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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 

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!

Tag me in your Kinship Afghan and Calligraphy Square Makes:

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Crochet Your Own Chess Square – Free C2C Pattern

Crochet Your Own Chess Square – Free C2C Pattern

My take on the game of chess is this Chess Square. It was a fun one to design and to make. This celebrates International Chess Day on July 20th. ** This is a free pattern on the blog. Please do not copy and paste any 

How to Prepare Your Corner to Corner Projects for Joining and Borders

How to Prepare Your Corner to Corner Projects for Joining and Borders

You have your corner to corner panels made. Now you need to know how to prepare them for joining and borders! This process is actually really quick (or at least it feels like it is to me). Once you get your eyes used to where 

4th July Throw Pillow – Free Crochet Along!

4th July Throw Pillow – Free Crochet Along!

The 4th July throw pillow is an idea that Erin from Juniper and Oakes and I had while chatting one evening last week.

The idea took off and we just couldn’t leave it alone! So it became an impromptu CAL. And I think you are going to love it.

What do you think of it?

Erin was a fast worker!

Our chat was late one evening my time. By the time I woke up the next morning Erin had several c2c options for the front and back of the pillow designed.

 

 

Of course, I wasn’t going to take one of her designs and pretend that I had come up with the idea! So we discussed and I decided that I would come up with some texture for the back panel. I actually really like playing with texture and love the way that this one turned out.

What is a CAL?

For those of you new to CALs …. A CAL is a Crochet Along. It is the opportunity for you to work on a project at the same time as other people within the crochet community. You get to ask questions and receive help and support, share your WIPs and yarn choices as well as your finished projects.

CALs are great fun and a great way to make new crochet friends along the way too.

My Facebook Community group is really active and VERY supportive of each other. Don’t forget to join the Juniper and Oakes Facebook group too!

I will also be sharing the updates in my Events and CALs email if you would like to join my mailing list.

 

Don’t want the American Flag on yours?

That’s OK! You could make 2 back panels in your colour(s) of choice instead!

OR

What about making the front panel but continuing the stripes? Or having the blue and the ‘stars’ just as a solid blue section?

 

 

Materials needed:

For my version I used the following (although it is dependant upon your tension!)

  • 6mm hook (if you are a loose crocheter you can get away with a 5mm or 5.5 if you are more comfortable with those. You just need to be able to get the front panel to fit a pillow form)
  • #4 weight yarn in 3 colours. I used Paintbox Simply aran:
    • 1 skein of white
    • 1 skein of red
    • 1.25 skeins of blue
  • Tapestry needle
  • scissors
  • blocking mats (optional)
  • pillow form (mine was 16″)

Want the ad free pdf?

You can get the ad free pdf for $5 by clicking the link below. As this is a collaboration it is not available in any of my other shops.

Ready to start the CAL??

This CAL will run between the 28th June and 2nd July. Click the photos for each section as they become available:

The 4th July throw pillow front panel by Juniper and Oakes

This one will go live at 8am London time on Tuesday 28th July 2022.

Erin has designed this one to be as correct as she could within the 25 x 25 corner to corner graph.

It has 12 stripes and 50 ‘stars’.

Click the photo to go to her blog post with the pattern.

The 4th July throw pillow back panel by Sunflower Cottage Crochet

This one will be available at 8am London time on Thursday 30th June 2022.

I enjoyed playing with texture for this one. The stitches are easy and you only need a starting chain or foundation row of an odd number so it is very easy to adjust and make it the same size as your front panel!

Click the photo to go to the blog post with this pattern.

Assembly Instructions

These will be live on Saturday 2nd July.

I will show you how to prep and border your C2C panels for joining and have instructions on how to assemble the pillow.

Find the preparing and border instructions by clicking the picture.

Easiest Way to Assemble your crocheted pillows

Click the picture to be taken to my tutorial on the easiest way I have found to assemble your pillows.

Crochet in Public Day – June’s Free CAL Square Pattern

Crochet in Public Day – June’s Free CAL Square Pattern

Worldwide knit (and crochet) in public day is on June 11th this year.  How could I not acknowledge this day in my  corner to corner CAL?! My tester for this square will be turning hers into a WIP bag! What are you making with your 

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 

Crochet Your Own Donut C2C Square – Free Pattern

Crochet Your Own Donut C2C Square – Free Pattern

Donut Square anyone???

Do you love a sweet treat too? I have to admit that donuts are not my go-to when it comes to a sugar rush. I much prefer cheesecake … or a nice red velvet cake.

 

Part of the Kinship CAL 2022

Throughout 2022 I am releasing one square a month based around international days and holidays that are not political or religiously motivated. This is why I choose to call this the Kinship CAL – because everyone can join in and just have fun with it.

 

 

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

 

Back to the square … what do you think?

And I am still using my scrap yarn!

I started this CAL determined that I would not buy any additional yarn for it. So far I made 7 of the 12 squares and have used only what I already had in my stash or scrap bucket.

Most of the yarn I have used has been Caron simply soft with a little bit of paintbox simply aran and women’s institute yarn (only available in the UK) thrown in. And I have to say that I am actually very pleased with how it is turning out!

 

 

Why a donut square?

In May there are actually 2 international days that can be celebrated with this square.

  1. International No Diet Day on May 6th
  2. World Baking Day on May 15th

International No Diet Day is about celebrating and loving who we are regardless of weight and body shape. Did you make a new year’s resolution to loose weight, exercise more or get fitter this year? Have you managed it? The more pressure we put on ourselves to do these things the harder they seem to be to achieve. So give yourself a break on May 6th! Enjoy that cake, stop worrying about your weight and have a great time with some family and friends!

 

Started in 2012 World Baking Day is about baking for family and friends, and maybe even giving some of it away to those less well off. So get your aprons on and get baking with the kids / grandchildren and make someone smile with a delicious home-made treat! Always wanted to try baking your own croissants? Go for it!!

Fun fact – the oldest oven is about 6.5 thousand years old!

 

NEW TO CORNER TO CORNER?

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!

 

Pattern links:

If you prefer an ad-free pdf you can find it in all of my shops:

 

The Donut Square pattern:

Pattern Specifics:

Colour No of Sts
Background (B) 322
Pink 249
Brown 54
   

Materials for your donut square:

  • #4 weight yarn 3 colors 
  • 5mm hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Blocking mats and pins (optional)

Gauge: is not important

Sizing:

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

 

Notes:

Written in US terms

Chain 1 does not count as a stitch.

There are no special stitches used in this pattern.

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.

 

 

 Row 1: (B) x 1 (1 square)

 Row 2: (B) x 2 (2 squares)

 Row 3: (B) x 3 (3 squares)

 Row 4: (B) x 4 (4 squares)

 Row 5: (B) x 5 (5 squares)

 Row 6: (B) x 6 (6 squares)

 Row 7: (B) x 7 (7 squares)

 Row 8: (B) x 8 (8 squares)

 Row 9: (B) x 9 (9 squares)

 Row 10: (B) x 10 (10 squares)

↙ Row 11: (B) x 11 (11 squares)

 

 

 Row 12: (B) x 12 (12 squares)

 Row 13: (B) x 3, (brown) x 6, (B) x 4 (13 squares)

 Row 14: (B) x 3, (brown) x 9, (B) x 2 (14 squares

 Row 15: (B) x 2, (brown) x 2, (pink) x 3, (brown) x 5, (B) x 3 (15 squares)

 Row 16: (B) x 3, (brown) x 4, (pink) x 7, (B) x 2 (16 squares)

 Row 17: (B) x 2, (pink) x 10, (brown) x 2, (B) x 3 (17 squares)

 Row 18: (B) x 3, (brown) x 1, (pink) x 12, (B) x 2 (18 squares)

 Row 19: (B) x 2, (pink) x 13, (brown) x 1, (B) x 3 (19 squares)

 Row 20: (B) x 3, (brown) x 1, (pink) x 14, (B) x 2 (20 squares)

 Row 21: (B) x 3, (pink) x 13, (brown) x 2, (B) x 3 (21 squares)

 Row 22: (B) x 3, (brown) x 1, (pink) x 15, (B) x 3 (22 squares)

 Row 23: (B) x 4, (pink) x 15, (B) x 4 (23 squares)

↗ Row 24: (B) x 4, (pink) x 16, (B) x 4 (24 squares)

 

 

 Row 25: (B) x 5, (pink) x 6, (B) x 3, (pink) x 6, (B) x 5 (25 squares)

Corner at both sides

 Row 26: (B) x 4, (pink) x 6, (B) x 4, (brown) x 1, (pink) x 5, (B) x 4 (24 squares)

 Row 27: (B) x 4, (pink) x 4, (brown) x 2, (B) x 4, (pink) x 6, (B) x 3 (23 squares)

 Row 28: (B) x 3, (pink) x 6, (brown) x 5, (pink) x 4, (B) x 4 (22 squares)

 Row 29: (B) x 3, (pink) x 5, (brown) x 5, (pink) x 6, (B) x 2 (21 squares)

 Row 30: (B) x 2, (pink) x 6, (brown) x 4, (pink) x 5, (B) x 3 (20 squares)

 Row 31: (B) x 3, (pink) x 5, (brown) x 3, (pink) x 6, (B) x 2 (19 squares)

 Row 32: (B) x 2, (pink) x 13, (B) x 3 (18 squares)

 Row 33: (B) x 3, (pink) x 12, (B) x 2 (17 squares)

 Row 34: (B) x 2, (pink) x 10, (B) x 4 (16 squares)

↙ Row 35: (B) x 4, (pink) x 9, (B) x 2 (15 squares)

 

 

 Row 36: (B) x 2, (pink) x 7, (B) x 5 (14 squares)

 Row 37: (B) x 6, (pink) x 4, (B) x 3 (13 squares)

 Row 38: (B) x 12 (12 squares)

 Row 39: (B) x 11 (11 squares)

 Row 40: (B) x 10 (10 squares)

 Row 41: (B) x 9 (9 squares)

 Row 42: (B) x 8 (8 squares)

 Row 43: (B) x 7 (7 squares)

 Row 44: (B) x 6 (6 squares)

 Row 45: (B) x 5 (5 squares)

 Row 46: (B) x 4 (4 squares)

 Row 47: (B) x 3 (3 squares)

 Row 48: (B) x 2 (2 squares)

↙ Row 49: (B) x 1 (1 square)

 

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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,