January 2022 Crochet Along

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This CAL is motif based and design to be a yarn stash buster- if you have a lot of yarn ends or half used skeins, that is perfect for this!

So to get started- grab some of those yarn ends and make sure you like the colors together! I generally group like-colors or color groups together- like greens and blues, etc.

I would recommand sticking to medium weight yarns if possible as well. Whatever hook works for that yarn is what you need. H/5mm hook is usually a good one for medium weight.

End Project

 

Before I give the first part of the first motif- I want to let you know what I envision at the end!

To keep it beginners friendly and mindful of time needed- all the motifs will be squares. And with the number of squares being completed- you can make a fun scarf, a pillow cover, or a table runner.

CAL Day 1-6

You need 3 colors for this one! 

Round 1: With Color A, make an magic circle/adjustable ring. ch 3 (counts as dc), 15 dc in ring, sl to top of beg ch-3. Fasten off Color A. [16 dc]

Round 2: With RS facing, join B with a sl st in any st, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same st, *ch 2, 2 dc in next st, hdc in each of next 2 sts**, 2 dc in next st; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with sl st top of beg ch-3. [16 dc; 8 hdc; 4 ch-2 sps]

Round 3: Sl st to next ch-2 sp, ch 1, *(2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in ch-2 sp, sk next st, sc in each of next 5 sts; rep from * around, join with a sl st in first sc. [36 sc; 4 ch-2 sps]

Round 4: Ch 1, sc in each of first 2 sts, *(sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch-2 sps**, Sc in each of next 9 sts; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, sc in each of last 7 sts, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off B. [44 sc; 4 ch-2 sps]

Round 5: With RS facing, join C with a si st in any ch-2 sp, ch 1, *(sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, sc in each of next 11 sts; rep from * around, join with a sl st in first sc. [52 sc; 4 ch-2 sps]

Round 6: Ch 1, sc in same st, *3 sc in next ch-2 sp**, sc in each of next 13 sts; rep from * around, ending last rep at *, sc in each of last 12 sts, join with si st in first sc. Fasten off C. [64 sc]

You have 2 color options with this one- either follow the color changes as stated in the pattern below (3 colors) OR change color with each row! The latter will be a bit more stripey.

 

Puff Stitch: (Yarn over (yo), insert the hook in the stitch, yarn over, draw the yarn through the stitch, yarn over, and draw the yarn through the 2 loops on the hook.) [2 loops on hook] Repeat () 2 more times [4 loops on hook]. Yarn over and draw the yarn through all 4 loops on the hook [1 loop on hook]

Beg Puff Stitch: ch 2 before starting Puff Stitch and the ch-2 counts one of the () repeats from above.

 

 

With A, make an adjustable ring/magic ring.

Round 1: (RS) Work beg puff st in ring, ch 2, (puff st, ch 2) 7 times in ring, join with sl st in beg puff st-8 puff sts. Fasten off A. [8 ch-2 sps]

 
Round 2: With RS facing, join B with a si st in any ch-2 sp. ch 3 (counts as dc), 4 dc in same sp. *3 dc in next ch-2 sp**, 5 dc in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at * join with a sl st in top of beg ch-3. [32 dc]


Round 3: Ch 2 (does not count as st), dc in same st, dc in next st, *3 dc in next st**, dc in each of next 7 sts; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, dc in each of last 5 sts, join with a sl st in first dc. [40 dc]


Round 4: Ch 2 (does not count as st), dc in same st, dc in each of next 2 sts, *3 dc in next st, dc in each of next 9 sts; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, dc in each of last 6 sts, join with a sl st in first dc. Fasten off B. [48 dc]


Round 5: With RS facing, join C with a sl st in 2nd dc of any 3-dc group, ch 2 (counts as hdc), (hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in same st, *hdc in next st, sc in each of next 9 sts, hdc in next st**, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in next st; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with a sl st in top of beg ch-2. Fasten off C. [24 hdc; 4 ch-2 sps; 36 sc]

Colors: Either 2 with the circle being one and the exterior being the second OR Make the circle multi-colored with color A for Round 1-2, Color B for Round 3, Color C for Round 4, then Color D for the rest.

With A, make an adjustable ring.

Round 1: (RS) Ch 3 (counts as dc), work 11 dc in ring, join with a sl st in top of beg ch-3 [12 dc]

Round 2: Ch 2 (does not count as st here and throughout), 2 dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, join with a sl st in first dc. [24 dc]

Round 3: Ch 2, dc in same st, *2 dc in next st**, dc in next st; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with sl st in first dc [36 dc]

Round 4: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st. “de in each of next 2 sts**, 2 dc in next st; rep from * around, ending last rep at ** join with si st in first dc. Fasten off A. [48 dc]

Round 5: With RS facing, join B with a sl st in any st, ch 4 (counts as tr), (tr, dc) in same st, *dc in next st, hdc in each of next 2 sts, sc in each of next 4 sts, hdc in each of you next 2 sts, dc in next st, (dc, 2 tr) in next st**, ch 2, (2 tr, dc) in next st; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with hdc in top of beg ch-4 instead of last ch-2 sp. [16 tr; 16 dc; 16 hdc; 16 sc; 4 ch-2 sps.]

Round 6: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same Sp, *dc in each of next 16 sts**. (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, 2 dc in first sp formed by joining hdc, join with a sl st in top of beg ch-3. Fasten off B. [80 dc; 4 ch-2 sp]

You need 4 to 6 colors for this one! 6 Colors is noted in the pattern but you can use the same color for rounds 2-4 for a more solid center.

 

With A, make an adjustable ring.

Round 1: (RS) Ch 3, 2 dc in ring, ch 2, (3 dc, ch 2) 3 times in ring, join with a sl st in top of beg ch-3. Fasten off A. [12 dc; 4 ch-2 sps.]

Round 2: With RS facing, join B with a sl st in any ch-2 sp,ch 1, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp, *sk next st, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, sk next st**, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with a si st in top of beg ch-3. Fasten off B. [24 dc; 4 ch-2 sps; 4 ch-1 sps.]

Round 3: With RS facing, join C with a sl st in any ch-2 sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp, *dc in next st, ch 1, sk next 2 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next 2 sts, dc in next st**, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from around, ending last rep at **, join with a sl st in top of beg ch-3. Fasten off C. [32 dc; 4 ch-2 sps; 12 ch-1 sps.]

Round 4: With RS facing, join D with a sl st in any ch-2 sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp, *dc in each of next 3 sts, ch 1, sk next ch-1 sp, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next ch-1 sp, dc in each of next 3 sts**, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with a sl st in top of beg ch-3. Fasten off D. [48 dc; 4 ch-2 sps; 12 ch-1 sps.]

Round 5: With RS facing, join E with a sl st in any ch-2 sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp, *dc in each of next 5 sts, ch 1, sk next ch-1 sp, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next ch-1 sp, dc in each of next 5 sts, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with a sl st in top of beg ch-3. Fasten off E. [64 dc; 4 ch-2 sps; 12 ch-1 sps.]

Round 6: With RS facing, join F with a sl st in any ch-2 sp, ch 1, *(sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, sc in each of next 7 sts, [sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in next st] 3 times, sc in each of next 6 sts; rep from * around, join with sl st on first sc. Fasten off F. [84 sc: 4 ch-2 sps.]

You need 4 colors for this one!

With A, make an adjustable ring.
Round 1: (RS) Ch 1, [sc, ch 8, sc, ch 4] 4 times in ring, join with a sl st in first sc. Fasten off A.[8 sc; 4 ch-8 sps; 4 ch-4 sps ]

Round 2: With RS facing, join B with a sl st in any ch-8 sp, ch 1, *sc in ch-8 sp, ch 4, 4-dc cluster in next ch-4 sp, ch 4; rep from * around, join with a sl st in first sc. [4 sc; 8 ch-4 sps; 4 4-dc clusters.]

Round 3: Sl st in next ch-4 sp, ch 1, *6 sc in ch-4 sp, ch 2, sk next 4-dc cluster, 6 sc in next ch-4 sp, ch 1, sk next sc; rep from * around, join with a sl st in first sc. Fasten off B. [48 sc; 4 ch-2 sps; 4 ch-1 sps]

Round 4: With RS facing, join C with a sl st in any ch-1 sp, ch 1, *sc in ch-1 sp, sc in each of next 4 sts, sk next 2 sts, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp, sk next 2 sts, sc in each of next 4 sts; rep from * around, join with a sl st in first sc. Fasten off C. [36 sc; 24 dc; 4 ch-2 sps.]

Round 5: With RS facing, working in back lps only, join D with a sl st in any ch-2 sp, ch 5 (counts as dc, ch 2), dc in same sp, *dc in each of next 15 sts**, (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with a sl st in top of beg ch-3. [68 dc; 4 ch-2 sps. 4 ch-2 sps.]

Round 6: Sl st in next ch-2 sp, ch 2 (counts as hdc), (hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in same sp, *hdc in each of next 17 sts**, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with a sl st in top of beg ch-2. Fasten off D. [84 hdc; 4 ch-2 sps.]

Today is a catch-up day! Make sure all 5 motifs are done. 

Days 7-12

You need 3 colors for this one.

Cluster for this pattern: dc3tog in same sp.

 

With Color A, make an adjustable ring.
Round 1: Ch 5 (counts as dc and ch-2), *dc in ring, ch 2; repeat from * six more times, join with slip st to third chain of ch-5. [8 dc]

Round 2: With Color B, join with sl st. Fasten off A. ch 7 (counts as dc and ch-4), dc2tog in fourth chain from hook, *dc in next dc, ch 4, dc2tog in fourth chain from hook; repeat from * six more times, join with slip st to third chain of ch-7. [8 dc2tog, 8 dc]

Round 3: Ch 1, sc in same stitch, *ch 3, skip next (ch-4 space, cluster), [dc3tog, (ch 4, dc3tog) two times] in next dc, ch 3, skip next (ch-4 space, cluster), sc in next dc; repeat from * around, omitting last sc, join with slip st to first sc. [12 clusters, 16 ch-3 sps, 4 sc]

Round 4: With Color C, join with sl st. Faten off B. Ch 4 (counts as tr), *2 tr in next ch-3 space, dc in next cluster, 3 dc in next ch-4 space, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch-4 space, dc in next cluster, 2 tr in ch-3 space, tr in next sc; repeat from * around, omitting last tr, join with slip st to fourth chain of ch-4. [20 tr, 32 dc, 4 ch-3 sps]

Round 5: With Color A, join with sl st. Fasten off C. Ch 1, sc in same stitch, *sc in each stitch to corner, (2 sc, ch 3, 2 sc) in corner ch-3 space; repeat from * three times, sc in each stitch to end of round, join to first sc. Fasten off. [68 sc, 4 ch-3 sp]

You need one color for this one.

Make an adjustable ring.
Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch-1), dc in ring, ch 3, *dc in ring, ch 1, dc in ring, ch 3; repeat from * two times, join with slip st to third ch of ch-4. (8 dc)

Round 2: Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch-1), dc in next dc, ch 1, *(dc, ch 3, dc, ch 1) in ch-3 space**, (dc in next de, ch 1) two times; repeat from * around, ending last repeat at **, join with slip st to third chain of ch-4.

Round 3: Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch-1), (dc in next dc, ch 1) two times, * (dc, ch 3, dc, ch 1) in ch-3 space**, (dc in next dc, ch 1) four times; repeat from * around, ending last repeat at **, dc in next dc, ch 1, join with slip st to third chain of ch-4.

Round 4: Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch-1), (dc in next dc, ch 1) three times, *(dc, ch 3, dc, ch 1) in ch-3 space**, (dc in next dc, ch 1) six times; repeat from * around, ending last repeat at **, (dc in next dc, ch 1) two times, join with slip st to third chain of ch-4.

Round 5: Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch-1), (dc in next dc, ch 1) four times, *(dc, ch 3, dc, ch 1) in ch-3 space**, (dc in next dc, ch 1) eight times; repeat from * around, ending last repeat at **, (dc in next dc, ch 1) three times, join with slip st to third chain of ch-4.

Round 6: Ch 1, sc in same stitch, *sc in each ch-1 space and dc to corner ch-3 space, 5 sc in corner space; repeat from * three times, sc in each ch-1 space and de to end of round, join to third chain of ch-4. Fasten off.

You need one color for this one!

Make an adjustable ring.
Round 1: Ch 3, dc2tog in ring, ch 1, dc3tog in ring, ch 3, *dc3tog in ring, ch 1, dc3tog in ring, ch 3; repeat from * two more times, join with slip st to top of first cluster. (8 clusters)

Round 2: Slip st in next ch-1 space, (ch 3, dc2tog, ch 1, dc3tog) in same space, *ch 3, [(dc, ch 3) two times in next ch-3 space**, (dc3tog, ch 1, dc3tog) in next ch-1 space; repeat from * around, ending last repeat at **, join with slip st to top of first cluster.

Round 3: Slip st in next ch-1 space, (ch 3, dc2tog, ch 1, dc3tog) in same space, ch 1, *dc in next ch-3 space, ch 3, [(dc, ch 3) two times] in corner ch-3 space, dc in next ch-3 space, ch 1**, [(dc3tog, ch 1) two times] in next ch-1 space; repeat from * around, ending last repeat at **, join with slip st to top of first cluster.

Round 4: Slip st in next ch-1 space, (ch 3, dc2tog, ch 1, dc3tog) in same space, *ch 3, skip next ch-1 space, dc in next ch-3 space, ch 3, [(dc, ch 3) two times] in corner ch-3 space, dc in next ch-3 space, ch 3, skip next ch-1 space**, (dc3tog, ch 1, dc3tog) in next ch-1 space; repeat from * around, ending last repeat at **, join with slip st to top of first cluster.

Round 5: Ch 1, sc in same stitch, *sc in next ch-1 space, sc in next cluster, (3 sc in next ch-3 space, sc in next de) two times, (2 sc, ch 3, 2 sc) in corner ch-3 space, (dc in next dc, 3 sc in next ch-3 space) two times, sc in next cluster; repeat from * around, omitting last sc, join to first sc. Fasten off.

You need 3 colors for this one!

 

Beginning Popcorn: ch 3 (count as dc), make 4 more dc in same stitch, drop loop from hook and insert hook from front to back through top of ch 3 then into dropped loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook.

Popcorn: Make 5 dc in one stitch, drop loop from hook and insert hook from front to back through top of first stitch in the popcorn then into dropped loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook

Make an adjustable ring with first color.

Round 1: Beginning Popcorn in ring, ch 3, *Popcorn in ring, ch 3; repeat from * two more times, join with slip st to top of ch-3. (4 Popcorns)

Round 2: join Color B with sl st. Beginning Popcorn in first Popcorn, ch 1, *(Popcorn, ch 4, Popcorn, ch 1) in ch-3 space, Popcorn in next Popcorn; repeat from * three more times, omitting last Popcorn, join with slip st to top of Beginning Popcorn.

Round 3: join Color C with sl st. Ch 3 (counts as dc), *Popcorn in next ch-1 space, dc in next Popcorn, (Popcorn, dc, ch 4, dc, Popcorn) in next ch-4 space, dc in next Popcorn, Popcorn in next ch-1 space, dc in Popcorn; repeat from * around, omitting last de, join with slip st to top of ch-3.

Round 4: Join color B with sl st. Beginning Popcorn in same stitch, *(dc in next Popcorn, Popcorn in next dc) two times, (dc, Popcorn, ch 4, Popcorn, dc) in next ch-4 space, (Popcorn in next dc, dc in next Popcorn) two times, Popcorn in next dc; repeat from * around, omitting last de, join with slip st to top of Beginning Popcorn. Fasten off.

You need 3 colors for this one!

 

With Color A- Make a magic ring. 
Round 1: Ch 3, dc2tog in ring, ch 1, dc3tog in ring, ch 3, *dc3tog in ring, ch 1, dc3tog in ring, ch 3; repeat from * two more times, join with slip st to first cluster, slip st to next ch-1 space. (8 clusters)
 
Round 2: Join Color B with sl st. Ch 1, sc in same space, *ch 4, (dc3tog, ch 3, dc3tog) in next ch-3 space, ch 4, sc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * around, omitting last sc, join with slip st to first sc.
 
Round 3: Join Color A with sl st. Ch 3, dc2tog in same stitch, *ch 3, skip next ch-4 space, [(dc3tog, ch 3) three times] in next ch-3 space, skip next ch-4 space**, dc3tog in next sc; repeat from * around, ending last repeat at **, join with slip st to first cluster.
 
Round 4: Join Color B with sl st. Ch 3, dc2tog in same stitch, *ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space, ch 3, [(dc3tog, ch 3) two times] in next two ch-3 spaces, sc in next ch-3 space, ch 3**, dc3tog in next cluster; repeat from * around, ending last repeat at **, join with slip st to first cluster.
 
Round 5: Join Color C with sl st. Ch 1, sc in same stitch, *skip next ch-3 space, (ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space) two times, ch 3, (sc, ch 1, sc) in corner ch-3 space, (ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space) two times, ch 3, sc in next cluster; repeat from * around, omitting last sc, join with slip st to first sc, slip st in next ch-5 space.
 
Round 6: Ch 1, 5 sc in each ch-3 space and 1 sc in each ch-1 space around, join to first sc. Fasten off.

Today is a catch-up day! Make sure all 5 motifs are done.