As we get ready for the New Year, I’m thrilled to announce the 2023 blanket crochet along! Join me for the Mélange Blanket CAL. In this exciting year-long project, 48 amazing crochet designers have come together to share a new 6″ square pattern weekly on Fridays. This is going to be a journey of cool techniques, all sorts of textures and innovative patterns, a way of meeting new-to-you designers, and so much more! I hope you’ll be joining us. Read on for all the details for the Mélange Blanket Crochet Along, including how to join in and enter the end-of-CAL giveaway!
This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. I am a King Cole Brand Ambassador and this post is part of our ongoing collaboration. Additional supplies for this project were provided by Denise Interchangeables.
This is the main post for this crochet along. Read on for more details including:
- How the Mélange Blanket Crochet Along Works,
- Mélange Blanket Yarn Requirements,
- How To Join the Mélange Blanket CAL,
- Mélange Blanket Tips & Tricks (updated 2/10/2023),
- Mélange Blanket Schedule,
- Mélange Blanket End-of-CAL Giveaway Prizes, and
- Enter the Mélange Blanket End-of-CAL Giveaway.
How the Mélange Blanket Crochet Along Works
I’ve teamed up with 48 designers to bring you 48 free crochet patterns for 6″ (15 cm) squares that you can use to put together a blanket. On Fridays from January 6 to December 1, 2023, I’ll update this post by 7 pm Eastern to share a new pattern for a 6″ square.
If you make one of each square, your finished Mélange Blanket will be a baby blanket measuring approximately 36″ x 48″ (91.5 cm x 122 cm). If you’d like to make a larger blanket, download the Mélange Blanket CAL Planning Your Blanket guide below to figure out the number of squares you’ll need to make your choice of 7 blanket sizes from baby through king sized.
If you crochet along in “real time,” you’ll be crocheting a new square each week. You are always free to skip a square you don’t like or repeat squares you do like again later in the blanket.
Read on for details of how you can enter the end-of-CAL giveaway for your chance to win a prize from babé crochet co., Denise Interchangeables, GlassEyesOnline, King Cole, or Knitter’s Relief Balm.
Mélange Blanket Yarn Requirements
If you make just one of each square for the baby blanket size, you will need approximately 2,280 yds (2,085 m) of medium weight yarn. (The Planning Your Blanket PDF linked above will help you estimate yarn requirements if you decide to make a different size blanket.)
For my blanket, I’ll be using King Cole Big Value Aran. Big Value Aran is available through your local yarn shop or online at LoveCrafts or Wool Warehouse UK. If you’re new to Big Value Aran, it’s a soft medium (aran/#4/worsted) weight yarn with a pretty twist. Big Value Aran is an acrylic, easy care yarn that you can wash and dry in the machine, so it’s perfect for a blanket in any size. Big Value Aran comes in 3.5 oz/100 g balls with 257 yd (235 m), but it is also available as Big Value Bounty Aran in jumbo 250 g skeins with 645 yd (587 m) of yarn. I’m using the Bounty sized skeins for my version of the Mélange Blanket in three colors (shown from left to right): 3291 Ocean, 3288 Nougat, and 3333 Berry.
For your version, you can use as many colors as you’d like. While you can even crochet this blanket in one color, I would recommend at least 2 colors as some of the sections will highlight better against a second color. You can even use all of your scrap yarn to make the squares in all different colors. I’ll be using a crochet hook from my Denise2Go set throughout this project. Having several sizes together means that it will be easier for me to adjust my hook size if necessary based on one of the designer’s gauge.
For the baby blanket size of the Mélange Blanket, you’ll need:
- King Cole Big Value Aran: 9 skeins in your choice of colors, or 4 jumbo Bounty skeins, or approximately 2,280 yds (2,085 m) in any medium weight, acrylic yarn.
- Big Value Aran is available through your local yarn shop or online at LoveCrafts or Wool Warehouse UK.
- Denise US Size J-10/6 mm crochet hook, or size needed to get gauge.
- Locking stitch marker set (optional, but helpful for marking the front and holding pieces together for seaming).
- Yarn needle.
How To Join the Mélange Blanket CAL
- You can join in by crocheting along with each square of this blanket as you have time.
- Sign up for my newsletter here so you never miss a clue!
- Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #undergroundcrafter and #melangeblanketcal on all social media. You can also tag me as Underground Crafter on Facebook, or as @ucrafter on Instagram when you’re sharing project pictures.
- If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join the Underground Crafters Facebook group or follow Mélange Blanket CAL thread the Underground Crafter Ravelry group.
- By the end of the CAL, you’ll have 48 beautiful squares you can put together into a beautiful blanket.
- Use the button below on your Ravelry project pages or elsewhere on social media. Right click (on desktop) or tap and hold (on mobile) to save.
Mélange Blanket Tips & Tricks
(Updated 2/10/2023) In this section, you’ll find tips and tricks for seaming a motif blanket and adding decorative borders.
Seaming Techniques for Motif Blankets
My favorite method for joining motifs like squares is using a slip stitch seam on the wrong (back) side of the squares. But, there are plenty of other options. Use the Planning Your Blanket Guide (above) to determine how many squares you’ll need in each row. You can then join the squares together to form a row. Once you have a row joined, you can join it to the next row and so on until your blanket is assembled.
- A whipstitch seam is simple and beginner friendly. You can find a photo tutorial demonstrating how to join squares with a whipstitch HERE.
- A mattress stitch seam is nearly invisible. The video tutorial below demonstrates how to make a mattress stitch seam.
- If you can’t see the video above demonstrating a mattress stitch seam, click HERE to watch it on YouTube.
- A slip stitch seam is sturdy but less visible than a single crochet seam. It is usually worked on the back, but it can also be done decoratively on the front. The video tutorial below demonstrates how to make a slip stitch seam.
- If you can’t see the video above demonstrating a slip stitch seam, click HERE to watch it on YouTube.
- A single crochet seam is sturdy and adds texture. You can make this seam on the front or on the back. The video tutorial below demonstrates how to make a single crochet seam.
- If you can’t see the video above demonstrating a single crochet seam, click HERE to watch it on Instagram.
- Looking for a join that is more unique or decorative? You can find more than a dozen other options for joining squares in 20+ Granny Square Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials That Will Rock Your (Crochet) World.
Adding Decorative Borders
Once you have all your squares assembled, you may want to add a decorative border. I recommend starting by adding a single crochet edging around your project. You can find a video tutorial demonstrating this below.
If you can’t see the video tutorial demonstrating how to add a single crochet edging above, click HERE to watch it on YouTube.
Once you have a single crochet edging, you may want to add decorative borders. Here are my favorite resources for crochet borders.
- Around the Corner Crochet Borders: 150 Colorful, Creative Edging Designs with Charts and Instructions for Turning the Corner Perfectly Every Time by Edie Eckman (available from independent booksellers or on Amazon)
- Every Which Way Crochet Borders: 139 Patterns for Customized Edgings by Edie Eckman (available from independent booksellers or on Amazon)
- 27 Free Crochet Border Patterns
Mélange Blanket Crochet Along Schedule
- December 30: Announcement, Yarn Requirements, and End-of-CAL Giveaway Information (you are here)
- January 6: Square 1: Cross & Puff Square by Creations by Courtney
- January 13: Square 2: Yesteryear Rose by Linda Dean Crochet
- January 20: Square 3: Peaceful Flower Afghan Square by Oombawka Design Crochet
- January 27: Square 4: Tilda Wheel Square by Pink Mambo
- February 3: Square 5: Catrine Square by KT and the Squid
- February 10: Square 6: Ellie’s 6″ Afghan Square by Moogly
- February 17: Square 7: Striped Linen Square by Sweet Potato 3
- February 24: Square 8: Rays of Sunshine Square by Knitting with Chopsticks
- March 3: Square 9: Vintage Memories Square by Blankets with Heart
- March 10: Square 10: Artichoke Flower Square by Raffamusa Designs
- March 17: Square 11: C2C Mini Bean Stitch Square by A Crocheted Simplicity
- March 24: Square 12: Mainstays Square by Stitch & Hustle
- March 31: Square 13: Daydream Square by HanJan Crochet
- April 7: Square 14: Liana Square by Blue Star Crochet
- April 14: Square 15: Cottage Bloom Square by Nana’s Crafty Home
- April 21: Square 16: Breeze Block by Julie Yeager Designs
- April 28: Square 17: Framed Ripples Afghan Block by Blackstone Designs
- May 5: Square 18: Bennington Blanket Square by Banana Moon Studios
- May 12: Square 19: Tristan Stitch Mitered Square by OneLittleHook
- May 19: Square 20: Quarter Till Two Square by Jessie At Home
- May 26: Square 21: Perpetual Fog Blanket Square by The Loopy Lamb
- June 2: Square 22: Catherine’s Square by Fosbas Designs
- June 9: Square 23:
- June 16: Square 24:
- June 23: Square 25:
- June 30: Square 26:
- July 7: Square 27:
- July 14: Square 28:
- July 21: Square 29:
- July 28: Square 30:
- August 4: Square 31:
- August 11: Square 32:
- August 18: Square 33:
- August 25: Square 34:
- September 1: Square 35:
- September 8: Square 36:
- September 15: Square 37:
- September 22: Square 38:
- September 29: Square 39:
- October 6: Square 40:
- October 13: Square 41:
- October 20: Square 42:
- October 27: Square 43:
- November 3: Square 44:
- November 10: Square 45:
- November 17: Square 46:
- November 24: Square 47:
- December 1: Square 48:
- Crochet at your own pace
- Decembe 22, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern: Deadline for entering the end-of-CAL giveaways (see below for more details and to enter).
Mélange Blanket End-of-CAL Giveaway Prizes
Crocheting blankets are so much fun, but who doesn’t love the change to win a fabulous prize? I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite companies — babé crochet co., Denise Interchangeables, GlassEyesOnline, King Cole, and Knitter’s Relief Balm — to bring you the chance to win one of five great prizes.
babé crochet co. will provide one lucky winner with The Izzy Crochet Hat Templates. Your top-down crochet hats will always be the right size from now on — from newborn through adult XL! Show your support by following Isabelle on Etsy | Facebook | Instagram. If you’re in the United States, shop through babé crochet co.’s U.S. distributor, The Lillie Pad.
Denise Interchangeables is providing one winner with a Love2Crochet duo in the winner’s choice of bright, pastel, or light gray hooks. The duo includes one of each set in two size ranges: US Sizes F-5/3.75 mm to J-10/6mm and US Sizes K-10.5/6.5 mm to 19/15mm. Each set is packaged in a durable vinyl case and includes hooks; four cords in 3″, 5″, 9″ and 14″ (7.5 cm to 35 cm) lengths for Tunisian crochet hooks from 8” to 19” (20 cm to 48 cm) long or up to 28” (71 cm) long with cords joined together; two end buttons; and one extender for cord-to-cord connections. Denise Interchangeables are my favorite hooks for Tunisian crochet and for traveling because I can have all the options with me when inspiration strikes! Show your support by following Denise on Facebook | Instagram.
GlassEyesOnline GlassEyesOnline will provide one lucky winner with an Amigurumi Assortment. You can use these high quality eyes and noses for crochet, sewing, and other dolls and critter makes. Show your support by following GlassEyesOnline on Etsy | Facebook | Instagram.
King Cole is collaborating with me to provide one lucky winner a prize pack including lots of yarn! The photo below is a preview of some of their yarns but the actual prize pack will contain a different set of yarns. Show your support by following King Cole on Facebook | Instagram.
Knitter’s Relief Balm will provide one lucky winner with their choice of Knitter’s Relief Balm original or with CBD oil in the 2 ounce size. Knitter’s Relief Balm is all natural and chemical free. The no-mess tube makes it easy to apply so you can keep crocheting (or knitting). Want to grab some Knitter’s Relief Balm right now? Enjoy $10 OFF your next purchase! Just put Knitter’s Relief Balm with CBD 2oz in your cart and at checkout use coupon code: CROCHETALONG.
Continue on to learn how to enter the giveaway for your chance to win a prize!
Enter the Mélange Blanket End-of-CAL Giveaway
- This is the end-of-CAL giveaway for the Mélange Blanket crochet along hosted and organized by Underground Crafter.
- Enter the end-of-CAL giveaway using any of the options on the Rafflecopter widget below by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on December 22, 2023.
- Winners will be chosen from the entries at random. Each will win one of the prizes listed above.
- Winners will be contacted approximately one week after the entries close. Winners will have 3 days to claim their prizes. If winners do not respond within 3 days, prizes will be awarded to alternates.
- The names of winners will be made available in list form by request from Underground Crafter.
- This giveaway is open worldwide, except where prohibited by law.
- Don’t forget to join the fun in the Underground Crafters Facebook group or the Underground Crafter Ravelry group, too!
3 thoughts on “Announcing the Mélange Blanket Crochet Along!”
Amazing, I love your call! Thank you!
Where will the patterns be released please as I can’t find pattern 1.thankyou
I am really enjoying this CAL Marie, thank you!