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Nuts about Squares CAL

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.

I have kits available for all 3 Nuts About Squares Colorways in my SHOP HERE.

Choose between
Nuts About Squares – EARTH
Nuts About Squares – SEA
Nuts About Squares – SKY

Quick jump to the part you need!


  • 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. Find all the videos in the RIGHT HANDED PLAYLIST and LEFT HANDED PLAYLIST on my YouTube channel.
  • 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.


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


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.

The yarn amounts and blanket sizes are estimated on squares which have the following dimensions:

  • Color Crafter – 25cm (10in)
  • Stone Washed – 22cm (9in)
  • Sunkissed – 20cm (7.5in)

If your squares are larger, that is not a problem for the final blanket. It can however imply that you could run out of yarn, even though there is some extra yarn in the kits. 


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.


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.

Stone Washed
Color Crafter
A 9 x Brown Agate
4 x Den Helder
6 x Ocean Side
B 7 x Boulder Opal
3 x Texel
5 x Sand Dunes
C 5 x Green Agate
2 x Zwolle
3 x Summer Rain
D 6 x Amazonite
3 x Alkmaar
4 x Soft Cloud
E 6 x New Jade
3 x Almelo
4 x Rock Pool
F 5 x Moon Stone
2 x Zandvoort
3 x Strawberry Ice

* 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)

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 available from Wool Warehouse and Caro’s Atelier (NL). Thank you for supporting my work by buying your yarn through the links on my blog.

I have kits available for all three Nuts About Squares Colorways in my SHOP HERE. Choose between Nuts About Squares – EARTH in Scheepjes Stone Washed, Nuts About Squares – SEA in Scheepjes Colour Crafter, and Nuts About Squares – SKY in Scheepjes Sunkissed.

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

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 ❤

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174 thoughts on “Nuts about Squares CAL”

    1. I’m trying to get the complete copy of the pattern for Nuts about the sea and I’m having no luck. Can you please help


      1. for each week there is a link to everything you need at the bottom of the post. under resources of each week you will find the links to the written pattern. there is not one document, but each week there is a link to the document you need
        additionally the colorchart document gives the colorplacement for the sea colorway each week. also under resources.


        1. Go to the Nuts about Squares page on the blog. Scroll down to the paragraph “Quick Jump” or something like that. It has a list of things; among them is something like “Individual parts”. Click on that. It will take you to a list of the squares along with the designer names. You will have to click on each one individually. When you click on it, you will be taken to the spot where the pattern for that particular square is. Sometimes the pattern is on the designers home page, sometimes on Ravelry. I just finished the blanket late last year and getting the individual patterns was the most cumbersome thing about the whole thing. It helped (I think) to take some time and download them all at once but even so I had to refer back to this blog to be sure I had them all and that I was doing the correct number of each square. Could have been partly my problem although I have never officially been diagnosed with OCD. 😏😏. In short, it will require a fairly big effort just to get all the patterns but in the end the blanket is worth it. I did change the final layout and also did not stick 100% of the time to the recommended number of each square. Those alterations were personal preferences and I felt like it made the blanket mine! Good luck!

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  1. Thank you for this beautiful pattern, i want to do the sky but i wanna do it in DK yarn not fingering , so would you help me pick from the color crafter yarn the same colors as in your your sky blanket.
    Thank You


  2. Hello. I realize that this Nuts About the Sea CAL was for 2017. Is it still possible to obtain the yarn, patterns, and tutorials? It is such a beautiful afghan.
    Thank you,


    1. yes, the patterns and videos are still available, just click through to each week where you will find all the info.
      Many stores still have kits available, again the links are in this post. Otherwise I give yarn amounts so you can shop your own kit if you like a different colorcombination more.


  3. Please could you be so kind to let me know the right measure to block my square to? My week one is 22.5 cm, 9″. Shall I block the rest to this measures? Thank you in advance


  4. Thank you Esther for all your hard work!! If it wasn’t for you I would not be able to follow the instructions for such complicated work and now I have finished Circles of the Sun as a blanket and have just ordered Nuts About Squares Sky version.

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  5. Are you still showing how to make The Nuts about Squares?. If not can you put them on a. ( PDF ) so I can copy them and crochet them at my own pace.
    Thank you
    Frances Carter


    1. The patterns and videos for each week are still available and will remain so. Just follow the links to each part of the pattern. For each week there is a section “Resources” which has everything you need.


        1. You are responding to a post about a crochet along that ran in 2017. By clicking on all the links in this post you will find all the information you need.
          There is info about the final blanket, yarn amounts, the links to all the parts of the pattern as they were released each week, the videos that accompanied the pattern, etc. This project is a compilation of different designs by different people, so there is no one file containing everything, you will have to collect all the pieces as you go.
          There is no class to join, you can follow along at your own pace.


        2. Hi

          Firstly thank you for your amazing work and sharing it with us. I love your video tutorials and your precise way in showing all the techniques.

          So looking forward to starting the nuts about squares CAL. Just one thing I can’t seem to see , or maybe I’m not looking hard enough, is how many squares do I make of each individual square?

          Thank you!


        3. For each week I give a table of the colors to use for each round. With the aid of this table you can see how many squares to make of which. For most squares you need to make 3, but there are certain squares which you make only 1 or 2 of. In total you will make 35 squares.


  6. What do the number on the layout mean? For example, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, etc.? Does that mean I make square 1 three times?

    What does 8.1, 8.2 and 8.3 mean for a week that has two squares, such as week 8, with Kitten’s Claw and Tropical Paradise?

    Thank you very much, looking forward to making this!


    1. Each square has a unique number inrichting the week and color combination. This is reflected in all the color charts for all the parts. Square 1.1 for example is square from week 1, colorplacement 1.


  7. Ik wil deze deken graag maken met Stone Washed XL – ik heb begrepen dat het oorspronkelijke model daar ook mee is gemaakt – hoe groot wordt hij dan en hoeveel garen heb ik nodig?


    1. de 3 samples die ik heb gemaakt staan op deze pagina. ook de maten staan erbij. Ik heb de samples gemaakt in o.a. de gewonde Stone Washed, dus niet de Stone Washed XL. Ik kan dan ook niet zeggen hoeveel van de XL garen je nodig zou hebben of hoe groot de deken zal worden.


    1. er is niet één document omdat ieder patroon eigendom is van iemand anders. overal waar de engelse patronen te downloaden zijn, zijn ook de nederlandse versies beschikbaar. doorgaans is dit op ravelry, een enkele keer op de website van de ontwerpster.


  8. Hi Esther – I’ve just completed my version of Nuts about Squares afghan and it’s sold in a charity auction. I’ve shared it on my Facebook page and would love to share also on yours but couldn’t manage. Please let me know if I can.


  9. I am enjoying this project very much. I would like to ask if the design of the mosaic cushion can be incorporated as a square in the blanket??? Any changes needed?


  10. Hi Esther! Thank you so much for pulling together such a gorgeous blanket. I got my wool as a Christmas present yesterday and can’t wait to get started! Just a quick question, as I’m in the UK do you know if all the patterns are in UK or US crochet stitches or are they a mix of both? If so, do you know I it specifies on the patterns? Thanks! Vicky 🙂


  11. Hi. I just downloaded the patterns for your nuts for squares cal. I am having some difficulty understanding where the 35 squares come from and the doorways you mention in the layout diagram ex. 1.3. Which blocks do you make multiples of ???


  12. Hello Esther and thank you for this wonderful CAL. I’m getting near your the end, only three more squares to go. I need to start blocking them, which I have kept for last as I have never done it before and I am scared of messing up. I am using a yarn that is 80% acrylic, 20% wool. Which blocking method would you recommend?


  13. Hello
    I teach crochet in our shop, and would love to use this pattern, and order in the Sheepjes yarn for it. Is this pattern available in printed form? Ir can I use the online version and get each student to download the parts themselves? I don’t want to step on any toes!


    1. the pattern is not available in printed form, because each square is by a different designer.
      You can best ask each participant to print the pattern for themselves, that is completely within copyrights.
      Enjoy making this blanket together!


  14. So frustrated I just bought the kit of yarn “sky” to make nuts Squares now I found out it does not come with instructions???? I have been trying to download them but I have an apple had it will not convert the the PDF please help! So unhappy now!


    1. There is no single file that contains the full instructions because each part is by a different designer.
      Under resources for each part you find a link to the pattern, most are a pdf on Ravelry.
      Then you need to add an extra round on top of the pattern by the designer to get to 44 stitches. This extra round is in the test of each post.


    1. Bij iedere week is er een kopje Nederlands. Hier vind je de links naar de vertalingen. Ieder patroon staat op een andere plek op het internet omdat het van telkens een andere ontwerpster is. De patronen staan op hun eigen sites.
      Er is telkens een extra toer om de steekaantallen goed te krijgen, deze info staat op mijn blog, telkens in de blogpost van die week.


  15. ik heb het garenpakket voor nuts about squares in huis. Ik kan moeilijk de patronen van de squares vinden. De links naar de Nederlandse patronen lijken niet meer te werken. Hoe kan ik dat oplossen?


    1. De patronen voor ieder zijn eigendom van de ontwerpsters, ieder vierkantje is eigendom van iemand anders. Ik link naar het patroon vanaf mijn website, onder kopje Nederlands vind je bij iedere week de link naar het patroon. Indien deontwerpster de vertaling niet meer online heeft staan kan ik er helaas niet veel aan doen omdat de patronen niet van mij zijn 😦 Ik heb ze enkel met toestemming mogen gebruiken.


  16. Hi! I’m just now making the squares from the Nuts about Squares CAL. I don’t think I could make them without the videos. I wanted to say thank you! I now feel that I will be able to attempt the Rozetta CAL thanks to your videos. Thank you so very much!
    Diana Anderson

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  17. in the tropical delight video (at the first slide) there is a tropical delight with purple and rose. then it switches to teal and brown. I can not find the colors for the purple with rose anywhere. Can you tell me what they are please?


  18. Help! I am on the 8th group of squares. The Cats Claw is now a paid pattern. PayPal is asking for another credit card, which is odd because I use PayPal frequently. I cannot get past that step. I do not mind paying someone for their work, but this has me stumped. Plus, I want to work on! Any suggestions? Thank you.


      1. Thank you – that was my next plan. I am not of the video generation. They drive me crazy! But it’s worth it to finish – sorry I thought the designer was managing the payments and I couldn’t find anything recent from her. I will ask Ravelry! Thanks for you speedy reply – I know, you can see me sitting with my hook, anxious to continue!

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  19. Thank you so much for this beautiful design. I learned so much from making each square and I am I much better with crochet now. Your videos were very helpful with the hard patterns. Thanks again for creating this unique project!

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  20. Thanks to the beautiful video’s I recently finished my Nuts about squares blanket. I learned a lot, and I saw so many more beautiful projects on your You Tube chanel, you are an inspiration Esther! And I visited websites of some of the designers too. Never a dull moment again…. Thank you so much!

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  21. What is the color way for the orange, grey, off white, and blue color combination? It’s shown in one of the pictures. This looks like fun and I’d like to start if I can find the English instructions. Thank you.


    1. Nuts About Squares consists of 14 parts. In parts 1 to 12 you make 35 squares in total. In Part 13 you join them and in part 14 you make a border. It sounds like you have all the squares made, now you can join them in part 13. Click on the link for part 13 in the list towards the bottom of the post


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