HodgePodge Crochet Sampler CAL

Who’s ready for a challenge?!?

This Crochet Along will be all about the stitches and will highlight everything I love about crochet in completely unique patterns.

What’s the best part about this blanket? It’s TOTALLY up to you how to crochet it! Crochet every block for a blanket that is perfect to snuggle under while watching your favorite television programs, crochet a few and make a blanket for your pets or kids, or crochet *two a week for the entire 52 weeks of the year* and create a beauty to adorn your king sized bed!

Also, you won’t have to struggle to figure out how to seam your blanket because unlike other crochet along projects, each block will come with standard edging instructions built right into the pattern so if you want to crochet them together as you go, feel free!

Each of the squares you will meet has been lovingly created by some of my best friends around the internet. Some are well established pattern designers and some are brand new to the design scene! All squares have gone through rigorous testing to make sure that you will be successful, however some will be more of a challenge than others. Some will use lots of techniques and stitches that you’ll be familiar with and some will be like nothing you’ve experienced before!

When we reach the end you are sure to have a blanket that will be loved for generations to come.

How this works:

Each Monday, from now until June, a new square will be released. All patterns will be linked to their Ravelry pages (once it goes live and I have that link) and will remain FREE throughout 2016! That’s one of the perks of crocheting along!! After 2016 prices on all squares may change.

After May, keep your eyes peeled for BONUS squares! These squares will be announced at random after the CAL is over so make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss a single one! At the end of our journey, if you elect to make a king sized blanket you will have one hundred and ten 8″ beauties!!

What you will need for this project:

  • Worsted weight acrylic yarn. I’ve used Red Heart Super Saver: 7 oz (198g): Any colors: 74 ounces (2101.6g) or ELEVEN skeins for king size. Each designer will provide alternatives so make sure you pay attention to that section in the pattern to make sure your blocks all end up the same size.
  • Size I (5.5mm) crochet hook

Keep in mind that these squares are meant to be all solid colors (so the sampler feel radiates throughout the project) and finished yarn amounts will vary depending on how much you customize. All designers have been asked to show off their squares in a solid color and with color changes! Be sure to purchase with that in mind.

That said, this is also a GREAT scrap saver blanket since you only need a small amount for most squares!

Approximately how many squares you’ll need for the size you want to make:

  • Small Pet Blanket: 8 (arranged 2×2) or 9 (arranged 3×3) squares. If you elect to make this size you should be aiming to crochet 8 squares at any point throughout the CAL.
  • Large Pet Blanket: 25 (arranged 5×5) squares. If you elect to make this size you should be aiming to crochet at least 1 square a week for the entire CAL being sure to skip 1 week throughout to end up with 25 squares.
  • Crib Blanket: 28 (arranged 4×7) squares. If you elect to make this size you should be aiming to crochet at least 1 square a week for the entire CAL being sure to skip 4 weeks throughout to end up with 28 squares.
  • Toddler Blanket: 30 (arranged 5×6) squares. If you elect to make this size you should be aiming to crochet at least 1 square a week for the entire CAL being sure to skip 6 weeks throughout to end up with 30 squares.
  • Child Blanket: 36 (arranged 6×6) squares. If you elect to make this size you should be aiming to crochet at least 1 square a week for the entire CAL plus 12 extra squares (meaning you will crochet 2 blocks for any 12 weeks you choose instead of just 1 to end up with 36 squares for your blanket).
  • Twin Sized Blanket: 60 (arranged 6×10) squares. If you elect to make this size you should be aiming to crochet at least 1 square a week for the entire 52 weeks of the year.
  • Long Twin Sized Blanket: 66 (arranged 6×11) squares. If you elect to make this size you should be aiming to crochet at least 1 square a week for the entire 52 weeks of the year.
  • Double Sized Blanket: 80 (arranged 8×10) squares. If you elect to make this size you should be aiming to crochet at least 1.5 squares a week for the entire 52 weeks of the year.
  • Long Double Sized Blanket: 88 (arranged 8×11) squares. If you elect to make this size you should be aiming to crochet at least 1.5 squares a week for the entire 52 weeks of the year.
  • Queen Sized Blanket: 99 (arranged 9×11) squares. If you elect to make this size you should be aiming to crochet at least 2 squares a week for the entire 52 weeks of the year.
  • King Sized Blanket: 110 (arranged 10×11) squares. If you elect to make this size you should be aiming to crochet at least 2 squares a week for the entire 52 weeks of the year.

Keep in mind that the arrangement should be Number of Rows Across (in width) x Number of Columns Down (in length). Feel free to add in more rows/columns to make your blanket longer/wider and be sure to keep in mind your joining method as lacy joins will cause your blanket to ‘spread’ more than solid joins.

Make sure you head on over into the facebook group to meet the designers, post your photos, and share in the fun along with other crocheters!! https://www.facebook.com/groups/HodgePodgeCrochet2016CAL/

 

Now that you’re warmed up, let’s start with the gauge square!! This will be important as it will set you up for the remainder of the crochet along.

*** Grab your FREE download over in my Ravelry store today! download now ***

Square 1: Simple Single Crochet; Level: Beginner

Gauge for the afghan: With an I hook: 25 sc = 7″

Square: Loosely ch 26
Row 1: Single crochet in 2nd chain and in each chain across, chain 1, turn. (25 sc)

Row 2: Single crochet in 1st single crochet and in each single crochet across, chain 1, turn.

Repeat row 2 until square measures 7″

Edging:
Rnd 1: Chain 1 (does not count as a stitch), *3 single crochet in corner, work 25 single crochet evenly across side to next corner, repeat from * three times, join with a slip stitch to beginning single crochet, finish off and weave in tails. (112 sc)

Rnd 2: This round will be done using whatever color you are going to ultimately use to join your squares together. You can opt to keep using the same color throughout. Join with slip stitch in center of any corner 3 single crochet group, chain 1 (does not count as a stitch), 3 single crochet in corner, work 27 single crochet evenly across side to the center single crochet in the next corner 3 single crochet group, repeat from * three times, join with a slip stitch to beginning single crochet, finish off and weave in tails. (120 sc)

Finished square should measure 8″ after border. If your square is smaller or doesn’t lie flat, you can choose to block it into shape to make it easier to work with later.

HodgePodge Crochet Sampler CAL

HodgePodge Crochet Sampler CAL

I hope you’re all as excited as I am to begin the new year with a new project and if finishing a blanket is on your bucket list, this is just the one for you!

EDIT!! The following list will be updated for ease of finding patterns once they go live on the blog.
Please bookmark this page! 

  • Week Twenty-Four: Alpine Flowers
  • Week Twenty-Five: Waves of Grain
  • Week Twenty-Six: Saxon’s Ladder
  • Week Twenty-Seven: Deconstructed Granny Square
  • BONUS BLOCKS!! TBA

 

HodgePodge Hosts: 2016 Afghan Sampler Crochet Along!
Tagged on:                 

30 thoughts on “HodgePodge Hosts: 2016 Afghan Sampler Crochet Along!

  • January 1, 2016 at 5:49 pm
    Permalink

    Is this for King size? Or do we do multiple blocks? I’m trying to do the math and 110 8 inch squares are not big enough for King size afghan?

    Reply
    • Profile photo of Tanya Naser
      January 1, 2016 at 10:01 pm
      Permalink

      You should be able to cover a standard king sized bed once you join 110 8″ blocks in the arrangement suggested. 🙂

      Reply
  • January 1, 2016 at 8:07 pm
    Permalink

    So excited for the new CAL! Thank you!

    Reply
  • January 1, 2016 at 11:16 pm
    Permalink

    I am dense sometimes. Are we making two of each square I order to have enough for the king size?

    Reply
    • Profile photo of Tanya Naser
      January 2, 2016 at 5:30 am
      Permalink

      Hi Beth!! You get to choose how many of each square you want to make for the size project you want to complete! It’s totally up to you. 🙂

      Reply
  • January 1, 2016 at 11:53 pm
    Permalink

    Can’t wait. So excited to start this one.

    Reply
  • January 2, 2016 at 3:15 pm
    Permalink

    Have wanting to do a sampler afghan, so I am excited about this project!

    Reply
  • January 2, 2016 at 9:11 pm
    Permalink

    I’m in. Started on New Year’s Day! Tried one block with a different color border and one the same color, I’m going to stick with all one color. Going with the Royal Super Saver from Red Heart. Have a bunch to use up, lol. I’m looking forward to learning the new patterns and stitches. Planning on the King Size for my Queen Size bed. Four blocks of each should do the trick, unless I find one I like better than the rest.

    Reply
  • January 2, 2016 at 11:28 pm
    Permalink

    May I post the logo/picture from your Ravelry page to my project photos? Where do I register for this CAL?

    Reply
  • January 3, 2016 at 12:22 am
    Permalink

    Silly as it may seem, I have been struggling getting 24 even stiches around for the edging. Suggestion for me?

    Reply
  • January 8, 2016 at 12:37 am
    Permalink

    Ok, I’m a little late joining. I want to make a queen or king size blanket so I should make 4 blocks a week for 52 weeks, correct?

    Reply
    • Profile photo of Tanya Naser
      January 10, 2016 at 5:49 pm
      Permalink

      The first pattern, which is the gauge square for the project, has the outline for the entire CAL based on what sized blanket you want to make. 🙂

      Reply
  • January 10, 2016 at 6:31 pm
    Permalink

    Ive just found this so will catch up as I want to join. Where will I find the pattern for the next squares?
    I dont have Facebook

    Reply
    • Profile photo of Tanya Naser
      January 10, 2016 at 6:48 pm
      Permalink

      Welcome to the CAL!! All patterns will be linked to Ravelry within the blog post so you can follow along that way. 🙂

      Reply
  • Pingback: Crochet-A-Longs | CAL 2016 | for the year 2016 • Oombawka Design Crochet

  • Pingback: CAL Kalender | Wollzauber

  • January 20, 2016 at 4:50 pm
    Permalink

    I do not see the patterns for the other blocks. Where are they available? Are they free as well?

    Reply
    • Profile photo of Tanya Naser
      January 20, 2016 at 11:19 pm
      Permalink

      All other blocks will be released on Mondays and they will all be free.

      Reply
  • January 22, 2016 at 2:21 pm
    Permalink

    I could not find the pattern for Week Four: Secret Garden on Rivalry. Where can I find this pattern?

    Reply
    • Profile photo of Tanya Naser
      January 23, 2016 at 4:56 am
      Permalink

      You need to click the link to the blog post and then click the photo to head over to Ravlery where the pattern is.

      Reply
  • January 23, 2016 at 5:16 am
    Permalink

    I just found this and would like to join in….to get enough blocks for a king size bed we basically need to have 4 blocks of each weeks pattern? since the patterns are once a week for half the year instead of going the whole year….correct?

    Reply
    • Profile photo of Tanya Naser
      January 25, 2016 at 4:34 pm
      Permalink

      Ideally, yes! There will be bonus blocks released at the end though in case you want to make something different from whatever is offered for any particular week. 🙂

      Reply
  • January 26, 2016 at 4:06 am
    Permalink

    Has the pattern for block 5 been released yet? The page is up on Ravelry but no pattern link.

    Reply
  • February 27, 2016 at 9:18 pm
    Permalink

    Are you updating the links for the current weeks?? Thanks!

    Reply
  • Pingback: WIP it Wednesday! – Teadoddles

Leave a Reply

Skip to toolbar