This bedspread is from a Crochet Along, or CAL. The idea behind a CAL is that the pattern is released incrementally over a period of time, such as every week or every month, and people all over the world can work on the same project at the same time. CALs are usually a little challenging and complex, however the results are reliably stunning. By joining a CAL, you can be part of a group of people that can inspire and support one another with the project.
This CAL, called the Casual Granny CAL, happened back in 2018 and, as that was two years ago, the patterns for all ten of the different squares are available for free on redagapeblog.com. So awesome! The blog’s creator, Mandy, has done a fantastic job of writing out all of the patterns in an easy to understand manner as well as including “tiny tutorials” for any tricky stitches. She says on her site that she wanted people doing her CAL to be able to go at their own pace, pick their own colors, and do any or all of the squares for their own project – hence the “casual” in the name. No pressure!
I chose to do the blanket in four colors – teal, mustard, coral, and light gray. I used the double crochet join-as-you-go (JAYG) technique – which I absolutely swear by. All of the joining and the entire border was done without breaking the yarn once!
My favorite of all ten squares was the trickiest to get the hang of – the heart granny square. The pattern calls for several mid-round color changes so you are instructed to carry the non-working yarn through the back of the square in order to pick it up when needed. I hadn’t done that technique before, but I picked it up readily enough thanks in no small part to the simplicity of the way in which the pattern is written. And it was worth it! Just look at those hearts – so super cute!