Nearing the end of a CAL is a bit like the end of a journey, many things will have happened since we started, and you will have undoubtedly woven some of your own stories and memories into your blanket. I hope you have enjoyed crocheting along with me, and I can’t wait to see your finished blankets.
If this is the first you are hearing about this CAL don’t worry the details will remain on the blog here pretty much forever so you can make your own blanket when you are able. You can find the full schedule and Scheepjes yarn amounts here and a link to the crochet along page here. More photos and the specifications and charts for the CAL can be found on the CAL Pinterest Board!
So let’s just quickly run through some of the pattern particulars…
This pattern is free here on the blog but it’s also available in an e-book on Ravelry. There is a small charge for the downloadable 46 page PDF e-book (payable once). The booklet has been released in instalments, along with the CAL, so as not to spoil anyone’s fun. This PDF has the full pattern descriptions, charts and information all in one place without adverts (as requested).
Through the course of this crochet-along I have provided you with patterns to make twelve different blocks, each in two different sizes. Which one you make is totally up to you! Make all one size or mix and match, whatever takes your fancy! However to give you a helping hand I have included some schematics which you can see on this post here.
- The KCACO-UK Community Facebook Group is a great source of support and helpful tips from fellow Crochet-a-longers.
- A Dutch translation will be available by Iris from Een Mooi Gebaar (and a Dutch e-book will be coming soon to Ravelry). Link to the joining is available here.
- For support with the Stitch Story CAL on Ravelry there is a thread facilitated by Reimy.
- Accompanying CAL videos are being created by Esther from It’s All in a Nutshell. Link to to her video is below:
Social Media Links:
The hashtag for this years CAL is #SSCAL18 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: Ravelry, Facebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.
Joining your blocks together
First you will need to work out how you want your finished blanket to look. The schematics that I used and my mum used for her blanket are below if you’d like to use those. You may find that playing with your squares on the floor and / or working out the layout of the blocks on a piece of paper helps enormously with working out your finished design.
Then to join each block together you can either sew them using a whipstitch or crochet them together using a sl st through the back loop of each st. I used the crochet method but I’ve put the details for crochet and whip-stitching the blocks together below. You could use another method for joining but you will need to make adjustments for the border.
Top tips for joining:
- When possible you want to match the stitches one-for-one; when sewing the ends of rows / corners of blocks together you’ll need to look at the spaces for where to join and strive for consistency.
- When the edges you’re seaming together are long, I’d advise using knit clips or stitch markers to hold the edges together so you can keep your work even.
- Join your blocks in long strips where possible to keep the seams as neat as possible.
- Firstly put your two squares together with the wrong sides facing, when sewing the squares together, you will need to work under the BACK LOOPS (on the outside) only. Working in the BLO means there will be a less bulky seam.
- With your sewing yarn in the needle insert the needle into the middle stitch (of your 3 dc/sc in each corner) of both blocks and begin stitching pulling the yarn through the loops and making sure to pull the entire length all the way through. Leave a tail of yarn about six inches long hanging from the end. Later, when you are finished whip stitching the squares together, you can to weave this end into the back of the closest block.
- Insert the needle into the (back loop) of the next pair of stitches from bottom to top (or top to bottom which ever you find easiest for you) and pull gently to tighten
- Repeat across your blocks, weave in ends and finish off the yarn.
Slip stitch join:
- Put your two squares together with the wrong sides facing, you will need to work under the BACK LOOPS (on the outside) only. Working in the BLO means there will be a less bulky seam.
- Insert your hook into the middle stitch (of your 3 dc/sc in each corner) of both blocks and begin slip stitching across the blocks, do not pull your sl sts too tightly as the seam will then bunch together.
- Repeat across your blocks, weave in ends and finish off the yarn.
Post Stitch Rib Border
I thought that a post stitch rib border using front posts and back posts would be a perfect edging to tie everything in the blanket together. Post stitch ribbing produces a chunky border but do not crochet too tightly as you do not want the edge to become stiff and inflexible. Using a larger crochet hook might get you a softer, more flexible feel – see what works best for you.
Rnd 1: To set the blanket up for the border you need to be working in a multiple of 2sts. For my first round I evened up my sides by joining my yarn to a corner st (of a 3dc/sc corner) and worked 1 tr/dc in the back loop of each st around.
Note: If you have ended up with too many stitches for any reason this is the perfect time to decrease/increase where needed. I worked a tr3tog/dc3tog on each square seam (see photo on right) and in each the corner I worked 3 tr/dc (1012 sts).
Rnd 2: Ch2 (this counts as the first post st), * 1fptr/fpdc around the post of the next st, 1 bptr/bpdc around the next st * repeat from * to * working 3 tr/dc in each corner (see photo below) until the last st, sl st to join
Rnd 3: Repeat row 1, fasten off and weave in ends
If you made a smaller blanket with less blocks then you may find Esther’s blanket schematic useful…
And that’s it! I hope you have enjoyed creating your very own unique blanket!
Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx
3 thoughts on “Stitch Story Crochet Along | Joining and Edging”
If I am making the blanket in do, roughly how much yarn am I going to need for the border? I’m running out of my main yarn, but want to save enough for the border.
Hi Alex, It will depend on how you made your blanket, but it it follows my schematic I used 1800g (36 x 50g balls / 5,040m) of yarn for the full blanket. The 30cm / 12 inch blocks roughly use up 60-75g / 168-210m of yarn per block and the 15cm / 6 inch blocks roughly about 30-45g / 84-126m (dependent on design). I didn’t actually take an amount for the border but I would estimate I used about 600g for the large blocks and maybe 950g for the small leaving about 250g for the border? Hope that helps.