I don’t often do CALs (crochet alongs) – or any ‘alongs’ but was very tempted by this blanket – different designs on the squares, lovely yarn, soft muted colours and a bit of a challenge.
Some of the squares were more difficult than others but I kept up with the eight squares a week right up until the sixth week.
Then came the joining – I fell behind.
Then came the border – and Christmas – I fell further behind.
However, I didn’t mind because the CAL had kept me on track with the squares and, once I’d done those, it was never going to become a UFO (unfinished object) and I’d also seen all the finished blankets in the Facebook group which inspired me to press on.
Everybody who has made this blanket seems to be thrilled with it – I am too – lots of them are going to make it again – I am not. That beautiful border almost did for me as it seemed to go on forever. Still, I’ve done it and it’s finished and I love it. Here are some photos.
The washing line photo – colours a bit bleached by the sun.
I love this one with the sun behind – it shows up all the different designs. It was a happy accident because I didn’t realise, until I took it, how much the sun was shining through. I’m not on Facebook much but did join a group for support and information during this crochet along. I put this particular photo up on the group page as one of the others would just have looked like everybody else’s who had used the same colours. Within minutes the likes and loves and comments came pouring in. For a brief moment I got an idea of how it must feel for somebody to ‘go viral’ on social media.
This lovely pattern was designed by Cherry Heart and is available free – see here.
Three different yarn packs are available to buy from Black Sheep Wools – I used the Wild Hedgerow colourway in Scheepjes Stonewashed. If you buy the pack from BSW, the bonus squares were free during the CAL (and still are) but these have now also been released for sale should you want to vary the amount of designs used in your blanket.