The title of this post is a little misleading, because while Pink Puddles is the latest crochet swap I joined, I’m not actually swapping any squares. I joined in the crochet swap as a CAL (crochet along-er), because I’m fairly certain with the little one on the way, that I won’t be on time getting my squares finished and sent out. But because I loved the color scheme so much, I’m still sort of joining in. Just from the side.
We know that we’re having a girl, due to all of the extra testing we had to have done earlier this year, so when I saw the color schemes for the fall crochet swaps on the Vanna’s Choice Fan Club on Ravelry, I fell in love with two of the color schemes (the other of which I’ll write about later). But my number one favorite was Pink Puddles, which is a beautiful, gray scheme offset by a touch of pink. Perfect, I thought, for a baby girl.
The yarn colors are a little less warm than the original photo selection, and actually upon closer inspection, there are no real grays in the inspiration photo whatsoever, but these were the colors that were agreed upon, so these are what I used. I actually added a third gray to the color scheme, charcoal, which is a much darker gray; but I think it gives the color scheme a little bit of extra drama and pop. The yarn, of course, is Vanna’s Choice:
So on deciding what squares to use for patterns to start off this blanket, I decided to join in on the Moogly Crochet-Along. The squares are not as complicated as many of the ones selected for the BAMCAL, and it felt like a relaxing way to enjoy the colors, make some progress, and try out some new patterns. And so that’s where I’ve started. (Ravelry group for Moogly CAL is here).
I’m not following any particular order for the Moogly CAL, rather, I just printed out all the patterns at once and picked up one and started working on it at random. These are the two I have completed so far:
First is the 3D Flower Granny Square by Sarah Zimmerman (link to free pattern here). I altered this one up just a little bit by adding a little more variety to the ou ter rounds, and I’m really happy with the way it turned out. I’m not usually a fan of small motifs in squares, but the outer rounds really accentuate the simple, yet pretty flower in the center. And the 3D effect is just as subtle, fulfilling the depth factor without obnoxiously bursting out of the center of the square.
You can just barely see the little charcoal leaves underneath the flower when you view it from the side, and that adds a little bit of nuance to the square as well. I enjoyed making it, and I like how it turned out.
The second square I’ve finished for this crochet swap is the Winter Bloom Afghan Square (link to free pattern here). This is another one of those that I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, and ended up being very pleasantly surprised. I’m also really enjoying the neutral palette being offset by the slightest bits of pink here and there. I think this is going to end up a very lovely blanket for my new little baby girl!
I have plenty more squares to make in this color scheme, but I’m going at a relaxing pace. Still, I’m excited to make some progress on this. More to come!
I meant to get this up on Tuesday, so I’m a few days late, but better late than never, right? Anyway, Monday I shared the large squares from the 2016 Block-a-Month Crochet-Along on Ravelry that I made in my new updated colors. Today I’ll share the 6 inch crochet squares.
If you’re unfamiliar with how the bamcal works, each month, two larger squares are selected for the group to make – one by the moderators and one voted on by the group. There’s also one six-inch square that’s selected that you have the option of making. I usually make four. For the first couple of crochet-alongs, I joined all four to make another 12″ square, but in the subsequent CALs I decided to randomly place them throughout the blanket. So I still make four, but I no longer join them until the final piecing.
This is the Sweet Daisy Square, from April. There are a lot of pretty variations of this square, and I think it would be lovely in some floral colors, but it was still fun to make with this current color scheme I have goiing. Lots of puffs and separate leaves, it makes a decently solid square.Please note that this square was available for free at the time of the crochet-along selection, but it’s now a paid pattern, and you can find the download pattern here.
Lest We Forget Square was the 6″ selection for July. I didn’t think that I would love this square as much I as I do, by the time I was done making it, it was on my list of top favorite 6″ squares. I love the poppy motif. Here is a link to the pattern download page. and the Ravelry pattern link page is here. There is a very detailed, step-by-step picture tutorial for making this, so it’s a great square for newer crocheters.
Rather than leave the four squares separate, I decided to do something a little different with them this time. Since my final squares are in multiples of 3″ (for easy piecing), I decided to piece two of the squares together and then add some stitching along one side to bring it up to a 6 x 9″ rectangle. I used a simple repeating V-stitch (dc, ch1, dc, sk2) all the way across. Even though I don’t know yet how the final blanket will end up (I usually do that more toward November), I think having some variety like this will be fun.
That’s it for the squares I’ve caught up with (both making and photographing!) but there is still lots more to come! I still have a lot of work I want to get done before this little girl of mine decides to make her appearance! Stay tuned!
I finally completed my 2015 block-a-month crochet along blanket! And I love it! Just as I was reflecting upon the other day, I get so much more work done and so much more efficiently when the colors I’m working with motivate me. These colors are fantastic as well. They’re bright, cheerful, and they make me really happy.
It’s always a treat to finally put together a crochet blanket. They take long enough as it is, and they take me double the time they would normally take someone (or longer!) because I tend to work on so many different projects at once, depending on whatever mood I’m in.
And it was also fun selecting a border for the blanket too. When I originally finished putting the squares together, the blanket was a little more square and less rectangular than I wanted it. So I decided to offset that by adding an extended border only on the two ends of the blanket. The border adds another 8″ to the blanket and the lacy pattern accents the squares quite well, I think!
(The link to the pattern can be found with the list of patterns below, at the end of the post.)
For all those who have been asking, I’ve made a graph of the blanket layout. Below, you can find the link to each and every square (there are a couple that have become unavailable since then and a couple that have upgraded from a free pattern to a paid pattern), but overall, the general gist of the blanket can be found below. I’ve attempted to make sure that all information has been updated, link-wise, at the time of this post.
So without further ado, I present to you my lovely 2015 bamcal blanket!
Patterns are free at time of this post unless otherwise noted (though this may change at any time).
Numbers of pattern names coordinate with the layout graph at the top of the page.
The squares are either 12″ (the large squares), 9″ (medium sized), 6″ (smaller ones) and the 3″ granny squares. I adjusted the patterns as necessary, adding or deleting ending rounds in order to get to these sizes. Finished blanket is 6′ x 5′ excluding border.
1: 3” basic granny squares
Pattern: chain 4, connect to make a circle
Round 1: chain 3, 2 more dc in circle, chain 2. [3 dc, ch 2] around 3 more times.
Round 2: in corner, chain 3, 2 more dc, ch 2, 3 dc all in corner. Ch 1, 3 dc in next sp, ch 1. Corner as [3dc, ch2, 3dc] around.
Round 3: corner as previous round, [ch 1, 3dc] across to corner. Ch 1, corner, around.
So a couple of posts back (which amazingly, was months ago – pregnancy really does snap the time and energy right out of you, doesn’t it?), I updated my 2016 bamcal colors (that’s the 2016 Block-a-Month Crochet Along on Ravelry) from the holiday theme I started the year off with to a black and white one with some strong accents of color – red, yellow, pink and peach. Since then, however, I’ve narrowed it down even further into just four colors: black, white, red, and peach. I did like the pink and yellow, but after some consideration, I wanted the main colors to focus on the black and white idea, and then have smaller punches of color as accents. I’ve been really happy with the way my squares have turned out with this new color scheme, and it makes me realize just how important it is to love your colors when it comes to finding the motivation to work on long projects such as the bamcal blankets.
I’m going through the past patterns starting from the beginning of this year and re-doing them, along with doing my best to keep up with the newest ones each month. These squares have been done over the past couple of months here and there, but it’s only been recently that I’ve had enough energy to get them out of my phone and uploaded in order to get them online. I don’t want to bog down this post with too many details, so I’ll post the larger squares today, and then the 6-inchers tomorrow. And I still have a while to go before I’m caught up with the beginning of the year (and I really hope to do that before this little one is born, because I know the insane amount of time and energy newborns take. Stay tuned!
The Fan Dance Square by Polly Plum was the filler square from February. I made this in the other colors, but I’m quite pleased with the way it turned out in this color scheme. Polly Plum is one of my favorite crochet designers; I love the complexity of her designs. Check out her website here and her Ravelry designs here for even more inspiration. The pattern for Fan Dance can be found as a free Ravelry download here.
I love this square. I’ve made it several times now, and each time I’ve made it, I’ve been so pleased with the results. This is the Grandma’s Heart Square by Carola Wijma. This was the main square for February of this year. After catching up with the current squares, this was the first one I went back to make, because I just love it so much. You can find it as a free Ravelry download here.
I fell in love with Mattie’s Flower, by Stacey LW Lee, before it was even released. I saw the pattern when testers were being sought, and tried to get in on the testing, but I was a little too late. I was fortunate, then, that it was selected as the filler square for the bamcal group the very next month for June. This is such a pretty and well designed pattern; I definitely plan on making it again. You can find it as a free Ravelry download here.
The Universal Star Flower Square by Aurora Suominen is another one of those squares that I’ve made before that turns out looking uniquely beautiful according to the color scheme each time. This was voted to be the filler square for July, and I thought that was absolutely fitting, because the inside motif of the square looks to me (in this example anyway) like fireworks bursting through the night sky. I loved making it. This is another free Ravelry download; the link is here.
I love to read about designers’ inspirations for their crochet patterns. This square, the Cha Cha Cha Square, originally felt to me like some kind of cha-cha dance. However, on the download page, the designer, Sadie Cuming, explains that her inspiration for this square was “…by my visit to Zambia in 2016 and learning about the peoples fight for independence from British colonial rule. Cha cha-cha was the name given to one of the uprisings. Hence it has an African feel to the design”. How amazing is that? You can download this pattern for free on Ravelry here.
And finally, my last square for the day to share is this lovely beauty. I’ve made this Pinwheel Crochet Square by Bonnie Pierce once before for my ongoing Purple Afghan, and I enjoyed making it once again. I love the way the folds define the pinwheel. I added several extra rounds to the individual pinwheels to extend them out and make them extend toward the end of the square rather than have a smaller motif just in the center. I do like the way it turned out. And you can find the pattern free online here.
That’s it for today – tomorrow I’ll have the six inch 2016 squares up and then I have a gorgeous finished project to share with you all Wednesday that I’m very excited about. Have a great Monday! <3