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VVCAL Vibrant Vintage Crochet Blanket – Main Info Page (2016 CAL)

Welcome to the Vibrant Vintage CAL (VVCAL) Information Page! The Crochet Along is long over (2016!), so I have completely reformatted this page so that it is easy to locate all the blog posts for the squares, joining methods, and border. All yarn info and weekly CAL info, and any other variety extras have been removed from this page to make the pattern as clear as possible.

If you want to see all the cool things people have done with this blanket, join the Vibrant Vintage Blanket CAL Facebook group linked below. Loads of support and pretty pics in there! Folks are still finishing their projects too.

Hashtag #VVCAL on social media so I can see your pretty WIP and FO pics.

VVCAL Blanket Info

Vibrant Vintage blanket is based on this piece, from my Patchwork collection. When I was posting progress photos on social media of that blanket, I was asked numberous times if I would post patterns, or even put a CAL together. So I did! In January 2016, I started a CAL wherein I posted squares each week, then finished with joining options and the border. It was so much fun! I’m still so proud of the crafter community and all the finished VVCAL blankets. Previously, this post was used as the CAL weekly schedule keeper, and the main information hub. Now, it is more of a link hub to navigate the many VVCAL blog posts – all 33 squares, joining options, and wide lace border.

Related Links

  • VVCAL Ravelry ebookNeat photos of all 33 squares, each with a link to its blog post. Favorite the patterns, add them to your queue, see others’ projects, and more!
  • Quick-download Vibrant Vintage Blanket PDF (Etsy) – The entire VVCAL 33-squares collection, condensed and updated for clarity, in a tidy PDF, along with my preferred joining method and the updated wide lace VVCAL border. Yes, all of these patterns are available separately for free linked below, but the updated and condensed printable PDF has everything for the Vibrant Vintage Blanket in one place for a small fee of $4. (Includes charts and written instruction.) You may also find this PDF on Craftsy, if you prefer.
  • VVCAL Facebook Group – Vibrant Vintage CAL (official)
  • My main FB group – CypressTextiles Tree Huggers
  • This CAL has been rebooted! (2018) Here is a link to the VVCAL Reboot Main info page. Have fun! Those squares coordinate with these. Go wild!

Recommended Yarns

Try this CAL in a super soft DK weight yarn with a huge color range, such as (affiliate links):

vvcal

VVCAL Squares

These links lead to the blog post where you can find the original VVCAL free pattern. I have updated these patterns for clarity and condensed them all into a PDF with joining method and wide lace border. Find that printable PDF for a small fee of $4 on Etsy or Craftsy.

Free Options to Join VVCAL Motifs

Links lead to their free pattern blog posts.

PLT Join || SC JAYG – Feat. PLT Join || SC Continuous JAYG – Feat. PLT Join || Celtic Lace Joins

Wide Lace Border

Link leads to free pattern blog post.

Instructions for the VVCAL Border

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  1. This looks really fun! I ordered my yarn today, so I’ll have to start a little late. I can’t wait!

    • Hi! I will be adding charts and detailed written instruction, with links to tutorials for stitches. Also, the size and stitch count of all squares will be identical. So you can substitute simpler squares very easily. Hope this helps! 🙂

    • Looks a great project to grow with, I’m sure lots of people will be willing to help you if you get stuck. If there’s a square you really can’t do just exchange it for one you can. By the end you won’t be a beginner.

  2. Thank you so much! Just trying to decide if I should order yarn now or wait for Friday’s post!

  3. Would love to make this beautiful!! But I need to know if there is a video tutorial I can watch as to unfortunately that’s the only why I can crochet😌 I need a video to go along with. Can you please tell me where and how to find it.thank you 😉

  4. I would love to add this to my Pinterest and to my Ravelry favorites. Will you be adding links?

  5. Wow, that’s so beautiful. I wasn’t planning to do a CAL this year, but I may have to jump into this one. It’ll give me something new to crochet during my husband’s cancer treatments! (I’ve become known as “that lady who brings in her crochet”, haha.) Thank you for preparing something so lovely to share.

    • Wow, we’ll definitely thinking of you! Hopefully crafting keeps your mind occupied during trying times. I can relate to that nickname lol – I bring it *everywhere* 👌🏻👌🏻

      Glad to have you going along with me! Happy crafting to you! 🙂
      RC

  6. I love this so much! Definitely going to follow along. I’ve just used up most of my stylecraft special dk on other stash busting projects, about time I refreshed my stash with some gorgeous new colours!

    Did you use stylecraft for the joining yarn as well? Is it parchment?

    • I actually used this yarn I’ve had in my stash for foreevveeeerrrr haha – with the shabby chic feel, I figured I could get away with it, and thought it was about time I dust it off 🙂 It’s a recycled 100% cotton that I got from one of those online shops that unravels thrift market sweaters 👍🏻👍🏻

      Parchment will certainly work and is comparable in color 👍🏻

      – RC

    • Hi there! You can just follow along weekly – if you subscribe to my website (button in sidebar), you’ll receive email updates when I post – which will be mostly weekly CAL posts.. And there is also an optional Ravelry group called “Vibrant Vintage CAL” – over 600 members with lots of support! 👍🏻👍🏻❤️

  7. This is a very exciting CAL. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your patterns. BUT! I have serious problems when ending a row…I always have an uneven spot. Feeling very insecure. Starting and ending rows are probably my biggest problems when crocheting. Could you please use a non-fuzzy, light colored yarn and do a few closeups of this. For instance, on Rebecca, “Round 4: Beg DC in chain space”, which actually seems to be the space between the first two puffs, not a chain space. I am a very literal thinker and I was looking all over for a chain space and looking at the picture really did not help much and I did not see the chart at first because it was on another page. Anyway, carry on. Wish I had designing talent as you do.

    • Awesome! The charts may help undo any mystery? And in this case, the chain space is from when you closed your Tall Puff with a chain. Feel free to join the Ravelry group “Vibrant Vintage CAL” for lots of support – there’s a forum post in there about the Rebecca Square. As far as beginning and ending rounds, I love the methods of Shelley “Spincushions” as she prides herself on the care she takes when beginning and ending a round on motifs. Thank you so much and happy crafting!

  8. Hi xx
    Please can you help, I’m a beginner and I’m stuck already lol.
    On the plain granny last round I only have 85 DC instead of 88. The half trebles are the correct number, but I just can’t work out why I am short of the DC’s I do 3 in each corner I know.
    Many thank, Mel.

    • Make sure you’re working into all of the “HTR” because the very first one of each row can be a little booger and hide 🙂 On each side, you should have the 3″DC” in the corner and then 19 “DC” in between – count to make sure you have that. (I put stitch names in quotes bc I know you’re calling them by the UK terms.👍🏻) You may wasn’t to head to the Ravelry group (Vibrant Vintage CAL) as there’s loads of support there! 😊❤️

  9. I just learned of this CAL today, from someone on a crochet site. I already have I think 16 colors of Stylecraft special DK that I had ordered to do another project, but decided against it because the squares were very complicated and had lots and lots of FPDC and BPDC, which I detest..LOL! I have 3 skeins of cream in the DK. Will that do for the joining? What do I need for the border?

    • Great! If you use less of 4 colors, you can use those 4 for the final border, and I think you can squeak by on the border and join with 3 cream if you do 6×8 = 48 squares instead of 8×8 = 64 squares – it will still work! I would risk it anyway if it were me lol! Gives me an excuse to order yarn 😜😜 and you may even make it! 😊😊❤️❤️ let me know how it goes – glad to have you crafting along 👍🏻

  10. I have decided to go ahead and order Stylecraft special DK in Parchment for my joining and border. Decided I like it better than the cream in my stash. How much will I need for the border and joining? You think 4 or 5 balls? Also, is there somewhere in the US I might find this? I usually order from the UK and get great service but wanting it faster. Also, several places are out of stock in parchment, so if anyone knows where I might find some please let me know. Thanks!

    • Very cool! I think for 100g balls if you do the border like I have – with the final edging in colored yarn – then it will take about 2-3 balls. The join doesn’t use much yarn at all. If you want to do the whole border solid, I’d say more like 5 balls. – I order from the US website of deramores for Stylecraft.. Haven’t seen a real US based site though.. Lots of luck! Next week, I’ll post the joining method that I’ll be using in case anyone likes to skip ahead 👍🏻👍🏻

  11. Deramore’s is where I order too and they are out of stock in parchment! DARN! Thanks for your expertise. I have made 4 squares this weekend, and waiting on my other colors to come in to do the first square, then on to the 4th.

  12. Hi. I tried to go to the “Darlene” sq
    uare when I received notice that it is available, and a notice came up saying that the page couldn’t be found. Was I too hasty in trying to find it? What does it mean when it says that a square is available,but the date is some time in February? I’m looking forward to making these designs. 🙂

    • I should also mention, the February date on the page is the actual date for that square’s week, as the CAL is only on week 2, but I’m releasing patterns early in case some folks want to go faster. Originally, when I released the pattern without the actual date, some people thought they’d were behind! But really we aren’t actually on that week yet at all.. Hopefully that’s all clear now as the links are all working 🙂
      – glad to have you crafting along!
      Rachele C.

  13. Hi! I’m loving this CAL, the blocks are beautiful. However, Darlene is not available on Ravelry and the link doesn’t work…. Thank you :)!!!

    • Awesome! Nope – just jump in anytime 🙂 We’re officially on Week 4 starting Friday, Feb 5 with the Nicolas square – feel free to go at your own pace! Love to have you crafting along 🙂 – RC

  14. Thank you for an interesting pattern. I am very impatient and want to finish what I started. Is it perhaps possible to release the pattern earlier than the set timeline? I have finished the first 6 weeks in a week😤 and i would like to carry on before i loose interest.I am retired and single so this is how i have lits of time to crochet

    • Hehe – I receive messages from folks wanting the squares released early, and also messages wanting me to stick to the schedule because they feel behind.. So I’m releasing 2 more weeks tomorrow (Wednesday) and then starting on week 9, I’m releasing as scheduled. Hope this doesn’t bum you out too much! I’m thinking of compiling a list of squares that will work well mixed in with my square patterns that way folks can work extras while they wait for new weeks 🙂
      Happy crafting!
      Rachele C.

  15. I just cannot do the Rebecca square….so frustrating for me, the tail puff. I think I will just make a second square od one of the easier ones instead of driving myself crazy, unless someone can give me some advice.

    • Hi Miss Beverly! You can hop over to the groups on Ravelry or Facebook – links in this post – or definitely just copy another square from this CAL, or even insert any square you want that’s 88 sts on the final round/comparable size. Any of those options should help! Happy crafting! 😊❤️ – RC

  16. Yes, Just where do I go in Ravelry to download the free E-Book to get this awesomely beautiful Afghan Pattern and the Square patterns ? And where is the PDF?

    • Hi there! Everything you need to get started is under the “Related Links” section at the beginning of this post – thank you for joining in with us! 🙂 feel free to join the Ravelry or Facebook group – both also linked above – there’s loads of support in there.

      Happy crafting to you!
      Rachele C.

  17. Finally! I am caught up, with all 18 squares made and edged. After getting a late start from waiting on yarn, then putting aside for WIPs for my daughter’s baby shower, and just daily obligations, I finally spent today being a couch potato and caught up. Now I have a day or so before the next square is released (I hope) !

  18. Hello Rachele, this is beautiful .have some Stylecraft so am going to Ravelry. Thankyou for sharing.

    • Splendid! I’m so pleased that you like it and do pop in to the FB/Rav groups or tag #vvcal on social media with progress pics – I’ve had the best time seeing everyone’s squares! ❤️❤️
      Happy crafting,
      Rachele C.

  19. Why is the Sofia square not accessible on the list? Usually they are underlined and I am able to access the squares that way but not so with Sofia.

    • Yep! It’s coming next – I shuffled him down two spaces from 12 to 14 because coming next is a square that looks like it has a sun in the center, and I wanted to call it “Ray”mond.. 😊😊😊❤️
      Good eye!
      Rachele C.

    • Coming soon! Raymond and Gabriella 😁😁 Its a 2 square day! For now we are at a gymnastics talent show for my youngest daughter! ❤️❤️❤️ But will post both squares soon 👍🏻
      Thanks for checking in on him! Hahaha
      RC

  20. SO beautyfull I love it and are going to join in as soon as I the yarn arrives 🙂
    which colors have you used for the border?

  21. I clicked on the link for the ebook, but the page I am taken to says the the page is not available. I really want to try making the squares, but am not having any luck. please help. Thanks!
    June

  22. The links to Johnny and Andrea are not underlined, so I can’t access them.

  23. Am I missing the border in the ravelry link? I can’t seem to find it and I would love to use it at some point.

      • Haha! Thank you for replying! That definitely explains why I couldn’t find it! XD
        Your blanket is lovely. Such impressive talent! Thank you for sharing!!

  24. Love, love, love this beautiful afghan! And loving all the colors! In your general info, you say that the squares should be 5.5 inches square before the final DC round and that each should have 23 stitches on each side including the corner stitches. I think that you meant 22 each side as the individual squares end with a total of 88 SC which divided by 4 is 22. Personally, I never make a mistake….. I make a zillion…. smile. Thank you for such a wonderful pattern!

    • Thank you! I just mean when you look at each individual side, it has 23 – if you count both corner stitches. It’s just an easy way to make sure you have the right amount of stitches as you work each side – corner sc to corner sc. Thanks for the kind word and happy crafting to you! 😊❤️

  25. Love the blanket and patterns 🙂 but please make a list of what color edge you have used on each square…….
    ex week 3:
    Cecilia square – square in color Spring Green and edge in color xxx,
    Plain Granny Square in color Meadow and edge in color xxx

    week 4:
    Nicolas square in color Denim and edge in color xxx
    Plain Granny square in color Raspberry and edge in color xxx

    • Hi there! For the official CAL blanket, I have only edged in one color – it’s actually 2 shades (one cream base, one white base) and they both have a variegated ply woven through. The yarn is called “I Love this yarn” by a craft store called Hobby Lobby – and the colors are Sorbet Ribbon and Madrigal – both have the multicolor ply twisted throughout. It’s lovely! A little heavier weight than the Stylecraft DK, so I go down a hook size to edge.
      Hope this helps! Many folks are edging with only one color, and other are edging with the same Stylecraft colors. I think it looks great either way!
      Happy crafting ❤️❤️
      Rachele C.

      • Thank you 🙂
        I hope there comes a picture where we can se the hole blanket and all the sguares (the one in the first picture above on this page) when the border is finished, I just love the colors put together in that blanket and the multicolored squares…just love everything about it 🙂

      • Thank you! It was so fun to make and I’m enjoying writing and sharing the square patterns! I think there are 4 weeks more of squares, then it’s onto joining! 😊❤️ looking forward to it! – RC

  26. Hi,

    I am about to order yarn to start this lovely vintage blanket. What yarn are you using for the join and the boarder? Can’t wait to get started.

    Many thanks,

    Anna

    • Hey there! Well I am using a cream color baby yarn – Bernat I think.. I’m not using Stylecraft, but there should be details on how much yarn to order if you’d like to do the border in Stylecraft – a solid cream border or a cream/multicolor one. I think 4-5 balls of stylecraft cream (parchment?) will be enough if you want to join and make edging all cream.
      Hope this helps! 🙂
      Rachele Cz

      • Thank you for the reply. I have started the squares an I am very much enjoying this project. Thank you for excellent descriptions.

        Anna

  27. Should the instructions say we are edging 14 squares this week? Remember, there was a week where we only did one square and a plain?

    • Hey there! I haven’t changed that count since I updated the CAL speed, but you’re welcome to calculate it! You can edge them as you go, or you can do them all at once – it’s up to you! Enjoy your evening (if you’re near CST 😉) and happy crafting as always!
      Rachele C.

  28. Whrn will you post this week’s squares? They aren’t highlighted.

  29. I’m really enjoying this CAL and managing to keep up to keep up each week! Looking ahead I wondered what the ‘crystal’ multi was?

  30. On the William square, round 4, is there possibly a mistake or am I misreading something? **chain 3, (DC, ch 1, DC) in next chain space….Is this supposed to say in next ch 1 space? Because there are also 2 ch 2 spaces on each side.

    • Hi, there! Yes it’s the center Chain 1 space and it’s actually supposed to be (DC, Chain-2, DC) just like in the chart.

      Thank you!

  31. Yesterday I startet the week 20 squares, but today I can’t seem to access the link.. 😕

    • Hi there! Try clicking the “CypressTextiles” at the top of the page to get to the home page – then you’ll see all the squares (most recent 5) featured at the top. Hope it helps! Happy crafting! RC

  32. Is the blanket featured above made with your color palette? Some of the colors–dark tea, dark purple, etc.–do not appear to be in the color palette pictured.

    • Yes that blanket I made with 1) Squares: The “Summer Evening” yarn pack curated by MyCraftLife (Anita Gibney) on Facebook/IG – the yarn brand is New Fashion DK, 2) Square borders and final border/edging: Yarn is Stylecraft Alpaca Tweed in various complementary colors, and 3) Joining and V-stitch portion of edging: I used a 100% recycled cream color cotton yarn (thrift shop sweater pulled apart) from a shop on Etsy .. So since I used all random stash yarns, I decided to change the yarn/palette for the CAL blanket! 😁😁❤️

      • What colors does the “summer evening” yarn pack from New Fashion DK contain?

        Sorry to read that we are not endeing up with a blanket in the same colors as the one on this main page since the colors in this blanket is the ones I felle in love with, not the patterns.

      • It’s a yarn pack – I would head to the My Craft Life Facebook site to see details – or she has an Instagram as well @mycraftlife – hope it helps! The CAL is for the 33 free granny square patterns, not just color palette – happy crafting! – Rachele C.

    • Hey there! There are 32 design squares and 32 plain/multi – the first design square is “Rebecca” on January 15 and the final design square is “Crystal” on June 17. Hope you’ve enjoyed it so far! Happy crafting to you! 😊❤️

      • still make it 31, sorry. The last week it says Week 23: June 17 – Amanda + Crystal Plain multi + Edge 16 squares. Unless Crystal plain multi is a typo and should be Crystal
        + plain multi.
        Am loving learning new stitches though. Thank you for a wonderful pattern

  33. I agree with clarerevell above. I will only have 63 squares. This has been bothering me so much (OCD) LOL. The week we did Lincoln we did 2 plain also, throwing the count off. Can you please go back and count to see if you come up with the same as we do?

    • Hehe isn’t crochet supposed to ease the OCDs of life 😝 I think when I sped up the square weeks by doubling them up and releasing 2 per week, the count got off.. Either way, the final count for what you need to make are the 32 named squares as linked above (with the exception of Amanda and Crystal which come out on Friday), plus 24 plain, and 8 multicolor squares which will make your total of 64. Truthfully I’m not even caught up! I am 9 plain and all 6 multicolor behind! We’ll get there.. Just make sure by June 24 you have the 32, 24, and 8 if you want to be all caught up and ready to join. 😁👍🏻 which means I’ll have to catch up too! 😝😝

    • Hi there! The joining started yesterday – as per instructions of you scroll down the schedule we will join the first 2 rows this week (placement is supposed to be random, but choose any layout you prefer!) – the joins are linked in this post, and the actual join I am using is the continuous JAYG SC – with PLT.

      You can choose any join you prefer as the edging is written for any stitch count.

      I’m on weekend vacation, but I’ll be back Monday and show my first two rows of squares joined.

      Happy crafting!
      RC

  34. Sorry to bother you on vacation, but that is something else I was wondering, do we place certain squares next to each other, or how do we do this? The place where it says the schedule for this week was not highlighted, so I didn’t know what to do.

    • The layout is supposed to be random, but you can follow any layout you prefer! There are many gorgeous placement layouts I have seen being used.
      RC Xx

  35. I cannot grasp the join! I am so confused, I have a headache. I will put it aside and try later.

  36. Could you tell me where the link for June 25th is for the 1st week of joining? I have not started this yet – too many WIPs to start another, but plan on getting to it once I get caught up a bit. I absolutely love this blanket!

    • Hi there! It’s not linked, but all the joining options are listed in the joining section. The one I am doing for the official blanket is the Continuous SC JAYG 👌🏻 I’ll have a post for it soon, but for now the instructions can be followed in that join’s post because I even used VVCAL squares for the demo. 😊😊❤️
      Happy crafting!
      Rachele C.

    • I’ve been super busy with a pattern book (eep!) so I may just have to write it in real time as it’s actually due.. According to the schedule. I’ve said before I wanted to release the border pattern early, but I can’t responsibly put that on my plate at the moment.. So it looks like it’ll be released according to the schedule in this post 🙂
      Thank you!
      Rachele C.

  37. I have just found this CAL. Really like it, but trying to complete some other pieces. I am going to try and start real soon, have a bit of stash to use as a start and then will see how I go. Thank you for your time doing all this for us ‘hookers’ xxxUrsula

    • Aww that’s great! We’ll take your time – the patterns will be up forever 🙂

      Thanks for the kind word, and happy crafting!
      Rachele C.

  38. I absolutely love this CAL – but am buried under several WIP’s … I am waiting for the border to be released,o I can have all the particulars to get started… have a dear friend in BC who has had some very hard times this past year and would love to do this for her – she has admired it several times!! Is there an order to the joining of the blocks? I see each week but dont know what blocks are joined in Wk 1 or Wk 2, etc

    • Hey there! Lovely reason to craft – to cheer a friend with a handmade gift to treasure forever ❤️❤️❤️ The join order for the blocks is supposed to be random, but I’ve seen many that are like a checkerboard with plain and design blocks, or diagonal lines of color shades.. I’ve seen it all! And they’re all gorgeous 😊😊

      Thanks for joining in! The patterns will be up forever, so no rush 🙂
      Rachele C.

    • Hi there! We will begin the border on July 22 – I wish I could have posted it early but I have a book deadline that has me crocheting like a madwoman 😁😁😁 See you then! 😊😊❤️
      RC

  39. Each of the next 4 weeks links to the square placement and joining documentation for each row, specific to this blanket.

    Week 24: June 24 – Join row 1 & 2
    Week 25: July 1 – Join row 3 & 4
    Week 26: July 8 – Join row 5 & 6
    Week 27: Jul7 15 – Join row 7 & 8
    These don’t appear to have links attached. Where might I locate the instructions?
    Thank you

  40. Just found you on pinterest. Got lost in the wonder of it all, lost my original pinner so can’t credit – sorry.
    I make blankets for local neonatal unit so each square will be individual blanket.
    Thank you so much for giving your time and effort, I really appreciate it as I now have my patterns in one place.

  41. Is there a colour placement plan for the full blanket please. Working it at the moment & loving it x

    • Hi there!! No color plan – it’s supposed to feel cozy, so random is beautiful! Many crafters have used a “checkerboard” layout with the plain and patterned squares, and others have used similar planned layouts, but all the ones I’ve made are random. Crafter’s choice! 🙂
      – RC

      • Thank you, random it is then. May take some time as this is my weight loss blanket. 1 square made for each pound lost – 14 so far, aiming for 64 & beyond! xx

    • Thank you!! I hope you can get some use out of it – This Page and all Related CAL pages can seem overwhelming because it was a CAL, so a little piecemeal. But still hopefully useful 🙂