It’s time to reveal my finished MooglyCAL2018 blanket – and share the details for MooglyCAL2019! Here’s what you can expect in the 6th year of this fantastic Crochet Along!
Disclaimer: Materials provided by Red Heart, Furls Crochet, and Chetnanigans; this post includes affiliate links.
First things first, here is my finished 2018 blanket! It was such a joy making each of these squares, and I cannot thank all of the designers enough!
To finish off my blanket this year, I used the Tight Braid Join with 15 loops along each side of the squares (including corners). Then I added a simple scallop border – 9 dc in each corner, then *sc in the next space, 6 dc in the next space across!
To get the patterns for all the squares in 2018, you can use the schedule with links in the post for the last square, or check out the dedicated 2018 Pinterest board, where you can see them all! While you’re there, be sure to follow the 2019 Pinterest Board so you get those pins too!
So… let’s talk MooglyCAL2019!
The basic format will remain the same as previous years: 24 squares, by 24 different designers, with a new square released every 2 weeks. Here are the stipulations the designers have:
Each square will be designed in Red Heart With Love, with a US-J, 6.0mm hook.
Square should not be too “holey” or too 3D – so they all work together cohesively. But there should be some texture for those who only use one color to enjoy.
Use standard US terms and formatting.
Each square should be 12″ square after blocking, with a solid (sc, hdc, or dc) final edging that goes all the way around the square.
All squares must remain forever free and available.
So what can you do with 24 12″ squares?
Standard Rectangle: 4′ x 6′ (4 squares across, 6 squares long)
Two Baby Blankets/Lap Blankets: 3′ x 4′ (3 squares across, 4 squares long)
Big Square: (requires one additional square): 5′ x 5′ (5 squares across, 5 squares long)
Get creative – some people add those big 24″ squares to the middle too!
The Yarn and Hook:
Here is the yarn I’ll be using! Red Heart With Love in White, Bluebell, True Blue, and Navy – inspired by traditional Delft pottery.
Over the years I’ve gotten a pretty good idea of how much yarn is needed. I recommend purchasing a total of 4420 yards of yarn, divided among the colors you want to use.
For instance, since I am using 4 colors this year, I ordered 2 skeins of each of the blues, and 6 skeins of the white – I plan to use the white for joining and the border, as well as within each square, so I went heavy on that one. That said, Red Heart With Love is readily available, and while it does have a dye lot, I find it to be remarkably consistent. So if you prefer to purchase your yarn in batches, you should be fine with this one!
As for the hook, I always use my Furls 6mm Candy Shop hook for the Moogly Crochet Along – it’s super slick, and works perfectly with this yarn!
And one other tool I use for all my squares – my Chetnanigans Blocking Board with Perfector Strips! This way I don’t have to measure as I pin – just line it up with the outermost holes and go. The Perfector Strips allow me to block several at once too!
This year, there’s no delay – we can start right away, and the last square will be released the day before American Thanksgiving. This leaves the rest of the year for joining and finishing! Here are the dates for each square:
JANUARY: 10 & 24
FEBRUARY: 7 & 21
MARCH: 7 & 21
APRIL: 4 & 18
MAY: 2 & 16 & 30
JUNE: 13 & 27
JULY: 11 & 25
AUGUST: 8 & 22
SEPTEMBER: 5 & 19
OCTOBER: 3 & 17 & 31
NOVEMBER: 14 & 27
The Facebook Group:
The Moogly CAL Facebook Group has become an integral part of this free crochet along! It is run by a group of amazing volunteers that keep it one of the most drama-free corners of the internet I’ve ever seen.
Every time there’s a new square, I share the link in the group. And then there is a place everyone can ask questions if they get confused by a pattern, share photos of finished squares, and get inspired by all the talent! It’s totally optional, but very valuable and fun if you “do” Facebook.
How you want to finish up your CAL blanket is up to you. After you’ve decided how to arrange them, pick your favorite joining method and a pretty border, and make it your very own unique creation!
How to Join In:
I hope you’ll give the MooglyCAL2019 a try! It’s a very relaxed, casual, crochet along – if there’s a square you don’t like, make one from a previous year that you do! There’s no need to sign up anywhere or register, it’s come and go as you please. If you’d like to be notified every time there’s a new square, you can follow Moogly on social media, or sign up for the free weekly newsletter at the top of the page.
If you’d like to get an email every time there is a new post on Moogly, you can leave a comment on this post and check the box for that too. Then you’ll be sure not to miss a thing! Happy crocheting all!
Follow Moogly on Facebook, Twitter, G+, Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr! Thank you to Red Heart Yarns, Furls Crochet, and Chetnanigans for providing the materials for this crochet along.
Beautiful blanket as always!
Yes!! Cannot wait! Thank you so much for doing this, Tamara!
Please send me notifications by email would love to do this afghan
I would love an email with updates if you can. So many beautiful projects to do… don’t want to miss anything. Thank You!
I didnt manage to join in this journey but your creation is stunning. I really don’t know where you find the time to sleep and eat. You must do everything with a hook in your hand. 😉
Blessings to you and yours throughout this coming new year. I look forward to joining in on the new CAL and actually finishing it too!
This will be my first CAL I’m very excited. My niece will be doing it also.
Can you use Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn instead of the Red Heart? That particular Red Heart yarn is not readily available where I shop, and I would prefer not to mail order. Thank you
You can use whatever you like! 🙂
I made a beautiful afghan with color variations from the first 5 or 6 patterns. Then I had to work on other things. This year I hope to do the entire set of patterns. I am really looking forward to the CAL this year!
Never felt be this CAL so looking forward to jumping in. I love the color selection!
I would like to join the CAL 2019. thank you.
looking forward to this years cal!
Lovely way to start the New Year. First CAL for me. Thanks.
Wow, lovely! The local Ellenore Roosevelt Women’s organization here in Dutchess County NY, has a ‘knit-in’ every spring. Hundreds of women gather to knit or crochet 7×9 blocks, which are then sewn together to make blankets for local charity based organizations, as well as the Warm Up America campaign. I see myself adapting the size and making several blocks out of many of these patterns shown. Thank you Tamara for sharing these block patterns!
I have to be honest. I was not a fan of your color choice but it turned out beautiful! I love it! I really need to commit to this years CAL. I’m so indecisive. LOL!
I’m new to this concept but very excited. This year I’m making something for myself. I’ve done for everyone else in family so this is my turn.
Looking forward to begin
Love this past years choices so I can’t wait to start in 2019. Please email me when they come out.
I am sure it will be georgeous.
I’m in! I’d love to get back into crocheting!
Thanks for the info
I’m glad that I’m Starting this one cause I ❤️ it!
I’m glad that I’m Starting this one cause I ❤️ it! So I’m in !
Hope to finish my 2018 and start 2019
This sounds like fun, I can’t wait to start
Julie Anne Holder
Would Love to Join!!!
2019 will be my first Moogly. Looki g fotward
Yes count me in!
Amazing patterns on the blanket. Looking forward to a new crochet challenge!
Email updates please!
Every year I say I’d like to follow along — Maybe this is the year!
This is my year for a CAL!!! Can’t wait to start. I love your designs and tutorials.
ĪThank you, Tamara.
Love the finished blanket!
Can’t wait to begin!
Think I’ll do it in one color this year. I’m still working on blocking and joining my squares from two years ago. New Years Resolution?
Ordering my yarn today, I’m excited to get started!
Lovely! Love your colors 🙂
I would like emails please
I am excited to join the mooglycal2019. I am a cut above a beginner. What a great way to advance my crochet skill. Thank you for this opportunity.
Linda Marienski Huck
I am going to try to do this CAL. The colors & yarn are great for me and my family. I have been having trouble keeping my counts correct on some projects. So I bought some Stitch Markers. Hope this will keep me !
Your CAL is beautiful. Thank you for the tutorial on joining.
I would like to give this a go. It will be my first CAL with you.
Can’t wait to start!
Looking forward to following.
I have never done a CAL, and am excited to begin!
Yes please send me e-mail updates with the squares as they are released! Looking forward to this very much.
Hi Tamara – would love to join.
Last year was my first, and it was so fun! Looking forward to working on my 2019 blanket!
Would love to play along! I love your blues selection for 2019!
Love these designs and the annual CAL! Great!
Great way to start the new year! Excited to start!
Looking forward to my first cal project
I like to join.
This is my year to do a CAL! So excited – can’t wait!
I’m looking forward to this year’s colors as they are one of my favorites, I’ve followed along and worked on some of the patterns to create my own throws, afghans and simple squares that I use as trivets around the house. But this year I plan on actually following alone…Can’t Wait!!! Happy New Year Tamara!!
Would love to know the colorways others are using for this CAL.
People have been sharing lots of their palettes in the Facebook group! 😀
I would love to join the Moogly CAL for 2019. Love your color choices!
I wanna try it this year!
I’m still finishing 2017. No hate hahah. But I love checking in on updates and all the different squares. Cheers to a new year!
Would love to join in..
Sounds exciting I would love to be part of this and be notified by email please
Hi the patterns are great 👍 will there be videos to go along with patterns this year 🙏😊
Only if the designers make them – they hold the copyright. 🙂
This will be my first CAL–I’ve been too timid to try or didn’t know what I would do with the finished squares. I love the color choice this year and I’m going to dive in! Can’t wait (though I will be traveling overseas and missing June!–Lots of hooking to do unless I can pack the right yarn!).
Please add me to your email list
Yes please, so excited!
Yes for email updates. Thank you.
Yes. So excited to start. I’d like to receive new updates on the 2019 CAL. Thanks so much. Happy New Year!
Can’t wait to pick out my yarn and get started!
So excited to try this crochet-along!
I would like to join the CAL 2019.
I’m looking forward to this one
Would love an email reminder. Looks like a great project.
Would love to CAL with everyone. Sign me up for emails.
Laura B Wisser
Interested in joining my first CAL!
I would enjoy doing this. I love the colors.
I am still a beginner and looking forward to my first CAL.
Is there a good non-acrylic alternative to Red Heart? Acrylic yarns trigger my asthma something fierce.
Hi Libbie! Some alternatives, all from Red Heart and with zero acrylic:
Chic Sheep by Marly Bird – 100% merino wool – http://www.redheart.com/yarn/chic-sheep-by-marly-bird
Scrubby Smoothie – 100% cotton – http://www.redheart.com/yarn/scrubby-smoothie
Amore – 100% polyester – http://www.redheart.com/yarn/amore
I hope you find one that works for you! 🙂
Thank you SO much!!
Thank you for doing this–and for making it excellent AND free. Much appreciated! Can’t wait to get started!
I would love an email!
Please do email the updates. This is the first CAL I will be doing, and I do not want to miss out on any of the updates.
All the best to everyone, and thank you Tamara for such a wonderful journey every year.
Looking forward to it
I will need to buy the yarn as I go, do I need to get at least one of all 4 colors for the beginning of the CAL?
You can use however many colors as you like – some just use one! 🙂
Hoping for updates nd help
Hi! What do you need help with?
Would love to know when new patterns are released, as I often get lost in FB!
Looks like fun.
Im supper excited for this project. I’m new to crochet. I’ve only just crochet for about a year. Cant wait to do this.
This looks like fun.
Please e-mail me!
This is my first CAL. 🎉
I am so excited to join in the 2019 cal. Praying I can keep up! Please e-mail me. Thanks so much!!
Looks like it will be a lot of fun. please e-mail me.
Looking forward to my first CAL. Been watching and living the squares vicariously through the 2018. Ready to try some stash busting of my own for 2019. Thank you for pulling together such lovely projects!
Thank you for doing this…..it’s my first CAL!
Would like the email notifications please..
Beautiful pattern, please email me 😊
Can’t wait for 2019 — love the colors!
I can’t wait for this CAL!
Id love email notification please! I’m so excited! Love the colors but think I will do one in creams and greens for my living room too!
Looking forward to this one!
I would love to get emails about the new squares, I would love to make a beautiful blanket
This is gorgeous, The colors shown give it a BOHO vibe. I look forward to seeing what colors others will be using. I love the blue tones.
I’m in for “19”.
Yes would love an email. Thanks and this will be my first time and am very excited to crochet this through the year.
I’ve been crocheting for about 18 months now and am so excited to finally join the Moogly CAL in real time! And P.S. I LOVE these colors! Thanks for doing such amazing work 🙂
♥ Thank you so much BJ!
Waiting for the 2019 CAL with bated breath.
Looking forward to the new CAL!
Thank you for hosting, showing and sharing!! All the years I’ve crocheted I’ve never made squares and attached them! I can’t wait to join in!
😀 I’m so glad you’ve decided to give it a try!
IM NOT TRYING TO BE PETTY BUT IM SURE YOU MEANT 4′ X 6′ (‘) IS FEET WHERE AS 4″ X 6″ (“) IS INCHES.
Good catch, Patti! Thank you for the heads up!
I would love to recieve an email with updates and new patterns! I look forward to creating many lovely pieces! Thank you!
Love those colors you picked for this year! I haven’t made one yet, altho. I have been collecting the squares all year for several years, but think I will take it on this year. I love Red Heart With Love yarn, too.
Thank you so much, Bonnie! After finishing each year I always look forward to picking a new and different palette!
I would love email updates please.
Hi Tamera! Please, add me to the list. Fun!
Looking forward to joining my 1st CAL! Love the feeling of being a part of a larger like minded hookers!!
So excited to get started!
Excited for the 2019 CAL!!
Can’t wait to start!!!
This sounds fun!
Looking forward to my first ever CAL!
Would like the email updates, thank you for all your beautiful hard work. 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊
I just finished 2 CAL afghans that are all one piece, so I am ready to switch to squares again. I wan the emails to remind me\ when the new square patterns are out!
I would love email updates for this CAL! Thank you!
I’m so excited to do this this year. Thank you!
Doing a CAL had been on my “to do” list for a while – 2019 is my year!
I am excited to get started
Jane Nanette Wedel Oddersborg
Looking forward to do the CAL.
Cant wait for this years CAL
Would love to join the CAL
Just finishing up 2018, perfect timing😊 Please send pattern e-mails. Thank you
judy a dirks
Please send pattern email thanks millions
Can’t wait to start! This will be my 3rd CAL with you. Not sure which colors I’m using yet but you have so many sources of inspiration on your blog I’m sure to find something I like. Thanks for all you do for all of the crocheters out there!
Excited to start, this will be my first CAL with Moogly
Beautiful designs. Can’t wait to try the 2019. First CAL for me
Today’s the day! Let’s go!!!
Would love to join in…
I’ve never participated in a crochet along, I’m eager to try this. If I’m successful, this will be for me to keep!
Fairly new to different techniques in crochet, please sign me up!
2018 blanker was so lovely.
I’d really like to join for 2019;
Have you any ideas of suppliers of Red Heart yarn in the UK – or of alternatives to find.
with any thanks for any advice
Hi Susan! I believe that RedHeart.com does ship to the USA, but otherwise a good 12 ply yarn that you like would work well. 🙂
I M going to try this CAL this year. Excited!
After seeing the beautiful 2018 finished product, I can’t wait for this year’s CAL!
First time I heard of this project and I love the idea!
I always have intentions to do this but never do. 2019 is the year!
Lovely blanket, sign me up!!
Hoping I’ll learn a few things by doing this
Me gustaría participar en la Cal de éste año.
Please add me to the email list for 2019 CAL. Love the colors you have chosen .
Can’t wait to start.
This is a great project and generous that the pattern and tech assistance is free… Compared to some similar projects that end up costiing hundreds.
I would like to join in please and the emails for new blocks will be very useful. Can you add me to the list please?
I really wish to join the CAL and use the colors you chose! , too, love the blue delft dishes,
I would like to join the group
I need the beginning block. Where do I find that block
Hi Bonnie! The first block is at https://www.mooglyblog.com/cal-2019-1/ and the second is at https://www.mooglyblog.com/cal-2019-2/ 🙂
Yay glad I found this now so I’m not really behind that much and can get caught up in no time, thank you so much
Starting late but would like email notice of each new square.
Yes, kindly notify me. Thanks
LISA A GILTON
I would love to join this crochet along so please send me information.
Yes, please notify me.
So exciting very much looking forward to the 2019 cal
So excited to start this years cal. I’d love all the updates by email.
I also have a question on your 2018 moogly Tamara as in the uk we don’t have the red heart with love yarn but have the red heart super saver yarn and I would like to do a cal in your colours from 2018, could you suggest the similar colours in the super saver colours for me. Thank you in advance, Angie x
Hi Angie! I was able to find look-alikes for all but the multi, unfortunately. So you could use more solids, or pick a different multi to build a color palette from: https://www.redheart.com/yarn/super-saver
For the others, going With Love=Super Saver: Hot Pink=Grenadine; Holly Berry=Hot Red; Tigerlily=Flame; Lettuce=Tea Leaf; Iced Aqua=Turqua.
Sounds like fun!
I can’t wait to get started. Will be shopping for yarn tomorrow!
I think you are a talented designer. Love getting your emails and patterns.
Thank you so very much, Chris! ♥
Rose Mary Futrell
Thanks for all that you bring to us creative types.
Thank you so much for reading, Rose!
Thank you for this beautiful crochet along. I hope I can make them all if all the patterns are available. I just discovered CAL’s and I am in LOVE!!
I would like to join in this crochet along if it’s not too late. I’m fine with starting late and can catch up what I’m behind in between CAL dates. Where can I find the information to join for the first July session?
This will be my first CAL so I’m looking forward to finally participating. Any that I’ve wanted to join were already started, some even completed! So I’ll join midway in just to get myself going with one for some experience.
Hi Jessica! It’s very open – jump on in! 🙂 You just start wherever you like – the Facebook community has people in all stages!
Hello! I’m already 1/2 way thru a personal project, but I’d love to follow along.
Yay, welcome Melissa! 🙂
Diane L Burnham
Please send emails. Thx. 🙂 love all.
I would like to join and get email.
As long as you clicked on the send me notifications before you commented you should be all set! If you’d prefer the once a week email, please use the signup at the top of every page of Mooglyblog.com. 🙂
Hi, I tried to sign up on facebook but it wont go through. I would like to join the cal please, thank you
Hi Dawn! The Facebook group has to approve each person (to make sure they don’t let in any spammers), and with the holiday weekend I don’t know how online they have been, but otherwise, there’s nothing to join, just hop in and crochet!
Always a fun blanket to do.
Thank you Michele, I hope you’ll join us again for 2020! ♥
good morning and thank you
Love this, may have to start something like this!