Friendship CAL 2021

The Friendship CAL has started!  I am so glad you are here with us as we start to share the afghan squares needed to make the Friendship Afghan!  Me and 24 other crochet designers are collaborating in the Friendship CAL 2021 hosted by Helen and Sara from Sunflower Cottage Crochet.

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What is this, you ask?  The Friendship CAL will be a Crochet-A-Long where YOU can take part and crochet afghan squares to make a blanket.  On every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday from now until April 2021, there will be a 9″ x 9″ crochet square pattern released, it could  be a free pdf or found free on the designers website.  There will be 40 square crochet patterns released from 25 different crochet designers.  My Diamonds Square will be featured in February!

Diamonds Squares

On each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday I will post the release of a NEW square crochet pattern. You can sign up to my Newsletter below and receive an email once a week letting you know there have been 3 new squares released, who designed them, and where you can find them.  I will also update my website every time there is a new Square released.

 

What are the Materials needed, you ask?  The materials needed are:
 

  3100 yards of 4 ply Worsted Weight Yarn or Aran Yarn for Squares
  600 yards of 4 ply Worsted Weight Yarn or Aran Yarn for Joining/Border
  US Crochet G-J Hooks or 4mm – 6mm
  Tapestry Needle for Joining Squares
  Scissors
  Stitch Markers (optional)

This Friendship CAL is a perfect way for you to crochet a Scrap Busting Blanket.  You can use up all of that left over yarn you have lying around from your other crochet projects!  What an AWE-some idea, right?!?!

Also there will be a number of crochet Facebook Groups you can show off your Work-in-Progress at.  You can share your Friendship CAL WIPs inside my newest Facebook Group Jo’s Crafty Hook-ers here.

I hope to see you there!  Be sure to invite all of your crochet loving friends!

Again, you can receive an email notifying you weekly that there have been 3 new square crochet patterns released.  Also my website will be updated every time a new crochet square pattern is released.

If you would like to participate in the Friendship CAL, but do NOT want to wait around for the square releases, we do offer a Friendship CAL Bundle.  You can get all 40 square crochet patterns in one place for only $10!  To take advantage of the Bundle click here.

Friendship Blanket

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Week 6

Square 18 – Wednesday, February 24, 2021 – Sol Square

Sol Square

Emma of Emma Wilkinson Designs brings you the Sol Square.  The Sol Square uses a number of stitches to bring you this unique textured square.

The Puff Stitches in the Sol Square really make the texture stand out.  You can find a free pdf copy of the Sol Square at Emma Wilkinson Designs.

 

Square 17 – Sunday, February 21, 2021 – Sweet Stripes Friendship Square

Sweet Stripes Friendship Square

Lisa from Green Fox Farms Designs brings you the Sweet Stripes Friendship Square that uses the basic crochet stitches and row repeats that will be quick and easy to do!  Lisa has also made a great video tutorial to help you with this square.

You can make a whole set in different colors! A set of cloths paired with some bath salts and fancy soaps would be an awesome Mother’s Day Gift, housewarming gift or a gift for any occasion!  Visit Green Fox Farms Designs where you can find a free pdf copy of the Sweet Stripes Friendship Square.

 

Square 16 – Friday, February 19, 2021 – Connection Square

Connection Square

Helen & Sara, the hosts of the Friendship Blanket CAL, from Sunflower Cottage Crochet bring you the Connection Square that uses a neat stitch, the Bean Stitch.  Helen and Sara have right and left hand video tutorials to help you master this stitch.

This square can be used in so many different projects.  You can make a great washcloth or a spa set and it is a nice thick pattern stitch.  You can use cotton yarn and make a hot pad.  To find a free pdf copy of the Connection Square visit Sunflower Cottage Crochet.

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Week 5

Square 15 – Wednesday, February 17, 2021 – Friendship Blanket Square

Friendship Blanket Square

Natalia from Natali’s Crochet has brought you a square that has lots of texture with a beautiful design called the Friendship Blanket Square.

The Friendship Blanket Square is an intermediate design with puff stitches, foundation double crochet single crochet and double crochet.  These stitches may sound hard, but they are easier than they look.  You will find a helpful video tutorial that will show you how to crochet the whole square.  You can find a free pdf copy of this square at Natali’s website.

 

Square 14 – Sunday, February 14, 2021 – Tapestry Heart Square

Tapestry Heart Square

Amelia of Amelia Makes has brought you a perfect square not only this CAL, but for Valentine’s Day as well.  The Tapestry Heart Square uses the technique of tapestry.

The Tapestry Heart Square will also be good for pillow covers, bags, the possibilities are endless!  You will find the free crochet pattern at Amelia Makes‘ website.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Square 13 – Friday, February 12, 2021 – Kinship Square

Kinship Square

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shannon from The Loophole Fox has brought you a square using the Even Moss Stitch technique.  If you know how to chain, single crochet and half double crochet than you will be on easy street!  The Even Moss Stitch is the perfect way to brings you lots of texture.

Visit The Loophole Fox to find the free pattern on Shannon’s website. The Even Moss Stitch adds a ton of texture, is pretty easy once you get started, and is lightweight but warm!

 

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Week 4

Square 12 – Wednesday, February 10, 2021 – Eclectic Friendship Blanket Square

Eclectic Friendship Blanket Square

Trista of Crochets By Trista has brought you a square that uses the basic crochet stitches, the single crochet and double crochet.

When thinking about the type of squares we wanted to bring to you, we chose squares that have texture.  Even though the Eclectic Friendship Blanket Square uses the basic stitches, you still get a nice pretty texture.  You can find a free pdf copy of the Eclectic Friendship Blanket Square at Trista’s website Crochets by Trista.

 

Square 11 – Sunday, February 7, 2021 – Kindred Square

Kindred Square

Ashley of Through The Loop Yarn Craft wanted to bring you a square that has the Honey Comb look of Tunisian Crochet.  The Kindred Square has a nice thick texture, which is one of the things we wanted to bring you in the designs of the Friendship Blanket CAL.

To get a free pdf copy of the Kindred Square crochet pattern you can visit Through The Loop Yarn Craft.  The can be many ways to use the design of the Kindred Square.  You can make pillow covers, placemats, and more.  Switch the yarn out for cotton yarn and you can make nice pot holders!

 

Square 10 – Friday, February 5, 2021 – Diamonds Square

Diamonds Square

 

The Diamonds Square was designed by me, Jo of Jos Crafty Hook! Who doesn’t ❤️ covering themselves in diamonds! The Diamonds Square uses the Argyle Shell Stitch that I discovered earlier this year and fell in ❤️ with!

You can use the Diamond Square crochet pattern to surround yourself with more diamonds! You can customize the pattern to make pillow covers, table runners, wraps, and more! You can get a free pdf copy of the Diamonds Square crochet at my website here.

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Week 3

Square 9 – Wednesday, February 3, 2021Ara Square

Ara Square
Ara Square

 

Kristine of Ambassador Crochet wanted to design a square that reminder her of a galaxy of bright stars. So set your sites on the Ara galaxy above as you crochet the Asa Square that starts out as a circle and turns into a square.

You can find a free pattern of the Asa Square at Ambassador Crochet website.  Crochet more than one of these squares and surround yourself in your own galaxy of stars.

 

Square 8 – Sunday, January 31, 2021 – Raised Diagonal Square

Raised Diagonal Square

Sara of Sunflower Cottage Crochet wanted to bring you a square with flair.  Each row you will work in the post stitches to create the diagonal look.

The Raised Diagonal Square can be found at Sunflower Cottage Crochet where you can get a free pdf copy of her square.  The Raised Diagonal Square would also make a great washcloth or you could increase the stitch count and make a pillow with it, or a gorgeous runner.

 

Square 7 – Friday, January 29, 2021 – Omatra Square

Omatra Square

 

Bella of Three Fates Creation’s named her square Omatra.  Omatra is a Sanskrit word meaning protection.  I think protection is fitting because the Friendship Blanket brings so many unique crochet designers from all over the world and what is a blanket for, but protection from the cold.

The design of this square starts out as a circle and turns into a square.  You can find a free pdf copy of the Omatra square by going to Three Fates Creation here.
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Week 2

Square 6 – Wednesday, January 27, 2021 – Diamond Bliss Square

Diamond Bliss Square

 

Caleb from Crafting at the Poole designed this gorgeous square for our Friendship Blanket CAL.  The diamond bliss square has what any girl loves, diamonds!  The texture in this square is created by using front post and back post triple crochet stitches.

Caleb has a video tutorial of this square attached to his post for those who are unfamiliar with these stitches.  So visit Crafting at the Poole and get a free pdf copy of the Diamond Bliss Square.

 

Square 5 – Sunday, January 24, 2021 – Illusion Square

Illusion Square

The illusion square is so bright and colorful, it brings to mind tapestry crochet.  The basic stitches used are single crochet, you just can carry your different color yarns with you.

L’amas De Laine is the designer behind the Illusion Square.  You can get a free pdf copy of the pattern directly from L’amas De Laine.  If you enjoy making square, remember that you can always use the pattern for blankets, pillow covers, table runners, tops, and so many wonderful things!

 

Square 4 – Friday, January 22, 2021 – Rambling Rose Square

Rambling Rose Square

 

The rambling roses square is a combination of the Primrose stitch and the half double crochet stitches.  There are a lot fun ways to use this design.  You can make it as a washcloth, a hot pad, table or bed runner.

So stop by Made for Gootie and get the Rambling Rose Square crochet pattern.  You can get a free pdf copy of this pattern from Made by Gootie’s

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Week 1

Square 3 – Wednesday, January 20, 2021 – Lauren Square

The Lauren Square

Square 3 was designed by Suzanne of Crafting Each Day.  This square has a wavy design that looks like ocean waves.  The color is gorgeous and makes you think of clear blue water.

The Lauren Square is available for free on Crafting Each Day’s website.  You will find the pattern only uses basic stitches.  It uses single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet.  Visit Crafting Each Day and get your free crochet pattern.

 

Square 2 – Sunday, January 17, 2021 -Pretty Petals Crochet Square

Square 2 was designed by Amelia of Amelia Makes.  This square uses a lacy design.  This square can be used in many different projects.  It looks like leaves or maybe scattered petals.

This square is available as a free pattern on Amelia’s blog. If you would like the free pdf, Amelia has updated her free pattern for signing up to her emails so an immediate pdf version of this pattern will be delivered directly to your inbox. If you have any issues getting the pdf please contact Amelia directly and she will help you!

 

Square 1 – Friday, January 15, 2021 – Kinship Square

Kinship Square

 

Square 1 starts off with our hosts, Helen and Sara of Sunflower Cottage Crochet.  Their square is aptly named the Kinship Square.  It uses the fpdc & bpdc stitches to create a nice tight, textured square.  Don’t worry!  There are helpful Video Tutorials inside the crochet pattern to help you master these stitches!

 

You can find all the information needed about the Friendship CAL and how to get a free copy of the Friendship Square at Sunflower Cottage Crochet.  You can also join our hosts’ Facebook Group Sunflower Cottage Crochet Community if you have questions about the CAL, share WIPs, and more.  They will have great tips, tricks, and useful information as the CAL progresses.

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Again, if you would like to purchase the Friendship CAL Bundle and get ALL 40 square crochet patterns at ONE time, click on the picture below or here.

Friendship Blanket

 

You can find more of my crochet patterns at these locations listed below.

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Etsy

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Website:      www.joscraftyhook.com

Facebook Group:  www.facebook.com/JosCraftyHookers

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From the Designer:

  • Thank you for stopping by my website!  Check out some of my patterns at my Ravelry Store Jo’s Crafty Hook Designs or LoveCraft or Etsy Shop JosCraftyHook or get free crochet patterns at my website joscraftyhook.com!  While you are at my website be sure to subscribe to my Newsletter.  This way you will be notified when I release another pattern or giveaway or blog post!
  •  If you have any questions or concerns about this pattern or any other pattern please find me at Joey Lea Baird on Facebook or email me at jo@joscraftyhook.com
  • You are free to sell or gift the item you make from my website, please do NOT claim any of my designs as your own.   If you share your finished product, please acknowledge me as the designer.  Please forward any one who would like to do this crochet pattern or any of my patterns to the Ravelry Store or to LoveCraft or to my Etsy shop, or to my website.  The web addresses for any place to connect with me are listed below.
  • Every purchase of my patterns helps!  It allows me to buy more yarn so I can create and design more Handmade Crocheted Creations for you to enjoy.
  • I would LOVE to see your version of my designs!  You can “Hook It” at my Ravelry Jo’s Crafty Hook Designs OR add a pic using the hashtag of the design at anyone of the places below that allows you to connect with me!  Comments, Feedback, etc. are ALWAYS welcome at my website www.joscraftyhook.com!
  • If you would like to make a donation to Jo’s Crafty Hook and help me with the costs of running my website, crocheting new designs I would greatly appreciate it!

 

Diamonds Square Crochet Pattern

I am happy to bring you my Diamonds Square Crochet Pattern that was designed specifically for the Friendship Blanket CAL hosted by Helen and Sara of Sunflower Cottage Crochet.

This page contains affiliate links.  You can make a purchase using these links that I provide where I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you.)  Purchases you make will help keep my website, my Ravelry Store, my Etsy Shop, and LoveCrafts  going and provide quality designs just for you!

In designing the blanket, we wanted to bring you squares that have texture and definition.  When crocheting the diamond square you will see a lot of texture and definition in the shapes that appear.

When designing the square and thinking about the blanket, I wanted to cover you in what every person loves, Diamonds!  With the finished look of the square it reminds me of the diamond pattern that shows up in Argyle Socks.  lol

The diamonds square crochet pattern uses the basic crochet stitches found in many crochet patterns.  I used the Argyle Shell Stitch.  If you are unfamiliar with this stitch, there are helpful picture and video tutorials in the pattern below.

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Diamonds Squares

As part of the Friendship Blanket CAL you can download a free pdf copy of the Diamonds Square crochet pattern, just click on the button below.  Once you are at Ravelry use the Coupon Code:  CALSQUARE to get your free pdf copy.

 

You can find out more about the Friendship Blanket CAL on my website here.  As part of the CAL we are offering the Friendship Blanket CAL Bundle.  You can get ALL of the 40 pdf copies of the crochet patterns for the blanket.  Use the button below and grab your copy for $10!

Friendship Blanket CAL Bundle

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Diamonds Squares

Pattern Information:

Materials:
100-120 yards 4 ply (Aran) Worsted Weight Yarn
US Hook J or 6 mm
Tapestry Needle
Scissors

Gauge:
US J Hook or 6 mm
2 full diamonds = 2.66″ wide
2 full diamonds 2″ length

Abbreviations/Stitches Used:
ch = chain stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
sp = space
ss = slip stitch

Size:
9” x 9”

Notes:
Stitch count is a multiple of 8 + 2
There are helpful Video Tutorials below

Special Stitch:

Shell = (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) all in the same stitch.
Argyle Shell Stitch = consist of the base chain plus the repeat rows R2-R5, this creates the stitch which makes the Diamond shapes.

How to crochet in the Back Bar of Chain

How to crochet in the Back Bar of Chain

Video Tutorials:
Argyle Shell Stitch – Right Handed Version here.

Argyle Shell Stitch – Left Handed Version here.

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Diamonds Square

Pattern:

R1:  Chain 26, in the back bar of the chain, sc in 2nd chain.  (see pic below)  *Ch 5, skip 3 ch, sc in the back bar of the next ch*. Repeat to the end.  Make sure you have a sc in the last stitch.

Row 1

R2:  Ch 5 and turn.  sc in ch-5 sp, shell in next sc, sc in next ch-5 sp.  *ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp, shell in next sc, sc in next ch-5 sp.* Repeat from * to * until the last sc, then ch 2 and dc in last sc.

Row 2

R3:  Ch 1 and turn.  sc in 1st st, shell in next sc, sc in center dc of shell, shell in next sc.  *sc in next ch-5 sp, shell in next sc, sc in center dc of shell, shell in next sc* Repeat from * to * until the last ch-5 sp, then sc in 3rd ch of the last ch-5 sp.

Row 3

R4:  ch 5 and turn.  sc in center dc of shell, shell in next sc, sc in center dc of shell, *ch 5, sc in center dc of shell, shell in next sc, sc in dc of shell.*  Repeat from * to * until the last sc, then ch 2 and dc in last sc.

Row 4

R5:  ch 1, turn, sc in 1st st.  Ch 5, *sc in center dc of shell, ch 5, sc in ch-5 sp, ch 5*  Repeat from * to * until the last ch-5 sp, then sc in center dc of shell, ch 5, sc in 3rd ch of the last ch-5 sp.

Row 5

R6-R18:  Repeat R2-R5

Do not fasten off.

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Border:

Side of Square

Step 1:
Turn your work to work on the side of the square.

Step 2:
(dc, ch 1, dc) all in the same stitch.  *sc in the next st, (dc, ch 1 dc)*  Repeat from * to * until you come to the corner of square.  

1st Side of Sqaure

Bottom of Square

Step 1:
Turn your work to work along the bottom of the square.

Step 2:
*sc, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc), sc all in the same stitch*.  Repeat from * to * to the corner. 

Bottom Side of the Square

Other Side of Square

Step 1:
Turn your work to work on the long side of the square.

Step 2:
(dc, ch 1, dc) all in the same stitch.  *sc in the next st, (dc, ch 1 dc)*  Repeat from * to * to the corner of the square.

Other side of Square

Top of Square

Step 1:
Turn your work to work along the top of the Wrap.

Step 2:
*sc, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc), sc all in the same stitch*.  Repeat from * to *to the corner.  ss in next st and fasten off.

Top side of Square

 

Fasten off and weave in the ends. 

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If you like using the Argyle Shell Stitch in this square, I have 9 other crochet patterns available that use this stitch.  You can find ALL 9 crochet patterns in one pdf, my Diamonds Collection eBook. You can find it at Ravelry and Etsy!

In my collection you will find 1 bonus crochet pattern that is not sold in any of my stores, the Diamond Arches Tee. Inside my eBook you will find patterns for this wrap, 2 summer tees, a poncho, 2 pocket shawl in adult and child sizes, a cowl, and an Afghan square. Each pattern has multiple sizes to choose from. You can customize these patterns to fit your style, size, and colors.

Therefore, I am offering my Diamonds Collection eBook at an introductory price of $30! The original retail price of all the crochet patterns in my eBook is $50, so you can get it for $20 off! Visit my Ravelry Store and Etsy Shop for your copy today!

You can find more of my crochet patterns at these locations listed below.

Ravelry
Lovecraft
Etsy

Find me, Jo of Jo’s Crafty Hook at any one of these places listed below!

Website:      www.joscraftyhook.com

Ravelry
Lovecraft
Etsy

Facebook Group:  www.facebook.com/JosCraftyHook-ers

Facebook Page:     www.facebook.com/JosCraftyHook

Facebook Page:     www.facebook.com/JosCraftyHookDesigns

Instagram:    www.instagram.com/joscraftyhook

Pinterest:     www.pinterest.com/baird0095

Twitter:         www.twitter.com/joscraftyhook

YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk-6IB36bg4gkvaawn3xfdg

  • If you would like to make a donation to Jo’s Crafty Hook and help me with the costs of running my website, crocheting new designs I would greatly appreciate it!

From the Designer:

  • Thank you for stopping by my website!  Check out some of my patterns at my Ravelry Store Jo’s Crafty Hook Designs or LoveCraft or Etsy Shop JosCraftyHook or get free crochet patterns at my website joscraftyhook.com!  While you are at my website be sure to subscribe to my Newsletter.  This way you will be notified when I release another pattern or giveaway or blog post!
  •  If you have any questions or concerns about this pattern or any other pattern please find me at Joey Lea Baird on Facebook or email me at jo@joscraftyhook.com
  • You are free to sell or gift the item you make from my website, please do NOT claim any of my designs as your own.   If you share your finished product, please acknowledge me as the designer.  Please forward any one who would like to do this crochet pattern or any of my patterns to the Ravelry Store or to LoveCraft or to my Etsy shop, or to my website.  The web addresses for any place to connect with me are listed below.
  • Every purchase of my patterns helps!  It allows me to buy more yarn so I can create and design more Handmade Crocheted Creations for you to enjoy.
  • I would LOVE to see your version of my designs!  You can “Hook It” at my Ravelry Jo’s Crafty Hook Designs OR add a pic using the hashtag of the design at anyone of the places below that allows you to connect with me!  Comments, Feedback, etc. are ALWAYS welcome at my website www.joscraftyhook.com!