Geometrics Cal – Border

Part 7 of the Geometrics Cal is out. It‘s the final part, the border.

It is a nice, plain double border. I did it in two colours and used Walnut for the back layer and Copper for the front.

Do you like double borders?

Apparently a lot of people don’t like them. In crochet forums there are repeated complaints about the slip stitch round. After reading all of this, I was really scared of it when I started doing Overlay Mosaic. So I left my fist piece – a little table mat – with a fringe.
Then I switched to the so called Inset Mosaic as you don‘t have to deal with all the yarn ends there. But of course you also need a border for Inset Mosaic. The pattern didn’t suggest any border and I myself had no idea what I could do. Searching for Inspiration I came across a double border that works without slip stitch round and is only based on front post double crochet. I just tried it and the result was quite nice. The border gave a nice drape to the blanket. An acceptable alternative to the classic double border. But I think the front post dc don’t fit every pattern.

At some point the time has come. I did my first double border with a slip stitch start when I was testing Gretchen. As a tester you have no chance to escape, lol.

At first I hade to experiment a little with the tension for my slip stitches and tried several hook sizes. But then: Wow! Since then I am a fan of double borders with slip stitch rounds!! It is such a nice finish, the border looks neat and lays flat. I just love it! And I love my slip stitch round. In my opinion it is a fairy tale that it is complicated and takes forever. After all the work you put into your blanket it is absolutely worth the effort!

Two advices though: either keep your slip stitches a bit relaxed (but not too loose) or go up a hook size AND count your stitches!

Here some more impressions of my finished blanket. Hubby grabbed it and loves it. And I am very pleased of how it turned out myself!

Happy hooking!

Geometrics Cal – Part 6

The Geometrics Cal is slowly coming to an end! Today the pattern for the last 48 rows was published. Next week the instructions for the border will follow.

Unfortunately, I can’t tell you much about this wonderful blanket anymore. And I just realized that I don’t have a lot of pictures of this part. Therefore it will be a short post this week.

Here my colour placement for the last part.

I hope you are still enjoying this Cal! See you next week 💕.

Geometrics Cal – Part 5

Time flies!
Now it is already week 5 of the Geometrics Cal.
Over half of the blanket is already finished. Next week part 6 will follow and in part 7 we are doing the border.

If you followed the pattern you have already worked 163 rows. Congrats!

Part 5 is again a longer part with 52 rows. At first we repeat pattern 4 that we already know from part 3. This is followed by a repetition of pattern 1, then the new pattern 6 and another repetition of pattern 1.

Fortunately I have better photos of part 5 than I had of part 4. When I finished with part 4 we had a bad weather period and there was quite a lot of rain and dark clouds in the sky.

And here is my colour placement. For pattern 4, as in part 3, I used Walnut and Lime. Pattern 6 is done in Copper and Parchment.

If you are looking for the former parts, you will find them here

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

See you next week!

Geometrics Cal – Part 4

Now it is already week 4 of the Geometrics Cal. The new part was released today.

Part 3 was a relatively big part with 52 rows, wasn’t it? But half of the blanket is almost there. Part 4 will add another 37 rows, so not so much to crochet this week.

This is my part 4. It is the only part where I used some Gold. I absolutely love the combination of Parchment, Copper and Gold.

The list of my colour placement is a littLe bit longer this time. Pattern 5 is worked with 3 colours, not only with two.

And some more impressions of my growing blanket.

See you next week.

Geometrics Cal – Part 3

Today part 3 of the Geometrics Cal was released in Ana’s Ravelry shop. If you follow the Cal and finished part 2 you have already hooked 73 rows, only 190 rows to go until the border starts.

I have seen a lot of beautiful colour ways in Ana’s Facebook group or on Instagram. And I have to say I am a bit jealous. They all are so beautiful! I always struggle with my choice of colour and picking colours for a new project is definitely not the funniest part for me.

This time I thought it would be easy as I wanted to use the same colours as for my When Summer turns into Fall blanket. Colours that go perfectly together. But this time other things got in my way.

Originally I had planned to follow my own colour scheme with Parchment as main colour. Copper, Gold and Walnut as as accompanying colours and a bit of Lime as an accent.
To save time we tested the pattern part by part, just like a Cal. So when we started I knew only part 1 and part 2 of the pattern. And I have to admit I didn’t plan my colours in advance, nor did I pay attention to how Ana arranged the colours. So it happened that when we got to part 3 I realized that I had started somehow wrong.

I already made the mistake in row 3. Since Overlay Mosaic changes the colour every row I shouldn’t have used my main colour as the start – and thus also as the end – of the small separating border (pattern 1). This meant that I couldn’t use my main colour as the start of the next pattern … Small mistake, big effect …

Normally I would have started over. But when you are testing a pattern time is limited. At this point, I had already been working on my blanket for 9 days and was afraid that I would not be able to make up the time when I start again. I had to improvise …

So it happened that with part 3 my blanket suddenly got a slight retro look. I struggled with it for a long time, but meanwhile I love it and it has a good chance of becoming the most beloved blanket in this house.

So here my “improvised colour scheme”

See you next week!

Geometrics Cal – Part 2

One week of the Cal has already gone and Part 2 is released today.

Geometrics Cal, Part 2

I hope that you had a good start and you enjoy the Cal. Meanwhile I have seen a lot of lovely starts in Anas Facebook group.

And this is how my blanket looked at this part.

I did pattern 3 in Walnut and Parchment and decided to keep the colour scheme for pattern 1:

And here the list to download

See you next week 💕

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Geometrics Cal – Part 1

Finally the Geometrics Cal starts

and If you joined in I wish you lots of fun!

This is my part 1. For the test I started to work on it at the end of July.

As I wrote before I didn’t follow Anas colourway. I used the same colours that Inam using for my When Summer turns into Fall blanket, also one of Anas designs. I didn’t plan the colours beforehand but decided spontaneously how to proceed. If you are interested in my color scheme I will provide the colours I used for each part of the Cal here for download. I think this is much easier than listing them in the Ravelry notes.

My yarn and colours

I used Stylecraft Special DK in the colours Parchment, Walnut, Copper and Gold. I replaced Lime with the colour Nijmegen from Scheepjes Colour Crafter, that should be the same tone. I worked with a 4,0 mm hook throughout.

  • C1 / Parchment
  • C2 / Walnut
  • C3 / Nijmeggen (Lime)
  • C4 / Copper
  • C5 / Gold

So here we go with my fall colours

You also can download a printer-friendly pdf, have fun!

And here some more impressions of my part 1

Geometrics

Sneak Peek

The last weeks were very busy.
In July Ana from One Skein of Love asked me if I could help with another test.: a blanket in Overlay Mosaic crochet designed for a Cal (crochet along)

I started the test on July 27 and finished my blanket on September 10. Since then I worked

  • 207 chains for the foundation
  • 54.441 stitches for the blanket
  • 940 slip stitches and 8 chains to start the border
  • 1.928 stitches plus 16 chains for the back layer of the border
  • 3.840 stitches plus 32 chains for the front layer of the border
  • and 972 slip stitches and 12 single crochet for the final round

That makes a total of 62.396 stitches – if I haven’t miscounted. PHEW!

And I didn’t count the stitches I had to redo because my tension was off due to yarn issues!

But never mind, it was worth it! Here is a first sneak peek.



I wanted to match my Geometrics my When Summer turns into Fall blanket (I‘m still working on) so I used

  • Parchment, 4 balls
  • Walnut, 4 balls
  • Copper, 2 balls
  • Lime, 2 balls
  • Gold, 1 ball

At least that is what I have noted, hope it is correct.

As I didn’t follow Anas colourway I will list my colour placement with each part of the Cal.

The Cal will start on September 23 and I hope that a lot of people will join!
You will find more information on Anas Ravelry page.