Plan now to join me in the Skill-Builder Crochet Blanket Crochet Along. Whether you’ve mastered all the basic crochet stitches, or you just know how to chain and single crochet, you’ll learn new skills with each square you complete.
The Crochet Along (CAL) runs February 4-March 19 on Ravelry, but you can join anytime. Pattern clues will be released on Mondays and Thursdays; each will contain both text and charted instructions, and most will contain video technique lessons.
The Skill-Builder Crochet Blanket is made up of 12 pieces crocheted separately. You’ll use a different stitch pattern for each square, and along with each stitch pattern you’ll learn a new skill. You’ll also pick up tips and tricks for making your crochet look its best.
When the squares are complete, you’ll block them, join them using a crocheted seam, then add an edging.
The list is long! You’ll learn to:
- Crochet into the back bump of a chain
- Understand the use of turning chains
- Pick up stitches evenly along an edge
- Read pattern instructions
- Understand crochet symbol charts
- Understand stitch multiples
- Crochet twelve stitch patterns
- Create linked stitches
- Work rows without turning
- AND MORE!
Crochet Blanket in 2 Sizes
- 7″ squares for a baby blanket measuring about 24″ [61 cm] wide by 33″ [84 cm] long, using three colors
- 13″ squares for a large blanket measuring about 42″ [107 cm] wide by 57″ [145 cm] long, using four colors
I recommend using Plymouth Encore, a worsted-weight blend of 75% acrylic/25% wool. The wool content allows the yarn to be blocked nicely, and this yarn holds up to washing! Each skein of Plymouth Encore contains about 200 yards [182 m].
You’ll need a total of about 4 balls for the small size and 13 balls for the large size. Details about yarn colors and amounts are included in the pattern introduction.
Plymouth Encore is available at your local yarn shop. However, to make it extra easy to find the yarn, you can order kits directly from The Knitter’s Edge, a full-service yarn shop in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Email or call 610-419-9276 to order the yarn kit. You can choose the colors I used, or let them help you decide on colors that fit your decor. Order now, and they’ll have the yarn to you in plenty of time to start crocheting on February 4.
How to Crochet Along With Us
Buy the pattern on Ravelry. You’ll receive the preliminary pattern information you need right away. Discussion will take place in my Ravelry group.
On February 4, and every Monday and Thursday through March 19, you’ll receive an updated pattern with the instructions for the next installment. The pattern price will go up when the CAL is over, so get it now and crochet along with us!
Be sure to check into the Ravelry group thread to ask questions and share your progress. #SkillbuilderCAL
To brush up on your crochet skills, check out Crochet: Basics & Beyond.