Join our Crochet-A-Long to create this charming patchwork throw and we'll help you make the perfect crochet blanket

Last year’s Knit-A-Long project was so popular, Knitting & Crochet magazine Editor Kandy Regis decided to repeat the fun, but with a crochet blanket.

We’d love you to join us on our ‘Crochet-A-Long’ – share your progress with us on Facebook and Ravelry, get advice and enjoy a great social experience. We’d love to see pictures of your progress as you move from square to square of your crochet blanket.

Raised flower on crochet throw project

Popping out against the white background, the bright colours look simply beautiful

Each month we’ll give you a different design square pattern that will enable you to make this exclusive throw. You can pick up your pattern in instalments, featured in each Knitting & Crochet magazine we publish over four successive months, starting in our February 2016 edition (on sale 7 January 2015).

Each square uses different techniques to try including crocheted clusters, basic treble circles, colour changes and swirling three-dimentional motifs. Use our bold mix as photographed or experiment with your own colours.

Crochet flower in granny square

Designer Lynne Rowe has outdone herself with this new crochet blanket and we’re very pleased to bring her new design to you. Each month you will receive one pattern and produce a few of those squares using your chosen colours.

Lynne has been designing for Woman’s Weekly and our Knitting & Crochet magazine for some time now as well as teaching workshops with us at Woman’s Weekly Live!

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Lynne’s designs always have a strong colour scheme

Crochet-a-longs are a really fun way to interact with your fellow fibre-crafters, and monthly instalments provide you with an easy milestone to track your progress. It’s a great way to stay on track and get your crochet blanket finished.

Create & Collect Knitalong throw December 2014

Our first Collect & Create series was Lynne’s delightful blanket with alternate plan and seasonal-themed squares

 

After last year’s Knit-A-Long, Lynne has decided to add something a little extra to this crochet blanket with a different technique to try each month.

Lynne’s choice of yarn is an affordable soft and silky Rico Essentials Cotton Aran yarn with a nice drape.

rico cotton yarn basket colours bakolite needlesThe yarn is available in a glorious range of colours, so if the you fancy a different colour scheme there is plenty to choose from – from rainbow brights to pastels plus subtle and earthy tones

Rico cotton aran coloursThis yarn is machine washable and a natural fibre, so it’s great for babies and anyone who is allergic to animal fibres.

‘My colour choices were inspired by a trip to the Mediterranean,’ reveals designer Lynne, ‘I love the blue skies, sandy beaches and the crisp white-washed walls of the villas and apartments.’

Lyne Rowe crochet along inspiration

The crisp white is a bold choice against the richer colours

But how to find the time? We asked Lynne for her top time-saving tips.

‘It’s a perfect portable project as the small squares can be easily carried around so that you can crochet whilst on the train, in the car (as a passenger, of course) or waiting for an appointment,’ she explains.

Crochet throw project

‘Each square takes around ¾hr – 1hr to complete, depending on your level of experience and speed. By weaving in the ends of each square as you go, you’ll save a time-consuming job later’. Good advice!