Progress Updates!

Hello everyone!  Admin Mary here.  It’s hot outside.  That means I am not making as much progress as I would like on my own Bear’s blanket.  However, I did finish up a little postage stamp blanket – which I will share with you in a minute.  For now, I have to show you some amazing finished scrappy blankets from Rachel!

ImageThis little scrappy postage stamp has a background of pink.  I’ve always wanted to do this and just can’t seem to match my colors right.  Rachel makes it look simple… and beautiful!

ImagePostage Stamp Scrappiness in all it’s glory!  Look at that little cutie in the center!

ImageSpeaking of cute little babes on a blanket, look at this scrappy Bear’s Blanket from tabelite25!  The colors are so yummy!

Imageaemeabe is on her way to finishing her Bear’s blanket, too!  She is sewing hers together from what I hear.  I can’t wait to see the finished result!

Imageartsybit wasn’t sure on these colors… but I think they look great together!  Love the warms and the cools meshing together!

ImageAnd lastly, my little postage stamp scrappy baby blanket!  I’m always in shock that I have that many colors laying around.  I’ll admit it – I hoard acrylic yarn.  I have to have one of every color.  I can’t resist.

I can’t wait to see the progress as everyone continues their scrappies!  I am still working on my Bear’s Blanket, so hopefully I can finish that one up and unveil it soon, too.  Keep in mind, scrappy blankets are not limited to postage stamp and Bear’s Blanket only.  If you have any other pattern you use for your scrappy blankets, I would love to hear about them!  The more, the merrier!  I have two secret ones in the works… more on them later!

Instagram #scrappycal Progress!

Admin Mary here!

I have returned from my journey to Canada and back, and it’s time to check up on everyone that is participating in the Scrappy Crochet-A-Long!


aemeabe’s beautiful work!  Love the border color…


llchika73’s beautiful assorted mix!


tabelite25 was able to get her Mom to start up, too!  And we have to show one more picture from her progress…


Beautiful rainbow squares!  Yummy!


sha119 picked beautiful shades of blue!  I feel like I’m near the ocean…

Now that I am back form my summer vacation, I should get crackin’ on finishing my own scappy blanket.  These pictures have given me the inspiration!  Thank you everyone!

Lovely Developments

Good morning, everyone from Admin Rachele! Are we all enjoying this pattern? There are so many color choices for the squares – I know no two schemes are alike amongst our members.

The original blanket has many different colors, and while I am working mine with a pale neon palette, I only really have 5 or 6 colors – not optimal for the shaded effect. I really meditated on what type of layout I would do. Random? Orderly? Well, after a few days it hit me. I am actually thinking of doing an Around the World color layout. What do y’all think? I’ll post pics here soon.

For now, here’s a round-up of some progress pics from ScrappyCAL members.


Llchika73 has a growing stack of squares!


Beautiful shading by Talesfromtrish


Jenmariecrafts pastel collection


Aemeabe crochet on the go! Check out her IG feed for more great pics

Thanks y’all for the great updates! 🙂

Joining Tutorial – Tight Join

Admin Mary here!  Hello!

I chose to do a tight join for my Bear’s Blanket.  This is my first tutorial, so hopefully it makes sense…  Let me know if there is anything I can improve on.  I’m here to make it as clear as I can.  🙂

First, I did not join the two DCs in the corner, but I DC into the next DC, then I took my hook off, and inserted it into the matching DC on the other block, like so:


(My hook is losing it’s color…  from so much use!)

Then I picked up that lonely, little loop and pulled it through:


Then, I DC into the original block:


Then repeat the process over and over until you want to stop.  It should look something like this:


A nice, tight join without having to sew – I am a big fan of that!

If you have any questions – please feel free to contact me here in the comment section, or message me on my facebook page, or find me on Instagram!  I also would love to hear any other joining techniques that you have used, too!

A different kind of joining method… and some great progress pics!

If any of you have nabbed Rachele’s great Gumball pattern, then this joining method is going to be easy-peasy for you.  I modified what she had, and decided to not join the two DCs that I put into the corners, and instead join every DC along the side.  Basically, you make a DC, then drop if off your hook, go into the top of the DC on the other square, grab the loop on the DC you made, and pull it through… continue until everything is joined.  If there’s interest, I’d be happy to post a tutorial.  Just let me know!  It makes for a very strong, finished join… as seen here:


Also, I have been really excited seeing all the progress everyone else is making… check out a few of them!

Look at llchika73‘s awesome color combos!

And jenmariecrafts‘ beautiful pastels!

Remember, you can tag your own photos on Instagram with #scrappycal!

Postage Stamp Block Pattern


Postage Stamp Block

I am using this block as my motif for the Bear’s Rainbow Blanket CAL. It’s a little pattern I wrote that I’ve been meaning to use for a long time!

Written in American crochet terms

Work a “solid granny square”

Chain 4 and join to make a ring (or Magic Circle)

Round 1: SC in ring and Ch 2. (3 DC in ring, Ch 1) three times in ring. 2 DC in ring and join to first chain, leaving the second chain as the corner chain.

Round 2: SC in corner chain and Ch 2. 2 DC in corner. (DC in the next 3 sts, *2 DC, Ch 1, 2DC* in corner) three times around the square. DC in next 3 sts and DC in corner. Join in first chain, leaving the second chain as the corner.

Round 3: SC in corner chain and Ch 2. 2 DC in corner. (DC all sts across, *2 DC, Ch1, 2 DC* in corner) three times around square. DC in all sts across final side and DC in corner, joining in first chain. Cut yarn and finish off.

Work wide border

Join border color with a slip stitch in any corner.

Round 1: SC in corner chain and Ch 2. 3 DC in corner. ***(Skip 2 sts, 3 DC in next st) three times, *3 DC, Ch 1, 3 DC* in corner)*** three times around the  square. (Skip 2 sts, 3DC in next st) three times. 2 DC in corner and join in first chain.

Round 2: SC in corner chain and Ch 2. 2 DC in corner. (DC in all sts across, *2DC, Ch 1, 3 DC* in corner) three times around square. DC in all sts across, DC in corner and join in first chain.

Round 3: 3 SC in corner chain. (SC in all sts aross, 3 DC in corner) three times. SC in all sts across and join to first SC.

Cut yarn and finish off.

Yay! 🙂