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CAL: week 17

Hello everyone!  Are you ready for week 17?  It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long, but it’s been long enough for my blanket to reach it’s intended size (actually it’s bigger than I’d intended).  It covers the top of a double bed and is completely square after finishing this week’s rows.  Definitely a large throw.  This means that I am finished with my blanket, excepting the border, which will have a post all it’s own very shortly for those who want instructions.  If your blanket is not the size you wish it to be at this point, by all means carry on.  At the end of this post there will be some suggestions for you that you can choose to follow if you like.

Well, let’s get started, remembering that we’re using US terms.  Last week we finished row 124:

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row 125

With new color, hdc across.

row 126

With new color, dc across.

rows 127-129

With new colors, work the granny stripe pattern (original instructions here).

row 130

With new color, dc across.

row 131

With new color, hdc across.  Fasten off (if you are done with your blanket) and weave in your ends!

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Ta-da!

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notes for those who wish to continue with their blankets

1. This last installment has 7 rows instead of 8, so be conscious of your right and wrong sides as you continue.

2. The way I chose the order of the stitch patterns was pretty random except for the bobble rows.  I tried to evenly space the bobble rows from each other, hoping that evenly spaced big bands of color would tie the whole thing together nicely.

3. If you would like to follow a specific pattern, I’d recommend going back, working row 8, and continuing from there.  That would be the first Catharine wheel row.  That should keep the bobble rows evenly spaced and will also keep your right and wrong sides correct.

about the next CAL post

There will be one last post about the border in a few days.  You can choose not to do a border at all, you can follow the instructions that I will have available for you, or you can choose to do your border completely differently than mine.  In whatever case, there will be some recommendations for border construction and pictures of my own border in the upcoming post, as well as my thanks, some extra CAL tidbits, and a question I will have for all of you.

credit

Let’s take a look back at our inspiration.  The lovely blanket was made by Julie at Little Woolie, and I must say that I’m a bit embarrassed that my blanket came out so close to hers; despite some efforts I made at the beginning to make them different, they do look so alike, particularly at first glance.  I’m much relieved to say that she is OK with it all, because I did have some pangs of guilt there at the end.  However I’m very happy with my blanket and I really do mean this as a credit to Julie’s lovely work — she is an inspiration in many ways!  Please, however, if you pin that last picture to Pinterest be aware that it is not my blanket or picture and that credit should therefore not be given to me.  If you wish to pin her picture, please go here and do it from her page so that she can get the credit that she deserves.  I’ll appreciate it, and she will too!

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CAL: week 16

Hello everyone!  This week we’re back to 8 rows — are you ready?  We’re using US terms, and last week we finished row 116:

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row 117

With new color, hdc across.

row 118

With new color, dc across.

row 119

With new color, hdc across.

rows 120-122

With 2 colors, repeat the bobble rows (original instructions here).

row 123

With new color, hdc across.

row 124

With new color, dc across.  Here’s a picture of this week’s rows:

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That’s all for this week.  Keep the pictures on facebook coming — it’s great to see what everyone is doing!

CAL: week 14

Alright everyone, let’s beast out week 14!  Using US terms, last week we ended on row 102:

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row 103-104

With new color, work the star stitch pattern (instructions here).

row 105

With new color, hdc across.

row 106

With new color, dc across.

row 107-109

With new colors, work the granny stripe pattern (instructions here).

row 110

With new color, dc across.  Here’s this week’s rows (sorry about the color/quality — I don’t know what happened this week!):

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And this week I have a picture of the whole thing:

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Hopefully everybody is still enjoying our crochet along!  I’m still enjoying everyone’s pictures on facebook and everything.  It’s really amazing to me that there are so many people participating!

That’s it for today, hope you enjoy!

CAL: week 13

Week 13 is already upon us!  Are you ready to dive in?  Let’s get started, and remember we’re using US terms!

Last week we finished with row 94:

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row 95

With new color, hdc across.

rows 96-99

With 2 new colors, work the Catharine wheel pattern (click here for original instructions).  Here’s a picture so far:

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row 100

With new color, dc across as instructed in the original Catharine wheel instructions.  You might want to count your stitches here, just to be safe.

row 101

With new color, hdc across.

row 102

With new color, dc across.  Here’s this week’s rows all together:

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Don’t forget to weave in those ends!  For me it really does help make the whole blanket more manageable when I don’t have ends getting tangled everywhere, which is becoming more important as our blankets grow in size.  This week I don’t have a picture of the whole blanket — again I forgot to stop crocheting in time and didn’t remember until I was a couple more rows in, and I can’t give that big of a spoiler away!  😉

Can you believe we’ve done over 100 rows now?  That’s a lot of stitches.  I know that a few of you aren’t too fond of working the Catharine wheels, but I hope that the other fun stitches compensate adequately!

That’s all for this week — thanks for stopping by!

CAL: week 12

Hello everyone!  I want to say welcome to all the new CAL participants that are still joining in — it’s great to have so many people still starting!  Are you ready for week 12?  Doesn’t seem like we’ve been going that long, does it?

Before we start, I wanted to let you know that a new button has been added in the sidebar along with the individual CAL weeks.  This one is CAL FAQs & links.  It’s mainly for the people who are just joining us, since they haven’t read all the details because they’ve been scattered throughout the CAL posts.  Now they’re all in one place!

Alright, on to this week’s rows.  Remember, we’re using US terms, and last week we ended with row 86:

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row 87

With new color, hdc across.

rows 88-90

For these 3 rows, do the bobble stitch rows (original instructions here).  Here’s a pic so far:

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row 91

With new color, hdc across.

row 92

With new color, dc across.

row 93

With new color, hdc across.

row 94

With new color, dc across.  Here’s a pic:

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This week I got a picture of the whole blanket, although I’d already started row 95 when I took it, so you get a bit of a spoiler if you can make out the top row.

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I think it’s looking pretty good!  My edges are a bit wonky — I guess my stitches have gotten tighter as I’ve gone along because it seems to be getting slimmer; or perhaps the bottom is just stretching out from all the moving around it’s done or something.  In any case, I think it’s going well!

It’s delightful to see everyone’s progress on facebook, where most of the progress pictures are being posted.  Don’t forget about the Instagram hashtag #nyaccal also!

I guess that’s it for today.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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