Vibrant Vintage CAL

VVCAL – Week 1

Welcome to the first week of the Vibrant Vintage CAL!

Note: Are you enjoying this CAL? The VVCAL is a FOREVER FREE collection of 33 afghan block patterns including PDF versions, charts, and photo steps, plus mix-and-match joining methods and edging options, as well as endless support via myself, or social media groups. I thought this could be a great opportunity if anyone feels like they can donate to a worthy cause. Someone very close to me is going through stage 4 cancer, while somehow managing to keep up with two toddlers (one newly adopted, and one surprise natural success!). Any amount will help, and each week I will donate 100% of the funds to their GoFundMe page for medical bills. Click here to donate; I genuinely appreciate it!

Related Links

  • CAL Main info page – Please read thoroughly for weekly schedule, design basics, and color selection
  • Ravelry ebook – All the block patterns so far, with printable PDF versions (to save your printer ink, they are almost only text)
  • Find the PDF version as a free Ravelry download here. PDF includes: Full pattern, charted instruction, and a condensed, printable PDF version of the pattern
  • Ravelry group – Join if you want to! Anyone can participate in this open CAL just by following along each week – subscribe to this site, or join the Rav group if you like
  • Basic USA crochet terms with tutorials from
  • Finishing ends on squares (do them as you go!) Tons of info at Crochet Cabana


Each week, I’ll be posting a new “Fancy” granny square pattern. All you need to do this week is make 2 li’l squares!
2 Squares and the color in which I worked them:

Rebecca Square

Note: Many folks who have joined in and made the Rebecca Square have mentioned that it is smaller than their Plain granny.

  • Try to keep an even and relaxed tension like normal. In my experience when working an unfamiliar pattern, my tension tends to be tighter.
  • Make sure your Tall Puff is loose you need to really loosen those loops to make them long. Your puff is only as long as the longest loop. So if you have one tighter loop in there, the puff will be short.
  • If you still have a smaller square, consider waiting until you have more squares to make changes, or if you decided to adjust the square, just be sure to keep the 88 stitches on the final round.

For more info about the size of your squares, please see the Main Post.

Charted instruction:

Week 1 Rebecca Square with Key

Written instruction:

Special stitches

  • Beg DC = (SC, Ch-1)
  • Beg Tall Puff = Pull up long loop (about 1in), **YO, insert hook in space indicated, YO, draw up a loop as long as initial loop, repeat from ** once more, YO, draw yarn through all 5 loops, chain 1 to finish Beg Tall Puff
  • Tall Puff = **YO, insert hook in space indicated, YO, draw up a long loop (about 1in), repeat from ** twice more, keeping all loops the same height as initial loop, YO, draw yarn through all 7 loops, chain 1 to finish Tall Puff


Foundation: Ch-3 and join in first Ch to make ring. You may also make a magic circle if you prefer that method. Also feel free to chain more stitches if you are used to chaining 4 or 5. I like to chain 3 for my ring, because I like the center hole to disappear when I weave ends.

Work 6 Rounds as follows…

Round 1: All in ring, working over center tail so as to pull center circle closed tight when square is complete: Make Beg Tall Puff, **Ch-2, make Tall Puff, repeat from ** 6 times more, Ch-1, HDC in top of Beg Tall Puff to complete round _8 Tall Puff, 8 chain loop total_    

Round 2: SC in same spot – over HDC, Ch-6, **SC in next chain space, Ch-6, repeat from ** 6 times more, join with a slip stitch to first SC.  _8 6-Chain Loops, 8 SC total_

Round 3: Slip stitch in first chain of first 6-chain loop, make Beg Tall Puff, make 4 Tall Puffs, SC in next 6-chain loop, **Ch-1, make 5 Tall Puffs in next 6-chain loop, SC in next 6-chain loop, repeat from ** 2 times more, Ch-1, join with slip stitch in top of Beg Tall Puff.  _20 Tall Puff, 4 SC, 4 Ch-1 total_

Round 4: Beg DC in chain space, Ch-1, **(HDCin next chain space, Ch-1) 2 times, DC in next chain space, Ch-1, (3TR, Ch-3, 3TR) all in next SC, Ch-1, DC between next 2 Tall Puffs, repeat from ** 3 times more, omitting final DC of third time repeating. Join with a slip stitch to top of the Beg DC _24 TR, 8 DC, 8 HDC, 5 Ch-1 spaces, 4 Ch-3 spaces total_

Round 5: SC in chain space, **SC in all stitches and chain spaces across to corner chain space, 5SC in corner chain space, repeat from ** 3 times more, SC in all stitches and chain spaces to first SC, join with a slip stitch to first SC. _80 SC total_

Round 6: SC in first SC and in all stitches around, putting 3SC in all 4 corners, join with a slip stitch in first SC, cut yarn and finish off ends. _88 SC total_

Double check that your squares are the same size 🙂



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  2. Disneybird says

    looking forward to starting this, but may have fallen at the first hurdle. Using stylecraft like you, what colour are the first 2 squares please? Many thanks

    • Ah perfect! I’ll add in that info on the main posts – great idea! 🙂

      Week 1: Rebecca-Aster, Plain #1/24-Clematis 😊❤️❤️

    • Thanks for this lovely CAL. It is achievable by anybody regardless of skill level. It is stunningly beautiful and I appreciate the effort you have put in. Thank you again. Lorrain

  3. I was just reading through the abbreviations link for the Extended treble. I think there is an error there – it appears that the instructions for the edc have been used for the etr as well. Just letting you know. Looking forward to this CAL. Going to use up my stash of old wool yarns I have had for years – Vintage yarn for a vintage CAL. cheers

    • Hi there! Perhaps try contacting the author of that site? She had so much info, I linked to her page, just because I don’t have any blogged beginner assistance.. Thank you for joining along in the CAL! Looking forward to it! 🙂
      Happy crafting to you,

  4. Kim Watson says

    Thank you so much for time and effort posting this amazing CAL. I’m going to be one of many i’m sure who is going to love making this amazing blnket. xx

    • Yay! Glad to know you’re enjoying so far – and honored to have you crafting along with me! 🙂

  5. Roxana says

    Thank you for a wonderfoul blanket.I found a small mistake on the round 2:is 48 chain loops instead of 86.It is also?. A greeting,thanks.

    • Hi, there! It just means there are 8 loops, made of 6 chains each 👍🏻👍🏻 the chart will also help! Thank you, and glad to have you crafting along with me! 😊😊❤️

  6. I guess my eye sight is failing…did someone say there is a PDF link? Can someone guide me to it?
    I usually don’t do CALS, but this one is irresistible ♡♡ ♡ It’s beautiful and I hope mine looks as good in the end.

    • Yep! It’s in the “related links” at the top – the link says “here” – when you click it, you get to the Ravelry page for a free PDF download 👍🏻👍🏻 Thank you for crafting along with me! 😊❤️

  7. Melanie. says

    Hi sorry to bother you again,
    I’m stuck on this square it says in Round 4: Beg DC in chain space, Ch-1, **(HDCin next chain space, Ch-1) 2 times, does this mean do it twice in the same chain space?
    Mel. xxx

    • Hi, there! No it means HDC in next chain space, chain 1, HDC in next chain space, chain 1 – if you see in the photo, they’re spaces over 2 separate chain spaces (between the puff stitches)
      Happy to help!
      Rachele C.

  8. Melanie. says

    Hi Rachele, just realised where Iwas going wrong, I was not reading your pattern correctly. Thank you so much 😘

    • Don’t worry about speaking up! I’ve made corrections already to these patterns only because crafters have pointed them out to me 😊👌🏻

  9. Melanie. says

    Thank you, I so want to be able to make this stunning throw. On square 3 now and I’m loving it! xxx

  10. Hi there,

    I noticed there was a small misunderstanding in Round 3, which I didn’t notice until attempting to start Round 4. It seems that there ought to be 1 chain between each Tall Puff, indicated where it says, “Beg DC in chain space, Ch-1, **(HDCin next chain space, Ch-1) 2 times, DC in next chain space”, but it is not specified in Round 3 that there should be a chain 1 between each Tall Puff. I counted the stitches and it seems to make sense.

    Hope this isn;t too difficult to understand. Thanks for the pattern!

    • Hey there! The chain between the tall puffs in round 3 is the chain that you use to “close” the puff – hope that helps! You can always add an extra chain if you need! Happy crafting to you – Rachele C.

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