I thought I would go out of 2016 with a bang and add a new post today 🙂 There hasn’t been much action here on the blog this year and I blame my new, superfun job for that 🙂 But today I thought I would share my experiences on doing the Moogly CAL 2016 with you.
I really like CALs and have participated in quite a few this year. You can read about Scheepjes CAL Last Dance on the Beach here, and I have just completed Mandala Madness CAL. I am planning to do a post on that one, but need to figure out how to photograph it first, it is HUGE 🙂 The Mandala Madness might have been the most fun crochet project I have ever done, I really encurage you to do it! I am also doing the Mandala Square Blanket CAL and am in the process of joining squares.
I have participated in all of Mooglys CALs and wrote about the 2015 CAL here. The 2016 one was finnished a couple of weeks ago and below I will share some thoughts and experiences, and give you the pattern for my edge.
Unfortunately the light in Sweden is not that great this time of year so the pics are not that great either 🙂
About Moogly CAL 2016
This CAL consists of 24 12 inch (30 x 30 cm) squares made by different designers and you find all info on Mooglys website. Participation is free and all patterns will remain free so you can join in now.
There are alternatives if some of the squares are not to your liking, and there are also loads of other free or paid patterns online so you can find squares you like. For this CAL i subbed quite a few of the squares.
Yarn and Hook
I used Drops Nepal in the colours beige 0300, färgerna beige 0300, medium brown 0612 and aqua blue 8908. In Sweden Drops usually have a sale for Alpacka yarns in fall so that is a good time to stock 🙂 Hook size 5,5.
Getting all squares the same size and blocking
Since all squares have different designers it has been difficult for me to get all squares the same size.
This year I tried to block the squares before adding the final two rounds. That way it was easier to see if I needed to addapt the final rounds or not. I used the wet blocking method.
I then finnished my squares and blocked them again, using a 12 inch (30 x 30 cm) card board template. This worked like a charm!
Doing the Scheepjes CAL I used the spray blocking method and that works so much better thant wet blocking wool, so next time I will use that method instead. Wool goes soggy wetblocking making it hard to get right shape.
Getting same stitch count on all squares.
The squares have different stitch counts making it a challenge to join them. In the past I anve been using the Flat Braid Join since it is very forgiving.
This year I really wanted a tight join. So I counted the stitches on the sides of my squares, decided on a stitch count somewhere in the middle and added a round of single crochets to each square, increasing or decreasing to get same stitch count on all. I settled for 38 stitches on each side. It was super tedious work but worth it 🙂
I shoosed to do a single crochet, chain 2, single crochet in every corner for last round. But joining the blanket the way I did it would have been neater to do 3 single crochets in every corner instead.
Joining the squares
I joined the squares with slipstitches, the same way Last Dance on the Beach is joined. Here is a description on how to do it. Observe the yarn is supposed to be under your work, it took me quite a few froggings to understand that.
Since colours of my blanket are quite bland, exept for the aqua I used the aqua for joining and I really like how the join pops.
For joining I went up 1 hook size, to hook no 6.
Edge and border
After joining the outer edges on the blanket are not even, due to the different designers. So I started by crocheting a couple of rounds altering single crochets, half double crochets, double crochets, and even tripple crochets and slip stitches in some parts, to get a relatively even edge.
Then I did this:
1 round double crochets in beige, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in every corner
1round half double crochets in brown, 2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc in every corner
1 round single crochets in back bump (see this post, but do single crochets instead of hdc) 1sc, ch 2, 1 sc in every corner.
1 round from wrong side with altering singel crochets and tripple crochets in aqua.. In corners 1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc. Make sure first and last st on every row is sc. But I think this round would look nicer if you made the single crochet and tripple crochet in same stitch and then skipped a stitch so you can try that!
1 round single crochets in brown. 1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc in corners.
1 round of half double crochets in back bump in brown. 2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc in corners.
1 round of single crochets in back loop in brown. 1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc in corners. This was supposed to be my last round, but after weaving in ends and sleeping on it one night I wasn’t happy so I continued. You could skip this round.
1 round of double crochets in beige. 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in corners.
And final border is The Candy Cane Border in aqua and brown. It was fiddly to do but I love the result!
I hope you get something useful out of this post. I also want to wish you a Happy New Year!