Square 11 of the Tunisian Crochet Blanket CAL of 2022 is designed by Miroslava from Exquisite Crochet UK. Miroslava is a returning designer, her cabled square from last year’s CAL (one of my favorites) featured the most complex set of Tunisian cables that I have worked on.
This year’s square is great if you’d like to try some stranded colorwork. It is made up of Tunisian Simple Stitches mainly and this technique can be used to create so many beautiful patterns.
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.
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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 5 – Square #1
- 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 – Scroll down for the details in this post.
- 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 #11 – Triangles Square designed by Exquisite Crochet UK
Here is the designer’s version of the square made with 3 colors.
Here is my square – I made it with 3 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 Tunisian Simple stitches. Here are my notes from when I was working on my square:
- THIS IS A DIFFICULT BLOCK, DON’T STOP COUNTING!!
- Make sure you watch the video before starting this block.
- The designer’s square in the picture is upside down.
- Turn your work around for a visual check after every row to make sure you didn’t miss any floats – remember that there will always be 2 floats and you need to capture both. I missed one a few times and had to frog and redo my row to get them all.
- Make sure that the floats in the back are long enough, stretch the fabric to ensure this.
- This one is not easy, it needs a lot of practice to get the tension right. It does getter easier about 3 or 4 rows into the pattern.
- I was chanting up-down-up-down in my head for every stitch!
- I am slightly surprised by how neat the wrong side looks, I wasn’t confident about capturing all the yarn in the back. Again, make sure to grab two strands every time you are trapping the floats.
- Make sure to not trap the working yarn – I did this, multiple times!
- Don’t stop counting! I had to redo the entire middle section because I lost 3 stitches along the way!
- This one was hard for me, it was really difficult to keep the tension even while catching the floats in the back. It got significantly better towards the second half of the square but I still need a lot of practice.
- My square:
- # of stitches = 35.
- I think I should have added at least one more triangle since the width of my square was a lot less than the height.
- # of rows = 31
- My square was taller than it was wide so I added a border only on the left and right sides of the square with a 6.5 mm crochet hook.
- Border – I made 3 rows each on the left and right edges:
- One row of sc (single crochet) stitches
- 2 rows of hdc (half double crochet) stitches in the back loop only
- # of stitches = 35.
You can see from the picture of my square that I struggled to keep the tension even. This is by far the hardest block I have worked on, keeping tension right was the biggest challenge for me in this block.
Pattern repeats and Adjustments
The pattern is worked in multiples of 6. The total number of stitches in every row includes the main pattern, border stitches, and edge stitches.
- Add / remove stitches in multiples of 6.
- Decreasing is tricky, you’d have to remove an entire column of triangles or reduce stitch count in multiples of two and remove stitches from the outside evenly.
- Add rows of simple stitches evenly to the bottom and the top of the square.
- Just like width, decreasing height is tricky. You’d have to remove an entire row of triangles or remove rows evenly from the top and bottom to keep the pattern symmetrical.
Helpful Links and Tunisian Crochet Tutorials (Left and Right handed)
- How to change color
- 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 130 yards (120 m) of yarn and weighs 1.66 oz (47 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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