Squares are one of my favorite things to crochet. Maybe it’s because a granny square blanket was one of the first things I ever made. So, when Helen from Sunflower Cottage Crochet created the Friendship Blanket CAL project, I immediately signed up to participate! The CAL will offer you 40 crochet square patterns that you can make into a blanket or any other project you choose.
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This Crochet-A-Long (CAL) is a colloboration of 29 different designers. Starting on January 15, 2021, we will be offering three squares patterns each week using a variety of stitches and styles. You can choose to make them all or pick the ones that you love the most.
About the Inspiration for Friendship Blanket CAL
We were inspired to call this the Friendship Blanket CAL because we are all working together to bring it to you. As Helen says, it’s called the Friendship Blanket “Simply because I did not do this by myself!” It’s been my experience that crocheters love to give and help each other out. This blanket fits that spirit perfectly.
Helen made a gorgeous blanket out of 35 of the squares. I hope this photo of her blanket inspires your creativity. What colors would you want to use?
About the Yarn
All of the squares call for worsted weight yarn, sometimes also called Aran weight, medium weight, or #4 yarn. Helen made a gorgeous blanket using Paintbox Simply Aran yarn. You can grab some worsted weight yarn from your stash and make a scrapghan too. Or, if you are looking for some worsted weight options, here are some options.
Paintbox Simply Aran – you can find this 100% acrylic yarn on LoveCrafts. It comes in 3.5 oz skeins of 201 yards (184m).
WeCrochet Mighty Stitch – if you’d like some wool in your blanket for extra warmth, this is a soft superwash blend of 20% Superwash Wool and 80% Acrylic and comes in a range of colors. The skeins are also 3.5 oz and contain 208 yards.
How do I get the crochet square patterns?
You can download each pattern for free using the coupon code on its featured day. When a new pattern releases, I will add it to the list at the bottom of this post. The link on the list will take you to the designer’s website
You can also purchase an affordable bundle of all of the printable PDF patterns for just $10.
What You’ll Need for the Crochet Square Patterns
Yarn: Worsted weight velvet yarn (#4 Medium) in colors of your choice. To make a blanket of 35 squares, Sunflower Cottage Crochet used 19 skeins of Paintbox Simply Aran in 5 different colorways. You can find more information about the particular colorways and yarn amounts that Sunflower Cottage Crochet used on their post about the CAL.
Sizing and Gauge
Size: Each square measures approximately 9″ x 9”
Gauge: Gauge will vary by square. Check each square’s directions and adjust as needed.
Want some extra support for the Friendship Blanket CAL?
Sunflower Cottage Crochet will be offering extra support during the CAL in their Facebook Community. Sign up to join the community if you are interested in participating in their group. And, if you’d like email reminders when you can also sign up for their events and CALs email list.