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Wednesday, February 07, 2024

Introducing the Memories Blanket CAL: Wrap Yourself in Love

title picture of cal with dates february 19 to march 21

Are you ready to embark on a heartwarming journey that combines the joy of crochet with the nostalgia of cherished memories? Well, get those hooks ready because I'm thrilled to introduce you to the Memories Blanket Crochet Along (CAL)!

The Memories CAL was dreamt up by myself and my good friend Debbie of Madamestitch. We were trying to think of ways that we could combine our two very different personal styles into one pattern, and I think we did a pretty bang-up job!

Debbie has a very smooth, calm design style and mine is more textured and a little bit crazy. Haha! But, that's what makes this pattern so much fun. It's both calming and challenging.

Here's the theme! Why is it called Memories?

Picture this: cozying up on the couch, surrounded by an array of colorful yarn scraps, each one holding a story of its own. Whether it's the remnants of that adorable baby blanket you made for your niece or the leftover yarn from your best friend's cozy winter scarf, these bits and pieces carry a piece of your crafting history.

But here's the twist – this time, it's all about you. Yes, you heard that right! With the Memories Blanket CAL, we are inviting you to dive into your stash yarn or unearth those forgotten scraps from past projects and transform them into a beautiful blanket just for yourself.

As you crochet each stitch, hopefully, you'll be reminiscing about the times you spent creating gifts for loved ones. Each square will be a reflection of the love, care, and creativity you've poured into your previous projects. And as you weave in those memories, you'll be crafting a new one – a memory of self-love and self-care.

The concept is simple yet profound: as you wrap yourself in the blanket you've created, you'll be wrapping yourself in the love you've shared with others. It's a reminder that you deserve to be cherished just as much as those you've crafted for in the past.

How is it constructed?

The blanket construction will include strips of granny squares (Deb's influence) using four different square patterns and 5 highly textured sections in between the strips (Biz's influence). We rounded the pattern off with a simple Linen/Moss Stitch for the border so that your eyes can concentrate on all the beauty in the middle. 


bizzy's blanket with her husky dog

The best part about the way we put this together is that it was constructed so you could create your own adventure. If you want to make the blanket exactly like ours, you are more than welcome! But, if you want to play around with textures and placements, the blanket is written so you can do just that. The squares are all 5" across, and the textured strips are all based off of a 135 stitch count, so you can mix and match any of the squares together and move any of the textured strips around to create a truly one-of-a-kind blanket!

The only caution I'm going to throw out there is that this is definitely an Intermediate level blanket. There will be a few video tutorials available in strategic spots, but I won't have a full video tutorial for the whole blanket like I normally do. You will need to make sure that you are already familiar with crochet before making this one. BUT!!! Don't let this hold you back if you aren't at an Intermediate crochet level...because you know I'll never leave you hanging! Make sure you're in the Bizzy Crochet's CAL Group on Facebook so you can post questions and get lots of help- and you know I'm always available.

Here's how the CAL will run:

explanation graphic of how the cal works



But wait, there's more! For those who prefer to have everything in one place, we're offering a premium PDF upgrade for $11.99 in either US or UK terminology. Starting NOW- you can snag this upgrade and have all the resources at your fingertips, PLUS the PDF includes charts and lots of extras. 

*Due to the nature of the digital product, there will be no refunds or exchanges available. PLEASE be extra sure which version you are choosing. 

click here to purchase the UK version

click here to purchase the US version


So whether you're a seasoned crocheter or just starting out, join us as we embark on this heartwarming adventure together. Let's turn our stash yarn into a cozy keepsake and our memories into a tangible symbol of self-love.

Get ready to crochet, reminisce, and wrap yourself in love with the Memories Blanket CAL. I can't wait to see the beautiful blankets we'll create and the memories we'll share along the way!

Make sure you sign up for my newsletter so you can get notifications on each new download! Plus, I'll be releasing my supplies list on February 8th and I'll be sending that out in an email as well!

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Materials List for the CAL- IF you want to make exact copies of my or Deb's blanket.

#4 Worsted Weight Yarn

Estimated yardage for the entire blanket: 3276 yards

Example of Bizzy Crochet blanket


Brand used in Biz’s Sample: Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn, 100% Acrylic, (7oz/199 gm, 355yds/325m)

Main Color

·         #20 Ivory – 2 skeins

Contrasting Colors

·         1 skein each of the following colors:

#50 Cranberry, #110 Turquoise, #130 Dark Olive, #150 Toasted Almond, #156 Sungold, #160 Brown, #200 Gray Mist, #260 Light Sage, #356 Desert Glaze

 

Example of MadameStitch blanket


Brand used in Deb’s Sample: Paintbox “Wool Mix Aran”, 50% wool/50% acrylic, (3.5oz/196yd/100g/180m)

Main colors

·         Champagne White (802) - 3 skeins

·         Stormy Grey (804) - 1 skein + 1.5oz of the 2nd

Contrasting colors

·         Spearmint green (825) - 1 skein + 0.5oz of the 2nd

·         Daffodil yellow (821) - 1 skein

·         Peach orange (854) - 2 skeins

·         Washed teal (832) - 2 skeins

·         Seafoam blue (831) - 1 skein + 2oz of the 2nd

·         Dusty rose (841) - 1 skein + 2oz of the 2nd

·         Light caramel (808) - 2 skeins

·         Banana cream (820) - 1 skein

 

Notions:

Hook used for both samples:  US size H-8 (5mm)

Large Eye Needle/Scissors/2-3 Stitch Markers

Click Here for a Free Downloadable Copy of the Materials List.

LINKS TO THE free PATTERNS:

1. Click Here for the Mitered Square Pattern- released February 19th.
  
Watch the live video where Deb and I discuss the Mitered Square and give you tips and tricks to help you!


2. Click Here for the Section 1 Pattern - released February 22nd.

Watch the live video where Deb and I discuss Section 1 and give you helpful tips and tricks!


3. Click Here for the Cordelia Square Pattern- released February 26th.

Watch the live video where Deb and I discuss the Cordelia Square and give you helpful tips and tricks! 



4. Click Here for the Section 2 Pattern- released February 29th.

Watch the live video where Deb and I discuss Textured Section 2 and give you helpful tips and tricks! 



5. Click Here for the Rustic Square Pattern- released March 4th.
6. Click Here for the Section 3 Pattern- released March 7th.
7. Click Here for the Front Post Square Pattern- released March 11th.
8. Click Here for the Section 4 Pattern- released March 14th.
9. Click Here for the Section 5 Pattern- released March 18th.
10. Click Here for the Border Pattern- released March 21st.

                    
ⓒ Bizzy Crochet and Design, 2024 

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