Welcome to the MCAL for the Cabled Blooms Blanket!
A few words of encouragement before we start. The skill level for this crochet pattern is considered intermediate because of the use of post stitches and a few other stitches that a beginner may not be familiar with. I will be adding photo & video tutorials to help with those stitches so don't be afraid to try it out! It never hurts to try.
While I used Yarnspirations Caron Simply Soft Yarn for my pattern swatch, I will be using Premier Yarn's Everyday yarn for my full blanket. It's all about the color for me and it's ok to use something different. This pattern will work well using a variety of yarns. If you enjoy working with thread, consider working 1 section wide of the instructions to create a stunning table runner. If you enjoy working with baby yarn, go for it! If Red Heart Super Saver is your go to, go right ahead!
The size of your finished project will vary from mine but that's ok. I'll be giving you instructions to work as close to your desired size as you can.
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A few years ago I learned how to work foundation chains and it changed my life (and designing) forever. Foundation chains are so much easier to work, give a wonderful stretch and consistency to the beginning of projects and look nice and tidy.
I created some photo tutorials which are available to view on my old blog:
hdc foundation chain photo tutorial can be found HERE
dc foundation chain photo tutorial can be found HERE
Most of my designs use the hdc foundation chain though I will use the sc and dc foundation chains now and then. Knowing that many of you learn well from videos, I've created a video tutorial to show how I work the foundation chains. I hope this will help those who have questions or just haven't brought themselves to learn the technique yet.
Once you learn and get used to working them, you'll not want to use a basic starting chain again!
Grab your hooks and yarn, get comfy on your couch and join me for a beautiful Mystery CAL!
It's been a while since we've worked on a CAL together and even longer since we've worked a mystery one. It has also been a while since I released a new design for free on my blog so how about we combine all of that and get to work?
A few days ago, I asked on my Facebook page what type of afghan crochet pattern you would like to see for free. You left some good ideas and I'm going to try my best to design with each one. The first crochet stitch mentioned was cables. Ohhh, I love a good crochet cable design! Another friend mentioned they wanted something that would work up quickly so I chose a simple faux style cable stitch for this pattern that reminds me of a rope. If you want a peak at what that stitch will look like, check out the Stand Out Cable Chevron Afghan.
Another thing that was important to me is the ability to customize! I want you to be able to make any size you desire so that you'll be able to use this pattern over and over for many different occasions, family and friends.
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With all of that in mind, I grabbed my hook, yarn and stitch chart program and set to work! I know that you're going to love this one as much as I do!!!
Mystery CAL details
Sometimes it's fun to mix things up a little though so with the Square Pillow pattern, I added some color to the arrows. Don't you just love that about crochet? Simple little adjustments of color can bring on a whole new look and feel.
Have I mentioned how much I love Bolster Pillows lately?
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I don't know why, but I used to not like bolster pillows at all. They just seemed awkward and not big enough. When I started designing my home decor crochet pattern collections a few years ago, I wanted more than just a basic square or rectangle pillow to coordinate with my crocheted afghans so I purchased a few bolster pillow forms on Amazon.
I soon realized I was wrong about bolster pillows! I absolutely love them now and have to keep a tight watch on my own pillow because my girls like to use them too. lol
I like to take them in the car for rides and they're a good shape for the girls to use if they're tired during a long ride. I like that they give more support for my neck when reading in bed and I LOVE the look of them when placed on a couch or bed with the coordinating pillows and throw!
Here's a fun collection of Bolster Pillow Cover Crochet Patterns to check out!
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