The Basket of Apples corner to corner afghan block was designed as part of the Harvest Blanket CAL. This event was hosted by E’Claire Makery in November 2022. It was the second corner to corner project that I had designed for this event. The first …

This Nordic Snowflake blanket is a great crochet pattern. It is as snuggly as it looks and uses corner to corner techniques. I have had the idea for this Nordic Snowflake blanket in my head for about 18 months now. The problem is that as …

I love the way that this calligraphy square turned out. The subtle colour combo I used to make it is also calling to me. I am not going to lie though — the design process was a little bit trickier! Getting those pretty flicks and swirls to look somewhat like what I had in my head was a challenge!

World Calligraphy Day

World Calligraphy Day is celebrated on 10th August 2022 to celebrate the impact that calligraphy has had on cultures and civilisations throughout history. Examples are the Chinese, Ancient Egyptians, and Latin!

Can you write in calligraphy? I can’t, but I wish I could. My Step Father does! It is so beautiful.

When I think of calligraphy I think of the Lindisfarne Gospels and other beautiful manuscripts. What about you?

Yarn Used:

I was determined that this CAL would be designed specifically to use my stash and part used skeins of yarn. I managed it! The whole thing was designed and made with yarn that I already had.

The Calligraphy Square was made using Caron Simply Soft. I believe I used colourways bone and sage for mine.

I have heard a lot of things said about Caron simply soft but I have to say that I do enjoy working with it. It doesn’t split for me except for when it is old scraps of yarn that have been wound into little scrap balls. But even then only occasionally. And I haven’t found that it has too many knots in it where the yarn snapped during manufacture.

I can think of at least 25 items (mostly blankets) I have made with Caron Simply Soft and I would definitely use it again!

You will also need a 5mm hook.

PDF Pattern links

If you would like the ad-free PDF Pattern which includes the chart, written and colour block instructions you can find it in my shops:

PART OF THE KINSHIP CAL 2022

Throughout 2022 I am releasing one square a month. The theme is international days and holidays that are not political or religiously motivated. This is why I named it the Kinship CAL – everyone can join in and just have fun with it.

The Calligraphy Square is for August. If you want to check out the other squares so far you can visit my round up post here.

NEW TO CORNER TO CORNER?

I have a learn to corner to corner course . It has helped a lot of crocheters to master corner to corner. Together we look at reading the patterns, how to do the stitch, increases and decreases and colour changes. I will show you how to work both squares and rectangles too. We even make a couple of free pattern projects together!

Pattern Specifics:

Sizing: Finished size once blocked is approximately 12” square depending on tension if using HDC

Notes:

This is corner to corner graph and is worked bottom right to top left on the right side.

To work out how much yarn you will need you will need to do a sample swatch with the stitch. Use the stitch you intend to use (HDC or DC). Then measure how much yarn you used per stitch multiplying that by the number of stitches of that color. Add some for the tails to be worked in at the end.

Color charts with stitch totals are listed under the picture graph.

The Calligraphy Square Pattern:

Colour

No of blocks

White

365

Grey

260

Written Instructions for your Calligraphy Square:

Written Instructions:

↙ Row 1: (white) x 1 (1 square)

↗ Row 2: (white) x 2 (2 squares)

↙ Row 3: (white) x 3 (3 squares)

↗ Row 4: (white) x 4 (4 squares)

↙ Row 5: (white) x 1, (grey) x 4 (5 squares)

↗ Row 6: (grey) x 5, (white) x 1 (6 squares)

↙ Row 7: (white) x 3, (grey) x 3, (white) x 1 (7 squares)

↗ Row 8: (white) x 1, (grey) x 3, (white) x 4 (8 squares)

↙ Row 9: (white) x 4, (grey) x 3, (white) x 2 (9 squares)

↗ Row 10: (white) x 3, (grey) x 3, (white) x 4 (10 squares)

↙ Row 11: (white) x 4, (grey) x 3, (white) x 4 (11 squares)

↗ Row 12: (white) x 4, (grey) x 4, (white) x 4 (12 squares)

↙ Row 13: (white) x 4, (grey) x 4, (white) x 5 (13 squares)

↗ Row 14: (white) x 6, (grey) x 4, (white) x 4 (14 squares)

↙ Row 15: (white) x 4, (grey) x 4, (white) x 7 (15 squares)

↗ Row 16: (white) x 8, (grey) x 4, (white) x 4 (16 squares)

↙ Row 17: (white) x 4, (grey) x 5, (white) x 8 (17 squares)

↗ Row 18: (white) x 8, (grey) x 6, (white) x 4 (18 squares)

↙ Row 19: (white) x 4, (grey) x 7, (white) x 6, (grey) x 1, (white) x 1 (19 squares)

↗ Row 20: (grey) x 3, (white) x 5, (grey) x 3, (white) x 1, (grey) x 4, (white) x 4 (20 squares)

↙ Row 21: (white) x 4, (grey) x 4, (white) x 2, (grey) x 3, (white) x 4, (grey) x 4 (21 squares)

↗ Row 22: (grey) x 1, (white) x 7, (grey) x 3, (white) x 3, (grey) x 4, (white) x 4 (22 squares)

↙ Row 23: (white) x 4, (grey) x 4, (white) x 4, (grey) x 3, (white) x 6, (grey) x 2 (23 squares)

↗ Row 24: (white) x 1, (grey) x 4, (white) x 3, (grey) x 3, (white) x 5, (grey) x 4, (white) x 4 (24 squares)

↙ Row 25: (white) x 4, (grey) x 4, (white) x 6, (grey) x 9, (white) x 2 (25 squares)

Corner at both sides

↗ Row 26: (white) x 2, (grey) x 8, (white) x 7, (grey) x 6, (white) x 1 (24 squares)

↙ Row 27: (grey) x 6, (white) x 7, (grey) x 7, (white) x 3 (23 squares)

↗ Row 28: (white) x 6, (grey) x 14, (white) x 2 (22 squares)

↙ Row 29: (white) x 2, (grey) x 11, (white) x 2, (grey) x 1, (white) x 5 (21 squares)

↗ Row 30: (white) x 5, (grey) x 1, (white) x 4, (grey) x 8, (white) x 2 (20 squares)

↙ Row 31: (white) x 2, (grey) x 6, (white) x 6, (grey) x 1, (white) x 4 (19 squares)

↗ Row 32: (white) x 4, (grey) x 1, (white) x 2, (grey) x 1, (white) x 3, (grey) x 2, (white) x 1, (grey) x 3, (white) x 1 (18 squares)

↙ Row 33: (white) x 1, (grey) x 3, (white) x 1, (grey) x 2, (white) x 3, (grey) x 1, (white) x 1, (grey) x 1, (white) x 4 (17 squares)

↗ Row 34: (white) x 3, (grey) x 1, (white) x 2, (grey) x 1, (white) x 2, (grey) x 2, (white) x 2, (grey) x 2, (white) x 1 (16 squares)

↙ Row 35: (white) x 1, (grey) x 2, (white) x 2, (grey) x 4, (white) x 2, (grey) x 1, (white) x 3 (15 squares)

↗ Row 36: (white) x 2, (grey) x 2, (white) x 2, (grey) x 2, (white) x 3, (grey) x 3 (14 squares)

↙ Row 37: (grey) x 3, (white) x 7, (grey) x 1, (white) x 2 (13 squares)

↗ Row 38: (white) x 2, (grey) x 1, (white) x 5, (grey) x 4 (12 squares)

↙ Row 39: (grey) x 4, (white) x 3, (grey) x 2, (white) x 2 (11 squares)

↗ Row 40: (white) x 2, (grey) x 7, (white) x 1 (10 squares)

↙ Row 41: (white) x 1, (grey) x 6, (white) x 2 (9 squares)

↗ Row 42: (white) x 3, (grey) x 4, (white) x 1 (8 squares)

↙ Row 43: (white) x 7 (7 squares)

↗ Row 44: (white) x 6 (6 squares)

↙ Row 45: (white) x 5 (5 squares)

↗ Row 46: (white) x 4 (4 squares)

↙ Row 47: (white) x 3 (3 squares)

↗ Row 48: (white) x 2 (2 squares)

↙ Row 49: (white) x 1 (1 square)

I do hope you are enjoying this CAL!

Tag me in your Kinship Afghan and Calligraphy Square Makes:

The Hannah Square was written especially for a CAL that Raelynn from Itchin’ for Some Stitchin’ asked me to join. She had this fabulous idea to have designers provide a 7″ AND 8″ square pattern of a favourite solid stitch which can then be put …

The Bouquet of Flowers Afghan CAL is here! Last year lots of you loved the Friendship blanket so much. This year the designers were asking me to organise another one! So I did. Why call it the Bouquet of Flowers Afghan? It’s been a long …

Say hello to the Art Square. This one is the square for April in my 2022 Corner to Corner CAL.

April 15th is World Art Day. It was started in 2019 to celebrate fine art – but let’s face it, there are so many forms of art that are recognised and appreciated today!

NEW TO CORNER TO CORNER??

If you have never worked corner to corner before, don’t worry …. I have a full and comprehensive mini course which includes a free complete pattern. Learn how to Corner to Corner here.

Why April 15th?

Fun fact – April 15th is Leonardo de Vinci’s birthday!

Much like with music (that was celebrated in my March’s square) art traverses all societies, cultures and abilities. It encourages discussion, appreciation and understanding of others.

As soon as I found that World Art Day was celebrated in April I knew that was the day I would represent in my square! The difficult thing was deciding what to create – an easel? A paint tray? A representation of a famous piece of art?

At only 25 x 25 squares the scope of what I could accurately reflect was limited. I also wanted it to be fairly easy for beginners with not too many colour changes or ends to weave in but still fun and identifiable!

What do you think … Did I manage it?

PDF Pattern Links

If you would prefer to have the pdf pattern for this square you can find it in the following places:

MATERIALS NEEDED FOR THE ART SQUARE

For this square you will need :

#4 weight yarn in whatever colors you choose! I designed this in 6 colours to really use some of those smaller scraps but you can change them out quite easily.

5mm hook

Scissors

Tapestry needle

Blocking mats and pins (optional)

Sizing: Gauge does not matter as long as you are consistent. If you use HDC your block will be approximately 12” square depending on tension. If you opt for DC blocks then you will find that it will typically be between 16-18″

To work out how much yarn you will need you will need to do a sample swatch with the stitch you intend to use (HDC or DC) and then measure how much yarn you used per stitch multiplying that by the number of stitches of that color and adding some for the tails to be worked in at the end.

Color charts with stitch totals are listed under the graph below.

The Art Square Graph

Written instructions for the Art Square:

↙ Row 1: (purple) x 1 (1 square)

↗ Row 2: (purple) x 2 (2 squares)

↙ Row 3: (purple) x 3 (3 squares)

↗ Row 4: (purple) x 4 (4 squares)

↙ Row 5: (purple) x 4, (blue) x 1 (5 squares)

↗ Row 6: (blue) x 2, (purple) x 4 (6 squares)

↙ Row 7: (purple) x 4, (blue) x 3 (7 squares)

↗ Row 8: (blue) x 4, (purple) x 4 (8 squares)

↙ Row 9: (purple) x 4, (blue) x 5 (9 squares)

↗ Row 10: (green) x 1, (blue) x 5, (purple) x 4 (10 squares)

↙ Row 11: (purple) x 4, (blue) x 5, (green) x 2 (11 squares)

↗ Row 12: (green) x 3, (blue) x 5, (purple) x 3, (orange) x 1 (12 squares)

↙ Row 13: (orange) x 2, (purple) x 2, (blue) x 5, (green) x 4 (13 squares)

↗ Row 14: (red) x 1, (green) x 4, (blue) x 6, (yellow) x 2, (orange) x 1 (14 squares)

↙ Row 15: (orange) x 1, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 1, (blue) x 6, (green) x 4, (red) x 2 (15 squares)

↗ Row 16: (red) x 3, (green) x 4, (blue) x 6, (White) x 2, (purple) x 1 (16 squares)

↙ Row 17: (White) x 3, (blue) x 6, (green) x 4, (red) x 4 (17 squares)

↗ Row 18: (grey) x 1, (red) x 4, (green) x 4, (blue) x 5, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 3 (18 squares)

↙ Row 19: (White) x 3, (yellow) x 2, (blue) x 4, (green) x 4, (red) x 4, (grey) x 2 (19 squares)

↗ Row 20: (grey) x 3, (red) x 4, (green) x 4, (blue) x 3, (orange) x 1, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 4 (20 squares)

↙ Row 21: (White) x 4, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 2, (blue) x 2, (green) x 4, (red) x 4, (grey) x 3, (burgundy) x 1 (21 squares)

↗ Row 22: (burgundy) x 2, (grey) x 3, (red) x 4, (green) x 4, (blue) x 1, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 2, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 4 (22 squares)

↙ Row 23: (White) x 5, (orange) x 1, (yellow) x 3, (green) x 4, (red) x 4, (grey) x 3, (burgundy) x 3 (23 squares)

↗ Row 24: (burgundy) x 4, (grey) x 3, (red) x 3, (yellow) x 1, (green) x 4, (yellow) x 3, (blue) x 1, (White) x 5 (24 squares)

↙ Row 25: (White) x 5, (blue) x 2, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 1, (green) x 4, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 1, (red) x 2, (grey) x 3, (burgundy) x 5 (25 squares)

Corner at both sides

↗ Row 26: (burgundy) x 5, (grey) x 3, (red) x 1, (orange) x 2, (yellow) x 1, (green) x 4, (White) x 2, (blue) x 1, (White) x 5 (24 squares)

↙ Row 27: (White) x 7, (green) x 5, (orange) x 2, (yellow) x 1, (grey) x 3, (burgundy) x 5 (23 squares)

↗ Row 28: (burgundy) x 5, (grey) x 3, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 2, (green) x 4, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 6 (22 squares)

↙ Row 29: (White) x 5, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 1, (green) x 3, (red) x 1, (orange) x 1, (yellow) x 1, (grey) x 3, (burgundy) x 5 (21 squares)

↗ Row 30: (burgundy) x 5, (grey) x 4, (red) x 2, (green) x 2, (orange) x 2, (White) x 5 (20 squares)

↙ Row 31: (White) x 4, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 2, (green) x 1, (White) x 1, (red) x 1, (grey) x 4, (burgundy) x 5 (19 squares)

↗ Row 32: (burgundy) x 5, (grey) x 4, (White) x 2, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 2, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 3 (18 squares)

↙ Row 33: (White) x 2, (green) x 1, (orange) x 2, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 2, (grey) x 4, (burgundy) x 5 (17 squares)

↗ Row 34: (burgundy) x 5, (grey) x 3, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 3, (yellow) x 1, (green) x 1, (White) x 2 (16 squares)

↙ Row 35: (White) x 1, (green) x 2, (White) x 3, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 1, (grey) x 2, (burgundy) x 5 (15 squares)

↗ Row 36: (burgundy) x 4, (yellow) x 1, (grey) x 1, (orange) x 1, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 5, (green) x 1 (14 squares)

↙ Row 37: (White) x 5, (orange) x 2, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 1, (orange) x 1, (burgundy) x 3 (13 squares)

↗ Row 38: (burgundy) x 2, (orange) x 1, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 1, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 1, (grey) x 1, (White) x 4 (12 squares)

↙ Row 39: (White) x 3, (grey) x 2, (White) x 2, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 2, (burgundy) x 1 (11 squares)

↗ Row 40: (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 2, (White) x 3, (grey) x 1, (White) x 3 (10 squares)

↙ Row 41: (White) x 6, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 1, (yellow) x 1 (9 squares)

↗ Row 42: (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 1, (burgundy) x 1, (White) x 5 (8 squares)

↙ Row 43: (White) x 4, (burgundy) x 2, (yellow) x 1 (7 squares)

↗ Row 44: (White) x 1, (burgundy) x 1, (White) x 4 (6 squares)

The ornamental Garden Square is the 6th square to be released in the Bouquet of Flowers CAL. I designed it specifically for the event and love how it turned out. It has a slightly vintage feel to it I think, especially in the second version I …

February’s C2C square for our 2022 scrap busting CAL is the Cancer Ribbon Square. February 4th is World Cancer Day. At some point in our lives we will have a friend or relative who we support as they go through treatment for Cancer or maybe …

Do you have a box full of scrap yarn or part used skeins that you just don’t want to get rid of? The Logic Square is the perfect way to use some of those smaller scraps that you just couldn’t throw out.

The CAL for 2022

Last week I came up with the idea to have a scrap busting CAL using one of my favourite techniques, Corner to Corner.

Luckily Anita, a C2C pro and awesome friend was so encouraging. Anita is also one of my moderators in our Facebook community group. I ran the concept by her and she loved it offering to test the squares as I had them designed!

During the first week of every month I will be releasing a new 25 x 25 block square on the blog with the theme of International Days.

Why international days? Our Community is from around the world, with different national holidays and of course different religions. I wanted as many people as possible to feel included so I decided on international days that can be celebrated by anyone.

New to corner to corner??

If you have never worked corner to corner before, don’t worry …. I have a full and comprehensive mini course which includes a free complete pattern. Learn how to Corner to Corner here.

The Logic Square celebrates World Logic Day

I found a great international day calendar online and have picked out a few of the days ready to get ahead with this project …. I mentioned that I only thought of it last week didn’t I?

Ad soon as I saw that Friday 14th January was World Logic Day the idea for this square just came to me. It became an idea that would not leave me alone and demanded that I work it up and get this mystery CAL going asap. after all, we are now more than half way through January (EEEEK).

So raid your scrap buckets and let’s get them used up!!

Pattern links

Materials needed for the Logic Square

For this square you will need :

#4 weight yarn in whatever colors you choose! I designed this in 7 colours to really use some of those smaller scraps but you can change them out quite easily.

5mm hook

Scissors

Tapestry needle

Blocking mats and pins (optional)

Sizing: Gauge does not matter as long as you are consistent. If you use HDC your block will be approximately 12” square depending on tension. If you opt for DC blocks then you will find that it will be between 16-18″

To work out how much yarn you will need you will need to do a sample swatch with the stitch you intend to use (HDC or DC) and then measure how much yarn you used per stitch multiplying that by the number of stitches of that color and adding some for the tails to be worked in at the end.

Color charts with stitch totals are listed under the graph below.

The Logic Square Pattern

Written instructions:

↙ Row 1: (pink) x 1 (1 square) ↗ Row 2: (pink) x 2 (2 squares) ↙ Row 3: (pink) x 3 (3 squares) ↗ Row 4: (pink) x 4 (4 squares) ↙ Row 5: (pink) x 5 (5 squares) ↗ Row 6: (pink) x 6 (6 squares) ↙ Row 7: (pink) x 7 (7 squares) ↗ Row 8: (pink) x 4, (red) x 1, (pink) x 2, (red) x 1 (8 squares) ↙ Row 9: (red) x 2, (pink) x 1, (red) x 2, (pink) x 4 (9 squares) ↗ Row 10: (pink) x 4, (red) x 6 (10 squares) ↙ Row 11: (red) x 7, (pink) x 3, (green) x 1 (11 squares) ↗ Row 12: (green) x 2, (pink) x 3, (red) x 6, (purple) x 1 (12 squares) ↙ Row 13: (purple) x 2, (red) x 5, (pink) x 3, (green) x 3 (13 squares) ↗ Row 14: (green) x 4, (pink) x 3, (red) x 4, (purple) x 3 (14 squares) ↙ Row 15: (purple) x 3, (red) x 5, (pink) x2, (green) x2, (yellow) x 1, (green) x 2. (15 squares)

↗ Row 16: (green) x2, (yellow) x2, (green) x1, (orange) x 1, (pink) x 1, (red) x 6, (purple) x 3. (16 squares)

↙ Row 17: (purple) x 3, (red) x 7, (orange) x 2, (yellow) x 3, (green) x 2 (17 squares) ↗ Row 18: (green) x2, (yellow) x3, (orange) x3, (red) x6, (green) x1, (purple) x2, (orange) x1 (18 squares)