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Nuts about Squares CAL – Week 1

In this post you firn the part 1 of Nuts about Squares CAL. I love all the squares that are part of Nuts about Squares CAL, but the square for week 1 is one of my favorites. This week we are making Esme’s Winter Cottage designed by the fabulous Dedri Uys from Look at what I made.

Resources and Useful Links


Yarn kits

The 3 colorways Nuts about the EarthNuts about the Sea, and Nuts about the Sky are available as kits. You can use one of the suggested kits/colorways, or you can use your own colors and yarn.

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.

I have a detailed post with all the yarn information, amounts, weights and color combinations for the 3 colorways, you can find the yarn/color information HERE.

Color chart

The colors for each row are given in the Color Chart Week 1 for each of the three colorways (i.e. specified per color for Earth, Sea and Sky) or you can follow the general colorway in the table below.

Instructions Nuts about Squares week 1

Use the following hook sizes to make your squares or the hook size you need to get the correct size:

Work Rounds 1 to 17 according to the written pattern or video tutorial using the given colorway. Work 3 squares in total.

Work an extra round to bring the final stitch count to 44 stitches per side. Round 18 using color A, attach yarn with a standing hdc or ch2 in any ch2-corner space, ch2, and 1hdc in same corner space. This is your new corner made. *Work 1hdc on each of the next 42 st, (1hdc, ch2, 1hdc) in next ch2-space. Repeat from * 3 more times, omitting the last corner on the final repeat. Join to the first st with a ss. [44 hdc per side]

Repeat Round 18 for all 3 squares. Round 18 is also shown in THIS VIDEO. Block your squares to the following sizes:

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

Nederlandse Instructies (Dutch) voor Nuts about Squares week 1

Gebruik de volgende maat haaknaald om je vierkantjes te maken, of de maat haaknaald dat je nodig hebt om de juiste maat vierkantje te krijgen:

  • Color Crafter – 4.0mm
  • Stone Washed – 3.5mm
  • Sunkissed – 3.0mm

Werk Toer 1 tot 17 volgens het geschreven patroon van Esme’s Winter Cottage of gebruik de Engelstalige instructie video met de kleurverdeling zoals in de Kleurkaart voor week 1. Maak in totaal 3 vierkantjes.

Werk nu een extra toer om je vierkantjes heen om tot 44 steken per kant te komen. Voor Toer 18 hecht kleur A aan met een staand hst of 2l in enige 2l-hoek, 2l, 1hst in dezelfde 2l-hoek. Dit is je nieuwe hoek. *Werk 1hst in ieder van de volgende 42 steken, (1hst, 2l, 1hst) in volgende 2l-ruimte. Herhaal vanaf * nog 3 keer waarbij je de hoek overslaat bij de laatste herhaling. Sluit met 1hv op de eerste steek en hecht af. [44 hst per kant]

Herhaal Toer 18 voor alle vierkantjes. Ik laat Toer 18 ook zien in deze Engelstalige instructievideo. Span je vierkantjes op op de volgende maten:

  • Color Crafter – 25cm
  • Stone Washed – 22cm
  • Sunkissed – 20cm

Video tutorials

If you appreciate a visual support to the pattern, you can follow the video for Esme’s Winter Cottage. This video shows you how to make the original square.

After you have completed the original pattern you need to add an extra round using Color A to bring your total stitch count to 44 stitches. I also show you how to do this in a short video.

Share your squares

When you have completed your 3 Esme squares and have added the extra row you are finished for this week. If you would like to share your work you can do so in the Official CCC Social Group on Facebook, share it on my Facebook page or tag me in your post on Instagram. If you use the hastag #NutsAboutSquares it will help me find it.

I hope to see all of you next week for part 2 of Nuts about Squares CAL.

With love,

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82 thoughts on “Nuts about Squares CAL – Week 1”

  1. I havent succeeded in finding the written instructions and there is no printer friendly link at bottom of page

      1. i have found the PDF & printer friendly button but i only see instructions for round 18 i can’t find the instructions for rounds 1 thru 17. please help

        1. In the instructions it says to work row 1 to 17 according to the pattern Esme’s Winter Cottage. There is a link to this pattern on Dedri’s blog. You use that for row 1 to 17 and then work row 18 to get to 44 stitches.

  2. so happy with this – have made a whole blanket of Esmes winter cottage so nice easy first week :]

  3. I love this Esther. It is so well organized. Thank you for the videos that are super helpful.

  4. I am very new to crochet and looking forward to this challeng. What is the best way to block the squares? There seems to be various options when I look online. Thank you

  5. I am so excited to start! I do have a question. Hook size is different in general information [4.0] and square directions [5.5]. I am doing color crafter. Which should I go by? Thank you for your time and attention to this magnificent cal.

  6. so happy when it finally started…are all 3 squeres suppose to be exactly same colours ???

      1. The chart says that 1.1 and 1.3 start with the same colors but your photo samples look very different from each other.

        1. one table contains the colors for 3 different yarns, you need one from each page. If you look at the photos on page 2 and page 4 of the colorchart, you will see that the inner of each colorway is the same

  7. I wish I was hooking this along with everyone else but have no time. I will follow it though and it’s at the top of my wish list! Happy hooking everyone! I can’t wait to see your beautiful blankets x

  8. I’ve just finished my first square, and I’m really pleased with the results!
    I’m using Colour Crafter with a 4mm hook. The square measures 26.5cm before blocking. I can block to this size, but do you know if the other squares for the blanket work to this approximate measurement (I don’t want to have to stretch the squares too much when blocking).
    I can’t decide if I should continue with tbe 4mm hook, or use a slightly smaller one (and possibly re-do my first square if necessary).
    Any advice would be welcome!

  9. My square is approx two centimetres smaller I am guessing and when I block it the pattern becomes open. It doesn’t look like yours do so I am I either need to loosen my stitches (golden loop) or do I use a 4.5mm hook?

  10. Hi Esther,

    I’ve got 2 squares finished and I’m just loving this! THANK YOU so much for all of your hard work, because of the effort YOU and the designers put into this we are all getting to benefit! I seriously couldn’t do this without the videos! This is going to be SpEcTaCuLaR!!!

  11. Hi Esther, first let me thank you for your time and effort in putting this CAL together for us. Week one has been challenging (I’m an Adventurous Beginner) and rewarding and I’ve mastered the puff stitch (yay) and I couldn’t have done it without your wonderful video tutorial. I’m even more excited for week two than I was for the CAL to begin in the first place – I didn’t know that was even possible!

    I have a question for you: if I wanted to make my blanket slightly larger by adding an extra row of HDC or DC, bringing the final stitch count on all the squares to 48 each, will the border still work with 240 x 336 stitches? I have extra yarn but I’ll keep it for another project if the border won’t work on a bigger blanket.

    1. Euh….. on the stitch count for the border. I would have to do the maths. You can also make the blaket a bit bigger by doing the last round with a tr in stead of hdc. That would give you more size.
      For the border there is one row that stars the pattern, if you fudge that row if needed, for example work 1 stitch extra then it should fit. This might require a bit of creativity from you but by the looks of it I think you are adventurous enough 😀

      1. Thanks for your quick reply, Esther. I’ve decided to follow your pattern to the letter, because one should never ever mess with perfection!

  12. Hi, is it possible to have french instructions ? I would like to do this marvelous blanket but my english is not good enough…. thank you Claudine

  13. Where can i go to participate and order yarn? Is this a payed crochet along. Please can i subscribe? Thank you

  14. Esther, week 1 has been such fun. But I do have one problem: weaving in the yarn ends. I started doing it with each color change as Dedri instructs, but that was causing trouble when I had to insert my hook in earlier rows. So on my next square, I left the ends till I was done, and it was a nightmare to weave them in. I have watched a few videos on the best way to weave in ends, but those were on large projects, where it is easier to hide the ends. Do you have a short video on the best way to weave in ends on a smaller, more delicate project like this? I sure could use the help.

    1. Hi Judy, no I don’t have a video on how to weave in ends. Sorry 🙁
      I will however take this tip on board and make a video for that after the CAL is finished. I don’t have the time at the moment, again sorry about that, but in the longer term I will make a short video on how to weave in yarn tails

    2. Hi Judy, I’m not sure if this helps, but I try to catch the yarn ends as I go incorporating them into the back of the stiches, so as I progress, the loose end is being crocheted over at the back. Also, as I come across other ends, I will do the same. I have just come back to crochet after some years and am still very much a beginner, but this seems to help. I need to go and buy a tapestry needle so I am making an effort to cover up as many ends as possible so I don’t have a big back log at the end!

  15. I am starting on square 3 of week 1…I noticed that all of the color changes are exactly the same on both squares 1 and 2…however when you get to round 14 on the third square it is different..on blocks 1 and 2 round 13 and 14 are the same color…but on the third block they are 2 different colors.. is that correct? Thank you so much for these wonderful videos!

  16. The link to Dedri Uys website isn’t working. The website seems to be down.

  17. Heel mooi patroon, Esther! Heel inspirerend!! Ik ga ermee a/de slag, hoop dat het niet echt heel moeilijk is..
    Ik heb een vraag over de vierkantjes die bij week 1 zijn uitgelegd. Is het de bedoeling dat je als je Sky kiest, dat je dan 3 kleurvarianten, dus 3 verschillende vierkanten voor het Sky-deken, maakt, zoals besproken wordt in bijlage mbt kleuren per toer die je dan kunt gebruiken. Hoor het graag.

  18. I don’t know how I missed this CAL but I did!!
    Where can I get the patterns? Please!!!
    Thank you!!!!

  19. Esther, I am considering starting this CAL but I am confused how others got so many ideas, the latest post”Nuts about Canada”, but also many others besides the three here that you have shared so generously. Was there a suggestion on your pages as to how to come up with the variations. Thank you kindly. I so love your work!

    1. The CAL officially only has the squares as shown on my blog. So 3 squares a week each worked in a different colorway. The variations you see are by the people themselves. I did not influence that.

  20. Bonjour,
    Je suis française et je vais commencer votre CAL.
    Ma laine devrait arriver demain ou après-demain.
    J’ai trop hâte !
    Un grand merci pour vos vidéos. Elles sont parfaites même pour moi qui ne parle pas anglais.
    À très vite pour l’avancée de mon ouvrage.

    Je n’ai pas commandé sur vos sites recommandés mais je vais vous faire un don PAYPAL pour vous remercier de ce merveilleux et gigantesque travail ?

  21. Ive finished the first square, using the Sunkissed yarn and a 3.00mm hook. I crochet with even tension, usually tighter than most and am coming out 8.5 inches unblocked :/

  22. Maybe I’m overlooking this but I don’t see on the instructions how many of each square you make?

  23. O,o got my sunkissed sky kit from woolhouse warehouse on wednesday ,super excited to be doing this project ,done 2 of the first 3 squares ,my squares are 9inch square ,im useing 3.0mm hook ??? looks nice just curious of why my squares are so big lol xx

  24. thank you for your quick reply ,will continue with my hook size of 3.0mm hook ,will just buy more yarn to compensate ,x i cant thank you enough for the videos on how to do this lovely blanket ,it is a project i would never have tried with out your help ,thank you 🙂

  25. Hi. I’ve just started on this and loving every minute of it, thank you! 🙂 I was wondering if you could give me an idea of how much yarn is left over in the Colour Crafter version? My first square has come out at 11 inches (unblocked) and I love the soft feel it has, but if I would risk running out of all the colours, I might be convinced (reluctantly) to drop down a hook size… TIA!

      1. Thanks, I might try the square in a smaller hook and see how that turns out before deciding. Mainly because I loved the Colour C I’m using 🙂 Either way, can’t wait to finish it! And thank you 🙂

  26. This is like cracking a code. I’ve bought all the yarn and I’m going to have to send it back.

    I can’t find written details, any button to print, and it seems like all the squares aren’t even on here.

    Is it me??

    1. Each square is by a different designer, and is on their website. Under resources you find all the links.
      Work the rounds in the color given in the colour chart, ignore thecolors by the designer.
      End each square with an extra round to get to 44 sts on each square.

  27. Better late than never!!! Hey, Esther!! Haven ‘t see u for a long time!! Been so busy around here! I’m going to make n attempt at this afghan!! I always enjoy ur videos n calming voice so hope u will b “talking” to us!!! Thank u for this beautiful blanket n for the help of many designers i have followed. Hope u check back for posts even tho this CAL is from 2017!!!

  28. Hallo ich Interessiere mich für die35 Square Blank Decke in Blautöne aber kann kein Englich.Besteht die Möglichkeit das ich die Anleitung in Deutsch bekomme und Zeichnung.

    1. I am sorry, i do not speak your language. As i am sure you will have seen, my website is in English. The patterns on this website are in English, and the patterns for Nuts About Squares too. They are designed by 12 different designers, all who speak English and sometimes a second language. If you can’t follow along in English, then I kindly advise you to search for a different project ?

  29. Is there a chain circle alternative to the magic circle beginning? Would 4 work or should it be more?

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