Welcome to square two 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 Hayley Joanne Robinson. It consists of 5 lace diamonds created on a background of Tunisian Simple Stitches. Continue reading for the details of this square and for the link to the pattern.
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.
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You can follow this Pinterest board to find all the squares and other information related to the CAL in one place.
- January 6 – Square #1
- January 20 – Square #2 – Scroll down for the details in this post.
- February 3 – Square #3
- February 17 – Square #4
- March 3 – Square #5
- March 17 – Square #6
- March 31 – Square #7
- April 14 – Square #8
- April 28 – Square #9
- May 12 – Square #10
- May 26 – Square #11
- June 9- Square #12
- June 23 – Square #13
- July 7- Square #14
- July 21 – Square #15
- August 4- Square #16
- August 18 – Square #17
- September 1- Square #18
- September 15- Square #19
- September 29 – Square #20
- October 13- Square #21
- October 27 – Square #22
- November 10 – Square #23
- November 24 – Square #24
Square #2 – Diamond River Square – designed by Hayley Joanne Robinson
Square #2 is a lace diamond pattern on a background of Tunisian Simple Stitches designed by Hayley Joanne Robinson. While she made hers in a solid color, I decided to play around with some color changes 🙂
Here is my square – I made it with 3 colors of the Wool of the Andes Superwash yarn by KnitPicks.
Here are some things I noted whilst working on the square;
- The diamonds will be loose when you make them and that is okay. My block did not end up being an exact square after blocking – I think that’s because of the construction of the diamonds. In a larger project, this would even out and won’t be as pronounced as in a smaller square. Once I join the block with the others, it will not make a difference in this project either.
- It is easy to miss the yarn over while making the diamonds! When a double crochet follows a yarn over, don’t forget to yarn over a second time for the double crochet. This block is easy to make but it does require your complete attention.
- This is a great pattern to learn how to read charts in Tunisian crochet. It is simple and is a really good introduction to Tunisian crochet charts.
To adjust width – Add / remove equal number of stitches on the outside of the two diamonds.
To adjust height
– Increase height by adding equal number of rows at the top and the bottom of the square
– Decrease height by removing even number of rows from the center – this will make the center square slightly smaller. I had to make this adjustment in my square because it was working up taller than expected. For that reason, my center diamond is slightly smaller than the others.
Helpful Links and Tunisian Crochet Tutorials (Left and Right handed)
- Tunisian Extended Stitch
- Tunisian Simple Stitch
- Foundation Row
- How to bind off a Tunisian Crochet project
- How to block a crochet blanket/afghan
- Tunisian crochet hooks’ review
- Tunisian crochet basics
What I did
I used 3 colors to make my square using the Wool of the Andes Superwash yarn: White, Brass Heather and Cobblestone Heather.
I used a 8 mm Tunisian crochet hook to make this square.
I changed color twice – I started with Cobblestone Heather, switched to White to make the column at the center, then switched to Brass Heather to make the other half. I also made the center diamond with White.
Yardage and Size
My square is 12″ x 12″ in size (along the edges) and used about 100 yards (92 m) of yarn and weighs 1.6 oz (45 gms).
Front and Back
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