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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Celtic Tiles Square Video Tutorial

Have you seen the impressive Celtic Tiles Blanket by Tatsiana from Lilla Bjorn Crochet? Isn’t that Celtic knot just impressive? And I am sure some of you are thinking “I will never be able to make that…“. If you are thinking that then no worries, I have a video tutorial for you so you can make the square yourself.

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Resources for Celtic Tiles Blanket

Yarn

The Celtic Tiles Blanket is made from Scheepjes Stone Washed XL and there are several colorways to choose from. I have made my square using Boulder Opal. To make one square you need 2 balls of Stone Washed XL, to make a full size blanket you will need 38 balls. The yarn is also available as a kit.

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You can buy Scheepjes Stone Washed XL from Wool Warehouse, Deramores or your preferred Scheepjes Stockist.

Video tutorial

I have made a video tutorial for you showing how to work the rows making up the Celtic Tiles square. I am only showing you how to work the square. If you are making the blanket you can find instructions for joining and the border on Tatsiana’s blog.

 


If you made this amazing square or the entire blanket I would love to see your work. Feel free to share your work with me 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 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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