“Ice Waves” Argyle Color Pooling Blanket – Free Crochet Pattern

Look at that! My argyle color pooling blanket is all done. It was a cold day when I photographed this blanket with my boys skating on a frozen pond, we had SO much fun! The blue colors of the blanket together with the wave pattern and the icy day inspired me to name my blanket “Ice Waves“. In this post all the information, pattern and resources you need to make your own Ice Waves argyle blanket.

argyle color pooling blanket

Resources

Materials & size

You can easily vary the length of your blanket by using more or less yarn to make a longer or shorter blanket. Here are the amounts I used to make a blanket of 115cm wide and 150cm long.

scheepjes sock yarn

Abbreviations

This pattern uses US crochet terms. If you are more familiar with UK crochet terms, please see this conversion table for the most common terms.

  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • fhdc – foundation half double crochet
  • ss – slip stitch
  • st – stitch

Important note

When you make an argyle color pooling blanket using my pattern, please note that this type of project is VERY dependent on tension. Because we all have our own tension and way of working, your blanket will be similar to mine but will not be exactly the same. Your blanket may be wider or longer or the argyle pattern can cross faster or slower. This is the beauty of color pooling, we all make something unique.

argyle color pooling blanket


“Ice Waves” Argyle Color Pooling Blanket – Free Crochet Pattern

© Esther Dijkstra 2017. All rights reserved.

The pattern purposefully does not give a specific number of stitches, but rather a way of working. This is because color pooling is tension specific. I have a detailed post about (argyle) color pooling, what it is, how it works and what the requirements are for the yarn and how to join a new ball to your work. THE most important thing however is consistency, keep your tension as steady as possible to ensure an even gradient in the argyle pattern.

Argyle Center

With Scheepjes Invicta Matterhorn and a 3mm hook do the following:

  1. Investigate your yarn and find the color sequence.
  2. Make a slip knot on your hook at the start of a color sequence. Choose a point that is easy to identify, something that is impossible to miss.
  3. Work a row of foundation hdc stitches using 2 full color sequences. Stop with the foundation stitches when you have the same color yarn on your hook as you started with in step 2.
  4. ch2 (counts as 1dc), turn and work 1dc in each stitch until you have the same color yarn on your hook as you started with in step 2.
  5. Undo 1 stitch.
  6. ch2, turn and and work 1dc in each stitch till you get to the end of the row.
  7. Repeat step 6. After about 10 rows you will start to see a pattern emerge.
  8. KEEP YOUR TENSION STEADY!
  9. Attach new yarn at the correct point
  10. Continue till your project is the size you want it to be. Then tie off and work away your yarn tails.
  11. There will be foundation stitches left unworked. Cut the stitches off at about 5cm from your work. Undo the stitches till you get to the start of your fabric. Work away the starting yarn tail you just created.

I also have a video showing how to work my method for argyle color pooling. I hope this video can help to take away any final doubts or questions you may have.

Border

When your blanket is large enough work a border around the blanket as a finishing touch. There are 3 border rounds on the long side of the blanket and 6 on the short side.

  1. Attach yarn to the top of the blanket where you finished the argyle pattern, * ch2 (counts as 1dc), and work 1dc in every stitch along the short side of the blanket *. Turn and repeat from * two more times to work 3 rows of dc in total.
  2. Repeat step 1 at the other side of the blanket. This will mean that you will work in the bottom of the fhdc stitches.
  3. Work ss along the two other edges of the blanket in preparation of the final border rounds. Work 5 ss for every 3dc’s. The process is not an exact science, see this video for more details.
  4. Attach yarn in any stitch, ch2 (counts as 1dc), and work 1dc in each stitch. When you get to a corner, work 3dc in the corner stitch. Mark the 2nd of the 3 corner stitches. Continue all the way round and close with a ss on the first st. DO NOT turn your work.
  5. ch2, (counts as 1dc), and * work 1dc in each stitch till the marked stitch, 5dc in the marked stitch, mark 3rd of these 5dc stitches. * Repeat from * on the other 3 edges. Close with a ss on first st.
  6. Repeat step 5
  7. Work away all yarn tails.
  8. You can wash your blanket in the washing machine if you like, the Matterhorn yarn is a sock yarn and easy to maintain.

When you have added the border, the blanket will look something like this.

argyle blanket


The photo’s in this post were taken at a local water mill close to my home. It was a cold day in January and I was SO COLD, but it was just magic with my boys.

The ice was thick enough to skate and walk on. I am soooo wobbly on the ice because I don’t trust my balance. My boys held my hand to walk over the ice to take this photo.

color pooling blanket

It was a magic time with my family. Feel free to share your magic crochet moments on my Facebook page or tag me in one of your post on Instagram. You can also use #itsallinanutshell to help me find it.

With love,

Esther

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Nuts about Squares CAL – Meet the testers!

Nuts about Squares CAL will start soon, but before we do I would like to take a moment to look back on the road that has brought the project to where it is today. In the past year I have selected squares, yarn, colors, determined yarn amounts, etc. etc. etc. A CAL is a whole process that takes time and needs to be done with care. I have not done it all alone, and today I would like to take a moment to share my appreciation for the lovely ladies that were involved.

Lynn & Laurene

When I first thought of doing my own CAL I ran the idea past Lynn and Laurene. They were enthusiastic and urged me to continue. We selected squares, contacted designers, thought about yarns and colors. Laurene inspired some of the colors for Nuts about the Earth blanket. Lynn inspired the colors for Nuts about the Sky and she also made the sample blanket. The Nuts about the Sky sample blanket will go to live with Lynn when Nuts about Squares CAL is finished.

ChiChi and Betty

ChiChi and Betty helped me to determine and confirm yarn amounts for the different colorways. ChiChi used her own colors of Scheepjes Color Crafter and Betty used Scheepjes Cocktail.

Here are ChiChi’s squares, still a WIP at this point, but it is going to be awesome when done! She used Scheepjes Color Crafter in the following combination for Colors A to F: Weert (1001), Heerenveen (1203), Dokkum (1302), Texel (1019), Wolvega (1099), and Rotterdam (1063).

Foto courtesy of ChiChi

In addition to making crochet squares, Betty is also helping me to check all the Dutch translations that I am making for all you Dutch ladies. I am SO grateful for the help because Dutch is not my native language.


Åza & Minno

Åza and Minno only became involved towards the end of the preparations for Nuts about Squares CAL. They had the almost impossible task of making the Nuts about the Earth sample blanket in only 5 weeks. They worked so hard and they did it! When Nuts about Squares is finished the Nuts about the Earth sample blanket will belong to Åza.

The girls loved the blanket so much that they decided to make a second blanket between the two of them, this time for Minno. Minno selected slightly different colors to the Earth blanket to give it more of an island feeling. She used the following Scheepjes Stone Washed Colors A to F: Brown Agate (822), Boulder Opal (804), Garnet (810), Rose Quartz (820), Corundum Ruby (808), and Moon Stone (801). Just look at how lovely the squares look in pink colors.

Foto courtesy of Minno


I want to thank all these wonderful ladies from the bottom of my heart. Your contributions have been invaluable to me.

With love,

Esther

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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

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 – 31 March 2017 – Square #1 (to be announced)
  • Week 2 – 7 April 2017 – Square #2 (to be announced)
  • Week 3 – 14 April 2017 – Square #3 (to be announced)
  • Week 4 – 21 April 2017 – Square #4 (to be announced)
  • Week 5 – 28 April 2017 – Square #5 (to be announced)
  • Week 6 – 5 May 2017 – Square #6 (to be announced)
  • Week 7 – 12 May 2017 – Square #7 (to be announced)
  • Week 8 – 19 May 2017 – Square #8 (to be announced)
  • Week 9 – 26 May 2017 – Square #9 (to be announced)
  • Week 10 – 2 June 2017 – Square #10 (to be announced)
  • Week 11 – 9 June 2017 – Square #11 (to be announced)
  • Week 12 – 16 June 2017 – Square #12 (to be announced)
  • Week 13/14 – 23 June 2017 – Joining (to be announced)
  • Week 15 – 7 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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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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