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Tunisian Blanket CAL 2023 – 25 Mosaic Square Patterns

Welcome to the Tunisian Blanket CAL of 2023!! This is my fourth year of hosting a blanket CAL and I am so excited to share what I have in store for you!

I love trying new stitches and techniques and I have been experimenting with Tunisian Mosaic Crochet lately. You probably already know this but I love this technique so I decided to use it for my next blanket CAL!

This year we will make 25 squares, each with a different mosaic pattern. The CAL will start on January 4th, 2023 and end right before Thanksgiving (scroll down for full schedule). I will release 25 squares AND the instructions to join and make a Mosaic border for the blanket.

I named this blanket ‘Zuri’ because it means ‘beautiful’ in Hindi. I love how my blanket turned out. Here’s a glimpse of it for you:

Zuri Tunisian Mosaic Blanket from the CAL of 2023 hosted by KnitterKnotter. The blanket is draped over an oversized chair with a plant and a fireplace next to it.

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We wrapped up the Tunisian Blanket CAL of 2022 a few weeks ago and I learnt so many new things while making my blocks. I was amazed by the creativity of all the participating designers and I enjoyed making every block! Before I share more about this year, let me show you a picture of my Tunisian Blanket from the CAL of 2022:

KnitterKnotter's blanket from the Tunisian Blanket CAL of 2022. It is made up of 25 squares and made with 5 different colors - Pink, Dark Pink, Purple, Light Grey, and Green

Like I did with my 2021 CAL, I experimented with color changes this year as well and I love how my blanket turned out!

This is going to be a beginner friendly CAL (except for the border which will require you to work in a round) so you are welcome to join even if you have never tried Tunisian Mosaic Crochet before.

And, just like the previous years, we will focus on learning and helping each other! No matter what skill level you are at, join us and there will be plenty to learn 🙂

You can find all the squares made by the participants of the previous years’ CALs and join this year’s CAL here: KnitterKnotter Hangout Group

Wrapping up 2022 and introducing the Tunisian Mosaic Blanket CAL of 2023! This is a free mystery crochet along with 25 different mosaic crochet squares.

Why Tunisian Mosaic Crochet?

If you are wondering why I chose Tunisian Mosaic Crochet for my next CAL, there are multiple reasons –

  1. It is a beautiful yet simple technique. You only work with two stitches and you can create some very intricate patterns with it!
  2. There are no color changes in the middle of a row. All the color-work magic happens through the stitches only.
  3. We don’t have a million ends to weave in or create an envelope border! This is because Tunisian crochet is worked on one side only since we don’t have to turn the project after the completion of a row. I had only 4 ends to weave in per square and then 2 ends per row in the border, that’s all! Here are my snipped ends.
The snipped ends from the Zuri blanket. Since it is made with Tunisian Mosaic Crochet, there are very few ends to weave in unlike traditional mosaic crochet.

Tunisian Blanket CAL 2023 Details

This is going to be a free mystery CAL where one 10″ x 10″ square will be released every 2 weeks – at 10 AM Central Time on alternate Wednesdays. Each square will be made with a different mosaic pattern.

The last square and border pattern will be released right before Thanksgiving so that you can use the holidays to work on joining your squares and completing your blanket!

The written instructions along with the charts (without X’s) will be available for free on the blog.

You will be able to download the chart with X’s on the day of the release only – for 24 hours starting 10 AM Central Time.

All the squares of the Tunisian Mosaic CAL of 2023 hosted by KnitterKnotter.

CAL 2023 Release Schedule

  • January 4th – Square #1
  • January 18th – Square #2
  • February 1st – Square #3
  • February 15th – Square #4
  • March 1st – Square #5
  • March 15th – Square #6
  • March 29th – Square #7
  • April 12th – Square #8
  • April 26th – Square #9
  • May 10th – Square #10
  • May 24th – Square #11
  • June 7th – Square #12 & Square #13
  • June 21st – Square #14
  • July 5th – Square #15
  • July 19th – Square #16
  • August 2nd – Square #17
  • August 16th – Square #18
  • August 30th – Square #19
  • September 13th – Square #20
  • September 27th – Square #21
  • October 11th – Square #22
  • October 25th – Square #23
  • November 8th – Square #24 & Square #25
  • November 22nd – Join and Border

Where will I find the patterns?

The pattern for this CAL will come with the following:
1. General Instructions for the CAL – with supplies needed and stitch tutorials
2. Written Instructions for each block
3. A chart for each block
4. Written Instructions for the border
5. A chart for the border
6. Support videos

There will be 3 ways to get the patterns of this CAL:

#1 Free on the blog (English only)

This page will serve as the main page for all the content related to the CAL that will be shared on my blog.

Make sure to check the schedule and visit this page on every release day to find out how to get the instructions for the latest block.
– You will be able to download the chart for every block without X’s always.
– The chart with X’s will be available for download on the day of the release only – for 24 hours starting 10 AM Central Time.

To make sure you don’t miss a block or miss the window to download the free chart, sign up for my newsletter and I will send you a reminder every time a new block is released!

#2 Ebook

The patterns will be available for purchase as an Ebook. If you purchase the Ebook, you will receive the PDF version of all the squares and the border pattern as they are released.

This is a mystery CAL so, if you make a purchase, you will NOT receive all the patterns at once. You will receive a new pattern every 2 weeks as the squares are released in the CAL.

The pattern in the Ebook version will be available in 2 languages – English and French and will be available to purchase from two places (Ravelry and a non-Ravelry platform).

Here is why you’d want the Ebook:

  • You won’t have to keep an eye on the schedule to download the chart every time a new pattern is released!
  • There will be no ads!
  • The PDF version will be print friendly and will contain the following
    • List of supplies and general information about the blanket
    • The written instructions for every square and for the border (in English and French)
    • Charts for every square and for the border with X’s indicating the extended stitches
    • Photo tutorials for all the stitches used in Tunisian Mosaic Crochet
    • Bonus empty chart that you can use to create your own square pattern.
  • Lifetime access to work at your own pace

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE EBOOK

This is a mystery CAL so, if you make a purchase, you will NOT receive all the patterns at once. You will receive a new pattern every 2 weeks as the squares are released in the CAL.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PATTERN ON RAVELRY

#3 Ebook and Course

You will get everything mentioned in #2 along with access to ad-free video tutorials with all the material presented in a course format so you can download the PDFs and view the videos all in one place.

This is a mystery CAL so, if you make a purchase, you will NOT receive all the patterns at once. You will receive a new pattern every 2 weeks as the squares are released in the CAL.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE EBOOK AND COURSE

This is a mystery CAL so, if you make a purchase, you will NOT receive all the patterns at once. You will receive a new pattern every 2 weeks as the squares are released in the CAL.

Here’s a comparison of all the different options for you to decide which one will work best for you:

The pattern options for the Tunisian Mosaic Blanket CAL of 2023 hosted by KnitterKnotter

Note: All videos will be in English with an option to auto-translate captions to any other language supported by YouTube.

Technique and Difficulty

Squares – Beginner
The squares in this blanket are beginner friendly. There are only two stitches you need to know.

Border – Intermediate
The border in this blanket will be worked in a round. If you are not comfortable with working in a round, you can skip the mosaic border and make any border of your choice.

If you new to Tunisian Mosaic Crochet, you can get a head start by practicing the stitches mentioned here and learning how to change color at the beginning of a Forward Pass before starting this CAL.

That said, this is going to be a very slow paced CAL so you will have plenty of time to learn the stitches and to make your squares. I have a Facebook group where you can find some amazing people who love to learn and support each other! There, you can also see photos of the squares made by the participants of the previous CALs for inspiration 🙂

Size

The size of the squares will depend on the yarn you picked. The measurements here are based on the gauge mentioned in the pattern. Each square measures 10” (25.5 cms). 

There are multiple possibilities of putting these squares together:

  • 6 squares x 4 squares – makes a 5’ x 3.5’ afghan or throw
  • 5 squares x 5 squares – makes a 4’ x 4’ blanket
  • Use them individually as dish cloths
  • Add more squares to make a larger blanket – you can pick some from my earlier blanket CALs (you will have 75 squares to choose from!) – 2020, 2021, 2022!

A border is added to the blanket after the squares are joined. You can choose to add a border or skip it, keep in mind that adding a border will increase the size of the blanket.

My mosaic border is 3.25” (8 cms) wide and the size of my blanket is 4.75’ x 4.75’.

Gauge

8 rows of 8 stitches is a 2” square.

Use the following pattern to make the gauge swatch:
Row 1 (FR): Chain 8, make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain. 
Row 2: fs, 6 tss, ls.
Row 3: fs, 2 tss, etss, 3 tss, ls.
Row 4: fs, 3 tss, etss, 2 tss, ls.
Row 5: fs, 4 tss, etss, tss, ls.
Row 6: fs, etss, 4 tss, etss, ls.
Row 7: fs, tss, etss, 4 tss, ls.
Row 8: fs, 2 tss, etss, 3 tss, ls.
BOR: fs, 6 tss, ls.
This will be the bind off row. You will make a slip stitch every time you pick up a loop on your hook. Fasten off and weave in ends.

If your gauge swatch is smaller, go up a hook size. If it is larger, you can try going down a hook size but be sure to use a hook that is at least 2 sizes larger than the one recommended for the yarn you are using – this is to avoid curling.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE EBOOK

This is a mystery CAL so, if you make a purchase, you will NOT receive all the patterns at once. You will receive a new pattern every 2 weeks as the squares are released in the CAL.

Abbreviations

  1. ch – chain 
  2. fs – First Stitch – Skip the first vertical bar of the previous row (the one right under the one on the hook). The loop on the hook will count as the first stitch for every row. 
  3. ls – Last Stitch – Pick up the two vertical bars of the last stitch of the previous row, yarn over, pull through both the vertical bars into a loop on the hook.
  4. tss – Tunisian Simple Stitch– Insert hook in the vertical bar, yarn over, pull up a loop on the hook.
  5. etss – Front Post Extended Tunisian Simple Stitch – Locate the stitch that’s two rows below the next stitch. Pick up the two vertical bars (front and back bars) from above the return pass chain, yarn over, pull through, chain 1. 
  6. twtksTwisted Tunisian Knit Stitch – Insert hook in between the 2 vertical bars in the opposite direction, yarn over, pull up a loop on the hook.
  7. twtssTwisted Tunisian Simple Stitch (twisted upwards) – Insert hook in the vertical bar in the opposite direction, yarn over, pull up a loop on the hook.
  8. twtss-twtks – Twisted Tunisian Simple Stitch and Twisted Tunisian Knit Stitch in the same stitch
  9. tks-tss – Tunisian Knit Stitch and Tunisian Simple Stitch in the same stitch.
  10. yo  – yarn over
  11. FR – Foundation Row
  12. BOR – Bind off Row

What you will need

Yarn

You can use any yarn to make this blanket. I recommend using at least two contrasting colors because that will make the pattern pop.

I used Stylecraft Special DK yarn in colors:

  1. Silver – 2250 yards / 2000 m / 24 oz / 700 gm (7 skeins)
  2. White – 1600 yds / 1475 m / 17 oz / 500 gm (5 skeins)

The yardage above includes approximately 1000 yards for a 11 row border.

This is a great pattern to use up your scraps too! You could purchase the base color (C1) and use yarn from your stash as the other color (C2) for different squares.

My mosaic border is 3.25” (8 cms) wide and the size of my blanket is 4.75’ x 4.75’.

Stylecraft Special DK yarn in colors Silver and White.

Hook

Pick a hook that is compatible with the yarn you chose. I usually make a gauge swatch with a few different hooks before I pick one. The gauge swatch will give you a good idea of how the fabric will work up and if you would like it to be more or less drapey. I used a 6 mm (J-10) Tunisian crochet hook for making my squares and the border. I used a 5.5 mm (I-9) crochet hook to join the squares.

For making the border, I used a double ended hook – 6 mm (J-10) hook for the forward pass and 5.5 mm (I-9) hook for the reverse pass. I built my double ended hook by joining two hooks with a cable from my Denise interchangeable crochet hook set.

I used my Denise2Go 2 hook set to make my blanket.

The Denise2Go 2 hook set is a set of interchangeable hooks with two hooks of each size. It also comes with stoppers, and cords of various sizes. They come in a beautiful case which is palm sized and perfect for travel!

Other hook options:

  1. Knitter’s Pride Ginger Interchangeable Hook Set
  2. Clover Takumi Interchangeable Hook Set
  3. Chiaogoo Interchangeable Hook Set

Blocking Supplies

A blocking mat and, depending on the material of the yarn you choose, you will need some other blocking supplies. I used my KnitIQ crochet blocking mats to block my squares.

Crochet Blocking Mats by KnitIQ feature 1 inch grid lines - both straight and circular.

If you are using acrylic yarn, you could steam your squares after pinning them on blocking mats. Here are some other products would be useful for blocking:

  1. Knit Blockers and Pin Set by Knitter’s Pride
  2. Garment Steamer

Other notions

Here are a few more notions that you will need to make your blanket:

  1. Scissors to cut yarn
  2. Tapestry needle to weave in tails
  3. Measuring tape

How to follow the CAL

You can follow this CAL on my website or on my social media. Here are some helpful links that you can use to keep track of the CAL:

  1. Pinterest – Follow this Pinterest board for all the squares in this CAL.
  2. Facebook Group – If you would like to connect with other people who are participating in this CAL, join my KnitterKnotter Hangout group on Facebook. This CAL, along with any future CALs, pattern releases, giveaways and anything else I would like to share can be found there. It is a great place to share your progress and to ask questions. The group is very focused on learning and everyone there is amazing at helping each other out! I request that you respect the rules of the group while posting.
  3. Instagram – You can follow me to get updates there and if you choose to share photos of your project, please use the tags @knitterknotter and #knitterknotter so that I can find them!
  4. Email – If you haven’t already done so, you can subscribe to my newsletter to get all important updates of this CAL.
  5. Purchase the Ebook or the Ebook & Course – scroll up to find all the details.
    This is a mystery CAL so, if you make a purchase, you will NOT receive all the patterns at once. You will receive a new pattern every 2 weeks as the squares are released in the CAL.

How to find the patterns and charts on every release day

If you are here for the free version of the CAL, here’s what you will need to do:

Step 1: Look for the schedule (mentioned above) and mark the release dates on your calendar.

Step 2: Bookmark this page and visit it on every release date.

Step 3: Scroll down to the square that was released and follow the link to find the pattern.

Step 4: Download the chart (with X’s) for the square that was released within 24 hours of release.

Look for this image in the blog post for the latest square and click on it to download the chart:



Note: The chart with X’s will be available for download on the day of the release only – for 24 hours starting 10 AM Central Time.

SKIP THE ADS AND GET THE EBOOK

This is a mystery CAL so, if you make a purchase, you will NOT receive all the patterns at once. You will receive a new pattern every 2 weeks as the squares are released in the CAL.



LET’S BEGIN!

Square #1 – January 4th, 2023


The chart with X’s is not available for download anymore. You can find the written instructions and the chart without X’s by clicking on the button above.

Square #2 – January 18th, 2023


The chart with X’s is not available for download anymore. You can find the written instructions and the chart without X’s by clicking on the button above.

Square #3 – February 1st, 2023

The chart with X’s is not available for download anymore. You can find the written instructions and the chart without X’s by clicking on the button above.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE EBOOK AND COURSE

This is a mystery CAL so, if you make a purchase, you will NOT receive all the patterns at once. You will receive a new pattern every 2 weeks as the squares are released in the CAL.

Square #4
February 15th, 2023

Square #5
March 1st, 2023

Square #6
March 15th, 2023

Square #7
March 29th, 2023

Square #8
April 12th, 2023

Square #9
April 26th, 2023

Square #10
May 10th, 2023

Square #11
May 24th, 2023

Square #12
June 7th, 2023

Square #13
June 7th, 2023

Square #14
June 21st, 2023

Square #15
July 5th, 2023

Square #16
July 19th, 2023

Square #17
August 2nd, 2023

Square #18
August 16th, 2023

Square #19
August 30th, 2023

Square #20
September 13th, 2023

Square #21
September 27th, 2023

Square #22
October 11th, 2023

Square #23
October 25th, 2023

Square #24
November 8th, 2023

Square #25
November 8th, 2023

Join & Border



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Doris Greis

Thursday 19th of January 2023

I don't understand why it is so hard to the information you need for the new square...we got to read the whole blog and it even harder to get the block with the x"s...if you want it to be a paid pattern....just say it. this is so frustration .

Jacqueline

Thursday 2nd of February 2023

@Doris Greis, I agree..... I believe the point is to pressure to purchase the book

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Linda Rother

Thursday 5th of January 2023

Greetings and thank you for the design. I purchased the Ebook, but cannot find the link to the pattern. I’m normally fairly successful at navigating different websites, but cannot, for the life of me , find the pattern to download.

Cheers Linda

craftgirl1960@gmail.com

Andrea

Wednesday 18th of January 2023

@Linda Rother, so do I.

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Wednesday 4th of January 2023

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