I am so excited to tell you that, starting on Monday 16th September 2019, I will be running a Stash-busting Free Crochet Along for the Bláithín Blanket! I think you all know how much I love using glorious colour in my crochet projects, and I just love growing flowers. Bláithín is the Irish word for flower and the crochet squares will be patterns for Flower Squares. Bláithín is a beautiful Irish word meaning flower. You pronounce it Blaw-heen. Isn’t it lovely? Now try and say it! There will also be a Solid Granny Square pattern, you will use in between the Flower squares. The patterns will be available every 2 weeks here on Annie Design Crochet, and all the relevant information will be shared in my Facebook Group
Read on for more information!
Feel free to join my Facebook Group where we can chat and share our blankets! It is not necessary though, as all information will be always here on the Blog.
For this CAL I wanted it to be a relaxing project that you will work on every 2 weeks, making each flower square in different colours and making a few solid squares as well, for including in between. One evening every few weeks, you could finish the final round of your squares, so your blanket will grow bit by bit!
It is a perfect stash buster for all those small leftover balls of yarn you have around the house (we all have them!) Don’t be too concerned about matching colours and stressing over colour palettes. The main colour you choose will bring all those glorious squares together in a cohesive way to create your gorgeous finished blanket. You could choose a muted pastel palette if you wish, a warm Autumnal palette or just let the basket of leftover yarn work its magic!
The original Blaithin blanket is made up of 72 squares – 36 Flower squares and 36 solid granny squares and the complete blanket measurements are approx. 50 x 56 inches. I made it using Green Elephant Yarn beautiful DK merino yarn.
The last round of each square uses your main colour. This should be the only yarn you will need to purchase unless you have a few matching balls in your stash already. I choose a dark grey as my joining colour, as I love the way it makes the other colours pop. Here is a similar blanket I made a few years ago, using yarn from my stash and a grey yarn to join the squares. I think it works so well to bring the colours together! You may like to use a cream yarn for your main colour….or black for a Retro feel. No hurry on making a decision!
I wanted to share a blanket project that wasn’t overly demanding stitch-wise, suitable for a beginner and that you could pick up and work on in spare moments – in other words a simple project that would be a relaxing way to pass the cold winter evenings and one that would result in another warm blanket for your home.
You can take part in this CAL and still work on other projects and CAL’s over the winter!
I will update this post with the patterns as they are released
Introduction – Bláithín Blanket CAL
Square 1 – Bramble Square
Square 2 – Ragwort Square
Square 3 – Cosmos Square
Square 4 – Hydrangea Square
Square 5 – Primula Square
Square 6 – Bellflower Square
Square 7 – Queen Anne’s Lace
Square 8 – Love-In-A-Mist Square
Square 9 – Aster Square
Square 10 – Forget-Me-Not
Final Week – Joining and Border
How will this CAL work
- I will release one square pattern every 2 weeks starting on Monday September 16th 2019
- The patterns will be Free and will be always available on my Blog
- There will be 10 flower square patterns released over 20 weeks and a final post on joining and completion of your blanket.
- Each pattern will have written instructions in US and UK crochet terms, and a photo tutorial
- If you want a blanket the same size as mine (approx 50 x 56 in in DK weight yarn), you can make 3-4 squares of each pattern and 3-4 solid squares every fortnight. As the weeks pass you will have a better idea of what size you would like and at the end of the 20 weeks, you may have enough squares to make 2 blankets!
- As such, gauge is not critical in this project. What is important is that all your squares are the same size.
- My blanket is made using DK weight yarn and 4.5 mm hook and each square is 6.5in.
- You could use worsted weight (aran weight) if that is what you have. Your finished squares will be approx 8in
- The squares are designed to be all the same size after blocking. I pin them to my ironing board to the same size template each time, and steam them. After they cool down they will be a beautiful polished square!
- Use the same hook size throughout the CAL and block your squares to keep the size consistent. Don’t worry – we will give you loads of info in September!
We will be discussing yarn and amounts needed in more detail in a future post, but for now you can plan on using small amounts of DK weight yarn in various colours and Size G/4.5mm crochet hook, or Worsted weight yarn and Size I/5.5mm crochet hook. Try to use yarns of similar tension and qualities. Have a look and see what you have in your stash:)
Come and join me in my Facebook Group where we can chat and share our blankets! It is not necessary though, as all information will be always here on the Blog.
Bláithín Blanket Stash-Busting Cal starts 16th September!
A Free pattern for a Flower Square will be released every 2 weeks.
You can use yarn from your stash – DK Weight or Worsted Weight (Aran Weight), just make sure the yarn has similar qualities
Beginner friendly patterns with picture tutorials
Support and some chat in our Facebook Group!
I am so excited about this Crochet a Long and to make my own blanket along with you! I can’t wait to see your projects and the colours you choose for your scrap busting blankets! You can use the hashtags #blaithinblanketcal and #anniedesigncrochet on Instagram