First Major Finish of 2020 – Nature’s Walk CAL

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.

Here it is on the blocking mat.  I blocked the squares as I went along but blocked again at the end to help open out the border although I don’t actually think it made much difference.

The seemingly never ending border – worth it though.

Flung, stylishly over the bath in a desperate attempt to get good lighting.

The washing line photo – colours a bit bleached by the sun.

Nature's Walk on the SofaSofa Pose

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.

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  1. #1 by thecontentedcrafter on January 19, 2020 - 08:15

    It’s stunning! That edging is wonderful and I can see it took forever – but it really makes the throw doesn’t it. Congrats on the finish, it really does look fabulous in all the poses 🙂

    • #2 by tialys on January 19, 2020 - 10:43

      It wasn’t a difficult edging but just seemed to take a long time and, yes, totally worth it.

  2. #3 by katechiconi on January 19, 2020 - 08:20

    No wonder everyone loves that shot! It really shows up the beautiful lacy patterns and it makes the colours glow. You’ve got a gorgeous blankie there, and I’m rather jealous 🙂

    • #4 by tialys on January 19, 2020 - 10:45

      It was definitely a happy accident.

  3. #5 by nanacathy2 on January 19, 2020 - 09:44

    I was busy admiring the gorgeous muted colours and the bath and sofa pose, the wonderful border and then came your last picture. WOW. It looks absolutely fabulous and it deserves to go viral! If only they made jewel colours like that.

    • #6 by tialys on January 19, 2020 - 10:46

      Thanks Cathy. It does show up the designs well doesn’t it.

  4. #7 by Wild Daffodil on January 19, 2020 - 09:47

    Gorgeous!

  5. #9 by lovelucie1 on January 19, 2020 - 10:25

    Love the muted colours and the design. It must fit right in with (what I imagine to be) your beautiful house and bits and pieces.

    • #10 by tialys on January 19, 2020 - 10:49

      You may carry on imagining – even though it might not be accurate in all areas which, obviously, I don’t reveal 🤣

  6. #11 by claire93 on January 19, 2020 - 11:32

    that’s a really beautiful job done, Lynn! You have really put me to shame as my CAL efforts fell by the wayside and I keep walking past my meagre pile of squares, ignoring them. Haven’t even got to the joining up part yet.

    • #12 by tialys on January 20, 2020 - 09:42

      One day you’ll just get the urge to finish it – the squares you’ve already done are too nice to become a UFO.

      • #13 by claire93 on January 20, 2020 - 11:01

        I hope so! At the moment I’m getting urges to do sewing & knitting.

      • #14 by tialys on January 20, 2020 - 11:08

        I’m the same with felting! Funny though, since I started crocheting I have no desire to knit.

  7. #15 by Kim on January 19, 2020 - 13:14

    Beautiful! Well worth the time spent 😁

  8. #17 by Dartmoor Yarns on January 19, 2020 - 20:05

    Well done. It is gorgeous. Love the arty bath photo 🙂

  9. #20 by kathyreeves on January 20, 2020 - 01:52

    The squares in the various colors were just beautiful, but the boxer sends it to an entirely different level of elegance. Well done!

    • #21 by tialys on January 20, 2020 - 09:40

      I’ve never done a border like that before so I was quite pleased with it.

  10. #22 by Laurie Graves on January 20, 2020 - 21:38

    What a beauty! In fact, I would say it deserves a Maine “Wowsah!” I’m sure you agree.

    • #23 by tialys on January 22, 2020 - 10:11

      Always happy to receive the ‘Wowsah’ award

      • #24 by Laurie Graves on January 22, 2020 - 15:44

        I do not give it lightly. 😉

  11. #25 by nottaholiday on January 21, 2020 - 11:20

    its a masterpiece. Pure and simple. congratulations !

  12. #26 by DawnGillDesigns on January 22, 2020 - 10:28

    That’s so lovely. Thank you for sharing.

    • #27 by tialys on January 22, 2020 - 10:42

      Thanks Dawn. Just wondering where to put it now – out of dog and cat reach but still visible. It’ll probably have to be the bedroom.

  13. #28 by craftycreeky on January 23, 2020 - 21:01

    It’s stunning! Beautiful! Having only mastered the ripple blanket pattern I am in awe of your crochetting 🙂

    • #29 by tialys on January 24, 2020 - 08:52

      Thanks Margaret. I think my crochet skills are progressing then I try something new – like a slightly complicated 3D flower the other day – and made a pig’s ear of it so I’m still a work in progress.

  14. #30 by Shrinking Gina. on January 28, 2020 - 11:06

    I love this and would love to have a go at making it, I know a little boy whose mummy would love this for him, its amazing.

    • #31 by tialys on January 28, 2020 - 16:04

      It’s an interesting, enjoyable make and the pattern’s free! Lots of support in the FB group too.

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