I have now released all 10 squares of the Bláithín Blanket CAL and I could not be happier with the response to this stash busting project! I have loved seeing all the creativity from everyone that took part and the beautiful blankets made from stash that are now appearing every day!
Our Facebook Group for the CAL is a busy and friendly place where we chatted and shared our squares as we made them every month. It is not necessary though, as all information will be always here on the Blog.
I have included a link to each of the 10 Flower Squares in the Blaithin Blanket CAL below. And because some of the members have already completed their blankets, I am also sharing some pictures of their beautiful work!
Links for the 10 Squares of Bláithín Blanket CAL
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
A selection of Completed Bláithín Blankets
If you search for #blaithinblanketcal on Instagram you will be so inspired by the beautiful makes!
My heart skips a beat every time I see a new blanket appearing!
Everybody has their preferred method of joining squares, but if you need any tips, the wonderful Moogly has a long list of joining methods in this post.
Here is a picture of my original Bláithín Blanket and the method I used to join the squares. I wanted a seam on the outside of my squares, but you may prefer a different method! It is a good idea to lay out your squares on a floor and take a picture of your final design as a reference.
Notes for Joining Blanket Squares
- You can use a yarn needle to sew squares together if preferred.
- Joining instructions are given for blanket pictured. You can also make a larger or smaller blanket from this guide. Blanket above uses 72 squares in total
- Layout squares in rows of 8 x 9 squares. Refer to image of the complete blanket as a guideline.
- It may be helpful to use stitch holders to connect the unworked sides and edges of the squares so the strips of squares will hold together until all seams are completed.
- Seams are worked by holding 2 squares with WS together and inserting the hook through both loops of each square and making a sc join. If your join appears to be pulling tight, use a larger hook for seaming.
- The instructions are in US crochet terms. SC is a DC in UK crochet terms, and DC is a TR in UK crochet terms.
Arrange the squares according to the layout given above or use your own layout. The joining of the squares is done in continuous rows, square by square until an entire row is finished. You will only cut your yarn when you reach the end of a row. First, join all the horizontal rows of the blanket and then join the vertical rows. When you are happy with the layout begin to join the squares as follows:
You will join each row to the one below as follows:
Horizontal Join – Using your main colour, take the first square of row 1 and the first square of row 2, and holding WS together, place hook in both ch-2 corner spaces. Ch1, 1 sc in ch-2 corner space, 1 sc in each st of both squares, across to next ch-2 sp, 1 sc in ch-2 sp, * pick up your next 2 squares, 1 sc in next ch-2 sp, 1 sc in each st of both squares across, 1 sc in next ch-2 sp; repeat from * across row.
Without breaking yarn, continue joining pairs of squares until there is a strip of 2 rows of 8 squares in each. Fasten off.
Join the third and following rows in the same way until you have 9 strips with 8 squares in each. Fasten off yarn.
Vertical Join – Turn partially joined blanket and work the unjoined squares in the same way as the Horizontal Seams, crocheting over the tops of the Horizontal Seams. (Tip – make a ch-1 over the seams between each 2 sc) Fasten off and weave in ends.
Border for Bláithín Blanket Cal
You can make your prefered border, if you have one that you like to use. I would suggest keeping it simple and use the main colour that you had for the final rounds of your squares. That way, your beautiful Flower Squares will shine! I have given you instructions for an easy border below if you choose to use it.
Example of Border
Work border rounds with right side facing throughout. I made 4 rounds in total
Round 1: With MC, join in any st, ch 3, 1 dc in each st around. Where the squares meet, work 1 dc in ch-2 sp, 1 dc in centre, 1 dc in next ch-2 sp. Work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in each corner sp. Do not fasten off yarn
Rounds 2 – 4: Ch 3, 1 dc in each st around, [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in each corner sp. Fasten off yarn.
Thank you so much for taking part and crocheting all the lovely Flower Squares along with me! I will be completing my own Bláithin Blanket that I made from my stash in the next few weeks, and can’t wait to share with you all.
You can join in the Bláithín Blanket Stash Busting CAL
- For this crochet along, there is a friendly Facebook group where you will find help and support and some gorgeous inspirational images of Bláithín Blankets in progress! Annie Design Crochet FACEBOOK Group
- No need to sign up, no worries about keeping up! Feel free to make the patterns at your own pace – they will always be available for Free on my blog.
- Share your progress on Instagram using #blaithinblanketcal
You can find all details for this Stash Busting CAL in the Introduction Post
You might like to check out my other Free Patterns
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 so I can see your squares!
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