Welcome to the Tunisian Crochet Blanket CAL of 2022! After the success of last year’s CAL, I am excited to host another one this year 🙂 Just like last year, I am going to make my blanket along with you all and I look forward to learning more new stitches and techniques this year.
I am excited to share the first square of this CAL designed by Pia from Stitches n Scraps. This block features a beautiful shell pattern that can be used to build a blanket on its own!
Disclaimer: Materials provided by KnitPicks, Denise, and Walnut Farm Designs; this post contains affiliate links.
If you are new to the CAL, click here to find all the introductory information for the 2022 CAL 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.
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.
- January 5 – Square #1 – Scroll down for the details in this post.
- January 19 – Square #2
- February 2 – Square #3
- February 16 – Square #4
- March 2 – Square #5
- March 16 – Square #6
- March 30 – Square #7
- April 13 – Square #8
- April 27 – Square #9
- May 11 – Square #10
- May 25 – Square #11
- June 8 – Square #12
- June 22 – Square #13
- July 6- Square #14
- July 20 – Square #15
- August 3 – Square #16
- August 17 – Square #17
- August 31- Square #18
- September 14 – Square #19
- September 28 – Square #20
- October 12- Square #21
- October 26 – Square #22
- November 9 – Square #23
- November 23 – Square #24
Square #1 – Tunisian Shells Blanket Square designed by Stitches n Scraps
Here is the designer’s version of the square. She made it with two colors, changing color after every row.
Here is my square – I made it with 4 colors of the Preciosa Tonal Worsted yarn by KnitPicks.
Scroll down for the link to the free pattern.
The patterns in this CAL will also be available for purchase as a bundle. If you purchase the bundle, you will receive the PDF version of all the squares as they are released (you pay less than a dollar per pattern!). This is a mystery CAL so, if you purchase the bundle, you will NOT receive all the patterns at once. You will receive a new pattern every 2 weeks as the squares are released in the CAL.
This square is worked flat and features offset shell stitches. Here are my notes from when I was working on my square:
- This is an easy pattern but requires your complete attention. So, don’t stop counting!!
- An easy way to avoid mistakes is to remember that a shell is on top of a Simple Stitch and a Simple Stitch is made on the middle of a shell.
- The pattern mentions ‘yo and pull up a loop’ in the instructions – this is done after inserting hook into the indicated stitch. This will add one loop to the hook and not two.
- I used a 8 mm hook to make my square and added a border with a 6.5 mm hook.
- I used the main color alternated with 3 other colors to make my shell rows.
- I have 7 shells in my square and I started with 43 chain stitches.
- I have a total of 25 rows –
- Row 1 then a total of 12 repeats of rows 2 and 3.
- I made my bind off row with the same color as the previous row.
- I matched colors of my first and last rows so I could add a border of the same color and it would look symmetric.
- I made a hdc (half double crochet) border – one hdc per stitch or row and 3 hdc stitches in the corners.
Square #1 Live Demo
If you need some extra help with this square, Pia went live on my Facebook group last week and ended up giving everyone a demo of how to make the square.
Pattern repeats and Adjustments
The shell pattern is a repeat of 6.
The total number of stitches in a row is a multiple of 6 plus 1.
Helpful Links and Tunisian Crochet Tutorials (Left and Right handed)
- Live session with Pia with a demo to make this square
- Tunisian Simple Stitch
- How to bind off a Tunisian Crochet project
- How to block a crochet blanket / afghan
- Tunisian crochet hooks’ review
- Tunisian crochet basics
- Tunisian Blanket CAL 2022 Pattern bundle – you will receive a new PDF pattern every 2 weeks as the squares are released in the CAL.
Yardage and Size
My square is 12″ x 12″ in size (along the edges) and used about 110 yards (100 m) of yarn and weighs 1.40 oz (40 gms).
Front and Back
The free pattern
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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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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