Announcing the Mélange Blanket Crochet Along!

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 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:

How To Join the Mélange Blanket CAL

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:
  • February 10: Square 6:
  • February 17: Square 7:
  • February 24: Square 8:
  • March 3: Square 9:
  • March 10: Square 10:
  • March 17: Square 11:
  • March 24: Square 12:
  • March 31: Square 13:
  • April 7: Square 14:
  • April 14: Square 15:
  • April 21: Square 16:
  • April 28: Square 17:
  • May 5: Square 18:
  • May 12: Square 19:
  • May 19: Square 20:
  • May 26: Square 21:
  • June 2: Square 22:
  • 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.

Mélange Blanket Crochet Along via Underground Crafter - Knit Denise prize

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.

Cozy at Home 2023 Crochet Along via Underground Crafter - GlassEyesOnline prize

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.

Mélange Blanket Crochet Along via Underground Crafter - Knitters Relief Balm prize

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.
  • By entering this giveaway, you are agreeing to share your contact information with Rafflecopter and/or Underground Crafter. You can read the Rafflecopter Privacy Policy here and the Underground Crafter Privacy Policy here to understand how this information is used.
  • 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!
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