I think this would be a deciding factor as learning something new and swapping terminology would probably break me 🙂 It looks beautiful by the way

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      • Thank you for your speedy reply😊😊 I’m also left handed? Forgot that little detail 😕

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      • I am a novice having done very little crochet and wondered if this might be too much for me but to anyone out there feeling daunted – the videos are fantastic and make each step really clear.

        I am in awe of how much effort must have gone into putting this CAL together – thank you so much

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  6. I really would love to do one of these blankets but I’m not confident on my expertise as a crocheter! I know I can go at a slower pace and catch up but I’m really concerned that this is really for a more experienced person as some of the squares look complicated!!

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    • Hi Kim, I understand your concern. There will be video tutorials each week to show you how to make the squares. Also, in the facebook group that is hosting the CAL for me there are 50k who are willing to help you if you get stuck 🙂

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      • These patterns will be so well written, that they will be easy to follow, even if the pattern is a bit complicated. Plus there are videos 🙂

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      • HI Kim,

        I had never crocheted but ran across Esther’s Demelza Blanket videos. Her videos are done so well that I am almost finished with it! I am taking my time because I have 3 other projects in the works. So, for my 1st project, I made something that appeared HARD, but it’s turning out perfectly! I’m sure you can do it :0)

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  9. he! i really want to join this cal! i want to buy the yarn myself because iam from denmark. du you know if its cotten of acrylic? any thing i have to have in mind when a buy the yarn my self?

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  10. Ik ga zeker weten deze deken maken ook. Alleen 1 vraag. Ik las dat er 35 vierkanten gemaakt worden? Dus dan betekend dat elk patroon meerdere malen gemaakt gaat worden? Of mis ik ergens iets want zie in de lijst 12 patronen staan die aangekondigd worden.

    Wacht met heel veel plezier de patronen af. Ga hem maken met garens uit mijn voorraad.

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  11. I have ordered the yarn for the Sea afghan. I’m excited. But I have a problem. I am currently also making the Demelza blanket. And all of the video’s have gone to “Private Stock”. according to my computer. How can I get them back so I can finish my blanket?

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  12. I’m planning to do the Sky pack (already have my yarn 😊) but I don’t have a 3mm hook. I have 3.25mm and 3.5mm hooks. Should I order a 3mm hook?

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  13. I’m all sorted, even treated myself to a blocking board….. just a few more rows to finish off my star blanket tonight.

    Just want to wish every one good luck…

    Janie x

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  15. wunderschöne Squares . Ich werde es versuchen zu häkeln. Kann man sich die Anleitung auch ausdrucken ?? Oder einfach die Videos?
    Wunderschöne Squares. Grüsse Marlies

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  21. So happy to see this new CAL after making 3 Sophie’s Universe ghans My question is I just printed week 2 and don’t see the row count of which color to use. If I buy a color kit how do I know how to place my colors so that I don’t run out of yarn. Part 1 shows which ‘color letters to use per row…Color list is from A-F I plan to order the earth tones in Cotton 8.
    Thank you
    Diane
    USA

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    • Each week has a color chart showing how to place the colors for each square. For week 1 and 2 you can find the color chart under resources. A summary of the color chart is also about half way down the post in a big table. Just click on the links for week 1 and 2

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