Square 6 of the Tunisian Crochet Blanket CAL of 2022 is designed by Naughty Knotz. This square is an inspiration from the North African citadels called Casbahs.
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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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- January 5 – Square #1
- January 19 – Square #2
- February 2 – Square #3
- February 16 – Square #4
- March 2 – Square #5
- March 16 – Square #6 – Scroll down for the details in this post.
- 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 #6 – Casbahs Square designed by Naughty Knotz
Here is the designer’s version of the square. She made it with three colors, changing color at every new drop stitch 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 is an easy square to make once you figure out where and how to make the drop stitches.
- The first and last stitch are not mentioned specifically in the pattern. If you follow my style of writing patterns, here are 2 examples that might be of help:
The instructions say: TSS – 49
Translated to how I’d write it: fs, 47 tss, ls
The instructions say: TSS – 2, TKS – 45 , TSS – 2
Translated to how I’d write it: fs, tss, 45 tks, tss, ls
- I misunderstood the pattern when I was making my square so it doesn’t match the designer’s instructions exactly. Please use the designer’s square (and not mine) as a reference while following the instructions.
Here is what I did –
- My repeats are 4 stitches wide (instead of 5 stitches mentioned in the pattern) and there is one knit stitch in between every drop stitch made.
- I made the drop stitches in between the vertical bars of the 2nd knit stitch (of the 4 stitch repeat) 3 rows below and not in between two knit stitches.
- I didn’t make my drop stitches quite right – I was supposed to make the drop stitch and then insert the hook into the next stitch as if making a knit stitch, yarn over, and then pull through. I ended up skipping a stitch instead of making the knit stitch.
- I did a 3 row repeat and offset the overlay stitches with every repeat.
- I didn’t use the Foundation Simple Stitch method (video reference mentioned in the pattern) to start my block. I made a Foundation Row and a row of Tunisian Simple Stitches to start mine instead.
- I think that the way I made my square is a good way to mix colors and use up scraps without having to compromise on the stitch pattern.
- The designer’s square contains 49 stitches in each row. I confirmed with Chandana that that’s the number of stitches she needed to make a 12″ square. I had to go down to 39 stitches for mine. Since there was such a huge difference in stitch count, I expect you will need to modify the stitch count for your square. See the Adjustments section for details.
- My square:
- # of stitches = 39
- # of rows = 41
- Border – I made:
- One round of sc (single crochet) stitches – I aim to get equal number of stitches on all edges so I accommodated for that in this round.
- One round of sc (single crochet) stitches in back loop only – one sc per stitch and 3 sc stitches in the corners
Pattern repeats and Adjustments
To adjust width – The main pattern is a repeat of 5 plus 4. There are some stitches at the edges that frame the main pattern. It is possible to add / remove stitches in multiples of 5 or adjust the frame.
To adjust height – Add / remove rows of knit stitches (in between rows of drop stitches) as needed to adjust the height of the block.
Helpful Links and Tunisian Crochet Tutorials (Left and Right handed)
- How to change color
- Tunisian Simple Stitch
- Tunisian Knit 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 164 yards (150 m) of yarn and weighs 2.1 oz (60 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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