Marine Life Blanket CAL

Marine Life CAL Square Post

15 weeks, 12+ sea critters, and everything you need to finish and assemble your blanket… The Marine Life CAL is going to be an absolute splash!

What is the Marine Life Crochet Along?

The Marine Life Crochet Along (or ML CAL for short) is a 15-week blanket crochet along project. This blanket will be made up of 12 separate Corner-to-Corner (C2C) squares. Each square will be have a simple single crochet border. Sandwiched in between all of the squares will be a handful of decorative, interlocking panels using the ripple stitch.

NOTE: I’m still trying to determine the approximate size of this finished blanket. Check back here for more info on finished size soon!

The first twelve parts of the CAL will consist of a different form of marine life (think sharks, octopus, etc.). Part 13 will cover adding borders and dealing with those pesky yarn tails. In part 14, we’ll make the interlocking ripple stitch panels that outline each square–don’t worry, there’ll be a detailed tutorial! And lastly, we’ll talk about assembling your Marine Life blanket in part 15 (including how to line your blanket with fleece, if you so choose).

As each part of the CAL becomes available, it will be pinned to the bottom of this page.


Is this blanket easy enough for a beginner?

If you’re familiar with graphghans and/or the C2C stitch, this will be as easy as a splash in a puddle. But if you’re not familiar with either of those things, you may find it a little more challenging. As such, I’ve listed this project under the “Intermediate” skill level according to the standards set by the Craft Yarn Council.

Difficulty -Intermediate

If that makes you nervous about diving into this project,  don’t worry! I’ve got some great resources for you in the next paragraph.


What do I need to know to get started?

Before starting this blanket project, I recommend that you have at least some experience with making graphghans, even if only a little. But if you’ve never done a graphghan before, don’t worry because I’ve got you covered!

This particular blanket will be made in the Corner-to-Corner (or C2C) stitch. If you want to learn more about this particular stitch, check out my free video tutorial series: The Corner-To-Corner Basics.

If you want to learn even more about graphghans in general (including detailed tutorials on changing colors, carrying your yarn, bobbins, etc.), take a look at my Graphghan Boot Camp course! Early registration for the GBC (that’s Graphghan Boot Camp, of course!) will open up at the end of July. In the meantime, click here to sign up for the GBC email list and be the first to know more about this amazing course.


What will this blanket look like?

The ML blanket will be made up of 12 squares and some decorative interlocking panels. I’m still working on a mock-up of the final design–I’ll post it here ASAP!


Will there be email reminders for this crochet along?

Absolutely! After each part is posted here on this page, I’ll send an email reminder to everyone on the Marine Life CAL email list. That email will have a photo or two and a direct link to that part of the CAL.

If you want the email reminders, click here to sign up for the ML CAL email list.


What kind of materials do I need?

A complete tools & materials list will be posted here soon, hopefully by the end of July or early August. Keep checking back here, or sign up for the Marine Life CAL email list to be notified immediately when the list is ready!

Below is the schedule for the Marine Life CAL weekly releases. A materials list will be available soon–I’ll leave a link here when it’s ready.

The Marine Life CAL begins Friday, September 7th, 2018.

  • Part 1 – September 7th – Starfish
  • Part 2 – September 14th – Blue Whales
  • Part 3 – September 21st – Crab
  • Part 4 – September 28th – Sea Turtle
  • Part 5 – October 5th – Great White Sharks
  • Part 6 – October 12th – Octopus
  • Part 7 – October 19th – Seahorses
  • Part 8 – October 26th – Bottlenose Dolphin
  • Part 9 – November 2nd – Manta Ray
  • Part 10 – November 9th – Orca Whales
  • Part 11 – November 16th – Tropical Fish
  • Part 12 – November 30th – Angler Fish
  • Part 13 – December 7th – Borders, Tails, and Bonus Graphs
  • Part 14 – December 14th – Decorative Ripple Stitch Panels
  • Part 15 – December 21st – Assembly & Backing Your Marine Life Blanket

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