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Tunisian Blanket CAL 2024 – 30 Hexagon Patterns

Welcome to the Tunisian Blanket CAL of 2024! This marks the fifth year of our blanket CAL, and I’m thrilled to share this year’s project with you.

I’ve always enjoyed experimenting with new stitches and techniques. Recently, many of you have shown interest in the Tunisian-in-the-round technique. While I’ve used this technique in patterns like the Vajra infinity scarf, I wanted to explore it further. That’s why I’ve chosen to focus on it for next year’s CAL, and I’ve had a blast designing this blanket.

For the 2024 CAL, we will be making 30 hexagons, each featuring a unique pattern. The CAL will run from January 2nd to right before Thanksgiving (see the full schedule below). Throughout the CAL, I will be releasing patterns for all 30 hexagons, along with instructions for joining them and adding a border to the blanket.

Fun fact: In Hindi, ‘Ipsa’ means ‘wish, desire.’

I’m thrilled with how my blanket turned out, and I can’t wait to see yours! I hope you’re as excited about this CAL as I am. Let’s make some beautiful blankets together!

Here’s a peek of what you can expect:

Ipsa Tunisian-In-The-Round Blanket CAL 2024 - 30 Hexagons made with the KnitPicks Chroma yarn in colors Bare and Vermont.

Disclaimer: this post may contain affiliate links – please see my affiliate disclosure for details.

We recently concluded the Tunisian Blanket CAL of 2023, which focused on the Tunisian Mosaic Crochet technique. In addition to the squares provided in the CAL, participants came up with many creative designs of their own. Before we delve into the details of this year’s CAL, take a look at my completed Tunisian Blanket from the 2023 CAL:

Zuri Blanket - Tunisian Mosaic Blanket CAL '23 - All 25 squares made with different mosaic patterns joined together to make a blanket.

This year’s CAL is designed for intermediate-level participants, as it involves using a double-ended hook to work in the round. If you’re new to this technique, don’t worry—I’ve created a detailed course covering Tunisian-in-the-round, where I share everything I’ve learned from my own experiences.

As always, the focus will be on learning and supporting each other. Whether you’re a beginner or more advanced, there will be plenty of opportunities to learn and grow together.

You can find all the projects created by participants in previous years’ CALs and join this year’s CAL in the KnitterKnotter Hangout Group.

Get ready for a Tunisian-In-The-Round adventure! This stunning blanket, made with 30 hexagons in the bare and Vermont colors of Chroma fingering weight yarn by KnitPicks, captures the beauty of the beach against the ocean backdrop. Join our free CAL starting Jan 2nd, ending before Thanksgiving 2024.

Tunisian-In-The-Round

This technique uses a double-ended hook, with one end for the forward pass and the other for the return pass, creating a continuous spiral. What’s great is you can create intricate, beautiful colorwork patterns without changing colors during either pass. The forward pass is worked entirely in one color, and the return pass in another, allowing for stunning designs!

Tunisian Blanket CAL 2024 Details

This will be a free CAL where we’ll create 30 hexagons, with each hexagon featuring a different mosaic pattern. New hexagons will be released according to the schedule below, at 10 AM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on Tuesdays.

In response to feedback from last year, many participants wanted to start joining before the CAL ended. To accommodate this, I’ll be sharing the joining instructions midway through the year. Additionally, the border pattern will be released just before Thanksgiving, allowing you to use the holiday period to complete your blanket.

The written instructions for each hexagon will be available for free on the blog. Additionally, you can download the chart for each hexagon for free, but it will only be available for 24 hours starting at 10 AM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on the day of the release.

A stack of 30 hexagons that make up the Ipsa Tunisian-In-The-Round Blanket CAL '24 by KnitterKnotter

Pattern

The blanket in the picture consists of 29 hexagons, with one hexagon omitted to achieve the desired shape. Below are images of all the hexagons, including those from the Extension Pack. Please note that the hexagons are displayed in a random order and not in the sequence of their release.

Set of 20 hexagons (Ipsa Blanket Pattern)

First set of 10 hexagons from the Ipsa Tunisian-In-The-Round Blanket by KnitterKnotter
Second set of 10 hexagons from the Ipsa Tunisian-In-The-Round Blanket by KnitterKnotter

Set of 10 hexagons (Ipsa Blanket Pattern Extension Pack)

Set of 10 hexagons in the Extension Pack from the Ipsa Tunisian-In-The-Round Blanket by KnitterKnotter

CAL 2024 Release Schedule

Where will I find the patterns?

The pattern for this CAL will include:

  1. General Instructions for the CAL, including supplies needed and stitch tutorials.
  2. Written Instructions for each hexagon.
  3. A chart for each hexagon.
  4. Written Instructions for the border.
  5. Support videos.

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

#1 Free on the blog

This page will be the central hub for all content related to the CAL on my blog. Be sure to check the schedule and visit this page on each release day to access the latest hexagon instructions.

* The chart will be downloadable only on the release day, available for 24 hours starting at 10 AM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

To avoid missing a block or the chance to download the free chart, sign up for my newsletter. I’ll send you a reminder whenever a new block is released!

#2 Ebook

The patterns will be available for purchase as an Ebook. By purchasing the Ebook, you’ll receive the PDF versions of all the hexagons and the border pattern as they are released. The Ebook will be available to purchase from two places (Ravelry and a non-Ravelry platform).

* Since this is a year-long CAL, purchasing the Ebook means you won’t receive all the patterns at once. Instead, you’ll get each new pattern based on the CAL’s release schedule.

Here is why you’d want the Ebook:

  • You won’t need to keep track of the release schedule to download the chart each time a new pattern is released.
  • There will be no ads in the Ebook.
  • The PDF version will be print-friendly and include:
    • List of supplies and general information about the blanket.
    • Written instructions for every hexagon and the border.
    • Charts for every hexagon.
    • Bonus empty chart for creating your own hexagon pattern.
  • You’ll have lifetime access to work at your own pace.

#3 Ebook and Ad-free Videos

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.

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

Comparison chart of all possible purchase options.

Note: All videos and pattern documents will be available in English.

Purchase the Ebook

* Since this is a year-long CAL, purchasing the Ebook means you won’t receive all the patterns at once. Instead, you’ll get each new pattern based on the CAL’s release schedule.


* Since this is a year-long CAL, purchasing the Ebook means you won’t receive all the patterns at once. Instead, you’ll get each new pattern based on the CAL’s release schedule.



Technique and Difficulty

Intermediate – You should be comfortable working in the round with a double-ended hook.

If you’re new to Tunisian-In-The-Round, consider taking the course ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian-In-The-Round‘ before starting this CAL.

This CAL will be at a relaxed pace, giving you ample time to master the stitches and complete your hexagons. Join my Facebook group to connect with wonderful people who share a passion for learning and supporting each other. You’ll also find inspiration in the photos shared by participants from previous CALs.

Size

The size of the hexagons will vary depending on the yarn you choose. The measurements provided are based on the gauge specified in the pattern. Each hexagon in my blanket has edges measuring 8″ (20 cms).

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 Chroma Fingering yarn in colors:

  1. Bare – 4200 yards / 3840 m / 37 oz / 1060 gm (11 skeins)
  2. Vermont – 3850 yds / 3500 m / 34 oz / 970 gm (10 skeins)

A great alternative to this yarn will be the WeCrochet Palette Fingering Weight yarn.

Yarn used to make the Ipsa Blanket by KnitterKnotter - KnitPicks Chroma Fingering Weight Yarn in colors Bare and Vermont.

Hook

Choose a hook that matches the yarn you’ve selected. I typically create a gauge swatch using a few different hook sizes before deciding. This helps me understand how the fabric will feel and whether I want it to be more or less drapey. For this blanket, I built a double-ended hook using two hooks from my Denise2Go 2 hook set: one size 5 mm (H-8) for the forward pass and another size 4.5 mm (7) for the return pass.

Alternatively, you could use a double-ended hook with two hooks of the same size at both ends. You can create such a hook by using two hooks of the same size from an interchangeable set like the Denise2Go 2 hook set, or you can use hooks specifically designed as double-ended hooks, such as those offered by Clover.


Our friends at Denise have generously offered the following coupon codes that will give you a 15% discount on their products throughout the duration of the CAL:
 
KKCALSTARTING (Valid from 12/20/23 to 1/1/24) 
KKCALDENISE15% (Valid from 1/2/24 to 11/22/24)


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
  4. Clover Double Ended Hook

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 hexagons.

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

Here are some other products would be useful for blocking:

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

How to follow the CAL

Stay up to date with this CAL by following these links:

  1. Pinterest – Follow this Pinterest board for all the hexagons in this CAL.
  2. Facebook Group – Join my KnitterKnotter Hangout group on Facebook to connect with other participants, share progress, and ask questions. It’s a great community focused on learning and supporting each other. I request that you respect the rules of the group while posting.
  3. InstagramFollow me for updates and share your projects using @knitterknotter and #knitterknotter so I can see them!
  4. EmailSubscribe to my newsletter for important CAL updates.
  5. Purchase the Ebook – scroll up to find all the details.
Get ready for a Tunisian-In-The-Round adventure! This stunning blanket is made with 30 hexagons in the bare and Vermont colors of Chroma fingering weight yarn by KnitPicks. Join our free CAL starting Jan 2nd, ending before Thanksgiving 2024.

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Monday 10th of June 2024

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Chris A

Wednesday 22nd of May 2024

I like all of the hexagons in the blanket but #9 caught my attention right away. I’m not very good using this technique but if I was I would certainly want more patterns like this. You are very talented!

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Monday 20th of May 2024

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Clare

Saturday 18th of May 2024

Loving the CAL I have been thoroughly enjoying learning Tunisian in the round and would love to make more in the future. The introductory videos were brilliant and I had no problem reading from the charts. I love all the busier hexagons they keep my brain alive and I can’t wait to see the end result at the end of the CAL please keep these type of patterns coming!

Nightlady

Friday 17th of May 2024

I looove the CAL! The hexis are so beautiful and I love that the ones designed by participants are also on the website! Looking forward for more Tunisian in the round patterns, its so addictive and beautiful!