Welcome to square #9 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 Miroslava from Exquisite Crochet UK and has a braided cable design. You can also use color work to create a unique twisted braid. Continue reading for the details of this square and for the link to the pattern.
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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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- 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
- April 28 – Square #9 – Scroll down for the details in this post.
- 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 #9 – Braided Cables Square – designed by Exquisite Crochet UK
Square #9 is a braided cable pattern by Miroslava from Exquisite Crochet UI. It uses Tunisian Knit and Tunisian Purl Stitches to create the braids. Alongside this, you can use color work to create a unique braided cable design.
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:
- This square is not very difficult but it does take a lot of time to make.
- If it feels intimidating, take it one cable at a time. Practice both cables separately before attempting the whole block.
- The actual width of the square can be measured only after making around 10 rounds. It will feel very large when you begin but, because of the cables, the fabric shrinks width wise.
- Row 7 is the hardest, concentrate carefully on it.
- The color changes are very advanced for this block. Only try them if you understand the cable pattern. Try practicing it first with a solid color before working with multiple colors.
- Use stitch markers – especially on row 7.
- Making your tension slightly looser can make the cable easier to work.
- Make sure this square has your complete attention – this is not a square to watch TV at the same time.
- It is easy to make mistakes on this square so work carefully and slowly – notice that I messed up the color work on the center cable about half way through.
- The back is hard to make neat, the carried yarn on the color changes is hard to hide, this might improve with time and practice.
To adjust width – add or remove purl and knit stitches in equal numbers on both sides.
To adjust height – add or remove rows as needed from either section.
Helpful Links and Tunisian Crochet Tutorials (Left and Right handed)
- Tunisian Knit Stitch
- Tunisian Purl Stitch
- 3×3 Cables
- 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.
While making the cable, remember to line up colors – I messed up and ended up with a ‘not – so – pretty’ cable.
Yardage and Size
My square is 12″ x 12″ in size (along the edges) and used about 160 yards (145 m) of yarn and weighs 2.61 oz (74 gms).
Front and Back of the block
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