Enigma Blanket CAL in CrochetNow Magazine

More than a year ago I was asked if I would like to design a crochet along for CrochetNow Magazine. I gave it some thought, questioning myself if I could design anything good enough, and hesitantly said yes. A mood board, sketches, designing, ripping, counting, designing some more, and a lot of testing later, and the result is something to write home about! With great pride I can finally present the Enigma Blanket to you.

UPDATE: The copyright of the pattern has now returnd to me. I will publish this pattern as a stand alone pattern on Ravelry and here on my blog at the end of 2023.



You might wonder why I chose the name “Enigma” for this blanket. When I was designing it, I continuously felt like I had no idea what I was doing, stitch counts were all over the place sometimes and I took a few steps back quite a few times. It felt like the blanket was a big mystery to me, a puzzle I was trying to solve; one big enigma. The name had a nice ring to it, so I decided to keep it.

The Enigma blanket combines floral stitches and patterns with a continuously changing shape. The blanket starts out as a small mandala which grows out to a large floral circle before it is turned into a square. The square is squared up again in the opposite direction and then becomes a rectangle. The final blanket has a vibrant feel to it with a combination of warm colors, textures, and stitch patterns.

Yarn amounts and kits

To make the blanket you can choose between the original Scheepjes Stone Washed kit, or the budget friendly Scheepjes Colour Crafter kit.

Scheepjes Stone Washed kit contains the following colors of Scheepjes Stone Washed (50g):

  • 6 x Moon Stone (801)
  • 3 x Coral (816)
  • 4 x Rose Quartz (820)
  • 4 x Carnelian (823)*
  • 5 x Malachite (825)
  • 3 x Beryl (833)
  • 4 x Tourmaline (836)

    * Some kits can contain Red Jasper (807) instead of Carnelian (823) due to stock limitations. These two colors are however almost identical.

    You can buy Scheepjes Stone Washed from Wool Warehouse (UK), Jimmy Bean Wools (USA), Love Crafts (USA), The Knitting Network (UK), Caro’s Atelier (NL/EU), or your local Scheepjes Stockist.

    Scheepjes Colour Crafter kit contains the following colors of Scheepjes Colour Crafter (100g):

    • 3 x Barneveld (1005)
    • 2 x Leeuwarden (1711)
    • 2 x Sittard (1130)
    • 2 x Maastricht (1246)
    • 3 x Malmédy (2014)
    • 2 x Brussel (2004)
    • 2 x Luik (2006)

      Scheepjes Colour Crafter is available in over 90 colors from Wool Warehouse (UK/Int), Jimmy Beans Wools (USA), The Knitting Network, Caro’s Atelier (NL/EU) or your local Scheepjes stockist.

      You can find the Stone Washed kits and Colour Crafter kits in It’s all in a Nutshell SHOP (International shipping), or visit Wool Warehouse (UK/Int).


      Where can I find the pattern?
      The pattern is available in CrochetNow magazine. The pattern is available as a written pattern in UK Terms. The first part of the pattern is published in issue 68, with a new part being published in 13 consecutive issues.

      Where can I get CrochetNow magazine?
      If you live in the UK, you can find a paper copy of the magazine in many bookshops and magazine outlets. Alternatively you can buy the paper issues from CraftStash, or choose a subscription either on paper or digital. Subscriptions in the UK are available from PracticalPublishing, and international subscriptions are available from PocketMags and MoreMags.

      Will there be video tutorials?
      No, there will not be any video tutorials for this CAL.

      What is the difficulty level of the project?
      I would consider Enigma as “intermediate“, less suitable for the absolute beginner.

      What is the size of the blanket?
      The blanket in Scheepjes Stone Washed is 105cm x 155cm, and in Scheepjes Colour Crafter is 115cm x 170cm.

      How can I get support?
      You can join the Enigma CAL Facebook group especially dedicated to the Enigma CAL. The moderators in the group are ready to help you if needed, but it is also a great place to show your work.

      Where can I buy kits?
      I have kits available in my It’s all in a Nusthell SHOP, but you can also get kits from Wool Warehouse (UK/Int).

      I hope I have covered everything you would need to know. I will be in the Enigma CAL Facebook group from time to time, so feel free to show your work there.

      With love,

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      18 thoughts on “Enigma Blanket CAL in CrochetNow Magazine”

      1. oh wat jammer ( maar begrijpelijk) dat er geen videotutorials worden gemaakt, anders had ik zeker meegedaan.

      2. Dear Esther, I love all your designs and when I saw your videos on YouTube your voice is so calming and explaining a stitch is slow and detailed. Is there any way you would be doing any afghan in a 4 weight yarn. I’m on a fixed income and I have more of a chance to get 4 weight yarns in the colors of your afghans than a dk weight. I would love to have the sheepjes stonewashed but I can’t. Again all of your designs are beautiful and thank you for sharing them. ?

      3. Is there any way the colors can be changed to blues and purples in that color palette?

      4. Hi what exact issues is the pattern in? I’m having a hard time finding it. Also, any version in US terms? I’m in love and looking forward to buying the stone washed version

      5. I so sad .. this years gorgeous CAL is only in a magazine and at £7.99 a pop there is no way I could afford to participate this year…. I so sad

      6. How many parts, exactly, are there? I purchased Crochet Now issues 68 through 80 (your post mentions 13 consecutive issues, beginning with 68), however there’s nothing in issue 80 and issue 79 doesn’t mention that the blanket is complete with part 12 in that issue. Please advise. Thanks.

          1. Sorry to waste your time, with my airhead mistake. ? I purchased 5 crochet magazines, was looking through ALL of them and forgot which one I was looking at. I DID get part 13; found it as soon as I looked in the correct magazine. Thanks! Awesome pattern, btw, which I will start as soon as I finish the 5 WIPs I have going. Cheers.

      7. Bonjour je suis française et j’habite en France et malheureusement je ne trouve pas le patron pour cette magnifique couverture, j’espère que vous allez faire un tutoriel peu être un jour , j’achèterais alors le kit enigma , bon pour le moment je viens d’acheter le kit Charlotte universe sur votre boutique et je me régale à faire cette couverture en suivant votre tutoriel, vous êtes formidable continuer à nous faire pétiller les yeux avec vos vidéo. Cordialement Anne.

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