Welcome to square 8 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 Kayla from Kay Krochets. This lovely diagonal square is made up of repeating stripes and is worked sideways using only the Tunisian Simple Stitch. Continue reading to find out more about this square.
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
- February 3 – Square #3
- February 17 – Square #4
- March 3 – Square #5
- March 17 – Square #6
- March 31 – Square #7
- April 14 – Square #8 – Scroll down for the details in this post.
- 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 #8 – Farmer’s Field Square – designed by Kay Krochets
Square #8 is designed by Kay Krochets is the first square of the CAL to be worked sideways. It uses only the Tunisian Simple Stitch and by turning every few rows creates a reversible square with repeating diagonal stripes. It works nicely in either a solid color or working with multiple colors.
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 while working on the square:
- Make the last stitch a little loose on each row – this will help keep the tension at the edges even. This is necessary because this square is worked diagonally.
- Read the instructions very carefully to make sure you understand the pattern.
- This square only uses Tunisian Simple Stitches.
- Count your stitches very carefully. This is VERY important as it is easy to miss or add stitches. I found it helpful to write down each row so that I could keep track of what I was doing.
- This is an easy technique but it is difficult to get the stitch counts right until after you have completed the bind off and turn multiple times – all I am saying is that practice makes this block easier 🙂
Since this square is made sideways, measure one non-diagonal side of the triangle as you make the increases – this will be one edge of the square. Once you have an edge of desired size, you can start decreasing
Helpful Links and Tunisian Crochet Tutorials (Left and Right handed)
- Tunisian Simple Stitch
- Changing Color
- 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 at the beginning of the forward pass in the sections that I used two colors.
I made the bind off row with the same color as the previous row – this is to make sure that I could carry the yarn in the back and didn’t have to cut and join after every section.
Yardage and Size
My square is 12″ x 12″ in size (along the edges) and used about 280 yards (260m) of yarn and weighs 2.08 oz (60 gms).
Front and Back
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