Ready for some summer fun with yarn and hook? I’m happy to announce the new Summertime Granny Squares CAL with 24 square patterns inspired by summer!
The Summertime Granny Squares CAL is a collection of granny squares all about summer.
Think anything from Under the Sea, to sailing, or more in general, a vitamin Sea kind of CAL!
It’s now been almost a year since the last granny square CAL, which was the Spring Farm one, and I was totally itching to get back at it.
When do we start?
So, even though we’re still quite far from Summer, after a quick survey over the Facebook group, I decided on the new dates of the CAL!
The Summertime Granny Square CAL will run from April 11th, 2022 to May 27th, 2022.
Here’s the Schedule
- Monday 11th April, 2022 – Part 1 – Intro, Yarn Colors, How to…, Simple Circle Granny Square, Sun
- Friday 15th April, 2022 – Part 2 – Sunglasses, Beach Umbrella
- Monday 18th April, 2022 – Part 3 – Boat, Lifebuoy
- Friday 22nd April, 2022 – Part 4 – Anchor
- Monday 25th April, 2022 – Part 5 – Flounder Fish, Golden Fish
- Friday 29th April, 2022 – Part 6 – Blowfish, Manta
- Monday 2nd May, 2022 – Part 7 – Octopus, Jellyfish
- Friday 6th May, 2022 – Part 8 – Sea Star
- Monday 9th May, 2022 – Part 9 – Sea Turtle
- Friday 13th May, 2022 – Part 10 – Crab, Whale
- Monday 16th May, 2022 – Part 11 – Seahorse
- Friday 20th May, 2022 – Part 12 – Palm Tree, Coconut Cocktail
- Monday 23rd May, 2022 – Part 13 – Flamingo, Pineapple
- Friday 27th May, 2022 – Part 14 – Watermelon, Kiwi, Citrus Fruits
Explore the other granny square collections…
How to Join the Summertime Granny Squares CAL
The biggest change is that the Summertime Granny Square CAL will be hosted entirely on Ravelry.
Why host the CAL on Ravelry?
If you participated in the previous CALs, you know that they were entirely hosted via e-mail and for free. So, every week, twice a week, you would get an e-mail with the PDF patterns attached.
Hosting the CAL entirely via e-mail was really great fun for me, but also a huuuge amount of work!
For every single e-mail, there were problems with e-mail deliverability, so even though I did send the e-mail, people did not get it in their inboxes (these e-mails were probably lost in the metaverse!).
Let’s say that I spent hours and hours working on my inbox and resending e-mails.
So, with Ravelry, I will simply upload the new patterns twice a week and I will send you a notification when the new file is up.
Alright, the second biggest change.
This is a cheap but paid CAL
As I said, the previous CALs were free, and for as much as I love “free”, I also need to justify the long hours I work on crocheting these squares, the even longer hours I spend writing up the patterns, taking photos, preparing all the files, etc.
So, I won’t charge an enormous amount of money, but I do appreciate your mall contribution!
And since I still don’t have the tech to collect payments on my website, I thought that Ravelry was the easiest option.
Join on Ravelry
Now that you know why I decided to host this CAL on Ravelry, I hope that you’ll still decide to join!
Click HERE to join the Summertime Granny Square CAL!
How does it work?
When you go to the Ravelry listing for the CAL, you can simply purchase it as if it was a regular pattern.
For now, you will see that there is only one file to download, which is the intro with the materials, abbreviations, yarn info, etc.
But don’t worry! You only need to purchase the pattern once!
Then, week by week, I’ll add the new files to the same Ravelry listing, which is already in your library, so you’ll get an e-mail notification and you can access the new files.
If you buy the patterns during the CAL, you’ll get them at one-third of their final price!
After the CAL, I’ll set the price to the final $15 price…
Alright, let’s take a look at what you’ll need for this CAL…
- 3.5-mm (E/4 USA, 9 UK) Crochet Hook
- 3.0-mm (C/2 USA, 11 UK) Crochet Hook
- DK (3, Light) Cotton Yarn
- Tapestry Needle
The basic granny square pattern used for the Summertime Collection is the Simple Circle Granny Square.
Find below a summary of the square size with different yarn and hook combinations!
|Yarn||Hooks*||Finished Square Size||Yardage per square|
|Cotton DK (3, Light)||3.5 mm (E/4 US, 9 UK)|
3.0 mm(C/2 US, 11 UK)
|4.75″ (12 cm)||33 yds (30 m)|
|Acrylic DK (3, Light)||4.0 mm (G/6 US, 8 UK)|
3.5 mm (E/4 US, 9 UK)
|5.5″ (14 cm)||43 yds (40 m)|
|Cotton Worsted (4, Medium)||4.5 mm (G/7 US, 7 UK)|
4.0 mm (G/6 US)
|5.9″ (15 cm)||Did not measure, sorry!|
|Acrylic Worsted (4, Medium)||5.5 mm (I/9 US, 5 UK)|
5.0 mm (H/8 US, 6 UK)
|7″ (18 cm)||Did not measure, sorry!|
*The main hook is listed first, then the smaller hook, which is used for the details and appliques.
For my squares, I used Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK.
However, feel free to crochet these squares with any yarn and the appropriate hook.
Depending on what project you want to make with your grannies, you will have to calculate how much yarn you’ll need.
If you use Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK and a 3.5-mm hook:
- Each square will be about 4.75″ (12 cm);
- For each square you’ll need 33 yds (30 m) in total, of which 9 yds (8.5 m) for the center of the simple circle granny square (rounds 1-4), and 21.5 yds (19,5 m) for squaring.
So, for a blanket:
- Baby Blanket of ~ 30″ by 35″ (76 cm by 90 cm) with 6 by 7 squares = 42 total squares: 7 or 8 skeins of your background color, and 1 skein each for the other colors.
- Receiving Blanket of ~ 40″ by 40″ (100 cm by 100 cm) with 8 by 8 squares = 64 total squares: 10 skeins of background color, and 1 skein each for the other colors.
- and so on.
However, keep in mind that Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK is a 100% cotton yarn, and in combination with these specific patterns, it’s not the best option for a blanket, especially a baby blanket.
Yarn Alternatives for Blankets
If you want to crochet a blanket, I would go for some softer cotton yarn.
I have never tried it but I saw that many people used Rico Baby Cotton Soft DK for making baby items, so that might be a yarn to try.
Otherwise, just switch to acrylic. Here are some acrylic yarn options:
- Paintbox Yarn Baby DK – I used this for my Bumble Bee Baby Blanket and it is very soft! So, I would totally use it again for a baby blanket.
- Paintbox Yarns Simply DK – I used this yarn for all the other granny square CAL’s and it’s very good for being acrylic.
- Stylecraft Special DK Acrylic Yarn – I really like this yarn. I tried it, and sometimes, I mix it with Paintbox Yarns Simply DK if I miss a color or something.
- Deramores Studio DK Acrylic – Never used it, so I cannot say much about it. The same goes for the next one.
- King Cole Pricewise DK on LoveCrafts
HOW MANY COLORS SHOULD YOU GET?
These are the Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK colors I used:
- Champagne White (403) – This is the color I used as background, so it’s the one that I used the most. But you can also make your background in light blue or another color, your choice!
- For the blues: Marine Blue (434), Dolphin Blue (437), and Washed Teal (433) – Even though I used 3 shades of blue, you can feel free to only pick 2, a lighter and a darker one.
- Pink: Blush Pink (454) & Bubblegum Pink (451)
- Green: Lime Green (429) & Grass Green (430)
- Buttercup Yellow (423)
- Blood Orange (420)
- Rose Red (414) or Red Wine (416) – Pick your favorite red shade!
- Misty Grey (404) or Slate Grey (406) – You don’t necessarily need two greys…
- Pure Black (402)
- Brown: Coffee Bean (411)
- Soft Fudge (410) – but really a tiny, tiny bit, so I wouldn’t buy an entire skein. Any lighter brown from your stash will do!
Keep in mind that you do not need an entire skein of each color. In most cases, you’ll probably be able to use yarn from your stash!
WHAT TO CROCHET WITH YOUR Summertime GRANNY SQUARES?
So, here’s the thing.
My original idea was to make a beach bag with my grannies.
And I was basically done, I even sewed the lining…except that it was not exactly a lining. I didn’t have any lightweight fabric and used what I already had, so it came out pretty heavy.
On top of that, the crochet bag itself was also very heavy, so it would have been a very, very, extra heady beach bag!
So, I disassembled the squares and as I said above, since I used 100% cotton, a blanket was out of the discussion. So, I opted for making two decorative pillows.
Sad personal story aside, blankets are the most popular thing you can think of crocheting with granny squares.
But you can make many more things as well!
I personally love to make pillow covers, and other home decor projects such as baskets, garlands, wall hangings, or small pouches, bags, etc…
You can find a few more ideas for some fun projects with granny squares in this blog post.
Make sure to take a look and get some inspiration for your next granny square project! This way, you can also estimate how much yarn you’ll want to buy.
Alright, don’t forget to join the CAL on Ravelry HERE!
Looking forward to this new CAL 🙂
And I HOPE YOU’LL ENJOY CROCHETING THESE Summertime GRANNY SQUARES!
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