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A quick corner to corner project – Basket of Apples

A quick corner to corner project – Basket of Apples

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 

Looking for a harvest blanket square? Try this corner to corner one!

Looking for a harvest blanket square? Try this corner to corner one!

The Haybale Square was designed to be one of the harvest blanket squares in a CAL during November 2022. Please note: this post contains affiliate links. If you purchase something using one of them I may get a small commission at not extra cost to 

Do you love Nordic themed patterns? Try this Nordic Snowflake Blanket

Do you love Nordic themed patterns? Try this Nordic Snowflake Blanket

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 a designer inspiration can strike at any time. Unfortunately, by the time I could get to this idea last year I just didn’t have time to get it made, written, tested etc all before Christmas. It was simply too late to even try.

So instead this pattern has been taking over my thoughts every few weeks, just reminding me it was there … Waiting…

Inspiration behind the design

I love Nordic inspired crochet patterns. There is a simple beauty that translates so well into crafts when using only 2 colours in a project. I think that this is what makes the Nordic theme so popular!

The way you can so easily flip the colours and completely change the feel of a project! With a pattern such as this one, you could have one panel white and red, and the next panel red and white. Or what about doing it in blue and white?

Construction of the design

The Nordic Snowflake blanket is worked by creating individual snowflake panels using the corner to corner method and then joining them together.

I absolutely could have made them all in one big afghan pattern without the need to join. But I like the idea of the flexibility in being able to simply add additional squares to achieve the size that you want your blanket to be.

If you are new to corner to corner but want to give this project a go – I do have a great free learn to corner to corner course where I teach you everything from how to read the patterns up. You can check it out by clicking the image below:

 

A great ‘between projects’ WIP

This blanket a great between projects WIP. It is a good project to have on hand for when you have finished one project and are looking to start another, or are waiting for your yarn delivery arriving. At 25 x 25 blocks you can easily and quickly make a snowflake panel. Before you know it there will be enough panels to make an afghan.

The big question then becomes – will you keep it for yourself or gift it?

 

 

The Yarn

Write about the yarn used. Fiber content, what does it feel like, what do you like to use it for, etc.

For my version I used Wool of the Andes from WeCrochet.

This yarn works up so beautifully! It is a #4 weight (aran) yarn and is 100% Peruvian Highland Wool. Each skein is 50g and is 110 yards. For my 3 by 3 panel version with the border I used 11 skeins of red and 14 skeins of white.

Coupon Code:

At the time of writing this, WeCrochet have a coupon code on this very yarn! You can get 20% off when you purchase 10 or more skeins using code MYVALUEPACK promo code at checkout.

Now, for those of you new to this yarn ….

When you first get this yarn it feels a little ‘rough’, but it isn’t!

As you work it the yarn becomes much softer. My finished afghan is the squishiest, warmest afghan I have made in a long time. I have sensitive skin. My daughter has super sensitive skin. In fact, my daughter was under the care of the hospital in the city for her eczema. We can both snuggle under this blanket without issue. That being said, neither of us has an allergy to wool.

Get the PDF pattern!

I have decided to add the chart for the panels free below. I have not added the joining or border instructions because most often people like to use their own. However, the PDF Pattern includes both the joining and border patterns that I used.

You can find the ad-free PDF Pattern for this one in all of my shops:

Please note if you are here for the Winter Blog hop Event you will need to keep scrolling until you find the specific event button. These links will NOT get you the free pdf!

 

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Event

From 1st – 7th December 2022 only you can get the PDF Pattern for this one for 50% off in any of the shops above! All you need is the coupon code which you can find in the roundup post from Jo’s Crafty Hook.

This is one of many fabulous patterns featured this week.

All of the patterns featured are either free or 50% off until 7th December so be quick and check it out!

And after you have grabbed this one, why not go back to the roundup from Jo’s Crafty Hook and check out what other offerings there are!

The Nordic Snowflake blanket pattern specifics:

Materials:

#4 weight yarn in 2 colours – 1250 yards in red, 1540 in white
5mm (H) hook
Stitch markers (optional)
Scissors
Tapestry needle

Gauge:

Gauge is not important as long as you are consistent. I made my version with half double crochet (double crochet in UK terms) and my gauge for the corner to corner panels was 4 blocks wide by 4 blocks high in 2″

Sizing:

It is really easy to adjust the size of this afghan by adding more panels. Each of my panels were 12″ square before prepping them.

With the border included my afghan is 40″ square.

Other notes:

– Written in US terms. 

The Chart for the Square Panels:

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The Winter Wonders Blog Hop Event

On 2nd November 2022 only you can get the full PDF Pattern for this afghan as a free pdf download in the Winter Wonders Blog Hop Event.

Have you considered purchasing the bundle for this one? It includes all 43 patterns included in this event for an AMAZING $15.99! That works out at $0.37 per pattern!!! In the bundle there are:

  • 5 size inclusive garment patterns
  • 12 shawls, wrap, & scarf patterns
  • 10 homeware and blanket patterns
  • 1 small dog sweater pattern
  • 10 headwear & mitt patterns
  • 3 amigurumi patterns

To find out more and take a peek at all of the included designs click the button below!

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 

Free Corner to Corner Pattern – Perfect for Teachers!

Free Corner to Corner Pattern – Perfect for Teachers!

This corner to corner square is a nod to all of the teachers out there who do an amazing job with our children. It is because we entrust them with our children five days a week and they help to shape the people that they 

The Kinship Afghan Free CAL – A Crochet Project for 2022

The Kinship Afghan Free CAL – A Crochet Project for 2022

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. The bundle is now available!
Keep up to date with weekly emails
 

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!

 

Want the complete e-book??

The complete E-book for this CAL is now available!!

This is not a bundle – it is a pretty collated e-book. So what is included?

  • There are 2 versions – a pretty one with the logos etc and a print friendly version.
  • Each page is numbered
  • Contents page so you can easily identify and find the square you would like to work on.
  • Each square has it’s own chart, written AND colour block instructions included. I do not have joining or border instructions as I used a simple HDC border on mine and the zig zag slip stitch join (which you can find here)
  • You can get all 13 (yes, 13!!) squares
  • Note: the additional square is for International Merlot Day in November and I decided to add it as a bonus to the e-book rather than include alcohol depictions in the CAL. I don’t drink personally but I do love the square!

Grab your curated E-book for only £6.50 by clicking the button below!

The additional square

 

Make the Kinship Afghan CAL Squares …

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!

June – Granny Square C2C Square

June 11th in International Knit (or Crochet) in Pubic Day.

How could I not mark this day?? Will you be crocheting in public with me on 11th?

This square depicts a granny square and a hook. It would make a great front panel for a WIP bag!

July – Chess Square

July 20th is International Chess Day.

As soon as I saw this I had an image of this square in my head!

The squares behind the rook represent the chess board.

This panel is a fun one to work up and looks great!

August – Calligraphy Square

World Calligraphy Day is August 12th. I love this square, although it wasn’t as straight forward to design as I am unfortunately not adept at calligraphy!

I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did!

 

September – Book Square

September 8th is International Literacy Day. Reading is one of my favourite past times and so I just had to create a book square!

 

October – Apple for the Teacher Square

October 5th is World Teacher’s Day. Let’s celebrate all of the awesome teachers out there with this sweet square!!

I think it would also make a fabulous wall hanging for a classroom.

November – the Olive Tree Branch Square

November 26th is World Olive Tree Day!

There is so much to recognise about this particular square. Among other things, it symbolises peace, and has done for centuries! The olives it produces are also so yummy!

December – The Mountain Square

December 11th marks International Mountain Day. It is just amazing how important the mountains are to humanity – for fresh water, climate control, food and wildlife. They are also home to lots of people!

This square is the final square in the Kinship Afghan Cal.

Love easy corner to corner projects? Try this Stag Afghan

Love easy corner to corner projects? Try this Stag Afghan

This stag afghan is an easy corner to corner project …. really! It might be an afghan but until you get to the antlers there really is not a lot of colour changes at all! Once you reach the antlers there is not too many 

The Book Square – Free C2C Pattern

The Book Square – Free C2C Pattern

September 8th 2022 is International Literacy Day (ILD). This is different to World Book Day which was held in March. But the book square will work perfectly to celebrate both days. It would look fabulous as a wall hanging in a library or reading corner! 

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!

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