The Kaleidoscope Blanket CAL

Ohhh I have been waiting so long to share this post with you all! *bounces* I’m so excited, I can’t tell you how much I’ve wanted to share this blanket with you all, in all its glory. Months. Months of keeping it hush-hush! Months of plotting and planning and testing and arranging.

And now I can finally show you all the Kaleidoscope blanket.

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Isn’t it goooorgeous?Kaleidoscope - Jewellery Box 05 copy

I am honestly so so proud of this blanket. The maths involved was not inconsiderable! Making sure all the triangles were just the right size so that eight of them together formed an octagon exactly the same size as the octagon itself, working out angles and stitch counts and colour combinations…it was probably the most challenging blanket, in geometry terms, that I’ve ever attempted.

 

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This blanket began waaaaay back at the turn of the year when I was inspired by a quilt pattern I’d seen. I wanted to try to recreate the idea of a pieced patchwork quilt by using different shaped motifs to build up the kaleidoscopic pattern. And to mimic the effect of printed fabrics in a quilt, I turned to colourwork, combining flat stitches with post stitches and popcorns to create a really stunning effect.

Itโ€™s an ambitious project, but the end product is a beautiful, unique heirloom blanket thatโ€™s full of rich texture and colour.


The Crochet-Along

I’m trying something different with this blanket. For the first time, I’m going to release it as a CAL!

I am so excited for this to begin and to help you all on your Kaleidoscope journeys.

The Kaleidoscope CAL will begin on 3rd January 2020, and will run over 26 weeks – thirteen fortnightly parts.

At the end, you should have a blanket that measures 63โ€/157cm across at the widest point, perfect for the top of a double bed or a luxurious snuggle on a sofa.

Each part will be available as a free download on Ravelry, so make sure to add the pattern to your favourites or queue.

You can already download ‘Part 0 – Getting Ready’, which tells you more about the blanket and contains a list of the stitches used in the blanket. It also has some helpful tips about the pattern, and a little tutorial on how to change colours, for the colourwork you’ll be doing in the blanket.

The pattern is written in US terms, and includes plenty of pictures and diagrams to help you along.

It is an intermediate pattern, and you should be comfortable with a range of basic and slightly more intermediate stitches. The most advanced part of this blanket is the colourwork, but I promise that once you get the hang of it, it will become practically second nature.

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As you can see, I’m presenting this to you with three official colourways!

All three use Stylecraft Special DK.

Jewellery Box takes inspiration from rich jewel colours, a striking contrast against the white; Old Rose is a more vintage floral colourway; and Tequila Sunrise is bold and warm, named for the colours in the classic cocktail.

You can purchase all three colour packs in my shop at Deramores*.

Or, if you want to choose your own colours, there is a helpful table in the ‘getting ready’ download that you can print off and use to keep track of your colour choices.

Of course, the best thing about a CAL is sharing your progress with other people who are working on the same thing – so I’ve set up a Facebook group just for that!

You can find that here.

The group is the best place to get help and advice with the CAL, as well as plenty of encouragement. I’ll be there to lend a helping hand, and so will my lovely co-mods and testers Kathy Patching (who made the Old Rose version) and Jill Coker (who made the Tequila Sunrise version).

This blanket may seem a daunting prospect for those of you who are less confident in your own skills, but one of the ladies who tested for me has only been crocheting for a few years – so don’t be afraid it’s too difficult!

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I really hope you’ll come and join us for the Kaleidoscope CAL. I’m so excited to see all your beautiful blankets.

Before I go, I just want to say a massive thank you to Kathy and Jill, who worked up the alternate colourways so brilliantly and who will be joining me in helping you all out over the next few months. Thank you, ladies!

See you all very soon ๐Ÿ˜€

Catherine


*Other retailers are available, but if you click this link, I earn a tiny commission on anything you buy. It costs you nothing, and helps support me in my crochet endeavours.

31 thoughts on “The Kaleidoscope Blanket CAL

  1. Beautiful! I’ve been waiting for a new project and this will be a perfect start to 2020. Just need to make a decision on what colourway to go with, they are all gorgeous.

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  2. I had made your Demelza blanket last year and it turned out so lovely! It was for a charity auction and brought some considerable amount of money to the Lotus Children in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Iโ€™ve been following your designs since then. And I am very excited about this new CAL!!! It looks stunning and I will definitely join the CAL. As I live in Mongolia, where almost no company ships ๐Ÿ˜… and, yarn is very difficult to find and expensive, I always bring some stash from Turkey, my country. Please may I request a favour: Would it be possible to put the Stylecraft colour next to the names of those you use in the colour ways? I checked the Deramores website but it is very difficult to match the colour names with the actual colours. Then I can work out to find similar shades from my stash. Many thanks!

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  3. I collect Kaleidoscopes, so this will be a dream for me. Wow! they are beautiful. Do you have a template for the pattern, so that we may color to decide on the color placements. Mary Morris

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    1. I do, but there are a lot of different colour combinations, and I’m not sure the diagram would make sense at this point. But the colour chart in the ‘getting ready’ pdf should give you an idea of what colours are used where, to help choose your own colours.

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      1. I would love to see which colours are next to one another so I can swap out a few I’m not a fan of. I especially would like to create a red, grey and black version.

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  4. Will it be released elsewhere than ravelry…I can never get that site to work for me, itโ€™s me I expect as Iโ€™ve had two mini strokes and there are some things I just canโ€™t grasp, although Iโ€™ve been crocheting for 56 years….I would love to do this…itโ€™s beautiful…๐Ÿฆ‹p

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  5. It’s a lovely pattern. I would like to do the tequila sunrice. But I don’t want to use acrylic yarn. I live in Sweden I would like to do it in cotton and a smaller hook. 4,5 is to big for me. I use boye nr 2. Can do with number 4 also. Can you suggest a cotton yarn for it?

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    1. Not knowing what yarn is available for you, I couldn’t give you any suggestions ๐Ÿ˜ฆ a smaller hook with a DK weight yarn will give you a smaller blanket in the end, but one of the testers used a 4mm hook and her blanket was the same size as mine, so it will depend on your gauge.

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  6. Incredible! So hard to believe it is crocheted. I don’t know if I’m advanced enough to do this but I might give it a try. I’ve never seen anything like it! Question ~ do all these triangles, squares, etc. need to be made on their own? That will be like a gazillion pieces to join, won’t it. Not complaining at all, just wondering how much work is involved and if I am anywhere near that caliber of crocheter. Either way, it is so beautiful! You are brilliant!

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    1. There are a lot of parts, that’s true! Quite a lot of triangles. In some ways, the hardest part of this blanket (for me, anyway!) was persevering through the triangles ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ but we’ll be joining at several intervals through the CAL, so it won’t be like making a whole pile of individual motifs and then joining them all at once.

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  7. Beautiful pattern to work on, quite new to me but I would like to put my own colour choice and yarn choice so that it will be an unique piece as is the pattern. Love to you.

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  8. Will the CAL be offered on any other platform? Those of us who are no longer Ravelry members for one reason or another would love to participate! This is beautiful!

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    1. Nope! The pattern parts will only be available on Ravelry, but I’ll be posting about it/links to each part on here every fortnight. You can join up to the facebook group for extra support, but it’s absolutely not a requirement ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. I love it! I made the Ross blanket last year and would love to do this pattern in a similar color way. Problem is, I really need a YouTube follow along as I have a disability with reading paper patterns. Would you please consider having someone do a YouTube?

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