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 …
Tag: corner to corner
In January 2022 I had a random idea to host a FREE little Kinship Afghan CAL that runs for the whole of 2022. The theme for this one is internationally celebrated dates. You will not find any politically motivating dates being represented in this CAL, which is why I have named it Kinship. I wanted to pick some of the more ‘fun’ dates that everyone could join in with. In it you will find days like international logic day, world art day, no diet day and more!
Designed to use your scraps!
That’s right …. For this one I decided that I would not buy any new yarn for it. I am using my scraps and shopping my stash and part used skeins!
Let’s face it, with Christmas out of the way most of us have a lot of part used skeins and scraps lying around that we just knew would come in for something.
How does it work?
On the first Wednesday of each month I will release a new 25 x 25 corner to corner square that I have designed. It will represent a different internationally recognised day.
Click the photo of the square that you want to visit below to be taken to the blog post.
At the end of the year you will have 12 afghan blocks that you can join to create a great unisex afghan, or maybe some pillows, fun tote bags, placemats, wall hangings …. The world is your oyster!
What will you make with yours?
How can you join in?
There are several ways for you to join in the fun:
- Bookmark this page. Come back on the first Wednesday of each month to get the link for the free pattern to the next Kinship Afghan CAL square.
- Sign up to one of my email lists – I have one specifically for events and CALs that I am involved with (so emails can be daily), and a general weekly newsletter list. See the links below.
- Join my FB Community group and follow me on Facebook or Instagram. (Links below)
- Coming soon – I will be putting together a very inexpensive bundle of all of the squares just as soon as I have them all ready. At the moment I have them all worked up and tested up to August. I am hoping the bundle will be available by mid May.
New to Corner to Corner?
Then I have you covered.
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!
Make the Kinship Afghan CAL Squares …
Click the photos to be taken to the blog posts with the free patterns.
January – The Logic Square
International Logic Day was on 14th January.
Started in 2019, it also encourages the idea that logic, as reasoning, is a central feature of human beings.
Click the photo of this square to be taken to the blog post and pattern.
February – Cancer Awareness Month
Cancer is something that has or will touch almost everyone in one way or another throughout their lifetime. Whether you battle the disease, know or care for someone going through treatment this one was poignant to mark.
Make your ribbon in any colour(s) that represent a cancer battle that has touched you, or make it in burgundy like me to represent all cancers.
March – the Music Square
March 1st is International Music Therapy Day. It is a day for people all around the world to celebrate the healing power of music.
This square was so much fun for me to design.
Click the photo to check out the blog post.
April – The Art Square
World Art Day is celebrated on April 15th (check out my post to see why!)
Much like with music art traverses all societies, cultures and abilities. It encourages discussion, appreciation and understanding of others.
May – Donut Square
Celebrate both International No Diet Day (one of my favourites on the list!) AND World Baking Day with me in May.
So ditch the calorie counting for one day on 6th May and bake some goodies to share with friends and neighbours on 15th May!
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 …
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!!
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
- 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
↙ 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)
↙ Row 19: (orange) x2, (purple) x1, (green) x2. (red) x2, (yellow) x1, (red) x2, (orange) x4, (yellow) x3, (green) x2. (19 squares)
↗ Row 20: (green) x2, (yellow) x3, (orange) x5, (red) x1, (yellow) x2, (red) x1, (green) x3, (orange) x3. (20 squares)
↙ Row 21: (orange) x4, (green) x3, (yellow) x3, (orange) x 6, (yellow) x 3, (green) x2 (21 squares)
↗ Row 22: (green) x2, (yellow) x4, (orange) x5, (yellow) x 3, (green) x 3, (orange) x 5 (22 squares)
↙ Row 23: (orange) x6, (green) x3, (yellow) x3, (orange) x4, (yellow) x4, (blue) x1, (green) x2 (23 squares)
↗ Row 24: (blue) x1, (green) x1, (blue) x2, (yellow) x4, (orange) x 3, (yellow) x 3, (green) x 3, (orange) x 7 (24 squares)
↙ Row 25: (orange) x7, (green) x3, (yellow) x 3, (red) x 1, (orange) x 2, (red) x 1, (yellow) x 3, (blue) x 5 (25 squares)
Corner from both sides
↗ Row 26: (blue) x4, (yellow) x3, (red) x 2, (orange) x 1, (red) x 2, (yellow) x 3, (green) x 3, (orange) x 6 (24 squares)
↙ Row 27: (orange) x5, (green) x3, (yellow) x3, (red) x6, (yellow) x3, (blue) x 3 (23 squares)
↗ Row 28: (blue) x2, (yellow) x3, (red) x7, (yellow) x3, (green) x2, (grey) x1, (orange) x4. (22 squares)
↙ Row 29: (orange) x3, (grey) x2, (green) x1, (blue) x1, (yellow) x3, (red) x6, (green) x1. (yellow) x2, (grey) x1, (blue) x1 (21 squares)
↗ Row 30: (grey) x2, (yellow) x1, (green) x2, (red) x5, (yellow) x3, (blue) x2, (grey) x 3, (orange) x 2 (20 squares)
↙ Row 31: (orange) x1, (grey) x3, (blue) x3, (yellow) x3, (red) x4, (green) x3, (grey) x2 (19 squares)
↗ Row 32: (grey) x1, (green) x3, (red) x5, (yellow) x 2, (blue) x 4, (grey) x 3 (18 squares)
↙ Row 33: (grey) x 3, (blue) x 4, (yellow) x 1, (red) x 6, (green) x 3 (17 squares)
↗ Row 34: (green) x 2, (red) x 7, (blue) x 4, (grey) x 3 (16 squares)
↙ Row 35: (grey) x 3, (blue) x 4, (red) x 6, (green) x 2 (15 squares)
↗ Row 36: (green) x2, (red) x2, (purple) x1, (red) x2, (blue) x4, (grey) x3 (14 squares)
↙ Row 37: (grey) x3, (blue) x4, (red) x1, (purple) x2, (red) x1, (green) x2 (13 squares)
↗ Row 38: (green) x 2, (purple) x 3, (blue) x 4, (grey) x 3 (12 squares)
↙ Row 39: (grey) x 2, (pink) x 1, (blue) x 3, (purple) x 4, (green) x 1 (11 squares)
↗ Row 40: (purple) x 5, (blue) x 2, (pink) x 2, (grey) x 1 (10 squares)
↙ Row 41: (pink) x 3, (blue) x 1, (pink) x 1, (purple) x 4 (9 squares)
↗ Row 42: (purple) x 3, (pink) x 5 (8 squares)
↙ Row 43: (pink) x 5, (purple) x 2 (7 squares)
↗ Row 44: (purple) x 1, (pink) x 5 (6 squares)
↙ Row 45: (pink) x 5 (5 squares)
↗ Row 46: (pink) x 2, (grey) x 1, (pink) x 1 (4 squares)
↙ Row 47: (grey) x 2, (pink) x 1 (3 squares)
↗ Row 48: (grey) x 2 (2 squares)
↙ Row 49: (grey) x 1 (1 square)
Don’t forget to share your squares with me in our FB group or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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The Fighter Blanket by Kimberly’s crafts was designed and released especially for our Preemie Crochet Challenge 2021!
Kimberly was the first designer to join us. Literally within about 2 minutes of me putting a call out she was there with her hands up! And then within what felt like days (possibly a week) she had this blanket ready to be tested!
For me, this design truly represents the Preemie Crochet Challenge.
Each and every preemie baby is such a little fighter, whether they are victorious or not. So many adults would give up if they went through what some of these preemies go through. Their desire to survive is simply amazing. I had a few hairy days with my preemie, but I am so thankful that her issues were both quickly resolved and didn’t have any knock on effects.
As a parent of a preemie there are days where you feel helpless, frustrated, scared beyond words. The only thing in the world you want to do is hold your baby and tell them everything will be OK. I know that a blanket like this would have helped me to stay strong the day that I eventually broke down and let out all of my emotions.
Note: This pattern will be available free with the coupon code on 8th and 9th August only.
A few words from the designer herself:
Kimberly does not have a blog that she uses so she has put together a few words for me to share with you about herself.
Hello, everyone my name is Kimberly Wood.
I was born and raised in Florida, and have stayed here my whole life, but travel all around, visiting many states and remote places like Jamaica.
I learned to knit when I was 11, my grandma taught me. Before I learned to crochet with yarn, I learned to crochet with rainbow loom bands!
After that I Loved making Amigrumi’s and slowly learned how to make c2c picture blankets. Those are my two favorite passions of crochet. It’s hard to work on them sometimes, due to one of my fur babies always trying to sit on my lap. But I was able to make this c2c graph just in time for this preemie event!
I hope everyone has fun making it, and the free code will be active on 8/8 to 8/9.
If you need the code for this one you will find it by clicking the round up button.
Kimberly’s Ravelry Store
You can also find Kimberly and her other patterns on her Ravelry Store at https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/kimberly-lynn-woods-ravelry-store