Announcement: Nuts about Squares CAL

It is with great joy that I can announce to you my new crochet along Nuts About Squares. I have been working on this quietly for more than a year and now the time has finally come to share my nutty project with you.

A small definition from the scholars at Cambridge:

be nuts about (sth/sb)
Informal. To be very enthusiastic about an object, activity, or person.

We are all nuts about something or someone; something that we really enjoy doing or someone that we love to hang around with. I love to crochet squares and hence the name Nuts About Squares was quickly born for this, my very first CAL. This CAL is not so much my design because the squares are designed by others, but it is my selection. Squares that appeal to me and that I consider beautiful. I did have some help choosing, testing and working out the details, but that I will tell later. You can find all relevant information HERE.

Nuts about Squares CAL

What are we making?

We are making 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 but I am sure you will love their designs also. 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. Most of the squares are textured and have an artistic look about them.

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Colorways and yarn packs

There are three colorways available for this CAL, one in Scheepjes Color Crafter, one in Scheepjes Sunkissed and one in Scheepjes Stone Washed. Each colorway contains 6 colors and has its own look around the central theme “Earth, Sea and Sky”.

The Color Crafter kit contains blue and green colors and is called “Nuts about the Sea”, the Sunkissed kit contains contrasting and deep colors and is called “Nuts about the Sky”, and the Stone Washed kit contains earthy colors and is called “Nuts about the Earth”.

Depending on which kit you have and your personal tension your blanket will be approximately the following sizes. The Color Crafter blanket will be about 130cm x 180cm, the Stone Washed blanket about 115cm x 160cm, and the Sunkissed blanket about 100cm x 140cm.

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

Yarn kits Nuts about Squares

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 also. I will give more details about yarn amounts and tips for choosing colors next week.

Some practical information

The CAL will last 15 weeks and starts March 31, 2017. During the first 12 weeks we will be making the squares, followed by 2 weeks for joining and one week for the border. Each week there will be English video tutorials to show you how to make the squares for that week as well as links to the original written patterns in English and Dutch.

Where to find all the info

Each week I will have a post here on my blog with all the information you need for that week, for example which colors to use and links to the original patterns. On my YouTube channel you will also find the video tutorials. The CAL will be hosted by the Official CCC Social Group on Facebook. In this group you can ask questions and show your work so be sure to join the group if you have not already done so.

Nuts about Squares

Hashtags

If you would like to share your work, use the hashtag #NAS or #NutsAboutSquares so that I can easily find it on Facebook or Instagram.

I hope you are as excited about Nuts about Squares as I am and I hope to see all of you March 31st when we start a new CAL together.

With love,

Esther

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Old Hollywood in a Velvet yarn

I am currently a bit in-between big projects; giving me an opportunity for a smaller project. Somehow I am always making BIG project, mostly blankets, and I never seem to get round to making something a bit smaller. Time to change all of that.

I have been thinking for a while about a design of my own; something with a glamorous feel to it, suitable for a special occasion and yet also something you would use on a day-to-day basis. I want it to be comfortable and warm, but not be bulky and heavy. Contemplating my ideas and studying different yarns have brought me to the Scheepjes Color Crafter Velvet line. This yarn has a classic feel to it; a bit old-school. Like a whisper from a time when life was less complicated.

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The Color Crafter Velvet yarns have an ‘aged effect’ like old and worn velvet. Similar to the Color Crafter, this yarn is also 100% Premium Acrylic and has a soft touch and feel. You can use the Velvet on its own or in combination with the Color Crafter because they are the same weight and are best worked with a 4mm hook. You can buy Color Crafter Velvet from Wool Warehouse or your local Scheepjes stockist.

scheepjes color crafter velvet all colors

There are many colors to choose from in the Velvet line with which you can achieve different looks. I wanted something classic, timeless almost. I therefore went for maybe one of the most classic of color combinations; Black and Bordeaux. The Velvet yarns are named after Hollywood legends and my colors are named after Grace Kelly and Humphrey Bogart. Now if that isn’t a match made in Hollywood Heaven, I don’t know what is!

Color crafter velvet yarn

My Hollywood project is growing and next week I will give you a peak of what I am working on. Hope to see you then.

With love,

Esther

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Spectrum C2C Ombre Blanket – Free Crochet Pattern

Here you find the free crochet pattern for my Spectrum corner-to-corner crochet blanket with an ombre colorway.  Due to the double strand this project works up fast and the final result is a very warm blanket. This project is perfect for stash busting if you have half-balls of yarn left from other projects.

Spectrum C2C blanket 1

Materials

You will need 18 colors of Scheepjes Color Crafter; one ball of every color except for Wolvega for which you need 3 balls. One 100g ball of Color Crafter contains 300 meter of yarn. You can buy this yarn which is available in over 90 colors from Wool Warehouse, Deramores, Paradise Fibers (US/CA) or your local Scheepjes stockist. For the Spectrum blanket you will need the following:

  • Color A: Vlissingen (1723) – 25m
  • Color B: Coevorden (1823) – 50m
  • Color C: Nijmegen (1712) – 90m
  • Color D: Delfzijl (1822) – 125m
  • Color E: Assen (1065) – 165m
  • Color F: Enschede (1824) – 205m
  • Color G: Alphen (1722) – 240m
  • Color H: Dokkum (1302) – 285m
  • Color I: Amstelveen (1277) – 285m
  • Color J: Wolvega (1099) – 675m
  • Color K: Sint Niklaas (2019) – 250m
  • Color L: Zandvoort (1218) – 225m
  • Color M: Hasselt (2010) – 205m
  • Color N: Ermelo (1710) – 180m
  • Color O: Venlo (1080) – 145m
  • Color P: Sittard (1130) – 90m
  • Color Q: Den Bosch (1241) – 50m
  • Color R: Luik (2006) – 30m

You will also need a 6.5mm crochet hook and a needle to work away yarn tails.

Final Measurements

The final size of your blanket will depend on your gauge and personal style of crochet. If you follow my gauge and blocking your blanket will be approximately 135cm x 155cm when finished. This is a comfortable lapghan for use in a comfy couch.

Abbreviations

Please note that US Crochet Terminology is used for this pattern. If you are more familiar with UK terms, please use this conversion chart as needed.

  • ss – slip stitch
  • s – stitch
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • RS – right side
  • WS – wrong side
  • pixel – ch3 and 3dc worked into a ch3-space

Notes

The entire blanket is worked using two strands of yarn at the same time. Sometimes you work with two strands that have the same color, sometimes two strands with a different color. Keep paying attention to changing color at the appropriate points. When changing color you will always change only one of the two strands.

Tip: split each ball of yarn into two equal cakes to make it more easy to use two identical strands at the same time.

This blanket is made using corner-to-corner technique. I have a video tutorial available that is part of my Crochet Fundamentals series to show you the general steps involved in C2C.

Gauge

As such, gauge is not critical for this project. If you want to obtain a blanket similar in size to mine your blanket should to be about 14cm x 14cm after row 6 (unblocked). Change your hook size appropriately if needed.


Instructions

Work the blanket in 4 distinct stages; first start with increasing the diagonal of the blanket, secondly keep the diagonal constant and increase only the length of the blanket, thirdly decrease the diagonal of the blanket to finish the inner part, and lastly make the border.

Increasing the diagonal

In the first part of the pattern increase the diagonal till the width of the main part of the blanket is reached.

Row 1 (RS)

Use two strands of Color A. Ch6 (counts as ch3 and 1dc), 1dc in fourth ch from the hook and in each of the next 2 ch to the end. Turn your work. [1 pixel]

Row 2 (WS)

ch6 (counts as ch3 and 1dc), 1dc in fourth ch from the hook and in each of the next 2 ch to complete a pixel. With the WS of pixel 1 facing and the RS of the pixel of Row 2 just worked facing, line up the top of the dc just worked with the top of the dc’s of from Row 1 so that the 2 pixels are touching. ss in the space created by the ch3 at the top of pixel of Row 1.

ch3, 3dc in ch3-space. Turn your work. [2 pixels]

Row 3 (RS)

ch6 (counts as ch3 and 1dc), 1dc in fourth ch from the hook and in each of the next 2 ch to complete a pixel. Rotate the pixel just worked so that you can ss in the ch3-space at the top of the last block worked from Row 2. ch3, 3dc in same ch3-space as the ss. ss in ch3-space at the top of the next pixel, ch3, 3dc in the same ch3-space as the ss. Turn your work. [3 pixels]

Row 4

ch6 (counts as ch3 and 1dc), 1dc in fourth ch from the hook and in each of the next 2 ch to complete a pixel. Rotate the pixel just worked so that you can ss in the ch3-space at the top of the last block worked from the previous row. * ch3, 3dc in same ch3-space as the ss. ss in ch3-space at the top of the next pixel. * Repeat from * to * until you have worked a ss in the ch3-space of the last block of the previous row. ch3, 3dc in the same ch3-space as the ss. Turn your work. [1 pixels more than the previous row]

Rows 5 – 47

Repeat Row 4 using the following colors for each row:

  • row 1 – 4: 2 strands of Color A (already worked, but given to be complete)
  • row 5 & 6: 1 strand of Color A & 1 strand of Color B
  • row 7 – 10: 2 strands of Color B
  • row 11 & 12: 1 strand of Color B & 1 strand of Color C
  • row 13 – 16: 2 strands of Color C
  • row 17 & 18: 1 strand of Color C & 1 strand of Color D
  • row 19 – 22: 2 strands of Color D
  • row 23 & 24: 1 strand of Color D & 1 strand of Color E
  • row 25 – 28: 2 strands of Color E
  • row 29 & 30: 1 strand of Color E & 1 strand of Color F
  • row 31 – 34: 2 strands of Color F
  • row 35 & 36: 1 strand of Color F & 1 strand of Color G
  • row 37 – 40: 2 strands of Color G
  • row 41 & 42: 1 strand of Color G & 1 strand of Color H
  • row 43 – 46: 2 strands of Color H
  • row 47: 1 strand of Color H & 1 strand of Color I

Constant diagonal

In this part the diagonal is kept constant. This means that the number of pixels per row is the same for each row. At this point you should have 47 pixels on your diagonal.

Row 48

Turn your work. Using 1 strand of Color H & 1 strand of Color I ss into the next stitches and into the ch3-space. * ch3, 3dc in same ch3-space as the ss. ss in ch3-space at the top of the next pixel. * Repeat from * to * until you have worked a ss in the ch3-space of the last block of the previous row. ch3, 3dc in the same ch3-space as the ss. Turn your work. [47 pixels]

Row 49

Using 2 strands of Color I, ch6 (counts as ch3 and 1dc), 1dc in fourth ch from the hook and in each of the next 2 ch to complete a pixel. Rotate the pixel just worked so that you can ss in the ch3-space at the top of the last block worked from the previous row. * ch3, 3dc in same ch3-space as the ss. ss in ch3-space at the top of the next pixel. * Repeat from * to * until you have worked a ss in the ch3-space of the last block of the previous row. Do not work a pixel on top of the last pixel from the previous row. [47 pixels]

Rows 50 – 59

Repeat Rows 48 and 49 using the following colors for each row:

  • row 48: 1 strand of Color H & 1 strand of Color I (already worked, but given to be complete)
  • row 49 – 52: 2 strands of Color I (already worked, but given to be complete)
  • row 53 & 54: 1 strand of Color I & 1 strand of Color J
  • row 55 – 58: 2 strands of Color J
  • row 59: 1 strand of Color C & J strand of Color K

Decreasing the diagonal

In this part of the pattern the diagonal is decreased to form a rectangle.

Row 60

Turn your work. Using 1 strand of Color J & 1 strand of Color K ss into the next stitches and into the ch3-space. * ch3, 3dc in same ch3-space as the ss. ss in ch3-space at the top of the next pixel. * Repeat from * to * until you have worked a ss in the ch3-space of the last block of the previous row. Turn your work without working on top of the last pixel. [1 pixels less than the previous row]

Rows 61 – 105

Repeat Row 60 using the following colors for each row:

  • row 60: 1 strand of Color J & 1 strand of Color K (already worked, but given to be complete)
  • row 61 – 64: 2 strands of Color K
  • row 65 & 66: 1 strand of Color K & 1 strand of Color L
  • row 67 – 70: 2 strands of Color L
  • row 71 & 72: 1 strand of Color L & J strand of Color M
  • row 73 – 76: 2 strands of Color M
  • row 77 & 78: 1 strand of Color M & J strand of Color N
  • row 79 – 82: 2 strands of Color N
  • row 83 & 84: 1 strand of Color N & J strand of Color O
  • row 85 – 88: 2 strands of Color O
  • row 89 & 90: 1 strand of Color O & J strand of Color P
  • row 91 – 94: 2 strands of Color P
  • row 95 & 96: 1 strand of Color P & J strand of Color Q
  • row 97 – 100: 2 strands of Color Q
  • row 101 & 102: 1 strand of Color Q & J strand of Color R
  • row 103 – 105: 2 strands of Color R

Cut off your yarn and bind off.

WIP_C2C_blanket_2

Yarn tails & blocking

Before continuing with the border it is wise to work away all your yarn tails from the center of the blanket. I also suggest blocking your center before doing the border. The C2C stitches tend to pull inward and your border will be very wobbly if you don’t block the blanket first.

The unblocked inner part of your blanket will be about 110cm x 130cm. Block this to 125cm x 145cm. Your blocked blanket will look something like this.

WIP spectrum C2C blanket

Border

Row 1

*(sc, ch2, sc) in the corner of any pixel at the corner of the blanket. ** ch3, skip the next pixel, sc between two pixels. ** Repeat from ** to ** till the last pixel, ch3, skip to the corner pixel. * Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Close with a ss to the first s. ss to corner ch2-space.

Row 2

(ch3, dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch2-space. *skip next sc, 3dc in next ch3-space * Repeat from * to * till the last ch3-space, skip last sc.

*(2dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch2-space. ** skip next sc, 3dc in next ch3-space. ** Repeat from ** to ** till the last ch3-space, skip last sc. * Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Close to ch3 with ss. ss to ch2-space.

Row 3

(ch3, dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch2-space. 1dc in every s till the end.

*(2dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch2-space. 1dc in every s till the end. * Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Close to ch3 with ss. ss to ch2-space.

Row 4 – 6

Repeat row 3. Close row 6 with an invisible join.

border spectrum c2c blanket

Block again to Finish

Weave in all ends and block one more time to approximately 135cm x 155cm. Especially the border will need blocking because it will wobble a bit after completing.


And then you are all done!

spectrum c2c blanket

I love how this blanket worked out. It is my first blanket design, and I am actually very proud of it. I would love to see your blankets. Feel free to share on my Facebook page or tag me into one of your posts on Facebook or Instagram.

With love,

Esther

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Spectrum C2C blanket finished!

Tadah! It’s finished, my Corner-to-Corner Crochet blanket is all done. It worked up really fast and was such a joy to work on because the stitch is so easy. I have given this blanket the name “Spectrum” because of the colors flowing into one another and maybe it is just a little Bond too!

Spectrum C2C blanket 1

I started this blanket just a few weeks ago using Scheepjes Color Crafter in 18 shades.  If you are are looking for this yarn (which is available in over 90 colors by the way) you can buy it from Wool Warehouse, Deramores, Paradise Fibers (US/CA) or your local Scheepjes stockist. The colors I have chosen may seem random at first glance, but looking at the finished result there was at least some method to my madness, right?

scheepjes color crafter

This blanket is very warm because I am using the yarn double stranded. This meant that sometimes I had the blanket more next to me than on top of me whilst I was working on it. It is nice and warm in my back yarn, too warm for a winter blanket to be honest! But soon it will be cold again and then this blanket is going to be absolutely fabulous on my couch.

spectrum C2C blanket

I decided to add a simple, yet elegant border to the blanket. I wanted the color gradient to be the most predominant aspect of the blanket, but at the same time I felt it missed something if there was no border. The grey border is for me the finishing touch.

spectrum C2C blanket

And just a few more pics because I love this blanket so much….

spectrum C2C blanket

spectrum C2C blanket

I will get to writing up the free pattern this week. If all goes according to plan I will have all the details ready for you next week.

With love,

Esther

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