2011 CAL/Destash Project

This year's CAL is a project that has been on my to-do list for over a year, and I am bound and determined to finish it in 2011!

As soon as I saw this granny square pattern I just knew I had to give it a try. Plus, the designer shows you step by step how to make the granny squares, the border, and join them. Yay!

So, why did I choose this pattern for this year's CAL? Well, I am in the process of redecorating my bedroom. Last year I bought a brand new queen size bed, and now I am in need of a little bedroom sprucing up. I think a granny square afghan will look really nice on my new bed, and will hopefully keep the girls from getting their nails caught like they do with my present blanket. And, I think smaller granny squares will work better since the girls get caught in my La Push blanket too.

This pattern can be used for just about anything: purses, pillows, throws, and afghans. I am going all in and making the queen size bed throw.

Ravelry has a ton of completed projects to give you some inspiration and help on color combinations. Here are a few of my favorites:

I love the last picture! I can see the girls doing the exact same thing.

As far as color combos go, I'm going to stick with the colors of my duvet cover (light and dark pink, green, yellow, and white). This will make a great destash project too. I have several skeins of yellows and greens that I've been wanting to "get rid of". This project will do just that.

Because of the size of my project, the CAL will be ongoing until December 31, 2011. That gives us all 10 months to finish our CAL projects. According to a crocheter on Ravelry who completed a blanket for her bed, it took her over 200 squares. But we'll have to see how many my bed takes. That is the great thing about granny squares. You can always make more if you need to.  :)

Anyone can join in the fun. When you finish your granny square project send me an email or leave a comment with a link to your picture. I'll post a picture of your finished project on my blog. I'll also post WIP pictures of my throw throughout the year.

Okay everyone. Ready, Set, Crochet!


  1. I can't wait to see! Love the color combos of the ones you showed. I may have to try a smaller project so I can CAL too.

  2. I love this pattern! I'm very much tempted to join in the CAL, but since I'm in the middle of renovations, I'm not sure whether I'll have enough time for it... But since it'll be going on till the end of the year, I might still join later!

  3. I love the last piture as well and the bag above it is cute too. I can't wait to see yours finished.

  4. Just beautiful. I have so much on the go I could not attempt it yet but will put it on a "to do" list. It's just so pretty.