Stash Buster Granny CAL – Week 2

Welcome to Couch Surfer Crochet!

We are now on Week 2 of the Stash Buster Granny Square Crochet Along! If you are just now joining us, check out the INTRO POST.

This CAL started on October 8th and will run through November 12th. I wanted to be able to do the entire project start to finish before the holiday season really sets in on us and we run out of time for side projects! Weeks 1 – 4 we will be creating a certain number of squares. Week 5 will teach you how to join them all together. And Week 6 will teach you how to add a border to give it a nice finish!

You can join in on this Crochet Along at any time! Just make to sure to visit the previous weeks to make those squares for the finished blanket!

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Stash Buster Granny CAL – Week 1

Welcome to Couch Surfer Crochet!

Today we are starting on Week 1 of the Stash Buster Granny Square Crochet Along! If you missed the INTRO POST, here’s a quick recap.

This CAL will start on October 8th and run through November 12th. I wanted to be able to do the entire project start to finish before the holiday season really sets in on us and we run out of time for side projects! Weeks 1 – 4 we will be creating a certain number of squares. Week 5 will teach you how to join them all together. And Week 6 will teach you how to add a border to give it a nice finish!

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Stash Buster Granny CAL Intro

Hello and welcome to Couch Surfer Crochet!

I’m ready to introduce my newest Crochet Along: The Stash Buster Granny CAL!

I’ve been working like crazy to get this project finished so I can share with all of you! I ran a poll in the Couch Surfer Crocheters FB Group to see if people preferred a shorter (and smaller) project that lasts 4 weeks, or a full size blanket that will last 6 weeks. The majority picked the 6 week full blanket option. I’ve now got the plan in place and am ready to introduce this new Crochet Along to the world!

This CAL will start on October 8th and run through November 12th. I wanted to be able to do the entire project start to finish before the holiday season really sets in on us and we run out of time for side projects! Weeks 1 – 4 we will be creating a certain number of squares. Week 5 will teach you how to join them all together. And Week 6 will teach you how to add a border to give it a nice finish!

October 8:       Week 1 – 9 squares
October 15:      Week 2 – 12 squares
October 22:     Week 3 – 12 squares
October 29:     Week 4 – 16 squares
November 5:   Week 5 – JOINING
November 12: Week 6 – BORDER


This Week's Coupon at Michaels.com
What you will need:Yarn: Size 4 (medium weight) yarn. I used mostly Red Heart and Impeccable yarns since most of my stash comes from Michaels stores!
***since I used yarn from my stash I don’t have an exact amount needed, but I know you will need at least 400 yards of one solid color to do the joining and border!

Hook: Size I/9 5.5mm

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Free Crochet Patterns for Baby

Hello all! I hope you’ve had a wonderful summer!

I’ve been absent from the blog a lot longer than I wanted to be, but for good reason! I’ve been working lots of overtime at my day job to help pay for some home improvements, and I’ve gotten a lot of crochet orders from my friends lately. It seems like everyone I know is expecting a baby at the same time, so my hands have been very busy making precious tiny things!

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Free Crochet Pattern Roundup – Hats & Beanies

Hello everyone! I’m sorry for the long break between posts. Once we finished the Changing Chevrons Crochet Along, I went straight to work dreaming up and planning another one. I hope to have an announcement ready really soon for the next Crochet Along for this blog!

I’ve also done a little “upgrade” to the blog. Everything you love is still here, but I hope I’ve streamlined it and made it all a little easier to navigate! And I am now optimized for mobile, so you don’t have to worry about the header getting in your way whenever you scroll on a mobile device.

If you are just now hearing about the Changing Chevrons CAL, don’t worry! All of the weeks are always available on the site. A downloadable PDF of the entire CAL will be available soon. Sign up for the newsletter by entering your email at the top right of the page and never miss an update from Couch Surfer Crochet!

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Simple Scraps Throw Crochet Pattern

Welcome back to Couch Surfer Crochet! I hope you all are doing well. This winter the flu seems to be everywhere, which is just another good excuse to stay inside and crochet! A few weeks ago, I shared an adorable photo of my dog claiming one of my WIPs (works in progress). I had so many requests for the pattern for the blanket I was working on.

I previously shared a few ways to use up your yarn scraps if you have really small amounts of yarn. I wanted to figure out what to do with those “medium” balls of yarn you wind up with after finishing a project.

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Hip to be Square CAL – Border

Welcome back to Couch Surfer Crochet! This is the last week of the Hip to be Square Crochet Along! I hope you have enjoyed working on this CAL! We are now on the final week : the BORDER!! These squares have been so much fun to create and I truly love the finished blanket. This week I will teach you how to add a border to this blanket. I’ll also show you a trick that I use to make finishing a blanket go much quicker!

The photos you have shared in the Facebook group are absolutely stunning! You all have inspired me so much with your fabulous work and your awesome color choices! Maybe you will be inspired to try this pattern again with a different set of colors. I think I might do just that!

For a refresher, all of the previous weeks can be found here:

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Hip to be Square CAL – Week 5

Dharma Square - Hip to be Square CAL

Welcome back to the Hip to be Square Crochet Along! We are now on Week 5! I can’t believe we are 2/3 of the way done making these squares! I hope you have enjoyed working on this project! If you are just finding this CAL, the previous weeks can be found here:

WEEK 1
WEEK 2
WEEK 3
WEEK 4

I’m so happy to share another granny square pattern with you! This week we are back to working on more intricate squares, so we will be making 4 squares. When I decided to start this I looked for inspiration all around me. I named this blog Couch Surfer Crochet because I am always watching TV or movies while I crochet. It’s a great way to relax! This week’s square was inspired by my love of the TV show LOST! One of the recurring images in the show is the Dharma Initiative logo. It looks like this:

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Hip to be Square CAL – Week 3

shattered circle granny square crochet

Welcome to Week 3 of the Hip to be Square Crochet Along! If you are just joining us, you can find Week 1 HERE, and Week 2 HERE.
We will be doing one of the more intricate squares this week, so we will be making 4 squares.  I’ve decided to call this square the Shattered Circle Square because of the ring of double crochets look like pieces of the circle exploding outwards!

As a reminder, I’m using a size I/9 (5.5 mm) hook, and worsted weight size 4 yarn.

We will be making 4 of these squares. Because I tend to love symmetry in my projects I have decided to make all of the squares each week in the same color sequence. But I want you all to feel free to fully express your creativity however you want in this blanket! I shared the colors I chose in the announcement post if you’d like to follow along with me exactly. In my color palette, I have chosen to use Color D (Impeccable Yarn in Teal) as the last row of each square.

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Hip to be Square CAL – Week 2

Welcome back to the Hip to be Square Crochet Along! Last week we did 4 squares of the adapted Treble Starburst Square. This week we will be making 8 squares! This pattern is much simpler. There are no color changes in this square (except the final row if you are following the same color sequencing as I am). If you don’t think making a bunch of squares is for you, check out the Mixed Stitch Blanket CAL. It’s done in rows with lots of stripes!

I’ve decided to call this square the Solid Spaces Square. I like how every other row kind of look like stepping stones. It’s a little more textured than a traditional granny square, but the pattern is easy to repeat once you get the hang of it!

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