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Tunisian Crochet Blanket CAL 2021 – Square #18

Welcome to week 18 of the Tunisian Blanket CAL of 2021! This is my first CAL where I am collaborating with other designers. I am going to make my blanket / afghan with everyone and hope to learn some new Tunisian crochet stitches and techniques along the way ????

This week’s square is designed by Vashti from Designing Vashti. It is a beautiful design that features rows of embossed stars across the middle of the square. Continue reading for the details of this square and for the link to the pattern.

The eighteenth square of the Tunisian Sampler Blanket / Afghan CAL of 2021 hosted by KnitterKnotter.

Disclaimer: Materials provided by KnitPicks, KnitIQ, Clover USA, and Walnut Farm Designs; this post contains affiliate links.

If you are new to the CAL, click here to find all the introductory information including the schedule, supplies, and giveaways.

If you are new to Tunisian crochet, I hosted a CAL in 2020 that was designed to teach Tunisian crochet to beginners. If this one seems advanced, you are welcome to check that out and practice a few basic stitches before you come back to this one. Click here to view the beginner CAL of 2020.

If you’d like to connect with other people who are participating in this CAL, you are welcome to join my Facebook group by clicking here!

You can follow this Pinterest board to find all the squares and other information related to the CAL in one place.

Release Schedule

Square #18 – Embossed Stars Blanket Square – designed by Vashti Braha from Designing Vashti

Square #18 is designed by Vashti from Designing Vashti. This square is built using a Tunisian Simple Stitch and Extended Tunisian Simple Stitch background in colored stripes. Over the top there are some beautiful rows of embossed stars which really make this a beautiful and unique square.

Embossed stars make up the eighteenth square crochet afghan pattern from the KnitterKnotter blanket CAL of 2021 - this is the designer's square.

Here is my square – This is the first square where I used all 4 colors of my Wool of the Andes Superwash yarn by KnitPicks.

Tunisians simple stitches worked together with extended stitches - used to make the eighteenth star square of the Tunisian Blanket CAL of 2021.

My Notes

Here are some things I noted while working on the square:

  1. This is a fun pattern but needs your complete attention – the reverse pass for all the 3 rows with yarn overs is different.
  2. The rows with yarn overs are the ones that will define the color of the stars so keep that in mind when you change colors.
  3. While making the extended stitches, the color from the previous row shows a little, and that is fine. It is expected in any overlay style pattern.
  4. Vashti has included instructions for a practice swatch that I highly recommend making before attempting the final square.
  5. The written instructions are really long but that is only because every row of the embossed star is slightly different. Once you understand the construction, it is a very easy square to make!


For width – See the Foundation Row instructions.
For height – add / remove rows as needed.

Helpful Links and Tunisian Crochet Tutorials (Left and Right handed)

  1. Tunisian Simple Stitch
  2. Tunisian Extended Stitch
  3. Changing Color
  4. Foundation Row
  5. How to bind off a Tunisian Crochet project
  6. How to block a crochet blanket/afghan
  7. Tunisian crochet hooks’ review
  8. Tunisian crochet basics

Click here to view the Playlist on YouTube that contains all my tutorials that will be helpful throughout the CAL. You can also subscribe to my channel!

My Square

Crochet stitches for blankets - used tunisian simple stitch and tunisian extended stitch worked together.
Close up of the eighteenth block of the crochet afghan from KnitterKnotter Blanket CAL of 2021

What I did

I used 4 colors to make my square using the Wool of the Andes Superwash yarn: White, Brass Heather, Amethyst Heather and Cobblestone Heather.

I used a 8 mm Tunisian crochet hook to make this square.

This is my first block where I used all 4 colors instead of just 3.

For the 2nd and 4th sections, I used a different color for each of the 3 rows with yarn over groups. 

I used the stitch markers from Walnut Farm Design to keep track of my stitches and I wet blocked my square by soaking it in warm water and pinning it to my blocking mat until dry.

Blocking the block designed by Vashti - a star square using tunisian simple stitch and tunisian extended stitch - 2021 CAL hosted by KnitterKnotter

Yardage and Size

My square is 12″ x 12″ in size (along the edges) and used about 147 yards (135 m) of yarn and weighs 2.3 oz (65 gms).

Front and Back

Front and back of the eighteenth square of the 2021 CAL hosted by KnitterKnotter

The pattern


Important notes

The copyright for each pattern is held by the designer. You may ask for additional resources and tutorials from the designer of the square only. No one else can make a full tutorial of the pattern unless permitted by the designer. I have included my notes and links to my tutorials that I think might be helpful in making the square but those do not supersede the instructions and tutorials provided by the designer.

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Share your squares!

I’d love to see your squares! Please share them on your social media with the tags @knitterknotter #knitterknottertunisianblanketcal2021 and #knitterknotter so that I can find them.

You could also create a project in Ravelry and share your pictures there.

Join my Facebook Group to connect with and share your pictures with other participants of the CAL!

Thank you for joining me on this CAL! I hope you will enjoy working on your squares and that we can all learn some interesting stitches and techniques along the way ????

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Pin for the eighteenth square of the Tunisian Blanket / Afghan CAL of 2021 hosted by KnitterKnotter - it is a stare crochet square pattern that comes with full details about how many yards are needed to crochet a blanket.
Pin for the eighteenth square of the Tunisian Blanket / Afghan CAL of 2021 hosted by KnitterKnotter - it is a stare crochet square pattern that comes with full details about how many yards are needed to crochet a blanket.


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Wednesday 1st of September 2021

It's very exciting to see how you did your adorable square. What a great idea--to make a three-color star! LOVE.