Welcome to our December Furls CAL! Last week we shared the supplies list and a fun interview with Tamara and Harrison - thank you all so much for coming back to begin the Snow Capped Throw!
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This month we are making the Snow Capped Throw. This suprisingly quick blanket is rated intermediate because there are post stitches, but it's easier than you might think, and with the help of our videos and CAL group, I know you can do it!
WHAT DO WE NEED TO GET STARTED?
Grab your supplies and let's get crocheting! The holidays are just around the corner, and I can't think of anything better than staying warm under a cozy crocheted blanket!
We are using 14 balls of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky, which is a Bulky weight yarn available at most craft stores as well as online at LionBrand.com.
You also need a Furls US – N, 9.0mm hook - I'm using the Candy Shoppe in the videos!
Lastly, when it's all done, you'll need a yarn needle to weave in your ends. And a pair of scissors of course!
In Part one of our CAL we will talk a bit about gauge, sizing, and make the main portion of the blanket!
When crocheting garments or wearable, gauge can be super important. But with blankets, it's not as big a deal - there's just a lot more wiggle room! The most important thing is that you get fabric coming off the hook that's not too loose or too tight. You don't want a blanket that's full of giant holes, but you also don't want one that's stiff as a board!
The official gauge for this blanket is 16 sts x 9 rows = 8” in dc. So if you want to test it out, crochet a swatch that is about 12" x 12" square, and measure the interior 8 inches. If it's close, you're good to go! Otherwise, you may want to try moving up or down a hook size.
If you get gauge, or real close to it, the finished blanket should be about 55” wide x 66” long.
If you want your blanket to be a bit wider, just add a multiple of 6 chains to the starting chain. (So add 6, 12, 18, etc.) If you want it a bit longer, just work another repeat! But remember, if you add width or length, you'll need more yarn. This is also what you'll want to do if you are using thinner yarn.
If you want a your blanket to be a bit smaller, just subtract a multiple of 6 chains from the starting chain. And for a shorter blanket, stop sooner! This will of course take a bit less yarn.
If you have any questions with the CAL, please feel free to tag me directly in our exclusive Facebook group, Fun with Furls or email me at TamaraKelly@mooglyblog.com.
PATTERN INTRUCTIONS - PART ONE
(see notes below for 2 color version!)
Special stitch: fpdtr – yo 3 times, insert hook from front to back around post of indicated stitch, yo and pull up a loop, [yo and pull through 2 loops] 4 times.
Row 1: Ch 111, dc in the 4th ch from the hook (skipped 3 chs count as first dc), dc in each remaining ch to end; turn. (109 sts)
Row 2 – 3: Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), dc in each st to end; turn. (109 sts)
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in the 1st st, *fpdtr in the stitch 3 sts to the left and 2 rows down, sc in the next 3 sts, fpdtr in the same st as the previous fpdtr st, sc in the next st; repeat from * to end, turn. (109 sts)
Row 5 – 7: Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), dc in each st to end; turn. (109 sts)
Row 8 – 91: Repeat Rows 4 – 7.
Row 92 and 93: Repeat Rows 4 and 5.
Two Color Version:
Row 1 – 3: Color A
Row 4 – 7: Color B
Row 8 – 11: Color A
Row 12 – 15: Color B
Row 16 – 91: Continue in color pattern established in Rows 8 - 15, switching colors every 4 rows.
Row 92 and 93: Color A.
Stay tuned for next week, when I'll have Part 2 - the Border! Don't forget to share your comments and photos below - I can't wait to see what YOUR Snow Capped Throws!
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