I am so excited to share our next quilt-inspired crochet along (cal) with you! This blanket features half-square triangle blocks made using the c2c stitch. We will be using a join as you go technique on this cal. No sewing required!
The Sweet Lilac Throw is our second CAL for this year. We are making one blanket for each season, you can see our winter blanket here. They are all going to use a half square triangle (HST) block similar to what is pictured below. There are infinite ways to arrange and make these fun squares (Like this wall hanging!). So I thought doing this crochet-along series would be the perfect way to showcase that.
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How does this crochet-along work?
This blanket is made up of 6 different quilt squares. Each square is made up of 16 C2C half-square triangle blocks. I am keeping the final design a mystery. I will reveal one block a week starting on April 8th. Then the last week we will crochet our blocks together and add a border.
I have a schedule written out below, but it will take us 7 weeks to complete
Part of what makes doing a CAL fun is sharing with other crocheters who are also participating. I invite you to join my crochet group on Facebook, this is a great place to share your progress, ask questions and participate in other fun yarny shenanigans.
Will there be sewing?
I am using a join as you go technique to make the 6 quilt squares. Then you’ll crochet around each square and crochet them together. So, nope. No sewing. Each quilt square will have 16 blocks. We will make block #1 and then add block #2 and then #3 and so on.
The join as you go technique is a little tough to get the hang of. But don’t let that scare you off, I will be doing video tutorials to go along with each square. I also have an alternate join method (hint: the same one we used in the 2019 Stash Busting CAL) that you can use to crochet your blocks together.
Materials you need for the Sweet Lilac Throw
- #4/worsted weight yarn – Paintbox Simply Aran from Lovecrafts (100% acrylic, 201yds/3.5oz)
- 5mm crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
I am using Paintbox Simply Aran yarn. This is a 100% acrylic yarn sold exclusively at LoveCrafts.com. I had never used this yarn before and it’s only available online so I was a little nervous about it.
I am happy to report that this is probably my favorite acrylic yarn. It reminds me a lot of Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice. There is a fantastic color selection and it’s affordable too!
I am using the colors: Tea Rose, Dusty Lilac, Raspberry Pink, Lime Green, and Paper White. When choosing colors you’re going to need to pick 4 coordinating colors and then a main neutral color.
Here is what you need (keep in mind these are estimates as I’m not done with the blanket yet. With these numbers you will likely have leftover yarn)
- 8 skeins of your main neutral
- 3 skeins each of your four coordinating colors
This would also be a great scrap pattern! This is what I am doing for the blanket you’ll see in the video.
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Crochet Along Schedule
I will update this schedule with links to the posts as we progress. Bookmark this post so you don’t lose it.
4/8/20: Square 1
4/15/20: Square 2
4/22/20: Square 3
4/29/20: Square 4
5/6/20: Square 5
5/13/20: Square 6
5/20/20: Final Joining and Border