Today we are kicking off our annual blanket crochet along! I am so excited about this year’s project. The Terrific Textures Sampler Throw features 20 squares showcasing a different textured crochet stitch.

How do I participate in this CAL?

A crochet along is when a group of crocheters follow along and make the same pattern.

What makes crochet alongs fun, is the social aspect of it. Consider this your formal invitation to join my Crochet Group on Facebook. In there, you can share your progress, ask questions and hang out with me too. I will be sharing each square pattern there as well as over email.

If that’s not your thing, no worries, being in the group is not necessary to complete this throw.

Either way, be sure to sign up for my email list to get notified each time a new square is released.

The Details

I picked out 20 different highly textured crochet stitches to showcase in this throw. I tried to stay away from stitches with subtle textures like the lemon peel stitch or grit stitch, in favor of ones that rely heavily on post stitches, bobbles, puffs and more.

A new square will be published here on The Unraveled Mitten every 2 weeks on Mondays starting January 15, 2024. You can see a complete schedule below. We will finish up our blanket by the end of October.

Each square will measure around 12 inches after blocking. I will include the stitch multiple needed for each stitch in the pattern in case you want to make your squares smaller or larger.

This size square will give up a blanket that measures approx 48 in x 60 in before adding a border.

This is a mystery crochet along so you won’t see the final project until its complete.

Yarn and Materials

  • Approx 3000 yds of worsted weight yarn
  • 5.5mm crochet hook

This is a stash-busting CAL so there is no shopping required. Dive into your stash and pick a selection of worsted-weight yarn to get started. Be sure that your selected yarns have similar qualities, this will help ensure that your squares come out the same size. For example, making a square in Caron Simply Soft when your other squares are made in Red Heart Super Saver will result in a much smaller square.

I will primarily be using Red Heart Super Saver and With Love from my stash to make my blanket. One of my big crochet goals for 2024 is to see some turnover in my yarn stash by the end of the year. I am going to try very very hard not to buy anything for this blanket.

How to Block Your Crochet Squares

I highly suggest that you block your squares. This makes them lay nice and flat. It will give your blanket a polished look. If you don’t know how to block, it’s super easy.

Using rust-proof pins, pin your square out on a mat making sure it’s 12×12 (or whatever size you want your squares to be). Then lightly steam it with a garment steamer or steam iron. If you’re using an iron be sure not to touch the iron to the yarn because it will melt.. Also, don’t oversteam it. When your square feels soft and is damp all over it’s done. Let it dry and remove it from your board.

You can find my favorite tools for blocking in my Amazon Shop.

If you want something a little more fancy than pins and mats I recommend this wooden blocking board I found on Etsy.

Pre-Order the Entire Pattern Here

You can purchase a pre-order of the Terrific Textures CAL in my shops. Each time a square is released you will automatically receive the PDF copy of that pattern.

2024 Crochet Along Schedule

The number listed after each month is the release date for each square within that month. As squares are published I will replace the number date with the link to the pattern. You will also be able to find the most recent squares on my homepage.

January Boxed Bead Stitch and Jacob’s Ladder Stitch

February Parallel Line Stitch and Puff Stitch Stripes

March Left Leaning Crochet Cable and Double Waffle Stitch

April Falling Leaves Stitch and Almond Ridges Crochet Stitch

May 3D Slanted Shell Stitch and Leafhopper Stitch

June Crossed Ripple Stitch and Basketweave Stitch

July Diamond Trellis Stitch , 15 and 29

August 12 and 26

September 9 and 23

October 7 and 21 (joining and border)

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  1. Almost finished with Block 1. I made it in pink and white. A new stitch for me. Love a challenge.

  2. Hi Heather – I’ve been doing all of your CALs over the past several years and always enjoy them. I’m joining my squares from last year’s CAL although I only completed 12 blocks with it I still think it will be a nice size lap-ghan. My question for this year do you think each block can be completed as a solid color? With all the texture techniques I think that would be the way I would like to go.

  3. My stash definitely needs busted! I have so many partial skeins and single skeins that I’ve been holding onto- I think I NEED this CAL!

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