All posts tagged: vibrant vintage cal

VVCAL blanket in green palette – A very green post :)

Sometimes I look at my WIP and think, “Why are you like this?” Lol – but this method is faster, or at least in my mind.  Besides, this pic from January 2015 has over a hundred thousand pins or something, so it can’t be that crazy..  But what IS crazy is how many joins I tried for these squares… eventually I just invented a Join for them – the Row by Row JAYG, and I didn’t even end up using it!! Honestly…  What I did end up using was a version of the Flat Braid Join with only one chain instead of three or five. I made a YouTube video for it!  Along the way I also tried my go-to PLT Join, but I didn’t think it had enough oomph to echo the Lacy squares.  I also tried out making the PLT move on only certain stitches so it would have a pretty Celtic effect. I didn’t end up liking that one either… but it was kinda pretty!  Gratuitous granny square pic… these are the …

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Birthday Blankets: Something old into something new :)

Who remembers that Sesame Street song??? I just knew it would be on YouTube, and yep! Go ahead… you know you wanna watch it 🙂 Today I’m getting into this spirit by turning some (111!) squares that I made last year into 2 blankets for my little cousins on their birthday. They’re 4 years apart, but born on the same day! Wowzers! Here are some old photos of the squares I’m using today. They are the extra pattern tester squares, photo model squares, etc.. from the Vibrant Vintage CAL that I hosted in 2016 using Stylecraft Special DK (affiliate) – All 33 square designs are represented here and I love these squares enough to frog all the edging and joining and give them new life as a pair of birthday blankets. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Here is what my living room looks like at the moment: I’ve frogged most of the edging and joining of the squares that were previously joined up for tutorials and what-not. 48 of the squares have a DC round of edging already on them. …

A new VVCAL Blanket emerges

With my trusty KnitPicks Palette yarn, I’ve started a new Vibrant Vintage CAL blanket. You may remember this CAL from January – August 2016 – the Facebook Group has nearly 4000 members! You can find the 33 free granny square patterns in PDF format at Ravelry or at the post linked above.  In the meantime, check out this spiffy green version! Palette yarn is awesome and as the name suggests, there are a ton of colors – and some are even heathered.  I made one tester square to see what hook I was going to use – Size E! Then I had a serious planning sesh for my chosen squares – the recipient wants mostly three dimensional squares instead of flat ones. And some joining in progress! You can see a bunch of join options on the VVCAL main page linked above, or look through all the joining methods I show on my site. Or to see what some IG crafters have already done by browse the #VVCAL hashtag on Instagram. Looking forward to showing y’all …

Free Crochet Pattern: Blanket Border – Vibrant Vintage Blanket (VVCAL)

Find this border pattern in PDF format as a Ravelry download. (Side note: if you are interested in the Vibrant Vintage CAL, I created a handy 20-page PDF including condensed versions of all 33 square patterns, plus border option, and the lace border. Get the convenient PDF for a small fee of $4 on ETSY.) You can add this border on ANY blanket, so if you have a blanket that needs edging, get it out and let’s do it! Try this pretty edging in a built tough, but super soft DK weight yarn like (affiliate) Scheepjes Colour Crafter Knitpicks Brava Sport   Round 1: Begin in any corner and SC evenly around, putting 3 SC in each corner. Join with sl st in first SC. Do not cut yarn. NOTE**It’s important to make sure you have the corner stitches, with a multiple of 4+1 on each side, like this: Corner SC, multiple of 4 SC + 1, corner SC Example of a side with correct amount of stitches: Corner SC, 101 SC, corner SC If you have …

VVCAL Border – Part 3 – Blanket finale! 

Still no charts yet as I have become a frantically busy bee! This will be much easier charted out vs having to look at this close-up photo to see what’s what, but I’ve tried to be extremely clear in the written instruction. It’s my lesson learned that cross my heart I won’t do another CAL without having all of the parts designed and finished before I begin. What was I thinking?! 🙂

VVCAL Border – Part 1

Hi, everyone! 🙂 It’s been a while because y’all may know, I’m nose-deep in writing a blanket pattern book – Woohoo! This week we are starting the border. Today I’ll post just the foundation rounds. You can add this border on ANY blanket, so if you have a blanket that needs edging, get it out and let’s do it.