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Community Garden Blanket – Free Crochet Along

Community Garden Blanket – Free Crochet Along

Welcome to the Community Garden Blanket CAL. After the success of the Friendship Blanket and Bouquet of Flowers Afghan CAL I know that lots of you will love to give this one a go too! Why call it the Community Garden Blanket? This is another 

Growing Carrots – Free C2C Crochet Pattern

Growing Carrots – Free C2C Crochet Pattern

Want to crochet your own carrots corner to corner square? Growing Carrots was something that my Grandad used to do (although I remember the leeks much more than the carrots). He would grow them in his allotment and then enter local shows. As children I 

The Calligraphy Square – Free Crochet Pattern

The Calligraphy Square – Free Crochet Pattern

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:

ColourNo of blocks
White365
Grey260

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:

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4th July Throw Pillow – Part 2 of the Free CAL

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The Preemie Crochet Challenge 2022

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The Sunflower Square – Free Chart

The Sunflower Square – Free Chart

I cannot believe that I have not designed a sunflower square before now! It seems awfully remiss of me ….

When Claire from E’Claire Makery invited me to join in her Flower Garden CAL I immediately knew that I would do a Sunflower square. In fact, I had the square designed, written and out to testers within 2 days of signing up!

Needless to say this cute square has been waiting patiently in the wings for a few months now. Here in the UK it is the perfect time to bring on your Sunflower seeds. Just last week one of our neighbours had potted a few seeds and left them on their front porch for the children in the street to go and collect one. In a few weeks every house with a child in our street will have a sunflower or two growing in their garden.

 

 

My testers seemed to enjoy this pattern too! The pics below are from my fabulous testers. I love the twists that they put on their versions!

Would you believe that this was the first corner to corner project for some of my testers?

NEW TO CORNER TO CORNER?

Then don’t worry about it! The thought of corner to corner can intimidate a few crocheters (myself included when I started!)

I have a learn to corner to corner course that has helped a lot of crocheters to master the art of corner to corner. We go through it step by step from reading the patterns to how to do the stitch, increases and decreases to colour changes. I will show you how to work both squares and rectangles too. We even make a couple of free pattern projects together!

If you want to check it out then click the graphic below!

Pattern links:

The free chart is below (just keep scrolling). However, if you prefer an ad-free pdf version with the colour block and written instructions included just click on one of the shop links below:

Sunflower Square Pattern Specifics

Materials:

  • #4 weight yarn 4 colors 
  • 5mm hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Blocking mats and pins (optional)

Gauge – does not matter as long as you are consistent.

 

 

Sizing – Finished size is approximately 12” square depending on tension if using HDC and 16 “ if using DC

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 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 chart below. 

 

 

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The Sunflower Square Chart:

 

Colour No of Sts
White 282
Yellow 173
Orange 109
Brown 61

 

The Flower Garden Crochet Along (CAL)

This event is being hosted by E’Claire Makery. Claire is known for her love of flowers and colour work.

The Sunflower Square is the second of twelve squares in this CAL to be released. If you collect them all and make the Flower Garden afghan it will look something like mine.

Aren’t the squares stunning?? I am actually really happy with the way that my version turned out and I cannot wait to see how your’s looks in a few weeks!!

There are 2 ways of joining in this CAL:

  1. Collect the chart patterns as they are released. Each square will be a free chart on the designer’s blog post.
  2. Purchase the bundle of all of the squares for an amazing $10!! I would be super grateful if you would use my affiliate link by clicking the button below.
Get the bundle here!!

If you prefer to check out the roundup post and get the links for the individual charts you can click this button:

 

 

Bouquet of Flowers Afghan

Bouquet of Flowers Afghan

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 

Crochet the Corner to Corner Art Square – Free Pattern

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The Ornamental Garden Square – Free Crochet Pattern

The Ornamental Garden Square – Free Crochet Pattern

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 made. As soon as I finished the first version I knew immediately that I was going to call it the Ornamental Garden Square. It reminded me a little of some of the gardens that they design at the Chelsea Flower Show (that’s a big deal here in the UK). Only instead of a fountain or a seating area in the centre, I have a flower in full bloom.

What do you think? Does it suit the name?

I have the pattern free here – just keep scrolling. There are also links to both the right and left handed video tutorials for the Ornamental Garden Square. Word of warning: although I go through some of the intermediate sections more slowly, I do assume that you already know the basic stitches!

PDF Pattern Links

You can get the stand alone ad-free pdf pattern for this square in all of the usual places:

There is also the option to purchase the whole bundle for this CAL, including the joining and border instructions. This will always be available, but the price will increase after the CAL. If you would like to check it out click the button below:

 

Pattern Specifics for the Ornamental Garden Square

Materials:

#3 worsted/aran weight yarn in 4 colours4mm hookScissorsTapestry NeedleStitch Markers   

Sizing:

Once blocked your Ornamental Garden Square should be 10’’

Abbreviations   

Ch(s) – chain(s)Ss – slip stitch
St(s) – Stitch(es)MR – Magic RingSk – skip
Rep – Repeat
SC – Single crochet
HDC—half double crochet
FO—fasten off
YO – Yarn over
DC—double crochet 
    
  

Pattern Notes   Written in US terms

  • Ch3 does count as a DC unless specifically stated.
  • Pay attention to stitch placement and read the instructions fully

Video tutorials

As I mentioned above, there is a full video tutorial for both left and right handed crocheters (just below). I do assume that you are comfortable with the basic stitches (SC, HDC, DC, CH) and so do not slow down my crocheting for these stitches. I do slow down to show you where to place stitches and show you how to work the special stitches.

Are you ready for the pattern?

In Color A (yellow):

Rnd 1: MR or Ch4 and ss to join.  Ch3, 11 dc in the ring, ss to join then pull ring tightly closed. (12 DC)

Rnd 2: Ch1, *5dc in the next st, ss to the next st; rep from * around 5 more times (6 petals)

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Change to Color B (green) by ss to the base of any third stitch in any 5DC group:

Rnd 3: *CH3, SS to the base of the third DC of the next 5DC group*. Rep from * to * around. SS to first CH in starting CH3 to join. (6 CH3 spaces)

Rnd 4: SS into CH3 space. [SC, HDC, DC, picot, DC, HDC, SC] in each CH3 space around. SS to first SC to join. (6 ‘leaves’ – 12SC, 12HDC, 12DC, 6 picots)

Rnd 5: CH2 (doesn’t count). Working behind the leaf you created in round 4, *SS to round 3 between the [DC, picot, DC] of the leaf (note: at Rnd 3 this looks like 2DC as the picot is at the top of the leaf).

CH4, * Repeat from * to * around. SS to first SS to join. (6 CH4 spaces, 6 slip stitches at the center of the base of each leaf)

Change to color C (cream) by ss join to any CH4 space.

Rnd 6: CH3 (counts), 5DC in same ch4 space, 6DC in each remaining CH4 space around. SS to top of starting CH3 to join. (36 DC)

Rnd 7: CH1 (doesn’t count), SC in the first st from Rnd 6, *SC in the picot at the top of the leaf from Rnd 4, SC in the next 6 sts* Rep from * to * 4 more times, SC in the picot at the top of the leaf from Rnd 4, SC in the last 5 sts. (42 SC ) 

Rnd 8: CH1, SC in the first 3 sts, *2SC in next st, SC in next 6 sts until 3 sts remain, SC in last 3 sts. (48 SC)

Rnd 9: CH1, SC in first 2 sts, HDC in next 2 sts, DC in next 2 sts, *[2DC, CH2, 2DC] in next st (corner created), DC in next 2 sts, HDC in next 2 sts, SC in next 3 sts, HDC in next 2 sts, DC in next 2 sts. * Rep from * to * 2 more times. 

[2DC, CH2, 2DC] in next st, DC in next 2 sts, HDC in next 2 sts, SC in the last st. (12 SC, 16 HDC, 32 DC, 4 CH2 spaces)

Rnd 10: CH1, DC in first 8 sts, *[2DC, CH2, 2DC] in CH2 space, DC in next 15 sts* Rep from * to * twice more, [2DC, CH2, 2DC] in CH2 space, DC in last 7 sts (76 DC, 4 CH2 spaces)

Let’s start the bud section of the Ornamental Garden Square!

Join Color B (green) to any corner space.

Rnd 11: CH1, 2DC in same st, DC in next 3 sts, sk1, *[DC, CH1, DC] in next st. sk2 Rep from * 4 more times, [DC, CH1, DC] in next st, sk1, DC in next 2 sts, [2DC, CH2, 2DC] in corner space. **DC in next 3 sts, sk1, *[DC, CH1, DC] in next st. sk2 Rep from * 4 more times, [DC, CH1, DC] in next st, sk1, DC in next 2 sts, [2DC, CH2, 2DC] in corner space. Rep from ** 3 more times but miss the last 2DC in the final corner space. SS to join.

Join Color D to any ch1 space from round 11 at the beginning of any side.

Rnd 12: *Popcorn st, CH2 in each ch1 space across the side. (You will have 5 popcorn stitches.).

FO and attach yarn to the first CH1 space on the next side and repeat from * for each of the remaining 3 sides. (20 popcorn stitches, 16 CH2 spaces)

Join Color C (Cream) to any corner CH2 space.

Rnd 13: 2DC in corner space, **DC in next 4 sts, SC in the top of the popcorn st, *2SC in the CH2 space, SC in the top of the popcorn stitch* Rep from * to * until you have sc in the top of the last popcorn st of the side, DC in last 4 sts before the corner CH2 space. [2DC, CH2, 2DC] in corner space. Rep from ** 3 more times until you get to the last corner. [2DC, CH2] in the final corner. SS to first DC to join.

Rnd 14: CH1, 2DC in CH2 space *DC in next 6 sts, HDC in next 13 sts, DC in next 6 sts, [2DC, CH2, 2DC] in corner CH space* rep from * to * 3 more times. [2DC, CH2] in final corner space. SS to first DC to join.

 

Now we are on the home straight!

Join Color B (green) to any CH2 space.

Rnd 15: CH1, 2DC in CH2 space, **DC in next 4 sts, sk1, [DC, CH1, DC] in next st *sk2, [DC, CH1, DC] in next st,*  Rep from * 6 more times, SK1, DC in last 4 sts. [2DC, CH2, 2DC] in corner CH2 space. Rep from ** 3 more times but do not work the last 2DC in the last corner space. SS to first DC to join.

Join Colour D to any CH1 space at the beginning of any side.

Rnd 16: *Popcorn st, CH2 in each ch1 space across the side. (You will have 5 popcorn stitches.). FO and attach yarn to the first CH1 space on the next side and repeat from * for each of the remaining 3 sides. (28 popcorn stitches, 24 CH2 spaces)

 

Join Color C (Cream) to any corner CH2 space.

Rnd 13: 2DC in corner space, **DC in next 6 sts, SC in the top of the popcorn st, *2SC in the CH2 space, SC in the top of the popcorn stitch* Rep from * to * until you have sc in the top of the last popcorn st of the side, DC in last 6 sts before the corner CH2 space. [2DC, CH2, 2DC] in corner space. Rep from ** 3 more times until you get to the last corner. [2DC, CH2] in the final corner. SS to first DC to join.

Rnd 14: CH1, 2DC in CH2 space *DC in next 8 sts, HDC in next 19 sts, DC in next 8 sts, [2DC, CH2, 2DC] in corner CH space* rep from * to * 3 more times. [2DC, CH2] in final corner space. SS to first DC to join.

FO and weave in ends.

 

Bouquet of Flowers CAL

The bouquet of Flowers CAL runs from 28th February – 15th April 2022. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday there is a new square released which will be free until at least the end of the CAL. There are 2 ways of joining in this event:

  1. Collect the free patterns for each square as they are released
  2. Purchase the bundle which includes all 20 squares plus the joining and border instructions for an amazing $12.99

If you would like to purchase the bundle (which will be evergreen – the price will increase at the end of the CAL) then click the button below:

Do you want to find out which squares have already been released? Check out the roundup post by clicking the button below:

If you would prefer to collect each pattern as they become free then click the roundup button above and grab the code for the Ornamental Garden Square. Then come back here and click the button below:

Of course, I would LOVE it if you tagged me in your square phots on FaceBook or Instagram. Another way for you to stay in touch with me is to join my newsletter.

The general newsletter only goes out once (maybe twice on special occasions) a week. The Events and Cals newsletter goes out to let you know about the patterns included in the events that I am a part of or hosting as they become available. For the most part that can mean daily free or heavily discounted pdf pattern notifications etc direct to your inbox.

2022 CAL – The Logic Square

2022 CAL – The Logic Square

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